Who is our "That Guy"???
As always, great work Tim, let the next pair fall soon
You can find the 2012 offer board here.
Brady Hoke's coaching staff seems to only accept a commitment if they're able to get another commitment at the same position within a couple days (or minutes). This time, it's a pair of tight ends as Devin Funchess and AJ Williams committed back-to-back last week.
Funchess talks about how he turned into a bigtime football prospect:
"I started caring more. I used to just be out there lackadaisical. I started caring more, got bigger in the weight room and started to get better." ... "Devin has always had great potential, but the maturity between his sophomore and junior year was really amazing," [Harrison coach John] Herrington said.
Go Blue Michigan Wolverine breaks down Devin's abilities:
He runs very well for a player his size. Devin also jumps well and times his jump well catching the ball at its highest point. As pointed out, Devin uses his size and athletic ability to make difficult catches. With his length and long arms, he makes an excellent red zone target. Devin has the ability to make a difficult catch look easy.
The Wolverine Blog newcomer Jack Slice goes into awesome detail about what Funchess will do in Ann Arbor:
Funchess’ main asset on the field is his versatility, and the staff has a plan to utilize his skills... They’ll slide him in motion and have him plowing holes in the middle of the line as a fullback. They’ll use him in a traditional H-Back role. They’ll split him out wide and create mismatches with his size. Funchess (and other U Tight Ends) will be the ultimate utility player.
Tom talked to Funchess's teammate, MI DE Mario Ojemudia:
It depends on what [Devin] says to me. We've talked about playing together, but that's not the main reason I would choose to go to a college. I pretty much knew [Devin] was going to Michigan, I just didn't know when he was going to commit.
For the record, the Wolverines are in his top 3 ($, info in header).
AJ is a huge high school tight end who could play either tight end or offensive tackle at Michigan. At spring camps he demonstrated excellent measuables, including a sub 5.00 second forty and recorded a 30-inch vertical. AJ also tested well in the squat and bench.
Magnus talks class fit on Touch the Banner:
The high number of offers to tight ends in this class suggests that Michigan would like to take at least two players at the position, and the skill sets of those offers tell me that they would like at least one blocking tight end and one pass receiving threat at the position. Williams is the blocking variety and has stated that the coaches want to use him to pave the way at the point of attack.
Every fanbase has "that guy," and this Arkansas messageboarder DOES NOT UNDERSTAND why any skill position player with an Arkansas offer would commit to any other school, unless they're getting paid.
There are a couple as-yet unoffered QBs that may get a shot as well:
With instate phenom Shane Morris in the 2013 class, an elite signal-caller isn't an absolute necessity this year.
Space was tight in last week's recruiting post, what with two commitments and all, so it's time to delve into linebacker recruiting going forward. Michigan currently has commitments from Scout's #2 and #9 middle linebackers (though I think Jenkins-Stone is more likely to be a SAM at the next level), and are in good position with at least a couple other guys.
How many linebackers will they take in the 2012 class? They had a pretty big haul last year, with Frank Clark, Antonio Poole, Keith Heitzman, Kellen Jones, Desmond Morgan, and Brennen Beyer. OK, that's beyond a "pretty big haul," but it's also likely that some of these guys end up at other positions. For example, Clark can play TE, Heitzman is probably a TE or DE, Beyer is almost certainly a DE, and Morgan could even play fullback.
It's clear that the staff wants at least one more LB in this class, and depending on who they can land, I think they'd take two. The most obvious candidate to land in the class is OH LB Joe Bolden, who likes Michigan a lot, is "still a major priority" ($, info in header), and could decide "at any time." He was the focus of last week's Sam Webb column in the Detroit News:
Colerain headman Tom Bolden: "Speaking as a head coach, he is a phenomenal player. He can play inside and he can play outside at the linebacker position. He covers a lot of ground, he is smart, and he can make the checks. He is a thumper. When he gets there he makes an impact. When he tackles kids, they stay tackled. Plus he carries a 3.9 GPA and is a great man off the field. I think all that makes him a great football player and a great young man."
