I love being a homer. When I read that Nacho likes Wisconsin, Michigan, and UM, all I could think was, "He likes us twice? Wohoo!!!"
Thursday Recruitin' is READY FOR SOME FOOTBAW
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Since next week's Thursday Recruitin' is the last one(!) before actual football(!), I'll devote a good portion of it to a visitor list for the UConn game. Of course, there's no harm in looking ahead, right?
FL RB Demetrius Hart (at right) is expected to make it in for UConn (along with either the Michigan State or Iowa game). Will he be able to convince his buddy, Alabama Commit S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix to join him? (Sounds like it).
GA S Avery Walls has named four of the schools that he'll officially visit. Michigan, Tennessee, Cal, and Oregon are the lucky few, and he's trying to schedule a fifth. The Michigan visit is next week.
LA CB Daren Kitchen will make his official visit for the UConn game ($, info in header). He's on commitment watch if a written offer comes through.
Tom has compiled a more comprehensive list, including a number of unofficial visitors from the classes of 2011 and 2012.
Non-UConn related, NJ S Sheldon Royster might try to visit Michigan before the end of the month ($, info in header). Seeing as how the month ends in five days, he'd have to get that over with very soon.
In less certain visit news, a couple guys are "maybes" on making it to Ann Arbor this fall.
OH OL Aundrey Walker has named three official visit destinations: Michigan State, Ohio State, and USC. The Spartans and Trojans seem to be the two teams giving Ohio State the biggest challenge. Michigan is a longshot for him at this point. [Ed: Glenville guy so obvs.]
FL CB/S Jonathan Aiken is starting to set his official visits, and Michigan should be one of those:
“Nothing is really set in stone, but there’s really a couple I really plan on taking which is Rutgers and UCLA,” said Aiken. “Once I get my schedule from my coach, I can probably go ahead and set them two in stone, because those are two I really plan on taking. There are a couple others, I might go to Michigan.”
It doesn't sound like he's high on the Wolverines, and he's planning to make a commitment in the early fall. If he does come to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines might secure his commitment, but otherwise don't hold your breath (H/T On the Banks).
CA CB/Ath DeAnthony Thomas, a USC commit, has talked about visiting other schools, including Michigan. However, it's not the Wolverines (or even the Trojans) that he's favoring:
Thomas who is nicknamed the "Black Mamba" is the top CB in the country. He was considered a lock to USC but now lists Washington and UCLA as his favorites.
We'll have to wait and see if Rich Rodriguez offers Thomas.
Pruning Lists, Taking Tests, Graduating Early
NJ QB/TE Tanner McEvoy is narrowing his list to ten schools. Once he gives his turndowns to the coaches of teams that aren't making the cut, he'll make the list public. I would be surprised if Michigan makes the cut (H/T On the Banks).
MI RB Thomas Rawls, is trying to up his ACT score, and takes it again in September. He speaks with Fred Jackson regularly, and it sounds ike Michigan will offer once he gets qualified.
His film is impressive, and he could be the big back complement in this class if everything works out academically. Rawls is in a similar situation to MI DT Damon Knox, whose impressive film could net him an offer with improvement in the classroom.
IL OL Chris Bryant is the latest profilee of Sam Webb in the Detroit News. The upshot:
"Signing day was my goal, but with everyone committing so early and everything it is hard to say (that a choice will be held off that long). Once I set my top schools and they start filling up, I'm going to have to go ahead and decide out of my top schools which one I'm going to...
"(The Michigan coaches) were telling me that I'm definitely one of the top guys on their recruiting list," he said. "If it ever came down to the point where they were just running out of spots or had one spot left, they said that they would definitely get in contact with me and let me know.
If Michigan pushes for a commitment at some point, they're likely to get one.
MD DT Darian Cooper has narrowed his list to seven schools, including Michigan. He won't plan any official visits until he is down to five schools.
NC Ath Kris Frost tells Tom that he plans to graduate early from high school. If he commits to Michigan, look for a January enrollment.
WI RB Melvin Gordon committed to Iowa.
IN OL Nick Martin committed to Kentucky.
FL OL Max Lang committed to South Florida.
MI TE Ben McCord committed to Ball State. He wasn't willing to wait around for higher-caliber offers, it seems.
FL DE/DT/OT Giorgio Newberry is planning official visits to LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Clemson. He doesn't mention Michigan in the article, and another one says he's down to a final list without the Wolverines, so happy trails it is.
SC DE Gerald Dixon has trimmed his list to South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, and Wake Forest.
MI CB Valdez Showers committed to Florida yesterday. Michigan State and Michigan were the runners-up, though he said he always wanted to get out of the state.
FL QB Nick Patti won the Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge at the Las Vegas Elite 11 camp.
FL OL Abraham "Nacho" Garcia (at right) is interested in a few schools early in the process:
I like Wisconsin, Michigan and UM too,” Garcia said. “I’ve read up on the Big 10 and I have friends that are going there. I have friends that are going to a bunch of schools."
