finally people are complaining about us
In a move that surprises no one. KJ Costello picks Stanford.
i was having a conversation today about how the Big House feels kind of boxed in with the suite boxes as opposed to the open-air style of the stadium pre-renovation. the more i think about it, the more I miss it.
sure it may not have been as loud, but it felt like the stadium was much bigger then. Anyone else miss the pre-renovation Big House?
Marcus had 1st pick (see comment). Then Sam took next two, then 1 for 1 and so on. Ray's DL strength to Webb's OL strength. I think Sam's is better. Picks in each team's order. Some strangeness due to one filling a position group and the other waiting.
|Sam Webb||Sam's comments|
|Peppers||Easy pick (JD was in the mix here as well)|
|M Cole||Versatility on the OL|
|K Kalis||Fortifying OL based on the Henry pick|
|C Wormely||by many accounts CW may be 2nd best on DL after WH|
|B Cole||Taking a shot on straight potential. Playmaker.|
|A Darboh||Going for points|
|F Canteen||Taking all the WRs|
|A Malzone||Most consistent QB, likes the moxy|
|J Wilson||To complete the S spot|
|D Hill||Will play S and Peppers can move to CB|
|D Morgan||Veteran. Leader. Needed someone in the middle.|
|T Charlton||Needed a passrush.|
|LTT||Going big on OL|
|R Glasgow||Lock down the inside|
|RJS||Needed another LB|
|B Gedeon||May be the most talented LB|
|M Hurst||May be quickest off the line upfield|
|D Dawson||Getting some nastiness w/versatility|
|C Stribling||Needed a pure CB.|
|AJ Williams||Safe pick at TE due to experience|
|JBB||Talented, big and full of potential|
|I Bunting||Needed a TE pass catcher|
|M Godin||Versatile. From Flint|
|W Shallman||As a FB|
|O Pipkins||Needed to fortify DL|
|N Furbush||Needed LB and versatility|
|B Watson||Versatile. Physical.|
|C Winovich||Drafted as LB (full at TE)|
|C Fox||solidifying OL (Full)|
|R Dawson||(wanted T Rich) May be 2nd fastest DB after JP|
|T Strobel||As DE (full on DL)|
|AJ Pearson||Full at DB|
|D Harris||Full at WR|
|Ty Isaac||Would have gone earlier but hurt and Marcus is full|
|A Whitfield||Marcus thinks he's the standout RB in the Spring|
|Marcus Ray||Marcus' comments|
|JD Lewis||Best on the team (not close) and sure NFLer|
|W Henry||Will own a lot of OLs this year|
|B Mone||Dominate trenches on D|
|J Butt||Best TE on team|
|J Ross III||Stopping people|
|S Morris||Tough pick, but will have a big spring game.|
|M Ways||High on Mo|
|B Countess||Round out secondary (Sam mad/next pick)|
|J Bolden||two SR LBs are gonna make plays|
|J Chesson||Needed to get another WR. Trusts him.|
|E Mags||Needed an OL. Lots of bodies there.|
|M Ojemudia||Counter to Taco pick.|
|B Braden||(tried G Glasgow but realized out)|
|P Kuglar||Will play at the next level.|
|D Green||One of Sam's favs. TW working wonders.|
|D Smith||Top 2 RBs gone (Marcus full)|
|D Norfleet||Will impact at slot (also talked returns)|
|D Thomas||Obviously needs S. Wouldn't surprise if starter|
|J Clark||Forgotten man. Versatile. Hope gets coached up|
|L Marshall||Once bigger more in shape, he'll be good|
|B Bars||A Need pick|
|D Jones||Will come on strong. WRs are pretty even.|
|M McCray||(tried Morgan) Should get more reps|
|W Speight||In the mix, and needs depth|
|A Gant||Marcus thinks he has best 4 LBs on team|
|RT Douglass||Versatile, fast can play CB or Nickel|
|H Poggi||As DE could be two-way guy. Bolsters depth|
|J Kerridge||Blocks, catches passes, isos MIKE|
|T Rich||(tried K Hill) Get him coached up|
|D Samulson||Needed OT|
|J Wangler||He'll hit you and great legacy|
|M Jocks||Needed TE (from Novi)|
|C Ziesler||From Skyline depth pick|
|G Frolich||Needs OL|
|J Houston||Depth DB|
Many on this site have an affinity for the spread. I, myself, love many of the concepts and philosophies that the spread employs. Way back before Harbaugh was hired to lead Michigan, I had talked about my optimal offense being something very similar to what Harbaugh runs in San Francisco. The offense of the 49ers, while in many ways similar, was not the same as the one that Harbaugh utilized at Stanford. While with the Cardinal, Harbaugh began implementing many spread concepts into his heavy formations. For the 49ers, he still utilized a lot of FBs and TEs, but also began spreading the field a bit more and incorporating even more read option concepts.
