"The amount of professionalism that he has ... there's probably not another guy in the country that would have handled it the same way," Durkin said. "He's not only one of the best coaches in the country, he's one of the best people. He absolutely has the respect of everyone -- coaches and players, alike."
Despite the fact that Michigan is only waiting on a couple more guys, recruiting will probably still be a little hectic for the next 7 days. Bear with us, and I'll have details on Signing Day coverage later this week.
As reported on this here e-blog Sunday, OH DE/DT Jibreel Black has committed to Michigan (after decommitting from Cincinnati, after decommitting from Indiana). Black is a 3.67-star player according to the average of the three main recruiting site, and he will probably end up playing the Brandon Graham position—strongside defensive end—at Michigan. Black's senior highlights:
For more on Black, including another highlight video, visit the Hello: Jibreel Black post. Also, brace yourself for 4-5 years of "Black and Blue" puns.
With so little time left in the 2010 recruiting cycle (Signing Day is 1 week from today), I'll leave him on the board for now, and we'll see whether the Florida State commitment has indeed happened, and if Michigan's coaches can convince him to suit up as a Wolverine with his cousin, Denard Robinson (who does things like this).
The Ohio tandem of DT Terry Talbott and CB Terrence Talbott has come into question lately as Terry visited North Carolina last weekend. They are still expected to sign with Michigan in the class of 2010, as they want to attend the same school.
The Final Few
Aside from backup options (Is FL CB Tre Bostonan option or Joe McKnight's little bro, LA CB Jonathan McKnight? Probably no on both) and maaaybe a surprise blue-chip, CA S Sean Parker and FL S/CB Rashad Knight are the last two men standing as realistic possibilities. Parker received an in-home visit from Rich Rodriguez Monday, after taking his final visit to Washington over the weekend. He's shut down his talking to the media and will announce on Signing Day (10 AM, ESPN).
In other All-Star games, the Big 33 Ohio-Pennsylvania game has selected PA CB Commit Cullen Christianon the Pennsylvania side, and the Ohio roster hasn't been announced yet (either that, or I just can't find it anywhere).
A little more on Lemming's opinion of Michigan's class. His top 100 is more Scout than Rivals in its optimism:
9. Devin Gardner
42. Marvin Robinson
50. (Hypothetically) Sean Parker
92. Cullen Christian
News from the future: a look to the 2011 class. We'll be jumping in with both feet as soon as the 2010 class signs. There should be another Michigan Junior Day coming up in February.
FL WR Chris Gallonhas been hearing from Michigan. He is transferring to Dr. Phillips High School from Oviedo, and the Wolverines would like to add him as another piece in a package deal including RB Demetrius Hart and S Hasean Clinton-Dix. Michigan is the leader for Hart, and has offered Clinton-Dix, though Alabama and Florida State lead. Be forewarned though, as Nick Saban is on the trail in Orlando.
The Wolverines extended an offer to WV RB Allan Wasonga. The Wolverines are his second offer, joining the Ohio RAWRCATZ of the MAC. As you can see in the picture to the right, Wasonga appears to be a very serious fellow.
The Wolverines join Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Baylor, Texas Tech, Houston and Duke in offering the two time all-district pick.
Greenlea looks like he'll be a big-time prospect (Oklahoma is reportedly soon to offer), so he might be a tough pull. Michigan is definitely in the market for some offensive linemen in this class, so top recruits are obviously the goal.
OH LB Trey DePriest, an mgoblog favorite, talks with Sam Webb about his recruitment in the Detroit News:
"I can't lie, I've been a fan of Michigan growing up, but that doesn't mean that they are my school of choice at this time," DePriest told Scout.com. "I'm going into this with open eyes. I want to go where I can play early and go to a school that has a winning tradition. I like to win. I'm going to treat them just like all the rest of the schools. I have to go through the process with eyes wide open. I'm just looking at everything. Another school might have something that Michigan doesn't."
"The main thing is if they've got what I want academically," he explained. "One of my coaches told me something and I got to thinking about it. Knock on wood, if I got hurt would it be somewhere that I'd want to stay for four years?"
Michigan certainly passes all those tests: Play early? Check. Winning tradition? Check. Good academics? Check. As long as Michigan can turn it around on the field in 2010, they'll have a great shot at Trey. Just for the record (since these Detroit News articles disappear behind a paywall), here were DePriest's testing numbers from the Under Armor Combine:
DePriest lived up to that billing at the recent Under Armour All American combine in Orlando, Fla. He measured in at 6 foot 2 and 225 pounds, vertical jumped 32 inches and did 28 reps of 185 pounds. In one-on-one drills, his 4.55 speed in the 40 and outstanding quickness allowed him to cover the nimblest of backs like a blanket.
