Made it sound as if he believed Alabama had an elite Engineering School, the race was over. That apparently the UM coaching/recruiting staff didn't understand the sea change smacks of arrogance.
Monday Recruitin' Fails To Self-Destruct
As reported on multiple outlets, including this one, Michigan is in line to get a commitment sometime this week. Brandon promised the prospect he wouldn't mention his position, class, or location (or name, obviously), so I'll say that he is a football player, and his pledge will come as welcome news. This post will self-destruct in 3... 2... 1...
Darn, I was really hoping that would get me out of writing the rest of this post. The above was the good news. Here's the bad, per Scout's Allen Trieu ($):
Michigan also recently offered Williams and he was considering a visit to Ann Arbor but he now says he is ready to shut things down.
"As far as right now, I'm done with recruiting. My top two are Notre Dame and Missouri and just want to decide between those two. I'm just trying to figure it out."
That's 2014 Berrien Springs (MI) DE Jhonny Williams, whom Michigan offered immediately after they missed out on Da'Shawn Hand. Williams took an official visit to Notre Dame last weekend, had a great time, and decided he'd either stick with his current commitment to Missouri or flip to the Irish. So it goes.
A potential backup option to the backup option is WI TE/DE Gaelin Elmore. Elmore is a Minnesota commit; 247's Steve Lorenz reported that Michigan's coaches got in contact with him last week ($). Brandon caught up with Elmore to get more details, and for now he doesn't sound like a realistic option:
I'm not sure exactly what the coaches are planning with Elmore but he was pretty clear with how he is currently feeling. "I'm not really interested in Michigan at this point. It'd just be interesting to see what they had to say."
I don't know if the coaches were caught completely off guard by Hand's commitment to Alabama; it sure looks like they're scrambling to find a suitable replacement in the class.
[Hit THE JUMP to see which pair of highly-ranked 2015 targets have Michigan among their top schools, updates from last weekend's high school football action, and where Wolverine commits and targets stand in the updated ESPN 300 for 2015.]
2015 Prospect Updates
2015 four-star DL Hjalte Froholdt has moved his recruitment along at a brisk pace despite having to return to his native Denmark for his junior year; he recently named a top three of Arkansas, Florida State, and Michigan, telling TomVH that a decision should come soon ($):
“I’ll probably [make a decision] soon,” he said. “I’m not really sure when because we keep postponing it to what my needs are. It’s very tough to pick a school since they’re all so great.”
Your guess is as good as mine here; Froholdt has visited all three schools on his list, maintains touch with their coaches via Twitter and Facebook, and likely won't get to see his future school again before making his decision if he sticks to his timeline of "soon."
247's Ryan Bartow reports that four-star 2015 CA WR Equanimeous St. Brown named UCLA as his favorite; he rounded out his top four with Alabama, Michigan, and Oregon ($). I'd love to get my hopes up about a player with such a spectacular name; considering he's a California prospect with an in-state favorite and two powerhouse programs also among his leaders, however, it's difficult to be optimistic here.
Michigan made the cut for MN DE Jashon Cornell's top 15, per TomVH ($):
"After a lot of hours we narrowed it down to Cal, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, USC and Wisconsin," he said.
Cornell says that there are five other schools – Arkansas, Nebraska, Penn State, Texas and Vanderbilt -- that aren't officially on the list, but he calls them dark horse candidates.
Cornell is the #1 overall player in the updated ESPN Junior 300, which features Michigan commits George Campbell (#2 overall), Damien Harris (#17), and Shaun Crawford (#73). Campbell (athlete) and Harris (RB) are both the top players at their respective positions. The M Block has the full rundown on where Michigan's various targets stand in the new rankings.
Per TomVH, last week Urban Meyer himself offered Shaun Crawford, who said he's committed to Michigan and focused on finishing out his high school season. Steve Lorenz got in touch with Crawford's father($), who said "He loves Michigan!"; Crawford grew up as a Michigan fan in a Michigan household, despite his Ohio roots, so unless he visits Columbus there's little reason for concern at this point.
