...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Football Recruiting Board Updated
Update 12/5: Removed Micah Johnson, who committed to UK. Also removed NV RB DeMarco Murray(dropped us) and FL OT Jim Barrie(UF). Updated MI WR Dominque Douglas' list to include Iowa... and then removed him when he committed to Iowa. Added OH QB Rick Stanzi. Linked to article with passage on NJ DE Jason Adjepong and article on new K commit Bryan Wright.
Editorial Opinion: There's also this GBW article that may or may not imply that Michigan is likely to receive committments from LBs Obi Ezeh and Thaddeus Gibson, S Jonas Mouton, and DE Greg Banks. Given the cited article on Banks...
"I've talked to Greg. He said he had an outstanding visit Michigan visit this weekend. Outstanding." ... "As I said, the Michigan visit was OUTSTANDING."
...it seems likely that he will indeed commit sometime after his last visit, which is to Cal next week. Ezeh, who doesn't have any major offers other than the one from Michigan, is also widely considered to be in the bag. Gibson is not expected to qualify (<-- speculation, but one that is widespread), but Michigan continues to pursue him on the off chance he does and perhaps to get the inside track with him in 2007 if he heads to prep school. Mouton is the last remaining high profile secondary target in Michigan's crosshairs; receiving his committment would be a major boost to the class, especially because it might allow Steve Brown to ease over to corner. A USC visit looms, but they already have two five star safeties in coulda-shoulda-woulda Michigan recruits Taylor Mays and Antwine Perez. The vibe is good on him... and his other presumed finalist is Nebraska.
The other major piece of news is the committment of Dorrestein. He's a three star to both services and picked Michigan over Nebraska, Illinois, and Northwestern... so he's not exactly Sam Young, but offensive line is the position on the field where recruiting rankings matter the least. The suddenly-more-credible-when-overrating-Michigan-recruits Tom Lemming likes him quite a bit:
Plainfield Central, 6-7, 310, sr., OL
The best offensive lineman in the Suburban Prairie. Listed by talent scout Tom Lemming as the state's No. 1 offensive lineman and one of the five best in the Midwest. Being recruited by Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue. "Best offensive lineman I've coached in 22 years,'' Wildcats coach John Jackson said.
Take that with a grain of salt, as the only recruit more likely to be overrated by Lemming than one who could possibly be thinking about considering Notre Dame maybe is one from anywhere near Chicago.
ESPN's Scouts, Inc. gives Dorrestein a resounding "eh, he's okay," giving him a 6.0--right on the bottom edge of "good prospect." His profile($) is full of praise for his physical ability and criticism of his technique, which is exactly what I would hope to hear about a middling prospect like Dorrestein. The upside, as they say, is high. Thumbs slightly up.