is M looking at two more DL and 2 DBs?
Tuesday Recruitin' Seems Kinda Like Mario
Ace: off. That is not a John Woo movie, but rather a state of things. Fearless Leader steps into the breach. I probably shouldn't call myself that.
Kiss the baby
For some reason, that's what MD WR commit Freddy Canteen wants to make defensive backs do. I don't know why, but I do know I've watched the footwork video another three times. Stupid mesmerizing footwork video.
Anyway, Canteen's team is continuing to tour camps and 7-on-7 events. Last week's event was a good one for baby-kissing coercion. Scout's Brian Dohn:
…like he did so many other times in the last few months, covering him at the 7-on-7 was virtually impossible.
Canteen used his speed and route-running technique to set up cornerbacks all day en route to Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) winning the title. If he wasn’t catching 5-yard in routes, he was using his speed to blow past the cornerback and beat the safety for deep scores, and it should come as little surprise.
Tennessee was actually recruiting him as a corner; Scout's now listing him at 6'1", and Rivals says he's 6'2" and change now. His role in the offense:
“I did what I regularly do; route running, technique, speed, hands,” he said. “I’ve worked on everything. I think I got better everywhere. (Michigan) liked my route-running. With them having all the 6-4, 6-5 commits, I offer a different game. I can play the slot and I can play outside. I can return kicks.”
I was always fine with Canteen's addition to the class and each new report amps the enthusiasm. Could be a sleeper of the year… d'awww he's got four stars on Rivals. I think I have to relax that requirement: with four sites to track, dang near everyone who ends up at Michigan is going to look shiny in someone's eyes. Canteen might not even make the sleeper cut with relaxed requirements, though, as Dohn said Canteen has "a very good shot" to get a fourth star as soon as his team plays some, you know, games.
Minor downer: MD CB commit Brandon Watson "good, not great" in Dohn's eyes.
Merph: Tranquill Moving Towards Happy Trails
I was all about the possibility of adding IN LB Drue Tranquill after he had great performances at both SMSB and Michigan's camp, but it seems like Noah Furbush dropping has pushed Tranquill out of the class. Without an offer from M or ND, Tranquill looks to be taking his talents to West Lafayette:
While Tranquill doesn’t have his mind made up just yet, he is certainly leaning toward one school.
“I have a good idea [about the decision],” Tranqull said. “Obviously, Purdue has been my top school. Unless something jumps out, they’re the one to beat.”
I like S/LB hybrids who can play nickel or WLB, and don't see one in this class. Maybe Gedeon in the last, I guess?
It is possible that Michigan could come back later in the year and flip the kid. Sounds like the door isn't totally closed:
Notre Dame and Michigan were also in that top group to start the month, though neither has offered. Michigan picked up a linebacker commitment shortly after Tranquill camped with the Wolverines. Communication is still ongoing there, but the timetable for a potential offer has been pushed back.
If they end up with a spot late they could do worse. Yes, Purdue, we can drink your milkshake like that.
HANDPOCA—actually a rather small Hand item
— Tim Sullivan (@TimS_Wolverine) July 16, 2013
A Man Who Knows How To Travel
CA S JuJu Smith is a man with many traits to envy, like his nickname and ability to run and tackle a deer. But near the top of the list is his knack for scheduling official visits:
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound athlete had official visits scheduled to Michigan on Sept. 6 and Notre Dame on Oct. 18. Recently, he added to those with trips to Ohio State on Sept. 27 and Alabama on Nov. 8. He'll see the Wolverines host Notre Dame, the Irish host USC, the Buckeyes host Wisconsin and the Crimson Tide host LSU. Smith also will take an official visit to Mississippi, though he hasn't set a date for that trip at this point.
Dang son. UCLA and USC are also in the mix. Wisconsin is claimed to be, but the team that isn't local and doesn't get a visit is not actually in contention. Smith's all over the place with his quotes. This article has one that is unfriendly to M's chances, maybe:
"Everybody says it's the best league, and you get a chance to compete against the best of the best," Smith said. "Staying home is good too, but I feel like going out and competing against the best will make me a better player."
"It" is the SEC, of course. That does sound like a guy leaving the West Coast, at least.
Smith just lit up a 7 on 7 out west:
Smith turned in arguably his best performance this offseason. Early in the day against powerhouse Serra, the four-star standout caught two touchdown passes at receiver and picked off a pass playing safety. There are times when Smith gets lost in the shuffle, but he has the ability to dominate on both sides of the ball. He looked unstoppable at receiver and safety.
