“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 has a 2012 commitment from MI LB Royce Jenkins-Stone.
4*, #7 OLB
4*, 93, #18 OLB#174 Overall
The recruiting sites are in near-complete agreement: Royce is 6-2, 215 pounds. When I saw him play early last season, I thought he looked pretty skinny, so either that's an overestimate of his weight, or he has the frame to get up to 230 or 240 pounds pretty easily. I think both are true to a degree.
He just might have as much upside as any other prospect in the state. He has a great frame at 6'2, 215-lbs, and has athleticism and speed to go with it. As a junior, he really stepped it up one more notch by adding discipline and the ability to make reads and attack to his game.
He plays as much fullback for Cass Tech as he does linebacker, and he's a punishing inside runner in their spread-type attack. The criticism on Royce has been that he needs to play with equal violence on defense as he does on O.
Once he learns to play with a nasty attitude, he seems like an excellent prospect. His frame and athleticism are both near-perfect, and he has a lot of upside if he lives up to his potential.
Cincinnati, Michigan State, Iowa, Pittsburgh, and Toledo were Royce's early non-Michigan offers. However, he blew up over the past month or so, earning offers from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida. This kid is a Big Deal.
ESPN has his junior stats:
Registered 90 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Rushed for 10 touchdowns..
Not bad, but keep in mind that Detroit Public Schools often inflate player stats. Adjust accordingly.
FAKE 40 TIME
None of the sites have listed 40 times. I'll shame them by saying five FAKEs out of five.
You might be able to catch a few glimpses of him (#10) from last year's Friday Night Lights video on Delonte Hollowell.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Royce has excellent physical skills and potential. He could eventually slot in at any of the linebacker positions, though I think strongside seems the most likely at this point.
With Michigan's huge haul of linebackers in 2011, Royce won't have to play right away, and should be able to spend his freshman year redshirting. The new depth in front of him should allow him to spend another year learning the system and playing special teams, before he works into a bigger role as a redshirt sophomore.
As an upperclassman, Royce should be a heavy member of the rotation, taking control of a starting position by the end of his redshirt junior year, and potentially earning All-Conference honors as a senior.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Royce is Michigan's second linebacker commit in 2 days. Since Michigan took several linebackers last year (though maybe not any who are naturals at strongside 'backer), they don't need more than a couple in this class. One more (probably the first of MI LB James Ross and OH LB Joe Bolden to commit) should close out the recruiting class at the position.
Basically every position other than linebacker is a remaining need in the class. Offensive and defensive lines in particular are needs, because Michigan's depth is light there.
"the Spirit of Michigan...is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways....and a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours" - Fielding Yost
Back to back Hello posts make me happy in the pants. Very excited and hope that this weekend will help spur the Super Class. Someone really needs to photoshop these kids faces on the Super Best Friends.
Are we really going to turn away Ross? Judging by his offer list, the kid is a borderline 5* candidate. Offers from OSU, Nebraska, ND, Penn State, USC, and Michigan State. We've got to make room for him somehow.
I agree. I was reading them and I was like "Oh, yes... I see... Nebraska... Ohio... Notre Dame... pretty prestigious and good looking so far .. USC and ... Michigan State? Hahlolwtf. They're not up there"
Welcome aboard. FYI, the 40 time at the beginning of his highlight video was listed at 4.56.
"We've all got to do a better job. I like the play calling, we just have to execute better. I like the attitude of our guys. We had a great practice. Guys were fighting, guys were doing things. - Brady Hoke every press conference past and future.
I was one of the guys freaking out about the BH hire, and now find myself very excited. He is starting to assemble a top-notch recruiting class, didn't lose any players, hired a good staff, and isn't going anywhere! Go Blue.
Now I can't vote or start a topic. On a side note, that Charlie Sheen song that I posted last week that everyone on here disliked and asked to let die is getting national airtime and my friend is actually making money off of it, Apparently the kids nowadays love it.
Royce will be a stud. You have to think with Royce and his dad being "blue" James Ross is going to be AA bound. I know RJS said he is going to respect whatever James (and Terry) do but it has to play a part (in a positive way) that RJS is now committed.
Anybody know what Cass juniors to be made it to the big house today? Their 2013 class has the Finley brothers and David Dawson. Were they there today?
EDIT... Juniors to be... RJS is actually still a JR.
Welcome aboard RJS. I am really excited about this kid and think he has potential to be a beast. Now it's time to recruit his buddies Richardson & Ross. Good start to the weekend after working a Saturday!