"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Michigan got an early start on many teams in recruiting, not only in the Big Ten but around the country. But with school over or ending soon for many athletes, 7-on-7 camps and visits have begun, and that means a lot of recruiting news will be flowing in over the next few weeks.
Right now Michigan is sitting at 12 known [Ed-M: and one known unknown /Rummy] verbal commitments. The coaches are recruiting for a class of up to 25 signees, and anything is possible at this point.
Every month or so I’ll post a mock cla
ss, and though this is my best-guess list, it is far from accurate or guaranteed.
Here is the 1st edition. Feel free to comment or question!
Edit: I know the rivals ratings haven’t come out, but if these players under 4-stars are less than 3’s I’ll eat my shoe.
|QB||Tyler O’Connor||Lima, Ohio||6'3||200 lbs||4.7||3*||BC, BGSU, UC, Illinois, MSU, Toledo, Vanderbilt||Solid prospect. Michigan coaches watched him throw, may jump on an offer|
|WR||Durron Neal||St. Louis, Missouri||6'1||195 lbs||4.57||4*||Alabama, Ark, UC, GT, Kansas, K-St, MSU, Minnesota, Nebraska, ND, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC||Michigan was a very late offer, but piqued his interest. Need to get him on campus.|
|TE||A.J. Williams||Cincinnati, Ohio||6'6||260 lbs||4.9||3*||Ark, BC, Illinois, Louisville, MSU, NC St, WVU||Committed 4/22. Blocking TE, possible tackle?|
|TE||Devin Funchess||Farmington Hills, MI||6'5||205 lbs||n/a||3*||BGSU, UC, Illinois, MSU, Mizzou, Nebraska, UVA||Committed 4/22. Receiving TE/U-back.|
|OL||Jordan Diamond||Chicago, IL||6'6||289||n/a||4*||AZ, Ark, FSU, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, MSU, Ole Miss, ND, OSU, UT, WVU, Wiscy.||Teammate of ‘11 commit Chris Bryant. Great LT prospect. Michigan leads, decision soon?|
|OL||Chris Muller||Boyertown, PA||6'6||287||n/a||4*||BC, Uconn, Florida, MSU, ND, PSU, Pitt, Rutgers, WVU, UVA||Penn State had an early lead, but planning a summer visit to Michigan. Likes Mallory and Funk.|
|OL||Caleb Stacey||Cincinnati, Ohio||6'4||275 lbs||n/a||3*||BGSU, BC, UC, Illinois, Indiana, NC St, Toledo, Wake||3/26 commit. Plays tackle for a great program, mauler. Will be solid guard at UM.|
|OL||Erik Magnuson||Carlsbad, CA||6'6||275 lbs||n/a||4*||AZ, BC, Cal, Miami (YTM), ND, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC||Huge recruit. National prospect. Really likes Funk and Hoke is recruiting him. Official to Michigan in fall.|
|OL||Ben Braden||Rockford, MI||6'6||285 lbs||n/a||3*||MSU, Wiscy||3/24 commit. One of the top programs in state, first year at RT. Great potential.|
|DE||Pharaoh Brown||Lyndhurst, OH||6'6||220 lbs||n/a||4*||ASU, BC, CU, MSU, Neb, UNC, NC St, Oregon, Pitt, WVU, many.||Committed 5/7. QB and DE on HS team, raw but great athlete.|
|DE||Mario Ojemudia||Farmington Hills, MI||6'3||215 lbs||4.7||3*||CMU, Illinois, MSU, Iowa, Mizzou, Stanford||5/07 commit. Looks like an LB, freakish speed off the edge.|
|DE/DT||Matt Godin||Detroit, MI||6'5||250 lbs||5.0||3*||BC, Buffalo, Duke, Illinois, MSU, Mizzou, Syracuse, Wisconsin||5/12 commit. Big bodied athlete, may be a DT (think RVB if not).|
|DE||Chris Wormley||Toled, OH||6'4||255 lbs||n/a||3* (LOL)||
||Michigan leads. Top 10 player in Ohio. Needs to be a force on defense. May be an OT?|
|DT||Ondre Pipkins||Kansas City, Mizzou||6'3||325 lbs||n/a||4*||Bama, Iowa, Kansas, MSU, Mizzou, Nebraska, UT, OSU||Top flight DT. Hails from Saginaw. Close friend is grad asst at UM. Blowing up nationally.|
|DT||Danny O’Brien||Flint, MI||6'1||295 lbs||5.1||4*||Bama, UC, Iowa, MSU, Pitt, UT, Vandy||Vols have an early lead. Best Friends with Matt Godin. Michigan is making up ground, loves coaches.|
|DT||Jaleel Johnson||Westchester, Illinois||6'2||277 lbs||n/a||4*||AZ, BC, Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa, MSU, UT, Toledo, Vandy||MSU, Wiscy, and Iowa lead. But very excited about Mich offer. Need to get him on campus.|
|LB||Joe Bolden||Colerain, OH||6'2||225 lbs||n/a||4*||AZ, BC, UC, UK, UNC, PSU, USF, Stan, UT, Vandy, many.||4/29 commit. True middle linebacker. Hates ND and OSU? Check.|
|LB||James Ross||Orchard Lake, MI||6'0||210 lbs||n/a||4*||AZ, UC, Illinois, MSU, Nebraska, ND, OSU, PSU, Pitt, USC.||5/2 commit. Great playmaker. Needs size. Top 3 in state.|
|LB||Royce Jenkins-Stone||Detroit, MI||6'2||215 lbs||n/a||4*||MSU, Florida, USC, Alabama, Mizzou, Oklahoma, want any more?||4/16 commit. Great athlete, needs to get coached up. Cass Tech product. Top 3 in state.|
|LB||Kaleb Ringer||Claymont, OH||6'0||220 lbs||n/a||3*||UC, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Toledo||4/12 commit. 2nd best LB in Ohio. Nephew of Javon Ringer. Great athlete, not great sized.|
|CB/S||Wayne Morgan||Brooklyn, NY||5'11||188||4.4||4*||Alabama, BC, Maryland, Miami (YTM), PSU, Rutgers||Michigan in top 2 or lead? Announcing June 1st. Great prospect at S or CB.|
|CB/S||Anthony Standifer||Crete, Illinois||6'1||175 lbs||n/a||3*||Akron, BGSU, UC, CSU, Iowa, Minnesota, ND, Cuse, Toledo, WMU||Terrific CB/S combo. Great speed + hips. Michigan first BCS school to offer, 20+ offers.|
|CB||Terry Richardson||Detroit, MI||5'9||165 lbs||4.45||4*||Alabama,||5/19 commit. Cass Tech CB lineage, one of the top corners in country. Top 5 player in state.|
|S||Allen Gant||Sylvania, OH||6'2||205||n/a||3*||Ball State, BC, UC, Stanford, Toledo, WVU||Son of Tony Gant. Michigan leads. Strong safety type, solid player.|
Total Commitments: 24
At this point I have not included an RB in this class. Until something actually happens to OSU, I believe Brionte Dunn will remain a Buckeye. Michigan has fallen out of Greg Garmon’s top group, and Keith Marshall needs to get on campus for him to even be a possibility. Still, a lot could change.
