gambling establishment etc
This weekend ended up being a huge deal for Michigan recruiting. Not only did they secure commitments from Pharaoh Brown and Mario Ojemudia, but they got instate receiver Aaron Burbridge and Ohio State commit Bri'onte Dunn to visit as well. Here's a look at what Dunn thought of his trip, what may be happening in the near future, and thoughts from a few other prospects.
6'2", 215 lbs.
While Dunn is still committed to Ohio State he has been public about his desire to visit Michigan for some time. The Michigan coaches impressed him when they offered him, and there has been some sort of interest ever since. The recent happenings with Ohio State and the NCAA have gotten the Dunn's attention, and they have said they will continue to monitor what happens in Columbus. I spoke with both Bri'onte and his father after the trip to Ann Arbor. Here's what his father had to say first.
[The visit] went pretty good. They showed us around, we went through the stadium, and basically went around the whole campus. We got a good welcome in there. The head coach, Brady Hoke, wasn't there but we were talking to the rest of the coaches.
They told him he fits in their offense and that they want a back his size. They need a running back. We went up here because he wanted to go to a few places to get the experience. It's just been all Ohio State, so he wanted to look around a little bit. You always have to have a backup plan, too. It was a good trip, though, and his cousin [2013 DB] Dymonte Thomas schooled him on it after he went up there. They've talked about going to school together too.
Both Bri'onte and his father didn't really want to let out too much about the visit or where he stands on either side. Here's the limited amount that Bri'onte was willing to say.
It was better than I expected. They showed us around a lot and explained all the schooling stuff to us. They were good people, they seem like I could build a relationship with them. I'm just looking around right now, I'm still committed to Ohio State.
Like I said, Bri'onte didn't want to put too much out there yet. He wasn't comfortable answering a few of my tougher questions about his situation. I think a lot of this will depend on what happens with the NCAA investigation. I also think that this is just the start of a courtship, and I wouldn't expect anything to happen anytime soon. Either way, it's a positive for Michigan to get him on campus and put a face to a name with the coaches.
6'1", 178 lbs
Standifer had been told he was close to a Michigan offer a few weeks back. One of the Michigan coaches was out to see him in person this week, and Anthony was given an offer based on his performance. Things could start moving pretty rapidly for him now that the offer is official.
I have very very strong interest in Michigan. Me and my mom and dad are going to sit down and figure everything out, but I'll be visiting on Thursday [May 12th]. I was just excited and at a loss for words when they offered. I feel very thankful and appreciative for the offer. Michigan is at the top of my list.
He says he has very strong interest, but isn't sure when he wants to make his final decision.
I haven't been down there yet to see much, but I love the stadium and just the football atmosphere there. They told me that I'm a Michigan corner and that they want size, and to get down there ASAP.
I'm not saying it will for sure happen, but I believe there is a chance that Anthony could pull the trigger on his visit. He seemed excited but unsure of what he wanted to do. If the trip goes well don't be surprised if he makes the call on the spot. Before you ask, this wouldn't have any affect on the recruitment of any other defensive backs, including Terry Richardson.
6'3", 195 lbs.
Gilmore is a prospect that has been a little on the quiet side lately. He holds a Michigan offer as well as Arizona State, Duke, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Utah, and Washington. Despite living in California Gilmore says he has serious interest in Michigan.
[Michigan] is definitely a school I'm interested in. I mean we don't really hear that much about them out here, so to learn more about the program and school would be great. I know they have a rich tradition and good academics, it's a huge program. They have been down for awhile, but the new head coach that they have I'm sure is going to turn it around.
Gilmore wasn't positive but he had thought that Brady Hoke offered him previously while at San Diego State. While GIlmore does like Michigan, it's still early in the process for him.
I'm still taking everything in right now. I want to get out and take my visits and then I will start to narrow down the schools. I've been hearing from Cal, UCLA, and Northwestern lately, so we'll see. I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I will be seriously considering Michigan in all this.
Gilmore holds a Michigan offer, but since he wants to take his time, I'm not sure how it will play out for him.
The commitment of Mario Ojemudia has increased Michigan's chances with his teammate, WR Aaron Burbridge. If they put the full court press on Burbridge they have a chance at landing him.
Instate DE Matt Godin is announcing this Thursday the 12th. He's down to Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. His announcement will be public, so you'll know.
A lot of people were asking if the commitment from Pharaoh Brown and Mario Ojemudia would have any affect on Chris Wormley or Matt Godin, and the answer is no. Brown and Ojemudia are weakside ends, and Michigan is recruiting Godin and Wormley for the strong side. They will take all four if they fall that way.
