this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
WR AJ Jordan, out of Trotwood, Ohio told me that he spoke with Rich Rodriguez and Tony Dews on Friday, and his offer is in the mail. Jordan is former teammates with current Wolverines Roy Roundtree, Mike Shaw, and Brandon Moore.
He's a 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver that runs a 4.4 40. AJ really likes Michigan, and is going to try to make it up to Ann Arbor as soon as possible. He is running track right now, but he said he would really like to make it up for the Big House BBQ on May 21st.
AJ runs the 4X200, 4X400, and the 110m hurdles. For any track people out there, he runs the 110m hurdles in 14.3 seconds. And, if you remember this, Jordan's team took first in the 4X200 and 4x400.
He told me that Michigan is one of his favorites right now, and they have a good chance of landing him.
Florida tight end Jeff Heuerman just left Ann Arbor, after an unofficial visit with his father. Heuerman was hoping to leave today with an offer from the Wolverines, and he got his wish.
“We just got out of a meeting with coach Rodriguez, and he gave me the offer,” said Jeff. “They told me that they’re going to come after me really hard, and they definitely want me at Michigan. I’m one of only three tight ends they’ve offered, so I know they like me, too.”
Heuerman’s father was a former academic All American on the Michigan basketball team, but isn’t trying to persuade him to choose his alma mater.
“My dad is pretty excited, but he’s not telling me to choose Michigan. He tells me what he thinks, but that’s about it,” Jeff told me.
Jeff doesn’t have a top list, and is actually on his way to Notre Dame today. He’ll be stopping by Purdue on Thursday, and Ohio State on Friday and Saturday. Despite his excitement about the Michigan offer, Heuerman hasn't sorted the schools out, yet.
“I don’t have any favorites yet, because I want to visit these other schools, too. I loved it up at Michigan, though. I will tell you that,” said Heuerman. “I’m graduating early, so I will be deciding sometime in the summer, and Michigan is in there. These coaches are really impressive. They’re not negative recruiting at all, and being honest with me about where I fit in the offense. I was very impressed, and I loved it up there.”
Jeff now holds offers from Michigan, Boston College, Maryland, Memphis, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.
2011 TE Jeff Heuerman from Naples, FL was just offered by Michigan. On the phone with him now, I will have more in a minute.
With some action (finally) on the Michigan commitment front, it's an EXCITING update.
Action since last rankings:
4-13-10 Illinois gains commitment from Zeph Grimes.
4-15-10 Michigan gains commitment from Brennen Beyer. Wisconsin gains commitment from Sam Arneson. Notre Dame gains commitment from Kyle Brindza.
4-16-10 Indiana gains commitment from Zack Shaw.
4-17-10 Indiana gains commitments from Ralston Evans and Kyle Kennedy.
4-18-10 Indiana gains commitment from Max Pirman. Ohio State gains commitment from Jeremy Cash.
|Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# of Commits||Rivals 250||Scout Average||ESPN 150|
I'll only make charts for the teams that currently have commits. Rivals 250 means that a given prospect is on the Rivals 250 to Watch, and ESPN 150 means that a prospect is on the Watch List for the ESPNU 150. Scout ratings are on the 5-star scale.
|#1 Ohio State - 9 Commits|
Buckeyes pick up safety Jeremy Cash.
|#2 Michigan - 4 Commits|
Michigan picks up bigtime instate DE Brennen Beyer.
|#3 Michigan State - 4 Commits|
Spartans gets passed by instate rival (who - shhh - has the same number of instate commits).
|#4 Notre Dame - 3 Commits|
Notre Dame picks up a kicker. He might skip his entire senior year(!) and enroll this fall.
|#5 Indiana - 8 Commits|
Hoosiers have a big weekend, picking up four new commits. It's hard to rank the Hoosiers among the other teams, because while they have the most commits, all the commits are by far the lowest rated.
|#6 Minnesota - 2 Commits|
No change for the Gophers.
|#7 Wisconsin - 2 Commits|
Badgers pick up another in-state player in Sam Arneson.
|#8 Illinois - 2 Commits|
Illinois picks up Zeph Grimes from South Carolina (and his 2012 teammate, Demetrius Williams).
|#9 Northwestern - 1 Commit|
Northwestern holds steady with one prospect.
