I took some time recently to take a look back at the 2007 recruiting class, particularly the running backs Michigan pursued. If you don't remember, that's the class where Michigan got a not-so-stellar combination of Avery Horn and Vince Helmuth. I always find it interesting to think about what could have been and see how other recruits' careers panned out.
This is an article about Denard from the Jaguars website. Despite the in-house source it doesn't come across as just PR to me. It talks about how he is now focused now on being a running back, whereas last year there was uncertainty as to whether he'd be a WR, RB, punt or kick returner. It also says that he added 15 lbs, and spent time on ball security issues.
Anyway, like most people on this board, I'm a huge Denard fan and am hoping that he has a chance to prove what he can do, and that at the very least featuring him on their team website means that the Jaguars expect that he can play a bigger role this year.
MOD EDIT - edited the title. News about Denard Robinson or any former Michigan athlete is always on topic. - LSA
Offensive Line problems have been debated ad nauseum on here and I think most welcomed the possibility that Alabama graduate transfer Chad Lindsay, a center with some decent experience in a great program, could end up in Ann Arbor due to his Nuss connections. Brian was so confident, he said this about Lindsay in his "27 Tickets" post:
Hard to say a fifth-year transfer is a lock, but… uh… he's not coming here to play cribbage
It took 45 minutes to ruin my excitement. That's how long after the MGoBlog front pager was published it took Nick Baumgardner to publish a short article on Lindsay planning visits to Oklahoma and Louisville.
So where are the hot cribbage spots in Ann Arbor?
Dylan Moses rose to fame as the super-recruit who was offered by LSU during the summer BEFORE his 8th grade year. Moses is just about to wrap up his freshman year in high school and already he's committed to the Tigers but holds offers from many of the big boys in college football including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Texas and many more.
At 6'2" and 220 lbs. with legit sub-4.5 speed, it's no secret as to why such big time programs are interested in Dylan. What is a bit of a secret is how interested Dylan is in Michigan. I was able to talk to Dylan after some exchanged tweets between him and Jabrill Peppers caught the attention of Michigan fans all over social media. Even though he is committed to the home-state Tigers is he legitimately interested in Michigan?
Yes sir, I definitely am interested in Michigan. I've been interested in Michigan for a while, ever since Jabrill committed to them. Like I said in one of my earlier tweets Jabrill is my favorite high school player. When he committed it made me want to look into Michigan but I had no way of getting in contact with them. I've been watching their highlights and going on the website to check out their academics and stuff. I have really high interest in them. I have Coach Manning's number but I haven't been able to get in contact with them yet. I was talking to Jabrill the other day on the phone to see if he could talk to Coach Hoke for me or at least give him a good word about me.
As a 2017! prospect obviously Dylan has a ton of time before he has to decide anything officially, but he has at least flirted with the idea of checking out Michigan a little more formally. I asked him if a flip to Michigan was even a remote possibility and he answered as you'd expect.
I don't know about that right now. I just want to weigh my options first and go visit the campus and see the facilities.
Let's take all of this with a grain of salt, it's early, he's committed to LSU, and he's from Louisiana. However, in speaking with Dylan what he said about Michigan and his interest level, especially because of Peppers, didn't just sound like lip service. There is a ton of time left in his recruitment and if a relationship was formed on any level between Moses and Coach Nussmeier while he was at Alabama, then this could have some legs to it. Couple that with the friendship between Moses and Peppers, the future of Dylan's recruitment involving Michigan could grow into something interesting.
Obviously spring games don't mean a whole lot, but it's kind of embarrasing when schools like PSU, Nebraska, and Ohio draw 50,000 plus. It would be a great tool for recruiting. The way to get a respectable amount of people to show up would be to have it a few weeks later in the spring in order to get warmer weather, making it a true game, better advertising (many of my friends don't even know that there is a Spring Game), and by having other events going on throughout the day such as locker room tours, autograph sessions with guys like Charles Woodson, Lloyd Carr, Desmond Howard, a youth football clinic etc.