There was recently some confusion about whether or not Illinois DB Anthony Standifer (6'1", 178 lbs) had actually received a Michigan offer or not. At first his coach had told him he did receive the offer, but it was later found that there was a miscommunication. Anthony told me that he spoke with the Michigan coaches today and they got everything cleared up. He says that the coaches have told him his offer is pending on his camp performance, and they will also be out to see him in the next two weeks.
By the sound of that it seems like he could very well have an offer soon. Here's a look at his highlight film and how he feels about Michigan.
TOM: Were you surprised to hear from Michigan this early on?
ANTHONY: Yeah I was very shocked and surpised when my coach told me. There are a lot of schools that are telling me they want to offer me once they see me in person at camp.
TOM: What other offers do you have right now?
ANTHONY: Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Akron right now. I'm also hearing from Boise State, I just got an email from Oregon, and Iowa.
TOM: You're from the midwest so I'm assuming you are familiar with Michigan?
ANTHONY: Oh yes, I'm a fan of Michigan. My favorite corner Charles Woodson went there. The atmosphere at the stadium is crazy.
TOM: WIth Michigan contacting you so soon, does that mean anything to you? Does a school have a better chance if they start recruiting you earlier?
ANTHONY: Yeah, it shows that they have a high level of interest in me which is nice. They told me that they're going to be coming out to the school in the next two weeks so they're serious about it. I'm going to go visit the campus and meet the coaching staff sometime in May, probably the first week.
TOM: I know it's all really early, but where would Michigan stand with you if you were to get that offer
ANTHONY: Very high. Michigan is the best school to me. I look at it as an honor to wear a Michigan jersey.
TOM: You've been called a sleeper prospect, and for anyone that doesn't know a lot about you what kind of corner are you?
ANTHONY: I have good size, I'm fast for my size, good at finding the ball, I have good enough hands to be a receiver if I wanted to be, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.
TOM: Do you know how your recruitment is going to play out yet?
ANTHONY: I haven't decided yet, I'm just going to take it day by day for now.
apparently this is official mass exodus day.
from espn.com's big ten twitter account:
"Not sure if I'll be able to post this before my flight to CA, but Michigan CB Cullen Christian tells Superprep.com he's requested a transfer"
In his article for ESPN.com "Evaluating top QB draft prospects," Jon Gruden says he compares Ryan Mallett to former MI quarterback Elvis Grbac:
...a big guy who has functional movement and can really throw the football. In fact, Grbac was a Pro Bowler for the Chiefs at one time.
Gruden's other four top QBs in this year's draft:
- Cam Newton (whom he likens to Donovan McNabb)
- Blaine Gabbert
- Jake Locker (compares to Rich Gannon)
- Andy Dalton
To whom shall we compare Gruden?
Ed: His name isn't Grudum. It's almost as funny as Tre$$el.
Rule #1 : Forget how to count to 85
No matter the school, there have always been a few individuals that have been able to transcend the stereotype associated with the respective school's fan base. UM and ND fans, rightly so, have earned the distinction of being among the most arrogant in cfb. OSU, on the other hand, well suffice to say their fan base is better suited for the SEC than the Big X.
Two individuals who have stood above the pack as tOUS alum are, without doubt, Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus. Their accomplishments in their chosen sport are legendary, and both conducted themselves with a complete lack of controversy, thereby earning their status as men of uncompromised integrity. Until yesterday that was true.
I'm certain a majority of the fans here have read what Nicklaus had to say on the Tressel' incident, calling out both the president and A.D. as being equally aware of the transgressions of the players as was Jim and that Tressel merely "took one for the team."
He actually went on - obviously forgetting Tress's days at YSU- to say the man is as honest a coach as you could hope to find and would not knowingly withhold information that could cause problems for the university. This might be true because Tressel has never admitted to knowing anything negatively associated with his charges.
Given the fact that an AD can be replaced far easier than one of the top five coaches in cfb, I have a difficult time believing Jack on this issue. With the money, prestige and all the other benefits associated with being among the elite BCS programs, your head coach is not going to be the sacrificial lamb. Coaches of his caliber are simply too difficult to come by.
As much as I enjoyed watching the Golden Bear on the links over the years, I have no choice but to call bullshit on this one. Sorry, Jack, but on this issue, you're merely another bucknut
With the transfer of Cullen Christian, we now have less depth, but we also have one more scholarship available.
I really don't want to know details, but I'd be curious if anyone close to the team expects any more guys to transfer. The silver lining to Cullen leaving is the ability to put out more offers, and to bring in more guys. There are always some guys who don't pan out. It is hard to imagine anyone not wanting to play under our new DC, but hey, it takes all kinds.