Come on, man. Get this football post off my soccer blog!!!
Otherwise, great stuff as always, Tim.
All-time updates live on the 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Board.
At about the 0:55 mark, that's FL WR Sammy Watkins gettin' his crush on (good pad level, that). If football and school don't work out, there's a future in stunt acting, no doubt.
The annual Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp took place at Wayne State over the weekend, drawing many of the midwest's best prospects. Sam Webb previewed the event in his Detroit News column last week:
Thanks to additional help from sponsors like Powerhouse Gym, the U.S. Army, and Scout.com, Sound Mind-Sound Body has reached farther beyond Michigan's border than ever before. As a result, before the first whistle is blown at this year's camp, it will have already surpassed last year's mark of hosting 55 prospects that eventually earned scholarship offers.
"Seventy kids already have Division I scholarship offers," said Blackwell. "We have kids coming from as far as Arizona and Minnesota. It is astounding. I'm just in awe really. This is more of a regional event now."
Prospects of interest for Michigan fans were many, and included OH OL Aundrey Walker, IL OL Chris Bryant, MI WR Commit Shawn Conway, MI WR DeAnthony Arnett, MI CB Valdez Showers, and MI CB Commit Delonte Hollowell. The Class of 2012 was represented as well, with MI LB James Ross (pictured above), MI LB Royce Jenkins-Stone, and IL OL Jordan Diamond leading the way.
Michigan's summer camp also started over the weekend (and ended yesterday). Tom ran down some of the participants, and is updating that Diary as he gets new information. Check back for the latest updates, and to know who you should keep on commitment watch.
OH OL Ray Ball was in town for camp, though he didn't work out. He raved about the visit to Tom:
"I know the top schools I have on my list are Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and UCLA, but this definitely puts Michigan in a better spot than before. "
In a class that will end up with many offensive linemen, that's a positive sign.
MI OL Jake Fisher did work out, on the other hand, and left Ann Arbor with an offer in hand ($, info in header).
NC LB/S Kris Frost was (is?) in town, and Michigan and Auburn lead LSU, Cal, and Clemson. for him.
Moving on to non-camp visit news, PA DT Delvon Simmons will be visiting Michigan eventually.
IL DE James Adeyanju visited Ann Arbor last week, and may be making a return visit soon ($, info in header).
Safety prospect Avery Walls had a great visit to Ann Arbor last week, even his mother (an OSU grad) was impressed. Michigan really rolled out the red carpet, with virtually all the coaches greeting Walls in Schembechler Hall, and it paid off. He also visited MSU whilst he was up here, but UM probably has the better chance.
Walls would be a huge grab for Rodriguez and co., but don't expect a decision any time soon.
Michigan makes the top 5 for FL S LaQuentin Smith, who is visiting with his teammate, FL RB Demetrius Hart, for the Iowa game:
"I would say that right now my top five is Arkansas, South Carolina, South Florida, Ole Miss and Michigan," Smith said. "And I still have love for Colorado State because they were the first to offer me."
Smith also hinted in the article that both Smith and Hart are considering a Michigan commitment during the visit. Hart also came in for some spring fluff:
Top RB - Dee Hart, Dr. Phillips. Hart was wiped out after playing two ways for almost 15 games over the weekend as the Panthers had to fight their way back through the losers' bracket. He rarely showed that fatigued on the field, however, and he was DP's go-to-guy, as usual, helping them reach the championship game.
The Panthers were runners-up in the USF 7-on-7 Tournament.
Michigan might not be dead for NC QB Marquise Williams, as he claims to not have made a decision yet, but VT or North Carolina (where he took a recent unofficial) is the presumptive choice. With his decision coming this week, we're approaching a "Happy Trails" moment for him.
That means FL QB Kevin Sousa (right) may finally be getting close to that coveted Michigan offer:
I called coach (Rod) Smith today, and they are going to recruit me. He is meeting with coach Rodriguez tomorrow as to a possible offer. He said that the guys they were recruiting are no longer interested in Michigan, and they have opened it up again as far as looking for a QB.
