Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Like Michigan, Texas seems to be putting together a monster OL in 2013. The headliner is Jake Raulerson who will probably end up as a five star. In addition they have secured commitments from two other 4 star OL recruits in A'shawn Robinson and Kent Perkins.
They typically benefit from a boatload of instate talent but their OL class may match upto ours if they are planning to get more.
Is Texas also rebuilding their line?
So several months ago I was one of the people that thought Penn State would have a very difficult time on the recruiting trail for the next couple of years. The verdict is still far from in but they have a great start to the 2013 class if you have not noticed . . .
Christian Hackeburg - ESPNU 150, offers from almost everyone Alabama, Tenn, Florida . . .
Garrett Sickels - ESPNU 150, offers from everyone as well Stanford, Florida, Georgia, ND, OSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tenn, and Miami
Ross Douglas - ESPNU 150
The top TE in the country Adam Breneman also ESPNU150 will be announcing this Friday and smart money is on Penn State claiming a big national target. Again, there is a long time left till NSD but this recruiting is better than I think almost anyone gave them a chance to have this early after all the problems they have had. I think this is Great News that they have had this kind of success and hopefully they can continue to do so.
The twitter traffic from Sam Webb is pretty heavy this morning. and On GBW radio hour there was much talk about Ben Gedeon and his interview with GBW. I think it time to buckle up.
Nice article up at AA.com about Hoke's impact on the SDSU football team and its culture, highlighting Lindley and Hillman's comments.
The other day, Aquaman commented that Michigan fans should not assume Laquon Treadwell is in the bag. Rather, his recruitment will be a long, hard slog. Over at Eleven Warriors, they have an interview (LINK:) catching up with Laquon Treadwell. Here is how Laquon responded th their question about Michigan:
Some people say Michigan is the leader for you. Is that true and if not who is your leader or top schools right now?
That is not true about Michigan. I did like it up there but I have no favorites right now. I really liked all of the schools I visited already, but I still have a lot of schools to see before I narrow down my choices at all.
Of course, when you know you're talking to an Ohio blog, and are asked a leading question, it is easy to give the answer you know they want to hear. Regardless of where Treadwell ends up, it is clear that Michigan and Ohio will be duking it out for a number of recruits. We will win some (Kalis,) Ohio will win some (Dunn.) We will win others (Dymonte Thomas,) Ohio will win others (Armani Reeves.)
I'm absolutely thrilled that Michigan has done so well on the Offensive Line for both 2012 & 2013. The big uglies make a huge difference, and too often go unnoticed. But the recruiting battles are far from over, and getting in first or having a lead doesn't guarantee anything.
I will say, I really want to see Michigan stomp Ohio in head to head recruiting battles. Right now, I see the following as being critical direct competition for recruits:
- WR Laquon Treadwell
- WR Robert Foster
- RB Ty Isaac
- LB Ben Gedeon
- CB Kendall Fuller
- CB Vernon Hargreaves
- S Sua Cravens
- DE Joey Bosa
- DT Henry Poggi
If we get 4 - 5 of these guys, 2 - 3 go to Ohio, and 2 - 3 go elsewhere, that would be awesome, and would be what I'd consider a victory. Given Hoke & Mattison, and the offense we'll be running and the defense Mattison will be leading, I think that Isaac, Gedeon, Cravens, and Poggi would fit better at Michigan. But what do I know?
In the above list, while I would love all of them, I'd particularly like Gedeon, Cravens, Poggi, Isaac, and either of the two wide receivers. But it is clear that this is a battle, and neither Hoke nor Meyer will yield.
Peoria, IL (Yes LTT's town) DE Josh Augusta was offered by Michigan recently.
Josh stands at 6'5", 275!!! and plays both sides of the pitch (yet another potential TE!)
Josh holds offer from Iowa and Illinois and is only starting to garner attention in the B1G. Look for his recruitment to blow up in the future given his size and atheleticism.
Not sure what position he's being recruited at Michigan but his highlights are TREMENDOUS!