Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
As linked by TomVH's twitter, there are lots of good 1 on 1 drill videos that you can check out featuring many Michigan commits and prospects.
There's a run blocking 1 on 1, pass rush 1 on 1, RB vs LB, and WR vs DB.
The Michigan interest is mainly in the linemen drills, as we had no commits in the WR or RB video, and no targets with the exception of Dwayne Stanford.
In the linemen drills, however, Mario is small but impressive. He blows by Zach Banner at one point, who is about double his size. Aziz Shittu, Danny O'Brien, and Sheldon Day are other DL that were impressive in the drills. Joshua Garnett, Banner, and Erik Magnuson are the main targets on OL.
Just some fun videos to check out of some of the best high school players in the country
The crumbling walls of "Fortress Ohio" and what this means for the future of both Michigan and OSU football
From 1991 to 1993 I did some recruiting for Michigan here in Northern Ohio under the leadership of the recruiting coordinator at the time Bob Chmiel. Generally speaking we held our own against OSU in the powerhouse Catholic schools (although Notre Dame could be a problem) and were competitive (not ruled out by any means) in the public schools. We weren't afraid to go after kids anywhere in the state and taking an offer from Michigan was not always viewed by kids down here as an act of treason against mother Ohio.
Now if you are a D1 football program with aspirations of greatness it is imperative you are able to successfully recruit one or more of the "big 5" football states: California, Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. For whatever reason, those five states seem to produce an extraordinarily high number of elite football players year in and year out. A quick look at the home towns for many of the greatest Michigan football players since the Bo era demonstrates this as well. Franklin, Grbac, Howard, Woodson and countless others grew up in Ohio, not Michigan, but chose to come north to play football. And in doing so they not only made Michigan stronger - they made OSU weaker by not attending.
In the Tressel era that all changed however. For whatever reason (charm, personality, fear, payola, cars, tats, etc) that pipeline was basically shut off. If OSU wanted a kid down here they got him - and OSU grew stronger as we grew weaker. Fortress Ohio was real, if a kid down here even considered Michigan as an option he was considered a traitor against the home land and life wasn't very pleasant for him or his family. Look at the rosters of both OSU and Michigan from 1990-1999 and then from 2000-2010 and you'll notice quickly that OSU became almost exclusively an Ohio based recruiting school and we stopped getting the kids we wanted out of Ohio. Double whammy and it played a big part in our conference role reversals this past decade.
Now fast forward to July, 2011. Yesterday Jarrod Wilson, an Akron Buchtel kid coached by Ricky Powers, goes Blue. We hear from TomVH that Kalis is making a second visit this weekend and all told we now have six (I think that's right) Ohio kids coming north this year so far and more (hopefully) on the way. Thanks to Tresselgate it appears the walls of fortress Ohio and now finally coming down and the pipeline is opening back up. If it does, it is my prediction that we will not only get exponentially better as a team - they will get exponentially worse as every kid we get they don't.
Keep it up Hoke and crew. Glory days are coming back soon.
I don't know who else took this great replay in, but man what a stacked Michigan team that was! I was just a kid and didn't know much at the time time, but a look at that team:
Grbac backed up by Collins - both NFLers, not to mention Riemersma before he switched over to TE
Wheatley, Powers and Davis - Davis and Powers ran really well at times I thought, Wheatley was a phenom obviously.
Derrick Alexander, Walter Smith, and then the two freshmen of the time - Hayes and Toomer.
Tony McGee at TE
Everitt and Jenkins on the line
Dyson, Morrison, Law, Horn, Peoples, Brown etc on D
Probably missing some other standouts. I never realized how many of those guys were Freshmen or Sophs at the time either.
I had posted this on Wednesday or Thursday, I can't remember, but then deleted it because I didn't think he wanted it out there. Since it's been out now for awhile and people are asking I'll just post that Kyle Kalis is visiting with his family this weekend.
Like I've said before I think he wants a decent amount of privacy with all this, so I was surprised that this was out there. I spoke with him last night and he hadn't settled on a day to visit yet. I'll talk to him tomorrow to find out if he's coming in tomorrow or Sunday. He wants his mom to see everything that he saw on his last visit. This is a big deal for Michigan.
Somethings to consider in the discussions of moving Mario to OLB.
First - For his high school career he has played with his hand on the ground as a defensive tackle or a defensive end. According to the "Hello" post he is a monster coming off the line:
The 6-3, 215-pounder is undersized in the trenches, but his power and quickness mitigates that disadvantage. So, too, does his relentless aggression. "Mario is unstoppable," said Burbridge. "You never seen him blocked. Mario is a beast." Funchess agreed: "(Ojemudia) is just an animal. He just gets the job done."
Ojemudia made 127 tackles on the season from his defensive end spot, including 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Ojemudia was a driving force behind Harrison winning their 13th championship in 2010. He was also one of only three underclassmen to be named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team.
Second - He is only a Junior in high school at 6'2 and 220 lbs. He may add inches and weight over the next year and arrive on campus at 6'3 or 6'4 and 230 or 240. Compare his size and stats as a junior to two Michigan greats when they were high school seniors:
While I realize that it's unfair to expect Mario to measure up to these all-time greats, I thought it was reasonable to remind the many posters who claim he won't play DE that a lot of growing can happen between age 17 and 20. Since we all hope he has that much time to mature he could be 6'3 265 by then and a pass rushing monster.
Isn't it nice to dream about the potential of this 2012 class?
I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but the exciting developments in the recruiting world got me thinking about what our lineup could potentially look like when the 2012 class are seniors. I have put together a projected 2015 starting lineup based upon our current commits and potential 5th year seniors along with their projected eligibility. It gives us a good idea as to where we are at so far and areas of need. The future looks bright and if some of the kids we are recruiting go blue, it will be even brighter.
QB: Shane Morris Jr/Jr
RB: Thomas Rawls Sr/Sr*
TE: Funchess Sr/Sr or Barnett Sr/Sr*
LT: Erik Magnuson Sr/Sr
LG: Caleb Stacey Jr/Sr
C: Jack Miller Sr/Sr*
RG: Blake Bars Jr/Sr
RT: Ben Braden Jr/Sr
SDE: Mario Ojemudia Jr/Sr
DT: Matt Godin Jr/Sr
WDE: Tom Strobel Jr/Sr
WLB: Royce Jenkins-Stone Sr/Sr
MLB: Joe Bolden Sr/Sr
SLB: James Ross Sr/Sr
CB: Terry Richardson Sr/Sr; Anthony Standifer Sr/Sr
SS: Allen Gant Jr/Sr
FS: Jarrod Wilson Sr/Sr