Paramus Catholic tallied their first victory over rival Don Bosco Prep since 1999, avenging a regular-season defeat when Bosco's game-winning field goal attempt sailed wide, giving the Paladins a 21-20 victory and a berth in the state title game. Jabrill Peppers played a huge role in the win over his former school, returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and giving PC a 14-3 lead with a 32-yard touchdown catch. Unembeddable highlights are available at the link above.
Top-ranked Lakewood St. Edward shut out Austintown Fitch, 28-0, to earn a spot in Ohio's Division I state semifinals; Shaun Crawford starred on both sides of the ball in the victory:
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 24, 2013
East Lake (Mason Cole, George Campbell) stayed perfect on the year and advanced to their third straight regional final with a 45-0 pasting of Pinellas County. Also continuing an undefeated season was Kenton (Noah Furbush), which held on for a 46-43 nailbiter over Bryan to advance to the state semifinals.
Despite getting 17 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard score to open the fourth quarter, from Damien Harris, Madison Southern fell 32-28 to Pulaski County and missed out on a chance for the school's first-ever regional title.
Per Scout's Dave Berk, Tyree Kinnel tallied ten tackles in a losing effort for Huber Heights Wayne, whose four turnovers doomed them to a 37-7 playoff loss to Hilliard Davidson ($).
Moe Ways posted his final season stats—55 catches, 1,261 yards (22.9 ypc), and 16 total touchdowns—on his Instagram page. Wilton Speight took home Virginia player of the year honors—no small feat in that talent-laden state—after posting 2,900 passing yards, 34 passing TDs, 11 interceptions, and six rushing TDs, according to TomVH. Speight has a fan in fellow commit Jared Wangler, who's by far the leader in the clubhouse for best recruit tweet of the year.
Come on, man. The last thing this staff can be accused of is a lack of recruiting acumen.
a coaching staff that has reeled in some pretty big talent and has a national reputation or dave, a guy with 280 some odd MgoPoints after more than 2 years who might live in India?
Dave is a trustworthy name.
Now if his name were Brad I would have serious concern that he would nab a 20 out of my girlfriends purse while we romanced in another room. That's a total Brad move.
Dave though? No, sir. Not Dave.
Maybe he is a Brad and he is pulling a total Brad move and calling himself Dave.
Are we still bitching about this? It's over. Move on.
Let's not forget that earlier in the process Hand eliminated his supposed leader at the time (Virginia Tech) because he said they didn't offer the new major he wanted (sports management). If he was serious about the engineering thing the whole time, he wouldn't have removed VaTech from the list (since they have great engineering program) and he kept going on about how Bud Foster was his favorite coach he met.Football and the product on the field drove the decision..not the major.
As an outsider, there's no way Hand chose Alabama over UM for any academic reason unless he's not very bright. In which case, it may be better for him academically to go to Alabama.
Jabrill Peppers <3
99.9% sure this will happen to M in the Game. And no, I am not talking about Michigan being in the Redzone.
this year we haven't had anything that looks quite so frightful, but there have been endless instances of blockers just blocking each other. i can't remember which game it was, but in pass protection fitz once ran into one of the OL who then moved, which sprang a defender for one of the 1000 gardner sacks.
This one comes to mind. Magnuson leaves his man (97) and tries to help block Glasgow's guy but runs into Glasgow instead
The ball carrier is past the LOS and heading for the endzone. If that's what happens when your players block one another then that is 100% ok with me.
The guy taking a nap on the 1.5 yard line is my new hero for the day.
Perhaps Enrique can regain his hero status tomorrow...ehh? Get it? No? Ok.
I know right? He looks so comfortable.
But I think someone died on the field.
Congratulations. You win the internet today with that post.
Still making it the second weirdest play involving the Gators this year.
at the lack of quality back-up options after losing out on Hand. Not saying these kids aren't good, but going from a consensus #1 5-star DE to a 3-star combo TE/DE seems like a big drop-off.
Is this more because all the "big fish" are already caught - or were were really that caught off guard that we hadn't offered anything near Hand's top-tier talent?
It is not that surprising.
The only SDE that we offered around Hand's talent is Malik McDowell.
