"I read Mgoblog all the time,"
strong men also cry...
As always, the 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Board lives here.
Recruiting multiple players from the same school (Trotwood-Madison, Pahokee) has been a go-to strategy for this recruiting staff, and that trend looks to continue in the 2011 recruiting haul.
The latest pair comes from Florida's Hollywood Chaminade high school, in FL WR Curt "Spiffy" Evans (pictured at right) and S Jonathan Aiken. Their teammate, QB Jerrard Randall, also has Michigan interest. Though we knew about Aiken's offer last week, Evans received one at the same time:
I opened mine first and they were identical envelopes so I was like “Whoa!”. I gave him the letter and he was like “Man you’re big time, you got Michigan!”.
The pair might visit this summer, though it sounds like Michigan might be window dressing, at least for Evans:
I want to talk to the coach and find out what day they would want me up there and basically go from there. We’re going up to camp at Ohio State and Notre Dame so we might be able to get up there then...
One of my personal favorites now, well two really, are Vanderbilt and Alabama just because of where I’m from and because I’ve been talking to Vanderbilt a whole lot. Plus their academics really impress me. But these offers like from Michigan, I push them in front of some of the smaller schools just because of who they are.
Though Aiken seems to be playing a similar tune:
I mean, if I can get that one, that means I can get more. So I’m just seeing what I can do to get the biggest schools. Michigan is one of the biggest but now I’m starting to hear from schools on the west coast like UCLA. So I’m just trying to see what else I can get.
Their interest seemed much more genuine when Evans talked to Tom last week:
TOM: Since all of you have Michigan offers, have you talked about going to school together?
SPIFFY: Yeah, we’ve talked about it. If it happens, it would be nice, but it’s not something we’re really trying to do. All three of us are going to take an official to Michigan, though. We already decided that. We actually might try to drive up to Michigan for a summer camp, too [Evans also told SoFlaFootball that a Michigan camp visit is definite.]...
TOM: Yeah, it sounds like Michigan might have a good chance then?
SPIFFY: Michigan has a real good chance. I need to get to know the coaches, and see how that progresses, and see the campus. But, yeah, they have a good chance. I actually talked to Denard Robinson a little while ago. I know him, I’m not really good friends with him, but he was telling me how great it is up there, and that was cool to hear from a Florida kid.
And the same deal when Tom spoke with Aiken (right):
"Me and Spiffy were both excited about Michigan. I watch Michigan all the time on TV, and I think it would be great to play in that maize and blue. I'm probably going to wait until signing day, just to make sure everything's right. Curt and I want to go to the same school, too, so that's a good opportunity for us."
"I read MGoBlog all the time, actually."
In another potential package deal that we're already familiar with, FL WR Sammy Watkins will reveal a public top 10 soon. It is expected to include Michigan, as both he and FL DB/Ath Dallas Crawford are high on the Wolverines following their spring game visit. I wouldn't get your hopes up just yet on both, though.
OH OL Aundrey Walker is the subject of the latest Sam Webb column in The Detroit News. Walker on his game:
"I'm 6-6, 355, and I'm a mean streaker," he said with a laugh. "I like to dog people -- pancake people, lay on top of them, and talk. That's what I do! Blow people off the ball, drive them down the field 20 yards, and then slam them! That's what I do (laughing). That's what God created. I learned from the cradle. My father was a football
player. He was a mean-streaker too. I've just got the attitude to be a dog."
And Scout.com's Bill Greene on Walker:
"Walker is a mauler on the football field, and while his technique might need work, there is no doubting his physical ability," Greene said. "He plays hard and he comes off the ball with a nasty attitude looking to dominate his opponent. Off the field, he is well-spoken, intelligent and a leader. It's no wonder he has schools across the country chasing after him."
Walker admits to loving the Buckeyes in the article, unsurprising for a recruit out of Cleveland Glenville. He'll also wait until the end of the process to make a selection, and though it's likely he'll pick OSU, he's at least giving Michigan more of a chance than Glenville guys have in the recent past. MGoBoard's Magnus evaluates Walker's teammate, OH QB Cardale Jones, on Touch the Banner. [Ed: Dude, Walker isn't coming here.]
