good luck with that
I updated the recruiting Map with the latest information....I'll probably be doing this once a week. Especially since things have been moving so quickly.
I added a 50 mile buffer around all the universities in the BCS conferences....this gives a nice picture of whose backyard we are dipping in. I am still playing around with the formatting and symbology. If you have any questions a/o comments please let me know.
**note: All data on map references Touch The Banner
Another quick update on recruiting for you, this time with instate DT Danny O'Brien. Danny currently holds offers from Michigan, MSU, Tennessee, and Syracuse. It's safe to say that his offer list will continue to grow as time goes on.
Not too long ago O'Brien had said that Tennessee and Michigan were his top two choices. He talked about where he's at now, and how did in the combine this weekend.
The combine went really well. There was a lot of kids under the radar, but there was some good talent there. Exposure at these events is always good, and I tried a few new moves I've been working on. I think I did well in the 1 on 1's. Recruiting right now is getting crazy, I'm just letting everything play out and talking to all the coaches. I'll probably make my decision early in the season or at the end of it, I'm not sure.
O'Brien also told me about where he's at with his leader and top schools.
I'll probably only take 3 or 4 official visits, I don't think I'll take all of them. I have Tennessee as my favorite right now, and then everyone else is pretty much even. Michigan hasn't dropped or fallen back, I just don't know the coaches that well. I haven't gotten to really talk with them yet. I'll be up there in the spring either for the spring game or junior day.
The other topic as of late has been how Matt Godin's offer will affect Danny. O'Brien and Godin are best friends, and he talked about what that would mean with his recruitment.
I mean, yeah him having a Michigan offer that has some impact on me. We've always said it would be a dream to play school together, it's something that we've talked about a lot. If it happens, it happens, we're not going to try to force it.
O'Brien is a key piece to Michigan's recruiting efforts. It will be interesting to see how schools move up and down his list, and if Michigan can overtake Tennessee in the end.
Matt Godin also just received an offer from Michigan just now.
I just got offered by Michigan. I called Coach Montgomery, and then talked to Coach Mattison. He said they reviewed my film and I have an offer from the University of Michigan. This is definitely a dream offer, I'm pretty excited. I'm going to wait and think things through before I make my decision, I'm going to visit up there this week and talk to the coaches more.
This is a big offer for both Matt and Danny. We'll see what happens from here.
Most of you know that I live in Arizona, which unfortunately means I'm not at the Best of the Midwest combine right now. I'll have some updates from players after the combine is over, most likely in the Weekly Update on Monday.
I did catch up with Chicago OL Jordan Diamond, who is not competing in the event. He took this opportunity to go up to Ann Arbor with 2011 Michigan signee OL Chris Bryant, and his current teammate 2012 QB Robert Gregory.
Diamond has taken a few visits to Michigan already, so this trip was to familiarize himself with the new coaching staff, and the players.
We went up there yesterday; I met just about everybody. We talked to Coach Hoke, Coach Heck(linski), Funk, so it was cool. Coach Funk was telling me that they're light on the offensive line, they only have around 11 scholarship guys so I would have a good chance to play early. I was trying to build some comfort with them, get to know them, so it was good. The one thing I did get to see that was new was I got to see the players working out. That was good for me to see how they work out, and what they do.
The coaches are seemingly easy to get along with, and Michigan's current players have somewhat been the unsung heroes when it comes to recruiting. The way the players interact with each other, and how they present themselves to recruits has been a popular topic in interviews. The same was true with Jordan.
We got to hang out with a lot of the players this time, which was cool. There's a lot of good people up there. We hung out with Taylor (Lewan), met a few linebackers, they were all cool. Taylor's a pretty funny guy, it was great.
In case you're wondering, yes Taylor Lewan showed off his mustache tattoo, which always seems to be a hit. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out here.
Well as many of you know, this weekend michigan held the best of the midwest showcase. I was kind of half expecting to see multiple offer threads. I'm guessing were going to get a huge update when this weekend wraps up. On another note, I'm not much of a twitter follower but any word from jarrod wilson about how his unoffical went this weekend. It seems like a lot of recruits like to tweet about everything so maybe thats a good thing for my recruiting addiction. Well thank you for any information that is out there.