I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I have been mentioning Scottsdale Saguaro ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs) for awhile now. I've spoken with his coach quite a bit, and his coach had always been telling me they were hoping Michigan would come through with an offer, and they finally did today.
Foster's coach told me that Dan Ferrigno was out to see him today and loved what he saw. They offered on the spot, which was the same outcome he got from Auburn today as well. Foster is the real deal, plays wide receiver, running back, and defensive back. He has offers from Arizona, ASU, Arkansas, Auburn, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, and more.
I'll have more directly from him soon, but his coach told me that DJ is definite interested and excited about the offer. He said, "I know Michigan has been down for the last couple years, but it's still Michigan. It's still Michigan and DJ is definitely interested. We're excited for him."
Conelius Jones, who, like a few other recruits, couldn't quite clear the bar academically at Michigan, is highlighted (positively) in this article:
Just saw that ESPN will be airing the spot Urban Meyer did at the spring practice. Should be on around 6:30 or so.
In analysis of Scout & Rival ratings and correspondance to NFL draft picks, the biggest disparity (between high school and pros) is at the offensive line. It seems that there are guys that max out around their junior year of high school, and other guys that are just getting going, and haven't grown into their body yet. I was talking with the commissioner of the local youth football league, and he mentioned that there is a huge disparity between those who are good players in junior high and those who excel at higher levels. Basically, kids that are pretty strong and coordinated younger have a huge advantage, and once late bloomers catch up, the advantage is obliterated.
Which brings me to my question: can someone out there explain how you recruit for the o-line? Do you look at family history (for growth?) What is the relationship between size, strength, skill, speed, and coordination? Are there a higher number of 5 star offensive line recruits who were graded too high, and who flame out?
While the casual fan (of which I am one) focuses on the skill players who handle the ball a lot, I have thought for the last ten years that the guys in the trenches matter a lot more. This is partially borne out by where the NFL drafts offensive linemen (and also defensive linemen.)
It strikes me that you can uncover more "diamonds in the rough" on the line, guys that still need to develop, and if you have the ability to see and assess this well, it can give a huge advantage to your team.
One example I will be watching is Gary Yerden, a preferred walk-on coming from Parchment, Michigan, the kid who deadlifted 630 pounds. Doing a google search, I found the following:
I know a little background as my son plays youth football for Parchment. All I've heard is he didn't play football growing up due to religious beliefs of his parents. He finally was allowed to play his Junior year. He had some issues with the coach and quit after 2 games. That coach was fired a couple games later for challenging his players to fight him after a game. Really. Then he played his Senior season on a 4-5 team. He was All Conference.
He plays in a conference not known for producing D1 athletes in football. I don't think he ever went to football camps or combines. Just completely under the radar. He's a thick, massive kid with ungodly lower body and back strength. Hopefully the coaches can harness that explosive power and we'll have a hidden gem on our hands.
The more we can pick up guys like that, the better. As an aside, I found it fascinating that Mattison, the defensive coordinator, led the charge in recruiting, contacting his weightlifting coach within 30 minutes of getting a text. Mattison is a go getter.
"Getting Ross and Jenkins-Stone, both from the state of Michigan, probably the two best players there - that's a real smack in the face to Michigan State," Every said. "Then you dip into Ohio for some real good players. Folks can say, 'Well, yeah, but they didn't have Ohio State offers but the rest of the Big Ten was in on them and Michigan sent a message that recruiting battles have to go through them once again."
Interesting article from espn about Ken Caldwell who has been steering basketball and football recruits to UCF. I had to post because I had always thought that the recruitment of Leilon Willingham was a bit odd. I'm not saying that he is involved with Ken Caldwell, but who knows.