And for less-positive package deal news, it appears as though LA S Renaldo Thomas and LA OL Trai Turner may be coming off the board soon. Though Turner has mentioned wanting to visit Michigan, Thomas is expected to commit to LSU this week, and one of his teammates ($, info in header) will probably join him. All signs point to that being Turner. No impending decision is expected for the third St. Augustine prospect with a Michigan offer, LA OL Jonah Austin.
Michigan is in good shape with NC QB Marquise Williams. The Scout article linked is available for free, and reveals that Williams has a top 3 of North Carolina, Michigan, and Notre Dame.
Savon did well enough last fall to rush for 1,544 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns.
"He's sort of a bigger Silas Redd," said Mike Farrell of Rivals.com. "He doesn't have the same feet but definitely a little more size and is a little stronger. He also has a knack about him balance-wise, he's really hard to bring down. He's like Marcus Lattimore because he does everything well but also has a knack for bouncing off tackles and gaining three, four yards every time."
"I've been talking to all of the coaches, saying, 'Why is Savon No. 1 your charts?' The most popular answer is that while one (tailback) may have speed and one may have power, they say Savon, more than the others, has a very uncanny sense of balance, and they say that's something you can't teach. He'll run past you, run over you and run around you, and his yards after contact are ridiculous."
That's some serious love from analysts. It's not clear how in-the-mix for Huggins Michigan actually is, but he won't make a decision until February, so there's plenty of time before we find out. Check out his sophomore and junior highlights to see what the coaches are apparently drooling over.
FL RB Demetrius Hart's on-again, off-again impending commit to the Wolverines may be in an off-again phase, as Tom shares that he might not be able to make it up for the BBQ. Still, he's expected to eventually join Michigan, prompting Alabama writers to sound like a snubbed lover:
Originally, he was expected to bring teammate Dee Hart, a standout running back, to Alabama with him, but it appears as though Michigan will somehow track down Hart. Apparently there is some family relations within the program extending way back before his high school years. For most Alabama fans this could serve as a sigh of relief. Dee is an impressive player in his own right, however I think the Tide has their sights set elsewhere.
"I don't know what he sees in those losers. Whatever, we weren't that into him, anyway." Nice try, bro.
Michigan has offered NC TE Drew Owens ($, info in header). It's clear that they definitely want a tight end in this class unless they're looking at all of these offered guys as potential position switchers.
I missed this when it happened over a week ago, but it now appears as though IL DE/LB James Adeyanju has received a Michigan offer. Tom briefly mentioned him in his look at defensive line recruiting as an unoffered prospect. Adeyanju's brother, Victor, played at Indiana and is now in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams.
NC LB Kris Frost tells Tom he's "still loving Michigan." Our contacts in North Carolina tell mgoblog that Frost is a heavy Michigan lean, but will extend the recruiting process to get all the perks.
The US Army All-American Bowl sent out a wave of "nominations" recently, including not only a number of Michigan targets, but also a couple commits. OH CB Greg Brown has now received a nomination, and we already knew MI CB Delonte Hollowell had already been invited to participate. Speaking of Hollowell, he has an updated junior highlight reel:
400 nominations to the game went out last week, so we'll hold off on reporting every single guy who has Michigan interest until that number is pared down a bit. Most of the top guys that Michigan is pursuing have been invited (or are already committed to ESPN's game).
This normally wouldn't get its own header, but an oddly high number of prospects have released lists of exactly six schools, so here goes:
MI OL Anthony Zettel has a top 6, which I'll assume consists of Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, and a couple other schools.
MI RB Justice Hayes has a top 6, including Michigan.
One of the nation's top defensive linemen, FL DT Tim Jernigan, has Michigan in a top 6 along with Florida (the presumed favorite), Alabama, Florida State, LSU, and Southern Cal. He says all those schools are even, and they're the only ones that he's still considering.
Michigan is not in the top three of FL WR Ja'juan Story, but Tom says they're in the top 10. PA DE Shawn Oakman has to choose whether to play basketball or football at the next level. Michigan is showing interest in PA RB/LB Brandon Cottom, but hasn't yet offered ($, info in header). Some Michigan targets impressed at the ESPN RISE camp at Ohio State. The Skyline Chili Ohio Crosstown Showdown (where Paul and I saw Terry Talbott's Huber Heights Wayne team play last year) has announced its schedule for 2010. No current Michigan commits are playing. Michigan coaches drop in on OH WR Devin Smith ($, info in header). AZ OL Andre Yruretagoyena is still thinking about Michigan ($, info in header).
