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What The Hell, How About Another Update?
The last couple days have been a weird rollercoaster for Michigan fans debased enough to get really into recruiting like yrs truly. Denard Robinson, Adrian Witty, and Je'Ron Stokes were supposed to be in the bag; the defensive tackle recruits were anyone's guess, Quinton Washington was probably staying home, and Sam Montgomery was a longshot.
Then yesterday Stokes and Robinson were thrown into considerable doubt, Montgomery cut us, the defensive tackle recruits seemed gone, and everyone wanted to slit their wrists—which is completely ridiculous, I know, but it's not like I was immune. It made me morose; I concentrated on other things, like who you should root for down the stretch in college hockey. Recruiting: it's like herpes for your brain.
Today, Washington overturns the conventional wisdom and picks Michigan, both defensive tackle recruits seemed likely to stay—until recently, about which more in a bit—and what tide you can pick out in the chaos of information on Stokes and Robinson now appears to be trending positive. I've scoured message boards of a half-dozen teams, assimilated all the conflicting information flying around, and if you put a gun to my head and made me predict what was going to happen tomorrow it would look like this:
- Pearlie Graves: Michigan
- Adrian Witty: Michigan
- Denard Robinson: Michigan
- DeQuinta Jones: Arkansas
- Je'Ron Stokes: Michigan
Awesome! Oh no… what's that? It's horrible! It's orange! It reminds me of a phallus!
Not so fast, my friend! My confidence level in all those predictions save the one on Adrian Witty, about whom there appears to be little controversy, is incredibly low. Each of the four-stars have, intentionally or not, created a perfect aura of uncertainty about them. At some point in the last couple days I would have predicted every one of them to Not Michigan. The god of recruiting is Loki, and these men are his perfect minions. Should be a fun day tomorrow.
DeQuinta Jones. Eh, not coming:
“I could change my mind, but I’m leaning towards Arkansas. I’ll make a final decision (Wednesday),” said Jones, who took an official visit to Auburn in addition to Arkansas, Tennessee and Michigan. “Basically, I like everything about Arkansas. I really like the coaching staff.”
If Jones has an 11th-hour change of heart, Tennessee would appear to have the inside track. “I want to play SEC ball,” Jones said. “That’s what I grew up watching.”
So, yeah, that's not good. Also, if you think Rueben Randle was close with Ramgod you have to check this out:
Mark of the beast! Mark of the beast!
Denard Robinson. Robinson saw a huge surge in Florida optimism that ended with Florida, apparently, getting the boot. Luke Stampini of soflafootball.com thinks it's M:
Denard Robinson Deerfield Beach: Looks to be down to Michigan, Florida, and Kansas State. I think he chooses the Wolverines, but the Gators’ odds seem to be improving as time goes by.
Given the massive Florida surge followed by the implosion that's not the latest and greatest info, but it's still pretty recent. Most indicators here have returned to good. (HT: VB.)
Je'Ron Stokes. Well… let's just say the impression I've got is that when Stokes hung out with Will Campbell at the AA game they swapped ideas on how to cause the most heart attacks amongst internet nerds. Mission accomplished, gentlemen.
Tank? Illinois commitment Tank Carradine, the OH DE with the most kickass nickname of anyone in this recruiting class, is now former Illinois commitment Tank Carradine. Academics are the issue:
"He's going to sign with somebody," Martin said. "We knew some of the these issues going in and I was told that there's a possibility they could hold a scholarship for him once everything got straightened out. Now, everything's changing."
Michigan, Cinci, Kentucky, and NC State now comprise Carradine's short list. If Illinois cut him loose because they didn't think he could make the grade it seems doubtful Michigan will leap on him*, but if he's sitting out there after signing day—which looks likely—and Michigan's sitting around with an unused scholarship or two—which also looks likely—Michigan could sign him in the hopes he makes it in. They could use another DE in the class.
*(No slight to Illinois intended; Big Ten minimums are Big Ten minimums, is all.)
Credit to Ralph Wiggum.
anyone notice the "Lee Corso is a Penis" sign in the background?
that's why brian posted that picture on there, do ya?!! huh huh, do yah?
I remember back in the fall of 2000, when the "shocker" gesture was fairly new, at least down here in Florida, seeing a sign behind Corso that said "Lee Corso Takes the Shocker."
Apparently, ESPN had no idea what the sign meant, because they left it there for the entire show.
I really wish I could find this on the internet, but there seems to be no pics of this anywhere.
Does anyone else feel like they used to on Christmas Eve when you couldn't wait to wake up the next morning and see what Santa had left under the tree?
but now Santa is Brian and I won't be able forget about my disappointment in not getting what I want by eating the candy in my stocking.
anyone notice the "Lee Corso is a Penis" sign in the background?
Um, yeah, I think that sign is why that photo was chosen when discussing phallus as opposed to the Lee Corso is a Vagina signs.
By this time tomorrow night, we'll have us some new Wolverines.
Pray for the 11th hour Rodriguez magic, and I'll see all of you on the other side.
If you put a gun to my head, I will tell you whatever you would like to hear. Dre Kirkpatrick? Michigan. Reuben Randle? Michigan. Jelani Jenkins. Manti Te'o, and Barkavious Mingo? Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.
It's going to be a sleepless night! GO BLUE!!!
Denard Robinson said in one of the reports that all of these coaches will not sleep well tonight but he will. If he did not know where he was going he would not sleep well. He knows where he is going so WHY WON'T HE JUST FRICKING TELL US. Oh well whatever. GO BLUE!!!!!
the presents i'm getting for christmas, why won't she just tell me?
I thought Scout was reporting that Florida was out of it with Denard, and that it was between UM and UCF
Texas Tech, according to Sam Webb, who also says that Graves's family wants him to sign with Michigan. What a soap opera. I wonder if Pearlie's gf attends TT. Or Leach has some snake oil himself. Webb hinted strongly that it was the TT staff that was telling Graves that RR will only be at Michigan one more year.
I'm honestly wondering if some of this DT drama is because of the shadow Big Will is casting. For some of these kids it's all about ego, and perhaps the thought of signing for a school at a position where they'll automatically be second best might be enough to scare 'em off.
I figured we lose DeQuinta... but I'm still thinkin' Pearlie has an LOI for us.
LET'S DO THIS!!! ARE YOU GUYS AS FIRED UP AS ME TODAY????!!!! LET'S GO DOWN TO THE TREE AND SEE WHAT SANTA/BRIAN LEFT US!!!