i like 'em both
GoBlueWolverine on scout.com has a story which says "A number of big time football and basketball visitors will hit UM in the coming days, including one surprise who snuck in Friday. Plus we tackle the number of remaining slots in the 2012 football class, the number of offensive and defensive line slots remaining." (Info wasn't under a pay-wall, the whole story is). The picture next to this story is of Maty Mauk, any recruiting guru's want to try to shed some light on this situation?
If anyone wants to compare OSU's violations against the big boys, watch Pony Excess on ESPN2 now.
OSU is positively JV next to these guys.
What has struck me odd throughout this whole process, is how willing OSU players have been to thow OSU under the bus. Players going on twitter, talking during interviews, etc., about how hook ups have been going on for years and everyone knew about it. When I was an athlete in HS, we NEVER would have turned each other in. I never would have considered telling stories of my teammates smoking weed (which almost all did) or underage drinking (which almost all did) or cheating on homework (which almost all did). I can't imagine ever, in a million years, doing that to my teammates, even the ones I didn't like.
To be clear, I am not talking about a few things. First, I'm not talking about turning them in for something heinous or violent. If we are talking about rape or murder or serious crimes, different topic. I'm comparing the trouble we got into in HS to free meals, tats, golf, etc. Second, I am also not talking about the coaches/administration. Of course they have a responsibility that is quite different.
I am simply talking about turning in your teammates for arguably minor offenses. Again, I'm not trying to debate the seriousness of the OSU offenses by the players, I'm just saying compared to not ratting them out for major criminal violations where others are in danger is different, and those of you who played sports know what I am talking about.
Am I the only one taking crazy pills or are you guys also shocked to see so many players come out and talk like this? Because honestly, I can't picture a situation where I'd talk about this stuff about my teammates or where any of my teammates would either.
Sparty player development (or talent scouting, or luck)
This morning the Rivals player countdown features a Sparty (Joel Foreman) wholly unfamiliar to me at #76:
Where was he in 2007?
That's right, two stars. Not that I'm counting or anything, but that's at least the third such instance for Sparty from that era. The other two on my mind?
* Kirk Cousins: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Kirk-Co...
* Jerel Worthy: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Jerel-W... (2008 class)
They were both three-star recruits, but they've been mentioned as future high NFL draft picks, for what that's worth. Note that Worthy had an offer from Nebraska, so he's wasn't as obscure as the other two.
Other three-star guys from the '07 class that prospered include Greg Jones (a recent NFL draftee) and Arizona transfer Nick Foles.
I realize that plenty of "threes" (e.g., David Harris and Mike Hart) at Michigan end up doing well, but it seems that Dantonio has been doing a good job with player development, talent scouting, or just being lucky. Thoughts?
With yesterday's commits the class is up to 16 and there are only 18 spots available, it seems. Yet, there's also talk of a full class. I know this has been discussed in several threads already, but I feel it needs its own now that we're so close to seemingly critical mass.
If you look at 2 spots left, who do you take?
I don't ever remember UM having this problem of so many more potential recruits than room left, and certainly never realistically staring at the problem in freaking early June!
I know some hope for more attrition and/or not granting 5th years, but if Hoke has talked about a full class, what do you think his plan is? Just sit back and hope some kids that don't land a spot in the 2 deep get disgruntled and transfer? While that would solve a problem, it's not so much a "family atmosphere" anymore. I would imagine that's causing some sleep loss in the Hoke home.
Anyone care to speculate on players that could go?