a terrible blight on our fine country
Michigan's kicking woes this season forced the coaching staff to search for another scholarship kicker in the 2011 class. Rich Rodriguez had secured former Boise State commit Matt Goudis (6'0", 165 lbs) after many thought Goudis would stick with Boise. Once the old staff was fired Matt decided to take his talents to South Beach and commit to Al Golden at Miami, which left Brady Hoke searching for another solid kicker.
Lucky enough for Hoke he had already established a relationship with uncommitted kicker Matt Wile (6'2", 215 lbs) out of San Diego, California. Wile's head coach John Morrison says that relationship wasn't too hard to build. "Matts dad is the orthopedic surgeon on the athletic staff at San Diego State where Brady (Hoke) came from. They offered Matt two years ago at SDSU," Morrison said. "You guys are getting a heck of a coach, too. We're sad to see (Brady Hoke) go. I'm a big fan of his, he'll get that thing turned around really fast, I watched him do it at SDSU after 4 or 5 guys butchered it."
"It's funny now that Coach Hoke is out at Michigan, it's almost like it was meant to be for Matt. His dad and his grandfather are both Michigan grads. About 7-8 years ago Matt traveled with his dad to Ann Arbor when SDSU played Michigan, and went out on the field at halftime to kick field goals," Morrison recalls.
The coincidence has struck a cord with Wile, and he is scheduled to visit Ann Arbor this weekend (January 21st). Matt holds offers from Air Force, Michigan, Nebraska, and Washington as well. "He actually pushed back the visit to Nebraska to take the Michigan trip. I can't imagine he won't have a great visit, he already knows the coaching staff and he's already been on campus with his dad," said Morrison. "Coach Ferrigno (Special teams coach for Michigan) was actually out here the other night to see Matt, then he swung by the school to pick up his transcripts." The transcripts seemed like just a formality since Wile holds a 4.0 GPA.
Even though the cards seem to be in Michigan's favor, Coach Morrison doesn't believe Matt will make his decision while visiting Ann Arbor. "He told Nebraska that he won't commit on the Michigan trip. He wants to sit down with his family, take 24 hours and think about it. He's been very up front with all the schools. I would be surprised if he committed on the visit, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to commit after 24 hours," he said.
Wile averaged 42 yards per punt this season, kicked field goals and extra points, was captain of his team, and the kicker for the West team at the Army All American Game.
I wanted to see if anybody had some of the same idea that I did or what you thought about my idea.
I think running that version of the "Pistol" that Nevada runs would be a good idea for us with Denard and later Gardner. It gives you many options, and a QB like Denard would really do well I believe. It would satisfy Hokes want for a power run game, let denard read pull the ball and run and it creates a lot of passing opportunities. I think we have better QBs than Nevada, and would be a good fit right now.
Later Edit: Sorry I offended the powers that be by accidentally voting my own post. I didnt know what the arrows did and now I do and wont make that same mistake again. Please dont strike me with lightning...
I realize everyone is excited about Greg Mattison, and I certainly understand that. But, there are other important college football issues to discuss. For example, Les Miles' dye job:
He's currently front-and-center here, too:
This was a revelation to me; I can't recall ever seeing him without "the hat."
I don't think the Michigan wine 'n cheese crowd (Mary Sue excepted) would be comfortable with that.
I haven't seen any real discussion of this, but to the extent that we only sign 15 or 16 kids in this class, this might yield a potential benefit down the road. If Michigan has 21 open spots, and only used 16, we should be able to "bank" these and use them in next year's class. The benefit lies in the fact that next year's in-state class is expected to be one of the strongest in recent years, according to Josh Helmholdt (TheWolverine.com recruiting analyst).
Hoke (and even DB) has said that he will make in-state recruiting a focus, and between Hoke and Mattison, we should have success in midwest recruiting. To the extent that we have extra spots that we can use in next year's class, this will allow us to tap into a larger portion of that class, which both stock's our team and, more importantly, keeps quality kids out of the hands of MSU, OSU and ND.
Yes, today is glass half full day for me.
I know this won't be a popular post, but so far the coaching staff hires have been with the exception of Fred Jackson all white. I just want the best coaching staff but I think part of that is diversity. There is two slots left to go and I fully expect at least one hire to be a minority. This has to be brought up in sport dominated by minority athletes but minority coaches have a very hard time breaking in.