“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
Some corners of the Michigan internet are up in arms about OH CB Commit Greg Browntaking an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend. In the aftermath, Scout has classified him as a soft commit, and nobody's quite sure whether he'll end up in Michigan's class when all is said and done.
Brown was an early offer (as in pre-junior year) who hasn't developed like experts were expecting. The reports from his games this year seem to indicate he's a decent offensive player, but all of his speed is straight-line, and he looks more like a high-end MAC recruit than a Big Ten guy.
I'm certainly not rooting for him to decommit from the class, but there's a chance that, should the decommitment come, it's a mutual decision from Greg and the coaches. With higher-level DBs (such as Dallas Crawford) now interested in the Wolverines, it's understandable.
“I haven’t really sat down and thought through my visit,” Traylor said Sunday, “but it’s a good program, a good school and I like what I saw on my visit.”
as did NC TE Drew Owens:
"They set a pretty high bar for the other schools to compete with," Owens said. "My interest is still about the same. I just know a lot more about the program, a lot more about the staff, and a lot of questions I had were answered. I feel more comfortable about the school now."
In addition, there were a few unofficial visitors in the house, including a top Florida duo in South Fort Meyers teammates WR Sammy Watkins and CB Dallas Crawford ($, info in header). Following the visit, the Wolverines now lead for Crawford ($, info in header). Tom's weekly update had more on Crawford, and his possible effects on Watkins.
There were a few 2012 prospects as well, and they're discussed below. The next big recruiting weekend for Michigan should be Wisconsin, though there's a chance that some recruits come in for the Illinois contest in a few weeks, and FL S HaSean Clinton-Dix's on-and-off consideration of Michigan may be on-again at that time.
Michigan and West Virginia lead Cincinnati for FL slot Prince Holloway ($, info in header), and he plans to pick between those three schools.
IL OL Chris Bryant has "the possibility of a commitment coming soon" ($, info in header). He's previously said he doesn't plan to decide until after his senior season, but keep an eye on Bryant. Michigan, Stanford, and Illinois are his top three, with Arizona just outside that group.
PA DE Deion Barnes will officially visit Michigan, but won't start taking visits until after his senior season ($, info in header).
Michigan still leads for LA CB Daren Kitchen ($, info in header). Kitchen and the rest of Vanderbilt Catholic's team returned to the field a couple weeks back after the untimely deaths of a pair of their teammates.
MI CB Raymon Taylor is committed to Indiana, but that won't stop him from visiting other schools ($, info in header). No word on if the local product will check out Ann Arbor.
Happy Trails, Ye Wisconsin-Bound
OH RB Trayion Durham committed to Wisconsin.
OH WR AJ Jordan is deciding tonight . It's been a Michigan-Wisconsin race for quite some time, and it sounds like one the Badgers will win. He cancelled a visit to Ann Arbor for the Iowa game.
OH OL Ray Ball committed to Wisconsin.
Tom has film on 2012 OH QB Dimitrious Davis, a dual-threat with a number of teammates who could get a Michigan look in the class.
Latwan Anderson - the high-rated safety out of Glenville last year - has just quit Miami's football team. Any chance he looks to Michigan as a transfer? I know the Glenville thing isn't a good sign, but he did vaguely consider us (and WVU fwiw) last year. Also, since he's on a track scholarship at the U he can actually football for another school starting next year.
that was known well before he committed to Miami. All you need to know is that he went to Glenville and Tressel didn't take him then and probably won't take him now. I think that says something. But who knows...
Yeah, I remember hearing all kinds of stuff about this during his recruitment. I just provided the Recruiting Roundup because people get jumpy around here when you say something about a 19 year old or insinuate that we might not want a OMGZ 5* Safety without a linky linky.
Why isnt Taylor Decker listed as a visit in the above article. He is an Ohio 6' 7" 270 lb OL who could definately help our OL or DL. He is also being recruited by the Bucks, ND, and just about any other Big Ten School. We could definately use him
Decker is interested in those schools as well as Michigan but I don't know that he is being actively recruited by them. He just got his first offer from Cincinnati this week so I don't know that he's a guy that Michigan is truly interested in or is more of a Plan B type of guy.
I think he'll probably be a top target, actually. Offensive linemen usually start the recruiting process a little more slowly if they're not Seantrel Henderson, and he'll hear from Michigan in good time.
Nice work Tim - one note: the 2011 link above doesn't work, and I think the 2011 link in the Useful Stuff tab may need to be updated, as it still has Justice Hayes as a possible commit and doesn't comment on Dee Hart, amongst others.
Best of luck to Brown - if he stays with UM, then great; if not, happy trails.
Still worried a bit about LB and DT recruiting, especially if WC jumps the line.
The link in the useful stuff tab isn't busted, there's just a technology glitch (a relapse from earlier this summer) that logs you out and gives you an outdated version of the board. If you log in on the recruiting board page itself, you should get a better version.
I'll update the link in the recruiting posts to reflect that page. Thanks for the heads up.
Seems like they can recruit outside of Wisconsin after all. I guess this whole "winning" thing actually does help recruiting, especially if it's against the #1 team in the land. Ours will come in time. Plenty of chances left to sway the hearts and minds of recruits this season. Just win, baby!
"Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something. That is attitude." -Bo
Is it just me or were his comments not exactly a ringing endorsement. Maybe I'm reading too much into this. I guess I'm used to the Dee Hart's "I love this place, I want to commit here" reaction for all his visits. Or maybe I'm used to recruits being blown away by the Michigan experience. I mean, who wouldn't?