I agree with his conclusion that this move likely is solely aimed at calming the nerves of potential recruits and their families.
Here in central PA, there's obviously no bigger name involved in college football recruiting than Noah Spence. Personally I've never seen a local kid catapault himself so far onto the top of all the myriad recruiting lists.
At any rate, the local paper ran a story about Noah's recruitment, quoting his father in the process. Among the notable tidbits:
- He is going to announce at the UnderArmour game, and no sooner
- He has built a strong rapport with Larry Johnson Sr, and thinks very highly of JoePa
- He is taking unofficial visits this weekend to North Carolina and NC State (I'm assuming this is mixed in with a family vacation or something)
- He has put together a short list of seven schools at this point
- And, sadly, there is no mention of UM at all in the article.
I've said it before, but I don't think this will happen for us, especially with all of the DE recruits we've already locked down. I'm hoping he'll at least save one of his official visits for us, perhaps for the ND game. I would love to see a change of heart, because he's the real deal, but I have a feeling he'll be lined up against us in a white helmet in the years to come.
First day of classes is tomorrow. Question for the board: are scholarship players required or encouraged to take classes in the summer half-term? I've seen references to enrollment records of certain players in the past, i.e., "player X is in school as of now".
Sam Webb reported a couple weeks ago that the coaches were telling recruits they had room for 26 in the 2012 class and this board got pretty stirred up about it. Only large attrition would allow for that number and the coaches must have some specific knowledge about kids no longer or not expected to be with the program. I'd think we could know more about that just by seeing who's in school and who's not... anybody know how to find out?
Nothing profound to be honest, except we can now see where Eddie lived with a quick Google Street View lookup of his home address which is listed in the story itself. Any other Columbus Wolverines wanna go play some "Ding Dong Ditch?"
When Danny O'Brien was quoted by Tom VH as being told that we will take only one interior guy I thought that might have been a pressure tactic, but over the past two days Sam Webb has voiced a firm opinion that we will take only one DT in this class. Take a look at the Depth Chart by Class and tell me what I am missing. By the time these recruits come to campus as true freshmen we will have at most five DT's on the roster and that will include Talbott who has injury issues and Rock whom we assume will grow into a 3 Tech. The only NT/One Tech players will be Ash (RS So.) and Q. Washington (RS Jr.). We all know that Wormley and/or Godin have the potential to grow into a 3 Tech, but that does not solve the depth problem inside. Given this scenario it seems obvious that we need both Pipkens and either O'Brien or another good interior DT, so IF the coaches are actually planning on taking only one it seems a bit strange. One possibility is that they are planning a new type of defense that is less dependent on big inside DT's.
INSERT: standard disclaimer that the coaches know what they are doing.
One possible good note on this is that Mattison and Hoke must like what they see from Q and Ash so far.
Stumbled across this interview with Mike Tyson in New York Magazine:
Other than his pigeons, he’s had pet tigers over the years. I ask Tyson if he were an animal, what animal would he be?
He looks up at the tinseled ceiling. He scratches his thick neck. “I’d like to be a lion, but I think I’m a wolverine,” he says.
Wolverines: “They’re like big giant rats. They’re about 50 pounds and fearless. They fight to the death. They don’t move fast. They walk slow because they’re not afraid of nothing. That’s how I think. And they can be a little reckless.”
If DB can get Iron MIke on the sideline taking pictures with the kiddos I would support that...