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Here's the interview I did with Shane Morris this week. I think it really answers a lot of the questions that people have about Shane. In talking to him, I feel like he's aware of what lies in front of him and has the right support system surrounding him. In short, he should be great. Here it is, hope you enjoy: Shane Morris
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I feel like I am getting different information depending on which sources I check and at what time. Rivals has an article that projects Michigan's chances with remaining targets.They say that Yuri Wright is a "wildcard" and that it seems both parties have lost interest in each other. Ace's Thursday Recruitin' also shows some of the confusion around Wright's recruitment.
So what is going on? Did he make it to campus this weekend? Are we still in play? Signing Day is about two and a half weeks away and we still have four spots to fill. It would seem that Wright would be a great candidate for one of those spots.
Any insight would be appreciated.
High praise coming in for Ondre from Rivals' lead recruiting analyst. Obviously star ratings don't matter at this point, because if the coaches want him I'm in, but this almost seems to all but guarantee him to finish as a five-star when the Rivals' final rankings come out this week, doesn't it? A comparison to Haloti Ngata? Rivals had Ngata ranked as their #2 overall prospect in 2002, FWIW. Congrats to Ondre on his great week at the Army Bowl.
Who was the most pleasant surprise to you during either Army Bowl Week or Under Armour Week?
Mike Farrell: DT Ondre Pipkins heading to Michigan. He was impressive in size, he was so athletic for a big man that it blew me away and he was such a nice, high character kid as well. I haven't seen a defensive tackle that big with the ability to move like that since Haloti Ngata years and years ago.
I just got done following up with Amara Darboh when he made kind of a funny request: get him a nickname. He was known primarily as simply "AD" for the last two years of his high school career and wants something fresh. Where better to go than the most creative message board on the internet. What say you?
We can now all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Denard's coming back for his senior season. My guess is that in Denard's case, asking the league for a draft evaluation was not so much about deciding whether to leave school early, as it was about two other things:
- Hearing what league scouts think about his chances to play QB in the NFL, and how much his openness to a position change would affect which round he's selected in; and
- Whether he and his family should get a disability insurance policy before his senior year, and how much they should spend on it.
I was curious to learn more about how disability insurance works for pro-caliber athletes who opt to stay in college rather than enter the draft early. I found this good NY Times piece from 2007, which focused on Louisville QB Brian Brohm. Some highlights:
The policies cover the athletes if an injury, sustained on the field or off, prevents them from playing professionally....
Typically, college athletes and their families will secure loans to cover the premiums. In football, the cost is roughly 1 percent of the policy’s value, or about $10,000 for $1 million worth of insurance. The amount of coverage available for the best players — those expected to be chosen in the first few picks of the draft — has nudged to about $10 million, double what it was at the start of the decade....
Insurance companies have offered disability policies to elite college athletes for decades. But many policies are bought through the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which entered the field in 1990 largely to combat agents who were secretly and illegally building relationships with athletes by offering to secure disability insurance while the athletes were in college.
The N.C.A.A. now offers up to $3 million of coverage for football players and varying amounts to top baseball, hockey and men’s and women’s basketball players....
Policies for elite college athletes are similar to those available to others with big earning potential, like professional athletes, entertainers and executives. A major difference is that a college player has no income history on which to base a policy.
Instead, insurance companies rely on the analysis of draft experts and scouting services. They decipher, a year or two in advance, where a player may be drafted, then calculate the sort of contract such a draft selection would be offered by using information from previous years....
To be eligible for the N.C.A.A. program, a football player must be projected to be drafted in the first three rounds — a guideline that most private insurers use, too, to protect their companies and to prevent players who miss the pros from being saddled with a loan for the premium that they cannot repay.
Denard's case has to be a bit tricky for an insurance company, and for NFL scouts, for that matter. I'd be shocked if Denard wasn't selected within the first three rounds. (Two points of comparison: Antwaan Randle El was taken in the 2nd round (pick #62) by the Steelers in 2002. However, Texas A&M's Reggie McNeal, who ran a 4.4 at the Combine but also whined about not wanting to play WR, wasn't taken until the 6th round by the Bengals in 2006.) But how high does he go? Denard's just as electric with the ball as Reggie Bush ever was -- is there a chance some team takes him in the early first round, and if so, should he get the insurance that reflects that higher contract?
Denard and his family have a big decision coming up. I'm curious what feedback he got from the league on this point.