Michigan's big recruiting weekend came and went without any commitments, which is unfortunate. It's pretty rough out there with all he negativity and the 2-6 and all that; hopefully Michigan can hold it together over the next few months, bring home a recruiting class around #10, and then start building for 2010. You can tell the
The reaction out there is just about all locked behind paywalls; it's the usual, with most players saying "everyone's even." I don't think Michigan moved anyone to the extent it would change their commitment: FL S Vlad Emilien looks like a good possibility, but teammate and FL CB Josh Robinson is likely to stay close to home.
These have all been featured on the blog so you likely know about them, but Thomas VanHaaren has been interviewing various prospects. MD CB Travis Hawkins has given off an Oregon vibe earlier and did so explicitly in VanHaaren's latest:
Oregon is my dream school. I took a visit, and I like the coaches. Their facilities are ridiculous man, and the players are real cool too.
Accursed Nike money! The Ducks seem likely to win out here.
In the boat.
Tate Forcier remains in the boat, and here's some video for you from the youtubes:
Faster than I thought he might be, though I think his level of competition is pretty weak.
Get in the boat!
Your weekly-ish article on MI DT Will Campbell and this blog's weekly-ish attempt to reassure you that Thor is indeed coming this way:
The competition for Campbell comes from some of the nation’s top programs. LSU is one of those contenders, and they already boast a recruiting success at Cass Tech, having lured offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale to Baton Rouge from the class of 2007. Miami is another program pushing hard for Campbell, and he has set an official visit to Coral Gables for the weekend of Dec. 14.
USC and Georgia have also been named as potential official visit destinations by Campbell. The Trojans offered him a scholarship early in his recruitment, but after traveling to Cass Tech last spring they came away feeling this is one state of Michigan target they would have trouble getting away from the Wolverines.
That should make you feel better, since it's one school not putting on a full court press. And it's USC, which will recruit anyone from anywhere as long as they've got five stars next to their name.
GH: Have you narrowed it down to a top five yet? BM: I’ve got a top 6, right now it’s Oregon, Texas Tech, Penn State, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Colorado.
GH: I didn’t hear Michigan on that list? BM: I’ve been to Michigan three times, I don’t feel like I need an official. They’re kind of at the bottom of my list, that was kind of the reason for de-commiting, I just feel that there are other options out there, I want to take some other looks, and go from there.
GH: Have you told Michigan they are no longer an option for you? BM: No, we don’t talk as often as we used to. It’s not any kind of grudge, I just kind of fell off, I talk to the coaches every once in a while, they’re still great guys, I just don’t feel like that’s the place for me.
GAME MVP- Teric Jones, Cass Tech Jones finished with 161 yards and two TDs and constantly picked up chunks of 20 yards. He is just sick in the open field with great cut back ability and field vision.
Thomas Gordon, Cass Tech- Gordon could have also been MVP with his 146 rushing yards and two TDs. His play at safety was limited to long passing downs but you can't fault the coaching staff because Gordon is still favoring a hamstring injury and you can afford to lose your QB.
William Campbell, Cass Tech- just a pure beast and physical presence on the line. Speed, strength, technique- he has the whole package but more importantly he is a true team leader. Campbell is constantly firing up his teammates and slapping hands. He had a pair of sacks but put Hall on his back at least 6 times.
There's more, including some good pictures.
Juniors and such.
Though MI S Marvin Robinson didn't commit at the MSU visit like many expected he would, I don't think there's a whole lot to worry about:
TOM: Have you been working on any other players?
MARVIN: Ricardo Miller I know has been working on Lo Wood. I talked to Chris Dunkley, when we were at the Florida-Miami game. I’m trying to get him up to the game this weekend at Michigan.
Michigan remains the heavy leader, IMO.
Meanwhile, there's yet another Florida secondary kid on the radar: Scout has an article up titled "FL Jr CB Coming to UM – with friends?" Articles titled that give away more in their header than they contain in their body; that cornerback in question is FL CB Tyler Blandin and he might be one to watch over the next few months.
Etc.: Entertaining fluff on MI S Thomas Gordon from Mick McCabe; also depressing note on his car.
I have no idea what Tate’s running the 40 in these days, or the level of his hs competition. But one thing you can see from the film is that he has good acceleration, and is comfortable running the ball. If Rich has visions of implementing his WVA spread, running 70% of the time and relying on the QB to take a lot of those carries, Forcier isn’t our guy. But in a 50/50 run-pass offense, as Brain says in the Northwestern mold, I think Tate is going to give M what it needs in the running dept. Which is a guy who the weakside DE absolutely must respect.
As we’ve all seen, Threet doesn’t have bad speed, it just takes him 2 or 3 strides to get going. And he can’t make any sort of a cut without losing all his momentum and starting over. Defenses can get away with foregoing their contain responsibility on the QB and 9 times out of 10, Threet won’t be able to make them pay with more than 4-6 yards (2 of which come from falling forward). Because Tate can accelerate and appears to be able to make some nice cuts without losing the speed he has, he will force the D to play honestly.
Clearly Tate's running was solid, but my favorite clip was the first play they showed where he scrambled in the pocket, spun away from a defender and was still able to find the open receiver in the back of the endzone. Most young QB's give up on throwing the ball once they get flushed from the pocket, but he was still able to not only find the open man but make a good throw. Could be fun.
Because they beat Cass Tech also doesn't mean they have better Big Ten level talent. Rockford has been one of the best teams in Michigan's largest divisions for the past decade, and they haven't had a single Big Ten recruited player.