Illinois DT Jaleel Johnson was offered this week. I believe Michigan has a good chance with Johnson.
Arizona ATH DJ Foster was offered this week. He has interest in Michigan, but they will need to get him on campus before any serious interest could happen. Oregon is the likely early leader.
[Ed: Chatter on twitter is that MI CB Terry Richardson may be announcing soon; hopefully "Roll Tide Nation" is just a tweak directed at Ross and RJS. Also, the Rivals 100 is out. RJS is the only state of Michigan player in the top 100 at #87.]
Looks like sparty fans are following the old addage of: if you can't beat 'em, bug 'em.
ESPN's recruiting page now displays Spartan garb next to the names of our recruits. Yesterday the names featured a block M to their left. Computer hijackery? I think so.
Be afraid sparty, be very afraid.
The Wolverines are truly reeling them in now. Three new commits this week. To the front page again! Action since last rankings:
5-2-11 Michigan gains commitment from James Ross. Notre Dame gains commitment from Justin Ferguson. Wisconsin gains commitment from Bart Houston.
5-5-11 Northwestern gains commitment from Ian Park.
5-6-11 Nebraska gains commitment from Jordan Westerkamp.
5-7-11 Michigan gains commitments from Mario Ojemudia and Pharaoh Brown. Michigan State gains commitment from Evan Jones.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Watchlist||Scout Avg||ESPN Watchlist||24/7 Avg|
All rankings will be on the 5-star scale this year (when available) for easier comparing across services. Rivals rankings come out this week. Full data after the jump.
[Ed-M: Bumped, obviously.]
**source: 2012 Offer List
Please let me know if there are any omissions a/o errors.
|Targets||Ht.||Wt.||40||Scout Rank||Rivals 250||Commit|
|Zeke Pike||6'5"||220||4.7||Dixie Heights HS, Edgewood, KY||5 Star||Yes||Auburn|
|Gunner Kiel||6'4"||220||East HS, Columbus, IN||5 Star||Yes|
|Bennie Coney||6'3"||203||4.8||Plant City HS, Plant City, FL||3 Star||Yes|
|Maty Mauk||6'2"||185||Kenton HS, Kenton, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Connor Brewer||6'2"||195||4.7||Chapparal HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4 Star||Yes||Texas|
|Jake Rodrigues||6'3"||210||4.98||Whitney HS, Rocklin, CA||3 Star|
|Devin Fuller||6'0"||185||4.48||Old Tappan HS, Old Tappan, NJ||4 Star||Yes|
|Zach Kline||6'2"||192||5.18||San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, CA||4 Star||Yes||Cal|
|Matt Jones||6'2"||200||4.53||Armwood HS, Seffner, FL||4 Star||Yes||FL|
|Keith Marshall||5'11"||190||4.32||Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC||5 Star||Yes|
|Bri'Onte Dunn||6'2"||215||4.59||GlenOak HS, Canton, OH||5 Star||Yes||Ohio St.|
|Ronald Darby||5'11"||172||4.37||Potomac HS, Oxon Hill, MD||4 Star||Yes||ND|
|Donovan Roberts||6'0||195||Norman HS, Norman, OK||3 Star||Ark|
|Demetrius Williams||5'10"||175||4.49||Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, SC||3 Star|
|Greg Garmon||6'1"||190||4.4||McDowell SHS, Erie, PA||4 Star||Yes|
|Cyrus Jones||5'11"||183||4.49||Gilman School, Baltimore, MD||3 Star||Yes|
|Vonte Jackson||6'0"||175||4.53||Bradford HS, Kenosha, WI||3 Star||WIS|
|I'Tavius Mathers||6'0"||195||4.5||Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, TN||NR|
|Wes Brown||6'0"||190||4.57||Our Lady Of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||Yes|
|Drew Harris||6'2"||195||4.47||Downingtown East HS, Exton, PA||4 Star|
|Jonathan Williams||5'11"||205||Allen HS, Allen, TX||4 Star||Yes||Mizzou|
|E.J. Fatu||5'10"||235||Klein Oak HS, Klein, TX||3 Star|
|Dominic Ramacher||6'3"||230||4.7||Guyer HS, Denton, TX||3 Star|
|Latroy Pittman||6'1"||190||4.7||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||3 Star||Yes||FL|
|Stefon Diggs||6’1"||189||4.4||Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||5 Star||5 Star|
|Dorial Green-Beckham||6’6″||220||4.43||Hillcrest HS, Springfield, MO||5 Star||5 Star|
