From Portage Northern.
It was inevitable that he wasn't coming to UM since Malzone joined the class, but now here's confirmation that he won't be suiting up for the Trojans either.
It's unclear to me if Crawford or his father have yet to talk to Hoke as they were intended to, but this came out last night:
Now obviously that still doesn't mean he'll end up in the class, and the tweet alone doesn't indicate if Michigan feels the same way, however, it hopefully gets people to get off of his back for a little while and let him make his decision to hopefully stay with Michigan.
One of the biggest problems I have with decommits is the way fans push them out the door, as if saying rude things about a player either directly or indirectly is going to help Michigan recruit better. It doesn't.
Support the kid's decision one way or another. You don't have to be happy about it if he doesn't pick Michigan, and you should be very happy about it if he does, but for these kids and these coaches, this isn't equivalent to the reality of "Real Housewives" for men. This is actually reality. So support him regardless, and maybe he'll feel more comfortable reaffirming his 100% commitment to Michigan after his visits.
Also, if with a grain of salt, this is good news. Sure, you can still bask in the bad news of the whole situation, or you guys can actually take some good with the bad.
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I'll also add:
This does not give you a right to bash the kid. This is an additional fact of something that has happened, but you don't know the circumstances around it. I've already seen people on twitter say some stupid things. Don't be one of those people. Likely, this is some sort of minor discipline issue, not a reflection of grades, violent behavior, or things fans for some reason want to say about potential rivals (otherwise he would be suspended for all track events, not just three of them). If anything, I give Crawford's track coach a lot of credit for this, he won't run in the 100m or 200m, events Crawford finished as one of the tops in the state last year.
Rice has upped the ante in the world of recruiting (/s). They are recruiting J.T. Granato and hope an appeal to his kitty will sway him their way.
“As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him. I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.”
Must have done the trick, as Granato committed to Rice this week. MEOW!
Your move Bo.
Not much there, but it's more positive than earlier reports..
Nothing good comes from tweeting at recruits. If you have something to say, please refrain from doing so. You would think this is obvious, but some people still don't understand this.
Just spoke with Damien Harris' coach, he had a message he was adamant that I tweet to Michigan fans.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 21, 2014
"People need to back off of [Damien]. People are attacking him and the fans better ease up or they're going to push him away from Michigan."— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 21, 2014
Harris' coach said the only impact a fan can have on a prospect's recruitment is a negative one. Apparently Michigan fans have been nasty.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 21, 2014