“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Maybe I have been reading too much recruiting news, but I am starting to think I can read into how the other coaches recruit against us based on the recruits' comments. When RR came in and Boren made his stupid comments all of the recruits starting mentioning "family values" when discussing their visits. Lately, I have heard several recruits comment how "buildings are just buildings" and it's the people that matter. I am taking that to mean that other coaches are trying to counter all of our facility upgrades by downplaying facilities in general. If your stadium and practice facilities suck, and your weight room isn't a multimillion dollar mecca drawing in NFL guys, then tell the recruits that bricks are bricks and buildings are buildings wherever you go. I take it as a compliment. Plus, Hoke and co. are apparently doing a good enough job selling the people in the buildings, also.
Over the weekend the vest offers QB Cardale Jones from Glenville High (per local sports radio here in cbus 97.1 the fan)....
They already have Braxton Miller, but QB depth is a concern for them, and I'm not sure if they feel Pryor is really coming back next year.
It looks like the staff sees the need for TEs on this roster, hopefully Chris Barnett joins us this year and we land a top recruit next year too.
Grant is large at 6'6" 225. It looks like he has offers from us and Toledo, but is being looked at by Ohio State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
I realize that not really news but I stumbled on the "Duck Territory" message board and their "insider" says:
"Jake Fisher update. he has not committed to Oregon. We're hoping to get more news from him soon. Stay tuned."
The posters seem pretty confident though. Their logic is you don't visit on the last weekend if you're not serious and even though it rained most of the weekend it's better than the snow in Michigan.
With Running Backs being a big question mark and with the addition of a new offense...Who do you guys think steps up and takes the starting spot? And who fills in behind him? With our depth i really dont know who to expect.
Defensive tackle is one of the holes that hasn't been filled yet for Michigan, which makes Darian Cooper one of the most important recruits left on the board. Up to even a few weeks ago it seemed like Cooper wasn't going to entertain the idea of even visiting Michigan. The new coaching staff made him a priority and convinced him to visit this past weekend. Michigan has now moved into his top four with MSU, Iowa, and Georgia Tech. Here's his film, and what he had to say about the visit.
TOM: Tell me from the start what you guys did.
DARIAN: We got there at five on Friday, and we went and ate dinner at the Big House. After that I hung out with some of the players, we hung out with Josh Furman, Patrick (Omameh). We got to meet all the players and we played some video games.
TOM: Was Saturday more the business side of it then?
DARIAN: Yeah, Saturday was more the academic side of it. My mom and little brother were with me, and we spent a few hours with the Dean of business. They went over what a degree means from Michigan and the overall academics there.
TOM: That's usually what parents care the most about, did your mom come away impressed with that?
DARIAN: Their degree ranks 15th in the nation, so it's hard not to be impressed with that. My mom doesn't care so much about the football side. She wants there to be stability with the coaching staff. Football is football, you line up and the objectives are all the same, so she's worried about the other parts.
TOM: I'm assuming you also met with the coaches, Coach Hoke and Mattison, on Saturday. What did they have to say?
DARIAN: They were talking to me about my role on the defense. For the past few years their strength has been offense, and they were telling me that they're defensive minded coaches and they want to bring that defense back. They're putting an emphasis on defense now.
TOM: What did they say as far as your role in the defense, what's their pitch to you?
DARIAN: They were telling me it's a great opportunity to play early. My freshman year, Coach Mattison said I would be a relief for Mike Martin on the field. They would work me into a nickel package, and a third down rushing defensive tackle. Playing is good, I don't really care what my role is as long as I get to play.
TOM: You went from not wanting to visit Michigan, to now potentially having them in your top group when you decide. Did this visit help Michigan even more?
DARIAN: Michigan moved up in my mind, definitely. I'm really focusing on my experience with the players at each school. Buildings are buildings, but it's all about the people in the place not the bricks that have been laid.
TOM: Was there anything that really stuck out to you that was different from other visits?
DARIAN: It was an official visit, so everything's going to be great. What I liked was that they didn't take me to the most expensive restaurant that I'll never eat at again, which was interesting. They took me to the training table and told me everything that was real, and this is how you'd live here. They didn't try to sell me with stuff that wasn't going to be how it was there. I liked that part.
TOM: Where do you go from here?
DARIAN: Most likely make my decision on signing day. I'll sit down with my mom, and make my decision.