Defensive tackle is looking pretty shaky on the current depth chart after the last second changes in heart by Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones. According to Scout, the only undeclared DT who has any interest in us is Mike Douglas and I'm assuming we don't have a good chance of getting him. Is there any way Rich Rod will be able to replace Graves or Jones with late additions to the class?
Any way to replace defensive tackles?
I doubt it. We might be able to flip a lower-rated recruit, but I'm guessing what we've got is what we've got. Luckily, we have some flexibility on the line with Brandon Graham and Adam Patterson, and there's a chance Ferrara could move back to DT, I guess, although I doubt it.
if Ferrara does move back to DT, which I do think there is a solid chance of, he gets my vote for team player of the year.
he fits Bo's definition of a Michigan Man perfectly, IMO
there are five decently ranked DT recruits that haven't signed anywhere:
Jamontay Pilson - 4* AL
Dontavious Pyron - 3* FL
Darris McMullin - 3* AL
Vinson Bass - 3* GA
Noel Beckles - 3* CA
but i don't know what their situations are or if they're legitimate options.
"Howdy, this is Rich Rodriguez..."
Wait, you don't care about that? Sorry, I'll get out of here now.
I vote for Jamontay or Dontavious.
Not until I started following recruiting did I realize there were so many people this century whose names ended with "avious."
I will now be known as Yakavious.
And I "Wolvinlavious."
last year when we were recruiting Martavious. There were at least two other -taviouses on that team, and another we were recruiting from another FL school. It put me in the mind of a Limerick:
A speedy young gridder named 'Tavious
Wrote pi times the square of the radius.
"Circumference?" thought he,
or is that pi times d?
No matter, my skillz are outrage-eous.
You have a real gift. That was fantavious.
I suppose we should expect a lot of 3 man fronts...
I'm wondering if other schools were saying our D will be heavy on the 3 man fronts and that scared away the 2 prospects. Either way...now we have to lean toward the 3 man lines vs the 4 even more so...right?
Not necessarily. Barring injury, we're deep enough at DT to have a three- or four-man rotation, which is about what we had last year with Martin, Johnson, and Taylor. Sagesse played a fair amount, but with Campbell, Martin, and Sagesse in the lineup, we just need to find a decent fourth-line guy out of Helmuth, Patterson, Criswell(?), or maybe even Graham on passing downs. It's not an ideal situation, but I don't think it limits us to three-man fronts.
Would a JUCO player fit the bill here? I know we're Michigan and Michigan doesn't dip into the JC ranks, but it wouldn't hurt.