Almost a year ago the Wolverine coaching staff decided to offer OL Garrett Thomas and for a while they were after him pretty hard. Without any type of negative reasoning the staff cooled on him a little bit over the course of the year but recently that has changed.
With the firing of Al Borges and the hiring of Doug Nussmeier, the Wolverine coaching staff obviously had to reevaluate some names on their recruiting board and Thomas seems to be a beneficiary of that. I talked briefly with Garrett last night about what Michigan has been up to with him.
Lately they started sending me a ton of hand-written letters and had been calling my coach a lot. I got Coach Funk's number and I talked with him for a while and he told me that they are still very interested in me. Coach Nussmeier remembered me from when he was at Alabama and he basically reaffirmed my offer and told me that I was one of their top priorities still and that they'd really like me to come up for a spring practice.
Thomas hails from Louisiana so making a trip up to Michigan isn't going to be easy but he says he's definitely interested.
I'm going to try and make it up there. I think I definitely will if they continue to show strong interest. I have a high interest in Michigan, but my recruitment is still very open to anyone.
Thomas expanded on his interest level in Michigan and the effect that Coach Nussmeier is having on him.
In order for Michigan to make it to the top of my list they would have to push really hard and show me that I'm their top priority. That's one of the main things I look for in a school and I think they are definitely capable of that. I really like Coach Funk and Coach Nussmeier a lot so it's possible.
Thomas has a lot of solid offers from all over the country, but he doesn't hold one from LSU or Alabama, the two main schools that dominate recruiting in his homestate. It sounds like Michigan could be in the mix for him, but I just find it hard to believe that if he's offered by either of those two schools, Michigan could out-battle them. If he does decide to visit this spring I'd like Michigan's chances a whole lot more.
0 - Passing interest or none
1 - Let's see if he visits before we talk
2 - Among large (8-15) group under consideration
3 - Contender in a top 3-7
4 - Tentative lead or solidly in a top 2-3
5 - Trending blue.
I think Garrett's interest might be higher than a level 1, but until he visits I just can't give him a score higher than that.
It seems like the AD is using the Alumni Association to glean some feedback about the declining student attendance numbers. If you'd like to share your well-reseasoned two cents (and actually see some pretty reasonable takes as well.) Check out this link:
NCAA says it was ok to use real names as long as the jersey numbers were imaginary. I'm starting to think the NCAA are some shady folks....
Position: Weak- Side Defensive End
Ht/Wt: 6'2" / 215 lbs.
Location: Brother RIce High School – Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Michigan coaches hosted a few prospects this past weekend for the Minnesota game and one of the young men on hand was DE Jack Dunaway. Dunaway is another known name around Ann Arbor as Jack's father, Craig, played tight end for the Wolverines in the early 80's. Jack is an unranked, unoffered prospect at this time, but he is bound and determined to change that.
Coach Mattison and I have talked about whether or not I will get an offer. He has told me that the 2015 class is going to be very small, he said it's 15 right now, and they do not intend on offering anyone at my position of weak-side defensive end. Althought he said he still wants me to come to Michigan as a preferred walk-on. While I understand the situation that they are in this year, I want to change his mind and get a scholarship offer as an incoming freshman. We will see how it plays out.
Jack knows that he will have to work much harder than most to get that offer he covets, but he knows that other schools could potentially come calling. If that does happen he'll have some things to weigh out.
Michigan has always been where I want to end up but if I was offered by some other schools I would definitely consider them. In the end my decision will come down to wherever I feel the most comfortable and also on the standing of the schools academics. It will definitely be a tough decision. Time will tell.
Dunaway gets it. He's not a highly talented player, but he knows with work some offers could come. Will Michigan be one of those offers? Right now it doesn't look like it but with his dad's legacy, growing up in Michigan, and his high standards for academics, enrolling at the University of Michigan is obviously what he'd like to do.
0 - Not going to happen
1 - Doesn't look good right now, but we'll see
2 - 50/50, yes or no, wouldn't be surprised
3 - It looks like an offer could come in the future
4 - I fully expect an offer to come
5 - Guarantee this kid is offered
I wouldn't be surprised at all if Dunaway eventually becomes a Wolverine, but I'd bet it would be as a walk-on. He's quite undersized for his position and with the 2015 class being extremely small, the coaches probably won't be able to find room for him to take up a scholarship. You never know though. Sometimes these are the kinds of kids that grind harder than anyone else and carry a big chip on their shoulder, turning them into a diamond in the rough.
According to a pro scout's report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hyde’s Wonderlic score was 9. Given that 10 is the minimal literacy level, you wonder who Carlos has to thank at Ohio for his great academic achievement. Maybe he can credit Urban Meyer, who was so tough on Carlos.
Once, Meyer kept Carlos out for two whole plays after an unspecified “academic infraction”. Oddly, Hyde’s performance turned out to be “the third-best rushing performance in Ohio State history.
Meyer said about Carlos “"He's fine. He has been great and I expect him to be great again. I have no problem with Carlos….(but) "Academically our guys are held to a certain standard,"
Since a 9 score on the Wonderlic does not meet the standard for basic literacy (10), you have to wonder what exactly was the standard of Meyer and Ohio . (think North Carolina)
Looks to be a slow day, so I'll see if I can get this exchange between Mike Martin (YTMM) and Mark Snyder (YTMS) to post. If the picture doesn't embed properly, click the link in the first tweet. Yes, another exposé narrowly averted.
Warning - picture contains furry slippers, pizza remains, and the bones of a recent victim.
This is current.. #lazysundays i only get em 6 months outta the year http://t.co/Vt2EV5RPDj
— Mike Martin (@GoMikeMartin) March 2, 2014
@GoMikeMartin missing a hat there, big timer?
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) March 2, 2014
“@Mark__Snyder: @GoMikeMartin missing a hat there, big timer?” Im wearing that one
— Mike Martin (@GoMikeMartin) March 2, 2014