Michigan's hired a track coach. Why is this in a recruiting roundup? CA CB Adoree Jackson and his Olympic long-jump hopes. Let's check the new guy's bio:
During Clayton's 15 seasons at Auburn (1998-2013), the Tigers won the 2006 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field championship. He helped Auburn to 18 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships (indoor and outdoor), including 10 top-five finishes. Clayton personally coached 10 NCAA national champions, had his student-athletes earn 51 All-America honors and 34 SEC individual titles. He had 79 performers qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Wait, what? Michigan hired Auburn's head track coach? Weird. So… the guy's established, has a lot of success, and married a long-jump All-American. If Michigan won't let Jackson run track as a freshman that's probably all for naught but it sounds like short of importing Baylor's program Michigan's done as well as they could with that hire, in both Jackson-acquisition and hey-this-guy-runs-the-track-program departments.
Not likely to matter in the end, though. FWIW, Jackson gave an interview to ESPN in which he says little except he's going all the way to Signing Day with his decision; he told Rivals his list has actually expanded by adding Oregon and Oklahoma.
2015 OH S Tyree Kinnel was reputed to be a guy who might drop for Michigan the instant he got an offer. An offer has not come yet, and he seems a bit frustrated:
"I’ve heard a little bit from Michigan since I camped there,” he said. “I know they want to follow me this fall. But I don’t know what is holding them back from offering me as they’ve told me they really want me with them.”
Kinnel's a little small for Michigan's tastes but camp observers thought he played very well.
Mayor this commissioner, water general
Sam Webb hits up uber-2015 WR George Campbell:
"Me and Tay grew up together ever since we were little kids, so we’re like brothers and we have a close bond,” Campbell said. “So it’s kind of a big impact what he chooses, but at the same time I have to do what’s best for me and choose my school for me."
Stupid Clemson. Campbell is planning on being at the BBQ, so there's that. He plans on waiting a while.
Soon-to-be-retracted Malik McDowell leader opinion
This one comes from his dad, so may have some staying power:
“In my opinion I believe [Michigan and Michigan State] are the front runners,” Greg McDowell, Malik’s father told 247Sports. “By us being here located in Michigan and him getting to those schools as much as he has, those are the ones heavy on his mind.
“He’s had the opportunity to go to both schools and everything they do to invite him out to games and practices, they’re top contenders and rank right up there. But he wants to visit other schools and get a feel for what they’re about and get a sense for the direction he wants to go.”
They're headed south to some SEC heavyweights in the fall, and they may provide some competition. It has long seemed like McDowell is just waiting around to commit to M, but Treadwell and etc etc etc. I'll eat my hat if he goes to State, though.
PA S Montae Nicholson has made an exciting cut to… twelve schools. Nevermind. Michigan is on said list. He's planning on taking all his officials. He did say he's "built really good relationships pretty much the entire staff up there."
Michigan to make 2015 FL RB Jacques Patrick's top ten. 2015 MI RB Mikey Weber will hit the BBQ. Michigan's sole 2015 QB offeree is CA QB Josh Rosen, and while he says he's willing to look outside of California if you read between the lines Michigan's going to have to offer some more dudes to find a QB. Bizarrely, his team went 8-5 last year with four forfeits.
NJ CB commit Jabrill Peppers is going after Hand and Leonard Fournette. Godspeed, Jabrill. Next time you talk to Borges make sure he brings up Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown in re:
"The best part is that [having Derrick Green around] would preserve him more because he's not gonna have to take on the whole load by himself. He'll get a blow and we won't lose productivity on the field. Getting those breaks will allow him to have a longer career than most running backs."
Though I'm sure Borges has already thought of that.
"I like S/LB hybrids who can play nickel or WLB, and don't see one in this class. Maybe Gedeon in the last, I guess?"
Wasn't that supposed to be Furman? Seems like the perfect spot for him but he hasn't been able to get on the field. That said, let's not discount Allen Gant in a "in the box" SS role.
they just moved Gant to SAM if I'm not mistaken. So he'll be in the box, but as an LB, not a SS.
...but another player I should've mentioned is Royce Jenkins-Stone. He can't play the Nickel, but size wise he's built like a SS/LB right now.
Unlike Gedeon who is already at 235 lb.
said it a few times - Gant just needs a shot...hoping he gets one!
This coaching staff is doing what should be done - they're recruiting linebackers for linebacker. Inside linebackers should not be position-switchers, because the position is based on split-second reads and reactions. This is one reason why Cam Gordon and Allen Gant have both moved to SAM, not WILL.
Jerry Clayton was not the head track coach [Link], only a VERY good assistant.
Dammit, I knew we should have hired John Clayton instead.
Fred Jackson, not Lloyd Carr.
"I like 'em both." - Lloyd Carr
Sounds like we're slipping a bit on a few recruits but still in good shape in the Hand sweepstakes. I'll take it.
