"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
Though it seemed for a long time like Michigan would not acheeve dream of landing the top in-state trio of LBs Royce Jenkins-Stone and James Ross and CB Terry Richardson, fear not: Richardson sealed the deal today, completing the triumvirate.
NR CB, #195 Ovr
NR CB, 150 Watchlist
#3 CB, #31 Ovr
There is a machine hidden somewhere deep in Detroit that pumps out 5-9, 160-pound cornerbacks, and sends them to Cass Technical High School. Terry Richardson is the latest model, following Boubacar Cissoko, Dior Mathis, and Delonte Hollowell.
The question with him is the size. He stands 5-9, 162 pounds, but he is an excellent football player with great instincts and excellent ball skills. His extensive offer list is proof that many of the top programs in the country have seen enough to say, 'We can overlook the lack of size.'
For the record, Michigan has commitments from 1-seeds James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone, 2-seed Devin Funchess, and 3-seeds Matt Godin and Mario Ojemudia, and is in good position with a couple other prospects. Michigan State has commitments from... none of the top 16. The report on Richardson is almost the exact same as the three DBs before him: excellent skills, except he's really short (he was a combine-verified 5-8 in 2009, but that's 3 years before he enters college, too). Trieu says he has the best ball skills of the Cass Tech lineage. Sam also profiled him in the fall:
"He's a natural at corner," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "He has tremendous instincts to go along with the quickness and hips to turn and run with receivers. He also has great ball skills. His main weakness is size. I'd like to see him add weight this offseason but his tackling this season has been solid despite that."
Terry's been putting on weight, as he claims he was only 130 pounds(!) as a sophomore:
"I believe last year I was around 130, and right now I am at 165," Richardson reported. "I feel way stronger. My press coverage is looking a lot better. That is something that I just cannot wait to work on this summer during camp season — being more physical in press coverage."
“I’m a big play guy. When we need a big play, I’ll come through and make it happen. I’m also smart and I can read routes and know what the offense is doing. I’m also always very composed and don’t get rattled. I want to be more explosive and get in and out of my breaks faster. I’m working on being more physically fit and getting stronger.”
Playing intelligently and building strength are HUGE needs for short DBs. Terry is a certified short guy. The only question about Terry is whether he can do those other things well enough to counter sub-optimal height.
It's relevant because all Cass Tech DBs are the same, so check out Brian's Delonte Hollowell profile for the general vibe on Terry, as well. Aside from the differences noted above, Terry is also a liiiittle bit taller than Delonte, and listed quite a bit faster.
Allen gave a little love to his offer list above, and here is a small sampling of schools who aren't too worried about Terry's height to offer: Alabama, Iowa, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC. All of those schools have put guys into the league at the position in the past couple years.
Other offers include Arizona State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Toledo, and UCLA. This is not some under-the-radar prospect. He had interest from Florida, Miami, Oregon, and Tennessee, and if those schools had extended offers, this would be as exciting a prospect as there is in this class.
Terry Richardson finished his junior season with 35 tackles and 12 interceptions on defense. Offensively, he caught 12 receptions for around 400 yards and five touchdowns.
Richardson had four interceptions, 16 breakups and 20 tackles as a sophomore.
Not bad. Cass Tech ran a spread offense of sorts (though Royce Jenkins-Stone got his share of carries at fullback), and Terry got a few receptions on that side of the ball. Defensively, the Technicians don't play a lot of teams that throw the ball much, and I wouldn't be surprised if those stats are a little... exaggerated.
FAKE 40 TIME
Scout says 4.5, but none of the other sites have listed 40 times. Considering his Scout profile also lists a combine-verified 4.64 (actually not bad with laser timing), I'll have to give two FAKEs out of five.
Terry seems like a great corner, but on the other hand, Michigan has plenty of talent in the pipeline. Courtney Avery will be but a junior in 2012, and Blake Countess's class (also including Greg Brown, Tamani Carter, and Raymon Taylor) will just be sophomores or redshirt freshmen. Considering Terry is just a skinny little guy, a redshirt year is probably in order.
Following such a redshirt year, special teams time as a redshirt freshman is the expectation, before the graduation of Courtney Avery and Terrence Talbott opens up a starting spot, for which he'll compete alongside whichever younger guy doesn't take the Woolfolk/Floyd starting spot in 2012.
I would guess Terry has a good chance at that spot, assuming natural development, or he at least gets a chance in nickel packages (though it seems Mattison's current plan is to play a bigger safety type in the nickel). By the time he's an upperclassman, Terry should be getting plenty of time in the rotation, and be a possible all-conference type in his final two years.
Though his size may limit him in the NFL Draft down the road (assuming he's not done growing - don't forget he won't even be in college for another 18 months), he still has enough other skills to be selected after the first round.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
I am shaking in my shoes trying to figure out what other defensive back is going to commit within the next couple days, because I sure don't have the "comes in pairs" post ready to go for another guy (although Shane Morris and Matt Godin started to break up the position-by-position lockstep).
You know the story by now - DT, RB, OL, and WR are the remaining needs. A QB would be very nice, but is no longer imperative, and the remaining slots can go to the best prospects, regardless of position
My brothers officiated one of his games and came away extremely impressed with Richardson. The opposing team refused to throw to Hallowell's side, so Richardson feasted, having two interceptions. The kid's got swagger as well. He almost had his third Int. on the opposing team's sideline. Richardson looked at the coaching staff and boasted, "Oh, man. I almost had me a pick 6!"