Good lookin' out, uncle Tom. Scout's Allen Trieu:
"He has very good size, and he's a tough, hard-nosed football player," Trieu stated. "He's a classic, throwback type linebacker, but he's not just a run stuffer. He runs well and shows good ability in coverage. I think he can be an every-down linebacker and that's why so many schools are after him... Put that all together and he has a shot at playing early and often."
Ohio State hasn't offered (and apparently won't), and that means good things if he eventually suits up for the maize-and-blue:
"To me, if you didn't recruit me — and I don't like to be arrogant and full of myself — I like to prove people wrong," Bolden admitted. "I love doing it. I love talking, but also backing it up. If you've ever been in that situation, it makes it sweeter. It would definitely feel good."
I think the staff would probably also take a commitment from MI LB James Ross or PA LB Deaysean Rippy. Beyond those guys, it's tough to see any mutually-interested options.
IL LB Antonio Morrison visited Michigan for the spring game ($, info in header), and has picked up a Florida offer. MI LB Tyler Goble has visited Ann Arbor, but I have to think his best bet is a preferred walkon spot at this point. OH LB Mason Monheim was recently on campus.
In the "who might be next" department, MI DE Matt Godin will announce a decision on May 12th. He's a lifelong Michigan fan, and the Wolverines are in his final three along with Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Michigan will offer IL CB Anthony Standifer if he performs well at Michigan's camp. He's a big CB, and what he might lack in elite speed, he makes up for with ball skills:
Michigan was the first non-MAC school to show bigtime interest, and Charles Woodson is his favorite corner.
MN OL Jonah Pirsig gets the local fluff treatment from the Pioneer Press. The way the article is written, Jerry Kill might commit seppuku if he doesn't land Pirsig. The kid currently favors Iowa.
OH DE Tom Strobel will play in the Army All-American game.
MI CB Terry Richardson has set a firm decision date ($, info in header).
OK RB Donovan Roberts holds a Michigan offer and he will decide today ($, info in header). I'd be shocked if Michigan is the selection.
Michigan seems like a longshot for MD WR Stefon Diggs, a teammate of 2011 signee Blake Countess.
OH RB Bri'Onte Dunn, currently an Ohio State commit, has softened that commitment, and may visit Ann Arbor soon.
PA RB Greg Garmon plans to visit Ann Arbor.
OH DE Pharoah Brown is making a return visit to Ann Arbor soon.
NJ S Brandon Napoleon will visit in May.
A couple new(ish) offers:
Michigan has offered OH RB Dymonte Thomas.
Who is our "That Guy"???
As always, great work Tim, let the next pair fall soon
tim, how confident are you re shane morris?
I'd be very excited if we could land Pharoah Brown. Definitely one of the top names in this class.
Such as: "Good lookin' out, uncle Tom."
Tom, his uncle. His father's brother Tom. Close relative Tom.
FWIW, the guys at Rivals have been saying that Jenkins-Stone was recruited as a MIKE. And Brady Hoke said on NSD that Heitzman would be a guy who might be able to move inside and play tackle, so he's either a DE or a DT.
You say that T-Rich is firm on his date, but when is that? For those of us who don't have a subscription... NSD?
I read that he was going to do the 3 Hats slight of hand trick at an All Star game next January
I'm very excited about the recruits that have gone Blue so far. I really feel that we are 2, maybe 3 top tier commits from having a breakout, explosive top 5 class. This is a kind of indicator that we have the right complete coaching staff in place. We can only hope that we aren't becoming tSIO in the John Cooper era. By that I mean; recruit the heck outta the nation, bring in elite players, but fail to beat our top rival(s) consistently and become nationally relevant.
i would love it, but we need more like 10 kids that are 4* or near 5* to make it there. teams like Texas, USC, Florida, and even Texas A&M have already locked down over a dozen recruits who are all 4* and up. top 5 might be a little bit hard for us to hit
WTF? How are they pulling 4 and 5 star recruits?
