we're in on a lot of tackles. i wonder if the staff thinks some of them could move inside.
Wednesday Recruitin' Sleeps in a Tent
That's the type of camp we're talking about, right?
It's summer camp season across the country, with the Sound Mind Sound Body taking place in Southfield last week (and affording IL OL Jordan Diamond an opportunity to stop in Ann Arbor ($, info in header)). The Incredible Hoke was amongst the speakers.
Michigan's camp started Sunday, and runs until this upcoming weekend. The Free Press runs down Michigan's ongoing summer camp, including tidbits that FL QB Tyler Cameron plans to attend (and hopefully earn an offer), and OH QB Austin Appleby is in the same position.
MI TE Ron Thompson may visit Michigan this week. He and the coaches may get a chance to discuss whether there's still a place for him in the recruiting class.
Tom has a big list of camp visitors of interest.
Last Train out of Columbus
First, OH DE Tom Strobel committed to Michigan a week ago, then Kyle Dodson to Wisconsin, and finally Se'Von Pittman to Michigan State this week (after rumors he had tried to commit to Michigan's coaches a week ago). All three players were heavy Buckeye leans until Jim Tressel resigned.
Did something happen at Ohio State? Because they're sure hemorrhaging commits (and presumed locks to commit) lately. The AP explores the positive effects for Michigan of Ohio State's little difficulty following the rules:
"When I filled out Strobel's evaluation card after talking to [Tom Strobel], I wrote down, '95 percent going to Ohio State,'" CBS College Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. "I thought he was a lock and I thought the Top 10 recruits in Ohio would all end up going to Ohio State. But now, with Tressel gone and so much uncertainty hanging over the program, I'm not so sure."
"There's no doubt he's going after Ohio kids," Strobel said, "and I think he's going to be able to get a few."
The article mentions that Michigan is in very good position for OH DE Adolphus Washington, teammate of WR Dwayne Stanford. Even Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is seeing openings with high-academic kids (he can't say names, but that's secret code for "Ifeadi Odenigbo").
It's pretty much for the past few months I've become really good friends with Tom Strobel and he said I would love it up there, he fell in love with it. Tom was up there last weekend and he was talking about me with the coaches, they were joking around saying we could be roommates. I think Chris [Wormley] will be up there too [TomVH: I confirmed with Wormley that he is visiting this weekend]. I'm closer with Tom, but I am friends with Chris.
This would be a huge recruiting win if Michigan's coaches could lock him down, and it would allow them to be very selective about other linemen for the class. With Chris Wormley visiting as well, and inching toward a decision, the turmoil in Columbus might help swing him Blue sooner rather than later (fingers crossed).
The OZone's Tony Gerdeman says that he expects another 5-star Buckeye to decommit this week. OH RB Bri'Onte Dunn is the only player who fits that bill, and has expressed Michigan interest despite his OSU commitment. Duane Long is having a panic attack about the coaching situation's effect on recruiting.
OH S Jarrod Wilson sat down with his coaches last week, and again on Monday. They're trying to decide whether Jarrod is ready to make his school choice between Michigan, Penn state, and Notre Dame. The next meeting takes place on Friday.
The process might end a little sooner than I expected. I can't wait to get up to Michigan to visit.
That certainly sounds promising.
MI CB LEVITICUS PAYNE(!!!) is still showing interest in Michigan. [Ed: With Standifer and Richardson in the class, the Payne train has likely... uh... sailed. Alas.]
Michigan is seeking at least a couple more offensive linemen in this class, an TN OL Blake Bars could be one of them. Tom talked to him about the process:
My top schools are probably Penn State, Florida, Vanderbilt, LSU, and Michigan. There are some other schools I would maybe want to consider, but that's my top group right now. We're focusing on visiting the top schools right now, and we really wanted to visit Michigan.
That was over the weekend, so no word on how it went, though if he's now closing in on a decision ($, info in header), hopefully well.
AZ OL Andrus Peat is one of the nation's top prospects, and he talked to Tom about his recent Ann Arbor visit:
I was really impressed with everything. I could definitely see myself playing there. I don't know when I'll make my decision, just whenever I feel right. I will probably take official visits and then decide after my senior season.
He plans to cut his list down to 5-8 schools now that he's visited some of his top options.
Michigan recently offered big GA WR Jason Croom, and Tom talked to his mother about the recruiting process:
From a parent stand point this is home, from an academic stand point it's great, and distance wouldn't matter because he would be surrounded by family. It's convenient. One of the [Michigan] coaches actually grew up in the same neighborhood as me and we didn't know it.
With family in metro Detroit, Croom is planning to visit Ann Arbor later this summer. HOWEVA, Croom claims that he'll only play in the SEC, so don't get your hopes up.
Friday Night Lights
In promoting the Big Day Prep Showdown (more about this event as Friday Night Lights approaches), MI CB Commit Terry Richardson talks about why he picked Michigan, and how he's preparing for his senior year.