I’ve only included one receiver as well. I do believe Michigan leads for Aaron Burbidge, but until he is more qualified I don’t want to list him just yet. At this point Michigan’s receiving recruiting is just heating up. I expect them to land a very good player, and maybe another receiver or two with the recent departures and graduation.
As for Ron Thompson, I believe he will be a part of the class. I’ll probably include him in the next edition.
Obviously rumors+allegations don't necessarily turn into verified violations, and even then, they don't necessarily turn into specific penalties, so Tressel may not be going anywhere after this year. But there is a chance he will, at least. If he does leave, who becomes their next coach? Some candidates:
1. Urban Meyer. Odds: 10-1
I think it's too early for Meyer to return to football, since he said he was going to spend time with his family. Plus he's not going to leave retirement for a program riddled with sanctions anyways. I just don't see this as likely, though the likelihood rises if Tressel sticks it out another year and/or OSU's penalties are light.
2. Luke Fickell. Odds 3-1.
If Tressel does get the boot this year, they'll likely pick a very solid, unspectacular, bean-counting, squeaky-clean true believer. Fickell is many of those things. If Fickell is not implicated in whatever causes Tressel to hypothetically leave, he's one of the prime candidates. If not, they'll have to look elsewhere.
3. Darrell Hazell. Odds 5-1.
Here's another possibility. Though he was on the program until recently, he will have been away for the Tatgate shenanigans fallout. Has most of the upside of Fickell too. Only problem is that he was literally just hired as Kent State's coach, and a one-and-done flight to OSU could create more attention than a hypothetically beleaguered OSU athletic department, conceivably seeking stability, wants.
4. Mark Dantonio. Odds 20-1.
I know some OSU bloggers are suggesting Dantonio, which would be funny in some ways, and not in others. He had no compunction leaving Cincinnati for MSU, so I doubt loyalty would be a factor. But I just don't see him leaving a stable MSU situation for an unstable OSU one (which is what it would be, in this hypothetical scenario).
5. Someone else. Odds 4-5.
As you can see, I think Fickell and Hazell are the most likely candidates, but both are almost certainly to be tarnished by whatever tarnishes might tarnish Tressel to the point where he goes. So I don't give them more that a 41.67% chance of becoming the next OSU coach...unless the violations end up not being as bad as the allegations and Tressel stays on. Then that likelihood increases.
But if, indeed, they are, then I think the chances of looking outside, perhaps for a former OSU assistant or another successful lower-division coach rises. Who are the likely candidates?
This is a flyer that Stanford sends out to their football recruits. Personally, I think it's pretty awesome. This, in my mind, isn't negative recruiting, it is only showing the power of a Stanford degree. Now I know that this isn't for the average football player with a degree or anything like that, but I still think it is impressive and is a very valid way to recruit and can bring up some interesting discussion at least.
EDIT: Tried to fix to fit screen, but that doesn't seem to be working, sorry.
FYI: The top part says:
Stanford Graduates' Mid-Career* Annual Salary Advantage Over 2010 Final Top 25
Salary $$ Less than Stanford
1. Auburn: -$31,600;
2. TCU: -$41,000;
4. Stanford: -$0
5. Ohio State: -$39,600
Not very relevant since we all know Woodson won the Heisman that year fair and square, but interesting nonetheless.
Peyton Manning didn't win the Heisman Trophy because he tanked the biggest game of the season for the third year in a row. Woodson's defining moment was a spectacular play against a highly-ranked, hated rival that helped propel his team on to a national championship; Manning's was an ugly pick-six against a highly-ranked, hated rival that helped cost his team a national championship. Cold case closed.
Browsing twiiter, I came across this from Steve Wiltfong from 247 sports:
The player in the picture is indeed RB Greg Garmon.
His profile with the same picture:
Says UNC is his #1 as we all knew.
It says Iowa and Illinois round out his top 3, where previously it was Penn State and (I believe) us.
His interest still lists us as "Warm" on 247, whereas PSU has dropped to "Cool."
Not sure if this is a case of other schools pushing hard or if Michigan is focusing mostly elsewhere (Dunn, other positions).