his coaches lets him know
he grew a beard
Da'Shawn Hand has altered his visit plans after his scheduled visit to Florida conflicted with taking the SAT; as a result, he'll now visit Alabama on October 26th, when they play Tennessee, and Florida on November 9th, when they host Vanderbilt. Rivals analyst Mike Farrell thinks this is another good sign for Michigan, and a particularly bad one for Alabama, which won't get to host Hand for their marquee game against LSU ($):
Now Alabama has lost the advantage of selling Hand on the Tide during what would certainly be a huge home game with "College GameDay" in attendance. The Gators now get the last chance to impress Hand. The question is this: Can Florida dazzle him enough in one weekend on a first impression just days before his announcement and overcome all the work Michigan has done with two great visits since the spring?
Considering how deliberately and thoughtfully Hand has handled the process, it'd surprise me if he picked Florida after one visit occurring just five days before he makes his announcement, especially since he had a spectacular official visit experience at Michigan.
A lengthy video on Jabrill Peppers featuring interviews with Peppers, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, their coach at Paramus Catholic, and lots of close-up shots panning across faces in slow motion (also, Jabrill Peppers highlights, which never stop being fun):
Per MLive's Josh Slagter, Peppers rushed for 116 yards and an 80-yard touchdown, hauled in a TD reception, and recorded five tackles and an interception last week, then discussed how he deals with calls from other schools:
"I've made it abundantly clear I'm a Michigan Man," Peppers told MSGVarsity.com recently. "I've been recruiting some of the top talent throughout the country for Michigan. I'm just trying to explain to people what I felt, and why I committed."
You can stop calling him now, everybody else.
[Hit THE JUMP for scouting on the East Lake duo, the latest on Brian Cole, and much more.]
SBNation Recruiting discusses Michigan State's 2014 class. Oh, the lede, I love you:
Michigan State is looking to return to past glory on the field, and that will start with Mark Dantonio's efforts on the recruiting trail. The Spartans are looking at yet another solid recruiting class in 2014, filled entirely with three-stars, with many coming on the offensive and defensive lines.
What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief.
I missed this last week; TomVH noted in his mailbag that momentum may be shifting away from MSU in 2015 Saginaw ATH Brian Cole's recruitment ($):
Tom VanHaaren: It seems as though he might be, yes. Arnett, a wide receiver from Saginaw, Mich., hasn’t been getting playing time at Michigan State. He transferred from Tennessee after his freshman season, but hasn’t made an impact yet. That does seem to be something Cole (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) has taken notice of. Cole and Arnett are friends, as is Cole’s father. A program can’t change what it does on the field for a recruit, but in this case it does look like it’s having an impact on this prospect. I’m not sure there is much that can be done if that’s the way Cole and his family feels.
That's a good sign for Michigan, obviously, as Cole's recruitment is assumed to be an in-state battle. That could change, however, as Alabama has shown a lot of interest recently and could offer Cole soon, per Rivals's Josh Helmholdt ($).
For more on Cole, check out The M Block's film breakdown.
Tim Sullivan took a trip down to Florida to check out East Lake's 48-0 win over Dunedin($); here are brief snippets of his thoughts on Mason Cole...
In college, he has the size, strength, and bulk to excel in a straight-ahead gap blocking scheme that is preferred by Brady Hoke and Al Borges, with occasional forays into zone blocking. He has the overall length to play the tackle positions, and the thick base to play on the interior of the line. His ability to pull should make him an asset at either guard or tackle.
...and George Campbell:
Campbell had some issues catching the ball consistently - although he didn't have any drops in the game, he had to catch some a second time to secure them in both warmups and game action. Improving his concentration and become an excellent pass-catcher will help him become a better all-around receiver.
Campbell had a strong performance in the game, catching all three of his targets for 60 yards and a score; the continued reports of his issues catching the ball cleanly, however, are getting worrisome. Obviously, if Campbell is Braylon Edwards But Tall, we'll all be happy to live with a drop here and there; eventually, though, that trait could hurt the team at a very inopportune time (yes, I'm alluding to that Ohio State game).
As for their teammate, Clemson commit Artavis Scott, he was his usual explosive self. This quote, however, indicates that Michigan may have dodged a bullet:
"I don’t lift. I don’t know my grades. My coaches lets me know if I’m failing anything” - Four-star WR Artavis Scott to 247.
— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) September 17, 2013
Um, you should probably keep track of those.
