Shadout Woods, Piter De Lundell or Freman Freeman? I heard we offered them too.
Update 5/12: Linked to video on MI QB Devin Gardner LA QB Munchie Legaux, articles on CA RB Brennan Clay (second), MI DE Will Gholston (and TN QB Barry Brunetti), FL CB Rashad Knight, PA DE Kyle Baublitz, OH LB Jewone Snow, OH LB Jordan Hicks, FL LB Christian Jones, FL RB Eduardo Clements, PA DT Sharrif Floyd (video interview), MD RB/LB Zach Zwinak (and teammates, also more), OH WR commit DJ Williamson, CT LB Khari Fortt, MI CB Mylan Hicks.
Headers on FL CB Spencer Boyd.
Removed TX QB Jeremy Johnson (Baylor or WVU).
Added FL CB Josh Fulton($), FL CB Tony Grimes, NC DE Fre'shad Hunter($), SC OL Eric Mack (more on Mack; HT JCCW), PA LB Ken Wilkins, FL LB Zachary Allen($, more), MD OL Arie Kouandjio, FL CB TC Robinson, TN LB Justin Maclin($), FL CB Merrill Noel, FL DT Richard Ash.
Editorial Opinion: Recruiting board lives here. I even updated it this week. Many links, but not a whole lot of news. One good thing for Michigan fans currently apoplectic about the rankings that make NO SENSE but very ANGER—why have I gone into EPINION MODE—is this top 100 list from TSN. I'm not sure how it was compiled, or how credible it is versus the Scout/Rivals lists that have built up a reputation over the years, but who cares when it says this:
26. Ricardo Miller
31. Devin Gardner
90. Marvin Robinson
That is more along the lines of what I am talking about, sir.
TX QB Jeremy Johnson dropped us in favor of Baylor or WVU, which okay. I know he had an "offer" but given how many offers Michigan has out at the moment that's no way to tell how seriously Michigan was pursuing him.
FL RB Eduardo Clements hasn't left the board yet, but he favors Georgia, FSU, and Miami. He mentioned Michigan was a school of interest after their offer and is, I believe, still contemplating a visit; I'd be very surprised to see anything come of it.
Quick Commit Now
CA RB Brennan Clay is this year's Sam Montgomery: a guy who isn't shy about telling you who his leader is, or changing it every 15 seconds. I'd virtually written him off a couple times already this year. So, naturally:
"I loved playing with [Forcier]," Clay said. "I love the players on the team and I love the Michigan coaches. I enjoy talking with [Wolverines head coach] Rich Rodriguez and [quarterbacks coach and area recruiter] Rod Smith. Honestly, they would be my top school if I had a top school. I just really like that program."
Clay shot up the rankings after an extremely impressive camp performance; USC is still holding off but virtually everyone else has put their name in for Clay. Oklahoma is the latest. Expect Clay to wobble several more times. I have moved him from red to yellow, FWIW.
MI CB Mylan Hicks started the year as a guy who looked like he'd pick up offers from Michigan State and a few other middling Big Ten schools, with Michigan's interest contingent on a summer camp performance. Well, Michigan offered a month ago and Hicks just racked up a combine MVP performance:
His nickname is “Clamps” and Hicks lived up to it today. He began the day by measuring in at over 5’11 and running a 4.49 forty (on a hurt hamstring), one of the top times on the day. He then set the bar in the shuttle with his 4.23, which was later equaled by Arnett. 1-1s was what he came for though and again, he impressed me as he did at the Columbus 7-7. This kid is confident, aggressive and cannot stand giving up completions.
Alabama and Notre Dame were mentioned as potential future offers; Hicks is seeming like a higher priority by the day. Conventional wisdom has Hicks favoring Michigan State, but that might be an artifact of his high school, which sent a couple kids to MSU last year.
Also of note from that combine was the offensive MVP: 2011 MI WR DeAnthony Arnett. Arnett is in a neck-and-neck battle with Detroit Ren linebacker Lawrence Thomas to be the state's top player next year, and he's already got a Michigan offer.
I'm sure I mentioned a new offer for FL CB Rashad Knight last week. Knight quickly put Michigan on top of his list, but that was a header-only nugget of information. A little more detail is now available:
“Michigan offered me today,” Knight said. “My coach let me know. They called and offered. Then, I got home and it was in the mail. I always liked Michigan. One of my favorite players is Desmond (Howard). Since (Rich) Rodqiguez has gotten they have really recruited Florida hard. I like the coaches. I would say they are my leader at this point. I will try and get there this summer. I will go see a few colleges like Illinois and Michigan. This is a big one for me.”
But not so fast my friend…
"I also really like Florida State. They have not offered me yet. They want to see my come to their camp this summer.”
Michigan's in a good spot here as long as Florida State doesn't offer. If they do… eh… that's probably where he's going.
Rivals has handed out all its three stars, leaving only one Michigan commit unranked: OH WR DJ Williamson of Warren Harding. That means he'll probably get two stars because of a lack of film. Erk? Eh… this is actually a a case where you can argue Michigan's uncovered a diamond in the rough. Williamson isn't going to camps or combines, wanted Michigan from the start, and doesn't care about his rankings. He's a wildcard.
