Nothing new with Brionte?
no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
This week's Thursday Recruitin' features Michigan at the top of Scout's team rankings, several uncommitted prospects planning visits, Kyle Kalis laughing off the threats of Buckeye trolls, and a whole lot on the class of 2013. Usual disclaimer: Please let me know if you have any comments, criticism, suggestions, etc.—as always, I'll be reading the comments, and you can also reach me on Twitter or via email, where I'll also encourage you to send any recruiting articles of interest that you think I should include for the next week's edition.
Scout is a believer in Brady Hoke and his first full recruiting class, naming Michigan's 2012 class as the nation's best in their latest team rankings. Click through to see national recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy analyze the class, but unfortunately not saying that Brady Hoke poops magic, despite that clearly being the case. He does have a very good point, however, in saying that Michigan—despite their tremendous early success on the recruiting trail—has yet to capitalize on their strong start to the 2011 season with a commit, though that is obviously expected to change.
Josh Garnett is featured as Scout's Performer of the Week, and in the accompanying video (which has been out for a couple weeks, but paywalled) he discusses his official visits. Garnett mentions Nebraska, Miami, and Michigan as the three schools he'll definitely take officials to, though he also mentions several West Coast schools—Washington, Oregon, Cal, USC, and UCLA—that he'll likely take trips to in an unofficial capacity:
The Seattle Times not only discusses Garnett, but also fellow Washingtonian Zach Banner and their respective timelines:
"Banner revealed this week he is probably going to decide in the next month or two but is only going to tell the coach of the school he is committing to and then wait to make the announcement at Lakes High probably right before the Army All-American Game (which is on Jan. 7). Garnett doesn't have an official timeline but he is definitely going to take his time and take his visits until he is going to make an announcement, so that's kind of why it's been so quiet."
It'll be interesting to see if Banner is able to keep his decision under wraps if he does in fact plan on telling a coach his commitment plans so long before his formal announcement.
For the rest of Thursday Recruitin', jump with me.
Continuing with offensive linemen, Michigan came through with a rather surprising offer ($) to four-star Castle Rock (CO) Valor Christian guard Alex Kozan last week. The offer apparently even caught Kozan off guard, and he's considering taking an official visit to Ann Arbor to go along with planned trips to Iowa and LSU. Kozan is looking to make his decision by Christmas, which could make Michigan's scholarship situation very interesting if he decides to commit—Banner's plan to tell the coaches early could come in handy if he wants a spot in this class. Regardless, Michigan needs interior linemen and Kozan is a quality prospect, so to those griping about this offer I'd like to kindly remind you that four-star guards do not grow on trees.
Several prospects discussed visit plans or narrowed their lists this week. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) corner Yuri Wright still has a lot of interest in Michigan and plans to make it in for the Ohio State game ($, info in header). Cincinnati Moeller receiver Monty Madaris plans to take visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Florida State after his season, and hasn't yet decided on his other two officials. The Wolverines make the top five for running back Greg Garmon ($) and the top six for Wes Brown ($), who just cut Miami—his previous favorite—because of the impending NCAA DOOM. Jordan Diamond, meanwhile, is slowing down his recruitment ($, info in header), while TomVH runs down the players who could round out the class ($, sadface).
Why Rivals won't let you embed free videos is beyond me, but this interview with Kyle Kalis is well worth your time. My favorite quote:
Mike Farrell: Did anything get beyond crazy, you know, like did you get any threats or anything like that?
Kalis: Yeah, I definitely got a number of threats, but I just laughed when I saw it.
Keep fueling the fire, idiots. Actually, don't, because threatening a high school senior for making an entirely logical life choice is about as low as low gets.
In other news on current commits: Congratulations to Royce Jenkins-Stone for earning a spot in the Army All-American Bowl; Vanderbilt is still pushing for Blake Bars, but he doesn't plan on taking any more officials other than to Michigan ($); TomVH on Hoke's in-state recruiting dominance (again, $, sadface).
Happy trails are in order for Danny O'Brien, who chose Tennessee last Thursday, and Devin Fuller, whose focus has narrowed ($, info in header) and he's no longer mentioning Michigan as a potential destination.
Crete-Monee (IL) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell got his first scholarship offer earlier this week, and it's from Michigan, making them the leaders in his recruitment. Treadwell seemed (justifiably) excited when he got the offer, posting a series of tweets that should make any Michigan fan like the Wolverines chances to land him. I spoke to Laquon yesterday, and he is going to take some time before he makes his decision, which will be made with the blessings of his mother:
ACE: How does this affect the timeline of your recruitment? Do you still plan on taking visits, and are you considering making a commitment in the near future?