Texas is such a huge football hotbed that it seems like your either a UT fan or an A&M fan. With such a huge talent pool to pull from it probably makes it easier.
looking over their 2012 class, they have 20 recruits with verbals as of right now. 10 are top150 watch list, and 18 of the 20 are from Texas (other 2 from Louisiana)
alright, does top 10 sound more realistic? Or maybe I should just ignore class ranking and hope that we get 1 or 2 of our top 3 recruits for each position, as needed? Ah what the heck, I just want to win. whether we get 3* or 5* recruits...
is more realistic, and we could possibly hit it with some homeruns. but ill be happy landing in the top 20 in the new staffs 1st year. plus with only 18-21 scholarships available it may be harder to move further up the class rankings compared to schools that hand out 25+ 'ships per class.
either way i like the optimism, and i agree lets WIN, with whoever we have or get and the future classes will take care of themselves
seem to be lacking interest towards M? It appears that he is looking to leave and as much as he has been visiting M i just have one of those "Sam Webbs" that hes not coming here.
I hope it's just you...If Richardson commits else ware than I challenge airmanwolverine's comment about having a breakout class and possibly having the right people in place. If we can't pull a recruit in our own backyard, from a perennial feeder school, coupled with the “uber” recruiters Hoke and Mattison are to be than we have some “opportunities,” in recruiting that need to be addressed.
No not really. Having Royce-Jenkins Stone commit has only helped and he recently said something along the lines of he could see himself staying in state.
It's not just you. Most experts say that if he does not pick Michigan he will probably go out of state.
BTW - Dymonte Thomas is Brionte Dunn's cousin and wants to play defense in college.
do we know if he has an OSU offer?
edit: no longer lazy and looked it up
According to scout he has offers from U of M MSU and West Virginia
I haven't heard his name in a while. Any update on him? How he liked the spring game? Etc?
I think we should pass on the Rodrigues kid. It's too soon. Maybe in a few years.
I know it’s been discussed ad nauseam, but it appears Williams is being brought in as a TE 1st and foremost based on the above ; wonder if Thompson now on the outside looking in
...Bolden and his decision timeline:
MikeDyer Colerain LB Joe Bolden could make his college decision this weekend
this weekend? or are we still the front runners?
also if we get a LB commit this weekend, then shouldnt we expect a 2nd the following day?! BIGGS.... CALLING YOU!!
Josh Helmholdt put the chances at getting Deaysean Rippy at approximately 0%. He said in no unequivocal terms that Rippy would not choose the Wolverines.
Aw, darn. I was totally looking forward to Rippy and Payne.
"The way the article is written, Jerry Kill might commit seppuku if he doesn't land Pirsig." cracked me up.
Wow, they must ahve lost their minds.
"There will be a prime spot open in a less than a year, when Barnett decides he's going to bounce.
"So Michigan and Oregon are now buying players like Auburn?"
"I guess so. Now we know why we whiffed on LaMichael James, Michael Dyer, and Barnett.$$$$$$$$$$$$"
And I know I've already said this more than once, but I just don't get these skill position guys heading elsewhere if they actually do have commitable offers from Arkansas. It just doesn't make sense, unless we're talking a different kind of cents. "
"Seriously, though, if Barnett doesn't start and/or play a whole bunch, I guarantee you he'll be leaving Michigan."
"You have to remember, our coaching staff is not known for blowing smoke at recruits. Whereas, other coaching staff, especially those that have an obligation to win "now" (like Michigan) will treat recruits like the divas they can be."
wow, I'm pretty sure both staffs never blew smoke at a kid. We told Denard he would get a shot @ QB, he got a shot @ QB. We tried to get DD in but well admissions not so much but never once have we recruited someone and jerked their chain around.
Could it be that Arkansas is a terrible place and now that Mallett is gone you will be back to .500 for 3 years till you hit the top of your cycle again?
Those are some delusional fans.
What is the reason Danny O'brien doesn't seem to have a ton of interest in UM. Does he really like UT that much? It seems to me with the staff we have now and I was a D Lineman I would want to come here.
Our depth chart is very favorable for DL. I have heard that one of their assistant coaches is actually from Michigan. I think he is the main reason that Deanthony Arnett chose tenn.
I read on ESPN (which sited 247sports) that "he is now focusing on Rutgers, Syracuse, and Connecticut."
Anyone know what happened here? Did his interest in Michigan sour, or is Michigan showing less interest in him for some reason?
I read this kid's name as Dynomite Thomas. Which, of course, would mean must have.