While he's not yet as ancient or geriatric as Jordan Morgan, the day is no doubt coming when Fred Jackson will retire. I noticed that the NY Giants recently fired their long-time RB coach Jerald Ingram, a former Michigan running back. I don't know too much about Ingram's coaching career in the college ranks (aside from what's available on his Wikipedia page), but it couldn't hurt recruiting to have a two-time Super Bowl-winning RB coach on the staff.
Maybe someone who's a more avid follower of the Giants could shed some light on Ingram's tenure there and whether he'd be a good fit at Michigan?
There have been various posts over the past few weeks regarding who will close out the 2014 recruiting class. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems there are two open spots at this time. Possibilities that have been mentioned recently:
1) Jeff Jones (4* RB)
2) Marlon Mack (3* RB)
3) Malik McDowell (4-5* DE)
It seems that the first two may not be an academic fit according to several reports over the past week. Is that still the case or will these guys make an official visit prior to NSD?
It also looks like, according to our recruiting guys, the Malik McDowell ship may have sailed with his OV set for MSU's big recruiting weekend. This is in contrast to him previously saying he would not take an OV to either of the in-state schools.
Unless I am mistaken, it appears we won't be getting any of these three guys. Does that mean we may land one or two Norfleets on NSD? Just seeing whether anyone out there has a feel for how the last two weeks of this recruiting period will go for us.
Sam Webb updates the status of George Campbell and Damien Harris in the Detroit News. The status is much better for Harris than Campbell but Michigan is not out for either of them. Campbell insists Michigan's record had nothing to do with his decommitment because he feels he'd be part of the difference. The reason was that none of his family had visited Michigan and they felt he made a hasty decision. He's not sure if he will take an official visit to Michigan, but he hasn't ruled it out. He will make the decision when he has talked to more schools.
There have been other stories on Harris so I won't go into the details here. It does say that his mom feels the process will lead right back to Michigan.
This week's scouting report is on the newly offered Keisean Lucier-South from Orange (CA) Lutheran. For whatever reason, I feel like he's the Michigan Corner of the Internet's third favorite (or most desired?) player in the class, behind George Campbell and Damien Harris. I guess that's what happens when a top 100 player from California says Michigan is his "dream school."
Not much there, but it's more positive than earlier reports..
I just got off the phone with Nick Johns and he had some pretty good things to say after Coach Mallory stopped in to see him today.
Coach Mallory came in to see me today so that was good. We talked about me maybe coming up for the junior day, which I doubt I'll make just because of the distance. He just came to talk to me and wants me to get in touch with Coach Nussmeier and hopefully I'll pick up an offer. Coach Mallory said that he'll talk with Coach Nussmeier about coming down to watch me throw so that should be good. He also said that he wants me to start calling him once a week and he's going to get me Coach Nussmeier's number so I can start calling him too. Hopefully I can pick that offer up, it would be great! Michigan would definitely be one of my top schools. If I do get that offer it would definitely be a place I'd consider committing to.
Johns resides in Leesburg, Virginia but goes to school at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He currently holds an offer from Virginia but several other schools are recruiting him. Coach Loeffler, the offensive coordinator from Virginia Tech, is coming to watch him throw next week so the Hokies may soon send out an offer as well.
Coach Mallory was at Gonzaga to see Johns along with three of his teammates from the 2015 class, OL Richie Petitbon, WR Jabari Greenwood, and DB Marcus Lewis. Recruiting Gonzaga seems to be a good idea and a great start to a potential pipeline in the talent-rich DMV area.
Whenever the coaches start mentioning the plan to see a quarterback throw in person the possibility of an offer becomes a very real possibility. I'll continue to be in touch with Johns to see if and when that session is supposed to take place.