This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
I was wondering if anyone out there went to a high school game involving one of Michigan's recruits?
If so, can you update us on your take of how they looked and stats if available?
I was at the Orchard Lake St. Mary's and West Catholic game this afternoon. James Ross appeared to be nursing a previous hamstring injury. I wasn't aware of any injuries prior to the game, but was a little concerned when I saw him stretching his hammy out for a long period of time in pre game warmups. He then rode the exercise bike quite a bit in between stretching his hammy. My concerns were confirmed when he played sparingly in the beginning of the game. As the game went on he played more snaps, but was constantly stretching his hammy and riding the exercise bike during the game when he wasn't on the field.Hopefully this isn't something that lingers all season.
When he was on the field he looked great, and not being 100% made his performance that much more impressive. The kid has a nose for the ball and sheds blocks very well. He also blew up a few guys trying to block him on the screen pass attempts. He made his presence known most of the game, and had a fair amount of tackles. He really wraps up the ball carrier well, which was nice to see. Once he got to the ball carrier the play ended there.I can see this kid developing into a great linebacker. He is a bit on the small side, but he played much bigger than he is.
Update us if possible on CC and how Shallman and Godin looked.
Hard game for me and my boys. The Knights were up 7-3 the whole game and then in the fourth quarter SV took the lead and ended up winning in a close won 23-21. Allen Gant had a lot of good plays defensively. On one play he layed out to swat an important play during the 1st half. He almost cost the team the game late in the fourth when he committed a bad horse collar tackle.... but he was very impressive. Knights gotta bounce back.
I traveled down to Canton, Ohio yesterday to check out the game between GlenOak and Firestone, and spent my time observing a few key players. I'm sure everybody is aware of Bri'onte Dunn on GlenOak, but there were a few more high level players on the field. Below are my notes on a few of them.
2012, RB , # 25 ,Committed to Ohio State
Pros: As the star of GlenOak, there are going to be some high expectations for Bri'onte this year and he didn't disapoint in this game. Bri'onte is a big, strong runningback and certainly looks the part as a downhill runner who makes his living going between the tackles. He has good quickness and sees the hole well, getting through it with a good burst. Once he gets into the second layer he shows good vision and spots the open space to the left or right. He's a tough and violent runner, often delivering a blow to the first guy that gets to him. He's a tough guy to bring down, rarely being tackled by the first guy. He keeps his feet moving and made a few good plays after breaking an early tackle.
Cons: There didn't appear to be many flaws in his game, but he's definitely not perfect. He lacks elite speed. He was unable to gain the corner on a few pitches and never broke any long runs. He's not slow, but he's no burner out there. I was also a little concerned about his hands. I think he dropped two pitches and fumbled another. He was not thrown to from what I can recall, but he did put the ball on the ground once or twice.
Overall: Bri'onte had a very good game. I believe he ended up at around 140 yards on about 25 carries in three quarters (Numbers are not exact). GlenOak dominated Firestone and they had the luxury of sitting Bri'onte and getting some other guys playing time. Ohio State is getting a good one, assuming he sticks.
(Here's a shitty video of a kick return by Bri'onte)
2013 WR, #8
Pros: Kevin is a big time wide receiver who should get interest from some good programs. The current word on the street is that he is a heavy OSU lean, and he looked like he had that kind of potential. He's got good size and looked every bit of his listed 6'4. He displayed good speed on a few routes and came down with a great catch on a long ball over the middle. This catch in particular was over the shoulder with a defender right on him and it required him to make a good adjustment to the ball. He also displayed tough side and made a few good blocks on running plays.
Cons: He disappeared for long stretches of the game. This was probably caused by his QB to an extent, who wasn't very good.
Overall: This was short because I didn't see him make a lot of catches. My impression was mostly based on a few routes that didn't materialize into anything and that one good catch.He has the physical abilities to be a good one and should do better as the season progresses and he sees more balls thrown to him.
(A few photos below. Dunn is #25, Gladney is #8. Kinda hard to see)
Other Guys To Keep an Eye On / Guys Who Impressed Me:
1. 2012 QB Christian Manns: He looked bigger than his listed 5'10 183 lbs. He displayed a good arm and even made a few good runs on QB draws. Starting quarterback Reid Worstell did not play.
2. 2013 OL Steve Mathie: He looked like the biggest kid out there at 6'4 and 275 lbs. Glenoak ran to his side quite a bit and had success doing it. I didn't focus on him, but there were no obvious break-downs in blocking. He should be a big time prospect and already reports an offer from UCLA.
3. 2012 WR Lunden Butler: He made a few good touchdown catches. 6'0 195 lbs
4. 2012 WR Jordan Autrey: This kid is a burner. He was a real home run threat and took it to the house.He's diminutive though at 5'6, 145 lbs.
5. 2012 WR/LB DaShawn Hall: Made a few great plays on both sides of the ball. 6'0 210 lbs.
1. Something Shaw: I don't have any information on him besides he's number 32, but he made some good plays as a ? (TE, FB, RB, WR?). and is a big, bruising kid.
I plan on catching a few games tomorrow (St. Edwards vs Glenville and Medina vs Mayfield) and hope to continue this throughout the season so I would appreciate any comments, things you like, things you don't like, requests etc. Feel free to ask any questions below and I'll try to answer them.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter @NStank. I might do some live tweeting or whatever.
so we just had our fantasy draft, just wondering who other p4ople drafted if they have had their draft already
rb-the law firm
df-san fran (just for week one)
Saw an article on scout today (premium but i dont have it so i didnt take any info), so i continued to look on his recruiting profile and it appears that his top 3 are Texas A&M, Nevada, and Cal. it seems weird to see nevada and A&M in there but i guess his recruiting hasnt been that public and i guess he was just playing with us and the coaches are just going after o'brien now.
Kaleb Ringer broke his hand during practice and will be out for at least the first game of his season but he should be back by week 2. No surgery required. Nothing too major, and it shouldn't have any long term effects. Best of luck to him in his recovery.