"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."
Saw this article on the front page of Yahoo. Thought it was fitting to post seeing as we have many fans and alum who do post on prospects Facebook pages.
Signing day is almost upon us, and there are roughly six recruits to keep an eye on.This staff has done an excellent job keeping kids committed and adding additional pieces to fill gaps. Here's a look at what to expect, and when to expect it.
5'10", 215 lbs.
Rawls is a three star prospect, which most people assume is because of the concern with his grades. Most people assumed he would not qualify, which led to a not so impressive offer list. Also, since his high school coach is Fred Jackson's son and he's made no secret of the fact that if he qualifies he's going to Michigan other schools may not have bothered.
Don't let that list fool you, because Thomas is the kind of back Brady Hoke is looking for in his offense. I can only imagine the conversations about Thomas between Fred Jr and Fred Sr. [ed: "Son, you are the greatest coach in the world and you have created a combination of Herschel Walker, House, and Bo Jackson."]
Rawls recently came back from his trip to Ann Arbor with an offer and a plan:
I wouldn't say it was the dream offer, Michigan is the dream school. I grew up watching them, and I just worked to get there. I basically had the offer, but I just didn't say much. I don't want to say too much about academics, but I will be eligible for the 2011 season. I want to keep some stuff for my press conference, which will be at 9:30am on signing day at Flint Northern.
Thomas is "deciding" between Michigan and CMU on signing day. This should be an excellent pick up for Michigan, and an excellent job by Thomas to get eligible.
6'7", 270 lbs.
Traverse City, Michigan
Jake Fisher is fresh off a visit to Oregon, and it's coming down to the wire. Chip Kelly is pretty strict when it comes to prospects visiting and offers they hand out. They like kids to visit if they are seriously thinking about coming to Oregon, and I think Jake is. I spoke to him after his visit, and he had this to say:
Everyone is fair game right now. I'm going to sit down with my parents and talk everything over. I'm either going to announce the day before signing day, or on signing day.
He also told me the visit to Oregon went well, but not much more than that. Jake is really tough to read, so this could go one way or the other. The Michigan coaches have made him a priority. Will it be enough?
Who's Signing When
Signing day is Wednesday. As mentioned earlier there are roughly six prospects that Michigan has honed in on. They would have enough room for all six under certain circumstances. Here's who's left, and when they plan on announcing.
- MI RB Thomas Rawls: Signing Day at 9:30am.
- CO LB Leilon Willingham: Signing Day at 7pm MT. Michigan is in great shape still with Willingham. He'll be choosing between Michigan, ASU, Colorado, Washington, and UCF presumably.
- OH LB Frank Clark: Signing Day around 10 or 11am.
- MD DT Darian Cooper: Signing Day.
- MI OL Jake Fisher: Either announcing the day before signing day, or on signing day. Visit to Oregon went well. He plans on talking it over with his parents and then deciding.
- TX TE Chris Barnett: Will announce on Saturday. Wants to weigh out all the options rather than think on emotion. The Michigan visit went very well. He is deciding between Arkansas and Michigan.
Prediction: I don't like predicting, but Michigan has a legitimate shot at landing all six that are left. I don't know if they will, but they have a shot. I am confident about three of them, somewhat optimistic about one, and usure about two. I think when it comes down to it they will most likely land 3 or 4, if they get the 5th or 6th it's a bonus.
Dr. Saturday ranks the most underperforming programs over the past four years based on the rankings of their recruiting classes. Guess who is near the top of the list?
Maybe I have been reading too much recruiting news, but I am starting to think I can read into how the other coaches recruit against us based on the recruits' comments. When RR came in and Boren made his stupid comments all of the recruits starting mentioning "family values" when discussing their visits. Lately, I have heard several recruits comment how "buildings are just buildings" and it's the people that matter. I am taking that to mean that other coaches are trying to counter all of our facility upgrades by downplaying facilities in general. If your stadium and practice facilities suck, and your weight room isn't a multimillion dollar mecca drawing in NFL guys, then tell the recruits that bricks are bricks and buildings are buildings wherever you go. I take it as a compliment. Plus, Hoke and co. are apparently doing a good enough job selling the people in the buildings, also.
Over the weekend the vest offers QB Cardale Jones from Glenville High (per local sports radio here in cbus 97.1 the fan)....
They already have Braxton Miller, but QB depth is a concern for them, and I'm not sure if they feel Pryor is really coming back next year.
It looks like the staff sees the need for TEs on this roster, hopefully Chris Barnett joins us this year and we land a top recruit next year too.
Grant is large at 6'6" 225. It looks like he has offers from us and Toledo, but is being looked at by Ohio State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame.