...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, recruiting roundup posts are now a twice-a-week affair. Today, Josh Garnett's commitment to Stanford is discussed, as are updates on the status of the remaining 2012 targets and new offers to members of the class of 2013.
As I'm sure you are well aware of if you're the type to be reading this post, blue-chip OL Josh Garnett chose Stanford over Michigan last night. Beyond losing out on a potential All-American guard, this isn't a huge blow to Michigan's recruiting class—the team is still in good shape with Jordan Diamond and Alex Kozan, for starters—but it's disappointing nonetheless. I asked the Twitter world last night if any Stanford bloggers would like a detailed commitment post, and the general response was, "LOL Stanford football bloggers?" which, like, good point.
How will Garnett's decision impact Michigan? Well, the Wolverines can still fill a spot along the interior of the line if Kozan goes blue when he announces on Sunday ($, info in header). Kozan has narrowed his choices to Michigan, Iowa, and Auburn—I've said this before, but Kozan might actually be the most important recruit left on the board, as he's the only lineman among M's commits and targets who projects to center, where the Wolverines have major depth issues. Kozan hasn't given any indication about holding a favorite, so we'll just have to wait and see who he chooses.
Jordan Diamond, meanwhile, will announce on February 3rd, and the big tackle has reportedly cut down his choices to three schools, one of which is Auburn ($), but he won't reveal the other two at the moment. It appears that Ohio State is out of the picture, and a Brian-approved insider posted on the MGoBoard yesterday that Diamond is really down to Michigan and Arkansas. His recruitment has taken so many twists and turns that I won't bother to throw out a guess.
One other O-lineman has entered the picture in Rutgers commit Chris Muller, a four-star tackle who holds a Wolverine offer. According to Rivals national analyst Mike Farrell, Muller was contacted by Michigan—along with several other schools—yesterday in the wake of the breaking news that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano had taken the head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We'll see if Muller's reported interest culminates in a visit.
Sam Webb caught up with Armani Reeves's godfather, Brent Williams (father of best friend and Ohio State commit Camren Williams), for a two-part interview last night. In part one ($) Williams discussed the in-home visits of Brady Hoke, Curt Mallory, and Greg Mattison—they went well—and debunked the rumor that Urban Meyer showed up late for OSU's in-home visit. He also soundly denies that Reeves and Camren Williams are a package deal, which is obviously good news for Michigan. Part two ($) has the most relevant info, as Sam asked Williams about a a possible decision date for Reeves:
Brent Williams: “Well, I’m not saying that there’s a date. I would say he’s going to have some time… a lot of time… this weekend to think it through. He has a pretty good game on Friday. After that I think he’ll have Saturday and Sunday to kind of think things through. We’ll sit down over the weekend and kind of talk about the pros and cons of both situations and go from there. We’re not doing a hat; we’re not doing a press conference. Call the coach, and tell him you’re coming… then call the other coach, and tell him you’re not. It’s pretty simple. At this point the whole mystery behind pulling hats and whatever tricks you got… we’re just not really focused on that. We’re just trying to find the right school that is going to help him going forward.”
It sounds like we're unlikely to hear about a decision until Sunday at the earliest and the process could possibly stretch into next week. Every indication is that Reeves is still undecided.
As for Michigan's other prominent target, tight end Sam Grant, he was visited at home by Brady Hoke last night, but there hasn't been any word about a possible commitment. The consensus is that Michigan leads, however, and we could hear his final decision at any time—Grant has talked about wrapping up his recruitment quickly since December, but new offers threw a wrench into those plans. Now that he's got everything laid out in front of him, I don't think we'll have to wait too long for an announcement.
Tremendous caught up with Chris Wormley this week to talk about his recruitment as well as his pre-game ritual. The latter line of questioning is where things got interesting:
Tremendous: So before you get on the field, who are you listening to in order to get you amped up?
Chris: Usually Lil' Wayne, Drake or Adele.
Tremendous: One of those is not like the other.
Chris (laughs): I like listening to Adele. She calms me down. People laugh when I say that I listen to her.
Tremendous: How does it pump you up though? It's Adele!
Chris: With Adele, I just like listening to her because she sounds good. It doesn't really pump me up or calm me down.
Tremendous: I like Lady Gaga, Chris. It's alright.
Chris: Eh, she's a little weird for me.
Tremendous: Thanks dude.
I don't mind Adele, so I can't hate. Lady Gaga, well, I'll just leave that one alone. I'll also save you the rant about how current popular hip hop is a steaming pile of hot garbage. ANYWAYS, Tremendous also interviewed Mario Ojemudia, who's already starting the trash talk about the Michigan-MSU rivalry:
Tremendous: I asked Devin [Funchess] the same thing: What's it going to be like to play against [MSU commit and high school teammate] Aaron [Burbridge] for four years?
