"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
As always, the running log of updates can be found on the Michigan Football Recruiting Board. The technology is acting wonky, so make sure you log in on that page to see the most recent version.
AR QB Kiehl Frazier (pictured at right) has an outstanding website on which he claims a Michigan offer. He also reports offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia, and Texas Tech, to go along with interest from Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Ohio State. Basically what I'm trying to say is this guy will be a heavily, heavily recruited guy. The site also features a highlight video, in which he looks like a Black Righty Tebow. Michigan is often one of the schools he mentions first among his scholarship offers:
"I have 22 offers," Frazier said. "They are coming from everywhere. LSU, Arkansas, Florida, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska -- there are just too many to try and name.
He says he wants to play in a pro-style offense to prepare him for the next level, but is open to playing in a spread.
A likely-irrelevant note on FL TE Nick O'Leary. The kid's also a star lacrosse player in high school (and it should come as no surprise that I like this). Of course, it's highly unlikely Michigan lands him for a number of reasons. He has options like Ohio State (where his grandfather, Jack Nicklaus, might have played golf or something) for football and national powers like Maryland and Cornell for lacrosse.
AZ OL Andre Yruretagoyena has received an offer to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, further evidence (on top of his recent USC offer) that his recruitment is blowing up. His former teammates Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan both played in the game two years ago.
"If you watch his highlight tape, he is nasty on the field," Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle said. "He dominates. He can run. He's fast and he's nasty."
Michigan has the advantage of a couple former Firebirds on the roster (and for Craig Roh, excelling as a freshman starter).
"I leave [Monday] for Wisconsin," Williams said. "I'll be there until Wednesday. I'll watch spring practice. I'm thinking about visiting Illinois later this week. I'll either do that or visit Michigan State on Thursday or Friday."
Williams also plans to attend Nebraska's spring game on April 17. "I'll be there for three days," Williams said. "And I might show up at Michigan one more time."
If he takes the bonus visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan would be considered the team to beat. Otherwise, it's a Nebraska-Michigan battle.
MI DE Brennen Beyer has long been considered something of a Michigan lean, and Sam Webb gives him double coverage on GBW, talking to his coach:
“He has got a motor that does not quit. He just keeps on coming at you. He has got great arm length. He’s really worked on his explosiveness in the weight room with power cleans and the parallel squat and all the stuff we do in the weight room. Probably his greatest thing is his quickness and his motor.”
...and The Detroit News, where Allen Trieu of Scout.com says he'll be a top-100 prospect in the 2011 class, and Beyer himself says:
"I still like Michigan a lot," Beyer said. "But I'm really looking hard at Michigan and Notre Dame right now."
"I guess just when I feel like I've been to the college I want to go to, and I'm 100 percent sure that it is the right place, I'll commit."
Beyer plans to return to Ann Arbor for Michigan's spring game on April 17th. His remaining visit schedule has yet to be determined.
Despite overtures from Notre Dame, I think Michigan is still considered the favorite. His spring game visit could be a potential commitment time for Beyer.
VA LB Curtis Grant, who holds a Michigan offer, will trim his list to 10 by the beginning of the season, but won't announce his final decision until Signing Day.
NC LB Kris Frost has declared Michigan has favorite, and said he'd visit for Michigan's spring game, but the latter is no longer the case. He told Tom that he waited too long to buy plane tickets, and can't afford to make it to Ann Arbor on April 17th. He'll instead attend Auburn's spring game, but only as a backup plan. He recently took a "fantastic" visit to the Plains ($, info in header), so the more times he visits, the less he looks like Michigan leads.
According to Top Prospect Sports (née Michigan Sports Zone), NY LB Antoine Pozniakwill visit Ann Arbor for the Michigan Spring Game. He recently visited LSU, but did not come away with an offer from Les Miles. He was originally a class of 2010 prospect, but will enroll at The Hun School in New Jersey (or Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina, if you ask Rivals) for a postgrad year.
OH DB Charles Perdue (from Youngstown Liberty High School, alma mater of Isaiah Bell, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Antonio Kinard) plans to make it in for the Michigan spring game. I hadn't heard of Perdue until this news, so I'd be surprised if he's offer-worthy.
I'll spend a lot of time in next week's update covering Spring Game visitors, but for now, you can check out Tom's constantly-updating diary, running down some of the kids who plan to be in town.
The main priority for me in looking at a school is the stability of the program. I realize anything can happen, but I really want to go to a program where there won't be a coaching change.
This sentiment is almost certainly aimed at Michigan and Rich Rodriguez. Negative recruiting and a general air of Freepiness around Ann Arbor has given several recruits reason to think that Coach Rod will not be around after the 2010 season.
We all know FL RB Demetrius Hart has heard a lot of this, which has put his recruitment into something of a whirlwind, and MI RB Justice Hayes has told WTKA's Sam Webb that he would have committed to Michigan (audio) by now had the Wolverines had success on the field the past two years, and there was no need to worry about Rich Rodriguez's job security.
Speaking of Hart, he and his teammate, FL S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, recently visited Alabama. Though Clinton-Dix has said it will be nearly impossible for anyone to top Alabama on his list, neither prospect committed to the Tide - yet ($, info in header). Clinton-Dix could decide "at any time."
But before everyone starts getting their hopes up, there is still at least one more thing to consider.
"April 12, Michigan," Hart replied to what his next plans are. So he'll add another chapter with a trip to Ann Arbor, where he already has a good friend and former Dr. Phillips teammate Ricardo Miller on the Wolverines' roster...
