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In today's recruiting roundup, Sam Webb goes in-depth with Logan Tuley-Tillman and Laquon Treadwell, discusses new offers and visits, and takes a look ahead at a couple of 2014 prospects. Also, Derek Dooley whines about not being able to oversign. You stay classy, SEC.
There is no Alex Kozan update. Please stop asking. When he makes a decision, you'll know. Do not disturb the tao of the vision quest.
Other 2012 stuff: Joe Bolden is already hitting the weights hard after enrolling early ($):
[Preparing for spring practice] includes making every voluntary workout session, hitting the books hard and preparing for Big Ten football. He and strength coach Aaron Wellman aren't best friends yet, but "getting there," Bolden said with a chuckle.
"It's strenuous, but good," he said. "That's one of the reasons I came in early, to get in and get my body in shape to play Big Ten football. I've gained three pounds (in a month), and I don't think it's fat."
Bolden came in at 225 pounds, so it sounds like he's well on his way to being physically ready to see the field this fall.
Touch the Banner posts Allen Gant's senior highlight tape.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley rants against the SEC's new restrictions on oversigning over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I really don't even know where to start; he thinks oversigning is "good for the student-athlete," complains that he can no longer greyshirt recruits who were injured as seniors—claiming that they could get just as good medical care at home as they would with the professional medical staff at Tennessee—and is mad he's no longer able to take guys who aren't academically eligible. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that such idiotic scumbaggery is coming from a guy who regularly wears orange pants and has a history of blocking legitimate transfer requests, but man... if he disappears in the near future, it's because Nick Saban decided Dooley wasn't a suitable spokesman for the SEC way of doing things.
Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman and Crete (IL) Monee WR Laquon Treadwell both visited Ann Arbor last weekend—and, perhaps more importantly, brought along their mothers—getting a chance to take in the basketball game against Illinois and check out the Big House when it's not packed with 110,000+ people. After the visit, Sam Webb interviewed the recruits and their moms on WTKA, and video of the interviews is posted on Scout. Tuley-Tillman's is broken into three parts; part one is free, and parts two and three are behind a paywall. Logan confirmed that Michigan is definitely his top school—it was his "sixth or seventh" visit, and he's looking to come up again this weekend—followed by Alabama and Florida State. MGoUser WolverineInABag had a summary of the rest of the interview, which I'm reprinting below [emphasis mine]:
-Michigan remains his outright leader, by a long shot
-This was LTT's 6th visit to Michigan, 1st with his mother
-Has developed a great relationship with Coach Funk
-His Aunt living close to Ann Arbor is VERY important to him
-His Mother wants him to go to UM, and she seemingly stressed that several times in the interview
-His Mother calls him "Logie"
-He will take all of his official visits
-Loves the family atmosphere at Michigan
This was his mother's first trip to Ann Arbor with Logan, and she came away very impressed with the school and the coaches. While Logan plans on taking his time and seeing other schools, at this point it's difficult to see him not ending up at Michigan—he's already been inside Nick Saban's office and come out with the Wolverines as his leader.
Treadwell's interview is spread over two parts, again with the first part up for free and the second paywalled. Though Treadwell is also slowing it down and won't name a leader at this time, he did say that Michigan at one point held a big lead and they're now in his top group with Michigan State—where he also visited last weekend, and enjoyed it—and Notre Dame. He's been impressed with his recruiters at Michigan, Coach Montgomery and Coach Hecklinski, and so was his mother. One very interesting development is that Treadwell, Tuley-Tillman, and Joliet (IL) Academy RB Ty Isaac are in regular communication about their recruitments; they're considering all going to the same school and would like to visit Ann Arbor together. That would be one heck of a package deal.
Speaking of Isaac, Webb posted an excerpt from a full magazine feature in which he interviews the junior's father, Tyrone, and they discussed Isaac's visit to Ann Arbor in January. It appears that Fred Jackson is pretty keen on coaching Isaac in the future:
Sam Webb: What were some other things, aside from the genuineness, that kind of stuck out to you during your time on campus?
Tyrone Isaac: “One of the things that really stuck out was Coach Jackson. When we walked in there, he had a plan for him. No other place that we went had a plan. He had dates written down, and he had, ‘if you commit, you know, I want you to know all the plays before you ever get on campus’, you know? For me, you have to have a game plan. You know? Seriously, you have to have a game plan.”
Wyatt Shallman—another running back recruit, and that has been reiterated to him several times—visited this past weekend as well, and he reported that he enjoyed the visit and his talk with Jackson ($). Shallman is in no hurry to commit and won't name any leaders; right now he's focused on working out with his Catholic Central teammates after being hampered by a hamstring injury for most of his junior year (he says he's now back to 100%).
