Re: Shane's dance move - that's the "Bernie" as in the song/dance based on Weekend at Bernie's. Not to be confused with Fat Joe's "Lean Back".
Friday Recruitin' Is Heir To The Ottoman Throne
Today's recruiting roundup features the initial 2014 Top247, the inspiring story of Dareian Watkins, Shane Morris's strange celebratory dance, and more.
I See Your Raekwon And Raise You A Draequan
Swagger advantage: Suleiman, barely
Given that it's the August before their junior year, it's way too early for a 2014 Top247, but I'll be damned if there isn't one. Michigan commit Michael Ferns* lands at #98, a four-spot drop from his placement in 247's early top 100. Other prospects with Wolverine offers:
- VA DE Da'Shawn Hand — #1 overall
- NJ CB Jabrill Peppers — #3
- LA OT Cameron Robinson — #4
- LA RB Leonard Fournette — #5
- TX S Edward Paris — #11
- KS OT Braden Smith — #12
- AL ATH Bo Scarbrough — #13
- MD OT Damian Prince — #14
- NC OT Bentley Spain — #18
- CA TE Tyler Luatua — #19
- OH LB Dante Booker — #20
- DC CB Jalen Tabor — #21
- MI DE Malik McDowell — #24
- TX CB Nick Watkins — #30
- FL OT Kc McDermott — #38
- FL DT Khairi Clark — #43
- FL OT Mason Cole — #44
- TX OT Demetrius Knox — #47
- TN ATH Jalen Hurd — #48
- TN WR Josh Malone — #60
- AT OT Casey Tucker (USC commit) — #63
- MO OT Andy Bauer (Mizzou commit) — #68
- IL OG Jamarco Jones — #82
- AZ TE Mark Andrews — #85
- MI WR Drake Harris (MSU commit) — #89
- MO OT Roderick Johnson — #91
- OH LB Michael Ferns — #98
- SC DT Dexter Wideman — #103
- TX S T'Kevian Rockwell — #115
- NJ ATH Kiy Hester — #128
- NC TE Jeb Blazevich — #164
- IL CB Parrker Westphal — #165
- TN OT Alex Bars — #168
- DC CB D'Andre Payne — #171
- SC TE Kevin Crosby — #181
- MI CB Damon Webb — #192
- IL TE Nic Weishar — #205
- PA S Montae Nicholson — #212
- MI OT Tommy Doles — #219
- TX S Brandon Simmons — #226
- OH DE Joe Henderson — #241
- GA OT Orlando Brown Jr. — #242
By my count, Michigan has offered 27 of the top 100 prospects and 42 of the top 247. That's... a lot. In case it hasn't been made abundantly clear, the coaching staff is focusing on getting offers out to the top national prospects before focusing on evaluating and offering regional talent.
Of course, there are more important matters at hand. Namely, who are the Name of the Year (NOTY for short) candidates in the 2014 class? The class of 2013 had a very strong group, but I think it's surpassed by their younger counterparts. There is GA LB Raekwon McMillian for the Wu-Tang fans, though he may be one-upped by AL S Draequan Murphy. CA CB Adoree' Jackson tacks on not only the extra 'e', but a completely unnecessary apostrophe. LA WR Speedy Noil is an early leader for best nickname. LA WR Malachi Dupree easily beats out NC ATH Elijah Hood for best biblical moniker. The aforementioned T'Kevian Rockwell can't quite match FL LB D'ronzjiah Mathews(!) in the "let's come up with a name before my epidural wears off" category. I'm not sure what an Aggadoria Bowers is, but such a thing exists.
For my money, however, none of those can match the power of CA ATH Sulaiman Hameed, potential lost heir to the Ottoman Empire. If his nickname isn't "The Magnificent," I'll lose all faith in humanity.
*Great tidbit on Ferns: As pointed out in the comments of yesterday's FBO primer, he is not only Michigan's first recruit from Southeastern Ohio, but the only four-star prospect from the region in the Rivals era. This makes Michigan the only school to pull in a four-star recruit from each region in Ohio.
Now Lean Back, Lean Back, Lean Back, Lean Back
Part 2 of Shane Morris's Elite11 camp experience has been posted by MGoVideo. I would like to draw your attention to the 1:06 mark:
Fat Joe appreciates your support for the Terror Squad, but thinks you should dial it back a little.
Alvin Bailey: Still Probably Not Happening
Tuesday's update included a story on FL WR Alvin Bailey, who's looking to make his decision soon and has UCF as his stated leader. Things didn't look good for Michigan then, and they certainly don't now that he's picked up a Florida offer ($):
"Alvin was offered by Florida today and no he's not committing tonight and he's not going to commit tomorrow either," [Bailey's HS coach Sean] Callahan said. "He said he'd like to make his decision before September 1 and I expect he'll be a man of his word and get it done before then."