|Dwayne Stanford||6'5"||185||4.5||Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Aaron Burbridge||6'1"||175||4.4||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star|
|Derrick Woods||6'1"||180||4.5||Inglewood HS, Inglewood, CA||4 Star||Yes|
|Deontay McManus||6'2"||210||4.5||Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD||3 Star||Yes|
|Malik Gilmore||6'3"||195||4.67||Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA||3 Star|
|Jordan Payton||6'2"||199||4.49||Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, CA||4 Star||Yes||USC|
|Leonte Carroo||6’1"||205||4.4||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||5 Star||Yes|
|Avery Johnson||6'2"||180||4.44||Blanche Ely HS, Pompano Beach, FL||4 Star||Yes||LSU|
|Jody Fuller||6'0"||200||4.48||Sun Valley HS, Monroe, NC||3 Star||Yes|
|Jaquay Williams||6'2"||180||4.56||Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|Amara Darboh||6'2"||190||4.42||Dowling HS, West Des Moines, IA||4 Star||Yes|
|Reginald Davis||6'1"||185||4.5||Tenaha HS, Tenaha, TX||4 Star||Yes||TTU|
|Darius Powe||6'2"||186||4.6||Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA||3 Star||Yes|
|Dominique Wheeler||6'1"||176||4.4||Crockett HS, Crockett, TX||4 Star||Yes|
|Durron Neal||6'1"||195||4.57||DeSmet Jesuit HS, St. Louis, MO||4 Star||Yes|
|Sam Grant||6’6″||238||4.8||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||3 Star|
|Sean Price||6'4"||206||4.86||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||3 Star|
|Devin Funchess||6'5"||205||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star||MICH|
|Ron Thompson||6'4"||210||4.6||Southfield HS, Southfield, MI||4 Star|
|Taylor McNamara||6'5"||235||Westview HS, San Diego, CA||4 Star||Yes|
|A.J. Williams||6’6″||260||4.9||Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, Ohio||3 Star||MICH|
|Evan Baylis||6'5"||225||4.8||Grandview HS, Aurora, CO||4 Star||OR|
|D.J. Humphries||6’5″||265||4.92||Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, NC||5 Star||5 Star|
|Jordan Diamond||6’6″||289||5.89||Simeon Vocational HS, Chicago, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Zach Banner||6'9||310||4.6||Lakes HS, Lakewood, WA||4 Star||Yes|
|Dan Voltz||6’5″||289||5.37||Barrington HS, Barrington, IL||4 Star||Yes||WIS|
|Andrus Peat||6’7″||280||Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ||5 Star||5 Star|
|Kyle Murphy||6’7″||275||5.1||San Clemente HS, San Clemente, CA||4 Star||Yes|
|Jordan Simmons||6’5″||333||4.9||Crespi HS, Encino, CA||5 Star||Yes|
|Taylor Decker||6’8″||270||5.0||Butler HS, Vandalia, OH||4 Star||ND|
|Mark Harrell||6’5″||260||Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte, NC||NR|
|John Theus||6’6″||292||5.2||The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL||5 Star||5 Star|
|Avery Young||6’6″||273||4.9||Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL||5 Star||Yes|
|Kyle Dodson||6’6″||315||Cleveland Heights HS, Cleveland, OH||4 Star|
|Paul Thurston||6’5″||274||5.0||Arvada West HS, Arvada, CO||4 Star||Yes|
|Tyler Orlosky||6'4"||290||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||3 Star|
|Josh Garnett||6’5″||275||Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA||5 Star|
|Brock Stadnik||6'5"||285||5.1||Western Guilford HS, Greensboro, NC||4 Star||Yes||S. Car|
|Kyle Kalis||6'5"||302||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||5 Star||Yes||Ohio St|
|Shane Callahan||6'6"||277||5.2||Chaparral HS, Parker, CO||4 Star|
|Ryan Watson||6'3"||270||4.8||Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||Yes|
|Ty Darlington||6'3"||275||5.1||Apopka, HS, Apopka, FL||4 Star||Yes|
|Caleb Stacey||6'4"||275||Oak Hills HS, Cincinnati, OH||3 Star||MICH|
|Ben Braden||6'6"||285||Rockford HS, Rockford, Michigan||3 Star||MICH|
|Daniel Isidora||6'3"||330||5.41||Cypress Bay HS, Weston, FL||NR|
|Evan Boehm||6'3"||290||5.1||Lee's Summit West HS, Lee's Summit, MO||4 Star||Yes|
|John Michael McGee||6'4"||255||4.85||Texas HS, Texarkana, TX||4 Star||Yes|
|Jonah Pirsig||6'9"||300||Blue Earth Area SHS, Blue Earth, MN||4 Star||Yes|
