Offensive line is going to be a big focus for the Michigan coaching staff in the 2012 class. Since it's a harder position to evaluate there won't be as many early offers extended than at other positions. OL Tyler Alt (6'3", 265 lbs), from Greensburg, Pennsylvania is one prospect that the Michigan coaches have their eye on. Here's his offensive film, and where he's at in the recruiting process. Tyler also has a defensive film posted if you'd like to watch that.
TOM: Have you been in contact with the Michigan coaches yet?
TYLER: Yes, they told me they want me to come up to their junior day. I'm going to try to make it up for that, and if not then I'll try to go to a spring practice.
TOM: What coaches have you been talking to from Michigan?
TYLER: Coach Funk is my position coach, and Coach Mallory is my area recruiter. I've talked to both of them so far.
TOM: What other schools are in contact with you right now, and where are some other places you want to visit?
TYLER: I went to a junior day at Maryland, I'm going North Carolina next weekend, Michigan State at the end of the month, and then I'll probably go to Pitt at the beginning of March. I've been invited out to a lot of spring practices and games from Penn State, Michigan, Purdue, LSU, Oregon, FSU, and Maryland among others.
TOM: That's a good list to work off of. You play offense and defense now, what position are most schools recruiting you for?
TYLER: Most of them see me as a center on offense because I move well, and I have a 77 inch wingspan, but there are some that see me as a defensive tackle too. Michigan has said offensive line for me.
TOM: Do you have a preference of offense or defense?
TYLER: I'll play wherever they need me. I like both sides really; I just like hitting. My family is friends with Russ Grimm and he put it well in his Hall of Fame speech, "The ability to move a man from point A to point B against his will is a wonderful thing."
TOM: Since you're from Pennsylvania you probably have a good understanding for the Big Ten and their style of football. Did you have a favorite team growing up?
TYLER: I grew up a Pitt fan, but I've really gotten to see the Big Ten and ACC over the past year and I've become a fan of it all. I'm trying to take it all in and see the best place where I fit with them and vice versa. I know I really enjoyed my first two visits to Michigan already.
TOM: Let me rephrase that, are there any schools that you would really love offers from at this point?
TYLER: I would love offers from Michigan, MSU, Penn State, Purdue, Iowa, NC State, North Carolina, LSU, FSU, Maryland, Auburn, Syracuse, and Pitt.
TOM: When you're evaluating these schools what is going to be the most important factor for you?
TYLER: Academics is important to me. I have a 3.6 GPA, I take honors courses and two AP classes now. I'm getting some letters from some of the Ivy league schools. I want to be a teacher and a coach, so that is really important to me.
I have seen plenty of posts about Devin Gardner's redshirt, but little discussion of how he might stack up in Borge's offense. Did I miss such a discussion? Unless I am crazy, only one or two of the current QB prospects hold a candle to the guy we've got in house who--presumably--could see the field next year.
Is there any chance, for example, that Gardner outplays Denard for the starting job? In theory, he could be better suited for the Gulf Coast etcetera than Denard, no? Everyone was so high on Gardner for so long and I'm curious about why the relative silence lately. . .
Aside from FB Joey Kerridge and the possibility of OT Graham Glasgow does anyone have info on likely preferred walk ons that we are pursuing? Scout has had several unranked "prospects" pictured on the front page of late including Trotwood QB Marcus Graham so perhaps these are possibles(one more Graham and I get a free cracker).
Report: Maryland might have contacted Rodriguez during bowl practices
The Detroit News
In a detailed story regarding Maryland's search for a football coach published Monday in the Baltimore Sun, the paper confirmed former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez had been among those coaches contacted.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110215/SPORTS0201/102150407/Report--Maryland-might-have-contacted-Rodriguez-during-bowl-practices#ixzz1E3jHp4bu
After browsing thru the Deinhart prediction thread, I think there is something worth pointing out. I know everyone knows we have 2 divisions now, but I think it is going to take time for people to understand we no longer have to have a better record than OSU and Wis to win the Big Ten.
We need to understand that we are in essentially a 6 team conference. I have been "Captain Optimism" about 2011 for 2 years now and I will consider Hoke's 1st year a pretty big downer if we are not playing a rematch against OSU in the BTC Game. Consider "our" conference next year.
Nebraska is welcomed to the Big Ten with a pretty brutal schedule next year and we play them at home. MSU also has a brutal early schedule. The other upper tier team in our conference is Iowa who I think is going to be in for some hard times this year. They lose a ton and have to break in a new qb, they are not a "reloading" type team. They get a break on the schedule, but I still don't see them as very good next year.
This thing is wide open for us. I think our side of the divisions will submit a team with 2 losses in conference and probably use a tiebreaker, but it is wide open. We can win this conference next year.
Just remember that in the back of your head when you start thinking about our prospects for next year.