a terrible blight on our fine country
So this is a horrible story and its on ESPN main page but I thought it might be a good thing to share and talk about. A radio station gets a caller from a guy claiming he poisoned the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner, and yells "Roll damn Tide" and hangs up.
Sure enough, they tested the soil and the area is contaminated with a herbicide that will undoubtedly kill the trees. Best part? The article also says that it will likely spread throughout the area and could be prevalent in the soil for 3-5 years. And the trees are said to be of an average age of 130 years old. What a shame!
I'm all for rivalries, but destroying a tradition of another school is out of this world. This is on a grandiose scale I've never heard of. It would be like cutting the head off Sparty, but that pales in comparison to destroying life. Could you imagine someone poisoning all the trees in the Quad? I'd be livid.
Florida DB Deon Bush was just offered by Michigan. This is a big offer, Deon is a big time prospect. Here's what he said about the offer.
I just got off the phone with the defensive coordinator, Greg Mattison, a few minutes ago. He said he liked my film, and they liked me so they offered me. This is a real big offer for me. Michigan, that's a great school. They have the Big House, a great fan base every year that's there no matter win or lose. They have real huge tradition, and one of the most dominant schools of all time.
Bush said he is going to try to visit, he'll sit down with his dad and figure out if he can.
I just got done reading Brian's most recent breakdown of a possible 4-3 defense, and thought about players learning the new playbook, and wanting to have it as soon as possible. My question is this then, with the coaching transition and staff hire occuring just weeks ago (in the midst of last minute recruiting), when and how does the staff develop the playbook for both offense and defense and distribute them to the players.
Obviously the coaches want to do this as quickly as possible, but Mattison's most recent playbook is for the NFL, and I'm sure he wants to be on the same page as Hoke, who I'm guessing has a pretty big opinion on the matter. I'm guessing offense is a little easier, since they are transitioning from another college team, with the exception of having some talent that might not fit the system perfectly.
Anyways, anyone who is familiar with when players usually get playbooks, and maybe any inside info on our current situation would be much appriciated. Even educated guesses from coaches that I know frequent the board.
Some way-too-early 2012 Draft Analysis from Mel Kiper on ESPN's Insider
Just 2 Michigan players make the top-5 at their position, Molk and Martin. Mel ranks both of them at #3 in their respective positions.
Seems about right to me, and it's way too early to think NFL talent. But I'm bored at work on a wednesday. Who else ya got getting drafted from Michigan?
Edit: Charts formatted terribly once I hit "post", here's just Mel's Analysis
Centers Analysis: This is the same list that ended the year, too. Most people expected to see Pryor and the Ohio State passing game develop this season, but the offense under coach Jim Tressel always will be about pounding the football, and Brewster has been a key to that. Ask Michigan. Keep an eye on Molk out of UM. He has decent athleticism and has been a big part of the improvement in that running game. Brady Hoke will probably power it ahead more to some extent, and Molk could catch more eyes that way.
DT Analysis: The biggest name here last year was Nick Fairley, and he's off to the NFL (possibly as a top-three pick). Crick had a good year without Ndamukong Suh next to him and will likely have another one. A name to look out for here is Mike Martin; people dissed Michigan's defense all year, and for good reason, but Martin is a stud and has a chance to impress in a newer system
California is an area of familiarity for Brady Hoke, and there's no surprise that he's made that region part of his recruiting focus. Typically a hot bed for recruiting talent, this year is no different for California.
San Clemente High School is the home to 2012 offensive lineman Kyle Murphy (6'6", 255 lbs), who was extended a Michigan offer this past Friday. Murphy's head coach, Eric Patton, told me how it went down. "Coach Ferrigno from Michigan called Friday. He got a little info on Kyle and then told us they were offering." Michigan's offer was not the first, and certainly won't be the last for the talented lineman. "He's very heavily recruited. He's being recruited by Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame, Duke, and Washington. A number of Pac 12 schools," said Coach Patton.
It's still too early in the process for Murphy to have any leaders, and is wide open in the process. With so many schools coming after him, it's easy to see why. "He's a top notch recruit. He's a legitimate 6-foot-6, he's getting close to 6-foot-7 now. He's really athletic, good frame, great balance. He has and does a lot of things that big men don't usually have in high school," his coach said.
Outside of his athleticism, Murphy has a good reason to focus on academics. With an older brother starting on the Harvard offensive line, and maintaining a 3.9 GPA, he has a lot to live up to. "Kyle is probably a better football player than Kevin (his brother). He's interested in academics, that's one of the reasons why Michigan appeals to him. He wants to play at the highest level he can, and the Big Ten and Michigan are right up there," said Patton. "The Big Ten is very prestigious, and he wants to go to a place that respects football and a good education. His family is very academically oriented, and they've said they'll move out of state for Kyle, like they did for his brother."
With distance not a part of the equation, that's a big hurdle avoided by Michigan. The next step in the process will be to get Murphy in Ann Arbor, and on campus. "We haven't talked about visits yet to Michigan. I know he wants to visit, and he wants to take a serious look at a number of schools. My guess is that he'll take a look and then decide which five he'll want to visit. Outside of Michigan, I'd have to say that Stanford will be real high on his list," Coach Patton said.
I know it seems that many on this blog--myself included--have felt pretty good about the renewed recruiting focus in-state and are confident we will start to own the state again, particularly surrounding schools like Cass Tech. I know it's early and I am a Hokeamaniac, but on Rivals today they are talking about Royce Jenkins-Stone already having a #1 school--and it isn't UM. In fact, we're not even highlighted in his short list:
"The talented linebacker says that some of his early favorites include Iowa, Michigan State, LSU, Auburn, and Notre Dame, but says that one school sticks out currently [Oklahoma]. However regardless of how things stand currently don't expect any rash choices from Jenkins-Stone."
Not trying to suggest the sky is falling as I know it's premature and recruits like to many play games throughout the process, but I think it's critical that we score some early commitments with the new regime to get the momentum going and the perception changed with recruits. I am dumbfounded though how RJS is considered to a near lock for us and publicly he's not even referencing our name.
EDIT: I acknowledge the subject could have been clearer, so I updated it per the suggestions--and negbangs.
MENTAL NOTE: Even though I tried to put into context multiple times and ways that I know it's early and I'm not suggesting freak-out, I nonetheless get the comments. Remind me to stop posting on the site because unless you come up with a funny image, avatar, or sarcastic response, you will be negbanged and mocked.