A proud member of our 12' class.
Still waiting to see if Tacopants' younger brother Waffleshorts will commit.
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MD CB Blake Countess committed to Michigan last week. Tom spoke with Blake shortly after the commitment, and he had this to say:
I just fell in love with the school, the facilities, and everything the University has to offer really.
He also talked to The Baltimore Sun's Matt Bracken:
“The Big House, I knew about it but hadn't really seen it at all,” Countess said. “When I went there, it was just unbelievable. I really fell in love with the school, the atmosphere and Ann Arbor.”
Touch the Banner on Blake's game:
I can't honestly say that he's "great" at any one thing. But unlike several other cornerback recruits over the past few years (Justin Turner was too big, Demar Dorsey was too thuggish, Boubacar Cissoko was short and harbored too much ill will toward delivery boys), Countess doesn't have any glaring deficiencies. He has decent size, runs well, has good hips, is a solid tackler, and tracks the ball well in the air.
We've addressed rumors (and facts) re: Demetrius Hart's commitment status time and again, but the case remains the same: He's committed to Michigan as long as Rich Rodriguez is the coach. Florida scrapping the spread offense for pro-style sets narrows down the likely competition for Hart's signature, helping Michigan hold onto him. Of course, Alabama just so happening to spend thousands of dollars upgrading Dr. Phillips's facilities is coincidence, I assure you.
Elsewhere in decommitment scuttlebutt, FL CB Commit Dallas Crawford is starting to hear from his childhood favorite, the Miami Hurricanes. Like Dee, Dallas is unlikely to decommit as long as Rich Rodriguez's job is safe, but this certainly throws a wrench in the works. Tom talked to his coach, who gave some reassuring quotes. At least Miami's fans are sure to show the love.
"I think it's a media thing, what they're trying to do, making it a big deal,"
Which is 100% true, of course. Fellow commit Desmond Morgan is effusive in his praise of what a "great guy" Rodriguez is. He's also confident that the staff will return, but will stick with Michigan no matter what. (in the article above, Blake Countess makes similar statements).
And, while we're on the topic, I guess I'll have to mention the Detroit News article stating Dave Brandon's timetable is affecting recruiting, if only because Tom is quoted. My personal thought is that he's not going to change his mind, regardless of how much people bitch about it, so what's the point in continuing to rail on about it?
Looking for positive news? MI RB/Slot Commit Justice Hayes says more commits are on the way.
NC QB Marquise Williams is going to stick with UNC ($, info in header), unfazed by the USC-level sanctions headed their way. Of course, there's a contradictory article about his status every other day, so bear with that one.
NC WR/LB Kris Frost talked recruiting before participating in the Shrine Bowl last weekend:
"It's time for the (Army) All-American game in San Antonio and I'm really excited about that. [If he could choose what to play there] It would be receiver, my wish. That just goes back to showing what I can do. A lot of people want to stress and say, 'You're so good at linebacker so why are you thinking of receiver?' I haven't really been seen at receiver and I don't feel like it's that big of a deal. I'll always have something to fall back on. It's not like I'm running away from something. I feel like if I have an opportunity to do both I'm going to take it."
As for what's going to be the deciding factor between Michigan, LSU, and Auburn:
"It's pretty much going to come down to comfort level," Frost said. "It's going to be what is the best fit for me and what team is going to expose me the most and allow me to make plays and be the best I can be. I'm going to have some time now to look it over with my family and think about it and now's the time to get back to school, get back to studying and get back to the recruiting process."
He plans to make his choice at the Army game. Frost was named the defensive MVP for North Carolina in the game.
High school fluff on Shawn Conway's JuCo adventure.
Michigan sent a big contingent of recruiters to visit SC WR Hakeem Flowers ($, info in header).
OH TE Darien Bryant committed to Nebraska, but wait! He immediately decommitted, so he may still be an option.
Happy Trails, NC TE Drew Owens, who committed to South Carolina ($, info in header).
Local fluffon CA K Connor Loftus, who holds a Michigan offer:
He came into Saturday night's CIF state championship Open Division bowl game with 15 field goals, including a long of 53, and he hasn't missed from under 40 yards. In the Pac-5 semifinals, he had a 68-yard punt against Mission Hills Alemany. Even more impressive is his ability to put the ball consistently into the end zone on kickoffs.
Yes plz. He plans to visit.
In his weekly update, Tom has information of FL S Roderick Ryles and MD DT Darian Cooper considering Michigan.
Michigan, Oregon, and Ohio State are the favorites for IL QB Robert Gregory. He likes that they "play athletes" at the QB position. Gregory was All-State as a junior.
The other part of Tom's brief interview with new Michigan commit Blake Countess regards recruiting for the Wolverines:
Ohh of course. Me and Stefon are really close, so thats definitely going to be something I look foward to doing in the future. We have a bunch of underclassmen studs at my school.
"Stefon" refers to MD WR Stefon Diggs, one of 15 wideouts Scout has already pegged with 4-star status for the 2012 class.
