I just caught an episode of Recruiting Nation on ESPNU, and it looks like TomVH is getting some good publicity/opportunities. They had some field reporters at a few universities talking about the impact of retro/creative uniforms, and TomVH reported from in front of the Big House.
He said that the ND retro jerseys are a hit, specifically mentioning Darius Powe's reaction as, "Oh, the uniforms definitely give them the same advantage as an Oregon-type of school" (This was paraphrased, not an exact quote).
It appeared to be a piece pushed onto TomVH by ESPN because I don't think he would have otherwise ever mentioned jerseys. Nonetheless, it's good seeing him get some TV time, and he definitely had the best AV equipment of all the reporters.
ND coaches and players discuss containing Denard:
"If your eyes are wrong for a split second," Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith said, "you're going to give one up."
The "Introducing" series, which features interviews with up-and-coming junior recruits, continues with a look at Crete-Monee (IL) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. The 6'3", 183-pound junior has a great deal of interest in Michigan, and will make a return visit for the Notre Dame game after coming to Ann Arbor for this summer's BBQ at the Big House.
Treadwell is teammates and good friends with 2012 commit Anthony Standifer, who will accompany him on his visit this weekend. As a sophomore, Treadwell tallied 58 catches for 811 yards and seven touchdowns as a wideout while also recording ten tackles for loss, six sacks, and five forced fumbes as a defensive end. I caught up with Treadwell on the phone last night, and here's what he had to say about his recruitment, Michigan, and his goals for his junior season.
ACE: What are you looking for on your visit to Ann Arbor?
LAQUON: I'm looking to meet with the coaches, the guys who committed there, and just being down there with Anthony and seeing the game.
ACE: Have you talked to any of the other recruits besides Anthony?
LAQUON: No, I haven't.
ACE: Do you have any early favorites of the teams that are recruiting you?
LAQUON: Yeah, Michigan's a favorite.
ACE: What other schools have been looking at you?
LAQUON: Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana, Vanderbilt, schools like that.
ACE: What does it mean for you to have your teammate, Anthony [Standifer], already committed to Michigan?
LAQUON: I think it's great. He thinks it's a great program, and I also think it's a great program, so I think it would be fun for both of us if I do commit there. I'm just looking forward to going down there.
ACE: What sticks out to you about Michigan? What do you like about the school?
LAQUON: I just like the whole new coaching staff, and they're all fun to be around and outgoing. [I also like] the fans, the fan support.
ACE: What would it mean to you in terms of your recruitment if Michigan were to extend an offer to you?
LAQUON: I think it would be great. It would be a big step in my recruitment. I think my family would be happy for me, and we'd sit down and talk about it.
ACE: I know it's early on, but do you have any idea about a timeline, when you'd be thinking about making a possible commitment?
LAQUON: I'm not sure right now.
ACE: Your team [Crete-Monee] is 2-0 right now. What are your goals for finishing out your junior season, and what are you trying to work on in your game to take it to the next level?
LAQUON: The team goal would be beating Moline this week, and if we get the win going undefeated on the season, winning the state [title]. The biggest thing I would have to work on this year, well, I'm not sure.
ACE: Well, what would you say are your strongest qualities as a player?
LAQUON: Making people miss and catching the ball in traffic.
Thanks to Laquon for taking the time after his practice to do the interview, and I'll keep you updated on his visit and recruitment -- it certainly sounds like Michigan is in great position to land a commitment if (and likely when, considering the early interest from both parties) they extend an offer.
According to ESPN, suspended players Jordan Hall, Corey Brown, and Travis Howard won't play tomorrow vs Toledo. Although the chance of an upset is still very small, this doesn't hurt.
If I remember correctly, these players had been reinstated, so being re-suspended is a little troubling for OSU.
And this line from the article is also interesting.
"The NCAA also said Friday that facts submitted by the university about the violation raise further questions that must be answered before the players can be reinstated."
Has there been a media blackout on Cam's status, or have I just missed the update? Last I heard, he needed to operate at high-speed through practice on Wed to be a viable component on Saturday's D... so, has anyone heard whether he was high speed on Wed?
I noticed he is listed as a starter in the program, release #2 of the program no less. That's as much as I've got...