Pretty great read on how Wilton almost left. Not sure if all of these details have been documented before. I feel like I've heard some of it at one point or another, but it's not a horrendously fluffy article either. Still, a good read on a slow board day so far (at least until a UFR is posted).
Some great stats in this piece put out by 247 today. Really cool to see how we line up against the rest of the country on both sides of the ball. My favorite part:
"There are only three teams scoring more points per game than Michigan. No team has more sacks (17) or tackles for loss (44) than the Wolverines. Like Jabril Peppers, who leads the team with 332 all-purpose yards and is second with 33 tackles while leading the country with 23.7 yards per touch and with 9.5 tackles for loss, Michigan is dominating on both sides of the ball. It has an extremely tough game waiting at the end of the regular season against rival Ohio State. But arguably nobody is in a better position to earn a spot in the Playoff this year than Michigan."
Yes, week 5 caveats and such (also, beat Wisconsin...before anyone else says it). But it's great to see us at the top of so many categories of stats already and looking ahead, should we continue that trend on Saturday, in great position to have a really special season.
247 released their player rankings for the top 247 players in college football for the upcoming season.
At this link, you can read about their process for selecting and ranking the players. There are no freshman (true or redshirt) or juco players on the list.
Follow this link to see the list.
7- Jourdan Lewis
13- Jabrill Peppers
85- Chris Wormley
116- Jake Butt
129- Mason Cole
135- Jehu Chesson
167- Erik Magnuson
The Bad Guys:
Alabama - 13 total, 9 in the top 100
Ohio State- 7 total, 5 in the top 100
Michigan State- 3 total, 2 in the top 100
Desmond King (Iowa) at 16
Anthony Walker (NW) at 28
Dan Feeny (IU) at 41
Dawuane Smoot (Ill) at 49
Saquon Barkley (PSU) at 55
Here is the link: http://michigan.247sports.com/Gallery/46282378/GallerySlides/294801-294801?View=Full#294805-294805
Of those on the list, I think Ross is the most likely to see significant time. I can see arguments for the guys listed who play on the line because of next year's depth situation. I think that including McCaffrey on the list is kinda crazy. He'll be facing highly-rated guys with far more experience. No reason to burn that redshirt.
Edit: Whoops, looks like McCaffrey was listed as the least likely.
In looking at our recruits by position group, it is apparent that some of the wide disparities between the recruiting sites are position group specific.
In other words:
Rivals loves our offensive line haul, 247 does not. Ave position ranking: 18.7 vs. 31.1 (I included Diamond and Garnett)
247 loves our defensive line haul, ESPN does not. Ave position ranking: 15.0 vs 29.8
ESPN loves our secondary haul, Scout does not. Ave position ranking: 23.3 vs 33.5
Everybody really loves our LB haul.
So, rather than choosing to love and hate various recruiting services based on my overall perception of their kindness to this years Michigan recruits, I was wondering if there might be some MGoBloggers with knowledge of the backgrounds of the guys making evaluations.
A little personal history of the guys (i.e. former positions played/coached, at what levels, etc.) and former predictive performance by position group of previous rankings would be hugely helpful to establishing what each recruiting service has as a "specialty."