Jake Butt and Dee Liner wouldn't be so funny if they weren't going to play TE and DE, respectivly. As it is, Mr. Butt Makes me laugh and Liner makes me say Ha!
Friday Recruitin' Strikes NOTY Gold
Brian is off doing super-important Brian things for the day (read: aimlessly driving around Ann Arbor while listening to The Smiths, probably), so you're stuck with me for an entire Friday. I know, I'm sorry too. Anyways, today's recruiting roundup looks at the new Rivals250—replete with many magnificent monikers—new offers, lists, and visits for the 2013 class, and a study on recruiting exenditures in the NCAA.
NOTY, NOTY, NOTY, Can't You See? Sometimes Your Names Just Hypnotize Me
Rivals is the latest recruiting service to release rankings for the class of 2013, putting out the Rivals100 on Wednesday before unveiling the full Rivals250 yesterday. There are only 11 five-stars on the list, but Shane Morris is in position to earn that status in the near future as he comes in at #16 overall (#3 QB). Fellow commit Dymonte Thomas is ranked at #77, and Josh Helmholdt discussed his status in the "toughest decisions" article:
Alliance (Ohio) Marlington safety Dymonte Thomas is one of the fastest players in the Midwest for 2013, and overall an outstanding athlete. As a junior, though, he mostly played close to the line of scrimmage and we did not get a chance to see much of him in coverage. So, we did not get too bullish on his ranking until we were able to more thoroughly assess his coverage skills.
If Thomas can show off his coverage ability in camps this summer, expect him to make a move up the board. Meanwhile, your suspicions that Michigan has offered a ton of blue-chip prospects early is correct. TTB has the full rundown on Wolverine offerees in the Rivals100 and the Rivals250—Michigan has offered 35 prospects in the top 100 alone and an additional 19 in the 101-250 range. Two of those are Morris and Thomas, and five players are committed to other schools, but needless to say the Wolverines are targeting the best of the best in what should be a smaller class than 2012.
As impressive as Michigan offer list is, perhaps more incredible is the sheer amount of Name of the Year candidates from the Rivals250. A sampling, for your reading pleasure:
- Alabama RB commit Altee Tenpenny
- Vianna (GA) DT Montravius Adams
- Muscle Shoals (AL) DE Dee Liner
- Fort Worth (TX) DT A'Shawn Robinson
- Fultondale (AL) ATH ArDarius Stewart
- Virginia Beach RB Taquan Mizzell
- My personal favorite: Moreno Valley (CA) WR Demorea Stringfellow
- Cedar Hill (TX) ATH Laquvionte Gonzalez
- Pickerington (OH) DE Taco Charlton (real name: Vidauntae)
- Dallas (TX) WR Ra'Shaad Samples
- New Orleans TE Standish Dobard
- Shreveport (LA) ATH Tre'Davious White
- Pomfret (MD) OL Na'Ty Rodgers
- Milpitas (CA) DE Vita Vea
- Mesquite (TX) WR Eldridge Massington
That's leaving out some pretty strong names, too. I highly recommend perusing the entire list, not only to educate yourself on this year's top prospects, but for some serious entertainment value. Throw in South Carolina CB De'Andre "Chocolate" WIlson, who missed the cut, and I nominate this for the best class of names in recent memory.
Speaking of Names... Jake Butt
Sam Webb's latest DetNews piece covers Pickerington (OH) North TE/DE Jake Butt (#96 overall in the Rivals250), who says Michigan is his leader "by far" early in the process. Butt doesn't have a concrete timeline yet and childhood favorite Ohio State could become a major factor in his recruitment should they choose to offer, so this one is far from over. That said, the Wolverines are in great position early, and while they're recruiting Butt as a tight end (stifle those giggles, children), he's also a strong prospect on the other side of the ball:
"Jake is an athletic kid with a great frame," [Scout.com's Allen] Trieu said. "He still has to add more weight and strength to his game, but he runs well for a kid of that size and is a very coordinated athlete. On offense he catches the ball well, his height makes him a matchup problem, and his athleticism allows him to create separation. At the same time, Jake is one of those rare kids who I think projects very well to both sides of the ball. I think he's a BCS prospect on both sides of the ball. For most schools it sounds like he's a defensive end right now, but a handful see him as a tight end too."