With LSU, Florida, and Ohio State also on the radar, it sounds like he has bigtime early interest. He wants to be the top recruit in the class of 2012, thanks to his run blocking skills:
"Abe is the kind of guy that can be the cornerstone of your team," Harriot said. "He's a strong force, he's the anchor of our line. We know we can go to his side whenever we need a first down or a touchdown."
Keep an eye on Garcia for next year's class.
OH DE Chris Wormley attended Michigan's Fan Day on Sunday.
to clarify that I go to The University of Michigan when I tell people from out of state that I go to U of M. There should be a law making us the only U of M.
That is all.
options for new shirt designs
Nacho, clearly, being the traditional nickname for "Abraham."
"I like Wisconsin, Michigan and UM too,”
To my Michigan ears, that sounds a bit redundant.
EDIT: Damn, Maceo beat me to it.
Let the season begin, so we can start destroying teams and bring in some high-caliber recruits. Come on Dee and HaHa, come to UM and bring some others with you!
Anyone nicknamed "Black Mamba" should get an automatic scholarship offer. Yesterday.
I hope Nacho doesn't like cheese heads.
From Nacho's coach:
We know we can go to his side whenever we need a first down or a touchdown
Don't they always want first downs and touchdowns?
I guess they pretty much go to his side unless they're in victory formation or want to play with their little brother.
They always want them, yes. Does that mean they're vital on every single play? No.
I'm imagining an LSUfreek creation in which Lane Kiffin walks in on DeAnthony Thomas grinding with Rick Neuheisel and taking body shots off of Steve Sarkasian at Club Karma. Kiffin goes ballistic, screaming that Sark that he's traitor and a whore. They start slapping each other and have to be separated. DeAnthony Thomas cooly turns to Lane and says he's sorry, that he's truly committed to him. As they're walking out Thomas slickly hands Neuheisel his number only to have his guile betrayed by Neuheisel who immediately bursts in Kiffin's direction, "THE MONOPOLY IS OFFICIALLY OVER." Kiffin turns and looks over and the camera freezes. ("Get Crazy" plays in the background and fade to black.)
An article about him from the LA Times, he says his mom doesn't want him to leave the state. Hopefully we can get him out for a visit.
Is he an unspoken OSU commit? We have a long, long line of OH d-backs, from Thom Darden to Dave Brown to Charles Woodson to Morgan Trent and too many others to mention in between. We need to get more of those guys, and at least make Tressel work really hard to get them. The best Ohio recruits are not just wins for us. They are win-wins.
I recall our being on Doran's short list. I'm just wondering if his real list has more than one school on it.
Uh, Trent is a OLSM kid, straight outta Michigan.
Well, Morgan Trent plays in Ohio now, maybe that's what he meant.
It's actually the second time I have completely forgotten that Trent went to OLSM. I always recall him beating Ted Ginn Jr. in the h.s. track meet in Ohio; and thinking it was the state h.s. finals. It was just a kind of all-star track meet in the spring of 2004.
but most OSU insiders would be pretty surprised if he went anywhere else.
Usually you can tell when OSU gets nervous about a recruit when they start offering other players at that position. This hasn't been the case at DB.
I actually think if he was picking today, he'd be a Spartan rather than a Buckeye.
September 4 has all the makings of a great day. Brock Mealer, begining of the 2010 season, dedication of the Big House, and beating UConn. What a great opportunity to sell the program to some great prospects.
It sounds more and more like Demetrius Hart could be a MGoCommit in the near future. Am I reading too much into things or do you feel the same way? On a scale from 1-10 (10 being the highest), how confident are you about Hart committing to Michigan at some point? Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the board. You may have some catching up to do with regard to Hart's recruitment. Common opinion suggests that if we win on the field this year, we're in the driver's seat. Auburn has been hanging around to swoop in should we implode.
And implode we will not.
Dee is a big possibility and I personally see him committing during or shortly after the UConn game, hopefully.
8? 9? Within a month... 7? 8?
Anyone heard anything on him,I am hoping we would him.
Do we honestly have a shot at landing him? His name seems to keep coming up on numerous pro Michigan sites, but I have yet to see anything outside of our fanbase to suggest he really has all that much interest in us. Obviously being a teammate of Harts doesn't hurt our chances, but do I have any real reason to get excited about the possibility of him going Blue? I dont follow recruiting all that closely, so I may just be missing a lot of info here.
There is a chance, but don't hold your breath. He is committed to Bama I believe, but if we can get him up here with Dee, there is a decent chance maybe that he decommits from there and goes Blue.
I think he probably sticks with Bama, but it never hurts getting top prospects onto campus. You never know what can happen (especially since the current coaching staff reportedly does an AMAZING job once they get kids into Ann Arbor), and even if he doesn't switch, it doesn't hurt to have top prospects forming positive opinions of Michigan, wherever they ultimately end up.
How about some LINEBACKERS! We could use a few of those.
simply because I can then make the obvious "get out of our Kitchen" jokes when he makes plays.
I really hope Demetrius commits after the game and convinces Hasean to switch to Michigan. I don't expect him to switch from Alabama but one can dream right?