"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
"Tonight we were reminded that Michigan is five years further down the road. Which means we have a long road ahead. The State Farm Center renovations start in a few hours and will run for three years. Let’s hope that when they’re complete, we’re Michigan."
Michigan, FSU, LSU and Alabama are all ahead of Florida... For now, the chances of him ending up at Florida seem to be slipping away more and more. This could all change if Florida turns around its season, so this one is not over.
His favorites remain Clemson, Michigan and Miami. I think Clemson has the advantage in this one.
Both are mostly maintaining the status quo from the past couple weeks. Grant Redhead, high school coach of FL CB Dallas Crawford and Watkins, tells Tom that Michigan has a solid lead for Crawford, and that Michigan's finish to the season may have an impact on Watkins's feelings on the maize and blue. The two will set up their official to Ann Arbor soon (both of their previous visits have been unofficials). Jernigan was officially selected to the Army All-American Bowl. At his press conference, Jernigan talked a bit of recruiting:
"I grew up watching all of them," Jernigan said. "They kind of present some unique situations as far as depth-wise and great academic schools, especially Michigan, great academic school. Those are the things that really stood out to me... It is nice up there. I got time to hang out with Coach Rod and I got a chance to hang out with Denard and got to meet some of the guys around the program. Real good people, my type of people, small town guys."
That sounds downright glowing about Ann Arbor, but there are a few visits left before Timmy makes up his mind.
Rivals has rehashed their Top 100, and FL RB Commit Demetrius Hart has moved up to #17, the top 4-star on their list. Given his stats against some of the best competition in the country, there's nothing dude can do to get 5-star status except grow.
DC RB Malcolm Crockettvisited Michigan for the Illinois game, as his coach tells Tom. He projects to either side of the ball at the next level, but Michigan is looking at him as a downhill-type runner and complement to Demetrius Hart. Crockett is a teammate of 2012 DC DT Eddie Goldman, whom Scout has already pegged as a 5-star for next year.
PA DE Deion Barneswill take all 5 of his official visits, even if he falls in love with one of the schools he sees early. He looks at former teammate Je'Ron Stokes (now a Michigan sophomore) as one of his inspirations, a positive sign for the Wolverines.
With his senior season over, MI LB Desmond Morgan will now focus on recruiting ($, info in header). He tells Tom that he may officially visit Michigan for the Big Chill hockey game, and with no inside information, I wouldn't be surprised if he made a decision around that time.
Arnett has consistently stated that he's a Michigan fan, but that he had worries about not getting the ball in the Wolverines' offense. With that fear out of the way, Michigan may be a factor in his decision, but conventional wisdom has him picking Tennessee.
Happy Trails, MD Ath Darius Jennings, who has narrowed his list to 6 non-Michigan schools.
...In Walkon News
MI FB/LB Joey Kerridge "has future plans set" ($, info in header). His Scout profile now lists high interest in Michigan and no offers, so we can safely assume he plans to be a preferred walkon at Michigan.
FL QB Bennie Coney (at right), who holds a Michigan offer but was dismissed from his high school team, talks to a couplepublications about his future. He say's he'll return to Plant City for his senior season, and has nothing but good things to say about his high school coach, and vice versa:
“Me and my coach, we’re good,” Coney said. “My coach is cool. We talk every day. We’ve still got our relationship...”
His coach has been in contact with college coaches to explain what happened and it’s doubtful that even a school like Notre Dame would view the incident as an infraction that would cause them to drop Coney from its radar. Coney is still interested in the Irish and, although they haven’t offered, they lead along with Florida State.
Since his coach is willing to vouch for him to college coaches, there's a chance Michigan may still be interested.
In visit mini-news, I saw MI DT Dan O'Brien in the house with his dad at Friday's basketball exhibition against Saginaw Valley. His older brother, Patrick, hoops it up for the Cardinals.
OH LB Mason Monheimhas visited Michigan already this fall, and is getting interest from a number of other Big Ten schools, including future member Nebraska. Orrville's defensive coordinator, Jason Haley, talks a bit about his game:
"Mason's right there with any we've had," Haley said. "He just has a knack for reading keys, and then getting from Point A to Point B. A lot of it is instincts, and watching film. He gets his read, then gets to the ball and makes plays... Across the board in college, you're not seeing that 6-3, 245-pound linebacker as often -- they're all looking for that hybrid guy who can run. Mason fits that mold."
At 6-1 210, Monheim could be a future bandit/spur type, or a guy who grows into a full-size linebacker.
Gregory wouldn't even have to adjust to the team name:
Gregory threw for 299 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for 139 and two as the Wolverines overcame five touchdowns by Schaumburg's Shepard Little (3 rushing, 2 kickoff returns) and 450 yards of offense by quarterback Mark Iannotti to earn a quarterfinal home game against the Lake Zurich next weekend.
Also, both that stat-line and the opposing team's offense sound familiar.
How much scrambling are you going to have to do for a Hello! post when Cheatam Norrils gets an offer and commits to Michigan? Probably a lot. But, you got some killer video of him on Saturday, so there is that.
