How does one record 25 tackles in a game? I'm not even mad - that's amazing.
Monday Recruitin' Earns It
Today's recruiting roundup has the latest on Laquon Treadwell, a roundup of last weekend's commit stats, and more.
Treadwell: New Top Six
Rivals's Josh Helmholdt caught up with IL WR Laquon Treadwell following his unofficial visit to Ole Miss—new home of former Crete-Monee teammate and one-time Michigan commit Anthony Standifer—and he revealed a new top six($): Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss, in no particular order. This is pretty close to previous top groups of Treadwell's, though Auburn is notably absent. He's also scheduled his first official visit to Oklahoma on October 27th, when they face off against Notre Dame.
I still believe Treadwell is a Michigan lean until he says they're out of the running, though it's worth noting that this was his second visit to Ole Miss, and this time around he brought his mother along to meet the coaches. That's a sign of genuine interest; we've known all along that Treadwell would do his due diligence, and Wolverine fans should expect to have to sweat out at least a few more of these visits.
On the field, Treadwell continues to show why he's so coveted as a prospect, earning top weekend performer honors from Helmholdt after recording seven catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night ($).
Subpar Stats: Explained
Shane Morris turned in another underwhelming statistical performance in a blowout loss to Brother Rice, and how can he be a five-star rabblerabblerabble oh wait:
DeLaSalle quarterback Shane Morris, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis earlier this week, played just the first half and completed eight of 17 attempts for 87 yards and one interception.
DeLaSalle coach Paul Verska said Morris likely would be out for the next 10 days, perhaps longer.
"They deserved to win," Verska said. "They're quick on defense. Real quick. (Shane) is sick. He's been sick."
During my bout with mono I ate chicken broth for Thanksgiving dinner while zonked out on Vicodin. I certainly made no attempt to play football, or even move, really. Get well soon, Shane.
Healthier players turning in healthier stats over the weekend included Dymonte Thomas—who rushed for 309 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries and added "around 12 tackles," according to Tremendous—and Gareon Conley, who caught four passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns and also had a 78-yard pick six. Highlights of both performances are in the video above starting at the 1:05 mark.
[More recruit stats plus Malik McDowell's visit reaction after THE JUMP.]
DeVeon Smith continued his productive year, tallying 193 yards and four touchdown on 20 carries to lead Warren Howland to a 28-20 victory over Hubbard. Jaron Dukes also put up gaudy numbers with 107 yards and two touchdowns on just four receptions in Marion-Franklin's 72-6 win over Briggs.
The defensive statline of the week surely goes to Ben Gedeon, who told Tremendous he recorded 25 tackles in addition to rushing for 90 yards on 14 carries in a close loss for Hudson.
Cass Tech is still running roughshod over their early-season competition, beating Detroit Cody 46-20 to move to 4-0 on the season. Jourdan Lewis recorded a 12-yard touchdown catch, while junior prospect Gary Hosey rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Helmholdt also got out to see Logan Tuley-Tillman in action over the weekend and came away impressed with his development ($):
Peoria Manual entered Saturday's game against Peoria with an 0-3 record and dropped this contest 44-0. But in the final minute of the game Tuley-Tillman was still on the field, still blocking all-out to the whistle and still trying to get his team up. Technically we saw a lot of the good things the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Tuley-Tillman showed in the summer: getting into his pass set quickly, utilizing his length, having fast, active hands. But his effort from kickoff to final whistle, especially after playing both ways all game, was the most impressive thing he showed this day. Tuley-Tillman has been knocked for his work ethic at times in the past, but he has really rounded into a leader and a high-motor kid.
Tuley-Tillman has the prototype frame and athleticism for a left tackle; if he puts it together from an effort and technical standpoint, he could be special.
In non-Wolverine news, Oregon commit Thomas Tyner had himself a bit of a day, setting the Oregon state record with 644(!) yards rushing and ten(!!) touchdowns on 38 carries in an 84-63(!!!) victory. Hot damn, son.
