Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
The college and high school football seasons are almost here which means things will slow down a bit. Michigan only has around five spots left so it's a numbers game from here on out. Here's a look at what happened this week and what's happening in the future. As always you can follow me on Twitter @TomVH or email me with any tips or questions at TomVH@MGoBlog.com.
6'5", 275 lbs.
The 2013 offensive lineman was on Michigan's campus Sunday [the 7th]. It was his first trip to Ann Arbor and he came away impressed.
We met with Coach Funk, talked to him for about half an hour. After that they took us around the campus, showed us the facilities, the locker room, and the stadium. I feel really good about Michigan, I really liked it. I didn't know much about them going into it, but I was really impressed.
Bosch is going to be one of the top lineman in the midwest, so this was a good opportunity for the Michigan staff to show him what they have to offer.
They told us about the program a little bit. We got to meet with Coach Borges, and Coach Hoke too. They were telling us that they'll be going back to the pro style offense. I didn't really know much about Michigan until today. I didn't know that they had the Big Ten and National titles. I had no idea that they have the biggest stadium; I thought Penn State's was bigger. The facilities were great and the locker room was great too.
While he doesn't currently have an offer the Michigan coaches made it known that they will be recruiting Kyle.
They told me they're extremely interested in me. They want me to play interior, either guard or center. A lot of schools have said both guard or tackle so that's fine.
As for his timeline he plans on taking a strategic approach to see where he fits best.
I've been out to all the schools that have offered except for West Virginia and Stanford. I think at the end of the season I'll put all my offers on the table and try to get it to a top five. After I find a top five or top ten I'll look more in depth and talk more to coaches to try to find the best fit.
It was big for Michigan to get this visit in before the season starts. Since Kyle is going to narrow his choices down after his season this gives him a chance to see what Michigan is like on a regular basis as opposed to a game-time atmosphere.
6'2", 180 lbs.
Ramsey, New Jersey
As I reported earlier in the week, Michigan is back in the top three for Armani Reeves. Michigan told Reeves that they are looking to add another elite corner to this class. Yuri Wright happens to be an elite cornerback that Michigan is also pursuing. The four-star defensive back told me how he feels about Michigan.
I would say Michigan is in my top two, I've always liked Michigan. I haven't really cut my list down yet, but they're in the top somewhere. Just the tradition that's at Michigan, the winningest program, the coaches, and the whole experience of going to school there. Coach Mallory has been telling me it's just about getting a chance to come to Michigan and getting better when I get there, and hopefully make it to the league.
While Wright hasn't cut his list down he does think that Michigan will get one of his official visits.
I talked to Coach Mallory the other day. I'm definitely going to take one of my officials there, but I'm not planning on making my decision until the Army All American game. I'll take all of my officials and then decide. I don't know what other schools I want to visit yet, but I've always liked Colorado, Georgia, Cal, and Michigan State too. Those are some of them.
When it comes to New Jersey high school athletics Stephen Spiewak from MaxPreps is one of the top sources for information. I also caught up with him to get his thoughts on Yuri. He had the following to say.
Yuri didn't play football as a sophomore, he's a converted basketball kid. I think he's going to be the best kid from the Bosco [Yuri's high school] group this year. He joined the team as this 6-foot-2 athletic freak with a mean streak who just shut everyone down.
So, he's pretty good then. Spiewak also thinks there's a good chance that Wright will leave the New Jersey area for school. Since he's not making a decision for awhile there's a lot that can happen between now and then, but Michigan has a shot. The cornerback situation has been a hot topic lately. WIth Michigan getting back in the mix for Armani Reeves everyone immediately thought it had to do with Terry Richardson.
While I don't think anyone knows exactly what Terry will do I am under the impression that this coaching staff wants to add another cornerback on top of Terry and Anthony Standifer. That will be interesting to see how that scenario plays out.
6'1", 180 lbs.
2013 DB Dymonte Thomas was in Ann Arbor last week or the Big House BBQ. He came up with his cousin Bri'onte Dunn, and seemed to enjoy himself.
Michigan's pretty nice. Coach Mattison is a character, he was joking and making funny remarks the whole time. I feel really comfortable with Michigan and their coaching staff. The campus was really nice, they showed us the business building and that's what I want to go into. They also showed us the 'M' that you can't walk on.
As usual the Michigan commitments were doing their best to recruit the non-committed kids, which included Dymonte and Bri'onte.