A few new offers for class of 2013 prospects came in over the weekend. Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep CB Tre Bell received his offer from Curt Mallory on Sunday; I interviewed him yesterday and will have that transcribed and posted in the near future. The offers have been pouring in for Bell—a three-star to 24/7—over the last couple weeks, including ones from Florida, Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The Wolverines also offered 6'5", 295-pound tackle John Montelus, who hails from Everett (MA). He recently was named the #214 overall prospect in the Rivals250. Tremendous has a quick rundown of their interview with him (linked above), and I should be talking to him within the next day or so.
One of the top running backs in the country, Cypress (TX) CyRanch's Keith Ford earned his offer over the weekend. He's a highly-sought prospect with a current top five of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama, and he holds offers from all five of those schools. It could be very tough to bring him in, though potentially not as tough as many Texas prospects—he's originally from Jacksonville, though that also makes Florida State a more intriguing destination.
Michigan also offered another running back, Cordova (TN) St. Benedict's Jordan Wilkins, who also holds offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Arkansas and Memphis ($, info in header). Wilkins is still waiting to hear from some big-names schools, as well as visit the places he's been offered from, but he did name a preliminary top five:
"Right now I don't have a top list, but it was Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ohio State and now that Michigan popped in there that's probably my top five," [Wilkins] said.
Meanwhile, several top prospects have stated intentions to visit Ann Arbor. Four-star Pickerington (OH) Central DE Taco Charlton will be in Ann Arbor this weekend, and he mentioned the possibility of an early commitment to Scout ($, info in header) [emphasis mine]:
"It'll just be great to get a chance to talk to all of the coaches you know Mattison, Hoke," said Charlton. "I got a chance to talk to Singletary and Montgomery and Coach Smith just them right there was great, especially that they came all the way down to Ohio to see me. That just shows that they're showing love to me already."
The question now is how much of that love will Charlton reciprocate when he is in Ann Arbor next weekend. Might a commitment take place while he is on campus?
"It might be a little slight chance," Charlton said with a smile. "We'll see how things go after the visit, then we'll talk after that. I definitely want to enjoy the visit first."
Charlton has maintained throughout the process that Michigan getting in on him early was a big point in their favor. We'll have to see if he decides that's enough of a factor—along with potential early playing time, another priority—to end his recruitment early.
Running through the other players who plan on visiting and don't have set dates yet: Richmond (VA) RB Derrick Green, who wants to visit this summer and said Fred Jackson is "one of the coaches that’s going to keep it 100 with me," which is just a fantastic quote ($); Good Counsel (MD) CB Kendall Fuller, one of the top prospects in the country ($, info in header); Shaker Heights (OH) DL Donovan Munger, who's hoping for an offer soon and "definitely" plans on visiting ($); Cleveland Glenville S Christopher Worley—confusing, I know—who currently holds just a Bowling Green offer but has several big-name schools, including Ohio State, interested ($); Avon (OH) athlete Ross Douglas would "love to have that [Michigan] offer," and he's talking to Greg Mattison about taking a visit ($).
There are a couple happy trails: Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek CB Shaq Wiggins committed to Georgia, while Austintown (OH) Fitch DL Billy Price chose the Buckeyes this past week. Also, four-star NJ CB Eli Woodard has set a decision date for Thursday afternoon, and—after coming off a three-day visit to Columbus—Ohio State is the presumed destination ($).
A couple of rising sophomore defensive linemen have expressed interest in Michigan recently. Allen Trieu has a free article on Detroit Loyola DE Malik McDowell, who's coming off a fantastic performance at last weekend's Elite Big Man camp ($). McDowell plans to camp at Michigan, MSU, and LSU, but he had a one-word answer when asked which school he rooted for growing up: "Michigan." Look for the Wolverines to be heavily involved in his recruitment, and also for him to be one of the top prospects in the 2014 class.
Another player who could earn that distinction is Thiensville (WI) Homestead DT Brandon Hines, who's recently spoke to Greg Mattison and has expressed interest in Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Boston College, and Arkansas early ($). I should be talking to Brandon this week as well, so you'll be hearing more from him soon.
We'll be serving up some Butt Tacos in the backfield...
... with a side of turf
So what's the word on Kozan?
/waits to watch Ace's head explode and cackles with evil delight
What I got from all of that, is Kozan is being very public with his recruitment and is announcing soon.
I hear he will announce in 36 hours. Just not sure when we are supposed to start the timer.
Not to pick nits (but kind of), McDowell is already a sophomore, not a rising sophomore. From what I understand, using "rising" before the class name means "soon to be" and is usually used during the summer.
Rising sophomore means he is starting to get attention. Hence the "rising"
That's definitely what I took it as also.
I mean, I get what you're saying, but that's just not what it means.
Maybe he is getting taller.
Or maybe he read the Kate Upton thread.