Should he receive that Michigan offer, don't forget he's said it would be hard to turn down in the past. He did tell Tom that he would visit Ann Arbor before making a decision for the Wolverines, but he may have that opportunity soon. He's roadtripping with his coach to several midwest schools, and if a Michigan offer is imminent, that schedule could probably be adjusted for a stop in Ann Arbor.
I've made it no secret that I think Sousa would be a great pickup for the QB in this class. If you want a little more on him, he has a variety of highlight videos available, including one from his spring game back in May:
Michigan, Pitt, and Florida are the leaders for NJ TE/DE Taques Franklin.
“My top schools that I’m looking at right now are Florida, Cincinnati, Michigan, Pittsburgh and North Carolina. Those are the top ones I’m looking at. I know a little bit about each one of them. From talking to college scouts I like what those (schools) have had to say. They’ve been telling me how good their school is for sports and education.
He may visit Ann Arbor sometime this summer.
Michigan, USC, and Oregon had been a pseudo-top 3 for AZ OL Andre Yruretagoyena, but the sanctions against the Trojans may have affected that. He talked to Tom:
I asked him what his reaction was, and he said, "I want to say it doesn't affect me, but it does. It's two years, which would end after my first year, so I would be there for it. I don't know if there's anything more, but if the NCAA finds more, then who knows what else they'll do. You never know with the NCAA."
Yruretagoyena recently released a top 7, including all three of those schools, along with Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon State, and Washington. It may be notable (and discouraging) that Michigan is one of only two non-PAC10 schools on the list.
FL OL James Elliott has received a Michigan offer.
PA OL Paul Gaughan has also received the Michigan offer ($, info in header) that he's been waiting for.
LA DT Mickey Johnson tells Tom that UCLA and Nebraska lead Michigan, Tennessee, and LSU for his services.
Coach Rodriguez is a cool guy. They're going through some things right now, but I believe that they're going to get through it. Coach Fred (Jackson) is good friends with my dad now, too. They've developed a good friendship through this recruiting process, so that's pretty cool. Plus, they play in the Big House. I've seen pictures of the stadium, and campus online, and I just can't wait to see all that.
If (when?) Michigan gets him on campus, it could be a huge boon to Michigan's chances to land him.
Shortly after Michigan offered, they were the heavy favorite for MI LB Ed Davis. However, the Wolverines have fallen off slightly, thanks to some new offers and negative recruiting.
Added SC LB Dexter Staley, who includes Michigan in his top 5.
Michigan is showing renewed interest in OH LB Antonio Poole ($, info in header).
Tom talked to MI CB Valdez Showers, who recently received a Florida offer. Michigan is in his top group, and his friendship with MI WR Commit Shawn Conway could help the Wolverines recruit him.
2012 Note: Michigan is "courting" OH RB Warren Ball ($, info in header).
Come on, man. Get this football post off my soccer blog!!!
Otherwise, great stuff as always, Tim.
I'm sure the high school had a few choice words about that stunt on school grounds at the 1:40 mark (what are the odds these minors had parental waivers to participate in such dangerous stunts w/o padding?). Not saying I wouldn't have done it at that age but looking back, that kid is lucky he wasn't concussed (then again, maybe he was).
It's worth noting USC's appeal is only going to help our case for Andre. I'm assuming the appeal process isn't exactly performed in a timely manner and with that being said it would probably conclude closer to the end of his 2nd year as opposed to his 1st.
Except the USC staff seems pretty competent at assuring recruits that they will win their appeals. Hopefully they get shot down in late January so they lose a bunch from this class and have to go through 2 seasons of no post season and 3 seasons of reduced scholarships for the 2011-2013 seasons.
can the university not afford a custom Blue Carpet to roll out? or maize?
Not to be a dick or anything, but I posted that video on the board a few days ago. Would be nice if stuff from the board that gets reposted was acknowledged as such. Happens quite a bit. MGO is big into being a champion of sourcing.
It was also posted on www.withleather.com, a pretty popular sports blog. You never know where Tim came across it first, although I'm sure it's more likely that he found it on the board...