"Jake is right there as a potential top-10 prospect in Ohio. It's a fairly deep year down there, as usual, it's just not as top heavy (as it was in the 2012 class). We haven't really finalized anything yet, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him end up in the top eight to 12 prospects in the state."
Another top Midwest prospect holding a Michigan offer is Wheaton (IL) St. Francis OL Kyle Bosch, Rivals.com's #60 overall prospect, who has taken multiple trips to Ann Arbor and has an interesting way of going about his visits ($, info in header):
Normally when a recruit visiting Ann Arbor says he wants to talk to someone, the names that come up tend to be Denard Robinson, Taylor Lewan, Ryan Van Bergen -- the "famous" players on the Michigan football team.
But those aren't the guys 2013 offensive line recruit Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) is interested in talking to.
"I want to see where they stand going through their freshmen years, whether it lived up to the expectations that they had," Bosch said. "I'm more curious to get to know what the first year at Michigan is like compared to three or four years into it."
I've never heard that before, but it's a strategy that makes sense, especially for a highly-touted recruit who will have to make the transition from Big Man on Campus to lowly freshman when college begins. The whole profile by Chantel Jennings is well worth a read if you have Insider—it sounds like Bosch has a good head on his shoulders and is going about his recruitment the right way. He plans to visit Ann Arbor again on February 18th ($).
Here's your latest list of 2013 offers as Michigan continues to send them out in bulk:
- Indianapolis North Central DL Darius Latham, who Trieu profiled for free on Scout. He also picked up a Tennessee offer, joining Northwestern, Indiana, Ole Miss, Purdue, and Minnesota early.
- Richmond (VA) Varina S Tim Harris added offers from both Michigan and Ohio State on Tuesday ($, info in header).
- Another Richmond prospect, Hermitage High School RB Derrick Green, earned offers from the Wolverines and USC ($, info in header). They join a laundry-list of national powers pursuing Rivals.com's #64 overall player.
- Owensboro (KY) OT Hunter Bivin recently added offers from Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Miami, and several other Big Ten and SEC schools ($, info in header). He visited Michigan unofficially twice in the fall—including for the Ohio State game—and has high interest in the Wolverines early.
- Grand Rapids Christian two-sport star Drake Harris boasts an offer to play both football and basketball from Michigan, MSU, Indiana, and Notre Dame ($, info in header). The 6'4" wide receiver/shooting guard is coached by former Wolverine wideout Tai Streets in AAU basketball.
- Somerville (NJ) Immaculata DE Tashawn Bower—#250 in the Rivals250—picked up his Wolverine offer on Tuesday ($, info in header). His dad is a Michigan fan and he plans on taking a spring trip to Ann Arbor.
- Wisconsin tight end commit Scott Orndorff got offered by Michigan, Boston College, and Virginia; he plans on looking around after some recent changes to the Badger coaching staff ($, info in header).
Several players started narrowing down their lists this week. Blue chip linebacker E.J. Levenberry now has Michigan in his top three along with Florida and Florida State, though his father says that list is subject to change ($, info in header). Bloomfield (NJ) OT Marcell Lazard named a top four of UConn, Miami, Michigan, and West Virginia, and he plans to visit Michigan later this month ($). Michigan is one of 11 schools being considered by Louisville (KY) Trinity DE Jason Hatcher ($, info in header). As for players Michigan did not make the cut for, five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil now has a top three of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama ($, info in header), while top-ranked linebacker Jaylon Smith's top three includes Notre Dame, Ohio State, and... Purdue ($, info in header). Did not see that one coming.
