TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
This past weekend was host to a few important official visitors, and this weekend will see even more prospects coming in for the Big Chill hockey game. A slightly different format:
Visitors from this Past Weekend (12/3)
There were no commitments from Maryland DB Blake Countess or Florida S Wayne Lyons. I spoke briefly with Lyons, and have a full interview scheduled for later today. He had this to say so far:
"It was a good trip. The academic side of it was good, and I know my mom liked that too."
Rumors had Michigan potentially leading for Countess, and this visit was a big one since it was his first official. Blake was tweeting the whole weekend; here's a few of them:
- goblue !!!!!!!!!!
- Michigan was great. i could def. see myself there!
- I was with Josh Furman, Denard and Devin Gardner..and the other players that were there on officials.Delonte, wayne and G.Brown
His coaches aren't easy to get ahold of, so I'm still working on getting more from him. Lyons is expected to make his decision at the Army game, and will take a trip to Nebraska next.
Official Visitors for the Big Chill
This weekend is not only host to the Big Chill and fireworks, but a plethora of official visitors. Here's the list I have compiled so far. As always this list will be posted permanently in the diary section to add and remove recruits.
- LB Desmond Morgan - This could be the last visit before Morgan makes his decision. I wouldn't be surprised if he announces his choice shortly after.
- DE Anthony Zettel - This is Zettel's last official visit. He's already been to MSU, Penn State, and Iowa.
- OL Chris Bryant - This probably won't be the last visit for Chris. He's been wavering on when he wants to make his decision. He might wait until signing day, or he might just pull the trigger. Michigan is in a favorable position either way.
I'll continue to add to this as I confirm more names.
On to specific recruits:
6'3", 210 lbs.
Matthews, North Carolina
Frost is down to Auburn and Michigan, and has been for some time now. He still plans on enrolling early, and will be announcing his choice at the Army All American game in January. I'm in constant contact with Kris, and I believe that Michigan is in good position right now… as long as Rodriguez is retained. If Michigan were to make a change, then there might be some trouble. I don't believe that a defensive coaching change would make too much of a difference with Kris. The coaches have been on him, and are continuing to show him that they want him, as well:
Coach Rod will actually be out to my house on Thursday. They've just really been telling me how I fit in there, and how much I'm wanted. I don't think I'm going to be able to make it back up there for another visit, but that shouldn't matter too much anyway.
If you remember, Kris was going to try to come back up for another unofficial visit. That won't be happening, but it's not a big deal.
6'1", 189 lbs.
If you read my post yesterday you already know that Devin has scheduled his official visit out to Michigan for January 7th. Since Michigan has offered they have shot up Devin's list, and this visit could potentially vault the Wolverines into the top spot.
I love the overall tradition at Michigan. The tradition they have reminds me a lot of what we have at Crespi (High School). The brotherhood that the players have is amazing. I love the fans, and the whole community of Ann Arbor. I can't wait to visit.
A lot of people have wondered what recruits are thinking as far as the coaching situation with regards to Michigan. Devin felt comfortable enough to share how he was thinking.
I like Michigan for Michigan, so it doesn't really matter to me. I think it matters more to my parents just because they want me to be somewhere stable. Coach Dews has talked to both my parents and they both like him a lot. He's actually coming out this week on Thursday.
This is just one point of view but Devin is more interested in the program, and since he could probably play in most systems anyway, it won't matter much. The timing of this visit could help Michigan too, since Lucien is planning on making his decision on signing day, which is only 3 or 4 weeks from when he'll be on campus.
Other items [from the editor]
- The Orlando Sentinel caught up with FL RB Dee Hart, who says he will remain committed to Michigan if Rodriguez is retained. If he isn't, he's going to Florida to play in the spread.
- MI WR Shawn Conway will not qualify and is headed to a JUCO. He says he would like to return to the fold after his time there is finished but it is extremely rare for Michigan to take a JUCO kid who did not qualify out of high school. Austin Panter, the last JUCO at Michigan, was a qualifier who played seven on seven and went to JUCO for exposure, and the last one before that was Russell Shaw. Michigan's coaches have clearly known about this for a while given the offer to Lucien and late push for Arnett.
Cardale Jones & Shane Wynn won't be visiting this weekend for the Big Chill:
- Cardale is taking the ACT. Still planning on visiting sometime in January
- Wynn has a basketball game Friday night and "needs to discuss his visits with Ted Ginn Sr." (that's probably telling)
Article behind paywall:
Article on annarbor.com quote's RR saying Odoms and J.T. Floyd might possibly practice before the Gator Bowl
Rodriguez said Monday he expects many of the players injured before or during the loss to Ohio State will be recovered in time to play in the Gator Bowl.
He expects Martin (ankles), Darryl Stonum (ankle) and Junior Hemingway (head) to play against the Bulldogs.
Linebacker Mike Jones (leg), cornerback J.T. Floyd (ankle) and receiver Martavious Odoms (foot) are still out, although Odoms and Floyd could practice shortly before the game.
It will be great to see our plague of injuries healing up. Even better if Floyd and Odoms can get in the mix. My only question is if they will be practicing for practicing sake or does this mean they have a chance to play?
P.S. I did not post link because the beginning of it has write up on coaching controversy and I don't want this thread turning into another one of those...
P.P.S. Here is the link. By clicking on this link you have taken an internet oath not to talk about anything related to CC. If you do, I hope you are sent to Boliva and rabid guinea pigs roam your new dwelling. Credit is due to original story.
Besides wins and losses, I feel that one of the hallmarks of a successful head coach is one whose assistants go onto greater roles with other teams. With the latest hiring of Kevin Wilson at Indiana, this is a bit of a hat tip to Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. Considering he was hired in 1999, this is a pretty impressive string of HC hires from his staff. You can say what you want about some of the characters on this list, but it is still a list.
Mike Leach- HC Texas Tech
Mark Mangino- HC Kansas
Chuck Long- HC San Diego State
Mike Stoops- HC Arizona
Bo Pelini- HC Nebraska (with a short stint with Les, can count this either way)
Kevin Sumlin- HC Houston
Kevin Wilson- HC Indiana
This does not count the list of assistants that went on to become OCs or DCs with other major programs. I have no idea how he keeps reloading with that coaching churn.
Sorry if this was posted earlier but I searched "ESPN Bowl" and couldn't find it so I thought I'd share.
I read a few of them and I've got to say that Rittenberg makes the SEC guy look like and idiot - I looked at all the SEC-Big Ten matchups and the SEC blogger never mentions anything about the Big 10 team, not even once while Rittenberg talks about matchups and talented players from the SEC team that the Big Ten team will have to contain (ya know, like, an analysis! *gasp* it might even be his job!). I guess the SEC really thinks they are just playing themselves...
Although he previously called for RR's firing, Wojo as usual has a reasoned opinion on the situation with the next month or so:
...Rodriguez said. "No matter what I say, it's not going to change people's opinions. So I'm better off not saying anything."
That's probably the truth, as the piling-on piles up. Those who want a change because of his 15-21 record (0-6 against Ohio State and Michigan State) aren't likely to be swayed. Those who support him because of Denard Robinson and the dynamic offense aren't wrong.