and... i like them? I think I like them.
I know there were a lot of questions about why our LB coach, Roy Manning, who played LB at Michigan and in the NFL, was moving to CB coach.
Mlive has an interesting article suggesting his rapport with our new CB recruits may have been a big factor. It also points out the the defensive backfield still has Curt Mallory coaching safeties. I'll bet a lot of the time they are coaching together.
For those who wondered why Michigan assistant Roy Manning was given the new position of cornerbacks coach earlier this winter, you may have part of your answer.
After being one of the main point men in Michigan's long and competitive recruitment of five-star 2014 corner Jabrill Peppers, Manning struck again on the recruiting trail Monday when the Wolverines landed four-star corner Garrett Taylor -- the top player in the state of Virginia.
Shortly after announcing his commitment via Twitter on Monday, Taylor spoke with Rivals.com about one of the main reasons why he chose to come to Ann Arbor.
Manning's name was almost immediately uttered.
Who’s Chris Partridge? He’s the head football coach at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey. With much of the focus here yesterday having been on losing Malik McDowell to Michigan State, I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned how close Michigan was to becoming the biggest loser on college football’s National Signing Day. Chris Partridge might’ve saved Michigan from that ignominious fate.
According to an article today in one of the northern New Jersey newspapers, Jabrill Peppers was wavering on his commitment to Michigan as late as Tuesday night. Peppers reportedly said, I guess I got nervous [Tuesday] and started doubting myself. But Coach Partridge spent a lot of time with me and put everything back into perspective. I realized Michigan is the place I wanted to be. http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Jabrill_Peppers_signs_Michigan_letter_of_intent.html
So, thank you, Chris Partridge.
On a side note, there might be reason to root for another one of Jabrill Peppers’ teamamtes, besides Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Alex Beards of Paramus Catholic signed with Slippery Rock!
Well, Michigan wrapped up the National LOI day fairly early this year. Barring any late surprises, I thought it appropriate to appreciate Jabrill Peppers and his undying love for MICHIGAN. Go Blue!
Interesting article on the 2014 recruiting landscape. Interesting Peppers quote.......
"There's nothing wrong with Michigan. I'm not worried they went 7-6 or about anything else anyone has written. The future is bright for Michigan football. Don't count us out just yet. It's Michigan for God's sake."
-- Jabrill Peppers, the nation's top 2014 cornerback
The article goes a little more in depth about the tweets posted on the board recently. There is also further discussion of Wilton Speight and others participating in the all star games this week.
With all the Michigan players participating I assume this is not OT. Day 1 is currently being shown. I missed an interview with Wilton Speight.
Day 1 will be repeated Friday at 11:30PM. Day 2 will be shown tomorrow at noon and Saturday at 2AM.
Also scout.com named Jabrill Peppers the #1 performer after 3 days of practice.