This really isn't very important, but what an indictment on my failure to follow UM recruiting until recently, and what a reaffirmation of just how small the world is.
I was recently talking with my dad (who is a fairweather UM fan, but sort of follows it). I remember him telling me about how my next door neighbor's grandson played for UM for a split second and then was cut from the team, etc.
I said he was full of crap, and so forth. We used to play touch football on our neighbor's front lawn, and granted, he kicked the crap out of us regularly, but whatever. I figured he was at best a walk-on, since I don't ever remember hearing of him. Whatever.
So, I caught my dad watching the Army All-American bowl today, even though he doesn't really care. Will Campbell came on TV and I had to tell him not to turn it off. He again brought up how our neighbor's grandson was this highly recruited player for UM who ended up not getting on the team because of his academics, etc. I said, "Okay, let's settle this. I'm going on Rivals right now to look it up."
So, I pull up the '03 class. Sure enough, there's the name: "Jim Presley." Anyone remember him? Not only was he in the class, he was the 2nd overall outside linebacker in the country in the class of '03. Holy small world, batman. Just curious. From my understanding, he failed to continue with the team because of some kind of learning disability, which was an obvious shame, but man, what a revelation.
I realize this is from years ago, but I'm still just trying to wrap my head around it since (a) I had no idea this kid that I used to play touch football with was so highly recruited and (b) it was so long ago.
So anyway, carry on.