Thanks for the update.
Cincinnati Oak Hills OL Caleb Stacey was Michigan's second commit of the 2012 class, pledging all the way back in March, when people were still freaking out about Brady Hoke's ability to pull a solid class together. Stacey, of course, is still committed, while any concerns about Hoke's ability to recruit have been shunted aside for full-scale Hokeamania. Caleb was kind enough to agree to an interview as he prepares for Oak Hills's opener against Cincinnati La Salle.
ACE: What are your goals heading into your senior season? Doing anything special to prepare for Michigan?
CALEB: Heading into my senior season there is only one goal on my mind, and that is to take my team to the state playoffs for the first time in school history since joining the GMC conference. Preparing for Michigan right now really isn't on my mind much because I have another season to play in high school, but I'm definitely trying to get better week by week -- whether that be working on footwork, getting stronger in the weight room, or really focusing on fundamental things like hand placement and zone steps.
ACE: Do you have any visits planned at this point?
CALEB: Yes, I have a visit planned for the ND game. Although it's an unofficial I'm still ecstatic to get up there again. Already have my hotel booked!
ACE: Have you been talking to any other recruits, either in your class or 2013 players? Now that you're committed, are you doing any recruiting yourself?
CALEB: I try to do as much recruiting as I can to help The Team out. When I get a chance to talk to some of the recruits I really sell what a great place Michigan is and how when you visit there isn't much you don't like, if anything.
ACE: With the news that Tony Posada is transferring, it looks like Michigan is going to have to rely upon some young players on the interior line in the very near future. Does the prospect of being on the two-deep as a freshman change how you approach preparing for college? Have the coaches asked you to do anything specific to get ready for Ann Arbor?
CALEB: It doesn't really change how I approach preparing. I'm always going to work as hard as possible at what I do. That's just the type of player I am. The coaches haven't really told me anything specific I need to prepare for when I arrive on campus, just to be ready to work hard and have a great attitude.
Many thanks to Caleb - who's already caught on that at Michigan, "The Team" is capitalized, often thrice - for taking the time to answer my questions. He asked that I make sure to let you know that you can follow him on Twitter. Help a future Wolverine out, MGoTweeters!
Thanks for the update.
I love the capitalization of The Team
Glad to hear that you're getting out on the road to talk to these high schoolers, Ace, and that you can drive stick!
I'm glad to see Stacey get an interview, as it seems like he is a player that we haven't gotten to hear as much about, relative to some of the others. I really think that this is a guy that we are going to be glad to have down the road. Despite the fact that the services refuse to give any love to a center, a good center is pivotal to a smooth offense. This could be that kind of center . . .
Awesome Caleb, work your ass off because we'll likely need you sooner rather than later, kthanx,
Whoa the Ace button at the top freaked me out a bit. I'm waaaaay too used to quickly clicking mgoboard.
Yeah, that was my bad. Still getting used to all the different buttons and checkboxes on here -- let's just say Wordpress was a little simpler, and I'm kinda tired.
I like and appreciate how quickly you've taken to your duties. Looking forward to reading a lot from you.
Are you around Ann Arbor? It was always a shame Tom was so far away. Impossible to buy a cold beer for him; they'd always get warm on the way to AZ.
Nice work Ace - stepping into big shoes with style. Rumor had it that our coaches asked Caleb to switch to center this year - anything to it?
I was wondering about that as well. It was rumored that he might make the switch in HS so that he can get used to the position before he gets on campus.
Not sure why he is so excited to visit ND. Hopefully, he is there to recruit others to come to UM.
How did he book a hotel in AA that weekend!?!?! I haven't been able to get one and I've been looking for months!
Caleb committed before you. jk
I literally tried to secure a room last September (yes 2010) and they were sold out. And I'm freaking Marriot Gold Level!!!
Something tells me he has a few more connections than you.
You have some big shoes to fill, but this was a nice start. Thanks
I like where he states that he recruits for us when he can to try and sway people.
Also good start Ace!
maybe a little longer next time
That's what she said...
when he said he doesn't need to change his approach because he already works as hard as he knows to. Also, I don't know about following HS kids on Twitter, but if he wants me to, I'm afraid to say know because he's much larger and scarier than I.