FL RB Demetrius Hart is making his second trip to Ann Arbor this weekend for the annual (and just completed) spring game. The difference this time, is that his mother* is a long side him to take in Ann Arbor. With the recent NCAA allegations, Mrs. Hart had some questions for the coaching staff and concerns for her son. I spoke with her about the visit. Here's what she had to say.
TOM: How’s the trip going so far?
MRS HART: The amount of support from everyone, the coaches, academics, and fans is amazing. The environment, everything that Michigan has to offer has been really great. Michigan seems to be the total package in my mind. This is my first time at Michigan, so I was overwhelmed. I’m looking for the total package for my son, and that seems to be here.
TOM: Has it been nice to see Ricardo’s family? How close are you with them?
MRS HART: Yes, we’re very close. His mom and I are very close. Demetrius calls Ricardo’s mom, mom, and her children call me Aunt. I know if he comes to Michigan, I’d know he’d have a family away from home. It’s a good feeling to have that here.
TOM: How does this visit compare to other schools you’ve been to?
MRS HART: I haven’t been to any other schools yet, but we’re planning on some official visits. Demetrius has gone on a lot of visits. He is a very humble child, and he wants to feel loved and wanted, and that’s what we’re looking for. We’re a close family, and we won’t steer him in the wrong direction, and he knows that. We also respect and trust the decisions he makes, too, so we just want what’s best for him. Whatever school he’s interested in we want to check in to. I honestly feel very good about Michigan after this visit, I really do.
TOM: Did you have your meeting with Rich Rodriguez, or the coaches yet?
MRS HART: I sat down with Fred Jackson, and I’m going to be talking to Rich Rodriguez tomorrow. We’re going to talk about some things as a whole. I respect him as a person, and he [Rodriguez] seems very genuine. He has made very good decisions with recruiting, which impressed me. All the kids that were visiting were very polite. How they conducted themselves was very impressive. It reminded me a lot of Demetrius. They expect a lot of out the athletes, and we need that for our child. The distance is a problem, but if I know he’s ok, then I’m comfortable with that. That speaks very highly of Michigan, if I feel that very comfortable.
TOM: What will you be discussing with Rich Rodriguez?
MRS HART: I basically want to know about the future of the coaching staff, where everything is headed, how my child would play a part in their goals, and also about the NCAA issues. With everything that’s been going on, I want some reassurance, because who am I to judge them based on what I’ve read. Apparently they’re doing something right, so I want see what really happened.
I take everything with a grain of salt. I’m not moved by reports, and you need to find your own results. So, I want to hear everything from them, and figure out what’s really going on. We had some issues with Demetrius, and the school zones in Florida, so I understand that everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes you need mistakes to learn from, and grow from.
TOM: Does this visit change anything with Demetrius, as far as his top schools?
MRS HART: I’ll say this, I would say that they received a whole lot of brownie points with this visit. And, we’ll be back soon. You have to go somewhere you feel loved and supported, and I know he would get that here.
TOM: Will he be deciding anytime soon?
MRS HART: It’s going to be soon. Within a month.
*[Ed. note: There's been some confusion as to whether Hart's mom or aunt was accompanying him on his visit. The answer is "both": Hart was adopted by his aunt.]
I'll try to just post updates in this thread, to make it easier for everyone. Here's what I have so far.
- LB Antoine Pozniak was not offered during the trip, but said he felt a lot of love from the coaches. He's going to come back and camp during the summer.
- His friend, and fellow Top Prospect Family member, DE Deion Barnes was offered. Barnes says Michigan is one of his top schools.
- DeAnthony Arnett said the spring game was cool. He liked that they were throwing the ball down the field a little bit more, which is a good thing. He wasn't expecting Denard to show up like he did, and said, "He did his thing." (For you old guys, that's a good thing.)
Arnett said this doesn't really change anything as far as his list goes. He's been down there a lot, and he knows everything. This was a good day for Michigan in his mind, but his list is still what it is.
- A 2010 update: Jibreel Black said his visit up to AA was great, and he had an awesome time with his future teammates.
- 2011 LB Percy Johnson didn't receive an offer, but said he was very entertained. He only lives 2 hours away in Ohio, so he and his step dad made the trip. He plans on camping this summer to try to get a scholarship offer.
- DT Vincent Croce said that this visit puts Michigan atop his list of schools that he's visited so far, a long with UVA. He's going to MSU tomorrow.