Just listened to the podcast and was heartened by the quick summary of our depth chart for '17. At the beginning of this season, it looked like 2016 had to be "the year" because we were going to be so young in '17, but watching players like Bredeson, McDoom, Evans, Higdon, Gary, Asiasi (the list goes on, really) this year gives me greater hope that next year can also be special and go into a very interesting matchup with OSU at the Big House.
On that note, Brian mentioned that Jeremy Clark would be back(!) which I previously understood was still iffy. In that wonderful turn of events, could Clark possibly play safety? I thought that's where he started his career. I was thinking that might be the weaker spot in our back four, unless Hudson is going to play there. Would be Lavert and Long at CB's and Kinnel and Clark at the safeties, with Hudson and Furbush rotating in the Peppers role; or Hudson/Kinnel are the safeties and Clark goes to CB, with Long and Lavert rotating like Clark and Stribling did last year.
Either way, I was glad to hear Brian thought Jeremy would be back, and hopefully will be at full strength. I wonder if he's heard more news about the application procoess moving forward based on his recovery and desire to come back, etc.
Mgoblue again has a fluff feature entitled "Get to Know the 2012 Freshmen." (LINK: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/080612aab.html.)
Highlighted today are Freshmen Jeremy Clark, Blake Bars, and Drake Johnson. Like last year, I assume they will continue this feature on a regular basis. There are snippets of personal interest attached to each of them, and a link to bio info.
On a completely different note, ESPN has up an article on Urban Meyer and a shift in his values, supposedly now balancing home and work (better than when at Florida.) (LINK: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/8239451/ohio-state-coach-urban-meyer-new-commitment-balancing-work-family-life.) Personally, this article hits home, because I too often have not spent enough time with my wife and children. A good reminder for moms and dads to keep priorities in place.
Back in June, when safety recruit Jeremy Clark accepted a grayshirt to Michigan, the initial analysis was pretty meh, and there was spirited discussion about whether there was too much negativity in his "Hello!" post. Obviously, if someone only gets a grayshirt, mostly has offers from MAC level schools, and has a two star rating at best, there is some warrant for folks to think he won't amount to much.
So, I was happy to see today's header/teaser over at Rivals:
Michigan coaches knew Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins safety Jeremy Clark was a good one when they accepted his commitment as a greyshirt in late June. It's starting to appear, though, that they got one of the steals in the 2012 class.
I don't know whether or not there is more info in the premium area. However, the header looks promising. I'd love to hear from anyone on the ground in KY about how Clark is doing, and projecting for his senior year and beyond.
Also, if the coaching staff really is doing a good job of identifying and snagging "sleepers," (similar to Beilein on the basketball front,) this is huge. To get "can't miss" prospects like Kalis and Wormley and Ross and Jenkins-Stone and Ringer and Wilson is great. We take all your 5 stars. But we have all seen how a five star rating doesn't automatically mean five star play on the field. If the class is good from top to bottom, and has two stars (Clark, Houma, etc.) who actually way out perform their rating, well, we then have a stronger opportunity to do incredible things on the field.
This will be the home of the BBQ visitor list. The event takes place on July 31st and looks like it's invite only. I'm still working on confirming visitors so I should have more names added as I get them. Be sure to continue to check back frequently.
Here's who I've confirmed so far:
LB Royce Jenkins-Stone - Commit
DB Terry Richardson - Commit
LB James Ross - Commit
DE Matt Godin - Commit
DB Allen Gant - Commit
TE Devin Funchess - Commit
DE/LB Mario Ojemudia - Commit
DE Tom Strobel - Commit
OL Kyle Kalis - Commit, said he will for sure be there. He's going up with his head coach Finotti, because his coach wants to sit down with Mattison to talk defense.
OL Ben Braden - Commit
2013 QB Shane Morris - Commit
DT Danny O'Brien (6'2", 293 lbs, 4 Star)
WR Jehu Chesson (6'3", 182 lbs, 3 Star)
2013 OL Steven Elmer
2013 RB Wyatt Shallman
2013 LB Jonny Reschke
RB Bri'onte Dunn (6'2", 215 lbs, 4 Star) - His father told me yesterday that Bri'onte will likely be going up with his cousin Dymonte Thomas. Bri'onte's Dad might not make it up though.
DE Chris Wormley - Said via text he is coming to the event.
DT Ondre Pipkins (6'3", 325 lbs, 4 Star)
DB Anthony Standifer - commit
2013 WR Laquon Treadwell
2013 DB Dymonte Thomas
TE AJ Williams - Commit
2013 RB Ty Isaac
OL Jordan Diamond (6'6", 290 lbs, 4 Star)
DB Jeremy Clark - Commit, said he's going to try to make it up.
OL Caleb Stacey - Commit
WR Monty Madaris (6'2", 190 lbs, 3 Star)
LB Kaleb Ringer - Commit
LB Joe Bolden - Commit