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Now that National Signing Day 2011 has finally come to a close, the Michigan coaches have been reviewing film and sending out offers to 2012 prospects. As mentioned many times before, the 2012 class is extremely strong in the midwest, including Michigan and Ohio, as well as Illinois and Indiana as well.
Here are some local and regional prospects to look out for, on offense.
Note: Sorry for the massive wall of text as well.
QB Gunner Kiel – 6'4, 220 lbs, Columbus, Indiana.
With Michigan’s move to a more pro-style offense Kiel becomes an even more important prospect. Kiel was offered by the previous staff as well, and he has some mobility (600 yards rushing) to go with his big-time arm (2,700 yards passing). However, Kiel is an Notre Dame legacy recruit, and he’s also been offered by Alabama, Cincinnati, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU, and Tennessee among others.
QB Robert Gregory – 6'3, 180 lbs, Chicago, Illinois.
Gregory is the teammate of 2011 signee Chris Bryant and 2012-super OL Jordan Diamond. Though Simeon ran a spread offense, Gregory possesses very good arm strength and could develop into a solid pocket passer. There are rumors out there that schools are looking at Gregory as an athlete, but he is only interested in playing quarterback. An interesting note as well, as Gregory recently said in an interview he and Jordan Diamond would be attending the same school.
RB William Mahone – 5'10, 200 lbs, Austintown, Ohio.
There is some serious talent at running back in the state of Ohio next year, and Ohio State has already locked down two studs in Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn. Michigan’s coaches are looking for another big-time back, and Mahone visited the campus twice last year, so there is mutual interest in both parts. Other offers: Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Miami (NTM)
RB Juwan Lewis – 5'11, 200 lbs, Muskegon, Michigan.
Many of you Michigan west-coasters will recognize the name, as Lewis starred on a very good Muskegon Big Red football team this year. Interestingly enough, Lewis played fullback in Muskegon’s shotgun/pistol offense. Like Mahone, Lewis has good size, but deceptively good speed as well. Lewis camped at Michigan last year, and is very interested in the Wolverines. Offers: None
Burbridge was one of the stars on a 14-0 Harrison squad that captured the state title this year. An excellent athlete, Burbridge played RB, WR, CB, and KR and excelled everywhere, though he will be a receiver at the next level. He reminds many of fellow Harrison alumni Mark Dell, and it is rumored Burbridge is very close to Dell as well. That is not true. Michigan State has offered and appear to be the early leader for this top 10 player in the state next year [Ed-M: Farmington Hills Harrison (Drew Stanton, Agim Shabaj) was a Michigan State feeder in my day, but haven't produced a Spartan since Dell; M got Charles Stewart from there] , but there is no doubt he will be interested in Michigan.
WR Amara Darboh – 6'2, 190lbs, West Des Moines, Iowa.
A big athlete with great speed, Darboh has the ability to stretch the field vertically and is very dangerous in space as well. Darboh will likely be the #1 player in Iowa, and that may not mean much but he is a very talented player. He has yet to narrow down his list, but if Michigan offers I fully expect Darboh to visit in the fall. Other offers: Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin.
WR Stefon Diggs – 6'0, 175 lbs – Olney, Maryland.
Diggs is the teammate of 2011 signee Blake Countess. While he doesn’t possess great size, Diggs does have blazing speed and great hands to boot. He’s a crisp route runner and has dominated every camp he has shown up at. Diggs, along with Dorial Beckham-Green, will likely challenge for the top receiver spot in the nation in 2011. Just a few weeks ago Diggs said he was interested in Michigan, with Countess signing with the Wolverines. I don’t expect Michigan to land him, but there it is good to see interest there. Other offers: Cal, Florida, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (YTM), Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Pitt
TE Sam Grant – 6'6, 230 lbs, North Royalton, Ohio.
Grant only caught 16 passes last season, but that’s because St. Edwards ran a primarily run-based offense. Grant has already tripped to Ohio State and Michigan State, and he will be a premium talent at the next level. With Michigan looking for more Tight Ends in their offense, look for them to get Grant up on campus soon. Other offers: Toledo
Athlete Drake Johnson – 6’1, 205 lbs, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Johnson is a very talented athlete at Ann Arbor Pioneer, who played running back this season and excelled as a national track runner as well. In college Johnson’s career may take a number of possible routes, as he could play running back, wide receiver, or even linebacker. Being right across the street from the Big House, I expect Johnson to be very well-scouted by the Michigan staff and definitely a possibility for an offer down the road.
As for offensive linemen, I haven’t spent enough time looking at all the film, but there are a lot of talented linemen in the Midwest this year. It’s not quite as talented as the past, but there is much better quality throughout the area. I fully expect Michigan to stock up on at least 3-4, maybe 4-5 this recruiting cycle. Along with Jordan Diamond, whom we’ve known about for a while, here are names to watch.
OG Kelby Latta, 6'4, 295 lbs, Battle Creek, Michigan.
