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There's a nice article on former Michigan Football player Will Heininger dealing with and getting beyond mental illness while at UofM.
Michigan is the only school in the state with support for athletes with issues like this.
I talked with 2015 QB Kyle Kearns tonight and he may be on deck for an offer soon.
The rules are weird right now about what coaches can and can't do, but Kearns let me know that Coach Nuss was at his school and watched him throw and recorded the throwing session. Coach Nuss plans to take the film, watch and evaluate Kearns, and assess whether he is worthy of an offer.
The two didn't speak today per NCAA rules but Kyle plans to call Coach Nuss next week to talk in depth about his potential to receive an offer. Kyle told me that he threw the ball very well today and feels confident about what Coach Nuss saw and will see on film.
Kyle was also very informed about the current quarterback offer situation at Michigan. He is well aware that David Sills, Blake Barnett, Jarrett Stidham, and Josh Rosen all hold offers. He said from what he knows, every QB that holds a Michigan offer right now has little to no interest in committing to Michigan, which I agree with. Kearns also thinks that recent Alabama-to-USC-flip Ricky Town may be offered (some think he already holds a Michigan offer) because of his Bama/Nussmeier ties, but doesn't think he is very interested in the Wolverines either, with which I also concur.
All that being said I firmly believe that if Kearns is offered he becomes a Michigan lean. I got the sense that he was very interested in becoming a Wolverine based on how he talked about the other offers and just his overall knowledge of the situation. He seemed overly excited to start communicating regularly with Coach Nuss as well. As soon as we finished speaking I chose Michigan for my Crystal Ball prediction at 247, but it all depends on whether he gets that offer after he's been fully evaluated by the coaching staff.
[Kirthmon Dozier/Detroit Free Press]
This is a couple days old but it's tangentially good news for in-state recruiting and mostly sad news for those who follow high school football in the state. Birmingham Brother Rice has named a successor to legendary head coach Al Fracassa, who'd been Rice's coach since the same year Bo took over at Michigan, and announced his impending retirement before winning the state's D-II championship in 2013. They went with the in-house candidate. Article:
(Old Ann Arbor news readers will recognize the author. I thought he was one of their best).
That successor is his former offensive coordinator, Dave Sofran, who was Brother Rice's QB back when I was in high school. Sofran played for Northeastern University in Boston. He was Fracassa's choice to succeed him and plans to keep most of the staff around. If you've watched Alex Malzone's tape you're familiar with Sofran's offense, which is pro-style.
Fracassa was a Spartan to his bones (guy played for Duffy) and his players tended to go to Michigan State or not-Michigan since the recruiting era began. Fracassa had plenty of players who came to play for Michigan, and in fact one of Bo's last speaking engagements was when they renamed the field at Brother Rice for Fracassa. When various Michigan coaches grumbled about some of the shady Spartans who had head coaching jobs in the state in the mid-aughts, Fracassa wasn't one of them.
Most recent Wolverines who played for Fracassa were walk-on Paul Gyarmati and longsnapper Jareth Glanda. You might also remember Steve Morrison, Paul Manning, Marc Milia, Matt Studenski, Zac Ciullo (whose car is parked in the Brother Rice lot for every home game and impossible to miss), punter [EDIT] Ross Ryan, and giant WR Paul Jokisch (but not his little brother, who went to Clarkston). That's an incomplete list.
Other high-profile guys to play for Rice are former NFLers Mike Lodish and and Brian Brennan, Spartans Jon Reschke, Charlie Gantt, Caulton Ray, and Adam Decker, Penn State's Chris Colasanti, Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley, Tennessee's Darris Sawtelle, Illinois's Devin Church, and Kenny Watkins at Minnesota. Fracassa also was the guy behind the annual Michigan quarterbacks camp,
Northwestern players have filed a petition with the NLRB to be recognized as a union. It appears that this was in part led by Kain Colter. Will be interesting to see how this plays out, as this, along witht he O'Bannon case, could have huge ramifications.
On the heels of BBrown's massive 2015 Prospect Post I thought it might be good to see how the available scholarship slots will be distributed.
2015 Scholarships Available: 11 - 19
Every class should have a QB and 2015 is no different. With decent depth now at the position I doubt Michigan will sign a lower rated 2nd prospect. The only way I see 2 commits is the 2nd prospect is a dual-threat type who could transition to another position.
Depth at the position is fairly thin with 3 true RBs and 2 RB/Slot hybrid types. I would defintely say 2 here but there is a chance that Houma or Shallman become full time RBs and are good enough to stick.
This is a spot that can be filled by a walk-on. Also likely to be marganlized by the new offensive system.
One of the best position groups with regards to depth with 8-11 options (counting Funchess). This is a position where the coaches can be very selective and take elite prospects or sit tight with what they have.
With only 4 players here at least 1 TE is guaranteed . I would say that a 2nd commit is possible but the number crunch probably limits that. Possible position group for attrition could jump this up to 2.
I wanted to seperate this out by position group but its hard to tell right now where the current players will fit in. There is a need for at least 2 OTs and a C. With J. Runyan Jr. already committed I see them taking 3 more OLs with an eye towards OTs. Also a possible position group for attrition.
Depth at NT is fairly thin so I would expect that we'll defintely see 1 NT. Another DT is possible but I don't see how there would be room.
Depth here is fairly thin as well but potential position switches from DT and TE could help fill out this position group.
Depth here is pretty good so the coaches can hopefully reel in an elite level prospect at this position.
This is a young position group and with 2 seniors graduating the staff will take at least 1 prospect here.
Depth here is pretty good for these fairly interchangeable position groups and with limited scholarships I see the coaches holding out for an elite propsect here. Also a possible position group for attrition.
Fairly stacked position group with freshman who have already played and highly regarded incoming recruits. With S.Crawford already in the fold I don't see how the coaches will go after another pure CB. Likely a position group for attrition which could bump this up.
Defintely a position group in need of players even with T. Kinnel already committed. Only 4 players here and possibly 1-2 more moving over from CB.
Kicker is taken care of with A.David and so is LS. Punter is the only open position which may be filled by a walk-on.
Projected Commits: 13 - 19
Defintely had to fiddle around with my original numbers to make this work but I think the final result is fairly accurate. This exercise has taught my why 85 scholarships seems like such a hinderance. Certain positions like OL and CB seem stacked but we all watched the OL this year...and we all remember the "Never Forget" banner.
My best guess is 15 Member Recrutiing Class after attrition, graduation, and early entrants.
OT Urban Meyer "used" Tim Tebow: NFL Hall-of-Famer and Gators great Jack Youngblood no longer a friend of Urban
Leaving this here without further comment about the integrity of Urbz:
Just confirming what this board already knew.