"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
TomVH EDIT: This was a weird night. I sent a text to Blake Bars about 3 hours ago and asked if he had committed yet, he said not yet. I then got an email saying that he did commit about 30 minutes ago.
I then got a call from Blake saying that he has committed and he did it with all his family around. He said he decided to do it tonight because he asked his family why he hasn't committed to Michigan, so he just made up his mind and did it. They're all excited and he'll be bringing his mom up either next week or the week after that.
Here are some of the quotes I posted on Twitter:
Ten minutes ago I committed to Michigan. My family is cheering here, and we're pumped. I was just sitting here and I asked my family why did I not commit to them yet. So I called up Coach Smith and told him. I then called up Coach Hoke and told him. It's been a really exciting night."
I posted a thread on this a few months ago, but I've expanded on a few features/have a wordpress blog up now, and wanted to share with the mgoboard a few things I have in store for this upcoming season.
In the past I've posted some games on MGoVideo; one of the issues with bittorrent though is that for 'normal' people, the concept of downloading and managing torrents is a bit confusing (I know, easy for most people on this board but yes, there are people out there who don't know about bittorrent/want a simpler delivery mechanism)
For this to work, you'll need an iOS device running 4.x firmware, an Apple TV (the black hockey puck sized version that came out last year). All devices need to be on the same wifi network.
If you navigate to mgomat.com on your iOS device, you'll see two videos embedded. When you click the video, it will start to buffer; give it about 15 seconds, and then tap the video again. Click the icon in the right hand corner and select the Apple TV to output the video to your Apple TV. I've embedded a video below.
You can expect the games this Fall to be posted on mgomat.com in this format by midnight on Saturday (directly after the game is over) so that you can enjoy/lament what happened just a three/six hours earlier. Timely posting has been an issue in the past; I can assure you that the resources have been gathered to get the games up by midnight that Saturday, at the latest. No other site will be able to compete with that speed ;)
Anyways, check out mgomat.com and feel free to test the two videos I have posted (ND and Iowa from last year). Oh, and one more thing - the reason I posted the Iowa game is that I wanted to demonstrate that this can do 60 frames per second (NBC is 30fps, ABC/ESPN/BTN are 60FPS). (YouTube highlights are all 30fps, and this is something that will not be change anytime soon)
Bah, embed isn't working. link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpbVz9GcpY4
Didn't see this posted and I always enjoy reading Paul's stuff at Pre-Snap Read. If you've never read the blog, he counts down teams until the season starts. WMU checks in at 71 and has some good info on who to watch, etc.
6-19-11 Michigan State gains commitment from Se'Von Pittman. Indiana gains commitment from Dan Feeney. Minnesota loses commitment from Andre McDonald.
6-20-11 Iowa gains commitment from Cameron Wilson. Nebraska gainst commitment from Sam Cotton. Indiana gains commitment from Dawson Fletcher. Purdue gains commitment from BJ Knauf.
6-21-11 Ohio State loses commitment from Kyle Kalis. Iowa gains commitment from Drew Ott.
6-22-11 Wisconsin gains commitment from Hugs Etienne. Purdue gains commitment from Thomas Meadows. Indiana gains commitment from Caleb Cornett.
6-23-11 Michigan State gains commitments from Kyle Kerrick, Jamal Lyles, and Josiah Price. Wisconsin gains commitments from Arthur Goldberg and Reggie Mitchell. Northwestern gains commitments from Eric Olson, Jack Schwaba, and Adam DePietro. Minnesota gains commitment from Drew Davis. Nebraska gains commitment from Greg McMullen. Indiana gains commitments from Jordan Wallace, Kevin Davis, and Mike Cotton. Purdue gains commitment from Paul Griggs. Iowa gains commitment from Maurice Fleming.
6-25-11 Penn State gains commitments from Austin Johnson and Derek Dowrey. Ohio State gains commitment from De'Van Bogard. Northwestern gains commitment from Chris Fitzpatrick. Indiana gains commitment from Tanner Kearns. Iowa gains commitment from Connor Kornbrath.
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*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte is not included in Minnesota's average.
Still recovering from the 6, 7 on 7 games I did today at IMG/John Madden 7 on 7 tourny. Michigan has a team there with Shane as QB. Looks solid, nice arm, crisp passing even hurt some kids hands with his ball speed. They clobbered two local teams (Venice and Southeast), I didn't see what else they did as I was doing other games.
Sunday is the big tourny for the "All Madden" trophy. I was told this game would be live on ESPNU but I looked and don't see it on the schedule.
Also, I was chatting with a bunch of recruiting writers there...FoxSports, 247, scout, rivals and ESPN (they were all hangin in a big group trading war stories...I asked about Hoke and Co. "if the recruiting hype is real"..all said to a man, yes.
Also, that Michigan is poised to have a 5 year run on Ohio recruits, they are already hearing many rumblings in the Ohio area High Schools etc...
If you don't know about IMG...Awesome. Also, Chris Wenkie is one giant dude...6'4" and probably a solid 260 (not fat).
If I see more from Shane or others I will let you know.
OSU offered RB Greg Garmon today. I doubt they want 3 RBs in this class.