"I read Mgoblog all the time,"
strong men also cry...
Skyline Chili is the business, no doubt about it.
Oh my god, their chili sucks. I had it once, and I'm not joking - it might have been the worst chili I ever tasted up to that point. (I participated in a chili cook-off last year, so I've tasted worse since then.) I don't know how they became popular. It was like someone vomited in a pot, heated it up, and served it with cheese and crackers.
of yours that I have hated, this has been the worst, by far.
YOU TAKE THAT BACK
Wow, I mean come on.
But to be honest, the first time I tried it I wasn't wild about it. It's different. It has cinnamon in it, not common for chili.
Once I had it a couple times though, I was hooked. My buddy and I had days where we had coneys from Skyline 3 times a day (but I wouldn't recommend this). In LA, I order Skyline Chili online and have it shipped out here. Next time you're in Cinci, go there again, and order a couple coneys. It's about the best thing in the world.
I put cinnamon in my chili, too, and mine's not gross.
Also, I'm never going to Cincinnati unless I get beaten and dragged there. It's in the Worst State Ever.
I am from Canada and we don't have anything called Chill here......Not to be an idiot, but what is it?
You've gotta treat it as a condiment rather than an entree.
I love that this staff is recruiting so many players from NC. The Charlotte area has always been a huge base for talent. It's fun to watch the local kids get recruited by my school.
on committing to us until they see what kind of season we're having in 2010?
Yes, some kids will do this. Especially the kids with no major ties to UM, and who haven't followed us too much prior to their recruitment.
HOWEVA, this will likely be a small class, and it already has 4 commits, with a couple more likely to drop at the BBQ (one of Zettel and Hart, and one other would be my guess). If these guys wait too long, their spots will disappear. Because they know this, if we have a strong start to the season, expect the spots to fill up quickly.
A number of recruits (DeAnthony Arnett and Justice Hayes, to cite two instate examples) will probably take a wait-and-see approach on Michigan this season, and that will influence their decisions.
Glenville = doesn't give a fuck.
"I read Mgoblog all the time" is a great sign. Fans really have to be careful about comments that express their frustrations. Michigan may not be in its characteristic winning ways now, but how long will that last?
Fans need to remind each other that Michigan will be dominate again, and that it a wonderful university. These recruits need to know that Michigan is the ultimate destination and its fans are supportive and the best in the land.
I think it's fair to say that not only do players read comments from the fan base, but their family does too.
Yes, but if a dreadlocked recruit reads that Denard has shorn his locks, isn't there a danger that they'll wrongly conclude that RR has banned them? I think Lloyd Carr needs to speak out on this to remove any doubt he supports Rodriguez and his policy on dreads.
Lloyd Carr can say what he wishes. His comments may help, it may not. My "ultimate destination" comment is bigger than sports, coaches or even recruits.
My son recently asked me how Michigan could get President Obama to speak at its commencement ceremony. My wife and I simply stated, "Because it is Michigan!" Unsatisfied by my own answer to him, I set out to prove how elite Michigan really is. Many people do not understand how elite Michigan is. Many times alumni can only state that people just don't understand. That is why Sam Webb (WTKA 1050) states that if you can get recruits on campus the university will impress them.
Michigan is so elite that it is a member of The Association of American Universities founded in 1900. To sports fans this may be a big "So what!" Note: the founding members of this group is made up of schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Cornell and Michigan. Is this association there are 63 schools in all. Remember that there 120 Division -1 schools. When I went to the website I was amazed that Michigan was so elite.
As an Ann Arbor native, Michigan alum, and a huge fan of the Wolverines, I gained even a greater affinity for my school. Only a caveman could not appreciate such status.
and I agree with what you said 100%. However, I think Don was being sarcastic in his post.
tom, you crack me up man. I love it. As always good info too
You keep saying Tom..... I don't think you mean who you think you mean......
Tim was the OP.
I really like the packages that we are recruiting in the state of Florida. Bring as many kids from that state as you can, I won't mind.
"I read MGoBlog all the time, actually."
As do a LOT of Michigan recruits. So let's let them know that they are welcome and downplay the negatives...
Just a wish...
(and apparently a wish of a lot more of us - reading down!)