OT JJ Denman, 6'6, 305 lb, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
OT Jake Meador, 6'6, 280 lbs, Whiteland, Indiana.
OG Caleb Stacey, 6'4, 275 lbs, Cincinnati, Ohio.
OT Ben Bradem 6'6, 285 lbs, Rockford, Michigan.
I know this is probably too short of notice, but does anyone know if any place out there still sells the "Guns Don't Kill People...Lamarr Woodley Kills People" t-shirts? I want to get one for the game on Sunday.
I checked the MGoStore and UGP with no luck. I live in AA so if anyone knows of a place in the area I could find one at, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
According to the College Football Live episode that just ended. Michigan's spring game is April 15. Has anyone seen that anywhere else?
EDIT: I dont know if these can be right. I have it paused on my screen and it says:
FSU, Georgia, and OU April 8
USC April 9
Michigan April 15
OSU April 22
Oregon and Stanford April 29
Most of these games would be on a Friday if this is true. I guess I'll just wait for university confirmation. Indications below suggest April 16th according to rivals. I wouldn't be shocked if ESPN aired incorrect information.
Green Bay 28
Former M Heisman winner Woodson is named MVP
EDIT- This post has nothing to do with RR it has to do with being negative about 2011 team because of the score of last years games. That is why I said "I'm Done", but I am sorry I ever included his name, because of it instantly invalidated the rest of my posts and comparisons to other teams. Sorry.
I'm done fighting about Rodriguez, but I've seen this on several different posts and it needs to stop. The total score of a particular game or season has very little relevance to the next season or game. There are so many variables in a game or season that if they played a 7 game series like they do in basketball you would see all sorts of crazy score combinations. Stop using the scores of games this year as a basis for a team's progress next year. Did anybody see the NE-Jets series play out over the course of the season?
Arguments I see.
1. Mich is not close to being good because we lost by wide margins to good teams.
2. This team has no hope because the defense is terrible it'll be another 3 year rebuilding project.
To these people I ask do you not watch college football? It took me 5 minutes of my memory bank to find these. These are the year before seasons before these teams had great success. I'm sure people have many more examples.
07 Alabama loses to Louisiana Monroe at home and unranked Miss St at home on it's way to 6-6. Next year they are undefeated playing in SEC Champ game before they lose to Florida.
09 Mich St- Our own fucking rival come on. Lost to Central and lost to Penn St by 28 and had a defense get torched by Minnesota Wisc and Tex Tech. This year 11-1 defense improves by 50 spots.
08 Wisc- Bielema and Chryst were getting skewered. They lost by 41 to Penn St, 22 to Iowa, 29 to Florida St.
07 Iowa- Signature losses were by 18 to Indiana, 20 to Penn St, 26 to Purdue and 9 to Western Michigan....FIRE FERENTZ!!!!
08 Nebraska- Defensive Genius Pelini gave up 52 to Missouri and 62 to Oklahoma.
09 Auburn- Yes your NC lost by 21 to LSU and 21 to Arkansas
09 Arkansas- Lost by 28 to Alabama, 13 to a crummy Ole Miss team and gave up 52 to Georgia trying to replace Matt Stafford.
05 Michigan- Remember that 7-5 team that took a lot of shit oh yeah they were 11-0 heading into Columbus in 06.
Don't be fooled by simple arguments. Everyone looks at the Gator Bowl and sees the final score and says see we got humiliated blah blah blah we gave up 50pts yada yada. Sure we lost, it was a bad performance, but if RR was just trying to save face he could have Lloyd balled that game and had a completely different score. RR went for it on 4th downs trying to come back that back fired and gave MSU great field position. Who cares about the final score. It is about wether it was a win or a loss, I was glad he was trying low percentage plays trying to win instead of just trying to save face. People bring up the fact we scored 14pts in that game, but how close were we to scoring 35-38? Pretty fucking close. Missed fg, RR dropped pass, Hemmingway overthrow, passed up fg etc.. We're not 38 points worse than Miss St. We play that game 10 times and there are wild swings in what the outcome would be.
From the very 1st play a game unfolds differently every time. Some games have quick scores that get teams out of gameplan. Some have turnovers. When teams get way up sometimes they start coaching to the clock and let teams back in it. Sometimes when you have a young qb(hint hint) you get down and he starts forcing it and it gets worse. You never know.
Next years Michigan team will have a very experienced offense with a new coordinator so expectations are everywhere. Could be even better or maybe a slight step back The defense will be better, this is not debateable. The question is how much. This will all lead to great debate for us for the next 7 months. This is what MGOBLOG forum is about, but please stop with the lame Wisc beat us by 20 last year we can't compete you are better than that.
I was browsing a random site when I stumbled upon this interesting tidbit of information: The company that makes the Steelers Terrible Towels is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. 110 miles SW of Green Bay.
In honor of the Packers making the Superbowl, the company, McArthur Towel & Sports, has brought back the 'Titletown Towel', which made its debut with the Packer's Super Bowl runs in '96 & '97.