Meram is scoring some sweet-ass goals of late
There are a ton of visitors this weekend so there will probably be a matching amount of info. Since OL Ben Braden and LB Joe Bolden were the two visitors on Thursday I'm going to do a mini update on them here. Here's a look at how their trips went.
6'2", 225 lbs
Bolden has a decent offer list so far with the likes of Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Stanford, and Tennessee to name a few. He took in Ann Arbor for the first time with his dad, uncle, and cousin.
We got there around noonish and we met with Coach Smith, Coach Mattison, and Coach Hoke. Coach Mattison told me more than likely I'd be playing the MIKE linebacker spot. It's definitely a privelage to sit down with him and watch film. Coach Hoke basically stated the goals as a football coach, as a team, and as an individual. We just talked casually for awhile.
As usual the coaches were down to earth and the Big House was shockingly big.
The coaches were really easy to talk to, I feel like I get along with them really well. My dad is my AD and my uncle is my coach and they knew the coaches from when they were at Ball State. They really like those coaches, and they've known each other for awhile. We all got to go to the Big House too, and that sent chills down my back thinking about the history that's been in that stadium.
This visit was a positive for Michigan, but Bolden isn't making his decision any time soon.
I was definitely impressed by this visit. Michigan is definitely up there on the list overall. I haven't narrowed anything down yet, I just know that Michigan is up there.
Bolden may visit North Carolina this weekend, and plans on trying to make it back up to Michigan sometime soon.
6'6", 285 lbs
As you probably know Braden committed on his visit Thursday. He and his coach had planned this visit for awhile and Ben decided that he was comfortable enough to make his decision. I spoke with his head coach, Ralph Munger, about the visit.
He and his father made a trip to Wisconsin, the family made a trip to MSU, and also Michigan. He's been traveled and checked out a lot of places. Ben shared with me and his parents that he appreciated all the time with the coaches, but he just feels real comfortable with Michigan. He was going to go to MSU also, but in the last couple weeks he was just really excited about Michigan. After today I could see why, he really feels comfortable there. He connected, he looked at the educational opportunities, the football opportunities, and he felt that was the place he could call home.
From a coaching perspective, it's important that a high school coach is comfortable sending his players to that respective school they choose. Luckily for Michigan, Coach Munger has a long time relationship with Brady Hoke.
I've known Brady for a lot of years, he's been very good to me. I've learned a lot from Brady. I've known him on a very personal level and what you see is what you get with Brady. All the years that I've known him and he's still the same guy that he was ten years ago. He's definitely a player's coach, a coach's coach. I can't say enough good things about Brady. He has a certain magnetism with attracting good people. He's very demanding of his players, yet his players are always willing to give everything they've got. He assured me all the coaches will treat the players like sons, and there's a lot of teaching going on there. The line coach that Ben will be working with, he's a family guy, and a very good teacher too.
The recruiting process is very much about relationships and it seems like all the past work that Brady Hoke has put in will soon start to pay off for him.
I was wondering how much effect does an early commitment have on a program's future recruitment.
If a 5 star commits early to a school does that on average attract more higher quality recruits to the class?
If so - is there any research available on this?
Also - does the number of early commitments have an impact on the overall class? I know Texas pretty much locks up its commits 1 year before anyone does (at least last year). In such cases do they fair better or is it a disadvantage since you lock out other elite prospects from looking at you?
Any inputs will be appreciated.
Yesterday the Texas Rivals site, Orangebloods, posted an interesting poll.
They asked Texas fans if they would rather change the results of last Sunday's tournament game allowing them to play Duke this week in the sweet sixteen or have their pick of any single uncommited football prospect for the class of 2012?
The results were two to one in favor of the recruit. I realize Texas is more of a football school than a basketball school, but so is Michigan and I think the results would be different from our fans. Which would you choose, a win over Duke or your favorite 2012 recruit?
Update - Here are the totals. We do see things differently than Texas.
I'm in the camp with those who think a win would mean a lot to the school and we may get my favorite recruit anyway. As a follow up question, if you were to pick a player but you had to pick now, who would it be?
My pick is Zeke Pike. The favorite for number one player this year (2012) is WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
We've had a lot of hand wringing as a fan base over the last 2 months as MANBALL has taken over the reigns of the gimmick spread offense. Much of the worry has been over the utilization of Denard and how he will be used. I'm not sure of anything , but let's go off the base assumption that Borges and Hoke are good,smart football coaches. Then let's look at last years offensive results.
|.399||12||San Diego State||8-4||40||.355||17||.669||66||.516||27||.225||7||.092||105||.208||74|
What initially sticks out is Michigan at #2, but look down a little further to #12 and see SDS( maybe they do know how to utilize talent). Even if you were a critic of last years offense take a look at that list and look at the records of those teams( I think we'd take most of those). Of that list of 15 who returns 10 starters(that would be 1...us) Of that list who returns their QB(6-Mic, Ore, Okl, SC, FSU,SDS?) Of that list who had a 1st year starter running the team?(3-Mic,Ore,Aub) Can we better than #1? Can we be #1+? We're already #2 and #1 is taking a hard dive next year and probably 3,4 and 5 as well.
Our record is an extreme outlier on this chart compared to the other teams. Our defense and special teams had to try and conspire to hold our offense back last year.
What's the point of this? Hoke can try to fire the troops up with MANBALL all he wants, but Borges has run all sorts of offenses and had pretty good success. We have a lot of experienced talent and transition or no transition we should be looking at an offense that should be similar to last years in terms of look and production. Borges will run it out of his system and we'll be under center a little bit more, but we're going to be good..real good.
So to those of you who are worried about the offense just relax and imagine what our record will be like with Mattison shoring up this defense to an even mediocre level. The offense is going to be great. Get ready for more fireworks in 2011.
Michigan 2011 BT Champs
Edit-Pretty cool I got this out 15 minutes before Brian stole my thinder on the main board. Hoke is just playing to the crowd, Denard will be in the gun a lot next year...a lot.
Not from me, from the Orlando Sentinel. I guess somebody needs to get out in front on this speculation.
"Now that Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl, isn’t it only a matter of time before Jim Tressel resigns at Ohio State and former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer takes over?
I am convinced of it.
Obviously Meyer wants to decompress, take some time off from coaching and spend some quality time with his family. And he will get a chance to do just that this season while the vultures circle Tressel at Ohio State. With Tennessee firing basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday for similar transgressions to Tressel’s, it’s inevitable that Ohio State will eventually pull the plug on Tressel, too.
Let’s face it, Tressel has lost all credibility and could face massive sanctions once the NCAA is done investigating his role in covering up violations by his players. If the NCAA hammer falls and the Buckeyes struggle this year (and you know they will with quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Tressel suspended for the first five games), the pressure will mount and Tressel will ultimately resign."