They'll be opponents for this game, but teammates at the next level, and MI TE Commit Devin Funchess reps his future colors in the same video series:
He says he'll play both at the end of the line and split out in college, confirming the H-back hypotheses that people have raised on his position at Michigan. He played well at Eastern's 7-on-7:
He's long, lean, and runs good routes. We knew he could go up and get it, but what he did here that we hadn't seen as much, was display run after the catch ability. He caught a short out, turned upfield and out ran an entire defense on one touchdown. He'll have weight to add to become an effective tight end, but he's a matchup problem waiting to happen.
Definite tweener at this point. His teammate, MI WR Aaron Burbridge, doesn't give a whole lot of insight on the recruiting process, but does list Michigan first among his offers, for what it's worth. Burbridge impressed at EMU's 7-on-7:
In the championship game, we saw him catch five touchdowns in almost as many possessions, showing great explosiveness and outstanding ball skills. One of the scoring grabs was a wheel route he ran from the backfield and he was doubled on the play, but went up over two defenders to make the grab. He also had a great day at corner, intercepting several passes and breaking up many others. He is without a doubt, an elite talent.
Get those grades in order, my guy.
Also in the realm of the committed, but going one class into the past, the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Showdown happened over the weekend, and the Michigan East-West All-Star game takes place this weekend at Central Michigan. They'll get recapped in the final Friday Night Lights feature for 2011. Then I'll start looking forward to the 2012 class's senior year soon.
NY QB Chad Kelly, who had yet to receive a Michigan offer, committed to Clemson.
NC OL DJ Humphries is down to 5 non-Michigan schools.
TX OL Trey Keenan committed to Texas Tech.
OH DE Se'Von Pittman committed to Michigan State. There was a rumor that he had tried to commit to Michigan a couple weeks back, but told by the coaches to work on his academics before they'd accept a commitment.
NJ S Brandon Napoleon, who had shown some interest in Michigan, but didn't have an offer, committed to West Virginia.
Michigan's summer camp is a good opportunity for the coaches to get to know some underclassmen, and decide which to offer. One of those guys who recently received an offer was MI OL Steven Elmer, the subject of last week's Sam Webb recruiting column:
"While it is early, I see Elmer and Shane Morris battling it out for the top spot in the state for the class of 2013. Right now, because I've seen more of Morris and he has performed well at national settings, he has the edge. However, Elmer's athletic gifts definitely give him a shot to unseat the Warren DeLaSalle quarterback."
Trieu talked about the skills that make Elmer such a special prospect:
"Steve Elmer stands out on tape," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "He has fantastic size at 6-6 and 297 pounds, and has the type of athleticism, knee bend, and general coordination colleges look for in a prospect. He gets off the ball well, plays with good pad level, and appears to be a strong kid already. I'd like to see him finish blocks stronger and maybe play a little meaner, but as far as physical tools go, he has the goods."
Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame seem to be the top competition early in the process. Elmer is open to making an early decision if he finds the right place for him, and Tom talked to his dad about their thoughts on Ann Arbor.
A good performance at Michigan's camp netted an offer for OH LB Ben Gedeon (#, info in header).
MI RB Wyatt Shallman recently stopped in Ann Arbor for a quick camp visit (though he did not work out).
CO OL Chris Fox impressed at Michigan camp, and may receive an offer soon.
I noticed that as well. Of all the big time linemen we're in on, it seems Garnett is the only OG. Do we have more of a need for OTs than OGs?
This fall, we have 3 scholarship OTs on the roster and one of them (Huyge) is gone after this fall. So yes, I think we have a major need at OT. We're thin at OG too, but not until 2013, when the Khoury/Barnum/Mealer/Omameh class graduates. Plus, we brought in two OGs in the 2011 class, we have Stacey in this class and Braden is a guy who could play guard as well.
I'm pretty sure it's been said that Kalis will probably play OG.. I'm not sure about the others though.
That's what I have heard / read as well.
and aparrently Scout thinks he has this problem:
He'll definitely move inside. Peat is 6'7" and Banner is 6'9" so if we land one or 2 true Tackles then we could have Diamond Kalis and another all inside. Maybe one plays Center?
Sailing trains, huh? Next thing you know, the boats will be leaving the station.
and Youtube seems to be failing me
Are there any updates on these guys? I've heard some chatter about some lower ranked players but not them. I was really getting excited about Garmon. He seems like a quality kid. With Kalis decomitting I thought maybe Dunn might follow.
I read Tom's interview with the PSU blog Brian linked the other day, and he said he wasn't sure how serious Garmon's interest was in Michigan. I can't remember his exact words but I believe it was a question regarding recruiting battles and Tom stated something along the lines of he can't know how serious of a player is for Michigan (or maybe it was that he doesn't think Michigan is one of the top players for Garmon).
Well, Kalis only decommitted 1 day ago, so let's give Dunn some time.
If I were a top running back for 2012, my biggest concerns would be for who will be blocking for me when I get serious playing time - i.e. who are the 2011 / 2012 OL commits. Looking at OSU's current class, I would be seriously concerned. Looking at Michigan's current class - especially if we land Kalis - I would be pretty pumped.
is expecting Dunn to decommit.
Garmon is probably a bit of a long shot, although his favorite is UNC, and they're about to get destroyed.
