"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
The filmmakers were on with Sam and Ira this morning. Podcast should be up soon. The Gerald Ford/Willis Ward documentary mentioned yesterday here will be the first one, and they said a few more should be ready by Christmas. Topics will include Rick Leach, The 1969 team, Bob Ufer and the 1997 team. Here is the link to their site so you can follow the productions and release schedule.
It's a good interview and if someone gets the podcast, please link it.
http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/local-filmmakers-plan-10-part... This was the AnnArbor.com article from the recent thread that gives a good background if you haven't heard about the series.
The guy who wins this race running 3rd from the left is Berkley Edwards, Braylon's younger brother. Next to him on his left is DeAnthony Arnett and Justice Hayes. He is a class of 2013 player, and scout has him listed at 5'8 165lbs and says he is a RB/WR recruit. I haven't heard anything about him other than what I have stated. Has anyone? Also, has Braylon said anything about the new coaching staff since the change? He had been somewhat outspoken against RR and his staff, so I am not sure if any bridges have been mended. It would be nice to pull in a legacy recruit with his speed. It would also be nice to see him grow a few inches in the next few years as well.
TOB just posted part 4. Lots of good stuff here. The Battle was really a Dantonio / RR story but clearly Hoke is looking to mine the homefront. Thanks to TOB for this...
Neither team has any commitments yet, but the list of prospects both schools have offered and are pursuing is impressive:
- LB James Ross, Orchard Lake St. Mary's
- WR Aaron Burbridge, Farmington Hills Harrison
- LB Royce Jenkins-Stone, Detroit Cass Tech
- CB Terry Richardson, Detroit Cass Tech
- DE Mario Ojemudia, Farmington Hills Harrison
In addition, Michigan has offered these prospects, but not MSU...:
- DT Dan O'Brien, Flint Powers
- TE Devin Funchess, Farmington Hills Harrison
- WR/TE Ron Thompson, Eastpointe East Detroit
...while MSU - but not UM - has offered the following:
- WR Dennis Norfleet, Detroit Martin Luther King
- OL Kelby Latta, Battle Creek Harper Creek
- DL Matt Godin, Novi Detroit Catholic Central
- DT Jabari Dean, Detroit Renaissance
- S Riley Bullough, Traverse City St. Francis
10 offers from MSU and 8 from UM - 13 prospects total - is a very, very large number so early in the process. It's a sure bet that both schools were certainly offer at least some of the kids the other side already has. And that's not even factoring in kids that neither have offered yet but are still evaluating and waiting to see in camp during the spring and summer.
Take this FWIW, but rumor is here:
Here's a WSJ article on elite academic football recruits:
My brother-in-law just passed this to me and noted that Michigan gets a nice mention from Wayne Lyons. (Of note, Notre Dame was on his list but *not* mentioned in the same way.)
I couldn't remember most of the guys we had on defense in 2008, so I went and looked them up and what they were rated when they were being recruited. I just went along with the people that said things like "there wasn't much talent" and things like that. But I went and looked up the starters in 2008, and here they are:
Morgan Trent Senior - 4 stars
John Thompson Senior - 3 stars
Terrance Taylor Senior- 4 stars
Will Johnson Senior - 4 stars
Charles Stewart Senior - 3 stars
Donnavon Warren Sophomore - 5 stars
Tim Jamison Senior - 4 stars
Stevie Brown Junior - 4 stars
Troy Woolfolk Sophomore - 3 stars
Obi Ezeh Sophomore - 3 stars (although he was a running back in hs)
Jonas Mouton Sophomore - 4 stars
Brandon Graham Sophomore - 5 stars
I realize most of these guys didn't play in these last two years, but in 2008 the defense was still bad and there's no way it should have been that bad. It was defninitely piss poor coaching. I'd kill for that defense now! Can't wait for Hoke to restore order.