Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Da'Shawn Hand has earned his second invite to The Opening.
Drake Harris has also has an invite this year. I tried to find who else has earned an invite but couldn't find anything.
Hand quote on Peppers after watching his film:
"He's a freak. Oh my goodness, he's a competitor."
Edit: Ian Bunting has also been invited.
I know that it had been speculated previously on this here board but according to this report, an announcement will be made tomorrow wherein the Pinstripe Bowl will officially become part of the Big Ten's bowl rotation for 2014.
Saw this come across the twitter.
This guy is the defensive coordinator at Cass Tech (his twitter says it). Why is this relevant to him and Cass Tech? They open against Southfield in August. Also over at 247sports, there is a thread on the board about a Malik McDowell rumor so I assume this is what they are talking about.
Keep in mind, commit Lawrence Marshall goes to Southfield as well..
McDowell to Southfield ? Newest gossip in the city! I wonder how true.
UPDATE 2: Added Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Miami (YTM), and Virginia Tech. h/t leftrare for the assist. If you're looking for any more comparisons, just leave a request in the comments.
UPDATE: Added Penn State, Oregon, Florida State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. h/t MGoAlexander for the assist.
To take nothing away from Chase Winovich as a player, I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that a large part of our collective excitement at landing his commitment was the ecstasy of winning a[nother] head-to-head recruiting battle over Ohio State. Several tweets mentioned that Winovich is the seventh Michigan commit in the 2014 class who had an OSU offer.
This got me wondering how many OSU commits had Michigan offers, and whether we're stacking up as well against our other rivals and various national powers. So I did a little bit of checking around on 247 today. Chart? Chart. (Actually more of a table.)
|Team X||Michigan Commits with Team X Offer||Aggregate Stars of M Commits with X Offer||Team X Commits with Michigan Offer||Aggregate Stars of X Commits with M Offer||Player Differential||Aggregate Star Differential|
|TEXAS||0||0||2||7||TEX +2||TEX +7|
|LSU||1||5||2||9||LSU +1||LSU +4|
|MIAMI(YTM)||2||7||1||5||M +1||M +2|
|VA TECH||2||8||1||4||M +1||M +4|
|PSU||2||9||1||4||M +1||M +5|
|OREGON||2||8||0||0||M +2||M +8|
|STANFORD||4||17||2||8||M +2||M +9|
|ALABAMA||4||17||1||5||M +3||M +12|
|FSU||3||12||0||0||M +3||M +12|
|NEBRASKA||3||12||0||0||M +3||M +12|
|OSU||7||28||4||16||M +3||M +12|
|WISCONSIN||4||16||1||4||M +3||M +12|
|USC||3||13||0||0||M +3||M +13|
|MSU||5||19||0||0||M +5||M +19|
|FLORIDA||5||21||0||0||M +5||M +21|
(Stars are computed based on the 247 composite star rating. I may have missed recruits, so please feel free to let me know. Big Ten programs in italics.)
Of the programs I checked, only LSU and Texas are beating us in head-to-head recruiting for this cycle, but our overlapping targets are so few that I'm not sure we can really draw any generalized conclusions from that. With Da'shawn Hand and Malik McDowell still to drop, we have a good chance of winning the overall head-to-head against Les Miles at the end of the day. We'll probably "lose" the head-to-head against Texas, but as leftrare points out in the comments, that's largely the product of their Texas-centric recruiting.
As a general matter, the SEC is holding its own against us - obligatory caveat about small sample size for LSU and Georgia, but Tennessee and Alabama have had a lot of success poaching Midwestern recruits in recent cycles (see, e.g., Brian's front page post about this), and that trend appears to be alive and well in this class.
Notre Dame is also basically at parity with us, while we're pretty convincingly prevailing over Ohio State at this juncture. As always, lol sparty.
Winning head-to-head recruiting battles is important, obviously, because offers are often better indicators of future performance than star ratings. But they're also important as a means of deflecting the constant refrains of "recruiting doesn't matter, stars don't show up on the field," etc. The one aspect of recruiting that no reasonable fan can deny is that you want your program to land its first-choice talent and not have to settle for Plan B, C, or D. So far, Hoke & Co. have done an exceptional job of standing toe-to-toe with our rivals and nationally elite programs, and they've won significantly more battles than they've lost.
http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2013/6/2/4388514/das... This recruitment seems to be trending to the good guys. Hand shared that he has not talked to his favorite coach Bud Foster lately and that Michigan is his favorite staff overall.