go ahead and start with the nickname of
Eldritch "The Massacre" Massington?
Hey, kids! Ace is off this week so I'm taking over your semiweekly recruiting overview. Why now instead of Tuesday? Taco time.
OH WDE commit Taco Charlton was headed out to California for a family trip and they just happened to be having a Nike camp at the same time. Charlton decided to stop by:
If that looked like an impressive burst off the edge, you may be a Scout/ESPN analyst. The positive buzz from the event has already been translated from the twitterese and annotated by mgouser Michael Scarn:
Taco Charlton made his way to the LA Nike Camp, and he looks like one the best DE's here. Ready for one v. one drills.
Taco Charlton is 3-0 going against the #1 OL group. He and Joel Mathis [Scout's #8 DE in the country with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, ND, Oklahoma, USC] are DL MVPs on my board today.
Charlton finally got handled by the West's top OL Nico Falah [Scout's #3 OT in the country with offers from Florida, ND, Oregon, USC], but he then finished 2-0 against another of the West's best - Kenny Lacy [Scout's #15 OT with offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, most of the Pac 12 save USC and Oregon, WVU].
Greg Biggins also opined that "no one has come close to stopping" Charlton, a "blur off the edge." ESPN analysts on site declared him "unblockable off the edge and huge" and said he "passes every test." Michigan recruit Joe Mathis won the DL MVP; Charlton was a close second.
[UPDATE: ESPN's Craig Haubert: "a bit in the mold of William Gholston, doesn't quite have the mass that Gholston has but is a tall, long player. … He's got a nice burst. He's not overly quick-twitch, but what he is is pretty smooth and fluid for a kid his size. He did a nice job against offensive tackles in one-on-one when they gave him the inside. He was able to quickly redirect and use that long reach to knock their hands down.]
While 247 and Rivals were not present—or at least not tweeting—those two services are already high on Charlton. Scout is the only service with rankings out that didn't have him in their Top X players list, something that sounds like it will change at the next available opportunity. That would leave one (ONE!) of Michigan's sixteen recruits outside the Scout 300. That is tight end Khalid Hill, who is looking like the 2013 Sleeper Of The Year by default.
You've undoubtedly heard OSU fans scoff about Charlton not even starting for his high school team last year, an accusation that is true. (He was a pass rush specialist.) The camp setting is a good one for a 6'6" quick-twitch guy who may not know how to play football yet. He'd be a guy to watch for a move down during the season if he doesn't turn his potential into production. Michigan is able to take a flier on a high-ceiling kid like Charlton thanks to Beyer, Clark, Ojemudia, etc. If he doesn't work out someone else will. If he does… hoo boy.
Tremendous got a camp reaction from Charlton. He'll try to duplicate his impressive performance at the upcoming Columbus Nike camp.
Logan Tuley-Tillman, Shane Morris, some short guy, and Patrick Kugler via Morris's twitter. Good lord is Michigan bringing some big dudes. Also check LTT's shoes.
Undoubtedly worn out by his daily commute from Chicago to Ann Arbor, IL OL commit Logan Tuley-Tillman plans on relocating to the state of Michigan($, info in TomVH tweet) this fall. Fire up your high school dream-team fantasies now. He won't be protecting Shane Morris's backside, though—he wants to enroll early, which De La Salle does not permit. Ace is no doubt rooting for Pioneer to cut down on travel time.
Perhaps more enticing than LTT showing up in the area even earlier than expected is what he told 247 in a freebie:
“I have been helping recruit a running back, wide receiver, and a linebacker from my class,” said Tuley-Tilman. “I can’t say which ones but I am pretty confident they will be going to Michigan. I just try to stress to those recruits about how much of a family we are at Michigan and that we really have something special going on here. The support at Michigan from the fans and everyone around the university is better than anywhere else in my opinion.”
