At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
The only recruit yet to sign is Monty Madaris. Speculation abound that he called off of school sick today and that Mr. Meyer may be in his ear. (RCMB calls Meyer 'Nucky', which if you follow Boardwalk Empire, then - yes. This may be the only RCMB nickname that I approve) Their class consists of 17 kids, not counting Madaris. Notable additions: Burbridge (WR), Cox (DB), and Jamal Lyles (DE).
Nucky has snake-oiled enough recruits to earn the top recruiting spot in the Big Ten. Aside from the possibility of Madaris, OSU today confirmed the commitment of 4* Kyle Dodson (OT). Meyer sleazed his way into the heart of several other previously spoken for recruits including; Pittman (DE, MSU), Reeves (DB, PSU) Taylor Decker (OL, ND), and Camren Williams (LB, PSU). I'm starting to associate Meyer with Saban in terms of sleaztasticity. Sleaztasticity may not even be a strong enough invented word. He has brought SEC oversigning north on his unholy conquest of the midwest, continuing to find ways to pull in recruits. Thankfully, Hoke had our guys hanging strong and we did not lose any commits, just lost a few recruiting battles. Meyer's next trick is to find a way, through power of hypnosis, to convince several bench warmers that they should try their hand in ice dancing.
Today ND lost a borderline blue chip prospect to Houston, if that gives you a sense of their day. They also lost out on another solid 4* guy in OL Decker. Their current class sits at 16, with Gunner Kiel as the only 5*. Their class never materialized, leaving many Domers pissed about their prolongation of the return to greatness.
Nice listen, and something to hold us over until the presser.
While we all wait breathlessly for news of Alex Kozan's decision, ESPN has an interesting article about Presidential involvement in recruiting. The player in question is Joe Washington, a Texas kid who committed to play for Oklahoma in the early 1970s.
The irritating UM connection in the article is the choice of photo. Out of all the hundreds or thousands of images that are surely available of Washington in action for the Sooners, which game do you suppose they choose to get a pic from?
The Jan. 1, 1976 Orange Bowl against Michigan, won by OK 14-6. It's not even a particularly compelling action shot, either.
Those predisposed to unnecessary panic can now ease up a bit. It looks as if the only unknown at this point is Mr. Diamond.
EDIT: The Kozan rumors are still in the speculation stage, so I guess he is out there as well. I had thought that the rumor was debunked, but apparently it has some legs. Although, who knows...?
Who ya got? Obviously this will be based mostly on anecdotal evidence and general demeanor, but probably fairly accurate nonetheless.
1. Nick Saban
2. Chip Kelly
3. Urban Meyer
4. Gene Chizik
5. Bobby Petrino
For those of you interested in watching the race to the top of the B1G recruiting rankings, Ohio picks up Jamal Marcus, a 3* OLB from North Carolina who was deciding between Ohio and East Carolina... not a a signature recruit but he's enough that Ohio is inching closer and closer to us in the scout rankings...
EDIT: They also just picked up Kyle Dodson, making it 25 and passing us in the Scout rankings.