"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."
For those of you worried that the 2012 class will start off slowly because Hoke's late to the game, fear no more. Hoke got around a little bit today, visiting several top prospects. First, he checked in at Cass Tech, where former UM assistants Tony Dews and Tony Gibson checked in to offer a pair of Technician juniors, LB Royce Jenkins-Stone and CB Terry Richardson. In the article, it's mentioned that Hoke was in to see Coach Wilcher, and might be close to offering.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke was also by Cass Tech on Monday, as well as an assistant from Wisconsin. Richardson has seen a recent rise in his recruitment and feels he could be close to adding a few more offers.
“I think Michigan, Michigan State and USC are the three closest schools to offering next,” Richardson said.
In an article about RJS's offer from Pitt, he mentions that Michigan is showing strong interest in him, as well.
Other schools showing Jenkins-Stone strong interest are Auburn, LSU, Michigan and Michigan State.
The Scout Boards are reporting that, while Hoke was in Cincy to show interest in 2011 FB Trayion Durham, he checked in on Taft High School and 2012 super-recruit (and likely OSU lock), DE Adolphus Washington. FWIW, I like Wormley better (wink).
To look even further into the future, Scout had an article up today about 2013 MI QB Shane Morris. He goes to De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, and has two very early offers from Toledo and Cincy. Grew up a Michigan fan, but right now, MSU's showing more interest (legally...illegally...what does it really matter? Enjoy some highlights, the kid's definitely got a D1 arm.
Lose one 4 star (Willingham) add another: Reserve La. East St. John DB Floyd Raven has committed to Texas A&M.
Coulda been an early-impact guy at safety...oh well.
EDIT: Maybe not...?
East St. John 3-star safety Floyd Raven told me he did not commit to Texas A&M, despite reports saying otherwise
Despite reports Louisiana DB Floyd Raven confirms to Scout.com he has not committed to Texas A&M.
I saw this on Rittenberg's Blog and thought it sounded familiar. Is it safe to say no one should pursue an interview with an incoming defensive coordinator? I think if I was given the opportunity to be D Coordinator I would just tell them, "whatever the last guy said just print that and tell them it was from me I'm sure he sounded good". Effort, fundamentals, multiple but simple, tough all the good buzz words are represented.
Mallory: Mike and I both come from the same background. We're going to run a system that will more than likely be what we did at LSU. Both of us have evolved since then and certainly we'll get input from other guys on the staff, but we're going to base out of a 4-3 and try to be multiple, but be simple for the kids. Everything we're going to start with is just fundamentals: the ability to defeat a block, the ability to get to the football and the ability to be productive at the end of a play, whether it's tackling or making a play on the ball. I think the first thing we'll do after we finish up the recruiting class is study the offenses here in the Big Ten and modify our system toward that. And then from there, as we get to know our current players and the incoming players, we're certainly going to have to modify it to their talent.
Ekeler: We worked together for three years at LSU and last year, Doug brought his staff to Nebraska. We're so similar. We may have done a few different things last year that we haven't in the past, and he's done a few things, but the whole package, we're already on the same page. As far as terminology, as far as schematically, we're already there. Our general philosophy is No. 1, our defense will be known for effort. It's not lip service. When you watch Indiana football, you're going to see 11 guys out there playing with passion and flying around and playing harder than anyone else. We want to [be] multiple but simple. You've got to be good at what you do. You base out of a 4-3 and you're an over and under team, you have a lot of pressures out of both fronts and you can sub personnel and it changes up a little bit.
apparently he's a strong recruiter in Texas. Yes please.
Some may not agree, but it's pretty clear the two remaining spots on the staff are reserved for defensive coaches, probably DL and DB.
DL because both Hoke and Mattison likely recognize the importance of a dedicated DL coach, and DB because, well, yeah. Two DB coaches is also a possibility.
So why no hires, especially at DB? Possible reasons:
 Mattison is too busy recruiting, and doesn't have time to focus on hiring coaches. He'll do it after signing day. Rushing it now won't help recruiting and if we've learned anything in the past three years, it's that chemistry among defensive coaches and coordinator matters.
 They have someone in mind, but he's still working... The best-known candidate in this category, Mike Trgovac (Packers' DL coach and Bo-schooled Michigan man), is not possible, since it would be a step backward for a guy thought to have a shot at the Denver Broncos' DC position. Joe Whitt, Jr. (Packers' cornerbacks) was coaching at Louisville (cornerbacks and recruiting coordinator) through the 2007 season, so maybe, if he's interested in returning to the college ranks and Woodson and Trgovac recommend. I don't see any possibilities on the Steelers, and the Jets guys are highly unlikely. As for the Bears -- Jon Hoke (defensive backs) is, yes, Brady Hoke's older brother. Surely there's been a thread on this?
Anyhow, what is the CW?
With our DB recruiting class getting better each day, it is well known that some of our DB's (current and future) will be changing positions. I see Cam, Marvin, and Hawthorne possibly moving to WLB, as they have the bodies to do so. Who would fit what positions the best?
Edit: Just saw BostonWolverine's diary on this. But would still like discussion if possible.