Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
As everyone knows former Ohio State commit Kyle Kalis is visiting Michigan this weekend. He told me that he's very excited for the trip, however I wouldn't expect a commitment this weekend from him. He does have a lot of interest in Michigan, but he decided that he also wants to visit Alabama and Miami first. That isn't 100%, but that's the plan going into the visit. I always say that visits can change things, but this is the plan as of now.
Kyle is aware of the situation Michigan is in with the recruiting class and how many spots are left open. If no decision is made this weekend don't be surprised if any of the other linemen Michigan was in good shape with end up pushing their decisions back or going elsewhere. I believe that they would wait for Kalis to make his decision, rather than letting it fill up.
There are guys like Blake Bars and Eric Olson deciding in the near future. Bars is deciding within a week, as I reported in his interview earlier. If the coaches want three more linemen and if Blake Bars were to choose Michigan they could potentially still be fine. That would probably leave spots reserved to wait for Jordan Diamond and Kyle Kalis. If they want to take three more. We'll see how it plays out, but do note that Kalis has a lot of interest in Michigan.
Michigan State gained its 7th commitment when WR Kyle Kerrick verbally committed today. Kerrick is a 3 star on both rivals and scout, and is rated the 72nd WR on Scout. Michigan was not targeting Kerrick, and he is the 6th 3 star commitment for State in the 2012 class.
This is also being reported on rivals and scout
Mod Edit: Not OT and more relevant to Michigan football/sports than most of the front page posts. That said, have fun with the national profile MSU.
Annarbor.com reports on a change to Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club's parking policies:
Groups with six vehicles or more will be able to purchase season passes and reserve large blocks of spaces at spots of their choice.
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The season passes will cost $375 per vehicle, based on a rate of $45 per vehicle for five regular-season games and $50 per vehicle for games against Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State. Single-vehicle rates will remain at $40 for five regular-season games, and $50 for the Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Season-pass holders will be allowed access to the course at 7 a.m. on game days, a half hour prior to it opening to the general public. One vehicle may secure an area during the early entry period. Season-pass holders arriving after 7:30 a.m. will be directed to spots along with everybody else.
A press release from the AAGOC has a link to an application and further details, saying that "groups of 1-5 vehicles will also be accommodated with restrictions" and will be assigned a location in a specific area.
Also of note from the annarbor.com piece:
[AAGOC's "parking chairman" Larry] Eiler said he anticipates that 600 to 800 vehicles -- or roughly half the traffic the course sees on game day -- will take advantage of the new offering.
Reservations and payments must be made by Aug. 15.
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.