"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
After getting a quick update yesterday evening that Michigan was in his top five, I was able to get Logan Tuley-Tillman on the phone for a full interview last night. For those who didn't see the update, Tuley-Tillman is a 6'7", 275-pound 2013 OL recruit from Peoria (IL) Manual with early offers from Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. Logan visited Ann Arbor for both the Nebraska and Ohio State games, and said he "never had an experience like it." His top five is now Michigan, Mizzou, Oregon, Boise State, and Illinois. Here's the lowdown on his recruitment:
ACE: First of all, I guess I'll ask you to expand on how the visits were, both for the Nebraska game and the Ohio State game.
LOGAN: The visit for Nebraska, it was really fun just getting down there and seeing what it is like. Then the visit last Saturday, it was like that times three—just the whole overall experience, it just really opened my eyes to what Michigan really is.
ACE: When you say it opened your eyes to what Michigan really is, what did you take away from that visit?
LOGAN: That they have great pride and great tradition. The winning ways are there if you just buy into the system. I can tell that their success, the success they're having this year, it's something I could probably build off of if I would choose to go there.
ACE: You've got a couple early offers right now, and you've got Michigan now in your top five. Do you know how your recruitment is going to play out at this point? Any idea of a timeline or is it too early to be thinking about that?
LOGAN: I'm pretty sure an offer from [Michigan] is going to come when I get film to them, but I'm not really going to make any decisions any time soon. I'm just going to play it out and see what happens.
ACE: Were you able to talk to any of the coaches when you were up here?
LOGAN: Yeah, I actually have a pretty good relationship with Coach Funk. I talked to him a couple times this past week. I actually talked to him last night, too, before I left. He's a real good guy, we have a pretty strong relationship.
ACE: Were you able to get your film to him? Has he said anything about seeing you on tape?
LOGAN: Yeah, I got him my highlights, but they need two full game films just to see, because all the players that they're recruiting, they know they can play, but they just want to see what type of guy they are. So, I'm just trying to get them the full-length videos now. I tried to get it to them digitally, but our school doesn't have it on hudl or anything, so I have to physically send them DVDs.
ACE: There were a bunch of prospects up there the last couple weeks. Were you able to connect with any of the recruits who were at the game?
LOGAN: Actually, I haven't really had the chance to talk to anyone like that, because I didn't really know anybody. I knew one, though, because we used to play AAU together. Amara... I can't think of his last name, but he used to play on my AAU team a little bit ago. [Amara Darboh?] Yeah.
ACE: Michigan fans might not be too familiar with your game at this point. How would you describe your strengths and weaknesses on the football field?
LOGAN: Some of my strengths would be just pass protection and just getting down and dirty in the trenches. I just like to go heads up with people.
ACE: You look on the video like you've got a bit of a mean streak when you get on the field. Is that something you take pride in?
LOGAN: Yeah, that's really just how everybody is from this area. When you come from Peoria, you've got to be tough, so that's one of the things that I take with me on the field. I just keep that chip on my shoulder that I've just got to get myself out of this town—even though I love it, it's my hometown, I don't want to end up staying here forever.
ACE: How would a Michigan offer affect your recruitment?
LOGAN: I think that would shake up the whole landscape, and I'm pretty sure they would skyrocket to number one, just from what I've seen and the relationship I have with Coach Funk.
Tough guys from all over the Midwest who play with a mean streak and the will to win. I'd like to see this kid in the winged helmet, blowing open holes and loving the contact. How big a monster would he be after a year or so being trained by Coach Wellman?
Kid has great size, but I wasn't all that impressed. Not saying he isn't good, the video I guess didn't have a spectacular feel to it. You all love the contact and I love it too, most of the impact shots are a stand still. Just my opinion though... would still love to get him and more lineman!
The video does a great job of showing kids running into a wall and others getting tossed around like bean bags! With that said he would do a great job plowing people over to open up holes, but only caught 1 or 2 plays of pass protection.... Big guys that play with s lot of passion are always welcome at the big house!
I was pretty impressed with this kid. He seems like he has some good upside. Pass blocking looked real solid but for his size I didn't always see that pop and driving his opponent on his hits when he was run blocking. He did do a great job of that at times in the highlight but I think he could man-handle high school kids even more than he already is. Solid kid, only thing I think he needs to work on.
Cant really get a great sense from it of his athleticism and would really like to see more of his footwork. Like his AAU basketball background.
With respec to the highlights themselves, most of it was him shuffling a few steps right or left with a very wide base. None of the pass rushers looked that fast and LTT could just keep them in front of him without too much movement.
On run block, I like his initial fire off the ball - he stays pretty low for a big guy at this stage. Sustains his blocks very well. Most of the highlights were straight ahead and some down blocking. Murdered the LB's when he was in second level. Would like to see more of him in space.
Appears to have a great frame and arms look long, should be able to put on another 20-30 pounds with a college S and C program.
Caveats on level of competition in Central Illinois.