LAQUON: I still plan on taking visits. My mom wants to go on visits to a couple different schools, she hasn't [taken] any yet. She told me just to take my time and make sure I pick the right school, and let her have a part in my recruitment.
ACE: Do you have any plans to visit Michigan again this season?
LAQUON: Yeah, I plan on going to the homecoming game versus Purdue.
A quick quote on Laquon from his high school coach: He’s an excellent wide receiver,” coach Jerry Verde told 247Sports in the past. “Great hands and what he does after he catches the ball, he can outrun you or he can run you over. There were times where he caught the ball and ran over everybody on the other side to score a touchdown. That’s something you can’t teach. He just has that size and tenacity.”
247Sports's Steve Wiltfong has a great rundown from last week's Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure meeting, which was held in Southfield and hosted several big-time 2013 prospects, including Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke, who has Michigan State as his leader but is still open to other schools:
Reschke attended Michigan’s victory over Minnesota last Saturday.
“I sat down with Coach (Mark) Smith the linebackers coach and he told me he just needs to see some film of me at linebacker and hopefully they’ll offer,” Reschke explained, adding that he also keeps in touch with Wolverines assistant Fred Jackson.
Work that hyperbole magic, Freddie Jax. Another recruit who brought up Michigan was Detroit Crockett's Khalid Hill:
During the summer, Detroit (Mich.) Crockett Tech junior Khalid Hill took home position MVP honors at one of Michigan’s summer camp. The Wolverines staff invited him back for the Western Michigan game in September.
“They’re really interested in me,” Hill said, adding that he’s also receiving mail from Nebraska and Mississippi State. He attended a game at Eastern Michigan this season as well. “The coaches really like me and they said they just want to see more of me and they want to see my highlight film of me showing my talents against competition.”
Hill has four touchdowns in helping lead Crockett Tech to a 5-1 start. He played on the Maximum Exposure 7-on-7 team this summer with many of the area’s top prospects including Michigan class of 2013 quarterback commit Shane Morris. The possibility of catching passes from Morris on the next level excites him.
“I like how Michigan uses their tight ends a lot, and I also like that Shane Morris is going there and he’s the same year as me, so if I do go to Michigan, I’ll be there with him.”
Hill's teammate at Crockett, running back Desmond King, also has interest in Michigan, though the Spartans look to be in strong position for him as well.
Sam Webb profiles five-star Concord (CA) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings, who has offers from just about every major program in the country, and also has connections through the powerhouse De La Salle program to former Wolverines Amani Toomer and Matt Gutierrez. Scout's Brandon Huffman and Hutchings himself describe his game:
"Hutchings is well put together and has nice long arms with a good base," said Scout.com West regional manager Brandon Huffman. "He can take on linemen and usually makes short work of backs trying to block him. He can also slip his blockers because he moves so well laterally. His hits are big and they almost always end up in a ball carrier or receiver on the ground because he runs through them. Hutchings also excels in coverage and does a great job on his pass drops. He's got tremendous instincts. The big key is that he does it against arguably the toughest schedule of any program in the West, so he's dominant against elite programs."
Said Hutchings: "I would say I am athletic. I can go out and cover. I'm athletic, versatile, and explosive on impact when I hit. On plays that are going away from me I need to kind of just show a little bit more of a motor, but I would say I bring a lot of aggression to the game."
Hutchings will be one of the most sought-after prospects of the 2013 class, but Michigan has a couple solid ins with him and also caught his attention by being one of the first programs to offer, coming in just after in-state schools Cal and USC.
Quickly: Wiltfong on Future247 DE Jake Butt, who has interest from Michigan and recent offers from Northwestern, Syracuse, and Duke, but names Notre Dame as his early leader; Joliet (IL) Cathlic RB Ty Isaac is interested in Michigan ($, info in header), and should find his way onto campus in the relatively near future; DCC athlete Wyatt Shallman picks up an offer from Michigan State ($, info in header); TomVH with ($) articles on Canton OL Cameron Dillard, potential in-state battles for the class of 2013, and projecting how the numbers will work for next year's class (his guess, like mine, is somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 spots).
Nothing new with Brionte?
I really hope whichever coach Banner reveals his decision too respects his decision to keep the information private until Banner is comfortable with revealing his decision to the public.
I'm pretty sure that HC is going to just keep his mouth shut in regards to losing silent commit if he starts telling the world.
However, I find it hard to believe that it would stay a secret for 4 months.
I don't think it's coaches who are usually leaking this stuff (I mean, I'm sure it happens, but the risks are pretty big). It's all the OTHER people he tells in his circle, and who they tell that eventually makes it come out. Or they tell some recruitnik with less scruples than the MGoBlog ones (past and present) and that guy proves himself unworthy of trust.
