I find it quite odd that two of the big three recruiting news services have different takes on Will Campbell. I really believe he WC is playing one of the services. I listen to Sam Webb and I read Rivals they both have very different takes on possible decision the five star might make. I'm sure there is a whole story behind this as the alluded on the podcast recruiting round up on WTKA.
Left field take on Will Campbell
What? They're both pretty much on the same page. The UM insiders on Rivals and Sam Webb at Scout both alluded to the same thing without explicitly saying it - Will's playing everybody, and still heavily favors Michigan.
I'm suggesting that the possibilty is that he's playing Rivals and siding with Scout.
Sam Webb(scout) is close with Will's family, so he has a better idea of what's going on. That's why it seems like Rivals is a little behind Scout. It's not that he's on one side or the other, one of them has more access to the right people.
..that Big Bill is playing the news services off of each other in order to create confusion and garner more attention for his Saturday announcement?
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The first 45 weren't enough. Keep it goin'.
I don't think you're right, but I sure as hell hope for RR's and the program's sake that you are. I think Campbell is as important for symbolic and PR reasons as for what he'll bring to the field with his play, perhaps even moreso. Going 3-9 in negative historical fashion is bad enough, but having that followed by losing the top-rated instate recruit is even worse.
FWIW, Rivals AND Scout are pretty much saying the same thing. So one isn't being played off the other. They both feel like Campbell is yanking their chain.
OK, maybe I'm missing something here, but why would Campbell all of a sudden "eliminate" Michigan from contention just for the sake of fucking with people? Why would he act like such a douche? I'm sure he couldn't give a shit what Michigan fans think, but I would imagine this would piss off the coaching staff who have spent months and months cultivating a relationship with him, presumably getting good vibes back and expecting him to eventually re-commit, but all the sudden he decides to drop a bomb for shits and giggles?
Let's hope that this is all some misunderstanding, because for PR's sake alone we really can't afford to lose this guy.
My guess would be he's already told the coaches he was planning on doing this with both sides knowing full well it was going to be a joke.
The fact that nobody is freaking out - insiders, Wilcher, Michigan coaches - says a lot. There is no worry behind the scenes.