"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Adam Rittenberg in the Big 10 Blog outlines how Michigan's offense is "probably" going to look next year. In case you missed it, it's going to be a little spread 'n' shred, a little read option, a little west-coast, and a little power-running.
Basically, we have all these spread people and we don't know what to do with them so we're going to do it all until we get guys better suited to us and our style of play.
It looks like he may have a little dilithium and he has dreads and wings.
- Wt:172 lbs
- 40:4.37 secs
- Vertical:34 inches
- Class:2012 (High School)
California DT Aziz Shittu (6'2", 280 lbs) was just offered by Michigan. He had been in contact with Coach Ferrigno, and talked to Coach Mattison today. Besides having an awesome name, his film is pretty impressive as well. You can take a look here.
Shittu also has offers from Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, and Washington among others. He says he doesn't have a top group yet, but Stanford is a school that sticks out so far. He reports a 3.8 GPA, so academics will be in consideration.
Here's what he had to say about the offer:
I'm pumped. I just talked to Coach Mattison and he said I'm what they need at Michigan. He likes the way I play, and they offered. [Mattison] has coached at the highest level, so he knows what he's talking about.
Former Saginaw, current Missouri DT Ondre Pipkins was also offered today. Here's what he had to say about the offer:
This is a big offer, most definitely. They were telling me that they want me up there bad. I'll try to get up there in the summer if not mid March. It's great to have the offer, with the new defensive coordinator it means they'll have a tough hard nose defense. Michigan is definitely in my top five.
The theme of 2012 recruiting for Michigan so far has been wide receivers and linemen. Forty of the (approximately) sixty-seven offers have gone to wide receivers, defensive, and offensive linemen. MGoUser umhero has been gracious enough to update the offer list here. If you'd like to go even more in depth, Rescue_Dawn has used his free time to create a recruiting map. As always, if you would like more updates from me you can head over to Twitter and folllow me @TomVH. If you have any recruiting tips or questions please email me at TomVH@MGoBlog.com.
6'6", 270 lbs.
Another recruit out in my neck of the woods, Peat has racked up offers from almost everywhere. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas... you name the school they've offered Andrus. That offer list includes the Wolverines. Andrus returns some early interest, and wants to find out more about the program.
I definitely have interest in Michigan. Their program's prestige and just how they have consistently won over the years is definitely a plus for me. The fact that they produce great offensive linemen, and NFL guys is great too. Michigan is definitely a school I would like to get out and see. I'm going wait until all my offers come in and then go from there. I'll take some spring and summer visits then cut my list towards the end of the summer.
Peat's father played in the NFL and his brother was a Nebraska signee for the 2011 class so he has some familiarity with the process. The fact that his brother chose a team to the north says distance may not be a factor. It's too early to tell if Michigan will make the cut. They have their work cut out for them since they're competing against the world.
6'0", 209 lbs.
Orchard Lake, Michigan
Ross is probably the top prospect in the state of Michigan for the 2012 class. He has been racking up the offers lately, and recently received a verbal one from Ohio State. James and his father recently visited Ann Arbor before the Best of the Midwest combine so they could get a better feel for the new coaches. His father (also named James) told me about how that trip went.
We've been up there quite a few times, but I wanted him to meet the new staff. The staff was actually trying to get him up there as much as I was. Everything was smooth, everything they said was what he was looking for.
I'm not sure I even need to say this any more, but Greg Mattison has again left his mark on a recruit.
He fell in love with coach Mattison. I never paid attention early on to coordinators that much, but that guy was great. He was kinda funny too. He and coach Hoke broke it all open for him. We were there close to three hours just talking about football with Mattison, and more conversation with Hoke. Hoke's like a good ole boy, it was refreshing.
Besides gaining comfortability with the new coaches there were a few questions that were answered on the visit as well.
I know I read what type of defense they were going to run, and they told us it's going to be a 4-3. We run a 3-4 at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. What they want out of him is probably better for James, though. They said they want him to play WILL linebacker to emphasize his speed and have him free, a lot of blitzing, and basically let him play his game. James and the coaches saw eye to eye on that, I disagreed, but James thought that was good.
This visit did a lot for Michigan for both Mr. Ross and his son. It gave them a clear picture of how James would be used, and the people that would be coaching him as well. Mr. Ross is a Michigan fan, but has made sure he lets James make his own decision. Mr. Ross thinks that James will likely make his decision once he finds the place he feels is right.
6'6", 315 lbs.
As I mentioned last night, Dodson received a Michigan offer yesterday. He's a monster offensive lineman reporting other offers from Illinois, Michigan State, NC State, and West Virginia.
[Michigan] was definitely a school I wanted an offer from. Coach Funk was the one that offered me. He said they enjoyed watching my film and I look like a player they want at Michigan. They have a lot of tradition, and even though they haven't been playing that well lately I still have a lot of interest in them. I'm definitely going to try to make it up there for the Junior Day.