|Kyle Marrs||6'6"||302||5.4||Brandeis HS, San Antonio, TX||3 Star||OK|
|Mike Madaras||6'6"||280||4.8||Our Lady Of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||Yes||MD|
|Trey Keenan||6'5"||270||Argyle HS, Argyle, TX||3 Star|
|Erik Magnuson||6'6"||275||La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, CA||4 Star|
|J.J. Denman||6'7"||305||5.3||Pennsbury SHS, Fairless Hills, PA||4 Star||Yes|
|Michael Starts||6'4"||282||5.01||La Vega HS, Waco, TX||4 Star||Yes|
|Ellis McCarthy||6'5"||311||4.9||Monrovia HS, Monrovia, CA||4 Star||Yes|
|Max Tuerk||6'6"||281||Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Santa Margarita, CA||3 Star|
|Chris Muller||6'6"||287||5.03||Boyertown Area SHS, Boyertown, PA||3 Star||Yes|
|Patrick DeStefano||6'4"||275||5.1||Dorman HS, Roebuck, SC||4 Star|
|Chris Wormley||6’4″||255||Whitmer HS, Toledo, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||6’4″||210||4.44||Centerville HS, Centerville, OH||4 Star|
|Pharaoh Brown||6’6″||220||4.7||Brush HS, Lyndhurst, OH||3 Star||MICH|
|Tom Strobel||6'6"||245||4.8||Mentor HS, Mentor, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Mario Ojemudia||6'3"||215||4.65||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star||MICH|
|Se'Von Pittman||6’5″||245||4.65||McKinley HS, Canton, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Adolphus Washington||6’4″||230||4.7||Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH||5 Star||Yes|
|Jordan Jenkins||6'3"||245||4.67||Harris County HS, Hamilton, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|Mario Edwards||6’4″||275||4.8||Ryan HS, Denton, TX||5 Star||5 Star||FL St|
|Dalvin Tomlinson||6'3"||270||5.24||Henry County HS, McDonough, GA||3 Star||Yes|
|Brent Wilkerson||6'4"||245||4.9||DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD||3 Star||PSU|
|Devonte Fields||6'4"||220||Martin HS, Arlington, TX||4 Star||Yes||TCU|
|Darius Hamilton||6'4"||245||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||5 Star||5 Star|
|Greg McMullen||6'5"||255||Archbishop Hoban HS, Akron, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|James Deloach||6'3"||260||4.9||Jenkins County HS, Millen, GA||3 Star|
|Jarontay Jones||6'3"||245||4.8||Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, GA||3 Star||Yes|
|LaTroy Lewis||6'4"||230||4.8||Archbishop Hoban HS, Akron, OH||3 Star||Yes|
|Michael Moore||6'4"||255||4.9||DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD||3 Star||Yes|
|Noah Spence||6'4"||245||Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, PA||5 Star||5 Star|
|Troy Hinds||6'4"||225||4.65||Davis HS, Kaysville, UT||4 Star||Yes|
|Ken Ekanem||6'3"||226||4.65||Centreville HS. Clifton, VA||4 Star||Yes|
|Tommy Schutt||6’3″||301||Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Eddie Goldman||6'4"||307||Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC||5 Star||5 Star|
|Vincent Valentine||6'3"||300||Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Sheldon Day||6'2"||268||Warren Central HS, Indianapolis, IN||4 Star|
|Danny O’Brien||6’3″||278||5.1||Powers Catholic HS, Flint, MI||4 Star||Yes|
|Greg Kuhar||6'3"||265||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||NR|
|Matthew Godin||6’5″||253||5.03||Detroit Catholic Central, Novi, MI||3 Star|
|Arik Armstead||6’8″||280||5.2||Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, CA||5 Star||Yes||USC|
|Aziz Shittu||6'3"||275||5.2||Buhach HS, Atwater, CA||4 Star||Stanford|
|Ondre Pipkins||6'3"||325||5.15||Park Hill HS, Kansas City, MO||4 Star|
|Martin Aiken||6'3"||245||4.92||Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, SC||4 Star|
|Jarron Jones||6'5"||305||5.1||Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY||5 Star||Yes||PSU|
|Jonathan Taylor||6'4"||315||Jenkins County HS, Millen, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|Jaleel Johnson||6'3"||290||Montini Catholic HS, Westchester, IL||3 Star|
|Deaysean Rippy||6’2″||198||4.79||Sto-Rox HS, McKees Rocks, PA||4 Star||Yes|
|James Ross||6’0″||209||St. Mary’s HS, Orchard Lake, MI||4 Star||Yes||MICH|
