a terrible blight on our fine country
I try to stop really, but I was looking for MSU reaction and stumbled across Wojo's recruiting article. This is so bad and so sloppy I can't even stand it. Let's fisk it.
1. Title-Brady Hoke's first class looks like unqualified success. Well no, while much of it was not Brady's fault and he did a fine job keeping things together this class was not an unqualified success by any measure. We lost several high profile recruits and arguably the 2 most important recruits for Hoke left yesterday.
2. Subtitle- Hoke Gets Physical. Wojo talks about getting big road graders like Posada and Bryant and how Hoke is getting back to physical by signing no WR. Wojo fails to point out Posada was already committed under RR and Bryant was a near lock as well so this means nothing in terms of a difference between Hoke and RR. We signed 3 OL and 1 DT/DE so to keep on the Hoke=Bulk, RR=Speed is stupid.
3. Back to Midwest- Wojo covers himself with a sidenote that RR did sign more Ohio and Michigan kids last year, but he still paints the picture that RR goes for the glamour of Florida while Hoke is meat and potatoes in the midwest. He even says that Michigan is getting back to Ohio and Michigan where they used to get their best players. While obviously the majority of our players come from Ohio and Michgan...Anthony Carter, Tom Brady, Amani Toomer, Greg Mcmurtury, Mike Hart etc etc..would like to have a word with him. This is tired and old and stupid. We are a national program.
4. Back to Defense- Wojo says how Hoke is getting back to defense by signing more defensive players(12 of 20). No not really we signed a ton of defensive players last year. Next year Hoke will sign more players on the offensive side it's just the ebb and flow of rosters.
Mgoblog has proven to me over the last 4 years that the MSM is almost useless. I don't know why I care so much, but meeting people and hearing them use this "information" just saddens me. I'm not sure who is "wagging the dog" as they say, but would it be too much to read an article that offered me anything in terms of insight that was actually researched?
Would your rather sign a three star recruit this year and red-shirt him for a year of development or sign a four/five star recruit next year that could contribute as a true freshman?
While I realize that none of these rankings actually ever seem to make a difference BUT
A grade of B- and 7th in the conference, seems more than a little harsh.
Although State, Iowa, Penn State, Illinois also got a B- which puts us all into a tie for third based on the letter grade rankings.
Josh Helmholdt on Rivals just posted this:
"he has announced for UCF at this schools' press conference..."
I've been worried Willingham soured on us due to the large number of LBs we've signed already this year (4). But looking at our competition's recruiting class, UCF already has 6 (!) LBs signed up. I don't know what the rest of their LB depth looks like, but I can't believe we could lose out on a guy to UCF when they're already so stocked with LB recruits in this class.
Also, Willingham has 15 pounds on all of our other LB recruits. Seems like he could be ready to play a lot sooner, hope he goes blue at this 10 a.m. annoucement.
As for Robinson's backup ...
At the end of the football season, true freshman quarterback Devin Gardner filed paperwork to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt year due to lower back problems.
On Wednesday, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said that process is under way. He did not know the timetable for a decision.