"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."
Without knowing what Brady Hoke's coaching staff is going to look like, it's hard to say exactly what will happen with Michigan's recruiting. I'll maintain the status quo from last week for now, assuming most of Michigan's non-Florida recruits are going to stick. Hoke has already said he'll honor their commitments.
“It was more than just the coaching situation,” Morgan said of deciding to accept a scholarship at U-M. “It was the school, it was the atmosphere, the education and the history, the tradition.”
TX LB Kellen Jones said, pre-hiring, that his commitment was firm (AnnArbor.com). He told Tom that he's still a Wolverine as long as the staff still wants him. There had been rumors of a decommitment in favor of Florida. He's still planning to take a couple visits, so keep an eye on him.
OH S/CB Greg Brown is already a student in Ann Arbor.
It looks like Fisher, Jones, and Goudis are the only current commits (Crawford not included, of course), that are serious flight risks.
Finishing The Class
Hoke has said there will be no recruiting visits this weekend (though a couple unofficials may be a possibility), so there should be a pair of huge visit rosters over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned for those.
Sam Webb talks Hoke's recruiting in the Detroit News. A few new prospects to keep an eye on with the change in coaching staff: CA DT Christian Heyward and CA DT Mustafa Jalil. With Michigan's need at defensive tackle and Hoke's background, they could see opportunity. Also mentioned in Sam's article is CA WR Devin Lucien, who Hoke recruited at SDSU. He plans to visit Ann Arbor, and Michigan has a good chance at him.
Aside from defensive tackle, losing Tate Forcier makes quarterback a huge area of need in this class - especially with Denard Robinson mum on whether he definitely plans to stick around. San Diego State has one quarterback commit, 3-star Californian Chad Jeffries. The 6-3 pocket slinger is SDSU's highest-rated commit to Rivals, and if Al Borges plans to continue with pocket guys after Denard leaves town, rather than adapting scheme somewhat, Jeffries could be a possibility.
I agree. Additional e-fact: We currently have 5 place kickers on the roster, not counting Hagerup. 4 of those 5 (including Broekhuizen and Gibbons) are either freshmen or RS freshmen - they're young and stand to improve more. Give them another off-season and I bet one of them comes off as solid. Remember our kicker last year? He was a walk-on who nobody heard from until his junior year.
That, and keep in mind that most all high school teams have a kicker, and only like 15 kickers in the country get a scholarship every year. There's a non-zero chance that we get a walk-on this fall who didn't get a scholarship but is still a very decent kicker who might be our guy with another year of practice.
Travis Dorsch. 18 of 31 (58.1%) as a freshman, 12 of 17 (70.1%) as a sophomore, then 11 of 15 (73.3%) and 20 of 25 (80%) to close out his career.
Of course that doesn't say if his attempts changed as time went on (although the departure of Brees after the 2000 season definitely led to a dropoff in offense, which should have meant more/longer FG attempts). Also, he went on to be a bad punter for Cincinnati for one year, so whatever magic he had in college ran out quickly after he graduated. But he did improve steadily in college, which means, um, something.
FWIW, he's now a second-year doctoral student. WTF? With published papers and stuff. And teaching a class. So maybe only psychology majors can improve their performance as kickers.
Let's hope that Hoke brings in someone on his staff that can work with Gibbons. He was a highly rated kicker out of high school. Maybe with some more attention and possibly a visit to the AAD that helped Brady, Howard and I am sure countless others he can turn things around.
Sorry if this is a dumb question but is there any risk of a recruiting violation with the fact that Hayes has a Block M hat with his name imprinted on it? I'd assume he made the hat, which would nullify a violation, but....
WHAT RULE DOES IT VIOLATE THAT A RECRUIT PERSONALIZES APPARAL???!!!???!!!??? IF MICHIGAN SENT IT LIKE THAT? MAYBE!!!! HE'S DOING THE EXACT SAME AS ANYBODY WHO BUYS A PERSONALIZED JERSEY FROM M DEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He doesn't know this coaching staff and it's too late.
I think that is the single most telling sentence of this whole coaching change debacle. Had DB kept his promise and opened up the checkbook and gotten a name coach players would have flocked to Ann Arbor. Now they're like, "Who?" Michigan football would still be a national news story and news outlets like ESPN would be covering every move of the new coach. Outside of Michigan this story is old news now.
I still will buy my season tickets and support the players; I just shudder to think what would happen if this team goes 7-5 or worse, 6-6 in 2011. We might look back at 2011's recruiting class as the glory days of Hoke at that point.
Then: "It's Frank Sinatra's world, we just live in it," Dean Martin
Now: "It's Jim Harbaugh's world, we just live in it," Go Blue Eyes
Years. It will be hard for a coach with a mediocre record to overcome the academic standards of Michigan, lack of recognition, AND a less than stellar season. DB has made it so that Hoke HAS to win next year or natIonal perception will be that we are a once great program that is steadily on the decline.
Seriously, look back at Hoke's recruiting history at Michigan. Better yet, have a look at how recruiting started to dip after Hoke left Michigan. You could argue if you wanted that Hoke leaving the Michigan staff is one of many reasons which led to Michigan's talent and depth deficit the past few years.
My problem isn't that Hoke was hired. It's that Hoke was obviously always the guy, or at least #2 behind Harbaugh. If this was the call, then it should have been made a week ago, fans be damned. Neg away all you like. It won't change the fact that DB turned this into a total clusterfuck.
It isn't Hulkmania or Hokemania. It is Hoke-A-Mania. There is an "A" in there. Spelling it wrong just makes us look stupid. Now, everyone promptly go back and edit your posts to the proper spelling before I go through and neg each and every one of them.
we will get 18 or so. Hoke and his coordinators will close out the recruiting class. The question is not how many players, so much as the quality of those players. There are a lot of lower rated guys out there that would jump at the chance.
Is Darren Kitchen (kid we were dangling an offer on from Louisiana) still available? Word early on was he wanted to commit to Michigan but the offer wasn't extended because Michigan was in on a few more highly rated prospects.
Well - we have plenty of room now to take a few lower rated prospects in an attempt to salvage/fill out the class.
I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...
Some of you guys get freaked out way too quickly. We have 10 solid commits - I'm not counting Goudis or Fisher as solid right now, but I think Kellen Jones will be here. That means we have about 10 spots to fill, yeah?
We have a very good shot with Bryant, Lucien and Raymon Taylor, the latter being our Crawford replacement. Guys like Frost, Flowers, Tabb and Cooper are longer shots at this point (maybe not Flowers) but don't be surprised if one of them comes back to us. If Thomas Rawls can get his grades up, he'd be a great fit.
That leaves us with about 5 open spots. We'll try for a QB, we'll try for another DT/DE ,we might try for another OL and we'll try for a TE if we don't get Tabb. If we can't fill all the spots with M calibur guys, than we'll have a couple extra to give during Hoke's first full class. These guys weren't going to help us win this fall anyway, don't worry too much about it.