I also had the pleasure of officiating a Harrison game this year. I vividly remember talking with my crew during halftime, and many of the guys were asking who this Funcess was. He had two very impressive touchdowns.
this kid will lead the B1G in interceptions one year. you can see from his film that from his sophomore year to his junior year, he went from being able to be close enough to breakup/prevent a WR from making the catch to just plain getting there before the WR.
great pickup Congrats to you T Rich, we know you will make everyone proud. Great job recruiting the state of Michigan and Ohio by Coach Hoke and co the country is definitely taking notice. What recruiting war? we're dominating that junior college in east Lansing and with the Shane Morris commit it looks like its going to be a long 2013 for them, full of Smiles and Cries!!!
"There will be blood on the field and it
won't be mine. … Quote it. Let them
Last year, according to Rivals, the #10 class was ND, and they had a class of 23 with 2 5 stars and 8 4 stars - just as a point of reference. Since it's unlikely we have a class bigger than that, we'll likely need 10 4+ star players to have a top 10 class. Right now we have 5, according to Rivals.
If we add 2 4 star OL, a 4 star WR, a 4 star CB/S, and another 4 star DL, we're almost there. Adding a 5 star like Kiel or Dunn would go a very long way though.
Well I have a friend who knows a guy who is friends with a big time recruit we're after. I won't release the name, but he saw this recruit wearing a Detroit Lions hat at school the other day, meaning he's skipping college football and going right to the NFL.
"I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy."
It was awesome and a lot of fun to begin with, then people started throwing bottles, and Syd left the stage. Hodgy got into a fight with a fan (skip to 1:50 to see it), and the show was over. They said there were still 4 or 5 songs left on the setlist, but with the bottles being tossed they just called it a night.
Sweatshirt was not there, but he did speak out that day through the New Yorker I believe. It's behind a paywall, but this article sums it up nicely.
I did escape with my life, but I did sustain a knee to the nose due to crowd surfers and bled a little bit, but what's an Odd Future concert without a little blood right?
"I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy."
No doubt those two affect each other big time. If we can build a front 7 who can stop the run, and DBs who can lock down receivers, we'll be an amazing defense. It sounds like the DEs we're bringing in should give a good pass rush too - this could be an incredible defense in a couple years.
Now go Borges - you'll have the ball a lot, makes big things happen.
the year for stopping the run, though probably not the pass. Looks like GMAT will put 19 guys on the LOS to stop the run, even if it means leaving the CB's alone. Avery and (pls,pls,pls) Woolfolk should make plays against weaker teams. Have to expect mistakes from Carvin, and grit from Kovacs.
Downgrade run D if: Cam Gordon doesn't learn SLB quickly enough, we're on E at WLB, and BWC can't get more consistent.
Upgrade pass D if: Woolfolk can turn on that ankle, Kovacs improves to something better than grit (or is replaced by MROB), and Roh can finally get his pass rush home.
"...Michigan has plenty of talent in the pipeline"
I had to stop and read that a few times. Then I read it again. There was a time, no, an era, when we would not only have thought nothing of those words, but would have littered our measley blog posts with outrage and doom if it were ever not the case. But this has not been true for quite some time now. To read this suggests the possibility that order is being restored.
Thank you, Brady Brunch.
“The strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
T-Rich! Never imagined this kind of start for a first year head coach.. They are doing an awesome job of keeping the local kids in maize and blue.. I wouldnt mind seeing jarrod wilson pull the trigger in the days to come.. gotta love rubbing sparty's face in the dirt thus far in recruiting GO BLUE
I've given up expecting any logical discussions to emanate from the RCMB regarding the most recent recruiting cycle - they find it impossible to understand why people wouldn't want to go to the B10 Champion Spartans even though (a) most everyone feels that was kind of a fluke season and not a sign of an emerging power, (b) their last game was a bloodbath arguably worse than the UM-MSU throttling b/c at least UM can point out that the head guy there was fired and they are starting over, and (c) MSU's pipeline from Southeastern has dried up a bit especially with the change at the HC.
I do think that UM is riding a wave of momentum that isn't sustainable year-to-year when it comes to recruits, but even under RR they tended to get good kids (at least guru-approved good kids) and brought in classes that outpaced everyone but OSU, PSU, and sometimes Wiscy. So yeah, this is a return to the way things used to be, and the little run MSU had the past couple of years was more a smokescreen timed with unexpected upheaval at UM than some seismic shift in recruits' preferences.
UPDATE: So much for Notre Dame, apparently, with buzz making the rounds that Gunner Kiel is down to a final four of Alabama, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma, with the Sooners said to be in the lead but Kiel likely to make another visit to Ann Arbor before he decides (suggesting that the Wolverines are running second at the moment). Kiel also said he would announce next month, giving a great boost to any school's recruiting efforts.
If you think about it, the fact MD offered the other (9) players means he thought he could get them, UM on the other hand didn't think they could get RB (Ryan Bullough). I guess it's all perspective and not SPIN.
Great to see Richardson will be joining the god guys, and congrats again to Hoke and co. for recruiting so well. Definitely am looking forward to the next couple of months being filled with little drama and more big signings. I would like to see the team recruit some kids outside of their backyard (just to assure me that those pipelines are still open), but with so much top talent in the state I don't blame them.