I'm glad to see Demetrius Hart on that list !!
further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
This is an early list of who is going to be at the Spring Game this year. This list will continue to grow, since these are only the players I've talked to so far. Some of the visits could change as we get closer, so just remember that.
I'll keep adding to the list as I talk to more people, but here's what I have so far.
WR DeAnthony Arnett
OH LB Percy Johnson
OH DE Bryan Baird - Said he will probably be there, not positive.
OH DB Greg Brown (commit)
MI DE Brennen Beyer
MI CB Delonte Hollowell (commit)
MI OL Anthony Zettel
FL RB Demetrius Hart (Mom coming too.)
FL S Dallas Crawford - Yes. This is a big one for Michigan.
FL WR Sammy Watkins - Yes. Also big.
MD DT Vincent Croce - Yes, as of now.
TX RB Jarrell Oliver (same school as Stonum, Herron, Woolfolk)
NJ LB Antoine Pozniak - He's coming with the "Top Prospects Family." Je'Ron Stokes dad is the founder of Top Prospects Family.
NJ ATH Miles Shuler
PA DE Deion Barnes - 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. Same school as current wolverine Je'Ron Stokes, and his brother Malik Stokes.
NJ LB Andre Hodge - Top Prospects
Other Top Prospects Family - Ronald Butler, Tyron Stevens, Lamar McKnight
IN OL Tony Springmann
GA WR Justin Scott
FL DE Anthony Rabasa
PA DB Kyshoen Jarrett - No, as of now. Family might decide to come, but no for now.
OH S Ron Tanner - He has baseball.
OH DE Robert Mincey - No, he'll be at Toledo. No offer, not sure if he'll get one.
OH DT Kevin Williams - He'll be at Nebraska, for their spring game. He was recently at Michigan for one of the practices. It seems like it's down to Nebraska and Michigan. He'll make his choice shortly after the 17th
NC LB Kris Frost - No. His family waited too long to buy tickets, so they were too expensive when they went to buy them. He's NOT going to Auburn's spring game over Michigan's, he's going to Auburn's because it's only 6 hours away. He figures he might as well go somewhere, if he can't make it to Michigan. They are trying to find another time to make it up.
AR QB Kiehl Frazier (2011) - No for the spring game. I spoke with his father, though, and they're really excited about Michigan. He said they DEFINITELY plan on making a trip to Ann Arbor. They really like Coach Smith, and are excited to see Michigan.
NJ WR Damiere Byrd - Track Meets
MI RB Justice Hayes is going to try to make it. Not positive yet.
OH TE Ray Hamilton - There's a "strong possibility" that he'll be there. Not definite.
OH OL Aundrey Walker - Doesn't know for sure yet. It's still a possibility.
OH WR Shaq Washington - Going to try to make it. He doesn't have an offer, but Michigan is one of the few schools he's hoping to get an offer from. He thinks he fits the offense really well.
OL Matt Frazier - Didn't end up making it to practice the other week. He fell ill, and couldn't make it. He's either coming for the spring game, or one of the early games of the season. Most likely a game, though.
I'm glad to see Demetrius Hart on that list !!
I agree, we need some stud Linebackers!
Will the legendary TomVH be in attendance?
We can only hope....WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS OUT ON THIS GUY!!!
Correct me if I'm wrong Tom, but this would make his second visit in as many months?
And, as always, thanks for the information.
is dee hart bringing any teammates?
It's a legit question given the talent Dr Phil has to offer with HaHa and the other safety they have (name is escaping me)
EDIT: LaQuentin Smith
would be sweet
That would be, lineman are going to be a huge deal this year.
Let's get a commit from Dee Hart!
Thanks for the info.
You rock solid.
I want to know more about Percy Johnson.
After watching his highlights, I want to see an offer extended.
I wonder what his plans are for this summer, camp-wise.
Thanks as always Tom.
UM (and others) are waiting to see if his grades are sorted out before thinking about offering.
Tom, I've seen reports that NC LB Kris Frost plans to be there. Can you confirm?
Just got off the phone with him. He'll be there, and he's excited.
I like that kid a lot. I'd be very excited with a commit from him. I'm not sure if you've said this before Tom, but has he said anything about when he plans to commit?
He's going to wait until signing day. He did say that this trip could put Michigan in sole position at the top, though.
I like th second sentence, but the first one bothers me. Being in sole position at the top 9 1/2 months out is out is no lock, but I suppose it's better than being anywhere else 9 1/2 months out. We just need to win football games and stay out of trouble between now and then and he should stick with us.
After watching how Rich Rod has closed his first three classes, why in the world would you be worried at all about waiting until Signing Day?
Signing Day 2008 - Barnum and Roundtree
Signing Day 2009 - Stokes, Q and Denard
Signing Day 2010 - Demar.
I'm worrying ZERO about this class. Zero.
