and... i like them? I think I like them.
So, I was wondering when the '11 edition of Brian's Maple Stree Press edition would come out, and while it looks like it won't hit newstands til July 19th, an eternity from now, there is a picture of the cover. It is terrific, complete with a heisman pose and Hoke pointing.
Nasvhille offensive lineman Blake Bars (6'5", 275 lbs, 4 star) took in Ann Arbor with his father this past weekend. Bars has been a fast rising commodity within the past few months, which he attributes to a late release to his highlight film. I spoke with Blake tonight to talk about his visit to Michigan and when he'll be making his college choice. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say.
TOM: Now that you've taken your trip to Michigan where are you at overall?
BLAKE: I just talked to Coach Smith tonight, and that went really well. We talked about me potentially going [to Michigan] as a player and he told me I was a priority for them. He was really real with me and he wasn't giving me any BS. He told me to talk everything over with my family and to let him know when I'm ready.
TOM: With the Michigan visit do you feel more comfortable now talking to the coaches, like Coach Smith?
BLAKE: Definitely feel more comfortable that I went up there. We stayed up at Michigan on campus for six hours. I really got to know Coach Smith and Funk really well. I can really understand their philosophies. At the end of our visit all the coaches gathered in Coach Mattison's office and they were drilling me with questions about random easy going stuff. It was a fun and easy conversation, and that was something that really stuck out to me. How personable they were was really cool.
TOM: What was it like to see the facilities and the Big House?
BLAKE: It was awesome to be in the Big House without the fans there. We stood on the 50 yard line, and I can imagine when it's filled with the fans it's amazing. It was really exciting just standing there.
TOM: Did you get a chance to meet any of the current players?
BLAKE: We did see a few players there. The starting left tackle and starting right guard. They basically said hello and welcomed us. That was pretty special.
TOM: You told me that your dad went up there with you and that he's from Michigan originally. What was his reaction?
BLAKE: Yeah, he grew up in Farmington Hills and his reaction was very positive. Although he went to Notre Dame, I think we shared some mutual agreement on liking Michigan. He told me my decision is up to me and we both got some positive feedback from Michigan.
TOM: I know you said last time that your aunt was recruiting you to Michigan with baked goods. Was she trying again while you were up there?
BLAKE: Yeah, we went up to my grandma's house and she lives in Trenton, but she introduced us to everyone with hey my grandson is going to check out Michigan. Then we went over to my uncle's house and he told me I have some good options but at Michigan I would have him to come watch my games. They're really supportive though, and I also have family by Penn State and in Nashville naturally.
TOM: Earlier you had said Coach Smith told you to take your time, does that mean you're close to deciding?
BLAKE: Yeah, I'm going to make my decision within the next week. We're going to sit down and evaluate each school on a different number of levels. Talk about how I would fit in, the level of football, and what it would do for me after football. We'll just go from there and then say where I want to go. We might be taking one more visit this weekend to either Boston College or Florida, but that's if my mom can find a good flight. After that we'll be done with visits.
TOM: You said evaluate each school, who are you evaluating? How many schools are left?
BLAKE: I'm really evaluating a top five of Michigan, Penn State, Florida, LSU, and Vanderbilt. We'll just lay out all those schools and what they have to offer.
I dunno despite his coach having sour grapes from 97 good ole Peyton always makes me laugh.
One of the best memes from the Mike Barwis era was about his love of chocolate milk (of course the best one was about his pet wolves). This study from the University of Texas at Austin proves that chocolate milk is indeed the correct drink of choice for athletes of any type.
After riding a bike for 90 minutes at moderate intensity, then for 10 minutes of high intensity intervals, 10 trained cyclists had significantly more power and rode faster (reduced their ride time by an average of six minutes) when they consumed low-fat chocolate milk rather than a carbohydrate sports drink or calorie-free beverage.
Compared to the other recovery drinks, chocolate milk drinkers had twice the improvement in maximal oxygen uptake after four and a half weeks of cycling, which included intense exercise five days a week, with each exercise session followed by one of the three recovery beverages. Maximal oxygen uptake is one indicator of an athlete's aerobic endurance and ability to perform sustained exercise. The study included 32 healthy, amateur male and female cyclists.
2013 offensive lineman Steven Elmer (6'6", 297 lbs) has already seen his recruitment heat up. His offers first started with Mississippi State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State, and recently Michigan jumped on board with an early offer. Elmer will be in contention for the top prospect spot in the state of Michigan, but should also undoubtedly be among the top recruits in the country for his class. I caught up with his father to expand more on what's been happening. Here's Steven's film and what his father had to say.
TOM: Looks like Steven is starting to get more attention now, and I know the Mississippi State offer seems a little odd, but where do you think this is all stemming from?
MR. ELMER: Mississippi State was out of the blue, they said they've watched videos and YouTube stuff. They've seen the articles people wrote and his combine numbers and they liked what they saw. They contacted our high school coach and told him and we're still kind of surprised. We went down to South Carolina and we thought they'd be interested, but we didn't really have contact with Mississippi State.
TOM: I know all of this is early, but do you think you'll try to make it down to a Mississippi State over the summer?
MR. ELMER: We already had what camp we were going to planned which were Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and maybe Western Michigan.
TOM: When did all of the hype start for him, or when did you really think he has a chance to be a big time athlete?
MR. ELMER: I didn't really know what we had until we went to Notre Dame's camp last year. Michigan's camp a couple years ago was with all different coaches and everyone got to look at you. We went there for that reason and all these coaches were talking to us and he was only in 9th grade. They were talking about how good his hips were and his hands, and it was stuff that I didn't even think about then. Then we started sending out YouTube videos, combine numbers, and just throwing stuff out there.
TOM: This early interest now kind of gives you guys some leverage as far as what you want to look at. Do you know yet what the criteria will be for choosing a school?
MR. ELMER: We have to have a great school first and foremost. He has a 4.3 GPA so we have to find him a good school, could be Ivy league, could be a place like Michigan. When he decides what he wants to study he'll look into that. We're looking out for him and our other children too, he's helping us develop for our other children when it's their turn. I actually study this stuff more than I should, the rosters, the positions they have on the team, who they signed for 2010 and 2011. I'm not really concerned with the 2012 commits because I think he can play with those kids.
TOM: So you have watched who each school is recruiting and who they've signed recently?
MR. ELMER: I do look at who they're signing and all that. For Michigan as far as tackles I think it looks good for a kid coming in. I crunched the numbers for 25 schools and Michigan came out number one and Wisconsin was right behind them. The numbers were based on a formula I put together.
TOM: I think it's out there, pretty much everywhere now, that your wife is a Michigan State grad. What schools did you all root for when Steven was growing up?
MR. ELMER: We're more of a fan of individuals. My wife went to MSU so we always had some allegiance to them. Being a catholic family we always had Notre Dame stuff, but we're not really big fans of any one program. I hadn't been down to U of M since the year I was trying to get in there to play football. We hadn't thought too much about football and when Steven got old enough I was trying to get him to watch football. That was when Rodriguez was there, but it's totally different now. This recruiting class is pretty phenomenal and Ohio State is falling apart so this is a good time for Michigan.
This interview took place before Steven camped at Michigan. You can see the quotes from Mr. Elmer after camp in the Weekly Update, which is here.
so the countdown to the season opener seems alittle off...