“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
Michigan's first commitment for the class of 2010, is no surprise: it's FL WR Ricardo Miller, the strapping kid from spectacularly named Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. Miller is a junior, so information on him is a little sparse, but what exists follows.
GURU RATINGS & CHATTER
There aren't any yet, but a friend of the blog who works for Florida Football Magazine conveniently brought Miller up apropos of nothing in an IM conversation yesterday. The oracle spake thusly:
As you'll see in the magazine we're really high on Ricardo Miller. Like super high. Like best receiver in the class of 2010 high.
It's not clear whether he meant "in Florida" or "in the universe" but those two things aren't often that different. The magazine itself ranks Miller the #2 player in Florida's the class of 2010, saying this:
Big, strong, and fast, Miller could be playing for a major college right now but he's only a junior. He was the star of many off-season 7-on-7 tournaments.
Miller's an outside receiver at 6'2" or 6'3" and between 180 and 205 pounds.
Miller has an impressive suite of offers for a junior: Florida, Tennessee, South Florida, Central Florida, and Stanford. Also Michigan, obviously.
I couldn't find any from his sophomore year; I know he's been targeted heavily so far this season.
FAKE 40 TIME
Miller's 40 time is actually in the vaguely plausible range, as he's reportedly run a 4.47. This is still probably fake since he's a big guy and that was run when he was just as sophomore, but it only gets one FAKE, not three.
The evidence is flimsier than normal this time, but as we saw with Will Campbell the kind of guys who get offered this early by a wide array of schools are often OMG shirtless sorts. Given the buzz emanating from Florida this seems a likely outcome for Miller; he should be a slam dunk for top 100 lists next year and has a chance at five stars.
Miller's a hell of a start to the 2010 class; it's fortunate that Michigan lucked into a kid who needed zero convincing of where he wanted to go in a year that otherwise might have been a tough sell with freshman quarterbacks and Threet and whatnot. With Stonum, McNeal, and Miller, Michigan will have three elite outside WR recruits in consecutive years with some attractive options (Roundtree, Peace, whoever comes in with Miller in 2010) waiting in the wings should the headliners fail to live up to their billing.
If MI WR Jeremy Jackson—son of RB coach Fred Jackson—decides to stay home, Michigan could lock up a monster 2010 WR class faster than you can say something that doesn't take very long to say.
Here's the thing I want. In WVU, RR built the O around PW's running
skills ( and the fact he can't throw well). We've got Forcier coming up
and these superb WRs. Hopefully he increases the passing playbook and
uses pass to set up the run. With these personnel, we could put up
points real quick.
i agree with your thinking and it gets me extremely pumped for things we might see in the future. If we have a potent pass attack w/ the depth of recievers and lightning slot guys, behind the arm of forcier and/or beaver. Coupled w/ their ability to move and run (more so than any QB in recent mich. history) you set up the run w/ McGuffie and Co. to hit the big play on the ground. Maintain steller recruiting on Defense and open up our on USC esque dynasty sending ND, Sparty and Brutus into another depression fueled by frustration.
Next year we'll have 15 seniors with expired eligibility, so coaching staff will have to be a little bit more selective. Great pick-up for Michigan; now let's get Marvin Robinson, who is one of Miller's boys.
It might have to to with the fact that he is Fred Jackson's son, and lives right in the area. I know when I was picking schools, I didn't apply to any within 50 miles of home since I didn't want to be so close. Also, it might be tough having to play under your father in college. Since his father is a Michigan coach, I would assume he won't go to OSU or MSU, but I don't think that garauntees that he comes here.
I don't think Brian Ferentz had a world of choices anyway. Maybe I'm wrong, but I always remember Gabe Watson making him look like he didn't belong on the field in '05. Or are you referring to the younger Ferentz? In either case, the same concept probably applies.
i was looking at recruiting classes a bit ago and its seems weird that SC isnt more explosive on offense. Honestly, theyve been good, but with the star-caliber guys they are getting it seems they should be better. Some of them dont seem to be panning out.
Patrick Turner - 5* seems to be a bust.
Derrick Jones - 4* - bust
Vidal Hazelton - 5* solid but not great
David Ausberry - 4* - hasnt seen the field too much
Jamere Holland - 4* i think he transferred
Rojo is seeing the field and is a legit deep threat and ARK transfer Damian Williams has been good. I know its kinda off topic, but it seems Petey and co. are missing on a lot of guys and i know that rankings aren't everything. But based on some of the guys theyve gotten in the past few years, it seems they should be able to go 4 or 5 wide and absolutely slaughter you, but instead Stanley Havili sees a ton of snaps.
USC's diminished dominance offensively seems to be because of overrated recruits at least in part, no?
I'd say one of the biggest causes of SC's offense coming down to earth was the loss of Norm Chow. Play calling hasn't been as good; USC's offense has alot of ups and downs. The recruits might be slightly overrated, but with such a logjam of receivers and running backs, there will be quite a few players who don't do much/stuck at 3rd and 4th string and thus are labelled busts. On the majority of other teams, those guys would be the #1 men. Look at Emmanuel Moody, a RB who wasn't getting playing time he wanted; when he announced he was transferrring from USC, everybody was fighting for him. That says alot when teams like Florida are fighting for USC's scraps. Talent is definitely there, just not being utilized as best as possible.
against Oregon State: 227 passing, 18/29/1, Avg per completion = 12.6
Methnks the problem at SC is defense -- the O is still pretty awesome.
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I'd take that problem anyday. They're still awesome and I would pick them to win the National championship game still if they make it. I think its overconfidence. They lose to teams that know them best because they play them year in and year out. The only loss against a non conference opponent in years was against a Vince Young explosion that no team could stop.