this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Still in the excited state of Kyle Bosch's commitment. It is not hard to imagine our RBs will be renamed WBs (walking backs) with Kyle and Kyle and our outstanding OL classes openning opponent's defense for them.
Just crossed over Tom's twitter and saw this lovely picture:
In addition to appreciate Bosch family's love for Michigan, don't you guys notice the few big bodied boys on second row? I bet Hoke is working on some verbal offers already for 2019/2020 classes.
(Note: I struggled with whether or not to title this OT in the subject line. However, it is about Michigan, and Ohio, so I didn't go "OT," even though it is yet another RR rehash.)
Over at Eleven Warriors, their current headline article is (link:) The Spread in the Big Ten: Why Did Rich Rod Fail at Michigan? This is a followup to an earlier 11W column on Meyer's Spread Failures. I am posting this NOT so there can be another discussion / flamewar about RR & "what went wrong" with lots of hand wringing and readers lining up for or against RR & the Spread. As mentioned here many times, "No Moar RR!!" Rather, I find it interesting that Ohio is looking at this, and wondering what Meyer will bring with the spread. They clearly are curious, and trying to ascertain what to expect in Ohio's future.
FTR, the writer (Fulton) suggests that RR's failure was due to not adapting the spread beyond it's origins. I disagree, and so do many of the 11W readers. RR's offense was doing well by 2010, and would likely have improved in 2011. The major problems, as every mgoblog reader already knows, were:
- The defense (Schafer, Gerg, RR meddling, lack of bringing Casteel with him from WVa.)
- The special teams.
- Lack of institutional support. (Carr et al, not paying enough to bring in Casteel.)
- RR's failure to fully understand and embrace Michigan culture (including Ohio rivalry.)
- RR's failure at diplomacy (Josh Groban, anyone?)
They also give Hoke and Borges credit for a number of things, including "getting" Michigan, and adapting to current personnel.
Per Allen Trieu, Alabama has offered IL OL target Colin McGovern. That makes five UM targets/commits who have Alabama offers - Bosch, Dawson, LTT, Lisle and McGovern. Rivals doesn't show Fox with one, but I'd be willing to bet he'd have gotten one had he stayed on the board. So five probably would've turned to six. Plus, it's likely Pocic will receive an offer from Alabama.
As much as I hate Nick Saban, the man obviously has an eye for talent so I'm pumped that he's essentially concurring on Hoke's evaluations. I'm loving that Hoke is identifying top tier talent early and building relationships before talented recruiters like Saban can weasel their way in. This OL class is going to be formiddable a few years down the road.
I put up a scouting report on Kendall Fuller this morning. He's a good prospect, but my takeaway is that he seems to be a little overrated on some sites. I don't think he's necessarily a future superstar or a future first round pick, but he should be a good college player if he can keep his head on straight and become a little more physical.
For those interested, the Solid Verbal (also known as the best CFB podcast on the innertubes) had Brian on for their latest episode.
Here is the description:
Ty and Dan talk with Brian Cook from MGoBlog.com about the magic of Brady Hoke, the glow of an 11-2 season, the advantages and disadvantages of playing Alabama next season, and the next step for Denard Robinson. Plus, Dan helps install his own Internet, and Ty’s life is overtaken by Temple Run.
You're in luck, gentlemen! I've just gotten the flux capacitor up and running again, and I've come back from the fall of 2014 with footage of our O-Line at work against MSU's defense.