"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
It seemed as if the coaches were really putting the full court press on Zettel. During the first half and halftime I noticed Gerg and Coach Frey around him most of the time and RR sat next to him the whole second half.
Gerg also spent a lot of time talking with what appeared to be B. Beyer (I was in section 27 opposite end from players)in the first half. This made sense as they are recruiting him as a DE.
Aundrey Walker is a massive human being. I don't know if we have a legitimate shot at him because of his HS (Glenville), but he is hard to miss and I would love to see him on the Oline.
2011 RB Allan Wasonga doesn't have a Michigan offer yet, but he's been in contact with Tony Gibson quite a bit.
Wasonga told me he's going to try to make it in for Junior day this weekend, but probably won't be able to. The coaches have told him that once they get his junior film, and he takes a visit on campus, he is likely to see his offer extended.
Allan is from West Virginia, so he's familiar with Rich Rod, and the offense. He said that his level of interest is high, and that he thinks he could make a big impact early on if he chose Michigan.
Here's film from his sophomore year. He should have his junior highlights up by the end of the week:
- Percy Johnson LB - Now an Ohio kid, just moved from Michigan. Really likes Michigan, we'll have a good shot here if we offer. We haven't offered yet, and most schools are waiting on his ACT scores. He told me, "I'm a loyalist, and that's the big house, so you know." - Valdez Showers RB/WR - Instate kid, nominated for best name in 2011 class. - Robert Mincey DE - Told me that Michigan is his leader. He doesn't have an offer yet, though.
- Rico Butler RB/WR - Ohio - Jamare Mills TE - WILL NOT BE ATTENDING. He was invited, but he told me he can't make it. He did tell me that Michigan is one of his favorites right now. - The Dr. Philips kids should be there ( Demetrius Hart, Hasean Clinton-Dix, Laquentin Smith) - DeAnthony Arnett ***Said he will try to make it, but probably has basketball obligations***
- Vincent Croce DT - Will be coming up. He's making his arrangements today. Has a good amount of quality offers so far. He's not sure where Michigan stands yet, but there's enough interest to come in on his own dime from Maryland.
- Ryan Griffin DB - Ann Arbor Pioneer. He said he thinks he'll be there, but is checking his schedule to make sure. I thought I talked to a couple other kids, but I can't remember right now. I'm getting ready for a trip, so I'm out of it. Like I said, add if you know of more.
Came across this good article about Trey DePriest--4-start LB out of Ohio. Looks like we're nicely positioned, and he sounds like a beast. I'd be interested to hear if anyone knows more about this kid.
Synopsis for those without Insider:
-Demetrius is on the ESPN 150 watch list and was teammates with Ricardo Miller.
-We still lead on Demetrius.
-Miami and Florida State are going to be tough competition.
-He attended several Miami games this year. Miami is probably the team to beat after us.
-The Florida State connection is current teammate and Florida State commit Kenny Shaw.
If Hart commits, do we give him #20? At 5'8" 175 lbs, it'd be deja vu and oddly comforting...the obvious answer is no. But obvious leads to very little blog-related hilarity.
(Yes, Mike Hart had about 20 lbs on Demetrius, thanks for stashing your red pens fact-checker-Nazis).
Edit: Sorry, for the miss on Kenny Shaw, corrected...