Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
ESPN just updated their 2012 top 150 rankings, and here's where both commits and uncommitted prospects of interest placed:
- OT Arik Armstead - #15 (uncommitted, longshot)
- OT Andrus Peat - #16 (uncommitted, longshot)
- S Shaq Thompson - #22 (uncommitted, Michigan not in top three but still has very outside shot)
- CB Yuri Wright - #40 (uncommitted, M has solid chance)
- OT Josh Garnett - #42 (uncommitted, will likely take official, but could be a tough pull)
- CB Terry Richardson - #67 (commit)
- WR Darius Powe - #86 (uncommitted, M has shot if WR spots don't fill up too quickly)
- OT Jordan Diamond - #103 (uncommitted, M still in decent shape, though late decision could take him off the table)
- OLB Royce Jenkins-Stone - #115 (commit)
- OT Zach Banner - #123 (uncommitted, M in good shape but with a lot of competition)
- OT Kyle Kalis - #135 (commit)
Kalis and Banner stick out to me as being ranked surprisingly low, though with Kalis this may be due to the fact that he projects higher as a guard than at tackle. As you can see, however, Michigan has a chance to round out this class with some really quality prospects.
Per Tim Sullivan, who posted this info on The Fort ($, also front-paged on The Wolverine, but still behind a paywall), Oaks Christian (CA) WR Jordan Payton will announce his college decision on Tuesday. He's visiting Notre Dame for the USC game this weekend, but has maintained throughout the last several weeks that Michigan is his leader, and there has been no indication his stance has changed. Barring a last-minute change of heart, it looks like the Wolverines will finally have a wide receiver in this class, and a very good one at that.
The title says most of it. He says he's thinking of visiting Michigan, but I have no idea how he stacks up against the other guys. Does this have any effect on our OL recruiting or is he too late?
Despite the fact that I didn't even post rankings last week (sorry about that—life stuff came up), barely anything happened in recruiting outside of Purdue adding a few commits and jumping Minnesota in the standings. Action since last rankings:
10-2-11: Purdue picks up Dion Witty.
10-3-11: Purdue picks up Cameron Cermin.
10-10-11: Purdue picks up Cameron Posey.
10-12-11: Northwestern picks up Traveon Henry.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 22 Commits|
No change for the Wolverines.
|#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits|
No change for the Irish.
|#3 Penn State - 17 Commits|
No change for the Nittany Lions.
|#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits|
No change for the Spartans.
|#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits|
No change for the Badgers.
|#7 Indiana - 19 Commits|
No change for the Hoosiers. Broken record is broken.
|#8 Northwestern - 17 Commits|
The Wildcats land FL running back Traveon Henry.
|#9 Iowa - 10 Commits|
No change for the Hawkeyes.
|#10 Purdue - 20 Commits|
The Boilermakers pick up commits from CB Dion Witty, OL Cameron Cermin, and WR Cameron Posey. They leapfrog Minnesota in a battle of teams with a ton of commits but no highly-rated recruits.
|#11 Minnesota - 21 Commits|
No change for the Gophers.
|#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits|
The Huskers stay stuck on seven recruits. I keep waiting for the week when they add a bunch of four-star recruits, and it keeps not happening.
|#13 Illinois - 9 Commits|
No change for the Illini.
Per his twitter, DGDestroys says "looks like we are on committment watch..."
I forgot to post this in Weekday Warriors, and I think it's long enough that it works better as a message board post anyway, but reader Kent was at the Mentor-Solon game and came away with these impressions of Tom Strobel and a few other players:
Caught the first three quarters of the Mentor @ Solon game tonight. Both teams came in undefeated, but Mentor was the favorite. They did nothing to disappoint and scored on their first five possessions, and always had at least a two score lead.
· Strobel’s height and weight are the real deal, probably more 6’5” than 6’6” though. He’s got a big solid frame and can easily pack on more weight in college.
· I had him in on 4 tackles, 1 sack, another huge qb hit that caused a fumble. He may have recovered a fumble, but honestly couldn’t tell after they unpiled everyone. Everyone seemed to congratulate him, but that may have been just because he’s Tom Strobel.
· Solon ran a spread and largely ran away from Strobel’s side or threw quick passes
· At times he stood up a little to straight out of his stance, but that’s a criticism of every stud high school DL. When he did stay low and fire off, he just ran kids over or threw blockers off him like rag dolls. Which he should of, Solon’s tackled were probably in the 6’ 200lb range.
· He was also part of the FG block team that caved in the line and blocked an XP.
· Had a real good play holding the edge on a sweep his way, he would have made the play but got held pretty badly (which it was called)
· Other items of note, Mentor’s QB, Mitch Trubisky, was pretty impressive. He moved around well in the pocket, had good presence, solid arm, and accuracy. Overall pretty impressive. He’s a junior. He is listed in Rivals DB at 6’ 3”, 195. I think he’s definitely D1, but can’t say much more than that with any kind of confidence.
· Mentor has a sophomore WR, Brandon Fritts, he’s every bit of the listed 6’4”, maybe not all of 180. He is smooth, pretty fast, showed good hands (caught one off of shoe strings), and was targeted a bunch in the passing game.
· Mentor’s kicker can kick. He hit a 50 yarder, off a block, but still impressive. All his XP’s were flush as well. Not great at kickoffs though. Tomislav Derezic, he’s a senior. 6’ 230
Many thanks to Kent for the update. If anyone is inclined to go to any games involving Michigan commits and is willing to submit a report, feel free to shoot me an email. I will bribe you with MGoPoints, especially if you're able to come up with some film (though that is going above and beyond, obviously).