With the commitment of South Carolina OL Quinton Washington, the University of Michigan, per Rivals, has moved up to the Sixth best recruiting class in the nation. I won't go into my problems with Scout (Who lists UM somewhere around 15 and MSU at 35) but, frankly, I'd rather get my recruiting news from Ziggy cartoon strips on Sunday. Going past surprising upstart North Carolina, Michigan now boasts:
2nd best DT (All Hail Thor!)
7th best DB
t8th best Athlete
t11th best QB (Damn you Beaver!)
15th best OL
15th best DE
t20th best RB
t26th best K
t31st best WR (they only have one people!)
32nd best LB
The bottom half looks depressing until you look at the number of players recruited and signed. It's hard to have a top 25 WR class when you sign one guy, etc. Stealing Washington from Spurrier is not only satisfying because it's Steve Spurrier and a pull from SEC country but, in addition, is satisfying because another linesman in the grey winter of depression that was Michigan's OL this past year is ALWAYS good.
Of course this post is absolutely MEANINGLESS come, oh... 12 hours from now. With a little snake oil, some key commitments from a certain WR and DT and we're cooking with gas. If not... well 3-9 wasn't that bad this year was it? We could do it ag- forget it.
For now, Michigan is in the Orange Bowl of BCS Recruiting, an analogy that makes zero sense but... fuck it, I don't care.
Current Big Ten Rankings:
OSU #1 - 26 (WTF!?)
UM #6 - 21
MSU #14 - 23
PSU #26 - 26 (WTF!?)
Illinois #36 - 20
Wisconsin #44 - 20
Minnesota #47 - 18
Northwestern #56 - 18
Indiana #58 - 18
Iowa #61 (Travel Rank: #1) - 18
Purdue #76 - 18
Also, Notre Dame's class, ranked #23, is the pre-season favorite, as a unit, to win the Fiesta Bowl as Weiss is pressing the team to win the BCS bowl for the rumored lifelong "to-your-door" delivery of taco chips that are delivered to the winning coach. More on Weiss and ND's failure to do shit with the academic/catholic/"holy crap we have Jesus in the background" mantra to come.
I realized I was schoolmates with quite a few college football players. Eddie Woods (Grambling ST.) Michael Woods (EMU/transfer) in elementary school. Jacob Stewart and Alex Ofili (UofM), Walt Church (EMU) and Frank Ofili (Toledo) in HS. Kinda fun
The popular opinion seems to be Penn State. Will the JoePa commercial work?
Which early departure (transfer or early NFL entry) would have made the most difference this past year? MM? Boren? Mallet? Other?
For anyone that wants to watch one of the greatest match ups in the history of college football, the 2006 #1 vs. #2 game is on ESPN Classic right now. It's 7-0 Michigan currently. I've got hope.
Let's Go Blue!
Does anyone watch it cause I watched it instead of football cause it is absolutely hilarious.