Huh? It has literally never occured to me that it meant anything other than "someone who is already a sophomore and is getting increased attention". c.f., "his stock is rising".
Words can mean whatever people agree they mean, and it is possible that recruitniks have hijacked the meaning of "rising [insert grade]," but Wolvin La Deux is correct that a (perhaps the) usual meaning of the term is a student who is not yet in the grade you are talking about, but soon will be.
Actually refering to the recent role he secured in the new batman (the dark knight rises).
Is it possible that Shallman would consider co-existing in a backfield with Ty Isaac? Keeping in mind of course, that Shallman sees himself playing the TB position, not FB. They're both great players, and I wonder if there is a possibility of landing both.
one would hope so; they're pretty different kinds of backs.
but Derek Dooley is a legit top-drawer, game-changing, five-star major-league assclown.
He is Nick Saban without the talent for coaching football, Urban Meyer without the track record.
He's Lane Kiffin. A huge douche, at tennesee, with a famous coaching father and no resume of his own
than Kiffin, who at least had some OC at SC and NFL coach on his resume.
You need to open up. If you bottle things up like that, it'll end up hurting only you in the long run. Let it out, brother....let it out.
That is one heck of a package deal that we actually have a legit shot at landing for once considering our other "package" deals havent worked out so well in the past (well I guess we did get Denard/Witty and Denard is +1trillion points so point retracted).
I don't think they should really be considered a package deal. I look at this very similarly to RJS, TR, and Ross. They are from the same area and would like to play together.
Now if they are actually a package deal, that would be one great package. Three top offensive guys to support Shane at QB. Oh man.
Throw a guy like Butt in the mix, add Shallman and we have one of the greatest offensive classes ever.
it's Maize & Blue.
Says he'll announce on signing day ... sigh. I don't like our chances of landing any kid that waits that long, not just because of what happened this past year, but because -- Michigan leads now, & that gives other schools way too much time to flip him.
This seems like a Diamond situation from last year .. it was all Michigan, Michigan, Michigan early .. slow down, I want to wait!
He goes to Auburn.
About half of recruits say they plan on announcing on Signing Day.....and then they announce in March or April.
as the process progresses that we have a legitimate shot at Brandon Hines and there is mutual interest. I'd love to do some scouting reports for the blog. It's not very often that a highly touted recruit comes out of SE Wisconsin and has mutual interest with Michigan.
Actually, there are more pretty good players here than most realize, but scouts aren't necessarily descending in throngs to see a football player from around here very often. Sometimes that is justified, but I wonder how often the perception of football in a certain area affects the ability of some pretty good players to get recognized.
Vince Biel was a pretty good LB last year who got some love, but i never made an attempt to scout him as it seemed like Michigan didn't have much of a shot with him at some point.
Disclaimer: My scouting abilities are not something that the blog should be anxiously awaiting to soak up... I just think it would be fun to try and do.
John Clay went to my high school. Melvin Gordon is big-time. The football programs at Racine Park (my alma mater) and Kenosha Tremper / Bradford are routinely bigtime players.
There are plenty of kids in SE Wisconsin who can do it.
Question: doesn't Hines go to Mequon Homestead? I didn't know Thiensville had a Homestead squad.
Sounds like the noise coming out of rocky top is quite interesting. Wonder if saban put out talking points addressing this subject. If not...one helluva of a illusion,saban channel his thoughts thru dooley.
Dooley is giving Saban a run for his money on the douchebag scale
I think Dooley is a bigger asshole/douchenozzle than Saban is, the biggest difference is that Dooley doesn't win football games so people assume he must be less of a prick. Saban is an asshole and a good football coach, Dooley is only one of those.
After Coach Jackson explains how awesome all of M's coaches are, what recruit wouldn't want to come here?
What does a recruit mean when he says that he "likes the family atmosphere"?
that his last name is not Boren.
he actually wants to play football any more. Some kids burn out on competitive sports.
Good point. His handling of this recruitment has been strange. Can't remember anyone handling it the same way. And I still can't figure out what he's waiting for. All of the classes are filled and the coaching shuffle seems to be complete.
The talk out here in Colorado is that he had a break down of some kind on signing day. Most think the pressure of the decision got to him. He seems like a good kid, but if it were the Buckeyes he was still considering, I don't think I'd want him. Seems unstable and a bit immature. I know it's an important decision, but thousands of kids manage it every year.
Its funny how quickly Dooley has adapted to the SEC. Was he like this while at Louisiana Tech too?
I love the "brought their mother" angle. My sense is the mothers of recruits love what Hoke is selling -- responsibility, hard work, etc. They know that kind of thing will serve their sons well in life. Win the hearts of the mothers and the recruit will follow.
Strictly speaking, shouldn't we not want to disturb the animal familiar of the vision quest? I'm uncomfortable with mixing cultural metaphors, neither of which I know anything about.