It doesn't even have to be this direct. If Michigan suddenly "cools" on all of its offensive line prospects, people will infer than we probably got a Banner commitment.
For example, I thought the Tommy Schutt situation made it pretty clear at the time that we were about to get Ondre Pipkins.
I got thread jacked.
This is at least the second time I've seen you complain about not getting credit for a thread you started. Let it go.
Payton seems to be the recruiting elephant in the room right now.
The same Amani Toomer who had entirely awful things to say about Michigan within the last year? I don't think I will ever forget those that turned their backs in the last few years.
Hasn't Toomer said bad things about Michigan for like, forever? He hated on Lloyd long before RichRod got to UM. Just seems like he wasn't real happy here.
maybe im living under a rock but i completely missed toomer being a part of the former hate and whatnot? can one of you fill me in?
It doesn't sound like he was that unhappy:
"I know Amani Toomer," Hutchings said. "He is a guy that I talked to about the recruiting process. He didn't try to sell me on Michigan or anything like that. He just gave me some straight-up advice. He said Michigan was a great fit for him education-wise. It was somewhere he felt comfortable and where it felt like the coaches cared. He said that as I start getting deeper into the recruiting process, that some schools may just jump on the bandwagon. He said those first few offers are the ones I want to look at heavily. Michigan was No. 3."
... and yet jumping on any mildly negative news during the Hoke era with a "told you so" and responding to their successes with fat jokes about our own coaching staff is entirely different.
"I don't think I will ever forget those that turned their backs in the last few years."
Amani Toomer is surely terrified.
I know you think you've got all the answers and all the ins Magnus, but usually you come off as a real douchebag.Just FYI.Needed to be said.
Dymonte Thomas doesn't count as a commit off this season's success?
That video was solely focused on the 2012 class. But yes, the strong start to the season certainly helped Michigan land Thomas.
I know a few days ago there were some rumblings of a silent commit... I know payton seems to be the logical choice, but could it be that Banner already told hoke Michigan is decision and now it's just a waiting game to hear it from his mouth??
The same thought had crossed my mind, but it's really gotta be Payton
It's a good thing they say we are still heavily recruiting Shane morris.. idiots.. apparently they aren't aware he's committed
Until they're signed.
If only he'd said that he was visiting for the "Ohio" game, now that would be telling. Great info Ace.
I would love to have Wright be part of this class. It would be nice to get a foothold in that school, not to mention he would be a hell of an addition to what we currently have.
Jake Butt is an awesome football name.
Of course, if he does go to ND, it's good Mike Cox will have graduated by then, because the announcers would have problems if Mike ran into Jake on the line....
Thank you for that, I just choked on my water from laughing so hard.
Especially if Jake was rushing the qb and mike stuffed him...
Happens to the best of us.
Harrison is playing Lake Orion Friday, and I live in Lake Orion. If no one is covering the game already, I would be able to follow next year's commits and give updates.
This is fine, correct?
Game updates are always welcome especially if Ace can't get to that specific game.
Nice update Ace. Can't wait to see some of these top names drop for us and commit and add to our #1 class. Wright, Payton, Garnett, Dunn, and Darboh would be my picks, but time will tell.
a fantastic end to a fantastic class. I could definitely live with that.
Um, banner too?
If we have room I would be all for it. But I would like to see Garnett more because personally I think the interior of the line needs more depth than tackle.
The Sparty site there has an article talking about Hoke going after an MSU commit, but it's premium.
I can't see it being anyone other than Burbridge, Pittman (not likely) or McGowan/Higgins
One more reason to win this weekend, as if we needed it.
How about adolphus Washington? Not willing to take another DE?
I think we are done with DE recruiting for this class.
Apparently it is Jamal Lyles, which is interesting. He is a guy who on talent alone I think would be a good fit for Michigan. But we seem to be loaded already at LB and DE, the two positions he has been projected at.
Edit: The interesest is for TE, not defense. This is all coming from Sparty posters on Rivals, so take it for what it's worth.
Seems like a good place to note that even if you look at average star rating (on the far right of the table), our class is still Top 10 according to Scout:
|5.||Texas A&M||19||Big 12||4139||2||2||7||10||10||9||0||19||0||3.58|
My only suggestion:
Maybe when you list a kid's name, put his position too. You don't need to put what state or high school he's from every article or anything, but some of the recruiting newbies who don't follow it that much might benefit if a guy gets a position next to his name when he's first mentioned in an article.
I mean, I know who Kalis is, and I have heard most of the other names, but sometimes I get mixed up trying to keep track of all of them when I'm not seeing them on a regular basis. I know I've heard Garnett and Banner but I can't be sure what they play, for example.
For the most part in this article, you put positions, but it seemed like it was inconsistent. I mean this suggestion as more of an all-around one, not just this particular article.