The D-League as petri dish for weird basketball concepts.
I can't decide which 2013 recruit that I'm most looking forward to wearing the winged helmet, but S Dymonte Thomas is up there, and we haven't heard much about him recently. He's competing in a national 7v7 tournament in Indianapolis this weekend, and here's an article with some praise. Also includes a positive shout out to Khalid Hill. Link? Link.
I'm not sure if there are any rules about posting links to other blogs, but I thought this interview with 2013 DT commit Henry Poggi was well worth the read. It provides some interesting insights into his relatively quiet recruiting process, why he chose Michigan over Alabama (and everyone else), his unusual pregame ritual, and his rocky relationship with Kate Upton.
Please also note his proper use of the phrase "could not care less."
Conclusion: Another definite Michigan Man.
For those of us who cannot get enough recruiting, several free videos from the Columbus NFTC were posted today on ESPN today. The format is pre-camp interviews with camp highlights edited in. The highlight of Dawson stoning Billy Price (ohio) in pass protection while ripping his shirt is quite satisfying.
They seem to be gradually posting these videos from the NFTC, so hopefully there will be more (like Taco Charlton).
TomVH interviews the 2013 commits who won invitations to The Opening while competing in the Nike NFTC in Columbus yesterday (Morris, Dawson, Charlton, McCray). The video includes some highlights of the 1 vs 1 drills, including Taco Charlton destroying some poor O-linemen.
(It's a slow day, and I didn't see this posted anywhere, including the other NFTC threads... but if it already has been posted, feel free to neg me into deletion land)
Rather a slow day (really, the last week overall, save for the burst of posts regarding the NFL Draft) here, so I thought I would share this...
Tremendous recently did an excellent interview with 2013 commit Wyatt Shallman. You can read the full interview here:
I would, however, like to quote the well-worded start of the summary, which caps what I think is one of the best interviews by Tremendous to date:
"Wyatt is a multi-faceted guy who is already developing a chip on his shoulder coming into this season. For Michigan, he'll be a running back. Any talk otherwise should end now and I think he's ready to prove some people wrong."
Taco Charlton attended the LA Nike Camp today, and by all accounts, put on an impressive performance. Here are a few tweets (paraphrased in plain English) from scouts, etc.
Scout's Director of Scouting, Scott Kennedy
Taco Charlton made his way to the LA Nike Camp, and he looks like one the best DE's here. Ready for one v. one drills.
Taco Charlton is 3-0 going against the #1 OL group. He and Joel Mathis [Scout's #8 DE in the country with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, ND, Oklahoma, USC] are DL MVPs on my board today.
Charlton finally got handled by the West's top OL Nico Falah [Scout's #3 OT in the country with offers from Florida, ND, Oregon, USC], but he then finished 2-0 against another of the West's best - Kenny Lacy [Scout's #15 OT with offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, most of the Pac 12 save USC and Oregon, WVU].
Scout's National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Biggins
No one has come close to stopping Michigan DL commit Taco Charlton, blur off the edge.
Scout's National Recruiting Analyst, Brandon Huffman
Joe Mathis named DL MVP, Taco Charlton was probably #2 behind him.
ESPN Recruiting Nation
(Charlton was) unblockable off the edge. And huge.
Our own Brian Cook
Sounds like Charlton is about to move up Scout's board and establish himself as another consesus 4 star.
That would leave Khalid Hill as the only Michigan commit outside not in their top 300.
Finally, we have an interview with Taco from Tremendous.