Mario: It would have been nice to play together, but I always figured we'd end up at different schools. It's going to be fun beating him for four years though.
Well played, Mario.
Quickly: The Detroit News profiled Ben Braden in their ongoing Blue Chip series, but it's a rehashing of the "hey, this big guy played hockey in high school" story that's already been beaten into the ground months before he's even on campus.
247Sports released their Class of 2013 All-American team, and it's littered with Michigan targets. The Wolverines have offered or shown strong interest in RB Ty Isaac, WR James Quick, WR MarQuez North, TE Adam Breneman, OL Laremy Tunsil, OL Steven Elmer (ND commit), OL Ethan Pocic, OL Jake Raulerson, DE Jonathan Allen, LB Su'a Cravens, LB E.J. Levenberry, and ATH Jalin Marshall.
Running through news on the current juniors, there are a couple of new offers to report: Wexford (PA) North Allegheny OL Patrick Kugler ($, info in header), a four-star to 24/7, and Phoenix (AZ) Brophy Prep WR Devon Allen ($, info in header). Michigan is offering a ton of receivers in the junior class—it's clear that getting a couple big-time playmakers at the position is a huge priority.
Quickly: Michigan also appears close to offering four-star Washington D.C. lineman Derwin Gray ($, info in header); Avon (OH) cornerback Ross Douglas will take an unofficial visit on February 3rd ($, info in header)—he believes he's close to an offer, as well; Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights DE/DT/OT Donovan Munger is in regular contact with Greg Mattison, and he would favor Michigan and Ohio State if he was offered ($); Magnus scouts Wheaton (IL) St. Francis OL Kyle Bosch, one of Michigan's top targets along the offensive line.
That is a joke to say it is minor. We really needed him. Did you see ohio's line recruits? F! We will still kick their assess, but this didn't help.
A young man that selected Stanford, which I posted the other day. I lived in Laguna Beach for more than 30 years and dislike the incredible overpopulation, shitty traffic and high cost of living in the Golden State. However, If I was a young kid that could get an undergraduate degree paid by scholarship to Stanford, it would be difficult to turn down.
Hey look, a number of posters the other night contradicted my comments by advising that Stanford and Palo Alto suck (in so many words). I get that. My daughter visited as a potential college and hated it (Hello Duke), but Stanford / Palo Alto compared to Michigan / Ann Arbor? And this is posted by a part-time resident of Ann Arbor.
It would have been great to get Garnett, but who can blame him? I wish him the best.
Personally, I'd much rather lose a smart recruit with big goals (Med School) to somewhere like Stanford. At least we're on the same academic footing with them, if athletically we win the "tradition" battle. Losing a smart kid to like, Alabama makes no sense to me. If you really care about your education, you choose the better university. Josh did, and Josh didn't have a bad choice.
Quality football programs at both.
Now remember when you were 18? Consider California girls vs Ann Arbor winters. Personally I would still take Michigan, but I can remember back when I was a student losing several prospects to warm weather and year round tank tops.
Lets hope we beat him in the Rose Bowl in a couple of years!
Make the right choice Alex, choose the Good Guys and come to the place great centers are made (Baas, Molk, etc)
Brent Williams wins Recruiting (God)Father of the Year. The hat show is getting ridiculous.
call one coach, then call the other? I'm guessing this doesn't bode well for...Penn State.
Well, since he's already publicly stated that his final two teams are Michigan and Ohio State, I'd have to agree with you.
Although he met with Penn State coaches last Monday, it's still unclear whether Reeves will take his official visit to Penn State this weekend. “I have still not talked to him in detail about whether or not he'll take his visit to Penn State,” said Cam's father Brent Williams, who is Reeves' godfather and has served as a spokesperson for both players during much of the recruiting process. “I've read reports that he's down to Michigan and Ohio State, but at this point I don't know that that is accurate. I do know he has had a couple of conversations with [Penn State coach] Bill O'Brien.
It's looking like the only good news Penn State might get next week is that its coach wins the Super Bowl.
a collection of past unused 'Hello:' posts would make for quite an interesting read. Brian do you have an archive from the ones Tim wrote along with some of Ace's? Would be quite interesting off-season read as maybe a once weekly diary something along the lines of what could have been.
Don't be surprised if the only pick up we get is the TE Grant.
Call it a hunch.
. . . and don't listen to this for at least another week.
FYI - There is some $ info on Rivals that says Muller isn't happening. It says Muller is calling the incoming Rutgers class to try to hold it together after Shiano bailed.