We had a small class size that kept us from sending out many back-up offers. It was Hand or bust, and this is what bust looks like: trying to poach lesser talent from other schools late.
backup offers I understand...but to suddenly hit up a player out of the blue seems out of character. You at least have an "oar in the water" with backup options - kids you've talked to and show interest in...and at least have them in for visits. The TE/DE guy had never heard from Michigan - clearly hasn't been on campus - and just seems like a wild stab at catching lightning in the bottle with a Gopher commit.
"I don't know if the coaches were caught completely off guard by Hand's commitment to Alabama..."
This staff? NAAAAAAAAAAAA
That's so unlike them.
respectfully disagree with you, Ace, re crawford. when he was asked what the osu offer meant, he said that he was just focused on his season, etc. when kids are solid commits, they say so. that was anything but a solid response. expect crawford to give osu a long look and don't be surprised if he flips.
He lives in Ohio and is a top rated recruit. Yeah, there is a chance he flips. But that's true for almost every recruit.
Crawford's response was not ideal. I believe he said he was a Michigan commit, but that last part about focussing on the season seemed unnessary. It felt like an attempt to get off the topic quickly because there is some doubt. I won't be surprised if he jumps at all.
It would be too bad, because he will get playing time on this team, but could get buried at OSU.
Is a douche for going after Crawford. Standard practice these days unfortunately.
The only difference I see between Urban going after Crawford and Hoke going after Williams and Elmore, is that Michigan would have over a year to find a replacement, as opposed to the ~2 months Mizzou and Minnesota would have if these flips were to happen.
Meyer would be crazy not to pursue Crawford. Not with UM's troubles.
Then every college coach is a douche.
Every coach does this. They'd be failing to do their job if they didn't. It's a win-win for any coach because there are two outcomes:
1. It forces the original school to spend time and resources on continual recruiting of a kid who is already committed to them. So even if the kid doesn't jump, the opposing staff is spending extra time on a commit that they are now not spending on uncommitted players.
2. The kid jumps.
Can we just bank Hands spot for the 2015 class? Seems like a better option than going after less quality 2014 guys
You never ever bank a scholarship in football, especially with this much time left. You take the best kid you can for every spot. What if we hadn't taken Keith Heitzman or Frank Clark at the end of their class? There will always be a big ten level player willing to come to Michigan who can fill that spot.
and you would have more of a point.
Time to admit that we are not Alabama, we're not able to call any recruit and immediately get interest. It's cool that our recruits are turning down Suburban!
It a reality check to the coaches and the Michigan fans that kids don't just "jump" at the chance to don the winged helmet and sign on the dotted line in February. It goes to show that to some kids, even in state ones, the Michigan isn't gods gift to college football.
The "This is Michigan" meme doesn't work anymore when most high schoolers only know of Michigan football as bad to slightly above average in their lifetime.
We won a BCS bowl just two seasons ago.
Henry Poggi said he was coming to Michigan because he believed U-M and 'Bama were the best two chances at a National Championship.
In 2006, we were three points away from being undefeated playing Ohio in Columbus.
In 2007, we had an 8-4 season that included the Horror, but beat Tebow-led UF in our bowl game.
Bad to slightly above average? No. That's Minnesota. Other than '08 and '09, we're above average to pretty good, but not elite.
Get a grip.
How dare he try to bring perspective.
Uh, I meant co-sign. Can't edit on my dang phone.
Over the last decade we have the 28th best winning percentage behind such luminary programs like Tulsa, Navy, Louisville and Northern Illinois.
Bama at 16 behind Boise, TCU and West Virginia.
I think the more relevant data set would be the last 5 years or so with recruits - about their entire "attention-getting" lives for football. Coaches sell the immediate future based on the recent past. Our ranking would fall even further.
Except for the #3 kid in this class and the numbers #2 and #17 kids in next years class?
I am sure this is a suprise to all.
Maybe some chance the pending commitment is Hjalte Froholdt? Not sure who else it would be
Edit: And I'm immediately corrected. Its Erik Swenson
" Wilton Speight took home Virginia player of the year honors"
Interesting. It wasn't Hand.
Shaun Crawford is my new favorite 16 year old human