"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."
Though the writing has been on the wall for weeks, the decommitment of FL QB Kevin Sousa still came as a bit of a surprise, at least in terms of timing. However, he enjoyed his official visit to Wake Forest enough to switch his pledge to Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons. The kid had been saying for weeks that he wasn't getting as much attention as he'd like, so the decommitment was likely a mutual decision. Best of luck to him in the ACC.
Though I said in the decommitment post that I'm not sure it's worth Michigan's coaches going after another quarterback to fill the slot (assuming they can hold onto all three current signal-callers), the coaches seem to want one in the class. OH QB Cardale Jones is looking like the most likely candidate at this point, but he's not much of a runner, goes to Michigan kryptonite Glenville, and just cancelled a visit this weekend.
As for the other decommitment scuttlebutt over the weekend, FL RB Demetrius Hart had a "big announcement" following his game on Friday, and speculation was that he would be decommitting for Alabama. That didn't happen, but there's a storm to weather yet, as Alabama will be conveniently holding their Capital One Bowl practices... at Dr. Phillips High School.
THE HITS KEEP COMING, as Shawn Conway will not be able to qualify, and instead will head to a junior college. Better now than after Signing Day, I suppose. This helps explain the staff's increased interest in wide receivers of late. Shawn still plans to attend Michigan eventually ($, info in header).
Looking for a replacement? CA WR Devin Lucien has scheduled a visit to Michigan for the January 7th weekend. That's shaping up to be the Wolverines' next big recruiting weekend after the Big Chill. Highlights:
If you're worried about Michigan's other commitments, most local ones say they'll stick with Michigan no matter what, but also that they'll disappointed if Rodriguez is fired (though most think there's very little risk of that actually happening). Jake Fisherfluff, in which he confirms that position. Delonte Hollowellwill also attend Michigan, regardless of whether Rodriguez is retained. Greg Brownis good to go on early enrollment ($, info in header). Right now, it seems he might be the only commit joining the Wolverines in January.
Big Chill, Big Visits
Last week's recruiting update had a working list of visitors for the Big Chill at the Big House this weekend:
A mentioned above, January 7th looks like the next big recruiting weekend.
MI RB Thomas Rawlsis visiting soon, but there's still no word on a qualifying test score.
Alabama is starting to show interest in FL RB DeVondrick Nealy. He's said that Michigan leads for his services (even though the Wolverines are unlikely to have room in their class for him).
FL Slot Prince Holloway says (paraphrase) "if I can qualify, I will get a committable offer from Michigan," which leads me to believe that he's unlikely to get a qualifying test score. Justice Hayes probably has the slot position locked down for this class, unless Holloway can play corner (but even there, Michigan has higher prospects on the board).
“I had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. They definitely have a need and a want for a tight end and that’s a very good thing. In fact, that’s one of the most important things. They would definitely have you moving all over the field, at tight end, in the slot and in the backfield.”
After his Iowa visit, he dropped the Hawkeyes ($, info in header), so his high praise may carry a little more weight than a recruit who loves every visit. He's still planning a decision before Christmas.
Michigan recently offered another player at the position, OH TE Darien Bryant. Bryant was 1st-Team All-Ohio, but will need some time in the weight room to contribute at this level.
FL DT Tim Jernigan has a top four of Alabama, LSU, Michigan, and Florida State, but he told the Gainesville Sun's Ed Aschoff that "he could go to a school not listed in his top four." He lives within an hour of Jacksonville, so I wonder if he might take a trip to the Gator Bowl.
Recent visitor FL S Wayne Lyons has been selected to the Army All-American Game - and that's where he plans to announce his commitment. The schools in the running for his commitment (in no order) are Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA, Nebraska, Florida, and Auburn. The two SEC schools did not receive official visits from Wayne.
Like his classmate (MI CB Terry Richardson) a couple weeks ago, Cass Tech LB Royce Jenkins-Stone is the subject of the most recent recruiting column by Sam Webb in The Detroit News. The moneyshot:
Though he covets an offer from the Wolverines, Jenkins-Stone warns against expecting him to make a quick decision on a scholarship. "I would wait (to commit)," he said. "I would probably sign with them later on when I get the papers on signing day after my senior year of football. That is my No. 1 school. I just want to see what else is out there before I commit."
He goes on to say that he's not a lock to eventually go to Michigan... but that's about as close as it gets, right? Scout's Allen Trieu breaks down his game:
"He has good speed, a nice frame, and is comfortable dropping into coverage as well as coming forward. Most of all, I think he really likes contact, he's a strong kid, and a sure tackler. I'd like to see him keep filling out a little more. I think you'd like to see him at 225-235 pounds before he gets to college. He can play in the middle or outside. He's versatile enough to do both."
Since he's buddies with Richardson and MI LB James Ross from Orchard Lake St. Mary's, the three of them could be a great nucleus to an excellent defensive recruiting class in 2012.
Officially, all their scholarships are tied to years of military service in exchange, and not athletics specifically. Plus, they are all required to play sports, whether varsity, club, or intramural. So they really do represent a special case. In terms of other NCAA rules, they apply, like being able to actually recruit via visits, have a specific food training table, etc. or not (different levels of club, plus varsity, have different rules). My kid was on the Navy rugby team, which upgraded from club B to club A level while he was there, even though they competed against varsity squads like Cal. Many sports have weirder rules than football.
I've tried to look through some of the other recruiting posts to find info about a kicker and have come up empty-handed except mention of that kid that's most-likely going to BSU. Is there one on the docket for 2011?
He's not making conjecture about how well someone will perform. He's analyzing a comment a player made and drawing a conclusion based on that comment. There's a difference between guessing how someone will do and interpreting a statement made to the media. In a time when we're analyzing every syllable that comes out (or doesn't come out) of our athletic director's mouth, it makes very little sense to criticize an analyst for a pretty logical conclusion.
Parsing language is a tough thing no matter what you're talking about. I take your points, but I can definitely understand how Tim drew his conclusion. For example, "if I can get a qualifying score" is different from "once I take the test."
I see what you mean, but I don't think Tim was making a prediction. It seemed, at worst, like Tim believed that Prince was implying that qualifying would be difficult.
I think whenever qualifying is brought up in December, it's cause for concern. Signing day is less than two months away, and although there is still time to qualify, if a kid hasn't done so by now, it's unlikely that he will. I'm not sure we're looking to take so many risks this year.
The fact that he says something like "i need to get a qualifying score" implies that he either didn't get a qualifying score the first time(s) he took it, or that he hasn't taken it at all, which, like, come on you're halfway through your senior year and you plan to attend college where it's necessary to take a standardized test.
Point is, qualifying isn't brought up with kids who will likely qualify. There aren't a lot of recruits I can remember who still needed to qualify in December and ended up doing so, unless it was something non-GPA-or-ACT/SAT related like Justin Turner. No doubt it happens, but skepticism is warranted in this case.
Why are we going after a QB this year? Personally i would like to use that spot for another defensive guy but i guess at the moment we dont have a lot of recruits so space isnt an issue yet. I mean did DG get a medical redshirt or not? If he did then we have him for another year ideally. I guess if we are going after a QB might as well get one this year because from the early looks of it next years class is going to be heavily defensive which we are obviously in need for.