Ryan Petro isn't visiting this weekend.
Wednesday Recruitin' Bids Kevin Sousa Adieu
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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.
Happy Trails, MI DT/DE Damon Knox. He had a final three of Michigan, Michigan State, and Illinois ($, info in header), but he's since committed to Michigan State. He has work to do to qualify at the next level.
Elsewhere in Not-So-Happy News
As for the other decommitment scuttlebutt over the weekend, FL RB Demetrius Hart had a "big announcement" following his game on Friday, and speculation was that he would be decommitting for Alabama. That didn't happen, but there's a storm to weather yet, as Alabama will be conveniently holding their Capital One Bowl practices... at Dr. Phillips High School.
Dee tells the Orlando Sentinel he will end up in Ann Arbor as long as Rich Rodriguez is the coach, but Florida is the alternate choice, rather than Alabama. He no longer plans to enroll early. By the way, kid's a National Player of the Year finalist.
THE HITS KEEP COMING, as Shawn Conway will not be able to qualify, and instead will head to a junior college. Better now than after Signing Day, I suppose. This helps explain the staff's increased interest in wide receivers of late. Shawn still plans to attend Michigan eventually ($, 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 Fisher fluff, in which he confirms that position. Delonte Hollowell will also attend Michigan, regardless of whether Rodriguez is retained. Greg Brown is good to go on early enrollment ($, info in header). Right now, it seems he might be the only commit joining the Wolverines in January.
Big Chill, Big Visits
Last week's recruiting update had a working list of visitors for the Big Chill at the Big House this weekend:
- IL OL Chris Bryant. Tom says a decision is not expected from Chris, but wouldn't be a surprise, either.
- MI DE/OL Anthony Zettel. He won't pick a school until January, so Michigan's coaching situation should be fully settled by the time he decides.
- MI LB Desmond Morgan.
- FL LB Ryan Petro.
- OH QB Cardale Jones.
- OH WR Shane Wynn.
A mentioned above, January 7th looks like the next big recruiting weekend.
MI RB Thomas Rawls is visiting soon, but there's still no word on a qualifying test score.
Alabama is starting to show interest in FL RB DeVondrick Nealy. He's said that Michigan leads for his services (even though the Wolverines are unlikely to have room in their class for him).
FL Slot Prince Holloway says (paraphrase) "if I can qualify, I will get a committable offer from Michigan," which leads me to believe that he's unlikely to get a qualifying test score. Justice Hayes probably has the slot position locked down for this class, unless Holloway can play corner (but even there, Michigan has higher prospects on the board).
Still the status quo for NC WR/LB Kris Frost, who will choose between Michigan and Auburn ($, info in header).
NJ TE Jack Tabb enjoyed his Michigan visit a few weeks back, saying:
“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 ($, info in header), so his high praise may carry a little more weight than a recruit who loves every visit. He's still planning a decision before Christmas.
PA OL/DT Rob Trudo, currently committed to Syracuse, will visit Michigan ($, info in header).
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.
Michigan is still in the top five for MD DT Darian Cooper ($, info in header).
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.
NJ S Sheldon Royster will visit in January.
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.
MI DE Evan Winston is drawing interest from Michigan, among other Big Ten schools.
A little bit of local fluff on OH S Bam Bradley and his older brothers. Most interesting is that one of the top Ohio prospects in the class of 2012 hasn't heard from the Buckeyes.
FWIW - Rivals is reporting that Petro was told to hold off on coming up this weekend because there are a bunch of guys coming in already. He is looking to reschedule for next weekend or in Jan.
Edit: Beaten by Magnus. That hurts in the pants.
Can we practice at Jernigan's school? Probably too far away.
Wasn't Tom supposed to have an interview with Wayne Lyons early this week (Monday I thought)? Did that ever happen?
I haven't see it yet.
I want to hear more about (2012 recruit) Jazzmar Clax
when i found out who had joined the team in September when the season started and never knew about commits, decommits, potential commits, potential decommits....
How about we use Sousa's scholarship to get a tall cornerback?
and had a "Great Time". Arkansas this weekend.
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.
Can one of you, for shits and giggles, do a mock-up of WTF PENN STATE IS DOING IN RECRUITMENT? 4srs
on NC JUCO S Anthony Baskin? Word is he's visiting this week, and should have no trouble being admitted?
I heard about him as well, that would be a nice help. Also, Sheldon Royster is moving up my list of recruits I'd love to land in this class.
Very seldom do we get JUCO transfers especially one that no shot of qualifying out of HS. Highly unlikely that Baskins ends up here.
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 see what you mean.
Hey, isn't it nice when two people can settle a fairly trivial disagreement without anyone losing either face or mgopoints?
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.
Rodriguez has said repeatedly that he would like to have 5 or 6 scholarship quarterbacks on the roster at all times. Right now we have 3. The coaching situation could turn that into 2 or even 1.
We need another quarterback in this class, and the coaches want that to happen.
Magnus, who is next on the board behind Jones, especially since it looks like VaTech is next in line for Williams behind UNC?
Tanner McEvoy is a possibility. He's a first-year quarterback this year after playing wide receiver earlier in his career. He's a project at QB, but he accounted for at least 37 touchdowns this fall.
that will give demetrius hart more to think about...