Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Hugs is a 2-star that is going to Wisconsin. And by the looks of his photo - he is "scary" good
Best name? No
Best photo? Close
Best combo? Absolutely
Ohio running back Alden Hill (6'2", 220 lbs) planned on going up to Michigan's camp to prove to the coaches he was worthy of an offer. He was happy with his performance and so were the Michigan coaching staff. Hill called me today to let me know that he spoke with the coaches and they have offered him a scholarship. Here's a look at his film and what he said about the offer.
TOM: What did the coaches say?
ALDEN: I talked to Coach Hoke and he said that I have an offer to Michigan.
TOM: Did they tell you what role you would be playing, or what position you would have on the team?
ALDEN: They want me as an all purpose back, a full back and running back. Someone they don't have to change personnel if they switch plays out of the two back system. I'm definitely good with that role, it's good for competition. I actually just got an offer from Iowa too, so the Big Ten is starting to come in now.
TOM: What's next for you then, are you heading out to any other camps? Are you going to try to make it out to Iowa?
ALDEN: I haven't been to Iowa yet, but I'll be at Ohio State on Saturday. I'll go up there and workout because I know there will be other coaches there too.
TOM: What do you want your timeline to look like? How is your recruitment going to play out?
ALDEN: I'll probably make my decision early to mid football season, I'll have it done by then. I'll have it narrowed down by the time my season starts up.
TOM: With this Michigan offer now where does that put the Wolverines? Are they in your top group?
ALDEN: Oh definitely. They're in my top five with Illinois, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Iowa now.
TOM: You have a few teammates that are also being recruited. I know Zach Higgins is committed to Michigan State and 2013 ATH Dymonte Thomas has a Michigan offer. Are you close with them?
ALDEN: Yeah, we are real good friends. I have been friends with Dymonte before he came to our school through sports. Dymonte, Zach, and I all stay close through this recruiting process because we can all relate in this unique situation. We would love to play together, not too many guys get to play with their teammates from division three high school to a division one college.
I was looking around and I found a thread on Bucknuts saying that not only has Dunn decomitted, but he's no longer consdering OSU. I haven't found anything else to confirm, but the guy seems to be a recruiting guru for OSU and he says that this is info from an OSU player's family. Can anyone confirm this, or verify who Dave Biddle is, the guys who created the thread?
I've been a bit surpised with the recruits that have been targeted lately, and specifically the positions. Hoke apparently has been telling recruits that he expects the class to get to 26 (I'm quite curious to see how we get there?!?). So we have 10 spots left. Based on the way we've been recruiting and giving out offers lately, I expect the target distribution for the remaning spots to look something like this:
DT: 1 (at least according to Danny O'brien)
Personally I dont completely agree with this strategy.
QB: I don't really think we need to grab a QB (despite what happened in recent history, that caused Sheridan into the starting spot). When the 2012 class gets on campus, denard will have 1 yr left, gardner will have 3 yrs left, bellomy will have 4 yrs left. With the exception of Zeke Pike or Gunner Kiel, anyone else we get is likely to be past over by Shane Morris (assuming he stays committed)
RB: We have a boat load of RB's on scholarship. Unless we can land an elite guy (Dunn, maybe Garmon), I think we can hold off until next yr. RB is a position where a freshman can come in and play. It really doesn't make sense to me to take a RB just for the sake of having one in the class.
FB: While it seems that FB will have an increased roll in the offense, I would only devote a scholarship here if Hopkins can't fill the role.
OLine: Although we already have three olineman committed, I think we need a minimum of 3 more.
WR: I feel like I am far more terrified about our WR depth than most people. When the 2012 class gets on campus, the WRs will be: Roundtree, Terrence Robinson (if he doesn't transfer), JeRon Stokes, Jeremy Jackson, Drew Dileo, Jeremy Gallon, and Jerald Robinson. At least three of those guys are slot receives, and only one of them has accomplished anything on the field thus far. It's a bit late at this point, but I would have liked us to have recruited this position harder, and grabbed at least 2.
DE: We have Pharoah Brown, Tom Strobel, and Mario Ojemudia committed (im assuming Godin is a DT). When this class gets on campus, we will also have: Roh, Black, Beyer, Rock, Wilkins, and Heitzman. To me that is a lot of players for two spots on the field. I don't see how we can afford to take more DEs, with the exception of elite guys (Washington and Odenigbo). I personally am not entralled with Wormley.
DT: If Danny Obrien was right, and the coaches are only looking to take one more DT, then I am terribly confused. I think at least two is a must.
S: We could definitely use a true FS
The group of most likely candidates (or at least the ones I can come up with off the top of my head) are:
QB - Maty Mauk, Devin Fuller, Austin Appleby
RB - Brionte Dunn, Greg Garmon, Alden Hill (FB?)
FB - EJ Fatu, Sione Houma
OT - Jordan Diamond, Kyle Kalis, Andrus Peat, Blake Bars, Adam Bisnowaty, Chris Muller, Eric Olson
WR - Dwayne Stanford, Aaron Burbridge
DE - Chris Wormley, Adolphus Washington, Jordan Jenkins, Ifeadi Odenigbo
DT: Ondre Pipkins, Danny Obrien, Jaleel Johnson, Sheldon Day, Aziz Shittu
S - Jarrod Wilson
JoePa and Coach K are part of a program that will air on ESPN on June 30th at 8:00.
They're basically giving out life lessons and advice, and tips that they've picked up through the trade.
One of the interesting things JoePa talked about was what he wants to see happen in college football. He expressed a desire for freshman to be ineligible, talked about how he wants the scholarship limit to increase to 90 from 85, and increased practice time.
I thought all three were interesting for Michigan fans, as the scholarship limit would certainly help us this recruiting season, maybe with Joe's increased practice time, we wouldn't have gotten in trouble, and we have had to start freshmen the past couple years.
Do you think any of these will happen? Or is this just an old guy talking and no one listening?
So sayeth Tom on teh Twitterz.
Ohio RB/FB Alden Hill just received an offer from #Michigan. I'll have more from him soon.