this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
So I was wondering something...
We see these young athletes can commit and de-commit to teams very easily. They seem to change their minds with the wind.
Can we change our mind if we want to at ANY time, for ANY reason? If we have offered, are we bound if they decide to come to our school?
I'm curious about the Walkenized reference to the Tate's Weapons youtube. What am I missing?
Ok, really this question just gives me an excuse to pimp the film "Search and Destroy", a mid 90s flick co-staring Walken in the quintessential Walken role as financier Kim Ulander. Not that I’m a huge Walken fan or anything. But this is one of those movies like a Glen Gary that is perfectly cast, and every performace squeezes the utmost out of some very fertile characters.
Search was produced by Scorcese and features prominent roles from Dennis Hopper, John Turturro, and Ethan Hawke among some other high profile actors. The fact that this movie was virtually straight to video must say something about myself. A mediocre (yet tolerable for its necessity) romantic subplot between the main character and Iliana Douglas is a stain, which I only mention for full disclosure since she bugs the crap out of me. With Lebowski and Anchorman, the only other movie I recall watching again immediately as soon as it was over the first time. I’ll sing Walken’s “Shoe Shine Boy” ditty on a daily basis for weeks after I every time it comes on.
I guess we all have that favorite movie(s) that you know a certain percentage of people will wind up intensely disliking, but that you are compelled to bring up and recommend whenever it pops in your head because not doing so would be a crime for that handful who will take heed and find it as hilarious as you do.
“Rule #3. Just because it happened to you, doesn’t make it interesting.”
Nearly ever year, one or maybe 2 recruits commit (usually early) and are very up front about their efforts and desire to lure others into the M hoops or football fold. I often wonder why more recruits aren’t as pro-active, or wonder if they are but simply don’t go out of their way to talk about it. Invariably, the guys who come out full guns for UM the second they commit are players I generally carry great affection for throughout their playing careers.
Miller is shaping up to be that guy in this class, and is angling to become the unofficial king of UM commits who recruit the shit out of their class.
I initially was concerned that Miller’s move north was a miscalculation which would undermine his recruiting juice where we need it most, FLA.
But the exact opposite is true. Miller is a savvy mofo and I wouldn't be surprised if his plan was at least partially hatched based on recruiting. He'll be at every single home game. Official/unofficial visits are when recruiting hay is made. You know how it’s a big deal to try and get one weekend with a bunch of highly rated recruits at the same time, so they can essentially recruit each other? Instead of being in the ear of those recruits only present during his official visit, Miller will be on every single recruit that sets foot on campus next year at the time they’re most susceptible to his charms.
Despite my claim that every class has a player or two that steps up as the recruiter who I then love unforgettably, I’m now blanking on other guys who’ve assumed this role. Juwan Howard was rumored to have been a prime mover in bring the Fab 5 together, but I didn’t have Sam Webb or Matt Pargoff to give me daily updates on who he’d contacted and what influence was exerted. I believe Horton was catalyst for his class, and helped get Dion Harris’ early commit. I recall Henson being credited for helping change DT’s commit from ND to M, and I think both ganged up on Justin Fargas and convinced him to pull a signing day surprise and commit Blue.
I know I wasn’t thinking of Daniel Horton when I started this. Anyone else have any names to jog my memory?
according to Scout, Jeremy Gallon put on a show in the early practice today. He is going to be a real good slot receiver and returner.
Found this on another blog.