I expect his offense at Michigan to be a bit of a mix of the two: a bit more spread out and a bit more utilization of the athletes he can pull at Michigan, but closer to the simplified schematic ways of his time at Stanford. Still, Harbaugh has never lost sight of an important concept: utilizing width and space. The spread utilizes width by positioning athletes along the line of scrimmage at the snap. Harbaugh does that too, in some ways. He loves to have wide splits to the field while utilizing multiple TEs on the opposite side. Borges talked about preferring to get to the edge through blocking rather than throwing to the edge, and Harbaugh does a lot of that. But Harbaugh also utilizes a few WR screens to get to the edge.
And at the heart of the pass game is the preferences for gaining width to support the interior run game, and gaining depth to keep the safeties honest. That’s what a West Coast passing attack does. And while Harbaugh is still very much run to set up the pass (rather than the Walsh view of pass to set up the run), he maintains that constraint and element of his attack to keep defenses honest.
So here’s my look at how Harbaugh utilizes space, width, and athletes outside of the Power O and Inside Zone that he’s most famous for.
With the huge number of offers out in the 2016 class (150 and counting) sometimes the names get overwhelming and confusing. A lot of these 150+ offers will be people who express little to no interest in actually coming here. So I thought I'd try to structure an imperfect table that narrows it down a bit using 247's "warm interest". I'll probably update this once a month, and as more guys visit Michigan the list should change and hopefully grow.
The usual caveats apply so no need to harp on them:
- No one knows the recruit's heart
- No one knows the bagman's heart
- Things can change on a dime after a visit
- Things will change countless times between now and next February
- Crystal ballz are imperfect
- "But he just named us his leader, why does 24/7 show Georgia as his leader??!"
You get the point. The one area this will totally miss is guys who are committed elsewhere but Michigan is making up ground. 24/7 lists them as committed rather than any "temperature". For that I just go off what guys like Ace have said - so I added Desmond Fitzpatrick (WR) who is currently committed to Louisville but from all accounts is very high on UM. If you guys who follow recruiting closer know of other committed players where Michigan is trending well enough to be above 25%+ for example in crystal ballz make a comment and I'll adjust the table.
Again, this is just to narrow down the huge list of offers to a reasonable pool of guys that the recruiting folks seem to think UM at least has an outside chance on. At this point that is 39 players (I removed KJ Costello from list as he seems a Stanford/USC guy), which is much more easy to keep track of.
[I have the crystal ballz leader and # of predictions on the far right of the table. The # of predictions is helpful as a 75%/25% split among 4 people is not as useful as that same split among 20 people.]
