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Hey guys I just got off the phone with Jordan Payton, who informed me of the following:
He is still committed to Cal, but is looking around. The schools he is considering are Cal, UCLA, UW and Michigan. Michigan coaches will be in on Thursday for an in-home visit. They told him they were taking 3 WRs and that they want him on board. He said he loves Michigan but has to figure things out with his family. I asked him why he didn't have a Michigan hat on the table at the Army AA game and he said not to read into that at all because besides Cal, the other two hats were chosen at random. I feel like this is a Buckle Up situation.
EDIT: Jordan said he'd call me after the coaches visit on Thursday to let me know where he stands. As I posted below, based on the conversation, I feel like Michigan's chances are legitimate.
Hey guys, I just posted a Recruiting Roundtable that features Ace, Magnus and DGDestroys among others, hope you enjoy: LINK
2013 athlete James Onwualu had a standout junior season at St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall—the same school that produced former top-ranked recruit Seantrel Henderson—as both a receiver and running back, amassing 1,092 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011. The 6'2", 205-pound prospect already holds offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Stanford, and he's impressed scouts at recent camps, including the Army All-American Combine, where Rivals named him one of the standout wide receivers ($). Michigan has been in contact with Onwualu, and I had the chance to catch up with him briefly this evening. Here's the full transcript:
ACE: First of all, how is your recruitment going, and which teams have shown the most interest so far?
JAMES: It's been very exciting getting pulled into the process and it's really picking up quickly. The schools that have shown the most interest are Stanford, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Pitt.
ACE: Do you have any early favorites among those teams?
JAMES: Not really. Every school has a different twist to it and my relationships with those coaches are all growing so it could be any of them.
ACE: Do you have an idea of what position you'd like to play in college? I've seen wideout, running back, and safety all thrown out there.
JAMES: Depends on the school but I am willing to play any of them.
ACE: When would you like to narrow down your choices? Any idea when you'd want to commit to a school?
JAMES: [I will] most likely commit this spring. I have a feeling a school will stand out by then.
ACE: Who has been recruiting you from Michigan (which coach/coaches)? Any plans to take a visit to Ann Arbor?
JAMES: Coach Mattison and yes I would love to go visit and see what it is like.
ACE: What are you looking for in a prospective school/program?
JAMES: The biggest things for me are the opportunities that will arise for my years after college. Along with that, the academics and also the environment surrounding the football community.
I've been reading a book about the history of the Notre Dame and Michigan rivalry, which some of you may have read. It is called "Natural Enemies" by John Kryk and it is great. If you haven't read it yet, it is definitely worth checking out. It reads almost more like a history textbook than a novel like "Three & Out."
While reading, I came across one of my favorite pieces of UM history, which I have noticed a lot of fans don't know about. The fans here at MGoBlog are pretty knowledgeable, but I thought I'd make a post just in case some people didn't. You can read the relevant section at the top of page 6 here: http://books.google.com/books?id=IBzFV5QGSv0C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false.
"[I]n 1881 . . . Michigan traveled east to play the best teams anywhere--the mighty trio of Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. The Wolverines lost all three hames but the scores were respectable, especially considering the games were played within the span of a week. The Easterners, in fact, were so impressed they later invited Michigan to join the Eastern College League, but Michigan's faculty would not permit the Wolverines to join such a faraway association for mere athletics."
This was a bit before the Ivy League precursor (which would initially include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Cornell) was formed. The major takeaway is that effectively Michigan was asked to join the Ivy League and said no. The Ivy League obviously isn't an "academic conference" and we are clearly a bit better than their athletic standard. Nonetheless, it is a fun fact to have on hand.
According to Mike Farrell's twitter (http://twitter.com/rivalsmike).
Dude can't make up his mind.
Cal's DL coach Tosh Lupoi has left to go to Washington. In the last ten minutes alone, Shaq Thompson, Aziz Shittu and Jordan Payton have all tweeted that they might be looking elsewhere. I'm not sure if Michigan sits anywhere with any of these three right now, but perhaps this could lead to some doors reopening.
2013 OH CB Cameron Burrows will announce his decision this Thursday. We've offered and there may be some interest, but most believe he's all Scarlet and Gray.
I just caught these coming through my feed and both have an effect on us, so I thought perhaps they were worth discussing.
EDIT in the "OMG recruiting is like People Magazine" fashion: Allen Trieu of Scout tweeted that Michigan targets Ethan Pocic and Ty Isaac were among the MVPs at the Core 6 Showcase today. Also of note was Logan Tuley-Tillman, who showed up in a Michigan jacket less than 24 hours after visiting Urb in Columbus yesterday.