Man, with all the recruits we need for D, plus OL, plus the handful of skill position players, and leaving room for any 5 stars that want to come our way...... I'm gonna be so pissed if we spend a schollie on a kicker. I mean why can't Gibbons just get his shit together? Having 2 scholarship kickers is functionally limiting ourselves to 84 scholarships. It's so unnecessary.
Chris Gallon has mentioned that he'd be visiting Ann Arbor soon with Dee, so maybe they'll make it into town for the Wisconsin game. It's tough for them to make it into town on Saturdays for noon games though, so the visit may have to wait until after the season (maybe for the hockey game?).
there is a lack of safeties in this which is concerning. (not to take anything away from Tim's excellent article, thank you)
there is info on two CB's, but no safeties. with Big Play Ray as our starting safety right now, and no positive news regarding Karlos Williams, HaHa, Avery Walls, Wayne Lyons... well, shucks, color me concerned about the future of this position.
I suppose Woolfolk could move back to a safety spot next year, but....
We need to be bringing in safety recruits like whoa...
and I agree about Crockett, we've got a stud down-hiller in Hopkins, lets focus on D!!!!
“My advice to defensive players:Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.” Bowden Wyatt
I understand your concern about the safeties, but this is just a weekly update. I think we have heard from Tom and others that HaHa will likely stay with his commitment to Alabama. Avery Walls is more focused on his sick grandmother right now. As for Karlos and Lyons, I think they might be working on coming up. Also, we are looking at Ryles who is also trying to make it up. Not sure if Bryon Moore is still interested. I might have missed someone.
We have 2 true freshman a FS (Vinopal and Johnson) and one at SS (Robinson). Theres also been conjecture that Cullen Christian (yet another freshman) is better suited for safety than CB. There's plenty of long-term depth at Safety. As long as Michigan lands a few DBs (at any position) in the class, it's not a major concern after the large haul in the '10 class.
More pressing concerns for this class are depth at DT, OL, and TE. This is where we're projected to be thin in the long-term view, due to holes in the recriting classes over the last 2 seasons.
As people have mentioned, Marquise looks like less of a possibility. Does that mean the coaches have refocused on Sousa and keeping him as a commitment? Any word on that front? Or has Cardale Jones become a new target.
Factoid of the day - Robert Gregory's gaurdian LeAlan Jones just ran for U.S. Senate as a Green Party candidate (but only managed to get 3% of the vote). He's probably most famouse for making this - http://soundportraits.org/on-air/ghetto_life_101/ - at the age of 13. Really entertaining if you're into that sort of thing. There's even a reference to a toddler Gregory in there as he talks to his sister about being a teenage mother and raising a kid on her own.
EDIT - my bad, Gregory isn't the kid in the documentary. Still worth a listen IMO.
There's only one 'z'; so, the other would be a blank tile worth nothing. Still, it's seven letters; so, you'd get the obligatory 50pt bonus. And if it were a triple word score touching the board perimeter... Whew. Of course, Jazzmar is excluded from consideration as a proper noun. /buzzkill
"I have long thought that anyone who does not regularly - or ever - gaze up and see the wonder and glory of a dark night sky filled with countless stars loses a sense of their fundamental connectedness to the universe."
I would love to see Deanthony commit to BLUE tonight, always room for 4* WR and keeping in state talent like this here. I want to hear more news about Haha, Karlos Williams, Walls, Lyons interest in UM. Getting 1 or 2 of these guys would be huge. Jernigan, Drew and a couple DT's would be nice. I want would LOVE to see this recruiting class stacked with stud D talent.
Also, it looks like there is going to be a NCAA crack down on Auburn a la USC...This could help us considering they run a spread and recruit the same type of players as us (See Kris Frost).
A couple more wins and a miracle win at Thee Browneye U would really get these recruits fired up to come here!
but I think it would be prudent for RR—at least at this point in his Michigan career— to avoid recruiting kids who've been thrown off their HS teams, regardless of the reason. He really can't afford the negative PR that would come his way if he does.
Still it is not a good sign when a player is kicked off the team. I do not know what happened, but I know that something happened. Thats enough to convince me to shift our focus elsewhere. RR can not afford to have another committed prospect not be admitted. We need to recruit sure fire kids who will be admitted. Avoid any and all red flags, which being kicked off your high school team is.
Whatever happened to Kris Frost? He used to be listed as close to committing to UM, but now his name seldom comes up. We really need linebackers -- this may be our #1 need -- so I would be disappointed to lose him.
"Football is happening at Michigan... we have that savoir faire." Dhani Jones
All I can picture is a five-game win streak to close out the year, including an utter dismantling of that school down south. With that spectacular finish comes a great recruiting class, winning over Jernigan, Curtis Grant, Hasean Clinton Dix, and Sammy Watkins. Big ten title in 2011, nc in 2012, with endless prized recruits clawing to get an offer to play for the most storied program in major college football. Greatness is restored to Schembechler hall, and Rrod is given the key to the city of Ann Arbor en route to a solid 20-year coaching stint at UM. So much more fun to have that scenario than this bullshit of predetermined to lose our last two on the year. F wisco and that other school. We got Denard, son. Denard.
No man is more important than The Team. No coach is more important than The Team. The Team, The Team, The Team