I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Since I'm out in Arizona I have been saying Saguaro ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs) was more than worthy of an offer for some time. He finally got a Michigan offer Monday, and I caught up with him to talk about it. Here's a look at his defensive film and what he had to say.
TOM: I know Michigan offered today, but who came out to see you?
DJ: Coach Ferrigno stopped by school today. I couldn't really talk much, you know how that goes. Today was the first day of spring ball though so he watched a little bit of our defensive practice. After that he said that I had an offer from Michigan. Auburn was out today, they didn't offer but they told my coach that they might be offering pretty soon.
TOM: I know your coach, Coach Sanders, has been saying Michigan should have offered you for awhile now. Where is your interest level at with Michigan?
DJ: My interest is pretty high. When Cyrus [Hobbi] took his visit last year to Michigan he said it was hands down the best campus he had ever seen. That stuck with me, so I hope I can get out there to see it. Plus all the tradition and history they have, and I know a few guys out there like Taylor [Lewan].
TOM: I'm assuming when you say you want to get out there that it would be for an official visit, and not an unofficial visit?
DJ: Yeah, I plan on taking all five of my official visits. I'm definitely going to try to use them on schools that I can't really see on unofficials. I would love to use one of them on Michigan.
TOM: I know Michigan is kind of late to the party here, but do you have a top group yet?
DJ: As of now I kind of have a top five, but schools keep offering so it keeps changing. Right now it's USC, ASU, Oregon, Stanford, and Cal. That changes all the time though, like when schools like Michigan offer. My top three is probably USC, ASU, and Oregon for now.
TOM: To jump back to Michigan, have the coaches told you what they're recruiting you as? You're so versatile you can probably play anywhere.
DJ: Michigan is recruiting me as a defensive back. I'm fine with that, I like either side of the ball.
TOM: Speaking of your versatility, can you describe your game to people that haven't seen you play?
DJ: I can adapt to anything. If they want me to play receiver or cornerback, I'll work hard no matter what. I have some size and power, and I have very good vision. I don't really know if I'm better on offense or defense, I like both sides. I have people tell me both, some people say they see me as a defensive back in college so I don't know.
TOM: Since the Michigan attention is coming late, is there still a chance for them? I know you said your interest is high, but what does that mean?
DJ: Definitely, I like Coach Ferrigno, so they definitely have a chance. That's going to be big for me is the relationship with the coaches, and my parents are going to have a say in it. I'm not going to rush into anything, and like I said I'm going to take all my official visits.
I was watching the Ross Highlight video on Magnus' blog and I saw a couple of things I really, really liked. Ross is a big hitter, but he also wraps up on contact in most of the plays I saw. He did this throughout the video, but especially against East Grand Rapids ball carriers. If you aren't familiar with East Grand Rapids, they're probably the best coached program in the state. They don't produce many D-1 kids, at least not high-major D-1, but they've won the state title in their class for most of the last decade. Ross made it look easy against them and that is a very good sign for a position that has been sorely lacking in talent since David Harris signed with the Jets.
Watch the video at Touch the Banner. Ross is big time.
Damn, these deals are just exploding:
The Pac-10 has agreed to a 12-year television contract with ESPN and Fox that will more than triple its media rights fees and be the most valuable for any conference in college sports.
The contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, will be worth more than $225 million per year -- or $2.7 billion over the life of the deal, Sports Business Daily and The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The Pac-10 made less than $60 million in media rights this past season but became the latest conference to take advantage of the escalating market for college sports on television.
The ACC recently signed a deal for $155 million a year and the Big 12 reached a deal with Fox that made its total annual package worth about $130 million. The Pac-10, which will be renamed the Pac-12 in July with the additions of Utah and Colorado, topped those deals, as well as the $205 million the SEC gets and the $220 million paid to the Big Ten.
The school issued its official response Monday night regarding NCAA violations committed by five of its sports, including secondary ones involving the football program. The most serious violation involved the women’s tennis program and prompted the NCAA to include the dreaded “lack of institutional control” into the allegations, although it appears likely that hammer will not fall on the football side of the ledger.
On the football side, all of the 63 instances noted by the NCAA involved potential recruits receiving impermissible benefits provided by players who were at the time members of the football program. The NCAA’s inquiry alleges those impermissible benefits occurred from 2005-2010.
The majority of allegations involve impermissible housing, transportation or meals, where an incoming student-athlete was provided a place to sleep (often on a couch or floor), a car ride or was provided free food by an existing student-athlete.
In football, the NCAA determined that total dollar value over five years was $4,934 for all of the housing, transportation and meals provided to 63 incoming student-athletes. All services ranged from $2.34 to a maximum of $417.55 and have been reimbursed by the student-athletes.
(Yes, you read that correctly; they got dinged in one instance for two dollars and some change.)
Click here to read the rest of the story: http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/03/welcome-to-the-club-...
Joe Bolden is the feature of an article on MLive's homepage right now. He feels slighted, particularly by ND for not recruiting him, and wants revenge:
"It will be good to walk over and shake the Notre Dame coaches' hands and say thank you for giving me the drive to be even better," Bolden said.
He also calls OSU "Ohio" fwiw. Quick learner.
Standard disclaimer for clicking on CFN, please take it with a grain of salt. It's ancient in terms of internet time but I didn't see it posted. No dead players starting but UM did pick up a hybrid QB.
Final Polls will be...:
17. Michigan 9-3
The Spring Call: Brady Hoke’s first season will be a major success. Rich Rodriguez left the shelves relatively stocked, and it’ll show with an improved defense and with Denard Robinson doing less (and staying healthier). An early loss to Notre Dame will be big, but the wins will pile up until late in the season when the win over Ohio State brings a Legends title.
Sched. and too early predictions:
2011 CFN Pred. (Spring): 9-3
Sep. 3 Western Michigan W
Sep. 10 Notre Dame L
Sep. 17 Eastern Michigan W
Sep. 24 San Diego State W
Oct. 1 Minnesota W
Oct. 8 at Northwestern W
Oct. 15 at Michigan State W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Purdue W
Nov. 5 at Iowa L
Nov. 12 at Illinois L
Nov. 19 Nebraska W
Nov. 26 Ohio State W
2010 Offensive Player of the Year … QB Desmond Robinson
Again it CFN and it's the off-season. Hopefully we'll hear some Buckeye tear article or a new recruit pick up and this will fade to the second page or you could to keep pretending that your working.