Tim Sullivan just posted an update on Sam Grant. Here's the link ($). Basically, we should expect an announcement this weekend. It's down to us and Oklahoma.
scouting report for Bosch. Have to recognize the anonymous poster, however, for unique and appropriate use of the term "walrus humping"
Thanks. I did like the terminology by the poster, although I disagreed with him...
He brings up a good point, which I think you recognized. When I played long ago and got over on somebody, I'd run him into the ground every now and then. But not every play. I went to go look for someone else to block. (I was not highly gifted/skilled as OL so don't take this as boasting) Isn't the time best used that way?
Especially when you're a dominant athlete who has an overwhelming size/skill advantage over the typical HS player.
but I will make an exception. Forget about WR James Quick. He will attend ARK, UofL, or Bama. Focus on his teammates DE Jason Hatcher and, DB RYAN WHITE WHO IS THE BEST PLAYER on the best high school team in the country. Get to work Chris Singletary!!
Who are you and why are you yelling?
According to their offer sheets Quick and Hatcher seem to be getting the most attention right now.
I hadn't heard of Trinity HS till now. Who has come out of Trinity in the past years?
Ohio State's Jordan Whiting and Louisville's Brian Brohm. That's about it.
1) stanford DOES have a blog with low to moderate traffic - www.ruleoftree.com
2) Who's Adele? Never heard of her. I guess I'll check out some of her music.
3) I thought Palo Alto was nice enough. It doesn't have the character of SF or the natural beauty of Half Moon Bay or the charm of Burlingame, but the weather and proximity to places like that - that was awesome.
Nobody cares that you have never heard of Adele.
I'm a big fan of Brent Williams' take on "pulling hats and whatever tricks you got". I hate the inflating of these kid's egos that takes place when deciding. I understand its a big deal for the kids but they haven't played a down of college football.
I gotta say that I'm only expecting Grant to fill out this class, and to me that's a bit of a problem. This caliber and character of the players Hoke has brought in certainly doesn't disappoint, but the class seems short of ideal on several positions: QB, HB, WR, interior OL, DT, CB.
I don't really think we're short on cornerbacks. There are several young guys on the roster, and good ones, too. I guess it would be nice to get another kid, and I liked Standifer's abilities, but it's not really a necessity. We got two wide receivers, so I'm not sure how many more one could expect...maybe one more? I agree on DT, QB, and HB. But I'm not worried about interior offensive linemen, either. Kalis is a guard, Bars could play guard, and Magnuson could probably pull it off, too, if necessary. The center position is iffy, but guard and tackle should be fine going into the 2013 cycle.
You are probably right about cornerback recruiting. I was thinking that Taylor projected as a safety.
But breaking it down by position:
At WR, Michigan is losing 4 or 5 receivers, and assuming both Chessun and Darboh (I really do like both) are on the roster next year, will only have a total of five receivers on their depth chart from the last three recruiting classes. That puts some big-time pressure on developing the recruits that have signed and any losses becomes very dangerous.
On the interior line, center is a lot more than iffy. We all collectively shit ourselves when Khoury had to come in against VaTech, and Jack Miller seems to be a fairly low ceiling project. Everywhere else on the line is thin as hell, and just could use some more bodies. Similar to WR, Michigan has to develop everyone and not lose anyone or there is more trouble.
We pooped our pants when Khoury came in because our Rimington Award-winning center disappeared with no explanation to start the game. Khoury has played before and his snaps have been fine, but he was somewhat understandably nervous starting in that big of a game on short notice. Khoury played almost the entire Iowa game in 2010, and he did pretty darn well. I'm not too concerned about that position for next year.
Jack Miller has actually earned good reviews from practices, and I think he'll be just fine there once he gets big enough. There's some talk that he might be able to beat out Barnum and Khoury next year as a redshirt freshman.
Wide receiver is a position where young guys can come in and play/contribute immediately. While I was a little annoyed that the coaches didn't keep pursuing Devin Lucien last year, both Chesson and Darboh can come in next season and potentially start or at least play quite a bit. Darboh is a good blocker already, and Chesson can go up and get the ball...so while it's a concern, we still have Jackson, Roundtree, Dileo, Terrence Robinson (if he comes back), Jeremy Gallon, and Jerald Robinson and then the freshmen. So that's six receivers plus two incoming freshmen for a team that likes to run a lot of sets with 2 tight ends with 2-3 receivers. I think we'll be able to find 2-3 capable receivers out of those 8 kids.
I don't always listen to talented female vocalists, but when I do...I sometimes look to Karen O. of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Someone here yesterday said that Muller has reaffirmed his commitment to Rutgers.
Thanks for the update Ace. Hopefully we can still pickup Diamond and Kozan for the offensive line and Grant at least.
not only for junking the hat BS, as others have noted, but hashing out pros & cons of each school rather than simply steering him to Ohio. Let's hope Reeves bleeds blue.