I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I am in the military and live in Omaha, and this has been some of the biggest news here over the last few days. The radio stations are eating this story alive. The media and Pelini are continuing a hate/hate relationship that has being going on for some time now. Apparently Wilson announced at Indiana that Raymond was leaving for Nebraska just a few hours before Pelini's signing day presser. A reporter asked Pelini several times at the presser, and he kept declining to comment. This looks really bad on Pelini's part IMO. Several people that have called in on the radio have split opinions. Some believe a recruit commits to a school, while others say this is wrong to deceive a recruit like this. Either way, Husker Nation is quite split out here, and with NU's brutal schedule next year, I could see this thing getting bad with Pelini and the media if they start to lose some games. In my opinion it was wrong to do this, I was wondering what others' thoughts were, as we are outsiders looking in on another program?
EDIT- I'm not sure what everyone's issue is with the post. If you read the article, you will know that Wilson is the coach at Indiana and Raymond is the DB's coach from IU that is headed to Nebraska. Charles Jackson was recruited all the way up until signing day by the previous DB's coach, who then split yesterday(the day after signing day). What is hard to understand about this?
Second EDIT- Please read the article before you decide to comment folks. Thanks.
I am hoping Brian has a response to this as it was rather direct.
An interesting read....Scout's Scott Kennedy is essentially "prophesizing" that Michigan (along with Fla and Miami) will have a top 10 class next year.
Interesting that Saban's 1st makeshift class, after being also hired in January, finished 22nd similar to our 27th, and then the following year, with a full 12 months, landed the #1 class.
With the following FACTS....
1. Hoke and Mattison are sublime recruiters (Meyer calls Mattison the best in country).
2. The 2012 recruit pool in Michigan/Ohio is the deepest its been in a decade.
3. Michigan will be attractive to those recruits for early playing time, in addition to the normal reasons.
....it is NOT a stretch to think that Michigan can land the top overall recruiting class next year, is it ?
"To a degree … we're blowing a lot of it up ..."
In today's DetNews, the new coaches discuss their vision for the offense:
Reading between the lines (which I'd invite everyone to do), I think Vincent Smith may have a reason to be nervous:
"It's a different style of run game," Jackson said. "You have to have a back who can go down hill and do it successfully quite a bit. We have a couple guys built for this and a couple guys we'll have to wait and see."
Speaking as a fan of the spread 'n shred, I'm intrigued by what Borges and company might be able to do with the returning players. His remarks about Denard make sense to me. (Aside: I wish they'd go easy on the whole "toughness" / "physical" theme. I'm tired of it already. Do they think the O-line played soft last year? Does anyone else think that?)
Ok, he's a great recruiter, but I think we've got that covered.
The race/demographic question is more than answered in the other post.
I want someone to tell me what I'm missing regarding his coaching abilty. Who has he developed that makes him stand out?
NY Jets as DB coach 2004-2007 - their DB/S's have only improved since he left
ND - He was better IMO running the DC position (because of the recruiting/tying positions/people together) as he did in 2007. He only took over DBs in 2008, and I don't remember ANY great secondary play from ND in that timeframe. Shoot, of anything I remember of us having success at all against them was due to taking advantage of their poor backfields. I don't remember a single DB's name from ND (except for DB's named Rye, White, Wheat - they were all toast). 2009 he's back to multi-tasking with Asst HC, DC, and DB roles.
Am I missing something? If we're truly looking for a DB coach, is he even close to the best guy? If we were short on the recruiting front AND needed the DB spot, sign him up, but I think it's no big miss otherwise.
I saw this was mentioned in the comments of a post about a week ago but thought that this kid's name is awesome enough to have his own post. He is a 2012 CB from Southfield named Leviticus Payne. Here is his Rivals profile. No film there but the couple of people that rated him both gave him 5 stars. I don't know about that but his name certainly gets 5 stars from me.
Any other spectacularly named kids we should know about for next year? Who will be the Barkevious Mingo of next year's class?