I'm guessing those guys rhyme with Shmy Shmisaac, ShmaQuon Shmreadwell, and Shmen Shmedeon. Michigan is the presumed leader for all three. IL RB Ty Isaac has returned from USC, has no visits planned at the moment, and wants to decide sometime in the next couple months. OH LB Ben Gedeon has been less definite about his timetable but also seems on the verge of picking a school. He is planning a Stanford visit this weekend, after which a commitment could come at any time. Ohio State insiders say they're scrambling to get back in, which implies this is going a particular direction. IL WR LaQuon Treadwell is the farthest away from the Hokéball*. He's still planning a full slate of official visits before he decides.
BONUS GOODBYE MASSIVE ATTRITION NOTE: LTT's currently got a GPA just under 4.0.
*[Is it possible that no one has referred to this recruiting binge as Hokémon yet? Gotta catch 'em all.]
Michigan's still going after a number of defensive backs despite having commitments from MI CB Jourdan Lewis, OH CB Gareon Conley, and OH S Dymonte Thomas. They were in on DC CB Devin Butler, who has an announcement date and seems headed to ND or PSU. They're recruiting Priest Willis and a couple other guys from the West Coast. They are of course in on super-safety Su'a Cravens, and now they're pursuing a Cole Luke from Arizona:
“Michigan has been recruiting me pretty hard,” said Luke. “They are a great school and have a great football program, so why wouldn’t I be interested in them you know. Michigan has produced players like Charles Woodson, who I really look up to. I know that they have a good coaching staff because of what Michigan did last year so that’s what really stands out to me about them.”
He says there's an offer out for him, but you know how it goes these days with the whole "committable offer" business. Offers to guys across the country can be mere visit inducements. Luke is visiting Texas and Oklahoma in the near future but doesn't have anything scheduled for Michigan yet.
In other longshots Michigan is still pursuing, presumed VT lock and MD CB Kendall Fuller will make it up for the spring game. On campus, have a shot, etc. OH CB Darian Hicks has also set a visit($), though he lacks an offer.
This suggests Michigan is planning for 24 guys in the class. They've got 16 commits now. If they add a tailback, two WR, two DL, and two LBs they'll be at 23. There's no room for another defensive back unless they grit their teeth and go with two WRs or forgo one of the highly-touted linebackers Michigan seems to be heavy leaders for… unless they go to 24.
Is this a Dymonte Thomas backup plan? Probably not. OSU just flipped OH S Jayme Thompson, the Toledo kid who set three or four announcement dates in February in an effort to trawl for big local offers. When none were forthcoming he eventually went forward with a SeVon Pittman-style non-commitment to West Virginia. That ended yesterday.
OSU's now got three defensive backs in a class that won't get very big. Picking up Thompson looks like cutting their losses. We'll see. Buckeye insiders refuse to give up the ghost there.
BONUS GAREON CONLEY IS GOOD BIT. TomVH on Michigan's corner commits:
I'll go on the record to say that I think Gareon Conley is the real deal. No one is talking about this guy, and he's 6-foot-1, 170 pounds with tons of athleticism, speed and ball skills. I've heard "no brainer" when his name was brought up. On top of that, Jourdan Lewis is no slouch. I saw him play plenty of times this past season and he was always making plays.
Conley is a potential riser as we go into the fall.
With Michigan down to a few targets almost everywhere, defensive line is the one spot with some remaining mystery to it. MD DE/DT Henry Poggi is a prime target for the SDE/3-tech spot; NJ DT Greg Webb is a priority at nose tackle or three-tech, and then… fuzzy. This is the normal way of things in early April. We are spoiled.
Poggi is the best bet. He's friends with IL OL commit Kyle Bosch and his recruitment has morphed from a Michigan/Alabama battle to a Michigan/Ohio State battle. It is always good when you're the constant on a shifting leaderboard. Webb either has Michigan first or fourth or tied in a top group of four($):
"Probably during the summertime I will cut it down to a good five schools. Penn State, Ohio State and Alabama are the three that will automatically make my list.
"Michigan has been recruiting me the hardest. Their coaching staff of Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison are d-line coaches, so if they think a player will be a good defensive linemen I feel like they just reach out to them a lot and that's what's happening. I talk to those guys a lot. Actually, I think that Michigan will definitely make my final list too."
