"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Extremely positive articles over the past week leave this as no surprise, but Michigan has gained a commitment from CA K Matt Wile following his official visit to Ann Arbor.
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Wile is a bit more under-the-radar than Michigan's previous few options at kicker; ESPN calls him the #44 kicker in the nation, while the other two services place him outside their "top kickers" rankings (Rivals ranks 20 and Scout only 11). ESPN on his game:
He has a field goal approach that is repeatable. The ball jumps off his foot and he has a smooth rhythm. He does need to finish down field more on his FG at times. There are times where he pivots and comes across his body slightly. His kick offs are solid for a high school kicker. He generally drives the ball into the endzone and gives his team good hang-time to run underneath his kicks... Matt should be able compete early in college.
So: reasonably strong leg, needs to refine technique to make sure his kicks are accurate. With excellent size (6-2, 200) he is also a big, athletic prospect who played several sports growing up. His coach talked up that leg strength to Sam Webb:
"I think he went to Northwestern camp this past summer and hit a 63 (-yarder) off the ground, and he did it again in San Antonio for the Army All American game just this two weeks ago. He hit a 58 off the ground. I've got some film of him putting kickoffs through the goalposts from the 40 off a 1-inch tee when he was a sophomore in high school."
He's been training in field goals without a tee (college-style) for the past two or three years, so the transition will hopefully be a smooth one. Wile kicked in the Army All-American Game, so he has been recognized by at least somebody as a top prospect:
Wile is a versatile player who could kick or punt equally well in college. He could see the field as a freshman due to his strong leg on kickoffs. Wile’s mechanics on field goals are picture-perfect, leading to consistent results.
All services mention that he's a candidate to punt at the next level as well (which is what he did in the Army Game), so as a senior or redshirt junior, he could replace Will Hagerup.
Rivals lists offers from Air Force, San Diego State, and Washington in addition to Michigan. Michigan's current staff offered him at SDSU, which makes sense as he's a local recruit for them. He also has a greyshirt offer from Washington.
He was planning to visit Nebraska next weekend ($, info in header), and he was likely to be offered by the Huskers at that time. However, the opportunity to be a 5th-generation(!) Michigan student was too much to pass up - although he hadn't planned to commit on the visit.
The Army website has junior stats:
Wile’s kickoffs ended in touchbacks an astounding 89 percent of the time in 2009, including four that went through the uprights. He also converted on 9 of his 12 field goal attempts, with a long of 48 yards. Wile also serves as his school’s punter, showing good consistency while averaging 42 yards per punt.
So there's that.
FAKE 40 TIME
Matt is a kicker, and therefore 40 times are irrelevant. I couldn't find one online anyway, though ESPN hints that he's good covering kickoffs. I give five FAKEs out of five.
Highlights (yes, kickers with highlight videos -- this is our world):
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Michigan's pursuit of Wile shows that the coaching staff is not confident in Brendan Gibbons and Seth Broekhuizen going forward. This means that Wile is likely to start as a true freshman, and probably to be a four-year starter. However, if he can't beat out Gibbons or Broekhuizen as a freshman, he could redshirt then start for the following four years.
As a capable punter (mentioned above), he could also punt once Will Hagerup graduates. That means there's a possibility he punts as a senior or a redshirt junior.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
The kicker is here! Since this was a position of need, the spot was almost certain to be filled, so it's already been accounted for in the commitment breakdown. Michigan still needs a defensive tackle, a safety, and a quarterback.
Any unused spots will either go to newly emerging prospects, or be banked for the excellent midwest class of 2012.
Hoke is getting these guys in here at a rate i didnt think was possible. He really seems to get these guys attentions.
Commit-a-minute Hoke, spiritual son of Point-a-minute Yost!
If it were down to Wile or Dee, I'd go with Wile. Thank god for this kid.
Additionally: I think we still need a linebacker, no?
Well like Tim said this isn't exactly a surprise, but it's certainly good news as a kicker was definitely needed. Welcome Matt!
