Adoree Jackson is originally from Ilinois and grew up wanting to play basketball for them.
Michigan's latest commit, Southfield DE Lawrence Marshall, was presumably headed to East Lansing before pledging to Michigan last weekend, according to virtually everyone who followed his recruitment. Another example of Brady Hoke's remarkable ability to change recruits' minds during their visits, right? Oh, no, it's much better than that, per Sam Webb ($) [emphasis mine]:
“I was thinking about committing (to Michigan) for like a month now, so I knew where I was about to go for a whole month,” Marshall said sheepishly. “I just didn’t want nobody to know where I wanted to go. I went up (to Ann Arbor today for a visit) and it was the perfect timing to commit. I think I caught them by surprise. I don’t think they really knew that I was going to commit there today.”
Wait for it...
Now twist the knife ($):
One phrase Marshall has already been saying is that the "best players in Michigan go to Michigan". With that, attention now turns towards his strong-side counterpart and Detroit native Malik McDowell.
"I'd say Malik is that last part of the puzzle," he said. "Michigan is where the best players in the state want to play and he's the last one left. We'll be turning our attention on him and will try to get him to come on board with us because we're building something special here."
According to 247's composite rankings, Michigan has two of the top four in-state players in Marshall and (oh, hey) Drake Harris, with their sights firmly set on top-ranked Malik McDowell. The Wolverines also have the #9 player in Moe Ways. Michigan State has just the #6 and #7 players (Deon Drake and Byron Bullough) and no other commits among the state's top 25 prospects.
For comparison, Western Michigan now has the #5 and #8 prospects (Chase Stewart and Chukwuma Okorafor), along with 13th-ranked Jordan Van Dort. Only two uncommitted prospects remain among the state's top 13 players—McDowell and his high school teammate, OL Ka'John Armstrong, who's visited MSU several times but has yet to receive an FBS offer.
Where's the threat?
[Do I have to keep writing? I mean, that's the perfect place to stop. Okay, if you insist, hit THE JUMP for Chase Winovich's visit reaction, Jabrill Peppers running pretty fast, a look at the enormous foreign exchange student offered by Michigan, and more.]
PA LB Chase Winovich is Michigan's top target to fill the need at strongside linebacker, and with his recruitment winding down it appears this will be a classic Wolverine/Buckeye battle. Winovich made his last planned visit to either school (he visits Pitt next weekend, but they aren't thought to be serious contenders) over the weekend in Ann Arbor, and per Steve Lorenz he got quite the campus tour ($):
"We went up to Michigan on Friday," he said. "I got to meet Jake Ryan right away. I was sitting around with him and the coaches and we were just talking. Then all of a sudden Taylor Lewan came in and Zach (Chase's guest) and I went to Chipotle with the two of them and rode on the back of their scooters. They're really good guys and are awesome."
Winovich says a decision could come "could happen anytime" once he's done with his Pitt visit and that his third visit to Ann Arbor "definitely helped Michigan's case for me." While there's still a good chance he ends up at Ohio State, the Wolverines have made a strong late push. Winovich has talked up the importance of getting to know the players and fellow recruits at each school—on this visit, he also went golfing with Michael Ferns and Wilton Speight. If that's the ultimate determining factor in his decision, Michigan has done all they can, and it could very well be enough.
Michigan's latest offer for the 2015 class went out to 6'5", 275-pound defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt, a Danish foreign exchange student who's played one year at Warren (OH) Harding. The M Block has much more on Froholdt, who explained how to pronounce his name and discussed his uncertain and rather complicated timeline:
Being a sophomore currently, he's pretty sure he'll be in the United States next year for his junior year but he explained to me that the Danish school system is completely different from the American concept we are used to, so after next year the situation could get a little complicated. He plans to live it out like this, he will finish his 10th grade year here, stay for his 11th grade year, and then return to Denmark for one final year of education before returning to the United States to attend college and play football. I would assume there is a possibility it doesn't happen like that, but he assured me he will be going to college and playing football in the United States.
Not surprisingly given the above, Froholdt doesn't know when he'll make a decision, though he did say Michigan is his current leader—he also holds offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, and Louisville.
Froholdt is making the transition to 11-on-11 American football after playing an odd form of 7-on-7 in his native Denmark. Video of 14-year-old giant Dane dominating a bunch of tiny Danes? Check.
Brian: is he playing pop warner
me: not entirely sure. but it's 14-year-old kids playing football in denmark, so the competition is probably... not so good.
that video is also two years old.
