Awesome. Just what I wanted to hear. I might as well ignore the football program until August. Save me some stress.
Damien Harris Decommits
This is very 2013 of you, recruiting.
Sam Webb is reporting that Damien Harris is no longer a Michigan commit($).
For what it's worth, his mom says that "Michigan is #1, and that hasn't changed," but that he wants to make sure he goes through the recruiting process and whatnot; also Borges's departure was a factor. (His high school coach used to be a GA for Borges.) Time will tell whether this is like the Jabrill Peppers wavering or more like George Campbell. Nussmeier made his first stop as OC Madison Southern, Harris's high school, so Michigan is on it, insofar as they can be on it.
I suggest we immediately move Fred Jackson to Beverage Coordinator and hire Mike Hart but that's just me.
If this is the result...we basically have to give up Harris in order to cut Borges loose, I am OK with that. My only concern is, now that it looks like we won't get any of the 3 RB targets for 2014, will Nuss be good enough to make our offensive line competent enough to run the ball well and give us offensive balance next year and give us at least a 9-3 type-plus season? I am very worried this recruiting thing may trend downward if we lost 4 or more games again.
Does this increase the intensity of the recruiting of these two and possibly Kalen Ballage as well?
Meh, it happened. There was lots of smoke for a long time. We'll see what happens, but with a whole other year of recruiting I'm not super-worked up right now.
Why on earth would he do that? Even if he left amicably, he's looking for other work, presumably, and is no longer loyal to us. He shouldn't be, and we shouldn't expect it. He's not just going to do that for free as a gesture.
For all the people who bitch about only hiring Michigan Man, that's pretty much Mike Hart's sole qualification. It's like people can't handle the fact that Borges was somewhat invovled in recruiting and his firing has some negative consequences.
Not to speak for Brian, but I will I guess.. From what I heard Harris is a Michigan fan and a huge Mike Hart fan. That he grew up watching Michigan and idolizing Hart; therefore, having his childhood idol being the coach recruiting him couldn't hurt.
That is what I heard, but I am just a guy on a blog.
It'll be interesting to see where Al Borges ends up!
I hope we take Jeff Jones. Sam Webb said we are done with running backs but Sam is far from perfect. He thinks were landing Mcdowell still. On Damien Harris, if losing Fat Al means losing Damien then so be it. Running backs are a dime a dozen but no one is as inept as Fat Al. Go Blue!
when do assistant coaches (excluding coordinators) every get interviewed or attend press conferences?
the sky is falling and I want my mommy
replace "Mike Hart" with "Tyrone Wheatley" and we're good.
department. If Michigan lands Peppers, and there is still time for him to decommit, it will be quite and accomplishment.
Michigan seems to have the ability to generate a lot of interest among top kids but for one reason or another can't close them. Not saying they won't retain Harris in the long run, but this pattern seems to be reminiscent of recent recruting year patterns that predate Hoke's arrival as head coach.
I don't recall Lloyd losing out on a ton of guys late, and I think that was so only because recruiting wasn't as high profile and volatile during his tenure. But he had drop outs and so did Rich Rod. I remember Sammy Watkins, Dee Hart and Kris Frost in particular. And, of course, there have been others.
The idea that Michigan couldn't get one of three recent rb targets to commit based on the idea that Harris was coming up behind them or vice versa, now seems an invalid contention and argument.
You simply cannot lose 11 games in 2 years and get 5 star kids. We need to win with what we have and then worry about getting the big fish. We have solid talent and Green and Peppers already. Every awful showing last year was a big deal and everyone needed to be freaking out because it ultimately led to this. No more room for error in Michigan football and the honeymoon of 2011 is over.
Having two all-world athletes decommit (with re-commitment a very real possibility) is not the metric I think we should use for 'losing it.' Especially when other (in my opinion, even better) all-world athletes are coming to Michigan. The classes of 2012-2014 are stocked with talent and the class of 2015 is already shaping up nicely. Whatever one thinks of Hoke's performance (admittedly, I am a fan), he has brought in an incredible level of talent. If neither Harris nor Campbell had committed and Peppers, Ferns, Harris, Mone, etc. just committed today, then the board would be cheering and praising Hoke's recruiting. This team is loaded and it will be good. Admittedly, 2014 could be rough and that will hurt 2015 recruiting. But, 2015 is our year and we already have the talent to make it special. And... we have far more scholarships in 2016 than 2015, so even if a calamity happens next year we should be able to recover.
I know I'm probably in the minority but i've never been a fan & frankly I dont want him anywhere near the program.
Don't know why you bother following football then.
Then......then what!?!? The suspense is killing me.
Sorry I just never understood the MgoBlog circlejerk for Mike Hart.
Yes, it is very hard to understand why a fanbase would celebrate the school's all-time leading rusher - who happened to be an undersized, 3-star player who rarely went down on first contact, never fumbled, had a huge heart, and provided some entertaining quotes.
Are you a Sparty?
Mr. Brandon, so you're Naked Man... Awesome!
and go 10-2, Harris will commit once again! We should have more top recruits wanting to play here as well. This only happened since we went 7-6.
"And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we looove.
Gray clouds rolling over the hills, bringing darkness from above."
"But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing's changed at all?
And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you've been here before?"