Many players are setting up visits, as well. Michigan will host four juniors this weekend: offensive linemen Logan Tuley-Tillman and Chris Fox and receivers Jaron Dukes and Laquon Treadwell. Of the four, Dukes and Fox are the most likely to make early decisions—both have mentioned Michigan among their leaders, and Dukes has the Wolverines as his clear favorite—while both LTT and Treadwell will likely take a while before deciding after their offer lists expanded greatly in recent weeks.
Kyle Bosch won't be the only Illinois lineman on campus on the 18th—he'll be joined by Lemont's Ethan Pocic ($). Another Illinois lineman, Colin McGovern, plans to take a trip to Michigan on March 10th ($). Top-ranked tight end Adam Breneman, meanwhile, had to alter his visit plans, pushing back planned trips to Penn State (later this month) and Ohio State (sometime in the spring). I asked him on Twitter if he was still planning a trip to Ann Arbor, and he wasn't sure yet. The general consensus—and I agree with it—is that it will be very tough to beat out childhood favorite Penn State for him.
In very quick 2014 news, Michigan will host St. Louis OT Andy Bauer this weekend, and they've also shown interest in Mequon (WI) Homestead DT Brandon Hines ($, info in header).
Spendin' That Paper
The Business of College Sports blog released a list of the top 50 spenders in recruiting among all sports, and the list is dominated by the SEC, whose schools take up six of the top eight spots (Tennessee leads the way at nearly $2.3 million last year). Coming in at #9, and tops among Big Ten schools, is your very own Wolverines, spending just under $1.5 million. The order of the rest of the B1G schools is rather surprsing: Illinois (#14), Nebraska (#19), Ohio State (#23), Minnesota (#24), Penn State (#26), Purdue (#41), Michigan State (#42), Iowa (#43), and Indiana (#46) round out the schools in the top 50. It's best to keep in mind that this includes all sports for both men and women; it would be interesting to see how this compares to spending on football alone. [H/T: Lost Lettermen]
Tremendous interviewed preferred walk-on OL Dan Gibbs, who will join the 2012 class on campus this fall, and the young man is not only an Eagle Scout, but well-versed in the current Wolverine lingo [emphasis mine]:
Tremendous: What did it feel like when you finally decided to go with Michigan?
Dan: I'm about as excited as can be! It feels absolutely amazing to finally realize my life-long dream of playing Michigan Football.
Tremendous: Was it an easy decision given the scholarship situation?
Dan: It wasn't the easiest decision, per se. I was seriously considering Penn, especially after my visit there, and other Ivy League options. But this is Michigan fergodsakes! In the end, Michigan won out by a mile because I realized that it was where I always wanted to be.
On a scale from 1-10, how much exactly do you 'hat' SEC fans?
Nice B.I.G. reference.
Altee Tenpenny sounds like he should be a character in the Harry Potter novels.
"Muscle Shoals (AL) DE Dee Liner"
well, where else was he going to play?
That said, very excited about the 4 that are visiting this weekend.
It'd be great to see a "Hello: Jaron Dukes" post, Tremendous also seemed to think Fox might be near committing, and LTT and Treadwell are obvious priority blue chips.
An awful lot goes into that. Frankly, I'm surprised that Michigan is so high. Think about getting a recruit from anywhere to Ann Arbor vs. Champaign. Let's say a kid from Florida.
Flight from Florida to AA vs. Florida to Chicago, chicago is probably cheaper by about $50 or so?
Getting from airport to campus: Boom, big change. AA is 20 minutes by car from DTW, while Champaign is 2-3 hours from O'hare. Champaign has an airport, but I dunno how expensive that leg of flight would be (I think it only serves flights to and from Ohare). So getting kids on campus has to be more expensive for a LOT of schools than getting kids to Ann Arbor.
There are other logistics as well, cost of living indexes would play a huge role (what's a hotel go for in AA vs. Champaign?) and number of visits would be huge as well. But I think the travel might really effect the budget numbers.
