this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
From what I see on the 2010 recruiting board, we still might have a couple of QBs left we can get. We already have Gardner, so who is the next best guy we can pick up? I'm rooting for Cornelius Jones just because of the name cornelius. Any thoughts on how possible it is that we will get him, or any other QBs in the class?
All last offseason it was this guy lost this weight and this guy did this. Where is that this year? I really need to do the deed if you know what I mean.
couldn't find splits....
I still really don't understand conditional offers. I mean, sure, I understand the general concept of conditions, but not the details. I'm not an ex-college football player, nor do I know any, nor any current hs players so I don't know how this plays out.
So, there are the standard conditions (graduate on time, certain grades, threshhold ACT/SAT scores, no felonies, etc.) which are obvious. If someone is a Michigan recruit, they generally meet these (unless they are Marques Slocum of Google F--k lion fame.)
But do any of you know of real conditional offers? Do they say ismw to a 3 star, "here's an offer, but you can't accept before Dec. 1, and if it is filled prior, you're sol, baby.)
Do they say, "here's an offer, but you're moving from QB to DB . . . the offer is NOT for a QB position."
Do they say, "here's an offer, but we want you to decommit if our number 1 and 2 prospects commit?"
Do they say, "here's an offer, make a decision this week, or the offer is pulled?" (iirc, Brian or TomVH said something like this might have gone down with Graves and Newsome last year.)
Is this one of those super secret things, kind of "here's the condition that we'll accept you, but we'll deny, deny, deny that we ever said this."
I have to suspect that there are some conditions . . . otherwise more of the Michigan homies or guys w 3 stars would already have accepted.
Does anyone on here know Jerome Jackson or guys on the team who can explain this? Or Tom VH, have you taked to anyone about this?
I know I am supposed to trust the guy, I know he has a great track record and I know he is getting paid waaaaaayyyyyy more than me to run the program. However, my head is spinning regarding some of our current recruiting. Magnus tracks this pretty close, so he might chime in to add clarity, but think about this for a bit.
We really need DT, Safeties and CBs on the defense. We have 20+ offers to Ends and LBs (where we have some numbers) with a only a handful of offers to the above three groups. I then read we offered 3 safeties from the same school in MD. Three! Do they have the best HS defense in the nation? It must have been a package deal since they added another one for the starting OT.
Brian mentioned this gray area we are getting into in regards to recruiting. Maybe this is the new wave, but we have an insane number of offers out there (like 10+ in the athlete category). Is that you really want them all and just take the first few commits? If 6 LBs fall next week, what do you say after the 3rd one? Anyhow, it just seems like it is all over the place.
Drum Major auditions for the MMB were this past Tuesday. The 3 candidates who auditioned in the finals this year in front of the entire MMB also made it to finals the previous year but lost to Cody Martin, the incumbent Drum Major at the time. Here's footage of the twirling portion of all 3 candidates' auditions:
#1 Rich Main
#2 David Hines
#3 Sarah Zelenak
Candidate #2 was voted into the position of Drum Major for the 2009 season.
Just a bit more on the position of Drum Major in the MMB from wikipedia:
The Michigan Marching Band has one drum major, commonly referred to as the "Man Up Front," for the entire 350+ member ensemble. Like in most Big Ten bands, the MMB drum major is not a conducting position. The drum major provides whistle commands to provide song tempos and parade instructions. While it is not required of the position, most drum majors perform twirling routines during the halftime show. The drum major is also responsible for teaching proper marching techniques during Band Week. The drum major is best known for the back bend performed during pregame. The drum major is considered the best marcher in the band.
Auditions for this position are held yearly in a two-phase process. The first phase is held in front of the MMB staff which narrows the field of candidates. The second phase is held on the last day of classes for the winter term and the final vote is decided by the current members of the MMB.