landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
On this morning's Recruiting Roundup Sam seemed to double down on his previous indication that "a couple" of good things would happen for us in June. Today he responded to a questioner who felt that we have been missing out on too many of the very top prospects; ie, Isaac, Levenberry, Garnett, etc.. Sam's answer was that we already have many top guys in this class and he also hinted very broadly that we can expect some top names to commit to the Maize & Blue in the very near future. No gut feelings and no names mentioned, but a very confident statement. Let the speculation begin. LaQuon and Poggi are the two obvious big names out there, and though Hurst is not a big name (yet) I think he would be a fantastic addition to the class. Get those three on board and we are playing with house money.
This week's scouting report is on Cordova (TN) St. Benedict running back Jordan Wilkins, who seems to be a high priority for the coaching staff now that Ty Isaac has committed to USC. There's not a whole lot to dislike about Wilkins. He seems to be a very capable back and he's a little more elusive than most of the other Michigan targets - Wyatt Shallman, DeVeon Smith, and Derrick Green. For that reason and for his receiving ability, I think Wilkins is the most Isaac-like back Michigan is targeting. If Isaac is the prototype that Michigan wants, Wilkins seems to be the next most logical choice.
There is a fairly long article over at the Ohio website 11 Warriors on The tale of Rodriguez and Hoke. There isn't much new there. In summary, the author speculates that the difference was in 3 things:
- Institutional support. Hoke: yes. RR: no.
- Michigan Man culture. Hoke gets it, RR never did.
- Defense. Mattison: good. Gerg: beyond awful.
None of this is new to loyal mgoblog readers. However, I was struck by two things. First, it seemed odd that 11 Warriors would care that much. Whatever. Secondly, I found the following comment interesting, and one I have only heard rumored:
My childhood best friend in fact played for Michigan under Carr and then RichRod. Through that relationship I have befriended some of his friends who were teammates of his, some of whom played for all three coaches. Outside of what was mentioned in the article they all emphasized was that by and large the players didn't like RichRod, and had no drive to win for him. Things were great for the first 5-6 weeks of the seasons when they were winning, but once the losses started piling up many players just started counting down the weeks until the season was over.
I had heard rumblings of this last Fall, but never this direct. To say "by and large the players didn't like RichRod" is a pretty strong statement. For all I know, this is still a rumor. There really isn't any substantiation on the facts. I'd be interested to hear more on this. Actually, on second thought, I really don't care. RR is gone. Hoke is tremendous. Let sleeping dogs lie, and don't beat dead horses. But if any of you happen to know more, please put something up about it, if you can.
Really great article about 5 different recruits and the reasons they are particpating in summer camps instead of goofing off like most of us did in high school. Here is a quick summation:
Texas OT Jake Raulerson : Already committed to play at Texas, but he doesn't have spring camp at his high school and is working his way back from tonsil surgery so the camps give him more reps to practice.
California CB Chris Hawkins: Currently rated the #9 CB prospect and committed to USC, this ultra competitive kid wants to be #1.
Florida LB Quinton Powell: Committed to Florida and looking to prove that he can move from DE to LB by showing his coverage skills.
Indiana QB Danny Etling: 3 Star recruit committed to Purdue and looking for his 4th Star to spurn on better recruiting for Purdue (good luck with that). Also his section has a shout out to Shane Morris.
Georgia TE Evan Engram: Under the radar recruit who is hoping to get some offers from SEC and ACC schools. Good luck to the kid.
According to 247's twitter, Berkley Edwards was just offered by the Cal Bears. His recruitment has been picking up lately. I am all for offering him if our class doesn't fill the way we want it to. He's similar in size and speed (4.4) to Dennis Norfleet.
He is bound to earn a few more big offers soon. I vote to offer him a walkon and have Braylon pay for it.