Scout wanted to bring something new to the table, so they unveiled "The 2013 Ultimate 300", which takes players from all classes (2014, 2015, 2016) and attempts to rank them all on the same list—they rank all the players as if they're in the same class, which is interesting to see, though I'm not entirely sure how useful it is. We're aware that the elite juniors are better than the not-quite-elite seniors, and even some of the elite seniors; schools still recruit one class at a time, and with a list like this the underclassmen are always going to have less information on them than the seniors, which can either help or hurt them. I'd like to hear your thoughts on this; right now, I see it as an attempt to do something besides copy the 247 Composite rankings, which serve a very obvious and useful purpose.
Scout also released their 2016 names to watch, and it features several players—including Erik Swenson, Brendan Ferns, Thiyo Lukusa, De'le Harding, LaVert Hill, Messiah deWeaver, and Desmond Fitzpatrick—that have serious Michigan interest.
2014 CA ATH JuJu Smith cancelled his official visit to Ole Miss and added one to Oregon, per Rivals's Adam Gorney ($). He's still set to visit Michigan for The Game.
2015 Brother Rice QB Alex Malzone will visit Michigan for the Minnesota game, per Scout's Allen Trieu ($). He's probably on the outside looking in when it comes to landing an offer; if he gets one, there's a good chance he'd commit.
One of Michigan's first 2016 offers, GA TE Isaac Nauta, has Michigan in his top five with Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia, per 247's Steve Lorenz ($).
Top 2016 running back prospect Robert Washington made the trip from North Carolina to see the Akron game, and despite watching that debacle he told Steve Lorenz that his interest in the Wolverines is serious ($):
"Michigan has the total package," he said. "They have the academics, the athletics and the social life. You can't really ask for more in terms of what you're looking for in a school. Michigan also has the great coaching staff as well, which is clearly important to me as well."
This was his fourth visit to campus, and he said he'd definitely come up for the Ohio State game if he gets an offer, and might come regardless. He already holds offers from North Carolina, Ole Miss, and UCLA, and is fielding serious interest from Notre Dame and Georgia.
If you missed it, our own Brandon Brown caught up with 2015 DE Keisean Lucier-South.
his coaches lets him know
At Clemson they don't "play school" any more than Columbus
Happy Trails, Scott. Nice recap Ace
Basically he's been failing a few classes a few times....given that there is protocal now of what happens when he is failing a class.
Matrix dodged that bullet.
I'm down with the multi-class list thing. Sure, it won't be super accurate, but it's interesting to see where Scout feels the juniors stack up against the class ahead of them. It gives you a chance to see who is really good in the years to come.
I wonder where Clowney would have ranked against the guys a year older than him. My guess - still #1.
You can compare how classes would rank vs. each other. Sure a top guy is better than a 100 guy, but some years the top five might not even have cracked the previous/next year's top ten. There are stronger years and weaker ones. Would Hand and Peppers rank higher than most of the following year's top ten, or out of it? (Or any year).
I mean, really, none of it is truly "useful." It's all for entertainment purposes anyway.
The "ultimate 300" might not really serve a purpose, but I think it is interesting to look at.
I didn't expect to see Tim Settle as the first name listed for 2015. Does scout have him as the #1 overall for 2015?
What's also interesting is that this list has Settle 10 spots ahead of his buddy DeShawn.
I find it hard to believe that Erik Swenson didn't even make the list
I love the idea of comparing kids from different classes. I wish, instead of projecting '16 kids they'd compare '13, '14 & '15 kids.
Yes with the preface it is all fun and games, and for amusements I dont get throwing in the 2016s in there. These are sophomores and many are probably getting their first taste of varsity esp if the HS is only 3 years rather than 4. I get the 2013 v 2014 (or sr v jr in any year) but incl sophomores is a bit silly. You are probably going to get 25 2016s in any 1 year at the bottom 150 of that chart and then a year later half of more of those 25 wont even be the top 50 of their own class since so much can change at those ages. Anyhow, even within 1 class the rankings really dont mean that much - plenty of busts in the top 100 and plenty of great players outside the top 200 in any year.
Arty don't needta lift. It's god given. All he gotta do is show up.
This is where my mind went when I read that quote as well.
and his hands don't worry me just yet. He's still a 2015 kid still working on his game. Speculating that he is a potential Braylon Edwards almost two years before he puts on a winged helmet is a bit premature - here's to hoping he irons out the drops!
Yeah, I'm not worried about it yet either. He's what, 16? Better coordination comes with age. I remember someone asked a Scout guy about the lack of hands, and the Scout guy's response was basically 'Julio Jones wasn't a natural pass catcher either until he got to college." Hopefully Campbell can work at it, but you can't teach that height and speed, that's for sure. If nothing else, he could turn into a great deep safety.
But every player has stuff they need to work on as a junior. No one said he ha terrible hands, just that he needs to clean it up a little. That will come with repetition.
Gallon had the dropsies when he got to campus after playing QB/RB in the singlewing all of high school. Now look at him. It can be coached and practiced to improve upon.