I took Bri'onte up and we met the quarterback [Shane Morris] that committed and Kyle Kalis was trying to recruit us. He was trying to get me to go to Michigan. I just want to wait for my colleges to offer and take some visits to all the schools though. I'll probably be up for the Notre Dame game and the Michigan-Ohio State game too. I really like Michigan, I think they're at the top. Michigan State isn't very far behind, I like their coaching staff too.
It's a good sign that he wants to make it up for multiple games, especially if he can bring Bri'onte along to those events too.
I recently went out to see 2013 WR Jake Roh at practice. Jake is the younger brother of Michigan defensive end Craig Roh. They're built completely different, and Jake is a good sized receiver with great hands. Here's a few clips from practice with an interview, I'll have more highlights from him after their scrimmage on Wednesday.
2013 WR Laquon Treadwell was also at the BBQ last week. He told me he had a great time and was just trying to find out more about Michigan. With each visit he's getting more and more comfortable. He said again that Michigan is on top, but even if they were to offer he wants to wait and take some other visits before making a decision.
The news that WR Darryl Stonum is redshirting this year could potentially affect the recruiting numbers for this class. But the coaches are the ones that made the decision to redshirt him so they obviously knew about it. If that hasn't changed their recruiting plans then there will have to be more attrition elsewhere, presumably.
There is no doubt that Tony loves to send kids to UM, but we all know where UM stands on accepting jucos. They try to avoid it, and the last one I can recall, the "instant lber fix" LC took happened to be a young man who earned 4.0 gpas at both the h.s. and juco level. The only reason he wasn't recruited at the D1 level out of hs was due to playing 8 man fb.
However, we all know MSU doesn't hesitate a bit when it comes to jucos and if Tony starts getting talent like Dorsey and Smith on a regular basis, it might just prove a natural migration to the E. Lansing campus after having becoming established in this state for a two year period given the aformentioned reasons.
In any event, I hope a kid, especially one with the same type of freakish athletic ability shared by his cousin, actually gets his priorities in order and is somehow able to reach his full potential as a player and person both, probably in reverse order though.
So I know this is over a month away, but I'd like to have my sign printed/made before I move into Stockwell later this month. I realize asking for help kind of ruins the spontaneity of it, but oh well. So far our ideas are:
- Giant head poster like found at many sporting events. It would either be Denard smiling, Hoke pointing, or maybe even Desmond. If anyone has a high-res picture of Denard smiling that would be awesome.
- Rudy was Offsides. Its a bit over used, but I still like it.
- A classic sign using ESPN in word names
- A shot at OSU. "Ohio State gives out more cars than Oprah" was a thought. Re-using "Cash 4 Gold Pants" is a possibility too.
And anything else that you can think of. If it was a purely text sign then we're probably going to make it double sided.
Okay, so the last 8 years have been the same .... Michigan football every Saturday .... without a hitch. It's been ... like a ritual you know. Well, my son has been involved in soccer the last few years, and since he was so young his games were the early games 8 and 9 am, home by 10:30 or 11.. Now he's turning 8, and his age division plays double headers between noon and 4 pm .... game times vary ... and yes, it's every Saturday. The issue I have is that he's not very good at soccer, and really could care less if he plays or not. But, his mother ... my wife ... is pretty adamant about me not missing any of his games.
This is kind of leaving a sick feeling in my stomach .... on one hand I feel bad, as I shouldn't miss my son's games, but on the other hand ... he doesn't even care about the sport he is playing.
I have to assume many other die hards run into the same dilemma, especially those who have kids that play rocket football on Saturday afternoons.
What do you do in these situations?? Miss every game? That would frickin blow ... What do I do, and how do I get out of going to all of his games without being killed by my wife?
Please help .... a fan in need.
Some of you may recall my posts last season about how I was able to increase my viewing pleasure during gamedays by fast-forwarding through all defensive series so as only to watch the offense. Last year, I found that was the easiest way to prevent cardiac arrest, teaching my toddler words that I would not want him repeating at school, and/or destruction of personal property.
This year, however, I am not sure how to proceed . . . Like most, I am looking forward to a new season, to seeing the new direction of the program, and most imporantly to watching Denard and the offense again. The question is: Will the defense be improved enough to warrant watching that side of the ball as well? In the short term, do I start out the season by watching the entire game? Or do I start out pessimistic (my default position) and go into the season thinking I'm going to continue the trend of skipping watching the defense?
Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.
Devin Fuller released his Top 11 teams, and Michigan is not among them.