I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I just spoke with Bri'onte Dunn's father again today. He told me that the Bucknuts report about Bri'onte reopening his recruitment is not true. They are watching what's going on with the NCAA investigation and will be taking visits, but he's still committed to OSU.
He also told me that Greg Mattison [he thinks that's the coach] is in school visiting Bri'onte today, and because of that they won't be visiting this Saturday. They are going to reschedule the visit for a later date.
**Thursday edit: Mattison is in school today, Thursday the 28th, not yesterday according to Mr. Dunn.**
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (6'3", 325 lbs) may currently live in Missouri, but he still has a soft spot for his old hometown teams in Michigan. Pipkins has seen his recruitment take off with offers from Michigan, Iowa, MSU, and Tennessee to name a few. He's still taking things day by day, but here's a look at his combine film and where he's at in the process.
TOM: Have you heard from the Michigan coaches recently?
ONDRE: Yes, they came out to my school [Monday].
TOM: Was it for an academic evaluation, or did they watch you practice?
ONDRE: They saw me lift as well as my grade evaluation.
TOM: I know you've said before that you're going to try to visit Ann Arbor, have you set anything up or do you know the date yet?
ONDRE: Yeah, I'm going down there in June. I'm not going to camp, I'm just visiting.
TOM: I know it's still early for you, but where do you think Michigan stands in all this for you?
ONDRE: They're a school I really like, that's home for me. I have a great relationship with the coaches. Coach Heck[linksi] is my recruiter and he's serious about winning. They all really want to win.
TOM: Do you know when you're going to narrow down your list yet?
ONDRE: Yeah, I'll narrow it down to a top five in June sometime. So it's getting real close. Besides Michigan I don't know who else will be in it yet.
TOM: Will those schools that make the top five be the schools that you take official visits to?
ONDRE: Yes, and I'll probably make my decision after my season. I don't mind waiting that long, it doesn't get annoying if you can manage it and prioritize things the right way.
I just watched the extended highlights of William Mahone (linked below) and cannot understand why we have not offered this kid. He shows offers from ND. PSU, MSU, Iowa and a slew of others and when you see the tape you will understand why. There is some question about his speed at combines, but he certainly has more than adequate football speed. I know that RB is not a position of dire need (like DT!) but as Hoke says he will always take at least one each year then I would be happy with William Mahone. Check it out:
I was actually shadowing Danny at school yesterday. He was in Religion class when the office called him down. Waiting for him in the office was Bobby Williams, Alabama's LB ? Coach. They talked about the scheme and Bama's depth chart. He then set up a time for Danny to call Saban around 2 pm. He called and that's when Saban extended a scholarship offer to him. Obviously he is very excited and wants to visit either later in the spring or early fall. He said UT may be his #1 but doesn't want everyone to think he's a lock. You have to be an insider for the Scout and Rivals artcicles.
EDIT: Forgot to mention, Saban said they only have 3 DT's on their roster, and 2 of them are SR's which he liked.
Rex Ryan is set to release a book in the near future. Among other things, Ryan discusses how he told Mangini (who at the time was the Jets coach while Ryan was with the Ravens) not to draft Gholston. He said about Gholston "Truth be told, I didn't like the kid coming out of college.... He's a good athlete and a smart guy, but I thought he was a phony."
Those are pretty damning words I would say. Gholston was cut last year and I haven't even cared to find out what he's been doing since. Interesting stuff.
Ohio RB Bri'onte Dunn just told an OSU website that he's reopening his recruitment. I wasn't going to say anything for a few days but I spoke with Bri'onte's father yesterday.
His father told me that there's a possibility they may be visiting Michigan on Saturday. When I asked him about the NCAA investigation at OSU he told me they were watching it, and they would wait to see what happens with everything. He said then that Bri'onte's commitment was just a verbal commitment and nothing was set in stone, so it sounds like they made this decision within the last 24 hours.
It also sounds like Michigan will have a shot. They had planned on visiting a few weeks prior but couldn't make it. The visit Saturday isn't 100% either, so we'll see if it happens.