holy bejesus I wasn't expecting that,
Hello: Justice Hayes?!
not so much
So this is a deeply bizarre thing: The Wolverine is reporting that Grand Blanc RB Justice Hayes has seen the snake oil and committed to Michigan just a couple days after dropping his ND commit.
I'm all UFRing this Wisconsin debacle and Tim is away from the computer tonight so the full "Hello: Recruit" post will have to wait for tomorrow morning but in brief, Hayes is a highly-touted RB in the same mold as Demetrius Hart, the #84 overall player to Rivals and #3 "all purpose back"—Hart is #1. ESPN has him a 4-star 79 and #22 running back. Scout has him a 4-star, the #14 running back and #118 overall player.
Literally everyone reading this post is thinking "can he play corner?" He's 5'10", so hypothetically, but everyone ranks him as a tailback and ESPN's evaluation doesn't mention defense at all, so even if he ends up switching it will be after a while. Hopefully by that point the secondary won't be Kosovo in pads.
Michigan was looking for a second RB in this class but people thought it would be Thomas Rawls, not Hayes. Michigan appears to have picked up a duplicate of a player they've already got but both guys are widely praised for their receiving talents and could bounce back and forth—this commit likely ends any thought Michigan will pick up a slot in this class.
More tomorrow from Tim.
I'm making the same sound that whistle tips make.
The Tweets are blowing up with many "confirmations" of Justice saying "Imma Wolverine", but I'm no expert, so whatever.
Now, my initial response:
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! GO BLUE!
Hooray for snake oiling Notre Dame. I've got this feeling that assuming RR survives the hurricane, a pretty good Rodriguez/Kelly rivalry could be in the offing.
Let's hope this is a firmer commit than the one he had with ND.
hahahahahahahhaah.......WOW, My unexpected reaction at this just got me yelled at by my Wife!
Thanks for this, it makes me feel better than good, as I scared the HORSE$@!% out of my kids when I learned of the commitment, to my wife's mixed ire and bemusement...
OTOH, my mother-in-law seemed confused and probably a bit ticked when I lost my cool earlier today when I saw the news about Sammy Watkins.
"Oh my goodness, what happened? Is Sammy a friend of yours?".
"(suddenly feeling regret) No, he's a really, really great player that Michigan could have used. AWWH!! Clemson!? Really?"
"Oh. Did Michigan win yesterday?"
It's really too bad she couldn't have witnessed my maniacal grin after the Hello Justice post. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
Hey guys, if Rivals is reporting it, they have better sources then TomVH. You don't need Tom to corroborate what Rivals is saying.
better sources than TomVH, good one. you had me going for a second there
Are you telling me that Rivals has sources other than Facebook chatting with teenage boys?
Congratulations. Tom's established himself as a useful, professional source of information and you're just a random asshole with an account who's never posted anything anyone would remember, but you get to be super cool.
I love angry Brian.
Glad you're a good sport about it, but being a TomVH hater is soooo not cool in my book.
now my screen is covered with those things.
and most memorable things are bad in my experience (don't neg me into Bolivian)
curse your panic button and it's incessent creation of unicorns covering the mgocomments I'm trying to read. This did not help your situation...
stupid me for clicking the button though...
You should tweet this to Drew Sharp, but change account to "newspaper column".
Taking recruits from the State of Indiana since 2008.
BOOOOOM THAT'S SOLID NEWS MY FRIENDS!!! STAY THIRSTY and GO BLUE!!
Welcome Justice! You are going to be a fantastic Wolverine. A great decision that will pay dividends for the rest of your life. On a slightly less important note, you have made my day!
they'll be calling our backfield "Matlock."
I like getting commitments
I like the tinman.
Call me ignorant, but did anyone see this coming? I really didn't think there was ever much interest from either side? Either way, I'll take it!
I thought Watkins was blue for sure and no way we had Hayes. So, I have no idea what to expect from recruiting anymore.
Has justice been served?
From South Bend to Ann Arbor.
There is no doubt in my mind that that is the best pun we'll get here. Pat yourself on the back.
Not that big of a loss according to many who follow recruits.
something about "he cited coaching instability"
"and then choose Michigan. Yeah, I get that"
uh, glass houses, dude? Our coach has a few bad seasons, but Kelly has a lot more stuff to make him look bad. Not to mention acting like he's 12.
I mean... I never really wanted him anyway...
I know you're crying inside, and therefore:
This may all play out in our favor
Can you say:
Now RR has to snake oil some D recruits. Jernigan would be a nice place to start.
Now he just needs to grow dreads and his transformation will be complete.
OMFG! Great News. Welcome!
All your spread RB's belong to Michigan!!!!!!!
Can anyone say Darius Reynaud and/or Jock Sanders? Sounds good to me.
yay! what a perfect excuse to have a celebratory drink or 5 on a monday night!
p.s. yeah i thought about if he could play corner litterally one sentence before Brian told me I was thinking it....creepy? make that six drinks then...
"Very, very quick back with good speed and ball skills. Hayes is very versatile and could player defensive back, wide receiver or running back at the next level. He is a high-character kid that possesses serious leadership skills."
Conclusion: "This kid will work hard and learn the playbook before most other incoming freshmen in his class. He has the ability to be a punt returner and a gunner on all kicks. He adds instant speed and will be hard to keep off the field."