"(I) think about 'The Lion King,' Simba gets hit over the head and (he's told) 'the past can hurt,' " Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. "'You can either run from it or embrace it and learn from it.'
The Michigan commitment train never stops. Back to the front page we go! Action since last rankings:
5-17-11 Ohio State gains commitment from Blake Thomas. Northwestern gains commitment from Joseph Jones.
5-18-11 Penn State gains commitment from JJ Denman.
5-19-11 Michigan gains commitment from Terry Richardson. Notre Dame gains commitment from Mark Harrell.
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Rivals has released their initial rankings, so instead of watchlist guys, I'm going on the 5-star system for them. Remember, currently-unranked prospects by any service receive 1 star.
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This guy sounds like one of the many excellent posters that frequent this blog. He definitely went out and got a lot of data. However, I think this particular insight is a little bit round in the logic department. It is already well known that recruiters and ranking services use height/weight/40 values when assigning ranking values. If the ranking data is already known to be dependent on the height/weight/40 values then studying the ranking values to see if they are corralary to the height/weight values seems pretty pointless. That's what government science grants get you, obvious answers. No one can get money for experiments that are really crazy or groundbreaking :-P
"Sprint speed, height, and weight are the best predictors of how high school football players will be ranked by college recruiting scouts, reports a study in the May issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The journal is published byLippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health."
"The study used scouting data on 2,560 elite high school football players between 2001 and 2009. Factors such as height and weight, sprint time, and vertical height jump were analyzed for association with the players’ “star” rankings, as assigned by a national rankingwebsite (www.scout.com). Dr. Ghigiarelli looked for factors that could differentiate “highly recruited” players (4- and 5-star rankings) from “recruited” players (2- and 3-star rankings). Both groups were considered competitive on the Division 1-A collegiate level."
"The results suggest that height, weight, and sprint speed are the key factors affecting rankings forhigh school football players. The article includes tables breaking down factors related to star rankings for players in ten different positions, which Dr. Ghigiarelli believes could help to guide trainingregimens for players who are at—or trying to reach—the elite competitive level. “These physical characteristics can be used as obtainable training goals,” he writes. “If these goals are reached, it’s plausible a player may increase the likelihood of obtaining more Division 1-A scholarship offers.”
This is a link to the whole paper. I don't want to read through a bunch of stats right now, but I'm hoping someone else does :-)
Well sort of. If you click the link http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/130/michigan-wolverines and go to the bottom right it shows our top 5 recruits with a grade. But if you click "view all recruits" and see the list they don't show up.
Well anyways it looks like both Richardson and RJS are 81's and Bolden, Funchess, Ross are all 80's. All five will be at least four stars (79 is the cutoff for 4 star.)
For those that don't know, there was a big Nike camp at Ohio State this weekend along with an Elite 11 camp. Missouri DT Ondre Pipkins told me he came away with the D Line MVP award from the Nike Camp.
There was some good competition there, I didn't get names I was there to do one thing and that was to get the MVP award. I'm still kind of sitting back with recruiting right now. I'll be up at Michigan sometime in the summer, but that's it for now.
That trip up to Michigan could potentially speed his process along, but we won't know until it happens.
Hey, does anyone have an updated roster for NCAA 11 (PS3)? Preferably one with an updated Michigan roster that includes Hopkins, Cam Gordon, possibly updated Denard...
According to TomVH twitter Shane Morris won the MVP award at the Nike Camp in Columbus today and was also awarded an all expense trip to the Gridiron Kings Competion in Orlando. Beat out some really good kids for the award such as Gunner and Pike to name a few. He also received the strongest arm award.