“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Here's the conclusion of the conversation I had this morning with Kyle Kalis. I like the intensity he brings to the rivalry: Kyle Kalis
MaizeNBlueJ did a video for each of the Michigan recruits/targets:
I was at the big St.Ed's - Glenville game at Cleveland Browns Stadium today to chack out Kyle Kalis and others. Unfortunately, Kalis did not play and I spotted him wearing street clothes on the sideline.I don't know why he wasn't playing (the knee injury he had in a preseason scrimmage maybe?), but it didn't look serious as he was bouncing around during halftime warmups.
The game ended in overtime with St. Ed's winning 17-14 after recovering a fumble. It was a sloppy game with numerous delay of game and substitution type penalties. The defenses had the day and both offenses struggled through long stretches. Both teams are coming off great seasons and both lost a ton of players. I believe Glenville lost 40 seniors.
- St. Ed's tackle Tyler Orlosky (4* WVU) is a huge kid and had a pretty good game.
- St. Ed's TE Sam Grant (BC) is one tall dude at 6'7 and pretty lean. He reminded me of Kyle Rudolph, at least physically. He almost made a great catch early on, but it was a little out of reach. He displayed pretty solid body control though.
- Glenville's S/WR Devon Bogard (OSU) had a pretty good game as well and played both ways.
- Jim Tressel was lurking around the sidelines and seemed happy enough.
- Tedd Ginn Sr. was wearing a white sweater vest tonight.
The article is free, so you can actually read all about how awesome the 2012 OL class is (and that's without potential future commits like Jordan Diamond), but I'll post it here anyway:
The Wolverines have five commitments on the line led by top national tackles Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and Erik Magnuson (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon).
Kalis has a 247 Rating of 96 and is the No. 40 prospect in the country and No. 7 offensive tackle in a truly special class of tackle prospects.
Magnuson, 6-foot-6, 275-pounds, checks in at No. 63 with a 96 rating. He is the No. 10 ranked tackle in the class.
Joining the impressive duo are tackles Ben Braden (Rockford, Mi.), Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore). Braden is on the verge of four-star status checking in with a 247 Rating of 89.
The tight end group of Devin Funchess and A.J. Williams also comes in for an honorable mention.
Once the news broke that the NCAA didn't find any new infractions with the Ohio State case naturally everyone turned their thoughts to recruiting. How would this affect any prospects that are considering Ohio State, and more relavent to Michigan how would it affect Kyle Kalis?
There has been some scuttlebutt among Ohio State fans that Kalis would eventually switch back to the Buckeyes despite the fact that a good amount of their fans trashed him on the internet for making the switch in the first place.
Kalis has been saying all along that he is solid to Michigan and won't re think his decision no matter what happens with the sanctions at Ohio State. Today he had this to say about the situation:
Despite all the speculation about the limited sanctions that Ohio State will receive, I've grown to love Michigan too much to ever consider going back. I'm excited to get up there next season and to start what I know is going to be a new chapter in Michigan history, and with the amazing class that my head coach Brady Hoke is putting together.
Pretty strong words for a soon to be high school senior. When I brought the topic up he laughed and said none of it was true. There's always speculation that happens with recruiting, and I never say never but this should reassure Michigan fans on where Kalis stands on his recruitment.
Kalis has also been recruiting for Michigan, and has already started to build friendships with his future fellow classmates.