I have read a couple of places, one particular Rivals. That Garmon and Michigan seems to not be happening. I don't know who isn't that interested in who. But the two seem to be drifting away.
Great update Tim, but that .gif will haunt me in my sleep.
Your avatar haunts me in my sleep. Just a different version of the word "haunt"..
yes, Yes, YES!
here. I am all for it. Just glad to hear that--so far--none of it is trickling Wiscy's way. They have become my new B1G bete-noir.
Wouldn't a young Glenn Schembechler have been be perfect for the part of Brad Pitt if Inglorious Basterds was made years ago?
The best class that I have ever seen in Ohio is coming apart. The best defensive line class that we will ever see is being chipped away at. A couple more defections and it is lost.
the ohio fans are taking this. If you read the boards they really treat it like an actual defection and not just decommitting. Some of them want to do to Kalis what Bradd Pitt did to the giff at the top of the page just so everybody knows what a backstabbing traitor he is. It'd be funny if so many of them didn't mean it. Buckeye fans telling other buckeye fans they've crossed the line, then others jumping in saying they haven't crossed it enough. Many ohio fans think ohio commits rank their priorities as Team-School-God-Country. It's just football for goodness sake. Tressel was really spreading the indoctrination down there because a bunch of them are still drinking the kool-aid. The schadenfreude is more than fun for us anymore, it's a reality check for them too.
This situation seems custom made for This Week in Schadenfreude. It's incredibly thick on any OSU board you look at. Since Brian's indisposed, here's my contribution...
From the Ozone:
What if Tress is reinstated? Was his resignation officially accepted?
The best response being...
What if we take the scholarship that was supposed to go to Ejuan Price and give it to a unicorn instead? *
Round abouts here...
That even their back pocket Urban Meyer is a-coming soothing balm is getting overrun with doubt.
You want greats kids, period, whether they're from Florida, Texas, or California. But I think what's been lost around here lately is if you can get them from Ohio and Michigan you are not only helping your team, but sticking to your rivals and making them worse. Think of all the great players for Michigan from Ohio (and Michigan, and Pennsylvania), and now picture them in red, or green, or blue and white. Or even blue and gold. I don't want to live in a world where Woodson was a Buckeye.
This is just so much fun. I keep having to pinch myself in order to remember I'm not dreaming. As far as the Duane Long quote, Holy Crap! Overreact much?
Is there any chance that Funchess will be an outside WR in college? He'd obviously be a giant receiver, but 6'4, 205 is also a pretty small tight end. The recruiting update makes it sound like he has decent wheels.
With regard to Burbridge, I assume his junior year grades are back. What would Michigan need before accepting a commitment from him? First semester of senior year (and therefore no commitment until January)? ACT scores? I'm just not sure when he'll have made sufficient progress.
He's reportedly in summer school now, I assume as retakes in a couple of core classes (disclaimer - total speculation on my part). If that goes well, and he's a lot closer to qualifying by the time his senior season starts, I would guess the heat for him might rachet up.
"I got tremendously faster running track this year."
Tremendous. You can tell dude is already a Michigan Man.
(Side note: Richardson seemed really poised and polite in the interview - seems like a great representative for the school.)
What is with all the talk of Pipkins from the paywalled sites? Do they really think he is going to move up his timeline farther than mid-July?
Michigan is probably one of his leaders, and the timeline for Michigan might affect the timelines of some of these recruits. Pipkins might see chances dwindling that he can squeeze into the class, especially if someone like O'Brien decides soon.
reminds me of Gladwell's The Tipping Point.
How could a RB not look at the OL recruits. The decision should become easier for Dunn as our oline class for 2011 is looking spectacular. He just has to ask himself do I want to squeeze through holes all day or run through giant gaping ones. I can't imaging him not chomping at the bit to play behind these guys.
If OSU were to lose both Kalis and Dunn to us....I would assume not only a vast increase in seppuku blade sales south of toledo, but also some early noise about the job fickle is doing from the most rabid of that fan base in ohio.
And seppuku is too big a word for them, when broken PBR bottles will do.
LOL. That's my son on the far right in this photo.
He moved from QB to TE.
That picture was taken at Athletic Republic in Auburn Hills at an OL clinic put on by Lomas Brown every Saturday morning. My son attends the camp to learn blocking foot work from Lomas. The kid on the far left is our starting left tackle and will likely play at a place like Wayne St. next year.
On today's recruiting roundup (podcasts here), Sam Webb was raving about the performance of Jeremy Clark at Michigan's camp yesterday. He's a safety out of Madisonville, Kentucky, who the recruiting services haven't really evaluated yet. Rivals has him with several MAC offers along with Illinois. Sam speculated that he could be on Michigan's radar now given his camp performance.
If we whiff on Jarrod Wilson and the staff still wants a safety, Clark is probably the primary target.
Not sure if anyone was listening to Valenti and Foster yesterday, but Valenti went on a rant on how MSU is still getting the best players in the state and pretty much guaranteed they will again in 2013. Anyone know which recruit he was talking about? I was assuming Elmer, but from what I have read, he sounds like a Michigan lean more than anything.
I don't think Elmer could be considered a Michigan lean.