From Portage Northern.
Michigan continues to make offers for the 2012 class at a rapid rate. The offer to PA OT J.J. Denman is the 100th reported by either Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports, or our own TomVH.
With that in mind, I thought I would provide a summary from the 2012 offer list:
The 100 offers include:
- 7 QBs
- 9 RBs
- 13 WRs
- 7 TEs
- 21 OL
- 12 DEs
- 12 DTs
- 9 LBs
- 5 CBs
- 5 Ss
Among the 100, 66 are on the Rivals 250 Watch list and 37 are either 4 or 5 Star player on Scout.
Also 247 Sports recently reported that 5 Star WR Stefon Diggs plans to visit Michigan in the spring.
Diggs added that he plans to visit Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Carolina during a trip south this spring. He also plans to check out Michigan where his former teammate, four-star Class of 2011 cornerback Blake Countess signed last recruiting cycle and will attend the Nike Football Training Camp at Georgia in April.
But we shouldn't get our hopes up too much because he also said this:
“I’d prefer to play my college football somewhere where it’s warm- down south,”
247 also reported that LB Camren Williams will visit Michigan on March 12 (does anyone know if that's a Junior Day?).
BTW - For comparison sake it's interesting to note that Scout is reporting 45 offers and Rivals is reporting 40 offers by Michigan State.
Ryan Mallett speaks, or rather doesn't speak about his alleged drug use at the NFL combine in Indy.
To see the video you will have to scroll the thumbnails underneath to find him. He is wearing a black #9 shirt.
Georgia defensive end Jordan Watkins (6'5", 260 lbs) has seen his recruitment take off in the past few weeks with 27 total offers. The top schools in the country have been after Watkins, and rightfully so. He offers a rare combination of athleticism and smarts. Jordan is the complete package and he could also be on the verge of landing a Michigan offer. Here's a look at his highlights and what he thinks about Michigan.
TOM: Tell me about what's been happening lately with your recruitment, and where you're at.
JORDAN: I'm in basketball season right now, so I haven't gotten too deep into researching schools or trying to visit. I'm just seeing who's interested in me and how much each school seems to be interested. I'm up to 27 offers now, and every one is a blessing. The first and second offers mean as much to me as the twenty seventh. This is an opportunity not a lot of people get to have, so I'm very blessed.
TOM: Who has offered you recently, and who were some schools before all this started that you really wanted to hear from?
JORDAN: Recently I've gotten offers from Auburn, West Virginia, South Florida, and LSU. One school before all this started was Georgia Tech. That was a team I was a fan of growing up, and you always want a chance to play for the team you grew up cheering for. I also grew up liking Michigan too, and one of my good friends is a Michigan fan. The other one was Miami. I had a cousin play at Miami, and for me to be the second person in my family to play there would be pretty cool.
TOM: With Michigan specifically, what kind of contact have you had and what are you hoping for?
JORDAN: So far I talked to Coach Montgomery on Wednesday. He said he saw my highlight tape and loved it, they were going to evaluate me as a staff on Thursday and then he would tell me the news soon. I'm just waiting to hear back now. Michigan, as I've said before, is a school I want to have because of the academics and athletics. Michigan is one of those places, it's hard to think off the top of your head a school that has the football tradition and prestige that Michigan has. The combination of academics and the network they have with alumni.
TOM: You've mentioned academics a lot, and I know you have a 3.66 GPA, so I'm assuming that will be a big factor for you?
JORDAN: Academics is huge for me. That's the first thing I'll look at when I pick a college. That's why you're going to college to get that degree. I want to go to a great school, and I would like to go into sports broadcast journalism.
TOM: Besides having intelligence, what do you bring to the table? What kind of player is Jordan Watkins?
JORDAN: I'm a balanced all around player. I can stop the run because I have long arms and great feet. I can use my arms to keep offensive linemen off of me. I have good quickness off the ball, which helps me in the pass rush. A lot of times I can pick up what offensive linemen are doing, or snap counts, or what the quarterback likes to do before the snap. Small things like that help me be a better player.
TOM: What's your timeline going to look like from here on out. I know you said you're in basketball season, when does that end?
JORDAN: We're in the state playoffs for basketball right now, and our goal is to go all the way. March 12th would be the championship, so once that's done I'll start taking visits and researching. I'm trying to work everything out with my parents and the coaches to get my list down to 10 or so before the season starts then take my visits from there.
TOM: Back to Michigan again, where do they fit in the equation? Are they going to get a visit?
JORDAN: I'm not sure when, but Michigan will definitely be a place I try to visit. Michigan, as far as final lists I can't say yet because I haven't thought too much about it, but Michigan was definitely a front runner before all this started.
A former Colerain High School football star has been arrested on allegations of burglary. Mister Simpson, 23, of Mount Airy is accused is stealing four firearms and a pair of night-vision goggles from a home in Green Township on Jan. 1.He was arrested in Colerain Township on Wednesday when a car he was riding in was stopped and police say they found the weapons in the trunk and a shotgun shell inside Simpson’s left coat pocket. Police say he confessed to the crime.Bond was set at $5,000 on Thursday when he made his first appearance in a courtroom at the Hamilton County Justice Center.In 2008, Simpson was arrested with former Colerain teammate, Terrill Byrd, an All-American defensive tackle, on drug abuse charges. Simpson was cited and paid a fine.Simpson was a top-rated senior recruit running back on the Cardinals 2004 state title team. He signed with Michigan after high school but was red-shirted in 2005.His prospects of playing for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats were dashed a few years later when he learned that he was academically ineligible to play football.
With the recent blitz of offers that have gone out to football recruits, how are we feeling about the prospects/targeting? There are offers to some big names and lesser well known names covering the midwest, east coast, Florida, Texas, California, etc which should give us a good first proxy for the types of kids the new staff is going after. Granted, we are very, very early in the process and many things will happen between now and next Feb when ink is on paper, but where is your confidence level right now? Are you more or less confident in our talent selection than with the last staff?