I think HS football should eliminate the tee to help these kids prepare for college. Is this a bad idea?
Welcome aboard Matt and thanks for practicing without a tee these past couple of years
Ok, three hello posts in a row. Has hell frozen over?
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Is this a record? We need an official MGoBlog record book. Most "Hello" posts in a row, most front page posts in a day, etc.
In regards to our rapid recruiting pace, you might want to go ahead and start a Hello: Stefan McClure and Hello: Leilon Willingham post. You're doing an excellent job but I was just offering my opinion.
Very soon you will find out why the previous 4 generations of Wile's have attended the University of Michigan. Welcome!!!
It is flat out astounding that four previous generations of his family attended U of M Medical School. And to think I thought being a 3rd generation Wolverine was impressive.
Four generations, huh? That's pretty godlike, getting in to U of M medical is not easy.
...about a kicker. Prayers answered!
we're not quite through with this class yet.
Welcome to Michigan Matt
"Or as a redshirt junior." Ha, ha Tim you slay me! "Redshirt." I have to remember that one.
I do love Kate Beckinsale.
Thank you, Sir! May I have another?
Welcome to the greatest football program in the country.
What a nice play on words. Thank you.
I know he is not ranked very high but doenst his selection to the Army All-American game give us a pretty good indicator of how good he really is? or maybe that doesnt tell us anything at all...?
Beats me. Kickers are baffling. Which is baffling, since you'd think they'd be pretty easy to judge. They're the only players whose talent is 100 percent quantifiable.
videos. He can kick. does it matter if he is a 5* or a 3*? As long has he can make a 50 yarder every single time is all that matters.
5* kicker, that's rich.
5* kickers can make field goals from inside their own 20 to the goal on the opposite end of the field. They have a >80% success rate with onside kicks (min. 10 attempts), and punting average is >50 yards. Oh yeah, and they have 6.0 GPAs.
Anybody know why a kid not rated among the nation's top kickers played in the Army all-star game? How could he be both under-the-radar and coveted?
Participants are selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games’ network of regional directors, Rivals.com and Tom Lemming. So since Rivals.com doesn't have him rated highly it must be either Lemming or the regional directors.
Commit count! 1, 2, 3! We want, mooooooooooore commits!
we want mooooooore of that too. +1 to you good sir.
our unis are being used in seveal colleges and high schools.
So hopefully we can retire our refrains of "STOP KICKING THE DAMN BALL"
Another Hayden Epstein.
ah the memories...
Busy weekend for coach Hoke and his boys. Way to go keep them coming!
I shall have another one for this recruit. Awesome weekend thus far!
And welcome, Matt.
Update from Justice Hayes on the committs today:
We're not done
Justice Hayes = M-Hero. If you're out there man, thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing you in uniform.
More commit tweeds from Justice this weekend?
Matt,he hit a 63 yard field goal twice?I am seeing field goals going in from any where.GO BLUE!!!
I know Henery graduated, but 4/13 - we need him more.
I would welcome Mr. Wile to the great blue nation, but I'm feeling fairly under-qualified to do so. That is an amazing lineage, and I am excited to see his mark on the tradition his family helped to build.
just got better. Welcome Matt!
...going to give us points where we couldn't get them the past two seasons.
The bar is not too high. We just want a guy we can send out there if we get to the 25 or closer, that's all we ask. He doesn't need to be Janikowski. They other two, Brookshankin and Squibbons, can't hit their ass with both hands.
One question: How in the world was Rodriguez not recruiting an All-American kicker with all this Michigan lineage? Every day, I am more and more glad he's gone. Think of the year of rebuilding we have saved by bringing in Coach Hoke -- and Greg Mattison -- right now. Amazing.
Goudis was ranked the #13 kicker by Rivals, #5 by Scout, and #17 by ESPN. But I too was frustrated that RR didn't know the collegiate family history of every recruit in the country
Let RR go and be excited about our recruits