Fair enough. It wouldn't hurt to source it regardless, as everything else on the blog is extensively sourced.
I actually found it through a Google Alert a couple days before you posted it on mgoboard, but if you want to measure your e-dick, feel free to go ahead.
Believe me, I'm not hesitant to link things I find through mgoboard (as evidenced elsewhere is the post) because pageviews are like, what allow me to pay my rent and eat food, but whatever.
looks pretty good for defensive recruits, im surprised we are high on Avery Walls, which is great. Hopefully we can get Andre but its going to be a hard fought battle with Oregon especially and USC (despite the sanctions). Hopefully we can beat out Auburn for Frost but i feel confident we can. Looks like they are hitting solid prospects in position of need. Good Job Tim.
I wish I could do that with my hair, but I am too much of a dude.
I think it was Watkins in the end of the video and possibly Crawford at 55 seconds, if not, then the other way around
2011 recruiting gets more and more depressing every week.
You must be new to recruiting.
It's this way every year.
This is great news. Michigan is alrealdy trying to lock down the state of michigan in next year class. if we can get Ross,Stone,and richardson that we be nice.i just read that Kris Frost is going to make his decision at a all star game, but we should feel good about him. Dee Hart is coming to the iowa game with his teammate L Smith nice!!! maybe Hc dix will change his mind in the end. Avery Walls would be a nice get, it would help us get into the great state of georgia. Andre Y, we have a good shot at him just let the season play out. are we ever going to offer A Poole!!! GO MICHIGAN
I have a nephew that I took to the UM Football Camp recently. I'll blog about him later. He is a WR of the class of '12. While I was there, I saw a very organized and well attended four day event. I met almost every coach, I even met Rich Rodriguez and took pictures with him.
At the end of camp, players and parents were lining up to thank him and take pictures with him. I have no doubt that The Michigan Football Program and recruiting is in great hands. I am no expert, but I know talent when I see it. RR and his staff spotted talent on sight just as I did. They patiently watched players to confirm their assumptions. RR knows what he doing. As soon as Michigan wins consistently recruiting will become much more. Players are waiting to see what will happen this year. 2010 is a crucial year.
Oh yeah I forgot about the facilities, they are phenomenal. I walked around and was amazed by them. ' Glick' is huge and amazing edifice. Please know I am an Ann Arbor born Michigan alum living in Wisconsin, I was still shocked. Imagine how a parent and their child unfamilar to Michigan would feel.
Those of you who see the Wolverines on TV or only attend games and then leave town, you don't know Michigan the way you think. You may even live in town. Proximity is not knowing! What I saw excited me. I just want to share and inspire those who are fearful or unsure.
Michigan fans must be patient. The pain will be over soon. In Ann Arbor I saw positivity and optimism. I spoke with a current Michigan player's dad, he told me of a conversation he had with another coach that was not a Michigan coach. He stated that this coach, who hates UM believes RR will make Michigan elite and that the Big 10(12 or 16) will not be able to catch up with him or The Wolverines. I know this is just heresay, but so is blogging.
Unless you are there to see things up close all this negative energy is an ant hair. If there is a time to believe, now is the time! I am a very excited for Michigan and its future. I even bought a mess of 'M' gear to get ready for the winning.
Hart was wiped out after playing two ways for almost 15 games over the weekend as the Panthers had to fight their way back through the losers' bracket.
It blows my mind that UM spent the better part of the year being dragged over the coals for about 30 hours of extra practice time across 2 years, yet nobody seems to bat an eye when a kid plays 15 7-on-7 games over 48 hours. Personally, I think this is fine - if you want to be great at your profession, it means lots of practice beyond those officially allotted. But to act as if RR and the rest of the coaching staff are abusing these kids because they had them stretch a little extra seems insane in light of how much work these kids are "expected" to put in through off-season tournaments and scrimmages.
Any chance this lad is related to/son of former Michigan player Ed Davis? Davis was a running back in the early to mid 90s. He was the heir apparent in his senior year as top running back, then had injuries and Tim Biakabutuka to deal with.