After Tate Forcier left the program the new Michigan coaches were left scrambling to find a late addition to the 2011 class. They found a diamond in the rough with Texas QB Russell Bellomy, and patched the hole. While they picked up Bellomy, the Michigan coaches look for a quarter back in every class. Maty Mauk (6'2", 185 lbs/Kenton, Ohio) was the latest to receive an offer from the Wolverines. Here's what he had to say.
TOM: I guess the main question right now is if Michigan has offered you yet?
MATY: Yes, they offered me yesterday (Thursday). The offensive line coach has been the one recruiting me from Michigan.
TOM: So is that five offers now?
MATY: Six, Illinois just offered too. [Mauk's offers: Bowling Green, Michigan, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and Missouri]
TOM: I know your brother was at Cincinnati when Brian Kelly was there, so you almost have two separate connections now with Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Are they the two that are at the top right now?
MATY: I'm wide open right now, so everyone (including Michigan) has a good chance.
TOM: Spring ball is going to start to pick up soon and you're not too far from Ann Arbor, are you going to make it up to Michigan any time soon?
MATY: Yeah, I'm going to go up to Michigan sometime in the next couple weeks.
TOM: What do you want to experience on the visit, or what about Michigan is interesting to you?
MATY: The stadium and the tradition they have is great. The offense is going to be a force, and just to meet the coaches.
TOM: Taking visits this early, is this the start of the process for you or do you want to get things done pretty quickly?
MATY: No, I'll probably take my time with everything; I think I'm going to wait. I'm hearing from the schools that have offered and Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Penn State, Kentucky, Iowa, LSU, and a few others nationally.
Am wondering if anyone knows whatever happened to LB Davion Rogers ? I know he is not on the roster and left the team, but I have heard no word of transfer, and also wonder if he is still enrolled, and whether or not Hoke would take him back if he qualifies to play. Reason I ask is because he looked a future gem. Thanks.
For the chart and graphomaniacs out there in the MGoUniverse:
You may need spectables to be able to read some of the print, but well worth the prescription eyewear.
There was a Nike Sparq combine held in Cleveland this weekend, and the results are posted on ESPN. There are a few relevant numbers from the results. (The athletes are given a "Sparq" rating at these events, which is a score based off their results at each event)
- Ohio DE Ifeadi Odenigbo finished 5th overall with a Sparq score of 109.02. This was Ifeadi's first combine, and he placed fifth overall out of hundreds and hundreds of kids.
40 Time: 4.62 Shuttle: 4.25 Vertical Jump: 33.5
- Ifeadi's teammate, OL Benny McGowan (6'4", 300 lbs) was the first offensive lineman to ever score over 100 on the Sparq scale. Ifeadi told me that Benny was injured for most of his season, which is why there aren't more schools after him, but he's a sleeper. Benny also happens to like Michigan, and has them in his top five. You can see a clip of his film here. McGowan is going to try to get in touch with the Michigan coaches soon. Keep an eye on him.
- Michigan DB Leviticus Payne finished 13th overall with a 4.56 forty time, which was fourth fastest at the event. Greg Biggins from ESPN said Leviticus was a rising senior honorable mention winner:
Payne is a two-way standout who could end up at corner or running back in college. He had a great workout running a 4.56 40 on a slow track, with a 4.25 shuttle, 36-foot power ball toss and a 32 inch vertical jump. His 97.92 SPARQ Rating was good enough for No. 13 overall in the event and it seems only a matter of time before his offer list begins to expand. Iowa and Toeldo have offers so far and Indiana, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Michigan State and Michigan are showing heavy interest as well.
- RB Marc Cargle from Pontiac held the top overall score with 111.3. Cargle was hurt for most of his season, which is why there hasn't been much hype around him.
It's apparently official Demar Dorsey will play for GRCC. Glad he seems to be hanging in there.
I know, I know, I couldn't help myself...just had to click when I saw the headline.
Here's a roundup of notable arrests and incidents related to college football during the past week. Some of these are not eligible for the Fulmer Cup, but nonetheless might be interesting to you, the informed college football reader. Be warned: Some of these may be somewhat grim.
- Congratulations to the University of Virginia for having three players charged with felonies and suspended from the team indefinitely for a brawl near James Madison University. One of the players, Devin Wallace, is even more trouble because he failed to tell UVa officials about an arrest he had in 2008 for threatening to kill a policewoman.
- Florida State running back Jermaine Thomas was arrested, charged with a misdemeanor, and released for driving with a suspended license.
- Kansas receiver Chris Omigie was arrested for DUI on Feb. 5.
- Tracy Clark, a Washington State redshirt freshman cornerback, has been charged with stealing a laptop.
- Former Louisville running back Michael Bush was charged with DUI after being arrested in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a good Samaritan who came to the aid of a pregnant woman being robbed after the LSU-Alabama football game last season.
- The trial of Jeremy Green, an ESPN analyst fired from his job after he was arrested for child porn, is scheduled to begin April 14.
- Two Wofford College football players have been dismissed from the team after warrants for first-degree burglary and grand larceny were issued in their names.
- One of the two University of Colorado football players charged in connection with an alleged December rape is scheduled to enter a plea March 18.
- An Illinois football player who was expelled from the team for punching a man in the face last November has been sentenced.
- No charges will be filed against Ohio State recruit Chris Carter following allegations he fondled an underage girl.
- Texas A&M-Commerce redshirt freshman Alan Beatty was arrested for underage alcohol consumption Feb. 5.