Version 3 of the 2014 ESPN 300 is out. In the overall team rankings, Michigan fell three spots to #6, but I'm not even worried. Everybody ahead of us has class sizes bigger than ours (Miami, Tennessee, and FSU are all over 20 already), and it's obviously still a long way from signing day.
I don't have historical data, so no context for where our recruits are ranked, but here's where they are in this latest edition:
2. Jabrill Peppers
72. Drake Harris
76. Bryan Mone
112. Lawrence Marshall
118. Ian Bunting
122. Juwann Bushell-Beatty
123. Michael Ferns
128. Wilton Speight
146. Mason Cole
I wonder if he will still face suspension?
EDIT: Apparently, the victim didn't want to press charges. Weird.
Today, Balrog_of_Morgoth and others posted the Michigan football version of the 132 teams in 132 days project on /r/cfb. This series is intended to highlight all traditions, rivals, players, and so on so the average person can learn all about each school. For all of us, it's all facts we probably know (at least I hope so) but it's still worth a read. Check it out.
In the wake of the George Campbell committment I've been thinking about the prospect of having Drake Harris and Campbell on the field together. It brought back memories of past Michigan teams with two star receivers and I thought I would put a list together of them so we could debate, discuss, and rank them.
Before we get to the list, let's offer the obvious qualificiations. It will be YEARS before the two of these players step on the field together so a lot can change between now and then (remember the Ricardo Miller hype). We also have some very solid receivers between now and then that could turn into a very fine starting pair. But let's get over-excited in advance anyway about the Harris-Campbell duo on the outside.....
Here are the famous ones I came up with:
- Manningham - Arrington
- Edwards - Avant
- Terrell - Walker
- Toomer - Hayes
- Howard - Alexander
- McMurtry - Calloway
Debate & discuss! Did I miss anyone?
I think Terrell-Walker are the closest comparison to Harris-Campbell given their size and recruiting profile. I was a huge fan of McMurty-Calloway since that was the era of players I saw play when I was a kid and Calloway went on to such a long NFL career, though their stats don't stack up against the rest of the list.
SportsTalk313 just posted a season preview piece that quickly outlines each game. Not a ton of in-depth info in this one, but it predicts 9 wins minimum and says "anything over that will be a successful year." I'm inclined to agree...I think we should win more than 9 if everyone stays healthy.
Also, I had no idea Nebraska is off the schedule until at least 2017(!)