And keep in mind, this is just the reported recruiting spending... I'm sure there are some other costs incurred down here in the southeast that don't get counted in these values.
I'm surprised that UCLA and USC are so far down the list. I guess it makes sense if you think about them getting most of their recruits from socal, but I just thought USC would be spending more money.
OSU is going to climb that list bigtime and outspend Michigan.
You should add Will Likely to the list of great names in this class.
I really liked watching him while at Michigan. Interesting to hear that he's a basketball coach now... hopefully he tells his top players great stories about Ann Arbor and UM.
Forget Laquon Treadwell??
Tim Harris attends Varina HS, not Marina, unless a new high school opened up in the last few months that I've never heard of.
The "Kyle Kalis" of last year! (not really..but, you understand). Any word on his potential or current standing at all? He was also a player who had MAC offers as Gibbs did and chose to walk-on for us, and as I recall his scouting report was actually pretty decent. I know our depth is "thin" or at least we think, but I always thought Glasgow could turn into a contributer (in some sense of the word.)
He isn't likely to be ready for another couple years, though. And we'll have even more talent along the line by then.
Love me some walk-ons.
Very interested to see what Bosch thinks after he visits. What he is looking for seems very different from other recruits and it'd be awesome if he likes the visit/Michigan. I feel better about Pocic because of the Molk connection. It'd be the nuts if we can land 2 of the top 3 OL in Illinois (I'm not forgetting about LTT).
Love how he dropped "this is Michigan, fergodsake."
Love this kid.
"Tennessee leads the way at nearly $2.3 million"
Money well spent...
So should we be on commitment watch for anyone? From what I've read the Dukes kid could drop pretty quick.
It sounds like Dukes and Fox could possibly be on commitment watch. But I am not holding my breath as it is still early.
Demorea Stringfellow - big Airwolf fan? If only his nickname were "Hawk"
according to a sam webb tweet, wyatt shallman is also visiting this weekend and is on campus now.
Like that immortal photo of WVU's Dingle and Berry.
Or "Moore Goode Dick."
I was looking forward to "LaLota - Black - Ash."
Get Bosch. Kid sounds bright. I like and respect his chat up the freshmen approach.
by Signing Day 2013. One can't be too careful about these decisions.
When reading 2013 recruiting blog posts, writers say that Michigan is putting out tons of offers. Is this characteristic of Michigan or have we normally been more selective (sent out less offers to kids with higher probability of committing)?
Michigan offered 120 players in the 2009 class, but from 2010-2012, we offered 190-195 players each year. Since we've offered about 80 players so far this year, I'd say we're right on pace for about that same number again.
Drake Harris also has Dave Brandt as a assitant coach a Gr Christian, so hopefully they can push him to blue. He might be a little better basketball player than football, as Izzo and Beline have both been up to watch him.
What the hell does "NOTY" mean? There was no clarification in the post. Ace, you need to do a better job clarifying.
P.S. Why are we talking about kids who haven't committed to Michigan yet? That seems like it could set us up for disappointment, especially in Jake Butt's case. He's probably going to Ohio State.
Name of The Year: Referring to "Butt" and "Liner" I'd imagine.
That makes sense. :)
I understand you're new here, but recruiting posts wouldn't do a lot of good if we didn't talk about kids not yet committed to Michigan. In fact, most people reading are more interesting in the kids who we are future commits, not current ones, since their recruitment is essentially over (or at least contains very little "news" unless they decommit). Friday Night Lights (or whatever we've changed it so) is a series that discusses current commits.
For discussion's sake, why do you think Jake Butt is going to OSU?
Probably because Ohio State was his childhood favorite.
Inteview questions for Scott Orndorff:
Is Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff your father?Are you related to him?
If so, do you also have a devastating pile-driver?
Crap, I can't stop laughing. It sounds like when I ask my wife who her favorite receiver is and she says, "Martavious Odoms..." then I say, "Oh yeah? Who else do you like?"
"Uhhh, ummmmm, montravious Adams???"