"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
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Since last we spoke, Michigan has picked up 6 commitments, with a few more likely to drop before Signing Day. It's HOKEMANIA season in Ann Arbor.
Brady Hoke started the commitment parade by gettin' his snake oil on, yanking OH CB Tamani Carter from Minnesota's commit list. Hello: Tamani Carter.
Carter had previously been committed to Stanford, but when Harbaugh left for the NFL, reconsidered that. Local article:
"Tamani had a very special season," said Central coach Jay Sharrett to ThisWeek last fall. "When we needed a pivotal play, he was always there for us. Whether we needed a big reception, interception or fumble recovery. Tamani was the guy who made plays that won games for us."
The developments with TX QB Russell Bellomy happened fast, as he visited campus over the past two days. Before leaving yesterday, he committed to Michigan. Hello: Russell Bellomy. Brady Hoke seems to be reinforcing the new Michigan tradition of stealing a commit from Purdue in one's first recruiting class.
MI RB Thomas Rawls will announce at his school next Wednesday, and he "hopes for surprise" ($, info in header). Given that Central Michigan is his only current offer, it will be tough for him to surprise anyone - unless the surprise is that he's gotten a qualifying test score and therefore a Michigan offer. He wants to visit this weekend, so stay tuned.
Despite positive vibes, Tom says not to get your hopes up for MD DT Darian Cooper unless the kid schedules an official to Ann Arbor despite Brady Hoke's in-home visit ($, info in header). He spoke with Michigan DC Greg Mattison on Sunday and hosted the former Ravens coach in-home yesterday. GERG2 had "interesting" things to say, and Cooper's also been hearing from Commit Blake Countess about Michigan. If Cooper visits Michigan this weekend, consider the Wolverines back in the running.
CA CB Stefan McClure's post-visit article doesn't have a positive header ($), which is probably a bad sign for landing him. In fact, he's announcing a decision this week and Michigan is no longer in the running.
Happy trails, LA CB Daren Kitchen. He was looking for a committable offer that never came, and has committed to SMU ($, info in header).
Past-and-hopefully-future Commit MI OL Jake Fisher came away from his Florida visit with positive vibes, but it certainly doesn't sound like he was blown away. If I had to guess, I would say Oregon is the biggest threat to Michigan re-gaining his commitment. He visits Eugene this weekend.
Agree on the DT thing... there've been so many that we've been chasing after over the last 10 years that we've missed out on... Pearlie Graves and Quinta Jones come to mind (although one of them we might have been lucky to miss on), and the big one we do get, Will Campbell, is on his way to being a big disappointment. Maybe we'll have to wait for the 2012 class to land one.
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Does he still have interest in us? I thought I read on rivals where he was quoted as saying he dropped us after RR was fired. I could be wrong and either way, we have over a year to mend that fence if true.
I didn't read that. But first off, Hoke has a tooooon of time to get back into it. Secondly, O'Brien is a huge M fan. I'd be surprised if he dropped us altogether. I know he liked the previous staff, but he loves the school.
2012 is loaded with DT talent. Just off the top of my head are O'Brien, Schutt, Valentine, Pipkins, and Godin. Eddie Goldman is considered the cream of the crop but there's a lot of football to be played. IMO, we need at least 2 DT recruits in 2012.
Yeah, it's way too early to pay attention to that.
It's very possible he was upset when RR was fired since he had a relationship with him and his coaches, but that was likely before (1) UM hired a defensive-minded HC whose experience is in coaching the DL (for Michigan when we won a national championshp), (2) UM hired a DC from the Baltimore Ravens who also focuses primarily on the DL, and (3) UM won the 2011 B1G Championship.
We have a long time to change his and I bet we do it.
Well we did get two pretty highly rated guys last year in Talbott and Ash, it's very likely that one or both of them turn out to be good to very good after red-shirting last year. Also, QW will end up being a solid DT pick-up for us, even if that's not what he was recruited for.
Yeah I agree. With Jones, Poole, Morgan, and possibly Beyer (if he plays LB over DE), we will have a killer LB corp for years to come. Plus if we can get RJS and the other LB recruit from Michigan (can't remember his name), we will be set.
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"so a total of 12 days after he commited to us he switches. What a dbag. We don't need morons like that anyway. Indecisive little prick. So what, does he switch his commitment everytime he takes an official visit or something? If he committed to us already then why would he visit Michigan(assuming that is what he did)? Seems pretty common sense that if you really aren't that thrilled with a school you shouldn't commit to it."
There is lots of delusion on that board.
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Mine would be similar but I'd take Barnett over Clark even though Clark seems more realistic than Barnett I just think we need a one TE more than a fifth LB. And I'd be OK with Durham over Rawls - either/or is fine with me.
Really though, any 6 of those is a pretty damn good finish.
I have no basis for saying this, but it seems to me there could be some attrition amongst the slot ninjas -- so bringing in an elusive receiver/returner could end up as a hidden need. Plus, he'd get to play with Denard, and then have a shot at being one of Gardner's favorite targets.
And, let's face it, taking a Rodriguez-type offensive recruit away from Ohio State would be, well, insanely cool and maybe even somehow help to close the book on the coaching change.
Last I heard, he did have an in-home visit scheduled with him tomorrow but if he's also seeing Bryant then not sure if that's true unless he's Greg Mattison and has the ability to be in 4 places at once.
Hopefully Hoke gets to see him before Fisher's visit to Oregon.
I really want to hone in on Fisher. Bryant is rated higher (according to Rivals) but Fisher is a long-time fan of Michigan AND he's one of the top guys from this state. (As an aside, getting both would be even more awesomer).
In MY opinion, netting him goes a long way (imo) to meding some fences in the high school coaching community throughout Michigan.
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Bryant is a guard and Fisher is a tackle. Both are still needs, but the class already has a center and a guard (Magnus lists Posada as a guard -- he is otherwise listed as a tackle). Michigan needs another tackle in this class, and Fisher is really the only prospect with an offer that isn't a longshot. The last-minute offer to Nowicki is probably indicative of just how important they think this is. I don't really understand Jake's decommit, other than just anger about Rodriguez, because, if Magnus is right, he's looking at starting on the other side from Lewan in 2012.