Growing up in Ohio typically means there are some ties to Ohio State, and that's true for Kyle.
How I was raised, I grew up a Buckeye fan and not liking Michigan. Now that I'm more mature and I'm looking at schools it's completely different. This is my decision, and it's going to be my choice so all that stuff goes out the window. I'm first looking at academics, because I want to major in criminal justice, second a family based football team, and third the environment and surroundings.
Dodson is planning on taking a trip to Ohio State soon, and could see an offer soon from the Buckeyes. He's also getting attention from Auburn, Oregon, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
A Few Names to Watch:
Illinois DT Jaleel Johnson (6'2", 277 lbs) is expecting a Michigan offer in the next two weeks, and told me he will definitely be at the Junior Day.
Georgia DT Jordan Watkins (6'5", 260 lbs) is hoping to hear from Michigan. Watkins has a 3.66 GPA and offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Miami to name a few. His film is here.
New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 188 lbs) just received an offer from Alabama. His high school DB coach told me has interest in Michigan. Here are his sophomore highlights, junior film should be done this week.
Cali DT Ellis McCarthy (6'4", 310 lbs) his coach tells me Michigan is interested and has his film. He's extremely athletic for his size, quick, and goes whistle to whistle. Junior film is here.
Texas DE Mario Edwards (6'4", 260 lbs) already has big time offers and has had contact with Michigan, according to his coach. His coach also told me they've produced NFL talent before and Mario might be better than all of them. Mario's dad also played for the Dallas Cowboys. Junior Film.
- Illinois OL Jordan Diamond took in an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, and told me how that went.
- Michigan DE Matt Godin was offered by Michigan and will be back up to Ann Arbor on Tuesday with his dad to talk to the coaches. He and Danny O'Brien give an update on where they're at here.
- Georgia DE Jordan Jenkins, Cali WR Jordan Payton and OL Jordan Simmons were all offered.
- Offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Tyler Alt gave me an update on where they're at.
- Detroit OL Daron Brown (6'5", 310 lbs) took an unofficial visit to Michigan hoping for an offer. He told me he didn't get the offer, but the coaches told him they were definitely interested.
So this is from the fall 2010 exam...
2) You are given a bottle of Drosophila called ―"Dilithium Flies", with some pretty awesome mutant traits: dreadlocks and the ability to fly at the speed of sound.
[Ed-M: Bumped to diary.]
I posted this the other day and it was well received. So, in light of TomVH's news, I thought I'd share the update.
I refined the table a little bit. I removed the column that says Michigan offered since that is evident and I added a column showing Scout's current player rank.
|Targets||Ht.||Wt.||40||Scout Rank||Rivals 250||Commit|
|Zeke Pike||6'5"||220||4.7||Dixie Heights HS, Edgewood, KY||4 Star||Yes|
|Gunner Kiel||6'4"||220||East HS, Columbus, IN||4 Star||Yes|
|Bennie Coney||6'2"||205||4.8||Plant City HS, Plant City, FL||3 Star||Yes|
|Maty Mauk||6'2"||185||Kenton HS, Kenton, OH||3 Star||Yes|
|Connor Brewer||6'2"||195||4.7||Chapparal HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4 Star||Yes||Texas|
|Matt Jones||6'2"||200||4.53||Armwood HS, Seffner, FL||4 Star||Yes||FL|
|Keith Marshall||5'11"||190||4.32||Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC||5 Star||Yes|
|Bri'Onte Dunn||6'2"||215||4.59||Glenn Oak HS, Canton, OH||4 Star||Yes||Ohio St.|
|Latroy Pittman||6'1"||190||4.7||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||Yes||FL|
|Stefon Diggs||6’1"||185||4.4||Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||Yes|
|Dorial Green-Beckham||6’6″||215||4.4||Hillcrest HS, Springfield, MO||5 Star||Yes|
|Dwayne Stanford||6'4"||200||4.5||Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH||NR||Yes|
|Aaron Burbridge||6'0"||175||4.35||Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||3 Star|
|Derrick Woods||5'11"||180||4.5||Inglewood HS, Inglewood, CA||3 Star||Yes|
|Deontay McManus||6'0"||209||4.5||Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD||3 Star||Yes|
|Malik Gilmore||6'3"||195||4.67||Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA||3 Star|
|Jordan Payton||6'2"||199||4.49||Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village, CA||4 Star||Yes||USC|
