Not a waste of time. I know going in that Michigan won't land most of who they offer, but I still want to make contact with as many as I can and get their input on how their recruitment is going. It comes with the territory.
Michigan Offers Luke Farrell
Name: Luke Farrell
Position: Tight End
Ht/Wt: 6’6" / 240 lbs.
Location: Perry - Perry, OH (2016)
Offers: Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan
Rating: ★★★★ .9084 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #290 NAT / #10 TE (247 Composite)
One camper that caught the eye of the Michigan staff enough to earn an offer was 2016 tight end prospect Luke Farrell. Farrell was solid in all areas and showed enough to Coach Ferrigno that he tipped off the head man.
"Coach Ferrigno and Coach Mattison liked how I did the whole day and told Coach Hoke about me," Farrell said. "Coach Hoke was apparently interested too. After the one-on-one's at the end, Coach Hoke came and talked to me and offered me in person. It was awesome."
Once news hit Twitter that Farrell had been offered, a tweet surfaced from his girlfriend that read, "Michigan offered Luke. We don't like Michigan but still, #proudgf", making me wonder if Michigan even had a chance. Farrell laughed through his response.
"She was talking about people from my town, most of which are Ohio State fans," he said. "Playing for Michigan would be different but I really liked the coaches and the atmosphere. I also know how solid they are academically so I would have no problem playing there. I did grow up an Ohio State fan but I'm not going to let that factor into my decision."
Even though Ohio State has a place in Farrell's heart, scheme may actually be working against the Buckeyes. Farrell discusses what he's looking for in a school.
"I want a good atmosphere, coaches and player-wise," Farrell said. "Good academics and the type of play also. I think I would like to be a true tight end. I want to catch passes too, but I don't mind blocking. I think a pro-style offense would probably be best."
Farrell was just kicking off his tour of midwest powers checking out Michigan for their camp, then heading to Columbus on Tuesday and Wednesday, and closing it out with a three-day stint in South Bend for a visit on Friday followed by a 7-on-7 camp Saturday and Sunday. I expect Notre Dame to offer the young tight end prospect by the time the weekend rolls around and that will probably round out his current top 3.
Farrell did say that Michigan showing interest this early means a lot to him and he thinks a visit during the fall could be a possibility. The coaching staff told him they'd be in touch about setting up a visit as the season approaches.
5 – Trending Blue
4 – Solidly in a top 2-3
3 – Contender in a top 3-7
2 – Among large (8-15) group under consideration
1 – Let’s see if he visits before we talk
0 – Passing interest or none
Even though Farrell seems to appreciate what Michigan has to offer a student athlete, I just got the feeling that he's all Buckeye. He'll probably maintain that Michigan is in good shape with him, and they may very well stay near the top of his list, however I just don't see his lifelong affinity for the Buckeyes losing out to any one else. If Notre Dame offers they could become a wildcard but ultimately I think he'll sport the scarlet and gray.
I'd love to be able to do one on every kid that gets offered. Doing this in a part-time capacity doesn't really allow for that though. I try to reach out to each offered prospect. I'll usually try to email their coach, message them on Facebook, or simply follow them on Twitter, in which case they usually follow back. Then I'll ask them a few questions about their recruitment and go from there.
Obviously the more "likely" they are to choose Michigan, the more interested readers are so I try to identify who those prospects are and get something on the site about them.
I've always been in the mindset that the more content, the better. I know Michigan won't get every player they offer, but to me all of it is interesting. We will see these kids on TV someday playing big time football so it's cool to hear from them at the beginning of it all.
Not a waste at all. Sure, he grew up an OSU fan, but there are a million reasons why he could choose us over them. Maybe he likes how we use the TE more, maybe OSU picks up another TE tomorrow. With how much OSU uses the TE, I don't expect it to be a position where they take more than one in a given year. So even if he's their #1 guy, if their #2 guys wants to commit early, I bet they take him and we're in business.
I was confused at first because I thought I read Luke Fickell.
Me too, and more than once. At first I was like, WTF? Then I was like...well, can he block?
Dump the girl, Luke. She's holding you back.