TX DE and A&M decommit Christian LaCouture is visiting for the spring game…
"I'm going to visit Michigan April 14th for their spring game," he said. " Probably after that, I'm not going to visit any more schools. By then, I'll probably have the team where I want to go."
…but says LSU leads:
"Like I said, LSU right now is probably the team to beat."
When a kid's last name is LaCouture this cannot be a surprise.
CA DE Joe Mathis—Cravens's cousin—won the Taco Charlton Invitational Camp MVP and will return the favor by flying out to Detroit(!) for this weekend's Best of the Midwest Camp. When Tremendous talked to him he said he'd swing by Michigan as a part of that trip; Beaver is disputing that but I'm sure Steve asked and got an answer. Beaver gets huffy when other people break things. TomVH confirmed that Mathis will "try to swing by" this weekend.
IL DL Josh Augusta claims an offer and will swing by both Michigan schools($) this week when he's on Spring Break. He's an anonymous three star but did just pick up an Oklahoma offer; at 6'5", 275 he's probably an SDE/three-tech. Michigan has also reached out to MA DL Maurice Hurst Jr according to 247. He's a 3/4-star tweener who is the son of a former NFL player.
Meanwhile, the is-he-recruited-isn't-he on AL DT Rod Crayton… don't expect him at Michigan.
…is what I might call TX WR Eldridge "Eldritch" Massington if he ends up commiting to Michigan. Massington told Tremendous that Michigan was his leader on Friday. Ace provided SNL highlights; here's a few actually featuring football from a camp now two weekends ago and an analysts's take:
"Throughout the day Massington's great frame and surprising speed made him a near impossible cover for defensive backs through the day. He struggled, a time or two, with drops but with as many quality catches as he made it seemed to be a mental lapse or two rather than a problem of drawing the ball in," said SoonerScoop.com Recruiting Publisher Josh McCuistion.
Needs moar tentacles to catch ball.
A realistic finish to a 24-member class: Isaac, Treadwell, Massington or OH WR Kevin Gladney (high three-star sort), Webb, Poggi, Gedeon, Levenberry, random three-star DB/TE/DL. Jebus. If I had only known I wouldn't have let Ace do this.
/remember the eight-commit weekend
/takes it all back
CA CB Chris Hawkins is off the board to USC.
go ahead and start with the nickname of
Eldritch "The Massacre" Massington?
Can anyone share some more insight on the Crayton thing? I read just this weekend that "yes M is still recruiting him" despite the weird childhood foot injury thing...now all of a sudden its "he's not coming to Michigan."
Probably just the limited upside of recruiting a guy from Alabama with only half of a foot.
He's doing well for an individual who tried to cryogenically freeze one of his foots.
Not sure if you intentionally didn't write "feet", but "one of his foots" made me die laughing.
Don't buy an Iphone. Some of the autocorrects I send people on accident make them question my sanity.
this board needs more cthulu references.
But, I still can't pronounce it.
Agreed. Also Nyarlathotep.
And as an avid Godfather fan (you know, the 98%) and im digging the Moe Green reference. Just dont get any back massages with your glasses off!!
Hokémon - Gotta catch them all. Absolutely brilliant. I hope this sticks
I demand a MGoShirt of it now!
There were a few big name receivers I didn't see mentioned: Darell Daniels, Robert Foster, Marquez North and James Quick. Not that any were Michigan leans, I was just wondering if you've heard Michigan is being considered by any of these players?
They have offers, but I haven't heard anything on those guys recently in regards to Michigan.
I think a Rivals camp thing mentioned North and listed UofM as one of his top schools (list of 4-6; can't really remember). It wasn't anything that actually talked to North though. Don't know anything about the other recievers except that it seems unlikely that we have a shot at them from lack of mention (of us) on their part and general rumblings from people who follow recruiting more closely.
Insert "except Magnus" at the end.../s
Where can I get the uber-bright Shane track jacket? Very nice, AND I'll be able to be identified at first glance in the theme park of my choice.
I've been looking for that exact jacket for like 2 years. I know Shane has some pretty sweet connections but does anyone know where us normal (non-5* QB) folk can pick that jacket up?