|Leonte Carroo||6’1"||205||4.4||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||3 Star||Yes|
|Avery Johnson||6'2"||180||4.44||Blanche Ely HS, Pompano Beach, FL||4 Star||Yes||LSU|
|Jody Fuller||6'0"||186||4.52||Sun Valley HS, Monroe, NC||3 Star||Yes|
|Sam Grant||6’6″||230||4.8||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||NR|
|Sean Price||6'4"||206||4.9||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||3 Star|
|Devin Funchess||6'5"||205||Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||NR|
|Ron Thompson||6'4"||225||East Detroit HS, Eastpointe, MI||NR|
|Taylor McNamara||6'5"||235||Westview HS, San Diego, CA||3 Star||Yes|
|D.J. Humphries||6’5″||265||4.9||Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, NC||4 Star||Yes|
|Jordan Diamond||6’6″||289||5.0||Simeon Vocational HS, Chicago, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Zach Banner||6'9||295||Lakes HS, Lakewood, WA||4 Star||Yes|
|Dan Voltz||6’5″||289||5.3||Barrington HS, Barrington, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Andrus Peat||6’6″||270||Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ||5 Star||Yes|
|Kyle Murphy||6’6″||255||San Clemente HS, San Clemente, CA||3 Star||Yes|
|Jordan Simmons||6’5″||295||4.9||Crespe HS, Encino, CA||4 Star||Yes|
|Taylor Decker||6’8″||270||5.0||Butler HS, Vandalia, OH||3 Star|
|Mark Harrell||6’5″||260||Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte, NC||NR|
|John Theus||6’6″||292||5.2||Bolles HS, Jacksonville, FL||5 Star||Yes|
|Avery Young||6’6″||273||4.9||Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL||4 Star||Yes|
|Kyle Dodson||6’6″||315||Cleveland Heights HS, Cleveland, OH||NR|
|Paul Thurston||6’5″||265||5.1||Arvada West HS, Arvada, CO||3 Star||Yes|
|Chris Wormley||6’4″||255||Whitmer HS, Toledo, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||6’4″||210||4.44||Centerville HS, Centerville, OH||NR|
|Pharaoh Brown||6’6″||220||4.7||Brush HS, Lyndhurst, OH||NR|
|Tom Strobel||6'6"||240||4.9||Mentor HS, Concord, OH||3 Star||Yes|
|Mario Ojemudia||6'3"||215||4.65||Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||NR|
|Se'Von Pittman||6’5″||235||4.65||McKinley HS Canton, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Adolphus Washington||6’6″||240||4.7||Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH||4 Star||Yes|
|Jordan Jenkins||6’3″||225||4.69||Harris County HS, Hamilton, GA||4 Star||Yes|
|Tommy Schutt||6’3″||301||Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Eddie Goldman||6'4"||307||Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC||5 Star||Yes|
|Vincent Valentine||6'3"||300||Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville, IL||4 Star||Yes|
|Sheldon Day||6'2"||268||Warren Central HS, Indianapolis, IN||3 Star|
|Danny O’Brien||6’4″||255||5.1||Powers Catholic HS, Flint, MI||4 Star||Yes|
|Greg Kuhar||6'3"||265||St. Edward HS, Concord Township, OH||NR|
|Matthew Godin||6'5"||253||5.03||Detroit Catholic Central, Novi, MI||3 Star|
|Deaysean Rippy||6’2″||198||Sto-Rox HS, McKees Rocks, PA||4 Star||Yes|
|James Ross||6’0″||203||Orchard Lake St. Mary’s HS, Orchard Lake, MI||4 Star||Yes|
|Royce Jenkins-Stone||6’2″||215||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||3 Star||Yes|
|Vince Biegel||6'3"||210||4.53||Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln HS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI||3 Star||Yes|
|Kaleb Ringer||6'1"||225||4.45||Northmont HS, Clayton, OH||3 Star|
|Peter Jinkens||6'1"||208||4.45||Skyline HS, Dallas, TX||3 Star||Yes|
|Camren Williams||6'2"||200||4.58||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||3 Star|
|Jeremiah Tshimanga||6'3"||226||Richland HS, N. Richland Hills, TX||3 Star||Yes|
|Terry Richardson||5'9"||160||4.5||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||3 Star||Yes|
|Armani Reeves||5'11"||185||4.4||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||4 Star|
|Elijah Shumate||6'1"||205||4.5||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||4 Star||Yes|
|D.J. Singleton||6'3"||195||4.5||St. Peters Preparatory School, Jersey City, NJ||3 Star|
|Deon Bush||6'1"||177||4.44||Columbus HS, Miami, FL||NR||Yes|
|Jarrod Wilson||6’2″||190||4.5||Buchtel HS, Akron, OH||NR|
We are up to 67 offers.
- 5 QBs
- 3 RBs
- 12 WRs
- 5 TEs
- 13 OL
- 8 DEs
- 7 DTs
- 8 LBs
- 2 CBs
- 4 Ss
BTW - I mentioned this in another thread, Scout currently has ranked 12 5 Stars and only 89 4 Stars. They will end up with 50 5 Stars and 250 4 Stars.