Brian: i think he just likes sitting on six year olds
me: that's such a weird league. 7-on-7 football with 3 linemen.
Brian: i think that's eight man
like they do in iowa and such
me: froholdt's high school coach said it was 7 in tim's article, but he may have been mistaken.
though looking at the film, I think it is 7.
Brian: well ok then
me: so he's destroying six-year-olds who have way too much space to cover.
Brian: he just likes sitting on people
Brian: not that there's anything wrong with that
me: not at all.
Brian: all of his furniture is probably human shaped
me: or was, at least.
Brian: are you putting this in the recruiting roundup
Office IM conversations: where strange memes are born and punctuation is entirely optional.
Jabrill Peppers of Paramus Catholic blasted a state record 20.79, No. 5 in the state nation this season, to win the 200-meter dash in the United Division of the Big North Championships on Friday at River Dell.
"There was a shadow/body cast across the image that made it look like the runner was further in front than he was,'' said Lou Fraulo, the head of Fraulo Race Timing, who was working at another meet on Friday.
Fraulo said Peppers' time is 21.37.
"That stands as official,'' said Fraulo.
This all means that Danny Johnson of Rahway is still the state record holder in the 200 with the 20.93 he ran to win the Meet of Champions in 2001.
DON'T WANT ANYMORE. MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT. THIS IS ALL LIES. NOT A TRUE WINNER.
Take it away, 247's Keith Neibuhr ($):
Hand 'all over the place'
Well that's highly inappropri--
Of the top five, who stands out?
"I'm all over the place," Hand said.
Regarding a timeframe for making a decision, apparently there isn't one.
"When it happens, it happens," Hand said.
Oh. My bad.
Anyway, Hand says that despite a solid trip to Auburn recently, he's "not really putting them in the hunt or anything," so we're still dealing with a Michigan-VT-Alabama battle, most likely. He also said that Michigan's commits are recruiting him "harder" than those from any other school. Right now he doesn't have a timeline, won't name a leader, and has no set visits (though he plans to take a trip to Florida), so his recruitment could go in any number of directions from here, with Michigan almost assuredly in the thick of things.
Per Scout's Michael Clark, Michigan is one of many schools to recently offer four-star NC DE Lorenzo Featherston, whose recruitment has blown up in the past few weeks ($). Featherston has yet to narrow down his list of schools and mentions the Wolverines among a large group of programs he'd like to check out over the summer.
MLive's Kyle Meinke talks to Tim Sullivan and Allen Trieu about the recent camp performances of wide receiver commits Drake Harris and Moe Ways. Lots of good stuff in there.
Five-star corner Adoree Jackson has a top four($) of Florida State, Florida, and... the two participants in the saddest bowl game of all time, Illinois and UCLA. At least UCLA is an in-state school for Jackson, but the Illini... yeah, I don't get it [ed-S: he's originally from Illinois, according to all the comments]. Anyway, he does plan to visit Michigan this summer, and I'm assuming as soon as Jackson watches a Tim Beckman-coached team his top four will look at least 25% different.
The latest in Football Coaches Should Probably Stop Using Technology... #beaverbarrage.
Adoree Jackson is originally from Ilinois and grew up wanting to play basketball for them.
Adoree Jackson is originally from Illinois, which probably explains the Illini being in the top 4.
Lorenzo Featherston is an early candidate for best name of the year.
I'd like to put Soso Jamabo's name in the hat for 2015.
it was a surprise Mr. Marshall, but a pleasant one at that.
I just wanted to tell you guys that Adoree Jackson is originally from another galaxy, or possibly Illinois, and grew up wanting to save the galaxy or possibly play basketball for Bill Self.
For a second there, I thought that GIF was the old Hill Auditorium. That place is pretty awesome.
I'm not certain, but I think I heard somewhere that Adoree Jackson is originally from Illinois.
careful. guy could get shot for sayin things like that in these here parts.
"Michigan is where the best players in the state want to play and he's the last one left. We'll be turning our attention on him and will try to get him to come on board with us because we're building something special here."
Marshall gets it.
I'm gonna guess McDowell is in the class before it's all said and done.
I feel Winovich is 50/50 and there is rumblings that Watson may have dropped down or off of the coaches list. Is there a push for any other LBs at this time?
Noah Furbush. His video looks pretty good, but the competition did not appear to be the toughest. He was at a combine in Ohio and did well. He ran a 4.78 electronically timed 40, but his shuttle times were among the fastest at the event regardless of position. For someone 6'4 and 336lb, that seems almost impossible.
336? That's a big LB!