Uhhh...maybe because people change their minds? And being "the leader" means very little?
We just finished a recruiting cycle where Rashad Knight and Sean Parker had Michigan as the leader/a leader at some point in the process, and neither one ended up at Michigan. There was just an article posted about DeQuinta Jones and Darius Winston, who had either committed to Michigan (Jones) or named Michigan his leader (Winston) prior to signing with Arkansas. We now have a lack of depth at DT and the vast majority of our cornerbacks have freshman eligibility.
jg, I don't like to rip on people, but that was a dumb comment. I also don't like to say Magnus is right, but here I go again.
Sure, RR has pulled in solid recruits at the end. I think he's a great recruiter. But it doesn't mean that he doesn't lose guys. Not saying that a kid can't decommit anyway, but I'd be much more comfortable with a guy who has verbally committed to us than a kid who says we're his favorite but doesn't want to commit yet. I feel like this goes without saying, yet somehow you disagree.
That hurt, man. That hurt.
That was just meant to be a playful jab.
Remember a guy named Cullen Christian? If you were around throughout 2009, you'd have read hundreds of message board comments complaining, whining and worrying about the fact that Cullen had not committed to Michigan, even though he was going on his official visits in the fall and had stated Michigan was his #1 choice.
You'd also remember that at his press conference, he stated he had been a silent commit since May.
Sean Parker was a similar situation, only, it didn't work out for Michigan.
I think what you mean is that you're comfortable with guys who have PUBLICLY verbally committed to us - meaning, they have confirmed it with Sam Webb or Rivals. However, just because someone doesn't go on the record doesn't mean it's time to worry.
Having watched this happen for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 recruiting cycles, I submit that it's really not worth worrying about this stuff at all. Michigan will get the O-linemen they need to add to the 20 or so guys that are already on the team. They'll get the D-linemen they need for depth in the future.
I'm on board with a guy whose counsel I respect and have come to adopt the past few months re: recruiting - color me interested when the guy signs his letter of intent. The rest is surplusage.
Are you guys really arguing about this?
Let the Mgoblog Council elders duke it out. I'm enjoying this.
If you're not interested until the guy signs a letter of intent, why pay attention until Feb? They can't sign until then, yet you comment on virtually every recruiting post. I, in fact, am interested before then, and based on the popularity of Rivals, Scout, and, ahem, MGoBlog, I'd say others are as well.
Cullen was a different story, but even with him everyone was sweating until he actually held his press conference to commit. Maybe I'm nuts, but when a player says "M is the leader, but I want to visit everywhere and I won't announce my choice for 10 months" I'm not nearly as excited as "M is my choice, I'm done with visits and I will no longer take calls from other coaches."
Yes, we win a number of recruiting battles. I'd like it better if there wasn't another team to battle.
Is he more of an OLB or MLB?
Edit the post!
TomVH, we owe you. Great job, as usual.
What do you hear about Christian Westerman? Is he coming for the spring game? Would be a big time visitor if he did.
I wish there was a Tom VH Beveled Guilt tab
Just leave a comment "For Tom" (or Tim) on the donation and I'll forward it along.
Put your money where your mouth is!
Tom your the best! What about Valdez Showers? Is UM planning on offering? He's been pick up offers (MSU, Wisconsin, Northwestern, CMU, and Toledo) but not from the wolverines. Keep us updated.
Thanks for the update. But is it me, or does the visitor list seem smaller than previous years?
This is by no means a complete list. Like I said, this is just who I've spoken with so far.
what are we thinking about Kevin Williams? i definitely dont like the idea of him going to Nebraska's spring game over ours w/ him deciding shortly after.
what say you?
That has the best recruiting we do over the Spring Game. We need to really impress her to say the least.
Tom I read on the rivals site that Kris Frost is going to be attending Auburn's spring game on the 17th. I trust your reports more, can you shed any light on this?
That is correct. His family waited too long to buy tickets, so they're a little too expensive for them now. He made sure that I knew it wasn't because he's going to Auburn instead, or that he chose Auburn over Michigan.
I always like it when I see Mom is going to be in attendance. A) it means they're serious and B) you can't go wrong with a chance to impress Mom. If Momma ain't happy, it ain't happening.
I will be interested to see if Croce makes your spring game, he had said in the past that he was visiting UM and ND junior days but never made either
I'm just relieved that so many people need to know the precise whereabouts of 16 y/o boys.
I want Shaq on our team so badly.
Any news on DeAnthony??? We don't have a huge need for WR's, especially with the Conway committ, but he is a true Blue Chip.
Plus, I want to keep him away from South Bend, East Lansing and LA..........and he's a Saginaw Boy.
Any news on DeAnthony's attendance or new interest?
He visited OSU on Sundayish, MSU Tuesday and ND Wednesday
Jessica Alba gives birth to my child > Arnett commits to UofM.