He's also pretty fast:
…meet overall MVP Deaver Williamson won the 100 and 200 and anchored the winning 400 and 800 relays.
"I'm trying to push my team to get win a sixth straight Trumbull County Championship. It feels good to win," Williamson said after the 200 where he grabbed his one leg. "My leg cramped up a bit. I'm glad it happened near the end."
This is the second article from this paper to call Williamson "Deaver," but a couple commenters are adamant it's actually "D'Aver," FWIW. I'm sticking with DJ.
Offer T-Shirt Gun
At this point I envision Rich Rodriguez is in possession of one of those pneumatic t-shirt hurling devices you see at sporting events, except he's gotten Barwis—who is also MacGuyver, apparently—to soup that thing up to the point where it can chuck stuff into low earth orbit. He fills it with offer letters, laughs maniacally, and begins shooting, mostly at Florida.
Offers have landed on the doorstep or heads of the following:
- SC OL Eric Mack. Mack has a top four of southern schools and favors Auburn; this isn't likely to be relevant.
- A host of Pahokee kids: DT Richard Ash, LB Zachary Allen, and CB Merrill Noel. This brings Michigan's Pahokee offer count to five (WRs DeJoshua Johnson and Chris Dunkley are the others). Relevance? Ash is likely to stay south, but Allen and Noel could be names to watch. All have meh guru ratings but some impressive offers.
- PA LB Ken Wilkins and TN LB Justin Maclin. Decent offers for both—more impressive for Maclin—and what sounds like genuine interest.
- Yet more Florida corners: Tony Grimes and Josh Fulton. Don't know much about either yet; Grimes appears to be in the midst of the proverbial "blow up"; I believe OSU has just offered.
- Aaand NC DE Fre'Shad Hunter. Hunter's first name makes me think it's just a matter of time before football recruits are named after made-up words in Dune: Arrakis Smith, Sardaukar Jones, Imperial Pashtun Robinson.
All of these guys have good rankings or offers for the slightly worried.
Not So Much
Varsity Blue saw this quote on FL LB Christian Jones and saw hope…
"Everybody wants to know if they can get him away from FSU," said Tom Oliver, Lake Howell's coach. "Christian's dad wants him to look for what's best for him. He's open."
…and I just saw a guy obviously going to Florida State.
Etc.: CT LB Khari Fortt interview mostly discusses Penn State, which makes sense because apparently they lead. MD RB/LB Zach Zwinak is noncommital, as is PA DE Kyle Baublitz. OH LB Jewone Snow plans a return visit. Long profile on PA DT Sharrif Floyd, who's had a rough go of it. Yet more Gardner video, and highlights of LA QB Munchie Legaux.
what about Shai-Hulud Taylor or Giedi Prime Danielson?
"I don't think anybody wants an offer . . ."
That's a damn lie, and you know it!!
Ty @ The Lions in Winter
I didn't know you posted here...
I first noticed you over at profootballtalk.com and have since read your blog a few times.
on Sharrif Floyd. This kid a must have on my list.
For some reason I have a strange feeling that we end up getting Clay. Purely gut feeling, absolutely no substance to back that up. Here's hoping.
Probably a FSU lean, but you never know. The one I'm really hoping for is Harkonnen "Spice" Miller. Absolute lock-down corner.
I have a good feeling about Kwisatz Haderach Jones, S Arrakis High.
you don't see nearly enough dune references here...
(sorry, wrong spot, somehow.)
In that TSN top 100 article it says nobody wants to see him get out of state so expect the Wolverines to grab him.
Either this is evidence that they aren't truly on top of things, or they have crazy good insider info. Let's go option B!
I don't think they're on top of that one.
Hunter is definitely an NCSU lean at this point. He is expected to make a decision in June.
Still hearing that Gabe King is a UNC/Cal battle. One note of interest on him -- he's been suspended from playing football this year after he was ruled to have attended the wrong high school.
Northern Guilford (near Greensboro) has been stocking its athletics programs full of ringers for a couple of years now. This is old news in places like Charlotte...but Northern Guilford got busted and King was one of the first victims.
I feel pretty good about Paul Muad'Dib as a safety prospect. After all, his name is a killing word.
Especially if it gets the Marching band to play Toto after he sacks the quarterback.
You guys are nerds.
Man I was thinking the same thing.
Yeah, wow. I know I started it but you guys picked that ball up and went with it.
Man Rich Rodriquez seems to really love Pahokee. I don't blame him though their is some scary speed down there.
EDIT: this is a reply to QB Waggle below . . . Apparently MGoBlog doesn't like Opera Mini.
Thanks for checking out my blog. Truth be told, I'm a third-generation Spartan--but Brian's stuff is as good as there is, and it's always nice to hear the balancing opinion to breathless Spartan optimism.
Ty @ The Lions in Winter
...why desmond howard's last name is in parentheses in the knight comment? i think of that as a correction on the writer's part, which makes me wonder what he actually said...desmond hooper? desmond houston? or (my personal favorite) desmond tutu?