Hart actually was very very close to committing to the Wolverines at the end of this past season, but then decided to hold off while he started to take unofficial campus visits. Each school he has seen has had an impact on his considerations. He's been to Florida, Florida State, USF and of course Auburn and Alabama.
If that visit date is accurate, it would mean a week-long visit to Ann Arbor, since the 12th is Monday, and the Spring Game isn't until Saturday (1PM, Michigan Stadium).
I'm glad D Hart is going to stay for a week, that's plenty of time for ricardo to sway him to be a wolverine. Hopefully after seeing a week of Michigan practices he'll believe RR will be here for the long haul.
"what the hell is wrong with u?" "me? Nothing! you on the other hand, have a bullet inside of you!"
Frazier plays for Shiloh Christian, a USA Today top 25 team in Springdale, a northern 'burb of Fayetteville. It's interesting to hear the hometown spin about Michigan's program due to Kiehl at least expressing some interest in the Wolverines.
"he should be everybody's coach" is not enough to prove that."
Brandon has been forthright in stating that RR is the coach now, for 2010, but unless I've missed it, I don't believe he has unequivocally said that RR will be the coach in 2011 and beyond, and that is what recruits are concerned with. In the statements I've read, Brandon has been very careful to avoid making an explicit commitment to RR beyond 2010.
Perhaps Brandon may not want to verbally commit to keeping RR beyond 2010, given the troubles of the last two seasons, but unless and until he issues a statement to that effect, a portion of the recruiting targets are going to wonder.
Occasional excess is necessary to remedy the deadening effects of moderation.
He also said this is a big year in terms of RR needing to win.
Yes, I believe this is putting some doubt in recruits minds. However, the fact is, the time is now. RR needs to produce this year with still a very young team in many areas. The wrong decision would be to start over again after 3 years. I think Brandon understands this but gotta keep the heat on RR & Staff. Do I think RR will be here in 2011 ... absolutely. I hope recruits significantly factor in other aspects of a choice to attend & graduate from The University of Michigan. It not just about the FB coach.
Go Blue !!!
Dave Brandon: Detailed and thorough investigation proves that Freep report was intentionally misleading.
To be completely honest: If we have one bad recruiting class - so what? Our last 2 classes were both strong, and this class is going to be small either way. As long as we have a good season this fall, the next class will be strong as well. So if all the stability concerns with recruits leaves us with a class outside of the Rivals top 25...big deal. We have a ton of young talent right now, so we don't need too many guys to come in and play for a while. As long as we pick-up a few good OL and a NT, we're in good shape.
If we suck again this fall, then we have much bigger problem than recruiting. But if we win, RR will be back to being one of the hottest coaches at one of the biggest name programs in the country. Maybe that's soon enough to finish this class out strong, or maybe it means we wait until 2012 and haul 'em in. Either way, I think we're in good shape.
Rankings-wise, the class of 2010 wasn't that great. When put in the context of following 2 straight losing seasons, Rodriguez did a good job. But it was a subpar class compared to what Michigan usually gets.
Also, as someone else said below, the last two classes haven't produced much in the way of proven talent. Off the top of my head, only Forcier and Roh seem to be surefire solid players. Denard is a question mark since his position is somewhat up in the air, but even if he beats out Forcier for the QB job, that basically negates Forcier's talent.
So...we have a quarterback and a defensive end who have proven to be good players. For all we know, everyone else could suck.
In reply to you and Don - of course they aren't proven yet. Half of them either aren't on campus yet or have been for a couple months (and haven't had a chance to play in a game even if they were superstars) and the other half were true freshman last fall. Roh and Tate were the only ones who shined because they happened to play a position where we didn't have a good option ahead of them. I think you can probably put Will Campbell and Vincent Smith in that group though.
Outside of guys who have proven their worth on the field, there have been a number of others who have shown in practice (sure, practice means nothing) that they have plenty of promise for a RS frosh (Cam Gordon, Fitz, Isaiah Bell, Gallon, all of the OL) and it wasn't even that big of a class.
I'm not saying we give up on recruiting this fall, but we've done a good job (maybe not compared to M historically, but compared to most of the teams we play) filling needs over the last 2 classes. Had that not been the case, I'd be much more worried about this next class than I currently am.
It's more accurate to say that we have a ton of young "talent" that is almost completely unproven right now, a good percentage of which has yet to even see the field in a Michigan uniform. I don't think that we've proven to be beyond the necessity of having standout recruiting classes each year.
Occasional excess is necessary to remedy the deadening effects of moderation.
It is obvious that Michigan has struggled since RR has taken over. It is evident that if such struggles continue, at some point, RR will be fired. RR is already 2 bad seasons deep into losing his job. He's up 2 bad seasons on a coach in a 'stable' program.
These are facts that clear for anyone paying attention to see.
Nothing Brandon or anyone can say will change reality. Only winning will create a new reality.
i was pulling for michigan to get his commitment because, if hes not going to texas, theres nowhere else that i would prefer to see him or anyone else go.
now that i think about it, ur completely right i havent heard anything from him about michigan minus the offer.
The best case scenario would be we sway Hart to be a Wolverine sometime soon and he could sway Hasean Clinton-Dix after. Really, if we end up getting a bad class it won't be too bad because it's going to be a small class anyways. Hopefully this season we show everyone that we are coming back and we finish off the recruiting class strong.
RR has a great season and we win 8 or more games. If so, RR will probably get a contract extension and we should do well recruiting early in 2011. If we go .500 or less, my thoughts would be to give RR at least one more season...though recruiting will suffer as our competition will tell recruits that RR days are numbered. I bet competing coaches are already out there telling kids that RR days are numbered.