In the Malzone vine, I like how the tall guy standing in the middle's only job is to be tall and stand in the way of the throw.
It's perhaps the biggest week in camp season, as the Elite 11(-ish) is underway and Nike's elite camp The Opening begins tomorrow. Quarterback Alex Malzone is representing Michigan in both events, and linebacker Darrin Kirkland will join him for The Opening; tight end Chris Clark was also slated to attend the latter event, but pulled out due to personal reasons, per Tim Sullivan ($).
Day one of the Elite 11 finals is already in the books, though the meat of the event takes place today. Malzone measured in at 6'1", 202 pounds when he arrived, and told 247's Barton Simmons of his recruiting plans for later this week:
"I've built some good relationships with a lot of our top targets," he said. "Auden Tate and Michael Weber are a couple guys I'm looking to talk to. Keisean Lucier-South is another big one. Ray-Ray McCloud is another. The coaches have mentioned some guys I should talk to, but I've done most of the work on my own. I'm looking forward to meeting all the players Darrin (Kirkland) and I have been talking to and finding out the interest."
Simmons suggested both Malzone and Kirkland are poised to move up in 247's rankings if they turn in solid performances this week; Malzone recently moved into high three-star territory (and picked up a fourth star on the 247 Composite) and seems likely to earn a fourth from 247 sooner or later. The E11 quarterbacks who haven't already been selected will also get the opportunity to play for a spot in the Army All-American Bowl. In a brief, free update from the first day of E11, Simmons praised Malzone's presence, focus, and arm strength. So far, so good.
If you're looking to watch any of the camps, The Opening will be televised on ESPNU starting tomorrow night; the full schedule is here.
I'm equally confused, Tim.
Four prospects holding Michigan offers went off the board since last Wednesday; three decisions went as expected, while one came as a bit of a surprise.
Nobody was shocked when both five-star OLB Justin Hilliard and four-star DL Jashon Cornell committed to Ohio State during simultaneous announcements last week; each favored the Buckeyes recently and stated a desire to play together. Jumbo WR Miles Boykin's commitment to Notre Dame was similarly predictable.
Then there's three-star TX WR A.D. Miller, who holds offers from the likes of Arizona State, BYU, Miami (YTM), Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. He chose...
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 6, 2014
With Boykin and Miller off the table, expect Michigan to make a hard push for another big wideout, 6'4" FL four-star Auden Tate, whose recruitment may come down to a battle between the Wolverines, Florida State (the presumed leader), and Florida. With the other offered receivers on Michigan's board likely ticketed elsewhere, it wouldn't surprise if some new offers went out, as well.
Michigan stopped recruiting Cornell because he'd gained enough weight to project inside; they'd previously wanted him as a weakside DE, and the top option there remains five-star California prospect Keisean Lucier-South, who gave an update on his recruitment to Brandon last week. As for outside linebacker, U-M is high on the respective lists of UT four-star Osa Masina and in-state four-star legacy Tyriq Thompson. Four-star TN ILB Joshua McMillon, who's had very good things to say about the Wolverines recently, could also project to the outside.
Per 247's Ryan Bartow, four-star NC CB Mook Reynolds, a current Virginia Tech commit, will visit Ann Arbor for July 27th's BBQ at the Big House. While a few other big-name schools are also in pursuit, that's the only visit he's got planned for now. He'll be at The Opening, as well, where he'll likely get some attention from Michigan's pair of commits in attendance.
Also planning a BBQ visit is three-star NC DE Kengera Daniel, whose ranking belies an impressive offer sheet that includes Alabama, Miami (YTM), and Tennessee in addition to Michigan. According to Tim Sullivan($), Daniel plans to take his official visits before making a decision during his senior season; securing one of those officials will be key for landing his commitment.
Scout's Sam Hellman caught up with recently offered four-star NJ ATH Ahmir Mitchell, who told him that unlike all the other schools that have offered him as a receiver, Michigan is recruiting him as a safety ($).
Four-star IN DE Auston Robertson, who camped at Michigan and is expecting an offer relatively soon, will be back in Ann Arbor for the BBQ, per 247's Steve Lorenz ($). While Notre Dame is his early leader, he said that the Wolverines would join them at the top of his list if they come through with an offer.
Five-star Cincinnati (OH) Elder OL Tommy Kraemer told Lorenz that Michigan could join a pair of familiar foes at the top of his list should the coaches, as expected, extend him an offer ($):
Kraemer, who holds offers from Ohio State and Notre Dame among others, says the Wolverines would immediately join that top group with an offer.
"They're the team I grew up following," he said. "My dad coached a former Michigan player and I've always been told about how great of a place it is there. I would want to visit and see it for myself first, but I am pretty sure they would be right there with the other schools I'm highly considering."
Kraemer was invited to the BBQ, but is unlikely to attend because of a conflict with his high school team's camp; he's looking to set up a visit before that camp starts on July 17th. With Kraemer planning to make a decision after his junior season, expect Michigan to throw their hat in the ring whenever he gets on campus.
In the Malzone vine, I like how the tall guy standing in the middle's only job is to be tall and stand in the way of the throw.
And I couldn't even do that job.
/slinks away feeling like a loser, curses DNA.
I think his name is Alex Gauna...
[I'll be here all week folks!]
I think that is the king douche of the Elite11 camp: Trent Dilfer
And he's there so he can view the QB's footwork and arm technique throughout the throw. There is a reason he takes so long to even turn and look where the ball is going. The ball flight isn't something he's all that concerned about, at least not as much as technique (and correcting it) and then where the ball finishes.
is it a down event compared to past years due to fewer openings, slower recruting momentum or am I just missing guys saying they are coming?
