i <3 tuesday recruiting. and i also think fitz toussaint is a legend in the making.
Update 9/15: Linked to articles on FL S Angelo Hadley, MN WR commit Bryce McNeal, VA DE Will Hill, OK RB David Oku (second, third, fourth, fifth), MI DT Will Campbell (second), MI S Thomas Gordon, MS S Dennis Thames, SC S Devontae Holloman, NJ WR Nyshier Olivier, SC DE Sam Montgomery. Moved NJ DE Anthony Lalota to committed.
Added FL QB Denard Robinson, FL LB Mike Marry, OH CB Mike Edwards, LA WR Rueben Randle. Re-added MA OL Brennan Williams, SC OL Quinton Washington.
Dropped VA QB Kevin Newsome, TN LB Greg King, AL CB Dre Kirkpatrick, IN OL Kyle Kohene, CA OL Everett Benyard.
Editorial Opinion: Recruiting board lives here. Programming note: going forward, the recruiting posts will be on Tuesday, since Monday already has a game column and a presser bits recap as anchor content.
What has ESPN reduced us to?
The Beav was on the teevee on Thursday. If you missed it to do something more socially respectable like drink a fifth of Wild Turkey and throw up on a clown, Varsity Blue has your back:
Aren’t those otters, by the way? I’m pretty sure they’re otters.
Beaver’s final numbers were impressive: 21 for 33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns plus 18 carries for 84 yards; the rushing average goes up significantly if you cut out the sacks. There was a bad interception and a back-breaking fumble late when Beaver attempted to do too much with the ball.
The overall opinion on Beaver from people in the chat was positive with some reservations. Beaver showed excellent touch on his short passes and kept his eyes downfield while scrambling around, sometimes with spectacular results. His running between effective and dynamic. There were a couple Favre-ian moments where he ran around and threw a ball that looked like a terrible idea only to see it hauled in by an open receiver. The reservations: dude is a bit of a toothpick, he occasionally loops a pass he should rifle in, and general high-school-kid-doing-too-much stuff. He outplayed the Sulfur Springs quarterback, a top 100 player to Rivals.
Come home, prodigal Thor.
Everyone’s still a little freaked out about MI DT Will Campbell’s decommitment but I am telling you not to fret. So is Campbell’s mom:
"He's still basically committed to U-M, but I said there is nothing wrong with going to visit a few schools. There is nothing wrong with that."
Also, Mike Farrell says this:
Sources close to Campbell say that while he's going to enjoy the process, take his official visits and see some other programs, he is inclined to re-commit to Michigan in the end unless he's absolutely blown away by someone else. Michigan already has a commitment from Cass Tech running back Teric Jones and expects to add Cass Tech athlete Thomas Gordon soon, and you can bet both will be working on Campbell to stay home.
Insert default language about bler bler nothing’s settled until he’s signed a piece of paper in February; given this and other chatter from and about the Cass Tech guys I’ma keeping Campbell blue.
Other bits from that Farrell piece:
- MD DE Jason Ankrah tried to commit to PSU but got rebuffed and is now listing M, Tennessee, and VT. Ankrah and MD CB Travis Hawkins, his teammate, will be in for officials October third.
- Michigan is “making a push” for FL CB Josh Robinson but the “smart money” is on UCF or USF unless one of the instate big three gets involved. Sounds like the kid wants to stay home. He will take an official.
Dude: Fitzgerald Toussaint. Toussaint has been bludgeoning people. Killing them. Hopping up and down on his vanquished foes drinking mead out of their skulls and ravishing their women. And running. For touchdowns. Rivals’ All The Way To Friday featured Liberty last week; Toussaint went for 261 yards and four touchdowns. You can check out video here; you might have to find the Liberty game underneath the main window. It’s worth it: Toussaint hurdles a guy a la McGuffie and just generally looks sweet.
On Friday, Toussaint did this in a 32-14 win:
Toussaint opened the scoring with a 72-yard scamper in the first quarter, scored a second-quarter touchdown from 35 yards out, and added scoring runs of 57 and 37 yards in the second half.
The University of Michigan recruit carried the ball 19 times for 258 yard, boosting his rushing total to 843 yards after only four games.
Toussaint is averaging 13.5 YPC. Here come the fawning quotes:
Toussaint “ran hard, he ran through some tacklers,” Liberty coach Jeff Whittaker said. “He’s got great speed, great acceleration.” …
Toussaint “runs angry,” [Struthers coach Dallas] Saunders said. “He’s not brought down by first contact. Even when we were on him, he made things happen.”
A couple Rivals observers reported being very impressed; he’s one to watch for a possible flight up the rankings.
Update: highlights from that Struthers game:
With NJ DE Anthony Lalota in the fold, Michigan finally has a shiny defensive end prospect to show all the cool kids and is up to 17 commitments.
Up next on the watch list are MI S Thomas “Prison Abs” Gordon, who plans to decide between Michigan and Michigan State on the 26th, and AZ DE Craig Roh, who’s changed his visit plans up a bit and plans to decide sometime in the next few weeks. Michigan is believed to be in strong position for both.