Who is this "William" Gholston that was spoken of?
Honest mistake, happens all the time.
and thanks for the info. Hokemon indeed. The momentum and excitement this coaching staff has generated is tremendous. Fifteen months ago (after blowout bowl and OSU losses) I would NEVER have believed this was possible.
According to Rivals, LTT and Kugler are each 280 pounds. I don't think this is possible based on the above photo
If LTT and Kugler are 280, then Hoke looks about 175 by comparison.
LTT said about a month ago or so that he is above 300lbs now
The way LTT is talking reminds me of The U documentary when the program was getting started. People were all talking to each other about committing together and building a program. Really excited for the future.
Let's hope not.
Meanwhile, the is-he-recruited-isn't-he on AL DT Rod Crayton… don't expect him at Michigan.
Can Ace interview him a few more times? Just to be sure...
I'm gonna start using the terms Hokémon and Hokéball. It is fitting. GoBlue.
I think I was just slightly too old and missed out on pokemon growing up.
"Ace is no doubt rooting for Pioneer to cut down on travel time"
I know its not the same level as Pioneer, but Huron could use some support, too. Harrison anyone?
(Disclaimer: the wife went to Huron, so...there's that. I wouldn't wish him upon my high school football team...)
Marquez North is probably going to end up at UNC.
Please tell me it's "Hand."
why is massington called cthulu again?
Taco sacks >>>>>> $5 box, it rocks it rocks.
He might have a future here.
Shmy Shmisaac, ShmaQuon Shmreadwell, and Shmen Shmedeon are all verbal commits to Brandeis. Brandeis has an amazing soundalike class for 2013. Brandeis is also getting a soundalike linebacker, Shmeejay Shlevenberry.
Former Michigan All-American and Hall of Famer Benny Freidman is carried off the field by a victorious Brandeis team. Football was discontinued at Brandeis in 1959. A great story featuring Freidman, here:
I thought we were the sure-fire #1 at the moment but that sure sounds like we're a #4
Not sure if this is right but I'm pretty sure that quote was from Webb, not Poggi
"Beaver gets huffy when other people break things."
This is dead-on.
I think Beaver and Sam do a fairly good job over there of getting info and probably are 'inside' as much as anyone, but yeah - he's ultra-transparent when he gets pissed that it wasn't a GBW story breaking the news. He also likes to talk a lot of shit about non-establishment recruiting analysts.
I still enjoy reading Beaver-speak and the posters are more heterogeneous - either realistic and rational or wildly irrational and should not be allowed to purchase weapons - and make for funny threads sometimes.
I love that we're in the small segment of the world that could actually consider a "recruiting analyst" to be "establishment", or not. Dude was probably selling photocopies from his basement a decade ago.
Taco was one of only Michigan commit to move up in the new 247 247. These were updated before the camp this weekend. He improved 12 spots, and LTT improved by 6. Shallman dropped 57 spots. Other changes were minor, raning from flat (Bosch) to down 6 (Fox).
Of interest outside of commits, Levenberry went from 21st to 232nd! Isaac fell from 28th to 68th.
Sounded from the Scout and ESPN twitters like Stringfellow was also very impressive at the Taco Charlton Invitational Camp. He wants to take an official visit, so Michigan may be full before he even makes it out, but still encouraging that another prospect on Michigan's board did well.
That Hokémon line was fantastic...as such, having been a long-time reader, I have decided to jump into the mgoboard fray. Keep up the good work gents. Also, can't believe Levenberry dropped that far (if the above is indeed true).
It's legit, but it's horse shit. Levenberry has offers from every big time southern school (Bama, LSU, Florida, FSU, UGA, Auburn, Tenn, etc) and almost very big time non-southern school (Michigan, OSU, ND, Oklahoma, USC). You couldn't possibly have a better offer list than that - Texas is literally the only big name school not on his offer list.
So, like, I'm not worried about it.
Shane is catching up to LTT in terms of height. He might be btw 6-4 to 6-6 when he arrives on campus.