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.”
DE Matt Godin just got back from an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, and I caught up with him to get his reaction. There was no commitment on this trip. Matt will take a little more time with his decision just to make sure it's right.
TOM: How was the trip?
MATT: I loved it. It was probably a 9 out of 10.
TOM: So walk me through what happened, and who you met. What made it a 9?
MATT: I came in and saw Coach Singletary in Schembechler Hall. That was my first time there, so I was blown away by that. It was awesome. Coach Singletary took me in to see Coach Montgomery, and I sat with him for awhile. He told me everything basically, how they would use me, the scheme and where they want me.
TOM: How do they want to use you on the field?
MATT: They said probably in the 5 technique, possibly playing around 290. They said that would let me stop the run, but I could still get some pass rush in too. [Ed.: This would be the strongside DE spot.]
TOM: Did you get a chance to meet with Coach Hoke and Mattison, too?
MATT: Yeah, I talked to Coach Hoke for about 30 minutes in his office. We talked about everything, and you can tell he doesn't take any crap. He's ready to bring Michigan back. He was basically telling me how they need defensive linemen, and they think I can help bring Michigan back. I talked to Coach Mattison before that, and he threw on the Ravens film to go over. It was funny because I brought one of my friends and he joked before hand that Coach Mattison would probably put the Ravens film on.
TOM: It sounds like the trip was a success then?
MATT: I absolutely loved it, a lot of it was more of what the coaches were saying and how they want to bring Michigan back. Also, at some schools you don't really see the players that much, but I walked in there and all the players were in the locker room joking around. It was a good experience, especially for my dad to be there. He's a season ticket holder for 30 years, and for him to see his son get a scholarship from the university he loves is great.
Tom Harmon's last game: In a 40-0 victory over OSU, he scored scoring three rushing tds, two passing tds, 4 extra points, 3 interceptions and punted 3 times. He was given an standing ovation by the OSU crowd.
Sounds like he fell in love. Once again, we see feedback about how close the players are. Seems to really be having an effect on the recruits. Oh yeah and that film of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis doesn't hurt either, does it? Come on down, Matt. And bring Danny with you.
I'm just wondering whether the coaching staff may want to wait before accepting a commitment. We've offered a lot of high profile DL and will take probably 4 to 6. If O'Brien comes on board too, then I think thats a no brainer. But Godin by himself might be difficult at this point of the recruiting process.
Wolvin.. what do you think? Obviously, Matt wants to be a Michigan man. Love that.
I mean, Godin's not rated as highly as some (most?) of the DTs we're going after, but he's no slouch either. It's tough - bird in the hand type situation. However, DT is a spot of need, and I think we would take 3 DTs if other high profile guys want to come. We could stand to sign fewer LBs, CBs, or oen fewer RB or TE to get an extra.
I say you take the Godin commitment, and if 2 other highly rated DTs want to come, you take them and worry about how they fit later.
Now, if Godin waits too long to accept his offer and it gets to be the end of the football season and other top DTs have committed, that's another story. But at this time you take him and figure the rest out as it unfolds. If Godin commits, it gives us the luxury to be pickier with who we recruit at DT because we know we at least have one solid guy.
I agree, but those are good questions. I got negged like crazy when I said I didn't want a commitment from Antonio Kinard because I thought there were better LBs we could get. It's unpopular when you make it personal, but really the sentiment is always - let's get the best players we can. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
The nice thing about Godin that I like is that he can play DT or DE, he really is a lot like RVB in his body type, and that's nice flexibility to have.
I'm a big fan of Jaleel Johnson. I hope that we make a strong play for him. I think he can be a strong asset to this defense. He demolished pretty much everyone that was put in front of him at the Army Combine including Jordan Diamond. There are a lot of players I would like to have though. I'd be happy with whoever we get because they made the right decision in coming to Michigan.
I would think that by offering Godin this early the coaching staff would honor a commitment. That's why they offered isn't it? If they were holding out for someone else it wouldn't make sense to throw an offer out.
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "We're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively.
That would be a nice problem to have, 67 guys try to commit at once and be able to hand pick the 23 guys you really want... until then if someone we've offered this early at a position of need wants to commit I'd assume we'd accept it.
After talking to Matthew and my dad today, I can tell you that Hoke, Mattison & comany really want him to come and would certainly honor his commitment. They offered him this early for a reason.
I would guess Matthew eventually gets rated as a low 4-star or high 3-star, though the validity and worth of such rankings is debatable. Scout only hands out early 3-stars to a limited number of recruits, including Matthew, RJS and Richardson. Rivals hasn't even released any rankings yet. As someone else mentioned, he's no slouch, as evidenced by his seven current offers with more on the way.
Based on their conversation with Mattison, it sounds as though they want 5-6 DL in this class. Matthew loved his visit.
