"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Take this FWIW, but rumor is here:
Here's a WSJ article on elite academic football recruits:
My brother-in-law just passed this to me and noted that Michigan gets a nice mention from Wayne Lyons. (Of note, Notre Dame was on his list but *not* mentioned in the same way.)
I couldn't remember most of the guys we had on defense in 2008, so I went and looked them up and what they were rated when they were being recruited. I just went along with the people that said things like "there wasn't much talent" and things like that. But I went and looked up the starters in 2008, and here they are:
Morgan Trent Senior - 4 stars
John Thompson Senior - 3 stars
Terrance Taylor Senior- 4 stars
Will Johnson Senior - 4 stars
Charles Stewart Senior - 3 stars
Donnavon Warren Sophomore - 5 stars
Tim Jamison Senior - 4 stars
Stevie Brown Junior - 4 stars
Troy Woolfolk Sophomore - 3 stars
Obi Ezeh Sophomore - 3 stars (although he was a running back in hs)
Jonas Mouton Sophomore - 4 stars
Brandon Graham Sophomore - 5 stars
I realize most of these guys didn't play in these last two years, but in 2008 the defense was still bad and there's no way it should have been that bad. It was defninitely piss poor coaching. I'd kill for that defense now! Can't wait for Hoke to restore order.
MVictors has a trailer for a documetary coming out about the M-Georgia Tech game in 1934. Should be interesting. I wrote a paper on Jerry Ford and how his athletic career influenced him throughout his life, and this incident profoundly affected the future president.
It was made clear by Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon that he wanted the football team to be defensively focused. The new coaches have already exemplified that with how they finished up the 2011 class, and now with the offers that are being sent out for 2012.
One of the bigger name prospects on defense for 2012 will be Noah Spence (6'4", 245 lbs), a defensive end from Bishop McDevitt High School in Pennsylvania. Spence already has over 18 offers from the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, and USC. These verbal offers have been extended before the McDevitt coaching staff was even able to send out his highlight tape. "We're having a little trouble with our system, but we'll try to get the hard copy DVD out in the next couple days, we'll email it to every program in the country probably next week," said Head Coach Jeff Weachter. "Michigan hasn't gotten it yet, but I'd imagine they will offer once they do, everyone else has. He's almost 6-foot-4 now, he runs a legitimate 4.5 forty, and his first two steps off the ball are the fastest I've ever seen from a high school kid."
The process has just started for Noah, but it's already become hectic for him and his family. They are already in the process of researching each school to find out more about what they have to offer. "He's wide open right now. He and his family are right now researching schools football wise, and academically. They're going to try to get out to everyone that offers in the spring and summer, then try to narrow it down in the summer," Coach Weachter said. "He comes from a great family, he's very respectful, he has a 3.6 GPA, and he does things the right way." With 18 offers now, and a high GPA it's safe to say there will be plenty of schools for Spence to choose from.
Coach Weachter said it was still too early to tell which schools have the upper hand, but again Michigan's hire of Greg Mattison may end up helping them. "(Noah's) dad has done a lot of research. I haven't talked to him about Greg (Mattison) yet, but I'm sure his dad knows. I know Greg from Notre Dame and when he was at Florida. He's definitely someone I trust. First, he's a good person and he does a great job recruiting. We enjoyed him when he came here to McDevitt," said Coach Weachter. While Michigan will have to battle it out with other top programs, it helps to have that first foot in the door.
While the former players have been sniping at each other with the Bo/Lloyd factions I think they are taking the attention off the real problem. Why can't these guys produce some decent offspring and properly instruct them that Michigan is their only option? I'm getting older now and starting to notice the offspring of players I saw in my youth starting to restock my rivals rosters and wonder what are boys are doing?
The last guys who stepped up that I can remember were Stan Edwards and Butch Woolfolk. How did Mike Boren raise a kid who likes the Buckeyes? What kind of parenting is this guy doing? It's a disgrace. How come A. Gant is not a lock for Michigan? We are in desperate need of 5 star guys that bleed blue and come here with no questions asked. Ty Wheatley come on man what have you been doing? Desmond? Can't our Olineman find a wife to create some Wolverine blocks of granite, we only had 900 All Big Ten Olineman over the last 40 years. Time to stop whining on radio shows and step up and produce for your team, literally produce.
*This post was a joke and I'm not bashing the lifestyles or parenting of any former players even though it has crossed my mind over the last 4-5 years of less than stellar breaks and near recruiting misses that it would would be nice to have a legacy guy we know is locked and loaded screaming Michigan from day 1.