good luck with that
The o-zone doesn't mince words trying to depict reality from the other side of delusion, but two of their main points are worth considering.
Basically, Hoke is getting the treatment that they wish Rodriguez had gotten and now they're super-mad that their new coach is finally getting the one thing that they wish their old coach had gotten. Does that make any sense to you?
There's been an awful lot of pessimism in Brian's posts of late, even when the rest of us are pretty happy with the way things have been going. The man's entitled to his grief, but it'd be nice to see him not still chained to the tree stump.
The other thing I've noticed with the new hire is that Michigan fans have become better talent evaluators since Rich Rodriguez left. They used to love his middling recruiting commitments. Now that Hoke has come to power, a three-star kid just doesn't get them as fluttery as it used to.
This is a bigger issue. Tim's recent Hello posts have been served with a lot of salt. Some of the posts call our new recruits mediocre, in more or less words. Even if they aren't the flashiest recruits, it's a harsh attitude to take toward kids whose commitments are saving this year's recruiting class. I only hope they don't end up reading past years' posts and wonder why their "ball skills" aren't being described with the same gusto.
For my own edification, I decided to review the current roster to assess the potential number of openings available for this class.
Here's our current roster of scholarship players or contributing walk ons:
The team is allowed a total of 85 scholarship players.
From what I can tell, there are currently 71 players that are either on scholarship or are contributing walk ons.
There are seven contributing walk ons (highlighted in yellow) and nine potential 5th year players (highlighted in orange). If none of the 5th years or walk ons were given scholarships next year, then Michigan would have room for 30 new players in this class.
If we land Barnett, Rawls, Fisher, Willingham, Clark & Cooper, then we would need 23 scholarships for the incoming class leaving seven for the 5th years and walk ons.
Which of the 5th Years and walk ons should get the remaining seven scholarships next year? Here's my list:
- Van Bergen
If we only end up with 22 or 21 in the class or there's attrition in the spring, then Grady and Leach would be considered for the freed up scholarships.
Does anyone see any errors in my analysis?
EDIT - Removed Lalota and adjusted the numbers to reflect his departure per comments below.
Darian Cooper was on the Scout visit list for this weekend but now he's no longer on there. WTH? If he's not visiting this weekend then it's not likely we're going to have a shot at him. That would be a big disappointment if we missed out on this guy after all the in homes.
If there was going to be one "shocker, out of left field" pick up on signing day, what would your guess be? No basis for your wild ass guess needed, just fun on this one...
There always seems to be one...
My 1%'er is Deanthony Arnett:
- Michigan guy growing up but wanted a pro offense (we got one of those now)
- He seems to have a flair for the dramatic
- Dooley was on an in-home with him right after Hoke was hire, so maybe an opening?
Definitely 1 in a million, but you're saying there's a chance...
|Michigan is in the mix for two top offensive linemen in Chris Bryant who will decide Friday and Penn State commitment Ryan Nowicki who could visit this weekend.|
Obviously we got Bryant. However, in Nowicki's Rivals profile it shows a visit date of 1/28/11 yet it's not on the Scout visit list. So what gives here is he visiting or not? Do we even have a shot at this kid? He'd be an a nice 3* pickup at 6'5" 280. Imagine him alongside Bryant at 6'5" 330 and Fisher at 6'7" 270, wow.