No doubt your brother is a helluva football player and the coaches would accept his offer in a heart beat and be excited about it. I'd be excited about it. He's a huge, athletic player who can contribute at multiple positions, and positions of need to boot. To be honest I don't really care whether he's a high 3-star or a low 4-star, it doesn't make enough difference to worry about and of course it doesn't change who he is as a football player.
I just hope he comes to Michigan, convinces all his friends to do the same, works his tail off once he gets here and beats the shit out of that school in Ohio 4 times in a row. You can tell him I said that.
Not only does Hoke, Mattison and company want Matt to choose Michigan but, I, along with a whole host of other Michigan recruting fanatics want him to commit and be a major part in restoring Michigan back to a hard nosed, in your face, dominant defense that it once proudly was. I have complete faith that Hoke and Mattison are gonna do just that(plus more), hopefully Matt decides he wants to part of the Michigan revival and help us reclaim our proper spot a top of the Big Ten for many years to come!!
Because its great news and all that Godin seems to love Michigan so much but, as for his best friend, Mr. O'brien, its gonna be a uphill battle and its one we might not come out on top of. I might be overreacting a tad bit but here's a depressing article that was posted on scout that I just read....
Yeah, you're probably overreacting. It's super early, and we've got a lot of time and the advantage of having him in our backyard. His friends want him to play for the team they like to cheer for, his family wants him to be close and want to be able to go to all his games, and he'll probably get to know a lot more of the UM players and recruits than the UT ones.
I'm not saying he'll certainly not pick UT, just that a lot will happen over the next 11.5 months, and most of it helps us.
True, also he told Tom that Matt getting an offer at Michigan would matter because they're best friends and have always wanted to play together. I think they even rode to the Best of the Midwest event together. He does love Tennessee but he's oalso said he's pretty open. Given that he has no familiarity with our staff, I think that's ground we can make up.
Yeah, it's not like there is something concrete about Michigan that he doesn't like, it's just that he doesn't know our staff that well yet. This will certainly change. Godin will tell Danny how great Hoke and Mattison are, and those guys will undoubtedly be up at Powers on a regular basis getting in his ear.
However, cheering for Tennessee to suck this fall can't hurt. But you were probably going to do that anyway.
Deep breath....all good points. I guess I'm definitely overreacting a little bit, I just really want Hoke and company to lock up this kid up! Next to Chris Wormley, he might be my favorite prospect on Michigan's radar right now.
On my 2012 wish list, O'Brien is probably 3rd behind Wormley and Diamond, which is very good company. He's an in-state Michigan fan - and obviously we've seen that this doesn't always mean commitment, it's still hard to overcome. We'll see how that all plays out.
Throw another one of the DEs in there too, my favorite is Odenigbo, but Strobel is close behind him. Also, Jarrod Wilson is going to be good, all a hear is rave reviews about that guy. He sounds like he likes Michigan too, he'll be the our first star safety in 15 years.
Yeah, that certainly can't hurt. According to Tom, it's not unlikely at all that Wilson ends up here and that's exciting. It sounds like his teammate Corey Smith is good as well, it would be nice get them both and scratch those spots off the list.
I like your wish list. We need help in the trenches and good lines can make up for an average running game and an average group of linebackers. Just out of curiosity what top players do you think we will get? My top five of who we'd get would be Wormley, Diamond, O'Brien, Biggs and Pipkins.
I don't think I know who Biggs is, unless I'm just drawing a blank right now. I like the other four though, and like I said in another post I really like Jarrod Wilson from Akron, and Bam Bradley. We need some real safeties after bringing in a lot of CBs in the last couple classes.
But I always like linemen the best, offensive and defensive. No position gets me more excited than defensive ends, but all of the guys on the line are the keys to successful football teams, IMO. We have a lot of highly rated guys on the board at OL and DL, and it would be hard to say which ones I'd want, especially since we need a lot of them anyway. Diamond, Voltz, Peat, Murphy, Jordon Simmons, I'd like all of them.
I know the staff has been handing offers out like crazy and all. But do you know why we haven't offered Bradley yet? I figuered he would've been one of the first players we offered out of Ohio, especially with Ohio St. not offering and us maybe being able to get the jump on his recruitment?
In Tom's post back in SEP, it was clear that he was a RR fan. Since both Tom and Trieu had M and UT in the lead then, it seems to follow that the firing set us back. His father and brother are M fans, so your point holds - a lot of things in our favor over the next several months.
I was under the impression that he's been pretty open that Tenn is his leader right now. I thought he said that he is so far less familiar with UM's staff, and has a more on-going relationship with Tenn. Gonna be an up hill battle, but I think he's said he's still open to other schools. Get on this Mattison. This is why we hired you. Well that and trying to have a competent defense, but that's another topic.
He apparently knows the same former MSU coach that got DeAnthony Arnett to go to Tennessee. That coach has known him a lot longer than Hoke and Co., so Michigan hasn't had a chance to take their best shot...As someone else noted, that's some fine verb conjugation that they done put on top'a that there article.
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