don't we all
I just got done chatting with top LB target Dorian O'Daniel who has recently set his visit date for the Spring Game on April 14th (teammate and five-star CB Kendall Fuller will join him). Dorian made a couple interesting comments:
- Florida, who is a school he has high on his list, took 4 linebackers this weekend. When I asked if this affected his view of them, he said "somewhat"
- On visiting Michigan: "I can't wait to go check out the Big House". I told him it was big and he said that "he can't wait to see it for himself".
- When asked if Michigan was on top: "I wouldn't say they are on top, but I do favor them"
He also wanted to know what positions our eight weekend commits played, because he hadn't gotten a chance to check out the pull yet. 247 Sports has Michigan as "warm" along with Florida and Ohio, so the fact that he made a point to mention UF's linebacker pull might bump them down a notch. He's definitely excited to get up to Ann Arbor.
EDIT: Keith at Tremendous did a great breakdown of Dorian's game a while back: Dorian O'Daniel
So, I'm sure everyone has seen the sign that OSU has in their football building comparing the majors of Michigan and OSU football players. The list seemed awfully small and incomplete to me, so I decided to look into the numbers myself. I got my info from the Sugar Bowl Media Guide and from OSU's 2011-2012 Football Information Guide (strangely enough, OSU's website listed no media guide from their losing effort to John Brantley in the Gator Bowl). You'll be unsurprised to learn that "Baseball America rated [Joe Bauserman] as having the best changeup in the Pirates' farm system." I would've thought it was his knuckeball, but changeup is pretty hilarious too. You really can't make this stuff up.
|Major||# of players|
|Afro-American and African Studies||4|
|Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science||2|
|Arab, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies||1|
|Business Administration - Ross School of Business||1|
|Cellular and Molecular Biology||1|
|Master of Social Work||1|
|Masters of Accounting - Ross School of Business||1|
|Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering||1|
|Physics and Mathematics||1|
I didn't break up Kinesiology School students, but if I did it'd be a split of about 65/35 between Sport Management and Movement Science, with maybe one Physical Education thrown in.
|Major||# of players|
|Sport and Leisure Studies||7|
|Family Resource Management||7|
|Management and Industry||4|
|Construction Systems Management||1|
|Fisheries and Wildlife Management||1|
|Middle Childhood Education||1|
|Real Estate and Urban Analysis||1|
A couple of notes. First, the hilariously named "exploring" is apparently not a major but a way for undeclared kids to take a survey of a variety of courses. Sounds eerily similar to a General Studies major, doesn't it? Second, Joe Bauserman is your Fisheries and Wildlife Mangement major. Third, "famiy resource management" isn't as much of a joke as it sounds like, appearing to be basically a watered-down finance or financial planning degree that tells you how not to lose all the money, cars and tattoos that you accrue.
I was going to make this a diary (and still might) and try to add to the discussion started by Ramzy's take, but I've got stuff to do. All I'll say for now is that I'm pretty sure the reason you don't see more business or engineering students on Michigan's roster is the incredibly difficult admissions standards of those schools.
There is a great free article by Chris Balas over at Rivals entitled M is for Momentum. While the article doesn't cover a whole lot of new ground, there are some great quotes, and a good analysis of the future for Michigan in both football and basketball. One prep coach quips,
"If they can get 11 wins out of a group without a single consensus All-Big Ten player, think about what they're going to do with even more talent," one prep coach told TheWolverine.com recently.
Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell says of Michigan's haul,
"I've never seen anything like this. . . it's Texas territory," Farrell said in comparing U-M to the Longhorns, notorious for cleaning up early. "This is something new. It's pretty remarkable. I think they got the right guys on campus and that they really know the kids they are recruiting. . . . Michigan has done everything right, from the way they handled last year's recruiting class to this year's. That's why they're so successful. Brady Hoke is a stand-up guy - not a flashy recruiter, but a guy who just gets the job done. It will be interesting to watch where Michigan and Ohio State finish this year."
Balas also gives props to Beilein and the basketball team, saying
The Wolverines are contending with a single four-star prospect in the top six of the rotation (though in fairness, freshman point guard Trey Burke, now a Big Ten player of the year candidate, obviously should have been).
That changes in the years to come - the part about doing it without highly regarded prep talent, that is. U-M has invested money to put its basketball facilities on par with some of the nation's best, and kids have noticed that and Michigan's success under Beilein.
And we're not done yet. Balas notes that Michigan is seriously in the running for a bunch of four and five star recruits, listing at least six more football players ranked in the top 100 juniors, along with highly ranked basketball recruits.
In terms of having such a successful football, basketball, and hockey team, concurrently, there may be no precedent, at Michigan or any other school, at any other time. Michigan truly may be entering a golden age. Between the coaching, the facilities, and the players themselves, Michigan could scarcely be in a better place. I envy those of you who are current students. Don't take for granted how good you have it now.
[Math teacher] Kristina Lipskis was thrilled to hear Kyle Bosch committed to Michigan on Saturday.
"That's awesome, good for him," she said.
She then realized her math class at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., could have a little more flavor and energy than a typical Monday session. Lipskis was a swimmer at Ohio State.
"I know I'm not going to hear the end of this," said a laughing Lipskis, who has a Buckeyes banner hanging in her class. "... This year the [OSU football] team struggled a little bit. He liked to razz me about that a little bit."
Bosch, who Lipskis named math student of the month in December, said he won't rest at just verbal jabs at Lipskis and Ohio State's expense.
"I'll probably give her a T-shirt or something just to be smart," the four-star offensive lineman joked.
Michigan has offered several new kids like cornerback Devin Butler, linebacker Alex Anzalone, quarterback Shane Cockerille (all from 2013), and then 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor and offensive tackle Damian Prince. It's interesting that Michigan is pursuing another kid who can play QB in the class of 2013.
EDIT: Michigan has also offered 2013 WR Darrell Daniels.
I know some people were upset Florida got an article earlier and we didn't.
Either Rivals heard your complaints or yous guys were too quick to complain - they recently put out a great free article recapping our weekend and talking about how M-Ohio recruiting is warming up.