It is amazing the amount of high quality DB's that have genuine interest in Michigan. These are not just a bunch of no name kids the coaches are throwing scholarships to, their four star and highly recruited. This could be a huge recuiting year for the defensive backfield. Sprinkle a couple of good DT's and MLB's and this could have the makings of a great class.
An Interview With Rashad Knight
Florida cornerback Rashad Knight (right, obviously) recently picked up two pieces of good news: a Michigan offer and four stars from Rivals, where he's the #18 cornerback. After the Michigan offer he declared the Wolverines his leader. MGoRecruitingGuy Tom Van Haaren caught up with him and got the latest.
TOM: When did you get your offer from Michigan?
RASHAD: It was recent, about 2 weeks ago. Right now I have a total of 12 offers though.
TOM: Was it something you expected? Were the coaches in contact with you before hand?
RASHAD: Michigan’s a big school, and I got a lot of hand written letters from them, but I didn’t expect it this soon. I did expect to get one eventually though.
TOM: What coaches have you started to build a relationship the most with?
RASHAD: From Michigan, Rod Smith. I have the nicest relationship with coach Disch from Illinois, we talk a lot.
TOM: You have all offers from up north schools; do you have ties up there?
RASHAD: No, I don’t have any ties. A lot of the north schools want more speed, and they say that I can add a lot. So, I just think it’s because they know that there’s a lot of speed in Florida. UCF recruits me really hard; I get a lot of letters from them. I talk to the coach from USF a lot too, but that’s really it for the south schools.
TOM: Are you comfortable leaving Florida?
RASHAD: Yea, I have no problem with that. My family will probably stay here, and come up for a couple home games, but there’s no problem.
TOM: I saw that you play safety, running back, wide receiver, and you return kicks too. What do you think you play the best, and what do you like playing the best?
RASHAD: I play safety, but I'm good in man to man coverage, which is why a lot of schools are recruiting me as a corner. Offense is ok with me, but I love playing defense.
TOM: What are most schools recruiting you as? How are they saying you can help them on the field?
RASHAD: They’re recruiting me as a corner. Louisville said they want me to play a little offense. They said if I get in real good shape I could play both. Most schools are just for corner though, which is what I like.
TOM: Have you taken any visits yet? Where do you plan on going?
RASHAD: I’ve been to Florida State a couple times. Towards the summer I’m going to Illinois, Vanderbilt, Louisville, and I want to make sure I go to Michigan too. I’m still planning out when though.
TOM: Who’s helping you the most?
RASHAD: My coach played at FSU, but he’s like my high school agent. He does everything for me, and takes care of everything for me. My other coach went to Florida, so they know the process and take care of everything.
TOM: You recently were quoted saying Michigan was your leader, and then retracted that and said Indiana is one of your top schools. Let’s clear this subject. Where do all the schools stand?
RASHAD: I don’t really have a top 5 for sure. I’m still open, but I would have to say that right now Michigan is at the top. I still want to take a look at everyone though. Michigan is just a good school, and I would have to say right now they are probably at the top. I just want to make sure I see everyone.
TOM: Do you have a timeline for when you want to make your decision?
RASHAD: I might take it to signing day. My coaches told me to make sure I’m comfortable, and build relationships. When I go take a look, I want to make sure I feel comfortable on campus, and the atmosphere. I also want to see if there’s a chance for me to play early, that’s important.
class is filled...Michigan will beable to plant the Block M in Flo. Michigan looking sick among Flo recruits.
I second that comment. It would be nice to get a good linebacker or two in this crop of players. If we can land a stud lb, along with two quality db's then we'll be in good shape. DT is a must as well. We have a couple of guys with interest in that department.
Basically, we need a major infusion of talent at every position on defense.
Has FSU or Florida offered Rashad, and if so, do we stand much of a chance of getting him to come up here?
So that is TomVH? Face w/ a name now.
No, that's definitely not me with Rashad.
I think we should put out an offer to the guy on the left, too -- it looks like he has good handshake skills.
RichRod is a Flo Rider.
If you can't find Tom VanHaaren on the internet, you haven't tried.
Also, we've offered a bunch of linebackers. We will get some of them, and they will be good.
Just make sure not to confuse me with my Dad, who has the same name (he's gotten a few messages). Also, I'm not the weird European guy that you might find.
This could be a great class for us. Their is a lot of very good defensive backs that have us near the top of their list and if we can get some linebackers and especially some defensive tackles that would be very nice.
Do you do these interviews in person?