Callahan had said that Bailey was excited about the Florida offer but has a lot of thinking to do.
Any time such a vehement denial of an imminent commitment is required, it's usually a sign that one could very well happen. Even if Bailey still waits until September, it seems very unlikely that he'll leave the state, let alone go all the way up north.
OH ATH Dareian Watkins is a 2014 Michigan target and a freshly-minted member of the Top247. He also has a remarkable backstory, featured in this must-read article from Allen Trieu:
The story begins painfully, but through years of struggle, persistence and faith, and with the help of good people, it is headed full speed towards a happy ending. Dareian was adopted at 11 years old by Heath and Cheryl Watkins. He calls it the second biggest day of his life. The biggest is the day he was taken from his biological mother.
“I was at school and I got called down to the office,” Dareian said. “Thinking I was in trouble, I took my time. I saw a lady walk out of the office towards me and I didn't know what was going on. They had told me to go straight home after school and say bye to my mom. I didn't think anything of it. I got there and my mom was crying and I hugged her, then they pulled me away and said we had to go.”
The whole thing, obviously, is well worth your time. Watkins is one of those recruits you'll root for regardless of where he ends up.
Michigan sent out an offer this week to three-star PA LB Brenon Thrift, according to 247's Clint Brewster ($). Thrift also has scholarship offers from West Virginia and Pittsburgh and says he'll look to visit sometime in the future.
IL DL Brian Allen, who has yet to earn an offer from the Wolverines, has Michigan in his top five with Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio State, according to 247's Evan Flood.
Matt Pargoff continues his look at the 2014 class with a rundown of ten cornerback prospects to watch.
First saw this dance by our fans in the background of College Gameday for MBB last season. Every time the camera turned on Reece Davis, they'd all start doing this wiggly lean back together in the bleachers. Original and weird, I thought, and I had no idea what the hell it was from. But after watching it, I thought it would be a better fit for the Virginia Cavaliers fans because they inexplicably call themselves "Wahoos" and "hoos" which is a wiggly fish. One of the more idiotic nicknames out there, but it would be made cooler if they adopted this dance.
Im glad you said something cuz thats all i could think about while reading this.
definitely incorporated it into the warm ups on the hs team i coached last year
Only built for cuban linx, classic hip hop! Why does hip hop suck so much now!!
...before the so called "purists" came out.
Shane is doing the Bern.
As in, the dance inspired by weekend at bernies.
Elijah Hood sounds like a hood version of this guy.
I wonder if there is any proven trend associating late 5 star signees with improper benefits. When I think of kids like Green, you know they're great kids, but as the months pass unsigned, you have to think the improper benefits will start coming out of the woodwork. Let's face it, when you're 17, and know you're a future star, and see how guys like Reggie Bush, Cam Newton (allegedly) and Eric Dickerson made out OK in the pro's while enjoying crazy benefits in college, what's not to like... Point being, since Michigan is an honest program, as months pass I like our chances with our remaining five stars less and less, as they get snake-oiled by the Auburns of the world (cough, Reuben Foster, cough). But who knows, it would make for a great surprise if they go Blue.
If I was a 5-star football recruit and had no morals, here's what I would do:
1) Take as many officials as allowed, and on said visits eat as much free food, drink as much free booze, smoke as much free bud, and knock as many free boots as possible;
2) Do nothing to dispel the notion that any cash-stuffed envelpes, duffel bags, car trunks, or other containers would not be refused;
3) Name a "top 10" or so, identifying those schools which have given me the most schwag as my "favorites" while the stingier schools are my "also considering" selections;
4) Keep my mouth shut about all of it;
5) String my recruitment out to about noon on national signing day in order to get the most love thrown my way (but not after--you don't want to be a punk-ass TP); and
6) Commit to Michigan anyway, even though they didn't give me jack squat.
I understand why Dilfer handled Shane the way he did. Top prospects like Shane clearly have the physical ability to be dominant in college football, especially when playing for an elite program like Michigan. I believe Dilfer was tougher on Shane to push him to get better and humble him a bit so he'll recognize that regardless of what potential, hype or self confidence he has going he can always continue to improve and should aim to do so. Personally I feel it was in Shane's best Interest long term to get left out of the top group. Hopefully it will fuel his hunger and he will be primed to prove himself in a few years.
Suleyman's actual nickname in Turkish is "The Lawgiver"... which is even cooler.
Ottomans? What's this a whole empire based on putting your feet up?
I was going to say the same thing. "the Magnificent" was applied to him in later years by Europeans. Suleiman was know as the lawmaker in the sense that he pushed through lots of new laws. "the Legislator" sounds kind of lame though. But I like the "Lawmaker."
