But did you confront said Comcast guy behind your house with a pellet gun?
Thursday Recruitin' Got That On Camera
Apologies for the lateness and relative brevity; I spent all day dealing with Comcast, whose technician decided it was necessary to shut off my internet while changing out cable boxes, then left for an hour when he realized he had the wrong box—without turning the internet back on. Good times.
I Was Like "Hmmmm" (Whoosh) And I Was Like "BOOM" (Cackles)
The Washington Post series with Da'Shawn Hand has been a great follow for moments like the one featured below, in which Hand picks up some poor running back and just body-slams him into the turf. The header is my best effort at a verbatim quote from Hand when he's interviewed about the play. Yeah, it's impressive:
GIF'd, because this is what I do:
Apologies for the quality; working out the kinks with my screengrab software.
As for recruiting-related info, Hand talked before his visit for UTL II about how his main priority was finding a place where he's comfortable. Steve Lorenz caught up with Hand after the visit, and yes, it sounds like he's pretty comfortable here ($):
Coaches: "That comfort level has been there for a long time. I watched some film with Coach Mattison, but in a lot of ways this visit was the same with the coaches, which is great because I like that coaching staff."
Hand's comfort level with the coaches and the commits is going to be tough to top by Florida and Alabama; his Florida visit will be his first time in Gainesville, and he's been in Ann Arbor more times than he's been to Tuscaloosa and seems to have a better rapport with Michigan's coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mark Rosentraub, aka Professor Needs A Raise, is mentioned by name as being "the man". Seriously, get that man a raise.
Hand brought two friends with him: 2015 five-star DT Tim Settle and 2015 four-star OT Matthew Burrell. According to Hand's former coach and current mentor, John Harris, the visit went very well for both junior prospects, per Lorenz ($):
"They both knew this visit was mostly about Da'Shawn," he said. "The coaches sat both of them down and told them they passed the eye test. They said they just want to make sure they have the numbers to back up a potential offer for either player. Michigan has always been honest with Da'Shawn, so it makes it easier for the kids to believe what they're saying. They have learned a lot about recruiting already even though they're pretty young. I think they were too busy enjoying themselves to worry about an offer at this point."
That's an important point, as Michigan hasn't offered either prospect; in Burrell's case because of the numbers crunch at tackle, while with Settle there are rumors of potential grade issues on top of the limited scholarship availability. Despite leaving without an offer, Settle spoke very highly of Michigan in the aftermath of his visit to Sam Webb, and Webb also got a very intriguing quote from Wilton Speight, who spent much of the game chatting up his fellow Virginians ($):
“I really felt that like we made tremendous progress on Tim Settle,” said Speight. “He actually said after the game, ‘I didn’t even have Michigan on my list. I had no idea about any of this up here. Da'Shawn just wanted me to come. Now this is my top school.’ It just made a huge impression on him.”
Settle, who seems to take after his friend Hand in terms of playing his cards close to the vest, wouldn't name any leaders when asked about that by Webb. One would still have to think that Michigan would be among his top schools if they come through with an offer; the same goes for Burrell. Rivals analyst Mike Farrell said much the same in his "Mind of Mike" column, and also gave Michigan a 75% chance of signing Hand ($). Notably, Florida—not Alabama—is the school he gives a 20% chance of pulling the upset.
[Hit THE JUMP for updates/scouting on Noah Furbush, Ian Bunting, Erik Swenson, and Tim Settle.]
Needs Improvement: Use Of Left Arm
Tim Sullivan witnessed Noah Furbush's nine-tackle, four-TFL, three-sack performance in person last weekend; what the stat-line didn't tell you is that Furbush is playing the whole season with a cast on his left arm due to a broken wrist suffered last basketball season. That makes Sullivan's evaluation of his play all the more impressive ($):
The most impressive part of Furbush's game was his ability to use strength and hand technique (with only one hand available thanks to the cast) to defeat blocks. He shed them as well as you'd expect a defensive end to do so, even though he's a linebacker. He was also able to turn and run pretty well for his size, even though he's probably not going to be a coverage player primarily in college.
Tim likes Furbush as a SAM prospect, and if he's able to hold up in coverage I agree; moving him down to DE takes away the advantage he has of being an oversized edge-rusher who'd often be taking on tight ends—he'd go from potential mismatch to just another normal-sized WDE, and Michigan is pretty stacked at that position anyway.
Scout's Beth Long caught up with Hinsdale Central coach Rich Tarka to discuss Ian Bunting's transition from oversized receiver to (still enormous) tight end; she gets a quote that tantalizes from both a football and Pattern™ perspective ($):
“I think he has a tremendous upside, he has huge potential, he hasn’t even started to reach it,” Tarka said. “He was a great receiver, and I think he was the second fastest kid on the team last year at 6-foot-6, so just athletically tremendous potential.”
That’s not it though, Bunting is special off the field too.
“But he has a lot of character too, he has perspective, he is going to be a student first and he is going to put all he can into the football program too,” Tarka said. “There is a lot of balance with Ian and he is just a good kid to be around.”
We'll see how Bunting develops as a blocker—there was no mention of that aspect in the article—because if he's viable in that regard, he's going to be the matchup nightmare that we're hoping Devin Funchess becomes if/when he rounds out his game.