It's not discussed much, but consider that Hand is DL and Michigan is DL U. If this guy has any NFL ambitions and he should, I don't care how good Alabama or VT are -- we've got Hoke and Mattison. That's not a knock on 'Bama, but Mattison hasn't just coached NFL defenses; he's coached ELITE NFL defenses. And then we have that professor.
As much as the BBQ would help, I think the relationships will matter more.
Give me Hand, McDowell, Nicholson/Westphal/Smith/Jackson, and some other guy (or two) and I'll be thrilled. The only position that still has me a little nervous is QB, but I think I'll always be nervous about QB. It's just that important.
What is it that you don't like about Wilton Speight?
"It's not discussed much, but consider that Hand is DL and Michigan is DL U."
Wouldn't we need some top flight DL drafted in the first round to make that true?
Because we haven't had many in a while. Graham was the last high flier in a while. Remember these high school kids wouldn't remember guys who came out more than a handful of years ago.
If we get Hand and Pipkens looks like he is getting better, then maybe we can claim to be DL-U, but until then I think UF/LSU/Bama would take honors.
DL U has only been in session for two seasons now. Not enough time to get anyone drafted. Not to be confused with "NFL factory"; we're definitely not there yet.
I'm calling it "DL U" because the football team really is a defensive line clinic. We haven't had anyone drafted in the first round because so far they'd been working with crap talent. OTOH, what Hoke and Mattison have done with Will Heininger, Craig Roh and Ryan Van Bergen is nothing short of amazing. Mike Martin was always a beast but they coached him from active to downright unblockable. Heininger Certainty Principle is now a Thing.
This is all the sort of stuff that gets me excited as a fan and wouldn't interest a recruit, but if there are two things Mattison is phenomenal at, it's coaching technique and recruiting. My point isn't that Michigan is working from some position of prestige, but that we've got the right coaches.
WTH? Maybe you're getting just a little bit carried away... at the moment.
To be honest, I believe and I certainly hope that Hoke & Mattison together will put together dominating defensive lines. A couple of days ago I watched the video that Wolverine Historian put together of just the best defensive plays from the '97 season, and it was eye-opening how important the Hoke-coached DL was to that defense. So many UM fans just think of Charles Woodson when they think of that defense, but Steele, Renes, Feazell, Williams, and Hall were constantly blowing things up, and that certainly made Woodson even more effective than he would have been already.
I think 2013 is going to be a very clear barometer of how far along we are in terms of DL strength. We have the talent on paper, but we won't know until the season starts whether Hoke & Co. can get '97-level performance out of them just yet.
Yeah, I just watched the '98 Rose Bowl a few days back and it brought back memories...As in I remember when an opposing RB would gain yards - any yards - and I'd be like 'WTH guys?'
I miss that year - sigh.
The whole point of naming a school "position-U" is that for that position it is an NFL factory.
Like when we were named "QB-U" because we had a string of QBs drafted to the NFL fairly high in the draft or had excellent careers in the NFL.
You're doing the whole "position-U" thing wrong.
Also, I wouldn't call Big Will "crap talent." He was coached by those same coaches and he had every chance in the world to get good.
I think Mattison, Hoke do a lot of things well, but so far getting our DL to become high level NFL draft picks isn't one of them.
which is to say not really.
In the NFL drafts 2007-2013, LSU had 12 defensive linemen drafted; Alabama had 7.
In the same time span, Michigan had 3.
I was under the impression that Leonard Fournette was going to stop by AA during the weekend. I thought he was coming up from a 7 on 7 camp in Ohio on the 12th. So, I know nothing has been posted, but anyone have any insight on that...
Supposedly coming for the BBQ.
Well that is much better news. I'd rather him spend time with the coaches and just swing by.
plans changed and decided instead of "stopping by" while relatively close - he will come up for the BBQ on his own dime.
I wish I could tackle like a deer
Countdown to when Malik McDowell denies his father's statement: 10,9,8,7........
and it seems like Parker will make his choice soon. We are still recuirting him and he's switching to the safety spot this year where we're recuirted him at.
Kiss the baby:
A phrase made popular by NFL WR Chad OchoCinco, Kiss the Baby is commonly used in competition to symbolize the point of no return, or "the end" for the opposing team.
According to 247sports and Rivals Juju is visiting Nov. 30th for the OSU game.
...JuJu had his best performance against Serra...that is Adoree Jackson and Williams team...did they make up part of Serra's team...did Smith go up against Jackson?
They are in the same area and play each other:
... that Juju just performed well against at Edison's 7 on 7.
I believe the correct terminology for convincing a kid committed to Purdue to come to Michigan is "snake oiling" the kid.
of the RR era. It was great to see Wilford Brimley making a fool out of himself down in West Lafayette.
Come to papa!