|Royce Jenkins-Stone||6’2″||215||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||4 Star||Yes||MICH|
|Vince Biegel||6'3"||210||4.58||Lincoln HS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI||4 Star||Yes||Wisc|
|Kaleb Ringer||6'0"||219||4.45||Northmont HS, Clayton, OH||4 Star||MICH|
|Peter Jinkens||6'1"||208||4.45||Skyline HS, Dallas, TX||4 Star||Yes||Texas|
|Camren Williams||6’2″||215||4.58||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||4 Star||PSU|
|Jeremiah Tshimanga||6'3"||226||5.08||Richland HS, N. Richland Hills, TX||4 Star||Yes||Okie St|
|Jabari Ruffin||6'4"||230||4.6||Downey HS, Downey, CA||4 Star||USC|
|Dalton Santos||6'2"||245||4.65||Van HS, Van, TX||4 Star||Okie St|
|Joe Bolden||6'2"||225||Colerain HS, Cincinnati, OH||4 Star||MICH|
|Raphael Kirby||6'2"||218||4.75||Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, GA||3 Star|
|Kwon Alexander||6’2″||212||4.51||Oxford HS, Oxford, AL||5 Star||Yes|
|Derek David||6'3"||225||Rockdale HS, Rockdale, TX||3 Star||Yes|
|Dillon Lee||6'4"||220||Buford HS, Buford, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|Terry Richardson||5'9"||160||4.5||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||4 Star||Yes|
|Armani Reeves||5'11"||185||4.4||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||4 Star|
|Kenneth Crawley||6'1"||170||Woodson HS, Washington, DC||3 Star|
|Yuri Wright||6'2"||180||4.45||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||3 Star||Yes|
|Kendall Sanders||6'1"||175||4.4||Athens HS, Athens, TX||4 Star||Yes||Okie St|
|Brian Poole||5'11"||187||Southeast HS, Bradenton, FL||4 Star|
|Wayne Morgan||5'11"||188||4.5||Erasmus Hall Campus, Brooklyn, NY||3 Star||Yes|
|Geno Smith||6'0"||175||4.47||St. Pius X HS, Atlanta, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|D.J. Foster||6'0"||185||Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4 Star||Yes|
|Elijah Shumate||6'1"||205||4.52||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||4 Star||Yes|
|D.J. Singleton||6'3"||200||4.46||St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ||4 Star|
|Deon Bush||6'1"||177||4.44||Columbus HS, Miami, FL||4 Star||Yes|
|Jarrod Wilson||6’2″||190||4.5||Buchtel HS, Akron, OH||4 Star|
|LaDarrell McNeil||6'1"||190||4.52||A. Maceo Smith HS, Dallas, TX||4 Star||Yes|
I searched everywhere and couldn't find this posted before. I've been looking for this video for a pretty long time, and finally came across it in a YouTube video, posted above at the moment the speech starts. Apologies if it's a repost....I thought the MGoCommunity should be made aware of its existence. I even found a mailbag denying said existence: http://mgoblog.com/content/mailbag-29
Here's the quoted e-mail:
In regards to you question about Bo’s speech, there is no video only audio. The speech occurred at a full team meeting at the beginning of the 1983 campaign. He would often address us in this manner on Fridays before we got on the bus for the Campus Inn or to the airport. I can tell you that this speech pales in comparison to speeches he gave to us on Saturdays in the locker room just before we hit the field.
Yet here it is.
With all these DE recruits, I was looking over the depth chart going forward at DE. I'm interested on thoughts at SDE after Van Bergen graduates. It seems we could have two very talented players rotating at WDE (Roh and Black) with a lesser player at SDE (unless Wilkins comes of age this year). It got me thinking about Jibreel Black and whether he could bulk up to play SDE by 2012.
He is listed at 258. Putting on another 15-20 lbs. over the next year and a half seems reasonable, and I think that would make him big enough to play SDE. Scouting on Black to date seems to be good pass rusher who needs work against the run. He'd need to improve against the run for WDE or SDE, but that seems likely given experience playing and more time in the weight room.
I'm thinking we'll end up with Roh at WDE and Black at SDE in 2012.