A proud member of our 12' class.
Still waiting to see if Tacopants' younger brother Waffleshorts will commit.
No one knows for sure yet. He keeps going back and forth on his verbal commitments...
I thought Michigan Robot was only 11'1''.
I heard, due to a (now fixed) program error, the guy who was measuring him got tackled into a fine mist before he finished measuring. I just gave him credit for the extra 11 inches.
does loftus kick off a tee? (internal head monologue: please say no, please say no...).
I like seeing the local MSM pointing out that Brandon's timetable may have some deleterious effects on recruiting, if only because it may alert Brandon to the possibility that his ability to manipulate media opinion may be less than omnipotent.
Brandon got under my skin a bit with the News interview where he claimed that waiting until January to decide on Rodriguez's future was designed to "limit distractions." That's some Grade-A Orwellian dissembling, right there.
I have many issues with what has transpired since all this came to light (not that any of them matter), but my biggest one is why an AD makes this sort of timeline public knowledge.
Seriously, all he had to do was tell RR what his timeline was and what goals he had to meet, no one else needed to know anything about it.
We know the press would have asked the question as soon as we lost a game, but what would have been the problem with DB saying:
The U of M has a HC and his name is RR. As HC he has the full support of the AD and that support will continue as long as RR is the HC at the U of M. The U of M has provided a football team for over 100 years and during that time, we have become very proficeint at evaluating our coaches. RR will be evaluate in the same manner as his predecessors.
If there comes a time where the evaluation process shows that RR is no longer fulfilling his obligations as the HC at UM, the media will be made aware. Any further question regarding this subject will result in the immediate termintation of this and any furture interview from this point forward. Rest assured, we are on top of the situation.
This is all that had to be said and the shit storm that has transpired since it became public is unfortunate, and could have been easily avioded.
Hayes' tweets are a great read. The kid seems to have a winning swagger and attitude.
I thought Marquise committed to V Tech. I guess he is sticking with NC.
Tim is correct-- this sounds like a back and forth affair until NSD.
Thanks. I guess what is important is that he is not coming here.
Right now reading this, I'm the most psyched about potentially having a new kicker.
Rational thought returning, just how mentally put together does Kris Frost sound?
Servite is an all boys school, and a powerhouse here in Orange County. Most of their top talent tends to lean towers USC, but it couldn't hurt to have him in the fold, and help with future recruiting.
"I just fell in love with the school, the facilities, and everything the University has to offer really."
A long time ago, I said the same thing.....only wish my PAD LEVEL were up to snuff.
I would really like to land Roderick Ryles because I think his ball hawking skills and speed would really help our secondary. I think this kid will be a star and it wouldn't hurt to get another Dr.Phillips guy.
Dorsey was too thuggish? I don't even know what to say.
Yeeaaaa... I was going to be "that guy" and have something to say about that too. Gold teeth and dreads does not mean a person is "thuggish." Vincent Smith is a really nice and quiet kid. I know Dorsey is a bit more vocal, but I don't know the kid and I haven't heard of anything that would make him seem "thuggish."
If Dorsey had a fault, it would be that he had poor advising in academics.
You're right. Gold teeth and dreads don't mean a person is thuggish.
Luckily, I'm speaking about his actions, which are more important than looks. And Dorsey's actions are what kept him out of Michigan.
Do hope he makes that visit. And sounds smart enough to figure out how to adjust to kicking without a tee. (Easy for me to say. I can't even adjust to a different haircut.)
Nice job with this post. I have a clearer understanding of what's going on with a number of recruits.
Tim and Tom are different people. This was Tim.
I hope Frost realizes his future is at OLB and doesn't slow his development by trying tomplay WR......he could get serious PT in the fall if he comes in right away wanting to play LB
Perhaps if UM doesn't sign a QB in this class, Robert Gregory will have serious interest in '12. He's been quoted in local newspapers (Chicago Sun-Times) as having interest in Michigan and watches Denard play. (searching for article link...)
If the replacement is Harbaugh we'll probably land a great recruiting class, if it's Hoke maybe uh oh.
So your saying... there's a chance.
if we don't get a QB,which i think we will,the QB on Chris Bryant team will be our number 1 target.Looking ahead into that recuirtment,If we land Chris,we should be the team to beat!!!Oregon singed a top QB prospect,and ohio state singed a top QB prospect also.After the coaching job is settled,everything we go up from there.GO COACH ROD!!!
If Rodriguez stays, the recruiting effect could end up being a net positive. More than a few recruits have intimated that his job status is directly linked to whether or not they commit. Perhaps we pull in one or two guys we wouldn't have because the late decision to keep the coach is fresh in their minds when comparing schools. It's a little on the pshycology side of things and will be impossible to quantify, but that doesn't mean it won't have an effect.
Has good hips. This characteristic seemed to enter recruiting jargon a few years ago when the height challenged Bouboucar had good hips. Hopefully Blakes good hips pan out better for Wolverine fans than did Booboos.