this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I just triple checked to make sure Wolverine Historian didn't already upload this. WTF dude, did you forget to set your VCR that day? :-p
Obviously, it's just been one visit, and there's a ton of time 'til NSD, so take it FWIW
From Steve Wiltfong on 247sports. H/T to MGoBlueGr for noticing this.
With a day to sleep on it, Joe Mathis tells me Michigan is his leader following yesterday's visit.
From Steve at Tremendous
Joe Mathis has been with David Dawson and Khalid Hill since the linemen gathered
Mattison told Mathis if he wants to play in the NFL to come to Michigan
Mathis said when he pulled up that Coach Ferrigno was waiting for him. He really liked that.
Joe could barely find the words to describe the Big House. Said walking down the tunnel was magical.
He plans to take his official during his bye week this season. Still coming with Sua.
From Sam Webb
Upland, CA DE Joe Mathis said he got chills walking down the tunnel at #michigan stadium yesterday
Mathis also said #michigan will be in his top 5 and he guaranteed an official visit to Ann arbor in the fall
#michigan oline commit David Dawson said he can't wait to get at Mathis on the field today, but will really recruit him off of it
For good effect, here's an interview and some clips of his performance at the Nike Camp last week.
I absolutely love Greg Mattison. I'm so thankful he decided to come back and be our DC. I hope he follows in the footsteps of Dick Lebeau and fields great UM defenses and continues to build the character of young Michigan Men well into his 70's.
During this week's press conference, when asked what his objective was in coaching up Craig Roh and BWC last year he replied, "(To get them to see) what the bar was."
It is so simple and yet so profound.
Mattison believes every Michigan defense should meet or exceed the performance of our stellar, violent, disruptive, take-no-prisoners, '97 defense. And he not only expects it, he demands it, from every player at every position on every play. If a player fails to perform at that level, he lets them know about it.
And he doesn't just rant and rave about a young man's bad play, he corrects his technique, shows him the right way to do it, the proper execution, and then stays on him until he does it right.
I realize this isn't a deep complex defensive scheme or blitz package. It's not some great revelation. It's coaching 101, the most basic of coaching fundamentals. But what Coach Mattison shares between 14:30 and 16:00 of the press conference is one of the key reasons he is one of, if not the best, defensive coordinators in college football.
These are his fundamentals. And he is really really good at what he does.
In addition to sucking, the mgoblue audio matched third party content on youtube, forcing me to lay a track over it and re-upload. Not sure why there's music in the first place. I'd rather listen to pads.
What if a man suddenly shut down in the line of duty awoke to a world unlike what he had known before? What if a football coach, coming off a great year and intense spring practices suddenly entered a world of true football dead season. Practices? Not allowed. Recruiting class? Done. Can it be true? Has the entire college football world gone dead? Is there any hope or escape from this seemingly endless nightmare?
In the coming months, we shall find out if, for coach Brady Hoke, there is any escape from...
If... you know, I get off my lazy ass and actually do it.
Hoke did a radio interview today on some Colt's radio show. Can be found here if that link doesn't work, here's the round about way, just click on the 4.6.12 link. He's on at about 29 minutes into the program and is on about 10 minutes. The host seem to know his stuff, he does say he's a fan and was kind of fanboying Hoke (but interviewers tend to do that). At least he knew names of players and made somewhat amusing "Michigan tradition" comments and questions. There's the obligatory Will Campbell question, Taylor Lewan = leader question, true freshman impact question and tell us about how awesome it is to get that job. A lot of Hoke dropping players names, a few uses of the word "tremendous", the phrase "no question" and I imagine some finger pointing.