this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Terrific piece by Michigan Daily photographer Marissa McClain. To the surprise of exactly no one, the Daily's sports coverage is better than the Freep's. This is actually a pretty old article from last November but it wasn't featured here before on mgoblog, as far as I could tell. (If it was, my apologies) It was written the week of the Akron Southwest Community Remedial Junior Vocational Preparatory Academy game, so it might've gotten lost in the shuffle of pregame hype. Anyways, enjoy!
According to @MattBaxendell (who I think is a Bucknuts writer), a B1G-bound recruit received his LOI to sign and it states that the scholarship is for four years (i.e. it's not a one year renewable offer). That's absolutely huge since it seems to disallow B1G schools from booting guys that don't perform as expected.
My question is this - will oversigning still happen in the B1G, albeit it in a varied manner? Basically, will coaches coerce kids to transfer to a different school in order to "more fully realize their potential"? How does this practically impact recruiting and oversigning?
N.B. I doubt it will impact OSU this fall since only the incoming freshman will have the four-year LOI, whereas current players who Meyer may want to boot signed the one-year renewable LOI.
Just saw this article from an Auburn site that breaks down how Auburn's 2008 recruiting class has panned out (LINK). For some perspective, ESPN ranked the class #20 for that year (Michigan's was ranked #13). It was Tommy Tubberville's last class before he moved on. Per the article, here's how the class has fared:
28 total commits
5 failed to qualify
Three of them are playing for other FBS schools (LSU, Southern Miss, Central Florida), one transferred to a community college in Mississippi and hasn't been heard from since, the other has been charged with first degree murder.
7 never played a down
Two never played due to injury, two have transferred to FBS schools (Florida State and Memphis), two transferred to Grambling State, and one has been charged with capital murder.
5 stayed in the program 1-2 years
Two are no longer with the team due to injury, 1 transferred to South Carolina St. and is doing well, 1 was dismissed from the team but just said a world record in the 60m for Auburn's track team, 1 just seems to have left the team.
6 stayed in the program for 3-4 years
Two guys played for 3 years and have gone on to pursue academics, 2 guys were dismissed from the team for violating team rules, 1 left due to injury, 1 left early for the NFL Draft (currently is a WR for the Panthers).
3 used up all of their eligibility (all 3 were 3* recruits)
One contributed on special teams all 4 years, 1 was a 3-year starter in the secondary, 1 was a JUCO transfer and started in his senior year ('09).
2 are still on the team as 5th year seniors
Both were 4* recruits and are expected to be starters this next year (RB and DB).
Holy crap! That has to have a massive negative effect on their APR, right? That's over 80% of the class that won't graduate (from Auburn). I know attrition is a normal part of college football, but this can't be normal, right? Anyway, I just thought this was interesting, if not sad.
Per a source close to the situation, Sam Grant will decide by the end of the weekend. Things seem to be favoring Michigan over Oklahoma as well. I figured I'd share this real quick to maybe give you something to look forward to over the weekend.
Woodson is No. 4 on ESPN's defensive "Any-Era Team." Yes, this is one of those dumb lists ESPN does when there is nothing better going on, but old guys say nice things about No. 2, so it's worth a read.
Thought this was kind of funny, we need to get some of the current Michigan team to do a video of this quality... Not sure what song they would want to do, brought me back to the days of Coner and Tone Clem (before he defected to the Buffs)... Enjoy!