Does this mean that no recruits are visiting this weekend?
Thursday Recruitin' is in the Dark
With the coaching situation unsettled as it is, covering the day-to-day of the 2011 recruiting class is a little... short-sighted at this point. Instead, let's talk about the prospects already in the class, what the coaching change means for them, and the prospects whose interest in Michigan hasn't changed (or has dropped off completely) with the change. Hopefully, things will be back to normal next week. First things first:
Goodbye, Dee Hart
The writing's been on the wall for a while in this recruitment. As Michigan's season stumbled along to 7-6 after a 5-0 start, FL RB Demetrius Hart seemed to be looking elsewhere, especially to play with his buddy Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix at Alabama. Although Hart says his mind isn't yet made up, it appears that he is indeed Crimson Tide-bound - he announces a decision at the Army All-American Game on Saturday. With Rodriguez out the door, chances are nil that he recommits to the Wolverines.
Keeping it Together
Since the coaching situation is in such a serious state of flux, it's hard to know where to go from here. Among the current commits, OH CB Greg Brown is 100% to land in the class, because he's already enrolled in Ann Arbor.
Prospects who have committed since the turmoil began (MI LB Desmond Morgan, MD CB Blake Countess - strong with Michigan ($) - and CA K Matt Goudis) knew what they were possibly getting into at the time, and are also likely to be solid.
After that, most of the local-ish commits are solid, including OH DE/OL Jack Miller, OH DT Chris Rock, MI DE Brennen Beyer, and MI CB Delonte Hollowell. Though he's located in Texas, LB Kellen Jones is also a longtime Michigan fan who's likely to stick no matter what. MI OL Jake Fisher will look around a little bit, but plans to talk to the new head coach before considering a decommitment.
That leaves FL CB Dallas Crawford and FL OL Tony Posada as the largest question marks. People close to Crawford told Tom that he plans to stick with Michigan, but later opened up his recruitment, and he's told local source that he no longer considers himself a Michigan commit. Posada will wait to see who the new headman is before making any decisions. He's getting interest from Oregon, Notre Dame, and other schools.
OH LB Antonio Kinard's status with Michigan is still a question mark, regardless of who the coach is. At this time, it looks like Hart is likely to be the only defection in the class (coaching change-related, at least).
Michigan is in very good position with NC WR/LB Kris Frost (firing Rodriguez will only affect him a bit because he's made his decision based on school, not coach) and IL OL Chris Bryant (down to Michigan and Arizona, January 21st decision). I think those two are likely to end up in Michigan's class no matter who the coach is.
FL S Wayne Lyons also likes Michigan, but committing to a coach-less school might be too much for him, as he plans to announce at Saturday's Army All-American Game. CA WR Devin Lucien may be in the same boat, but with a decision further in the future - late January ($, info in header), which Tom nails down as the 30th.
Unfortunately, until a coach is hired, most of the news we hear from individual prospects is going to be about dropping the Wolverines from consideration, such as KY LB Lamar Dawson eliminating the Wolverines ($, info in header),
Michigan has a couple prospects of interest in Saturday's Army All-American Game (Noon on NBC) - including some who are deciding live during the game, such as Frost and Lyons - and Sam Webb brings the latest info on those guys.
Note: 2012 updates will be on hiatus until after Signing Day.
DB announced yesterday at the press conference that he has rescheduled the recruiting visits for this weekend.
EDIT: nm...beaten to it by 3 minutes. Damn, I'm slow.
Is Brandon allowed to talk to recruits that have not yet committed, but have offers?
Does anyone have any insight on what will happen with the process?
I was actually really curious how recruiting works without a coach. Does recruiting stop (can't imagine that's the case)? Who's in contact with these kids in the meantime?
Amazing to me that such a large portion of our class looks to remain intact despite all this.
Also, very relieved that Kellen Jones is probably still on board. I was wondering about him, and out of all the prospects in this class he's who I'm most excited for and we really need MLBs.
God I wish Lyons would postpone his decision. Him announcing on Saturday is really bad for us IMO.
If you read Sam Webb's article in the Detroit News about the recruits' reactions to the RR firing, it is pretty clear that there is virtually no chance that Lyons ends up at UM.
Can someone insert the "Sad Panda needs a hug" pic for me...I'm too bummed to even Google for it.
What about justice Hayes?
From what I have read he is solid with us
This is really positive news given the circumstances. These certainly are interesting times to be a Michigan fan.
Good stuff, Tim
If I can add what little I know.....the Miller kid reaffirmed his comittment in a local TV interview last night. When I asked his coach today if that was lip service or not, he told me the kid certainly going to Michigan, no ifs, ands or buts.....also, he's up to 290 lbs. Do not be surprised if the new coaching staff flips him to D. That's actually where he wants to play anyway