Shocker: Football Coach Named "Biff" Is A Hardass
Henry Poggi's father, Biff Poggi, doubles as his high school coach. Needless to say, he isn't your standard rah-rah football dad, judging by the quotes he gave Tim Sullivan ($) [emphasis mine]:
"The key is, they've got a lot of good players on their team obviously: they're Michigan," Biff said. "I hope [Henry] can just get on the field and play. He might not, he may just be a scout team guy his whole career. You've got to earn it, and you've got to do it."
Many high school stars have a rough transition to college because they expect to be handed playing time right off the bat. This should not be a problem with Henry Poggi. Biff also said his son "has a high bullcrap meter" when it comes to recruiting. PROTIP: Do not cross the Poggis.
Elsewhere, ESPN's Brad Bournival pens a feature on Patrick Kugler, probably because he just received his Under Armour All-American jersey. Okay, definitely because he just received his Under Armour All-American jersey.
Top-ranked 2014 in-state recruit Malik McDowell pulled double-duty on Saturday, visiting both Michigan and Michigan State for their respective football games. One might think he'd be more impressed by a marquee primetime game against Notre Dame than a routine mid-afternoon blowout of UMass; not so fast, my friend ($):
“From what he was telling me he was impressed with the whole Michigan thing and Michigan State was so-so to him,” Greg McDowell, Malik’s father said.
Things went poorly enough for the Spartans that McDowell actually came away more impressed with the Irish defensive line than anything else from that game, going by his father's comments. Tremendous also got a visit reaction from Malik himself, and he said that he won't make a decision until his senior year, a change from his earlier timeline.
2014 four-star IN WR Dominique Booth plans to visit for the Michigan State game, and tells 247's Todd Worly that he's been told by Coach Mallory that he'll get an offer down the road ($).
2014 five-star NJ CB Jabrill Peppers has a top nine, in order, of Stanford, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami, Rutgers, Georgia and Florida, according to Scout's Brian Dohn ($).
I know if I watch a game and hear "Player X has been all over the field today," he usually has about 11-12 tackles. 25 is a monstrous number. Please Lord let this mean we have a linebacker that can actually shed blocks.
The real crazy part about that is that the other team knew Gedeon was the best player on Hudson, so they probably tried to run the ball away from him or double team him all game. And he still got 25 tackles.
Yeah, I know this is HS and all, but my gawd 25 tackles seems nearly impossible, unless the line in front of him absolutely fell apart and he was tackling guys after gains. I mean, most HS teams probably run, what 65-70 plays a game?
It's really not that hard. My 6'5, 250 lb NCAA '13 player (Hoss Hogan) with 99 speed, strength, tackling, block shedding, etc, does it all the time.
My father averaged 21 tackles per game his senior year.
How is Poggi pronounced?
It's pronounced "bad-Ass"
It's pronounced poh-jee, but Mr. Poggi prefers people call him "Mr. Poge-ster".
I just hope it's not "Pooh-gee"... doesn't sound like a football player.
Have to admit I winced a little at the Shane Morris news... usually your spleen gets enlarged when you have mono, making any contact sports a no-no due to the risk of serious, and potentially life threatening internal bleeding.
Please rest that boy.
Mr. Biff Poggi needs to quit pampering his son.
I would love to watch a game with Leon McQuay's dad and Henry Poggi's dad. Need to get McQuay in the maize and blue
WOW. That's absurd. It's as if the rest of the team's job was only to free up Gedeon so that he could make tackles. To put that in perspective, that would be about 35-40% of the plays in a HS football game. I really can't even imagine that, and would love to see the tape.
we had a guy in HS that averaged 15 tackles/game (middle line backer), was fast, nasty and big (like 220 lbs.). The best football player I every played with or against. Sadly, he had no interest in studying anything ever, and ended up turning wrenches after HS.
The point of that is, for perspective, he'd have a night like 18 tackles with 14-15 of those solos, a fumble recovery, a couple sacks. The other 2 LB's would have like 4 tackles between them.
Stats like that or Gedeon's are no joke. Their system may have a little to do with it, but the rest is purely instinctive and really awe-inspiring.