Meanwhile, OK RB David Oku dropped Michigan, then re-added them, then said he would announce Wednesday and everyone said it was Tennessee, then publicly disavowed Tennessee, then moved his date back to October. OMG. Drama.
All of this is probably moot for Michigan fans, as M got the boot once before and seems to be on the list as an afterthought. Also: Michigan has two or three RBs already in the class, depending on whether or not Smith and Jones end up in the slot. Also also:
"I want an offense that I like and fits my style. Other than that I really don't care about anything else."
So what kind of offense is Oku looking for? "I really like the west coast offense," he admitted. "I think that suits me the best. I'm actually not too big a fan of the spread offense though."
Oku is not coming to Michigan unless he does a sudden 180. Given the events of the past week this will happen Thursday and he will commit. On Sunday he will decommit and announce he’s headed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; next Tuesday he will exclaim “too much nitrogen!” and commit to the moon.
A number of additions to the board: FL LB Mike Marry is a high three-star sort who claims to have picked up a Michigan offer. Meanwhile, LA WR Rueben Randle has long listed Michigan but I never bothered to put him on the board because I naturally assumed he would stay south. This remains the general feeling but he is planning an official, so on the board he goes. OH CB Mike Edwards picked up an offer.He goes to Glenville, which is normally a dead zone for Michigan recruiting, but Ohio State is full up on defensive backs and won’t be leaping in with an offer.
Two OL show back up because M recruiting sites put out articles on them, but we’re still a longshot for MA OL Brennan Williams and no one knows much about where SC OL Quinton Washington might like to go to school. FWIW.
Finally, FL QB Denard Robinson says Michigan’s recruiting him as a quarterback-plus-other-options. He seems like a longshot, too.
Etc. MS S Dennis Thames is kind of noncommital about schools; Michigan may be fading. Sounds like he really wants to go to LSU but isn’t likely to pick up an offer. SC S and Clemson soft commit Devontae Holloman says he’s “really only looking at SEC schools” for his visits; this conflicts with previous information indicating he would trip to M. MN WR commit Bryce McNeal comes in for some fluff.
Will the evolution of the passing game, incorperating more passes to our slot-RB players help with recruiting all of these RBs? It seems like a RB this recruiting class might be weary to join a team that already has a pair of fantastic freshman RBs until we show that we can/plan-on getting the ball spread around to lots of these smaller speedsters.
I think Rodriguez is the sort to spread the ball around if at all possible. RB isn't a spot like QB where if there's a guy in front of you you're just screwed until he leaves.
The otter on the left is named YourHighness Beaver. Also, they were holding hands. It was adorable!
Fitz Toussaint....Brian, don't get wowed by the numbers. HS numbers for backs & receivers are essentially worthless in evaluating them.
If not, we'd have seen Brent Cummings win 2 Heismans. Who is Brent Cummings? Exactly.
TOO LATE WOOOOOOOOOO
...who made some noise playing running back in the state of Michigan. I can't remeber how long ago he played...had some wheels on him. I believe he was recruited as a running back but ended up playing outside lber (?). One of LC recruits...forget the class he signed with.
He was a small RB (like Toussaint) from Belding, MI. He was pretty highly thought of, although that was before the advent of all the recruiting websites. My point was that his stats in HS make Toussaints look week. He'd regularly run for 250-350 yards and 4-6 TDs per game. He also had 10.5 100M speed.
And then he did nothing at UM at RB, moved to CB, and did nothing.
My point was that HS stats aren't worth much (anything?) in evaluating talent. I see a lot of posts on message boards pointing out how Fitz Toussaint ran for 250 with 4 TDs and how that means he's going to be a good back.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves guys.
Wolverinekeith, you make a good point, but we need to compare the systems that these two players were/will be in. Cummings played in Carr's offense in which we would pound the ball with our "3 yards and a cloud of dust" philosophy. Cummings' odds of success were greatly diminished by the old regime's system. In Rich Rod's system, Cummings would have a better chance to excel due to the new regime's system of getting playermakers the ball in open space. Toussaint would have a hard time succeeding in the old regime's system but fits the new regime's system very well. It's important to analyze what system the players will be in.
Yeah I agree with all that. But my point is not to make too much of Toussaint's HS numbers. There's a lot more optimism about Toussaint than there is about, say, Teric or Vincent Smith due to Toussaint's admittedly impressive HS numbers. But basing an evaluation on HS stats remains a poor means of looking at talent. That's all I'm saying. Not that Toussaint will or won't succeed, but simply thinking he'll be a killer back there because he runs for 250/game in HS doesn't make any sense.
Now that would make for a nice couple...would LOVE to have Hall join this class.
Wonder if they could kubukie dance there way into love?
Someone's rhetorical question sensor broke.
That would be a good thing for U-M.
What's the deal with Kevin Newsome being dropped completely?
I hadn't expected him to end up coming to M, but what changed in the past week that led to the drop? What's the consensus on where he'll end up?
We're not going to take 3 QB's. Forcier's commitment, I'm sure, ices it.
Doesn't that mean we should take Denard Robinson and Eugene Smith off the board, too?