chance of bowl: 13.6%
Let's assume the rumored class size of 26 will be the final count. With 10 spots left and a bevy of linemen showing strong interest, is it possible they take 8 more linemen? Thinking 4 on each side . The QB and RB situation seem similar, with them targeting 1 or 2 elite guys with no plan to take anyone at these positions should those players go elsewhere. It seems WR is the only other absolute must in this class, and FS looks like it will be addressed (I can't wait to hear Jay North's voice in my head as I read, Helllooooooo Mr. Wilson!)
Big thanks to TomVH & Tim for what seems to be around-the-clock updates on all things recruiting.
The Omaha World Herald's Nebraska football blog, Big Red Today, recently interviewed U-M legend Desmond Howard as part of their ongoing Big Ten Roundup. Never short of an opinion, Howard shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics including Jim Tressel, NCAA rules, Reggie Bush, and Michigan's coaching change.
On Michigan's transition with Brady Hoke:
I don't think Rich Rodriguez was a bad coach. I don't think he was a bad guy. He did the best he could. It just wasn't a good fit. I think Brady Hoke is a much better fit. He understands the culture. He's coached here before. I think it's his dream job. You want someone there that pretty much wants to die there. This is like their end game. I believe that's how Brady Hoke feels about the Michigan job. He was a guy who said he would've walked from San Diego State to Ann Arbor. That's kind of what you want in that position.
Click here to read the entire interview: http://omaha.com/article/20110620/BIGRED/706209847/-1#interview-with-an-icon-desmond-howard
Ohio State OL commit Kyle Kalis has been caught in the mix with the Ohio State allegations. He said that he was set to decommit from the Buckeyes until interim head coach Luke Fickell talked him out of it. Kalis then went on to say that he does have interest in Michigan and a few other schools. He told me tonight that he and his father will be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say.
TOM: Is there any chance that you head up to Michigan this week for their camp?
KYLE: Yeah me and my dad are going up there this weekend to meet everyone for a visit. We're driving up Friday night then staying all day Saturday.
TOM: What prompted this visit? I know that you've been saying you are interested in Michigan, but why visit now?
KYLE: It's pretty much for the past few months I've become really good friends with Tom Strobel and he said I would love it up there, he fell in love with it. Tom was up there last weekend and he was talking about me with the coaches, they were joking around saying we could be roommates. I think Chris [Wormley] will be up there too [TomVH ed: I confirmed with Wormley that he is visiting this weekend]. I'm closer with Tom, but I am friends with Chris.
TOM: Is that important for you to have people that you already know there, too?
KYLE: Yeah, a big part of me liking Michigan is being able to come in with guys like Tom, maybe Chris [Wormley], being able to know that I'll practice with guys that are going to make me better.
TOM: I'm assuming your dad is an Ohio State fan too, what has he said about all this?
KYLE: He's actually not an Ohio State fan, he's indifferent. With him he's already been through this so he tells me to go with my heart. He's told me to get up there and talk with Coach Hoke, get up there and meet them in person.
TOM: What are you looking to get out of this visit
KYLE: The main thing is just getting a chance to sit down with Coach Hoke and a big thing is also to meet with the strength coach. I want to sit down with him and see his tactics. I also want to sit down with Coach Funk and maybe meet a few of the players.
TOM: Is this your first time up there?
KYLE: Yes, this will be the first time. Tom [Strobel] said when you get up there it's just a different place.
TOM: What's next after this? Are you taking any more visits?
KYLE: This summer I might get out to Auburn, Alabama, Iowa, or Miami. I probably won't get out to all of them, I want to enjoy my summer so we'll see.
The discussion of America's best college football announcer and the Keith Jackson talk in Brian's latest blog got me to start doing some research. I'm trying to compile a list of every Michigan football game Keith Jackson ever broadcast. Now, I obviously have a ton of old games but he started broadcasting long before I was born so I'm going to need some help on games from the mid-80's and before. I'll need help with the losses too since I tend to block those out to the best of my ability.
The following are UM games I know for certain that Keith did:
*2004 USC (Rose Bowl)
*2003 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*2003 Oregon (Eugene)
*2001 Washington (Seattle)
*1998 Ohio State (Columbus)
*1998 Penn State (Ann Arbor)
*1998 Washington State (Rose Bowl)
*1997 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1997 Wisconsin (Madison)
*1997 Penn State (Happy Valley)
*1997 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)
*1997 Colorado (Ann Arbor)
*1996 Ohio State (Columbus)
*1996 Penn State (Ann Arbor)
*1996 Colorado (Boulder)
*1996 UCLA (Ann Arbor)
*1996 Illinois (Ann Arbor)
*1995 Penn State (Happy Valley)
*1994 Illinois (Champaign)
*1994 Penn State (Ann Arbor)
*1994 Colorado (Ann Arbor) Oy.
*1993 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1993 Penn State (Happy Valley)
*1992 Washington (Rose Bowl)
*1991 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1991 Florida State (Ann Arbor)
*1990 Michigan State (Ann Arbor)
*1990 Iowa (Ann Arbor)
*1990 Indiana (Bloomington)
*1990 USC (Rose Bowl)
*1989 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1989 Illinois (Champaign)
*1989 Iowa (Iowa City)
*1989 Michigan State (East Lansing)
*1989 UCLA (Pasadena)
*1989 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)
*1989 USC (Rose Bowl)
*1988 Indiana (Ann Arbor)
*1986 Notre Dame (South Bend)
*1985 South Carolina (Columbia)
*1984 Auburn (Sugar Bowl)
*1983 Iowa (Ann Arbor)
*1982 Illinois (Champaign)
*1981 Notre Dame (Ann Arbor)
*1979 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1979 Michigan State (East Lansing)
*1977 Ohio State (Ann Arbor)
*1976 Minnesota (Ann Arbor)
*1974 Ohio State (Columbus)
Can the folks with freakishly great memories help add to this?
I received an email from one of Jarrod Wilson's coaches tonight updating on where he's at in the process. It said the following:
Coach Powers and I met with Jarrod today at 2:40 pm. He is not close to making an announcement this week. His next step will be to come back to the table at the end of the week. He has not given us any indication which way he is leaning.
I will talk with him Friday if not sooner.
So it sounds like there's nothing to report until maybe the weekend.
Instate TE Ron Thompson told me he'll be at Michigan tomorrow.
DT Danny O'Brien will be at Michigan's camp tomorrow. Danny says he's going to come out with a top five soon.
Ohio FB/RB Alden Hill was told by the coaches today to call them on Wednesday. He's expecting an offer based off of his camp performance. It wouldn't surprised me if that was what they wanted to talk about. I don't know if he would commit on the spot, but I know he really enjoyed his one on one time with Coach Jackson at camp.
Might be something to look out for on all three accounts, we'll see. *I posted this in the comments, but to make sure everyone sees it, I'm not implying anything here. We'll see if any decide to move.*
I was also told that 2013 OL Chris Fox is most likely a candidate for an early offer after his camp performance. I would expect an offer to come out for him very soon.