He has been offered a position in the 2011 Under Armour Game, which he has already accepted. Caution, though: He hit up Ohio State's Junior Day a couple weeks ago instead of the Wolverines'.
DePriest's buddy, OH QB Braxton Miller, is considered a mortal lock to Ohio State, but even if he wasn't, it doesn't sound like the Wolverines have a great shot at him. Eleven Warriors caught up with Miller at a basketball tournament in Columbus, and the dual-threat expressed interest in a few schools, not including the one in Ann Arbor:
Assuming the Talbott brothers stick in Michigan's 2010 class, they'll give the Wolverines a familiar face to Miller, their high school teammate, which at least gives them a chance to land him.
In more bad QB recruiting news for the Class of 2011, we're quarterback-centric. NC QB Christian LeMay (pictured at right) has narrowed to a top 10, and the Wolverines ain't in it:
Stacey LeMay said his son's list of 10 potential college choices are: Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Miami, Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
Note: All are in the Southeast except for Oklahoma. I'll leave him on the board for now (though downgrade to a nefarious Eduardo) since Rich Rodriguez was in his school this week, and teammate LB Kris Frost loves Michigan. He plans to decide and enroll early, so we should know very quickly if MIchigan's chance is indeed 0%.
I'm looking for Rich Rod to convince Parker and Dorsey to ink with the maize and blue. Both of those guys, if indeed supremely talented, would be in the mix for starting safety spots. Rod has a good recent history of closing, and he may be able to convince these guys that they'll see the field next year.
It goes without saying, that ideally we wouldn't have 2+ true freshman in the mix for starting positions on defense. Though, factor in the loss of Warren and all the incompetence returning, and that's what we've got. I think we can pencil in Woolfolk and Turner (heaven help us if Turner can't go), and then it's wide open in the D backfield. It seems like a fair probability they'd take 2/3 of Christian, Parker, Dorsey over anything from last year's roster unless I'm missing someone (and, no, I'm not counting on Floyd)
Totally. People are quick to write of Vlad Emilien. Yeah, he didn't get into the mix last year when our safeties were bad, but he was also a true freshman, coming off an injury. He was still very highly rated, and I think he'll have a leg up on all of the incoming safeties.
Not too bad. I actually drove by Sean Parker's high school today (I'm a medical rep and there is a hospital nearby) right about as class was letting out. The Lane Kiffin in me wanted to ask around to find Sean and buy him and his friends alcohol and cigarettes, but I decided against it. There was one kid running the stadium bleachers though, wouldn't be surprised if it was him.
I don't think we have much of a chance...but Dorsey swears he has NOT committed to FSU. I still think he ends up there, but Rodriguez has a home visit this week with Dorsey (today?) so there is still an outside chance.
I'm not going to use the overused carnival term, but one of the most fun things about signing day is to see who signs that none of us had any idea was even interested. I have come to expect one surprise that comes "totally out of left field" each signing day, and am almost disappointed if it doesn't happen. Unfortunately, they are usually balanced by one surprise going the other way.
Michigan has 3 recruits left to fill out for the last spot. Unlikely that all of them will commit to Michigan. However, there's a decent chance that 2 of the 3 will commit to Michigan.
Knight: 50/50 shot between Michigan and Rutgers.
Parker: Michigan has a slight lead over U$C
Dorsey: 33% chance of landing him, considering U$C, FSU and Michigan. Not a FSU commit. If Dorsey visit U$C, consider it a good new as crazy as it sounds because FSU told him not to visit U$C. RR will be one of the last coach to do an inhome visit. Michigan has a decent chance of landing him because Dorsey's friends with the Pahokee boys, Marvin Robinson, DG and is a cousin of Denard Robinson.
One comment I keep seeing is the players from warm states not wanting to come to Michigan to play in cold weather. I hope the Michigan recruiters are pointing out to the good ones that if they have NFL aspirations that playing in Green Bay in December is not a warm weather sport. Really want to prepare yourself for the next step, come and play where conditions will replicate what you will find there.
I think it's interesting and might only be a Southeastern US phenomenon. There are a good number of California kids that head out of state not only for the Midwest, but also for places like Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Washington to play. Come October these locales can get down right nippy, or nipply if you will.
Most years only the November games have crappy cold weather. Most September and October games are delightful in October! Highs in the 70s in September and 60s through most of October. We play 2 games in November. I'd take playing in 40s and 50 degree weather in November over playing in 90 degree weather and high humidity in the SEC in September! And if these warm weather recruits play well, they will get us into a BCS bowl game which is in a nice warm weather spot.