It's more a "next cycle" and beyond type of event (so in this case, the '16 and even some '17 recruits) and the a second day for the current commits and a few high priority targets.
From what I've gathered, Darian Roseboro is just as high on their list as Lucier-South.
I think it was in reference to Cornell originally being labeled a WDE, which KLS is all the way. Roseboro is tabbed as an SDE already.
Thanks... I wondered after I posted whether this was the difference.
The coaches have mentioned some guys I should talk to, but I've done most of the work on my own.
That right there is what leadership looks like folks.
Other than Wheatley and (maybe) Roseboro are we a presumed (i.e. wink wink) leader for any remaining prospects? It doesn't seem so. I don't mean top 5 but someone a crystal ball would give us 50%+ too. It seems like all other remaining prospects that are spoken of often are guys we are likely to finish 2nd-5th for.
Not sure what happened to the WR recruiting this year - I know we had Campbell early but it seems like we are not in on very many prospects. If you offer 130 players as we have averaged of late you'd think proportionately we'd be hot and heavy on 6-7 WRs. Seems like all eggs are in 1 basket with a guy with 2 very high profile schools local to him are after. Better stated - who the heck else is out there at WR if no Tate that we are really going after?
I don't put Cole in a "strongly our way" camp - seems like a very open competition. In fact many on the Spartan side see him as leaning their way.
This was the part I focused on:
who the heck else is out there at WR if no Tate that we are really going after?
ah good point - forgot that we are recruiting him on offense while MSU seems to want him as a DB.
Recruiting doesn't wrap up for another six months. The coaches will come back around to a few more prospects in the upcoming months, and another wave will likely happen sometime shortly after the season. In that time, new prospects will emerge through their senior year, other recruits will get pushed out of other schools to the benefit of Michigan, so on an so forth.
As for WR, Michigan has a lot of young guys at the position. It was always going to be a 1-2 WR class. I think when they had Campbell, they were willing to look at a few other guys to complement him. They ended up losing Campbell and only had a few eggs in a few different baskets. I would be surprised if they ended up with more than one, and WR is a position you can tend to pick up some raw players late and make something of them, so it's worth remaining picky at this point.
This is true, we have a ton of 2012-2014s at WR so was not expecting a big class. Just have been surprised about a lack of "plan As" - it sounds like we had 2-3. Seems as if we miss on this one we are going to "plan Bs" or "plan Cs" that as of July 2014 no one knows of as a target.
WR is just not a huge priority. They might only take one and be done with it, and I'm sure we'll get one WR we really like. Our WR class last year was sick, so that could be what is a) deterring top prospects, and b) keeping the coaches from offering too many kids.
It really doesn't matter if M is 2nd-5th on July 7th, it matters if M is 1st on Signing Day....a guy like KLS could visit for the PSU game, be blown away and have M 1st the rest of the way. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm not too worried about where we stand right now....OVs and how this season goes will have a lot of say in if M finishes in 1st with a lot of the guys out there.
Sometimes you just gotta say what the f***, make your move...
Do we have a realistic shot at any of the three cornerbacks coming to the BBQ? Particularly Marshall.
Has anyone heard if Osa Masina, K.L.S. or George Campbell are coming to the BBQ?
Iman Marshall is somewhat of a pipe dream. We do have a shot at Reynolds.
None of the three guys you mentioned is planning to come to the BBQ. Masina and Lucier-South are probably going to take officials to Michigan. Campbell might take an official to Michigan, but it's somewhat doubtful.
KLS is looking to declare on NSD, correct? Some good exposure at the BBQ, but lets not get buckled up right afterwards for any word on him.
early on to announce on NSD dwarf the number that actually do.
Joel Goodson approves.
So has the staff offered the kid that throws that block 55 seconds in to Mooks vid yet?
what happened to just calling a the coach, telling him you have decided to commit, and moving on? geez...everyone has to be a "star" nowadays. just like this peppers kid going on TV and rapping. you havent done anything yet. how about you play one snap before you pull crap like that?
college football is getting progressively worse in everyway. i have such little desire to follow it. everything is so wrong. this sport is falling off. nobody schedules good teams, bowl games are stupid, recruiting has become a circus of coaches (and fans/analyists) stalking high school kids, half the conferences are irrelevant. i mean seriously, its about time they just scrap the whole thing and just make a minor league system for the NFL and stop college football. dont even get me started on the money issues. between schools paying kids illegally, kids wanting to get paid, schools refusing to pay the kids, rich white men taking home all the money....this whole thing is a mess.
There are kids who still do it that way, but the "sad" thing (even though it's not that sad) is that these kids have now grown up with players announcing at All-America games, on ESPNU, etc. A handful of years ago, it was a novel thing to commit on TV. Now it has become ingrained in recruiting culture, and kids think it's the norm.
Just for a familiar name, William Campbell committed at the Army game in January 2009. That was five years ago, and it will be six by the time this current class hits NSD. The kids in the 2015 class were in 6th grade at that time. Those types of announcements have been put on TV for as long as these current seniors have been paying attention to college football recruiting.
Take it easy there guy...things change and evolve over time. It's not 1970 anymore.
You can be all pissed and upset over all that, I'll stay pissed at Michigan's poor record the last 6 years. Losing to MSU and he Bucknuts...now that something to get angry about.