...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
In honor of this huge day in recruiting, I thought it only appropriate to bring out a little Grantland Rice, and you guys know where I'm going with this. I think we all can indulge ourselves today, in what is a very steep and rich tradition of football that we all love.
"I remember the stand at Thermopylae
the Greek Guard made one day;
I remember the legions that Caesar used
To shatter the Gallic sway;
And I remember across those years
Two banners that crowned the crest,
When Yale was king of the conquered East,
And Michigan ruled the West.
At night in my humble den I dream
Of the glories that used to be-
Of Hannibal taking the Alpine Trail,
Of Drake on the open sea;
And then I wander the ancient ways
To a dream I love the best,
When Yale was king of the conquered East,
And Michigan ruled the West."
With the two new commits, Michigan now has 11 prospects who have made at least one of the recruiting sites' (Rivals, Scouts, 247, ESPN) Top-250 lists. (150 for ESPN)
4 lists: ILB James Ross, CB Terry Richardson
3 lists: OT Erik Magnuson, WDE Tom Strobel, OLB Royce Jenkins-Stone
2 Lists: ILB Joe Bolden
1 List: TE Devin Funchess, WDE Mario Ojemudia, WDE Pharaoh Brown, DT/SDE Matthew Godin, ILB Kaleb Ringer
Obviously, LB and DE are stacked... each position is filled completely with recruits who have made at least one Top-250 list. Pretty impressive. I can't wait until a few more of these OL recruits drop. I would imagine they will be quite pleased to have that defensive front 7 to practice against for the next 4 years. It looks like Hoke's focus is the defensive front 7 and the offensive front 6; where championships are made! Go Blue, baby!!!
Whenever schools have problems with rule breakers, it seems there are always articles and comments about how "hard" it is for a football coach to know everything that is going on in their program and what all 85+ young men are up to. For all those overworked coaches and compliance officers out there, here is a predictive model that I have developed to help you.
Answer just seven questions, see what your players score is on my 100 point scale, and determine if your player is a risk to take down your program!
1. How many stars was this young man given coming out of high school (5 stars = 10 points, 4 = 6 points, 3 = 3 points, 2 = 1 point, 1 = zero points)
2. Was this young man ranked #1 nationally at his position. If yes and he is a; QB = 15 points, RB = 10 points, K/P = 0 points, other OFF/DEF = 8 points
3. Give this young man 0-20 points based on your perception of his off field decision making. This can include things like arrests, classwork, traffic citations, etc. The worse the decision making the more points (up to 20)
4. Give this young man 0-30 points based on your perception of his sense of entitlement. This can be based on such things as how highly he was recruited, the number of press conferences he had, the size of his entourage, the number of "mentors" and "handlers" he has, etc. the higher his sense of entitlement the more points (up to 30).
5. How rabid is your fan base about college football? 0-10 points (e.g. Alabama = 10, Duke = 0)
6. What percent of your fan base actually attended your school? 0-5 points (% who didn't attend * 10)
7. Are you selling his replica jersey? (yes = 10 points, no = 0 points)
Now just add it all up...
90+ points = Start planning for sanctions right now
70-90 points = Likely violater
40-70 points = watch out
<40 points = recruit these kids to watch the other kids
Let's apply this model to TP... 10 points + 15 + 20 + 30 + 8 + 3 + 10 = 96 points out of 100
I'll get right on that - Happy Easter! jt
According to ESPN scrawl and update.
Sorry to go off topic a little bit, but I out of the blue the other day started thinking whatever happened to LaVell Blanchard. So I went to the answer all of our questions, Google, and found my answer. He's currently making the rounds in Europe, and has been progressively climbing the ladder in terms of competitive leagues. I always like to keep track of former Michigan athletes, and I thought others might feel the same way. Go Blue!