a terrible blight on our fine country
Tom had already let us know via twitter that Justice is in town this weekend. Rivals $ has a post giving a little more info on that trip. The big news is he says he would have already committed to Michigan if he thought that Coach Rod and the team had turned things around. He says ND has more safety at the coach position, and it made it sound like it was between those two right now. He gives lip service to the other teams, such as saying MSU may be tops in the big ten, but who does he think he is kidding. We all know that will never happen.
Reason for trip to Michigan - "I haven't been there in a couple months, so I thought it would be good for me to get there again, just to see where my head's at and try to get things placed in the right spot,"
Timeline - "I'm getting to the point where I might be getting ready to make my decision pretty soon, so I probably want to take one or two more." He goes on to explain that he wants to move the timeline up, originally after the season, to get rid of all the pressure and calls, as well as to make sure there are scholarships available for him.
In the Running - Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Iowa and Northwestern, but will be shortening it soon.
Justice (#5 All Purpose, 4 stars) is a big time recruit with a lot of the same tools of Dee (#2 All Purpose, 4 stars). I would love us to land both, but we NEED at least one to have that 4.4 breakaway back.
Also as a side note, I think this is the big reason I'm all in for Rich Rodriguez. This HAS to begin to work. If we bring in another coach that plays a different offense type, we may have to restart this whole 3 years of rebuilding, to get the right players for the new model. We need Rodriguez to succeed.
According to Rivals front page, it looks as if Justice Hayes has also made it to AA today. Seems like odd timing to me with Dee in town. Do you all think this is to gauge interest in Dee's interest in UM? Maybe he is trying to beat Dee to the punch? Or maybe they team up like Lebron and Co. and want to form a super backfield withi D-Rob. (hey, I can dream right?) What do you all think?
As I was going to gander at the recruiting rankings on ESPN I spotted an article about Justice Hayes. Thought it might be a good read for some of you.
EDIT: This article was posted 4 days ago on ESPN, sorry if I'm late or double posted. MGoSearch didn't bring up any results.
Per the facebook of one Justice Hayes..
Word On The Street Is That Justice Hayes has Put MICHIGAN down. Don't Believe What Ya'll Have Been Hearing.! The University of Michigan Is Still In The Hunt... Reporters Sure Know How To Be Slick Boy..
Seems Mr. Hayes has dropped us and has probably burned his bridge. Maybe he is just afaird of competition with Dee Hart (Sam Webb has a strong gut feeling).
According to Rivals, Justice Hayes (2011 RB from Grand Blanc) has an offer. He was offered previously by MSU, among others.
In my opinion, Hayes isn't the elite back I'd like us to get in 2011. I think Demetrius Hart and others are better. Considering the fact that our class will be small, we probably won't take more than one true running back.