I saw this buried on the bottom of a recruiting topic on the Mgoboard so I thought I would bring it out into the open and see if anyone knows anything more. Rumor has it that Holmes decided to switch his commitment to the Maize and Blue because of Bowden leaving FSU (per FSN). Does anyone have any further info on this or a confirmation from anyone other than FSN? This would be a head-scratcher to say the least as it relates to our commitment numbers and what is speculated to be our last couple open spots.
I spoke with Holmes Onwukaife tonight, who is currently committed to FSU. He's still firm with FSU, but he hasn't closed any doors either. I asked him if he still stays in regular contact with Michigan, and he said yes.
He had just spoken with Fred Jackson this past week, and Michigan has told him he still has a scholarship with them. They are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, which is what he'd like to play.
Originally, they were recruiting him for DE, and he wanted to commit, but was asked to move to MLB. He didn't want to at the time, and committed to FSU.
Although he said he is still firm with FSU, and the coaching changes won't affect his decision, he isn't ruling out a visit to Michigan, either. He said he's not making any promises, but he doesn't have a game this week, and it would be possible to make it up for the OSU game. It sounded like a long shot, but possible.
He didn't want to say too much, which is understandable.
Has anyone noticed that we are still waiting on a confirmation that has not come? Days ago we were treated to what all proclaimed as a great signing of OLB Holmes Onwukaife (a recruit with actual credible D1 offers). Unfortunately we are now hearing that not only was this premature, but that Coach Rich Rodriguez counter offered an ILB position, and was turned down. Holmes will now, not be coming to Michigan à la Travis Williams our DB commit errr, not commit from earlier this season.
As much fun as it is to spend the summer months planning to match shirts on game day, or predicting how many points we'll beat Eastern Michigan by, I think we need to continue to discuss this recruiting strategy that shotguns out 100+ offers making an offer from Michigan meaningless to a recruit and diminishing the name of Michigan football. No need to review the argument about the quality of recruits coming in these days, but what about the quality of our name across the country?
Coach Rich Rodriguez makes Michigan normal when he gives every 3 star recruit an offer, and then he further diminishes OUR name when someone says yep, I’ll shake on that offer and he says, “Whoops didn’t know you were going to take us seriously. Can’t do it right now. We’ll have to get back with you.” As a Michigan man and a business man I live by the motto of my Yes will be Yes and my No will be No. College football should be a young man’s introduction into good business practices and character, not their first experience learning the dark realities of cold-blooded business.
I know many of you Michigan Men must feel the same, and we need the University to know we believe in Passion, we believe in Victory, but above all we believe in Character beyond reproach.