Wow, the younger Bars sure is ranked a lot higher than his brothers were. Glad we're in on that early.
That happens a lot though, the youngest of a group of brothers being the best. Gedeon is like that, so is Poggi. That's how Kendall Fuller is too. When you're the youngest of a group of brothers who all play football, you end up being advanced because you grow up playing with the older guys. More is expected of you, and coaches start working you out harder and earlier because they know who you're the younger brother of so and so.
If Alex Bars signs with us, when is the last time we had brothers on the team? Marcus and Julius Curry?
We've got the brothers Glasgow on the team now and don't forget the brothers Talbott
|61||Graham Glasgow||OL||6-6||305||RS FR||Aurora, Ill. (Marmion Academy)|
|96||Ryan Glasgow||DL||6-4||294||FR||Aurora, Ill. (Marmion Academy)|
|96||Terry Talbott||DT||6-3||260||FR||Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)|
|22||Terrence Talbott||CB||5-11||179||FR||Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)|
|24||Kevin Grady||RB||5-9||230||RS SR||Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand Rapids)|
|19||Kelvin Grady||SR||5-9||168||RS SO||Grand Rapids, Mich. (East Grand Rapids)|
Right, of course. It's funny when you're trying to remember things, your mind goes back too far and you miss the recent stuff.
I took a look at Alex Bars's offer list, and it's already pretty impressive for how early it is. M, UNC, Tennessee and Mississippi St. are the most impressive so far.
I always thought it was really interesting with the Talbott and Grady brothers that their weights were so different between the brothers. Being that the older brothers weighed significantly more than the younger ones and the heights were relatively the same.
The Gradys are cousins.
Wow I always thought they were brothers.
They are, he's wrong. Kevin and Kelvin also had cousins who went to EGR who were good athletes as well, Courtney Partee-Grady was probably the best, but Kevin and Kelvin are brothers.
Although, technically, he's right. Kevin and Kelvin Grady are cousins. Just not to each other. They are cousins to other people though (their cousins).
That's because they are brothers.
Love when people come on message boards and talk as if they know something 101%. It's even better when they're correcting someone with wrong information.
Ace shows his age a bit. Lean back? haha
So who are the guys that we would be early favorites to land????
McDowell, Webb, Westphal, Nicholson? There was a rumor a while back that Nicholson had been our first '14 commit.
What's the deal with Dante Booker? Is he an OSU lean? He's be a great addition to Ferns.
Ya, most people in Ohio assume he'll end up choosing them. The guys at 11W all seem to as well.
If they pick up Booker and Clifton Garrett, that would be a deadly LB haul.
Booker is a heavy Ohio State lean; Garrett might come down to MSU/Ohio State actually. I think he favors MSU the most right now. None of these guys have gotten big national offers (Garrett recently offered by Oklahoma) yet though; there's such a long ways to go.
That's why the Ferns commitment was huge for Michigan. Biggest commitment they've gotten since Morris IMO. Getting him locked up early is huge.
I hope Garrett doesn't go to MSU, but it would make sense. On offense, they only recruit receivers. On defense, they only recruit linebackers. What about a guy like Nyles Morgan? He seems like a bit of an early MSU lean too, but he doesn't have any other big offers though.
I guess if we're only taking one more LB, we can be picky with our offers.
There are a ton of possibilities at LB and the coaches will be careful in who they end up offering. Some names who don't have offers as of now:
Brandon Lee (IN)
Deon Drake/Will White (MI)
Gyasi Akem (OK)
Derik Calhoun (CA)
Dwight Williams (CA)
Verondtae Wilkinson (OH; Trotwood-Madison)
Carl Fuller (Detroit King)
Justice Rawlins (PA)
Just some names to keep an eye on.
The kid seems to stay loose. I still have trouble with his not making the Elite 11.
Howeva, I like what I see and all of the recruiting sites have him as the no. 2 pro-style QB...that works for me.
You can teach reading defenses. You cannot teach "rocket of an arm."
disagrees with you.
You can teach it...it doesn't mean everyone can learn it though.
High school football player names serve as a pretty neat time capsule. I thought the abundance of Shaq-based names the past few years was a cool echo of O'Neal's burst onto the sports world in the early '90s, and now the first reverberations of the Wu are starting to make their way back to us. In the class of 2022, I fully expect to see a top 250 player list featuring at least one or two Kanyes and LeBrons
SC DT Dexter Wideman
If anyone living in North Carolina is interested in checking out commit Channing Stribling (Butler High School) Time Warner Cable on demand has game of the week and his team played against a tough Mallard Creek team and won.
Wow, what a great story! Thanks for posting that one. My wife and I are considering adoption and its this type of success story that helps make the decision easier. I appreciate this pamphlet from MGoBlog.