Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Saw this come across the twitter.
This guy is the defensive coordinator at Cass Tech (his twitter says it). Why is this relevant to him and Cass Tech? They open against Southfield in August. Also over at 247sports, there is a thread on the board about a Malik McDowell rumor so I assume this is what they are talking about.
Keep in mind, commit Lawrence Marshall goes to Southfield as well..
McDowell to Southfield ? Newest gossip in the city! I wonder how true.
UPDATE 2: Added Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Miami (YTM), and Virginia Tech. h/t leftrare for the assist. If you're looking for any more comparisons, just leave a request in the comments.
UPDATE: Added Penn State, Oregon, Florida State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. h/t MGoAlexander for the assist.
To take nothing away from Chase Winovich as a player, I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that a large part of our collective excitement at landing his commitment was the ecstasy of winning a[nother] head-to-head recruiting battle over Ohio State. Several tweets mentioned that Winovich is the seventh Michigan commit in the 2014 class who had an OSU offer.
This got me wondering how many OSU commits had Michigan offers, and whether we're stacking up as well against our other rivals and various national powers. So I did a little bit of checking around on 247 today. Chart? Chart. (Actually more of a table.)
|Team X||Michigan Commits with Team X Offer||Aggregate Stars of M Commits with X Offer||Team X Commits with Michigan Offer||Aggregate Stars of X Commits with M Offer||Player Differential||Aggregate Star Differential|
|TEXAS||0||0||2||7||TEX +2||TEX +7|
|LSU||1||5||2||9||LSU +1||LSU +4|
|MIAMI(YTM)||2||7||1||5||M +1||M +2|
|VA TECH||2||8||1||4||M +1||M +4|
|PSU||2||9||1||4||M +1||M +5|
|OREGON||2||8||0||0||M +2||M +8|
|STANFORD||4||17||2||8||M +2||M +9|
|ALABAMA||4||17||1||5||M +3||M +12|
|FSU||3||12||0||0||M +3||M +12|
|NEBRASKA||3||12||0||0||M +3||M +12|
|OSU||7||28||4||16||M +3||M +12|
|WISCONSIN||4||16||1||4||M +3||M +12|
|USC||3||13||0||0||M +3||M +13|
|MSU||5||19||0||0||M +5||M +19|
|FLORIDA||5||21||0||0||M +5||M +21|
(Stars are computed based on the 247 composite star rating. I may have missed recruits, so please feel free to let me know. Big Ten programs in italics.)
Of the programs I checked, only LSU and Texas are beating us in head-to-head recruiting for this cycle, but our overlapping targets are so few that I'm not sure we can really draw any generalized conclusions from that. With Da'shawn Hand and Malik McDowell still to drop, we have a good chance of winning the overall head-to-head against Les Miles at the end of the day. We'll probably "lose" the head-to-head against Texas, but as leftrare points out in the comments, that's largely the product of their Texas-centric recruiting.
As a general matter, the SEC is holding its own against us - obligatory caveat about small sample size for LSU and Georgia, but Tennessee and Alabama have had a lot of success poaching Midwestern recruits in recent cycles (see, e.g., Brian's front page post about this), and that trend appears to be alive and well in this class.
Notre Dame is also basically at parity with us, while we're pretty convincingly prevailing over Ohio State at this juncture. As always, lol sparty.
Winning head-to-head recruiting battles is important, obviously, because offers are often better indicators of future performance than star ratings. But they're also important as a means of deflecting the constant refrains of "recruiting doesn't matter, stars don't show up on the field," etc. The one aspect of recruiting that no reasonable fan can deny is that you want your program to land its first-choice talent and not have to settle for Plan B, C, or D. So far, Hoke & Co. have done an exceptional job of standing toe-to-toe with our rivals and nationally elite programs, and they've won significantly more battles than they've lost.
http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2013/6/2/4388514/das... This recruitment seems to be trending to the good guys. Hand shared that he has not talked to his favorite coach Bud Foster lately and that Michigan is his favorite staff overall.
Maize n Brew is linked in the MGoElsewhere section of mgoblog, but for anyone interested they have an ongoing B1G preview which began a few weeks ago. It's a good blog, and the previews are informed and entertaining (I was stunned at the reminder of just how tire-fire-y Beckman's first year was at Illinois). It's a good series on its own, and a primer for the CFB preview magazine season which will begin in earnest in just a few weeks.
Their opening paragraphs are something to agree with, as you, much as I have this Sunday morning, ponder the choice between anything related to college football and that copy of Voltaire's Candide you've been meaning to re-read. Il faut cultiver, notre jardin...
Summer is a wonderful time of year. We'll spend it basking in the sun on long weekends, going on vacations and attending weddings, and almost habitually looking for some body of water in which we can cool off -- while maybe still drinking out alcoholic beverage of choice. Summer's main downfall, you know, other than: sunburn, what A/C does to your electric bill, and your plummeting productivity at work, is that there is no football until the very tail end of the season. It is simultaenously a nice little cherry on top of the sundae that is summer and also the thing that makes you groan at least a dozen times, "god, I wish summer would just END so football could start."
Well, bloggers get bored too. With Fort Schembechler in full effect there isn't a whole lot of news to run with, and one can only focus on the college decison of a bunch of 17- and 18-year olds for so long before going stir crazy. So, for the second year in a row, we here at Maize n Brew have decided to take a look at the rest of the Big Ten to try and entertain ourselves, while learning a little bit more about those teams we should be most familiar with. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, as they say.
I have had the pleasure of spending some time with Andy back in the day as he was great friends with a high school buddy of mine that befriended him at M. I am not sure why I decided to google him today, but I am glad that google yielded a great story. Andy was featured in an ABC News piece about his efforts to save children in Liberia a few years ago that I think the board will enjoy. There is a video, but the article itself adds more detail so I am just going to provide a link.