that makes one of us
Buckeye commit Tyler Green was in Ann Arbor yesterday with some teammates for the UM Football camp.
He decided it would be good to wear all OSU gear and throw up the "O" on the field.
Love the guts to do this, but also can't wait for Canteen to blow right by him for a TD!!
Some of the comments are funny too:
Based on what is on Rivals I am surprised OSU made him an offer. 3 star rating, mid level Rival ranking and he isn't nationally ranked. For the position he actually is on the small side. His stats are nothing special. I didn't see anything spectacular in his film.
The guys over at Corn Nation, the Nebraska blog for SB-Nation, made a map showing where every single FBS recruit from 2002-2014 has come from.
Here's a still of it:
The interactive version is here. It's pretty fun to play around with. You can see, during coaching changes, where each coach emphasized.
If you want, they also made a 2014 Big Ten version
According to TomVH on twitter Malik McDowell has yet to sign and send in his LOI. It's been publicized that Malik wants to attend to MSU (and announced State during a ceremony this morning) but his parents (specifically his mother) don't think that MSU is the best place for him. Tom's latest tweet (@TomVH)
"There is definite drama with the Malik McDowell situation. HS coach doesn't know ehn he'll send it (sic) in letter of intent"
I'm a bit torn here. There's obviously something going on with this young man and his family that involves a huge life choice. However, possible SPARTY NO on NSD just after star rankings started to matter?
To preface - I am a Rivals guy. That is to say I get my crootin' info from Rivals.
I got to thinking how the meme on Hoke aside from the actual play on the football field has been "well at least he is killing it on the recruiting trail." I took a quick look at the class rankings...
RR hired 2007
RR responsible for classes 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
2008 2009 2010 2011
UM 10 8 20 21
OSU 4 3 25 11
Hoke hired 2011
Hoke responsible for classes 2012, 2013 and 2014
2012 2013 2014
UM 7 5 27
OSU 4 2 2
It is 2014 and all, but sorry we aren't really doing that well on the recruiting trail : (
What is the formula?
Rivals Rating points + Rivals250 Bonus Points = Total Points
Rivals Rating (RR) Scale (Top 20 rated commitments)
(Rivals Rating = Points)
6.1 = 150 points
6.0 = 135 points
5.9 = 120 points
5.8 = 105 points
5.7 = 90 points
5.6 = 75 points
5.5 = 60 points
5.4 = 45 points
5.3 = 30 points
5.2 = 15 points
*Prospects without an assigned rating will count for no points. All FBS committed prospects will have a rating once evaluated and rankings are updated.
So I figured with the overwhelming fixation on Schroedinger's RB, and this article from Rivals, it's a good time to try to project our recruiting class this year.
Per Rivals, who either projects us or LSU as the year's top class:
What Mike Farrell says: "I think Michigan jumped off to a better start last year, but I think I am more impressed this year. The quality of player is about the same, so what I mean by more impressed is that Michigan is more diversified and it is also expanding its footprint. It is getting into some new areas and getting kids. Having a player like Jabrill Peppers on board is huge because of what he brings to the table. I think they have a really good shot at getting both of the top players in the country with Da'Shawn Hand showing serious interest."
What the numbers say: If Michigan can land Hand and continue to round out a solid class around him then it would have the recruit average as well as the bonus points to push to No. 1. As it stands right now, the projections show that the Wolverines will be in for a fight with Ohio State for the top slot in the Big Ten conference. The data indicates that the team should come close to surpassing its total points from last season when it finished No. 5 with 2,661. It doesn't need much more than that to claim a national title in recruiting this year. Set the floor at No. 5 with a ceiling of knocking Alabama off the mountain.
So I'll start this month's WHO DO WE GETTT!!!? thread by structuring it this way - give me a list of 7 commits, which will put us at 21. Order that list by who is most likely to sign on the dotted line, not by who is the most wanted. Also, where do we finish in terms of overall recruiting class. (The answer is 4) My list:
1. Malik McDowell
2. De'Shawn Hand
3. Juju Smith
4. Montae Nicolson
5. Kalen Ballage
6. Leonard Fournette
7. Parrker Westphal