I haven't seen this posted anywhere else. If I missed it, neg/sue me. I think it is the best story that has come out of the NFTC weekend, but I have a feeling many people haven't heard it. Sam Webb reported it on his recruiting roundup a couple days ago:
After the NFTC event ended on Saturday - after the Michigan crew tore apart the camp winning multiple honors - the Team 134 participants, decked in thier Michigan gear, went to midfield, in the heart of Columbus, and yelled "1, 2, 3, Beat OHIO!".
God, I love this recruiting class. So much swagger, so much unity, so much Michigan love.
Maybe not too informative, but entertaining debate between Buzz Bissinger, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Green and Jason Whitlock on whether college football should be banned.
Video of the debate:
Of interest, Jason Whitlock refers to Brady Hoke in his closing statement at 1:43:30, and how Hoke is an example of a coach who develops people and prepares them for life.
I looked all this up while putting together the CB section of Hail to the Victors but coulnd't fit it in there. It's not enough for its own Museday (and the great JT Floyd's phoenix year has been covered in detail already) but I wanted to at least have it out there.
Checklist of NFL receivers Floyd was primarily responsible for covering in 2011:
|Receiver||2011 Team||NFL Team||Rnd-Overall||Catches||Yards||TDs|
*VT's Danny Coale and MSU's Keyshawn Martin were also drafted this year, but Floyd was primarily covering Jarrett Boykin and BJ Cunningham, respectively, in those games. Boykin had 4 catches for 30 yards and 0 TD; he went undrafted and unsigned.
York also has offers from Bowling Green and Toledo. He's a three-star to Scout and 247, unranked on Rivals, and isn't in the ESPN database. York was at the Columbus NFTC, and Allen Trieu had a nice writeup of him ($):
We felt the guy who really emerged here was Csont'e York from Chandler Park (Mich.) He's a tall, lean kid with fantastic ball skills. He's effortless when it comes to adjusting to the ball in the air and making tough grabs that are high or not right on target. He's not a burner, but can create separation and gave a lot of the top DBs trouble.
Looks pretty good on film, and Michigan might be getting in on a late riser just before he blows up.
For those of us who cannot get enough recruiting, several free videos from the Columbus NFTC were posted today on ESPN today. The format is pre-camp interviews with camp highlights edited in. The highlight of Dawson stoning Billy Price (ohio) in pass protection while ripping his shirt is quite satisfying.
They seem to be gradually posting these videos from the NFTC, so hopefully there will be more (like Taco Charlton).
Channel flipped last night, and ended up catching the ESPN 30 For 30 "Marcus Dupree: The Best That Never Was" I'm a big fan of the series but had never seen this particular documentary.
They spent a good chunk of the program detailing the EXTENSIVE recruiting of Marcus out of high school, most notably from Oklahoma and Texas. Apparently, as he was getting closer to making his college choice, both Texas and Oklahoma paid for their respective recruiters to actually LIVE in Philadelphia, Mississippi for the final six weeks. According to the show, these two were staying on the same floor of the same hotel, if you can imagine that. They shadowed Marcus' high school football coach, and were in on virtually every discussion during practice and meetings. In the end, it took a Billy Sims personal visit by private plane to seal the deal for OU.
Given today's NCAA rules/requirements -- would this even be legal? This was 1982 so I'm assuming the rules were a bit less restrictive. In any case, this apparently was the recruiting battle to end ALL recruiting battles. Dare I say - even moreso than the Terrelle Pryor recruitment?