Here's his combine numbers:
6'4, 236 lb, 4.78 40 time, 31.2 vertical, 4.22 pro-shuttle, 8-9.6 broad jump, 7.37 L-cone, 36.9 power ball. There's conflicting info on whether the 40 time is electronic or hand timed. Either way, the shuttle and L-cone times are blazing for his size and 40 time, and better than almost the entire field at the combine.
I was 6'10" 400 pound linebacker with 99 speed anytime I created myself in Madden years ago. Zero fakes.
Too bad it didn't matter how good my computer made player was as I sucked at the actual game and quit playing in the previous century.
Kenton, OH is pretty rural, so it's possible the teams he plays aren't great.
If his 4.78 40 time was electronic, that's very good for a guy his age and size. He sounds athletic.
Why is Watson now off the list? He is on the ESPN150 list... We need as many of those players as possible to get the #1 class. Hoke can't recruit.
I'm not sure if he is completely written off just heard that interest may be cooling on him. He may actually be shorter and slower than first thought/reported? I noticed the ESPN thing too, he is actually rated higher than Winovich, not sure where the other recruiting services have them.
I have seen him listed as 6'0"-6'1", but writers/analysts who saw him in person said he might even be shorter than that.
Did not expect to ever see a River Dell mention on MGoBlog (even if it is just for hosting a track meet)!
That's all, sorry for the interruption.
Feels like a bit of "shots fired" with those quotes. I know that MSU fashions itself a power team in this conference, but when near locks are flipping and saying the reason for it was a better team was in the state, that's not a good thing for your recruiting.
Does anyone know where Adoree Jackson is originially from?
I'm pretty sure he's from Gary, Indiana. My home sweet home.
..Music Man reference
No, it's behind a paywall.
You're saying Adoree Jackson grew up behind a paywall?
And now I just want to play Zelda. Damn Danes!
[edit:] in totally unrelated news, everytime I see Adoree Jackson's name I feel the need to update my Adobe Flash Player.
THE DANISH KID VIDEO AT 1:30!
this just seems plain mean
The guy on the sidelines who spreads his arms in disbelief as the toddler gets crushed really sells it.
Though he's lived in Southern California his whole life, Adoree grew up idolizing Abraham Lincoln and always envisioned himself living in central Illinois so he could get annual passes to the Lincoln museum in Springfield and visit every other weekend.
As a child, he walked around with a top hat and asked his teachers in school to call him "Honest Adoree." He says his fire on the football field stems from picturing ball carriers as John Wilkes Booth. ($).
Ahh Denmark. Home of many great contributors to society such as; Neils Hansen, Hans Christian Andersen, Neils Bohr and Lars Ulrich.
The best Danish contribution to the world? The Danish.
There are two types of people I hate in this world. Ones that are intolerable of other people's cultures and the Dutch.
The Dutch are from the Netherlands, not Denmark.
It's a quote from Austin Powers in Goldmember
Yes, I understand that. I was just saying that the line doesn't really apply here since the kid is from Denmark, not the Netherlands, and it appears that the guy who posted it got Dutch and Danish confused, as people have done before.
have you ever seen Denmark and the Netherlands in the same room at the same time? I didn't think so.
Adoree Jackson is originally from Illinoise. Probably why they made his top 4.
Western Michigan has the best recruiting class in the state.......said Graham Couch probably somewhere
If you watch the video of the race you can time it yourself. I got 20.8s which is .01s off from the record time they are calling incorrect.
If you are timing HS kids track meet runs from your own home, you probably need to explore new hobbies.
I can't believe I just spent 7 minutes of my life watching highlights of Danish 7v7 football. I want to go back in time and tell my pre-Mgoblog self, but he'd never believe me either.
I gotta say, for 14 year old kids playing 7 on 7 football in Denmark, it looks remarkably organized. They look better than a lot of American high school teams. And Purdue.
Just logged in to tell you, well played. The Purdue line was so unexpected, which made it hilarious.
I'm guessing it's safe to say that the recommended weight limit of Lewan's scooter was seriously violated during this visit.
The weight limit is violated with just Lewan riding solo.
Let us hope one day we can say "We went to Chipotle's and rode scooters. It was crazy... and sealed my committment."
1) I don't understand the Peppers thing, so I am choosing to interepret it as "he outran his own shadow, which caused a rupture in the space time continuum., throwing off our stopwatches." (Especially if he ends up at Michigan).
2) I would buy a t-shirt with a picture of Lewan and Ryan riding scooters with recruits. Just saying.