Josh Helmholdt included an evaluation of 2016 IL OT Erik Swenson—a Michigan lock who'd probably have committed already if his parents didn't encourage him to take his time—in his weekly Around The Midwest column, and it sounds like he's progressing very nicely ($):
Swenson's freshman film was eye-opening, and we're seeing improvements in early-season sophomore film. The main area of improvement has been in his discipline -- he's not lunging or over-committing -- and he is much more patient. At 6-foot-5 and 289 pounds, he has an ideal left tackle frame and is nimble for a big, young kid. What I want to see him develop during the course of this season is a nasty streak -- finishing plays with extreme prejudice and using his size and athleticism to overwhelm defensive linemen. If he can flip that switch, the sky's the limit for Swenson.
Rivals already named Swenson one of the ten prospects to watch for the 2016 class; with his frame and skill-set, he could be on track for five-star status. Pretty nice to have that kid as a near-certainty to end up in the class, to say the least.
Head on over to The M Block for a full evaluation of Tim Settle's sophomore film.
Before I even read the post I scrolled down to the comments just to make sure someone had made this joke.
Wow. I just looked at that site and there are 7 law professors that make more than Mary Sue (not to mention our friend Dave Brandon). Bienenstock is tops on that list. I didn't realize Michigan was paying him so much. You'd think the guy would demand a little less, what with having represented GM and other monster clients in bankruptcy proceedings over the years - he's definitely made enough to pay for his children's children's educations. Then again, this has nothing to do with recruiting whatsoever . . .
Bienenstock was also a partner at Dewey LeBoeuf when the firm filed Chap 11. I suspect he took a bit of a hit in the wallet as a result.
To see what the professors actually earn, you have to multiply that salary you see by their FTE (fraction of full-time employment), which you can see when you click on their names. The salary represents what they would earn if they had a full-time, year-round appointment, which most of the adjunct faculty don't. So the top earner, listed at 1.2 million, was actually paid 38 thousand by the university. Law professors are compensated handsomely, but those numbers at the top are very misleading.
IIRC, the highest professor salaries are all in the med school.
They make a lot of money but the Professor part is paid x and the doctor part is paid y for their attending. So they usually collect one check from the Med school and one from the health system, but the professor salary is in line with other achedemic areas.
Weren't they also in attendance?
Another Comcastrophe victim.
I made this in about two minutes with GifCam and Image Ready CS2
What's the hold up, Swenson? Geez! #JPTTA
Putting the bad jokes aside, to have a recruit who very well could be five-star caliber and one of the top O-linemen of 2016, would be a killer first commit to anchor Michigan's recruiting class. I love momentum.
that if he is OK academically, Michigan would be offering him. A 5* DT is a 5* DT after all.
"I couldn't quite pick up the ball, and I was like...'dangit.'"
Kid already knows how to give a world-class interview. Ranks up there with "boo boo's"
I've heard that Swenson already refers to himself and Michigan as "We".
We need to get this 2016 train rolling.
I'm pretty convinced that I heard "hold on" instead of "hmmmm," before the "Whoosh."
What Mr. Hand did was not technically a body-slam. It was a suplex (or as Gordon Solie pronounced it, a "soo-play.") But whatever you call it, the hit was a real slobberknocker (to use another wrestling phrase courtesy of Dusty Rhodes).
Agree. But whatever it is called, if he does "it" in the NFL he'll be fined $25,000.
A belly-to-back suplex: I am guessing they are a lot harder to execute when the other guy isn't going along with it.
But whatever it is called, if he does "it" in the NFL he'll be fined $25,000.
On an unMichigan but related to recruiting note, I was just watching the clowns on Around the Horn talk about the Yahoo story about Bama players getting money and only Jackie MacMullan actually had a problem with it, but somehow was shocked by it and thought the Bama fans should want more integrity in their program. The rest of them basically said since everyone is talking about how players should be paid anyway, that it's an unjust rule so they shouldn't be punished. WTF?? Adande said maybe if they had found out about it when the USC stuff went down it would be a big deal, but since now "everyone" thinks players should be paid anyway, who cares. When I read about the yahoo story last night I was basically like "call me when they do something about it," but when the reporters blatantly decide to look the other way just because it's Bama I get pissed. College football is in serious danger of becoming a joke.
Your first mistake is putting any credence to what they say on around the horn
Nice body slam but NO COOKIES FOR YOU!
Thought it was nice of Hand not to throw that RB down on his head. Class act, obviously.
ESPNU just had Da'Shawn Hand on the phone during their show ESPN Recruiting Nation. Hand, personality wise reminds me so much of Jared Sullinger (a good thing from the Sullinger I know, we'll see how this domestic issue turns out). Maybe a little bit of Will Campbell in their as well. Hand is a funny kid, very easy going. He'll obviously be a big time addition if/when he pulls the trigger.
is not really good tackling and frankly is dangerous.
that said, i keep watching it.
+1 for retiring the "Professor Needs a Raise" moniker post haste.
Bienenstock is tops on that list. I didn't realize Michigan was paying him so much. You'd think the guy would demand a little less, what with having represented GM and other monster clients in bankruptcy proceedings over the years - he's definitely made enough to pay for his children's children's educations.