"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."
Brady and D'antonio both spoke this morning at the clinic.
Were any MGoBloggers there are how were the coaches?
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He is a 4star CB out of Cali
Looks like he is Oregons to lose....but you never know.
In light of this recruiting race to the finish, I thought I'd review the history of recruiting. I'd already known Michigan has been a dominant recruiter but I wanted to clarify my opinion.
Below is a table showing Scout's recruiting rankings for the Big Ten since 2002 (all the data they had):
Things to consider:
- Michigan hasn't ever had a class ranked lower than 19th Nationally.
- Michigan has never had class ranked lower than 3rd in the Big Ten.
- Only Ohio St. and Penn State have ever had classes that ranked higher than Michigan in the Big Ten.
- Michigan classes ranked on average in the top 10 for the period.
- Over the nine classes before this one, Michigan had 4 top classes, 3 second ranked classes, and 2 third ranked classes in the Big Ten.
While I realize this data is limited, I think it's safe to say that it is reflective of our history. I'm sure we all agree that recruiting rankings aren't perfect, however they do correlate to success. Let's hope Hokes race to the finish allows us to try to keep our top three streak alive and our streak of beating State for recruits.
BTW- I reviewed Rivals rankings as well and the results are nearly identical. Their data wouldn't copy and paste well so I stuck with Scout.
Also - Indiana is pathetic.
Edit - I replaced the table with an image of the table for size. I hope you can still read it.
1. Stock Down - Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois. I was a bit surprised to see Wiscy so high in the way to early 2011 pre-season polls. In my opinion, their defense was not very good this year, but their deficiencies were masked by their powerful offense. That same defense loses their best player in Watt. On offense they lose dominating OL Carimi and Moffett. I know Wiscy will have viable replacements, but Carimi is a likely top 10 pick. They also lose Tolzien/Clay. I have found that when you have a new QB, you always lose a game or two based on that lack of experience.
Iowa loses a ton on Defense (Clayborn and Sash) as well as Stanzi. Like Wiscy, they will be breaking in a new QB.
Illinois had a nice comeback season and promptly lost their 3 best players (all Juniors) to the NFL in Leguet, Wilson and Lasheure (forgive in spelling errors).
2. Stock Up - Not really sure who to put here. I think Michigan will be improved mainly because their defense can't be any worse. Getting Woolfolk and Floyd back and switching to a pro-style offense will no doubt help the defense. Any other team projected to improve?
3. Steady - My spartans. I think they will probably be worse record wise with OSU and Nebraska jumping on the schedule (both away games) but I think the team could actually be better if that makes any sense. Spartans lose 3 OLineman, but all 3 were mid level (that is being polite since they were 2 starts) talents . The younger replacements were all higher regarded as prospects. We return Cousins and Baker in the backfield and a quartet of Recievers (Cunningham, Martin, Nichol, Fowler) with experience. Defense loses LB duo of Jones and Gordon and will be largest question mark.
4. OSU - Will the NCAA reduce the supsensions of the tattoo ring?
5. How good will Nebraska be? Early in the year, they looked very very scary. A very good defense and a potent offense led by an exciting young QB. By the end of the year, their offense looked downright awful. Their B10 schedule is pretty brutal.
Just passing along info. MSU OL Coach visited Fisher in T.City last night. Spartans are underdog, but they obviously feel they have a shot if they are still recruiting him this hard.
Updated odds: Oregon 25%/Florida $25/UM 25%/ MSU 25%