"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
Today's recruiting roundup covers new offers in both the '13 and '14 classes, the updated Rivals rankings, and more.
Found: Goal Line Back, Destroyer Of Worlds
If you like to watch enormous people destroy things, you'll very much enjoy Maurice Hurst Jr.'s senior highlight tape:
About the only thing that's missing is him beating a block in a fashion other than bull rush. When your bull rush works like this, though, there's not much reason to switch things up at the high school level:
When you're done marveling at MASS DESTRUCTION, check out the "block" by the fullback
Also, if Hurst is never used as a goal-line back at Michigan, I'll be a very sad panda.
247 released senior highlights of Jake Butt this week, as well—he did impressive work on offense this season, lining up both as a traditional tight end and split out wide.
[Hit THE JUMP for a roundup of Michigan's latest offers, the updated 2013 Rivals rankings, and more.]
Let The Pillaging Commence
Brady Hoke certainly isn't afraid to raid other school's classes in an effort to bolster his own; he's already flipped Ross Douglas (Penn State) and Da'Mario Jones (Central Michigan) in the 2013 class, is currently pursuing linemen Kenny Lacy (UCLA commit) and Cameron Hunt (Cal commit), and now his latest 2013 offers are out to prospects committed to other Big Ten schools.
Scout's Bill Greene reports($) that the Wolverines offered OH CB Reon Dawson, an Illinois commit and Trotwood-Madison teammate of Mike McCray. Dawson says he's sticking with the Illini for now, but is considering a visit to Ann Arbor.
Michigan also offered Cass Tech OL Dennis Finley, a Michigan State commit, per multiple outlets. Finley told 247's Sean Scherer that "I'm a Spartan and I'm sticking with my commitment," so it doesn't appear the offer will amount to anything ($). It's unclear how the Finley offer relates to the status of Michigan's other O-line targets, but things still look good with David Dawson and Cameron Hunt.
Speaking of Dawson, he had to reschedule this weekend's planned visit to Ohio State because he's taking the ACT, per TomVH. He'll be in Ann Arbor on December 14th, along with Hunt, and if he wants a spot in the Wolverine class it's quite possible he won't make it down to Columbus after all.
Another visit that won't happen: Leon McQuay III's planned official to USC this weekend. Lane Kiffin will have an in-home visit with the McQuays on Monday and it's possible he'll reschedule the visit. The resignation of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, however, definitely hurts USC's chances to ultimately land him. It still appears that this is a race between Vanderbilt, Michigan, and Florida State.
In other Trojan-related news, four-star TX WR Eldridge Massington decommitted from USC after learning they wouldn't have the room to take him as an early enrollee, according to ESPN's Damon Sayles ($). Massington tore his ACL in July and wants to enroll at a school in December in order to get the best possible rehab on his knee. He doesn't have any favorites or visits set up at this time; Michigan was heavily involved with him before his USC commitment and could find their way back into the picture.
2013 Rivals Rankings Updated
After the Rivals100 was updated on Monday, the changes to the full Rivals250 and beyond were revealed this week. Aside from Wyatt Shallman dropping out of the Rivals250 after previously being at #206, the changes for Michigan commits were relatively minor. Dymonte Thomas (#107), Chris Fox (#123), Jake Butt (#141), Jourdan Lewis (#147), Taco Charlton (#231), Ross Douglas (#238), and Logan Tuley-Tillman (#245) made the cut among Wolverine commits.
In further Rivals updates, Channing Stribling jumped from two stars to three, earning a 5.7 rating—he's ranked as the #28 safety in the country, just four spots away from the lowest four-star. Da'Mario Jones went from unranked to a three-star prospect (5.6 rating), though he didn't crack the list of ranked wide receivers.
ESPN released the rosters for the Under Armour All-American Game, which will take place on January 4th. All of Michigan's commits slated to play—Mike McCray, Shane Morris, Henry Poggi, Patrick Kugler, and Logan Tuley-Tillman—were placed on the "Nitro" (white) team coached by former 49ers and Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. Other players on interest on the white squad include Laquon Treadwell, Gareon Conley, Ty Isaac, Na'Ty Rodgers, David Dawson, and Cameron Hunt—the odds are pretty good that Michigan will have more than five commits on the team by the time the game rolls around.
Michigan offered 2014 CA RB Joe Mixon yesterday, according to TomVH ($, info in header). Mixon stands at 6'1", 191 pounds, and holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, and Washington, as well as interest from Oregon.
2014 FL WR Corey Holmes, who's previously put Michigan at the top of his list, told 247's Todd Worly that he might drop by a bowl practice in Tampa before the Outback Bowl ($). He's also planning another visit to Ann Arbor for the summer or fall next year; it looks like there's still serious interest from him.
2014 OL commit Denzel Ward picked up an offer from Ohio State yesterday, but quickly dispelled any concerns that he'd waver on his Michigan commitment:
Still an Michigan commit. Many opportunities will come but I believe I capitalized on the best situation for me.
Finally, Michigan is starting to show interest in 2013 OH LB Rasheen Jones, a current Cincinnati commit, according to Cincinnati.com's Mike Dyer. Jones is a three-star on all four recruiting sites. So far, it looks like the extent of his Michigan recruitment has been a phone call from one of the coaches to his high school coach, so it's unclear how strong the interest from the Wolverines is at the moment.