Is Robert Washington a top 50 type prospect? Pretty good to have him on campus 4 times already when it's a 10 hour drive.
I don't think so, but the 2016 class is a ways off...
Your comment taken from The Bard on MSU's three star-rich class is perfect:
What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief.
Seems like we might say of SBNation
There's no room for faith, truth, nor honesty in this bosom of thine. It is all filled up with guts and midriff. (Henry IV)
If Artavis is allowed to get away with not lifting or knowing his grades he will be lost when he gets to Clemson. I think has the potential to be a great player, but that is not the mentality of a Michigan man.
I also like the idea of Jabrill, JuJu, Dymonte, and Countess in the secondary. That would be scary.
Even if we got JuJu, I doubt we would see a lot of Peppers+JuJu+Dymonte+Countess. I can see Dymonte taking Thomas Gordon's spot next year (he had better!) but I doubt JuJu displaces Jarrod Wilson ... more likely that he would be Wilson's successor.
It will be interesting to see if Raymon Taylor can hold off Stribling (maybe), Hollowell (probably) and Lewis (maybe) by the end of NEXT year.
I would bet we do see lots of Peppers though....
Don't think we get JuJu but the battle between Stribling, Hollowell, Lewis, and Taylor is getting interesting. Only issue with Taylor is by the time Stribling, and Lewis are more prepared for starting Taylor will be a Senior. Can't wait for Peppers moving all around the offense and defense next year.
Lets hold off on Peppers doing a lot on offense right away. Kid is going to be overwhelmed and learning the defense which is his primary position. Throwing him in as some offensive weapon fresh off the bus is asking too much. Let him learn that nickel spot next year and then ease him to some offensive plays as a sophomore. I think Woodson didnt play offense until his sr year (maybe jr as well).
didn't play his senior year. Man, if he did.... oh i don't want to think about the past. I beleive his first serious looks on offense were his junior (and last) year.
Damn...the memory is the first thing to go. Only 3 years. Went to check his stats - he had 6 carries in his sophomore year, and 5 in his junior, 13 catches as a sophomore and 12 as a junior. Ok so my point stands on let Peppers learn the defense in year 1 but my memory was off on which years of his career Woodson killed it :) It would be great if Peppers can return punts too - I think Breaston is the last guy we've had that I felt really had a chance to do damage each return.
There is definitely smoke with the Cole/Arnett rumors as one of Arnettt's family members was in that twitter conversation with TomVH!
Don't be associating Cole with datbull 4 life. C'mon man!
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I know this is a ways off, but I can't wait for Jabrill. I sure hope he plays some offense. I'm just imagining Jabrill in the wildcat with Norfleet coming on a jet sweep. Unstoppable!
Only 11 months. It's not too far off. And you are not alone.
Braylon Edwards But Tall? Isn't Braylon 6'3? Isn't Campbell also 6'3?
I think he measured in at 6'3 at The Opening.
Yeah, Campbell is 6'3" and Braylon measured 6'2.5" at the NFL combine. I think it was mostly a joke. That said, Campbell is 16 and could feasibly add an inch or two still.
Yeah, I know it's a Fred Jackson joke but I think Braylon Edwards But Fast (or something) makes more sense. I think this horse has been beat enough though.
I doubt that makes any more sense since Braylon was really fucking fast. Maybe faster than Campbell is. Remember, Braylon ran track when he was here and was one of the fastest guys on the team.
Agreed that Braylon was fast. But his combine 40 was 4.43 and Campbell's Opening 40 was a 4.36. Which high school fake 40 time caveats apply (plus Braylon probably weighed 20 pounds more at the combine) but it at least makes a bit more sense than a 6'3 guy being a 6'3 guy but tall. Maybe Campbell will grow a couple of inches as you said and make this moot.
I guess the dead horse wasn't beat enough after all.
Campbell is 6-5.
Look at the pictures of him next to other commits. He's not 6-5.
As I have been saying a few weeks now, it would be somewhat cool to have the first 6'5+ (or 6'3 or 6'4 - whatever he grows to in a few years) gazelle running safety in the nation. Of course not as exciting as that type of burner at WR but still I don't think I've ever seen such a tall safety in the football landscape.
What seems to be everyone's problem with him? He seems really talented. Is there something holding the coaches back from offering?
You only take one QB each class. He can't just be "good". He has to be spectacular. Lot's of guys like Malzone deserve consideration, but they will only offer the guy they want to commit. There may not be anything "wrong" wtih Malzone, but there may be some better options out there.
I agree with this. The QBs the coaches are going after first are the elite kids. Malzone is good, but there is nothing to suggest he is an elite talent yet. He only has offers from MAC schools, and even those came just this month.
He's not as good as some of the other quarterbacks.