|Pos||Name||State||Starz||Ntl Rnk||Pos Rnk||Leader||# Pred|
|QB||Brandon Peters||IN||4||272||10||UM 87%||15|
|RB||Matthew Falcon||MI||4||234||13||UM 55% / TN 25%||20|
|RB||Robert Washington||NC||4||248||14||OSU 29% / UNC 29%||17|
|WR||Dylan Crawford||CA||4||45||5||USC 71% / ASU 29%||7|
|WR||Ahmir Mitchell||NJ||4||88||6||Rutgers 67% / OSU 33%||3|
|WR||Donnie Corley||MI||4||110||20||ND 36% / MSU 36%||14|
|WR||Brad Hawkins||NJ||4||163||34||South Car 82%||11|
|WR||Tre Nixon||FL||4||265||49||NS 75% / Duke 25%||4|
|WR||Desmond Fitzpatrick||MI||3||338||57||UM 70% - Louisville commit||23|
|TE||Devin Asiasi||CA||4||91||7||USC 100%||3|
|TE||Naseir Upshur||PA||4||150||5||Miami 41%||7|
|OT||Ben Bredeson||WI||4||34||6||Wisc 86% / UM 14%||21|
|OT||E.J. Price||GA||4||76||10||Auburn 45% / Georgia 36%||11|
|OT||Michael Jordan||MI||4||179||18||UM 86%||7|
|OT||Alex Akingbulu||CA||3||423||37||UCLA 100%||1|
|OG||Terrance Davis||MD||4||170||3||Maryland 80% / FSU 20%||5|
|OG||Jack Wohlabaugh||OH||3||565||29||UM 100%||1|
|OG||Michael Onwenu||MI||4||211||6||UM 67% / OSU 33%||9|
|Pos||Name||State||Starz||Ntl Rnk||Pos Rnk||Leader||# Pred|
|DE||Xavier Kelly||KS||4||322||20||Nebraska 67% / UM 33%||3|
|DE||Erick Fowler||TX||4||68||7||Texas 83% / Oklahome 17%||6|
|DE||Connor Murphy||AZ||3||342||23||UM 67% / ASU 33%||3|
|DE||Bryson Young||CA||3||436||28||USC 100%||2|
|DE||Josh King||IL||4||51||4||OSU 54% / UM 15%||13|
|DE||Khalid Kareem||MI||4||225||14||MSU 67% / ND 33%||3|
|DE||Isaiah Chambers||TX||4||142||10||Texas A&M 77%||13|
|DT||Rashan Gary||NJ||5||1||1||Alabama 58% / UM 31%||26|
|DT||Chris Daniels||TX||4||176||17||TCU 75%||8|
|LB||Dontavious Jackson||TX||4||124||4||Texas 45%||11|
|LB||Jaquan Yulee||VA||4||177||6||North Carolina 100%||5|
|LB||Caleb Kelly||CA||5||15||3||Oklahoma 100%||15|
|LB||Jonathan Jones||FL||4||329||24||UM 75% / LSU 12%||8|
|LB||Curtis Robinson||CA||4||111||10||USC 80% / 20% ND||5|
|LB||Camilo Eifler||CA||4||196||16||Washington 100%||2|
|LB||Devin Bush Jr||FL||4||250||8||FSU 100%||17|
|CB||David Long||CA||4||199||20||Washington 67% / USC 33%||6|
|S||C.J. Pollard||CA||4||313||15||100% USC||9|
|S||Andrew Pryts||PA||3||705||48||100% Penn State||7|
*Bolded dudes who UM is a crystall ballz leader
This list also helps to see the geography of targets - 2 things stand out. The heavy emphasis on CA (especially on defense) - there is a lot of risk in that as getting kids to travel 3K miles east is not easy. Also USC UCLA pose an issue. Hence a satellite camp in CA is very important for this strategy.
The other is the very few targets in OH or PA. It appears UM has not really been working the Midwest much at this time as there are only 5 (!) offers to guys from OH and 6 from PA. Compared to 27 from TX.
Also of note - we "lead" for very few guys on defense right now. Many of those targets live far away. Lots of work to do there.
Michigan did not pick up any linebackers in its 2015 recruiting class, and that could open the door for John Andrysiak.
Andrysiak, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound bullet from Flint Powers Catholic, will join the Michigan football program this summer as a preferred walk-on, he confirmed Wednesday to MLive.
Welcome to Michigan and Good Luck!
EDIT: 2015 Linebacker.