I was looking around and I found a thread on Bucknuts saying that not only has Dunn decomitted, but he's no longer consdering OSU. I haven't found anything else to confirm, but the guy seems to be a recruiting guru for OSU and he says that this is info from an OSU player's family. Can anyone confirm this, or verify who Dave Biddle is, the guys who created the thread?
I've been a bit surpised with the recruits that have been targeted lately, and specifically the positions. Hoke apparently has been telling recruits that he expects the class to get to 26 (I'm quite curious to see how we get there?!?). So we have 10 spots left. Based on the way we've been recruiting and giving out offers lately, I expect the target distribution for the remaning spots to look something like this:
DT: 1 (at least according to Danny O'brien)
Personally I dont completely agree with this strategy.
QB: I don't really think we need to grab a QB (despite what happened in recent history, that caused Sheridan into the starting spot). When the 2012 class gets on campus, denard will have 1 yr left, gardner will have 3 yrs left, bellomy will have 4 yrs left. With the exception of Zeke Pike or Gunner Kiel, anyone else we get is likely to be past over by Shane Morris (assuming he stays committed)
RB: We have a boat load of RB's on scholarship. Unless we can land an elite guy (Dunn, maybe Garmon), I think we can hold off until next yr. RB is a position where a freshman can come in and play. It really doesn't make sense to me to take a RB just for the sake of having one in the class.
FB: While it seems that FB will have an increased roll in the offense, I would only devote a scholarship here if Hopkins can't fill the role.
OLine: Although we already have three olineman committed, I think we need a minimum of 3 more.
WR: I feel like I am far more terrified about our WR depth than most people. When the 2012 class gets on campus, the WRs will be: Roundtree, Terrence Robinson (if he doesn't transfer), JeRon Stokes, Jeremy Jackson, Drew Dileo, Jeremy Gallon, and Jerald Robinson. At least three of those guys are slot receives, and only one of them has accomplished anything on the field thus far. It's a bit late at this point, but I would have liked us to have recruited this position harder, and grabbed at least 2.
DE: We have Pharoah Brown, Tom Strobel, and Mario Ojemudia committed (im assuming Godin is a DT). When this class gets on campus, we will also have: Roh, Black, Beyer, Rock, Wilkins, and Heitzman. To me that is a lot of players for two spots on the field. I don't see how we can afford to take more DEs, with the exception of elite guys (Washington and Odenigbo). I personally am not entralled with Wormley.
DT: If Danny Obrien was right, and the coaches are only looking to take one more DT, then I am terribly confused. I think at least two is a must.
S: We could definitely use a true FS
The group of most likely candidates (or at least the ones I can come up with off the top of my head) are:
QB - Maty Mauk, Devin Fuller, Austin Appleby
RB - Brionte Dunn, Greg Garmon, Alden Hill (FB?)
FB - EJ Fatu, Sione Houma
OT - Jordan Diamond, Kyle Kalis, Andrus Peat, Blake Bars, Adam Bisnowaty, Chris Muller, Eric Olson
WR - Dwayne Stanford, Aaron Burbridge
DE - Chris Wormley, Adolphus Washington, Jordan Jenkins, Ifeadi Odenigbo
DT: Ondre Pipkins, Danny Obrien, Jaleel Johnson, Sheldon Day, Aziz Shittu
S - Jarrod Wilson
JoePa and Coach K are part of a program that will air on ESPN on June 30th at 8:00.
They're basically giving out life lessons and advice, and tips that they've picked up through the trade.
One of the interesting things JoePa talked about was what he wants to see happen in college football. He expressed a desire for freshman to be ineligible, talked about how he wants the scholarship limit to increase to 90 from 85, and increased practice time.
I thought all three were interesting for Michigan fans, as the scholarship limit would certainly help us this recruiting season, maybe with Joe's increased practice time, we wouldn't have gotten in trouble, and we have had to start freshmen the past couple years.
Do you think any of these will happen? Or is this just an old guy talking and no one listening?
So sayeth Tom on teh Twitterz.
Ohio RB/FB Alden Hill just received an offer from #Michigan. I'll have more from him soon.
I read that there was a rumor he'd tried to commit to Michigan, and the coaches weren't responsive. Then he committed to MSU.
What I want to know is:
*Are these rumors substantive?
*If so, did the coaching staff see something they didn't like? Or, was there a good reason to pass on a 4* rivals ranks as the #8 WDE?
Yesterday on the Big Ten Blog, there was a mailbag question from a Nebraska fan wondering about his team playing in a trophy game in their new conference. He suggested taking the Land-Grant game away from MSU (which they probably wouldn't care about..), but it got me thinking.
Wouldn't it be cool / fun / rivalry-y for Michigan and Nebraska to play for some kind of "1997 National Championship" or something like that? Obviously worded a little better..
I'm not sure if that guy asking the question was just some outlier and Nebraska fans don't really care about trophy games (most are stupid), but that brings me to my question.
Who would decide to play for a trophy? The ADs, presidents, coaches, or the B1G? And do you think Nebraska will play in a trophy game?
I know there's the story of the Little Brown Jug, leaving it in Minnesota and having to beat them to get it back, but I'm completely clueless about other ones.