"This is really important to be here," Lewan said. "I'm here to give back and help out my teammate."
Cass Tech linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone was just the fourth player to commit to Brady Hoke's class of 2012, doing so last April. The consensus four-star recruit has since won a state championship with the Technicians and played in the Army All-American Game, and he's looking to continue that run of success at Michigan. I got the chance to chat with Royce over the weekend—via text, hence the short-ish answers—and we discussed his goals for his freshman year and career along with a few other topics:
ACE: How was the Army Game for you? It had to be fun being there with James [Ross, Royce's childhood friend] and your future teammates.
ROYCE: Yeah, it was a great experience. Everyone competed and had fun.
ACE: What are your goals for your freshman year?
ROYCE: Get my weight to 235 [Royce is currently listed at 215 on Rivals, though he looked bigger in person this fall], learn the defense, and see if I can at least get in the rotation.
ACE: You and the whole 2012 class come in with some big expectations. Do you ever feel pressure from that, or more just excitement?
ROYCE: Just excitement because everyone in this class is all about getting better and getting on that field.
ACE: What's it like to know you'll be playing for Greg Mattison as your defensive coordinator next year?
ROYCE: It's good to know you have a coach that knows what he's doing and not leaving when you get there.
ACE: When your Michigan career is over, what do you want to look back on and say you've accomplished.
ROYCE: [I want to say I've been an] All-American and All-Big Ten in my sophomore, junior, and senior year.
ACE: Do you expect to go out on top at Michigan like you did at Cass Tech?
ROYCE: Yeah. I plan on getting a national championship when I get there and before I leave.
In "aquaman's" update he stated that Armani Reeves told him that OSU and Michigan both promised him "Early Playing Time". Based on both teams depth charts and the fact he is not already enrolled the chances of that happening are slim at best.
I find it hard to believe knowing their perspective depth charts Meyer or Hoke would promise a kid playing time. I could see if you had a depth chart issue like we do with OL where you could point out a great opportunity, but this is not the case for either school at DB.
So my question is do kids just say this stuff to recruiting guys when the coaches didn't say it or are kids still that innocent where they can get sucked in by the "early pt line"? It's a minor thing, but it just baffles me every time I see it.
Apparently talks fell apart when Tampa Bay refused to unveil a new uniform combo each week.
Title says it all. It looks like its down to Armani Reeves if we get another DB in this class, unless we get a surprise on signing day.
Hey guys, I just talked to Josh Garnett. Did Coach Hoke go short sleeved in the Washington winter? Find out: LINK
This should get interesting.
EDIT: I should also add that I'll be talking to Armani shortly after his visit from Coach Mattison.
Here it is, enjoy: LINK