How does he know all of these guys?
to play football, not to play trumpet
Armani Reeves (5'11", 185 lbs) is one of the few defensive backs that Michigan has offered for the 2012 class. Reeves' Catholic Memorial teammate Camren Williams decided to make the call for Penn State, but that hasn't affected how Reeves is going about his process or where Michigan stands. Here's a look at his film and where he's at overall with his recruitment.
TOM: I know you've taken some visits now, but what are your plans from here? Are you close to narrowing things down?
ARMANI: Yeah, I'm close. Since we last talked I haven't been out to any more schools because of school and SAT stuff. I went to Pitt for the 7 on 7, but that's it. I think I did good [individually] but we lost to a Detroit team.
TOM: You say you're close to narrowing things down, but what does that mean?
ARMANI: After I visit some more schools in the summer I will officially narrow it down.
TOM: Do you have a leader right now, or do you have an idea what schools will be in the top group?
ARMANI: No, I don't have a leader right now. I know Michigan will be in the top five, but I'm not sure of the others yet.
TOM: Do you know what trips you're going to take this summer?
ARMANI: I'll be up at Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, and Stanford this summer but I don't know who else yet. I'll narrow it down to five, take those officials, then make my decision.
TOM: You say that Michigan is already going to be in the top five, what about them do you like?
ARMANI: I like pretty much everything about them. I just want to get a feel for more of the college life around the normal students and see if I would fit in with the people.
TOM: Overall when you go to narrow your list down what is going to be most important to you?
ARMANI: The academics, the coaching staff, and that players around them.
TOM: Now that everything is in full swing have you started to hear more from the Michigan coaches?
ARMANI: I know that Coach Mallory is coming to the schools soon, but other than that just talking and getting to know each other.
TOM: Do you feel pretty comfortable with Coach Mallory now?
ARMANi: Yeah, he's a real cool guy. I like him a lot. We talk about more than football, and we just have a good bond with each other.
TOM: Someone else you know has Michigan connections too. You're friends with Chris Barnett, what has he been saying to you about Michigan?
ARMANI: He just tells me it's the best place, and that with more pieces there they could be really good in a couple years with the new coaches.
TOM: Are you still going to wait until January or December to announce?
ARMANi: Yeah, or maybe a little sooner.
How does he know all of these guys?
but he only helps pull in recruits!! Liking this kid before he even played a down!
I'm going to guess it is through the 7 on 7 scene.
I think that is it. He also knows Zeke Pike and Zeke and Armani are on the same 7 on 7 team.
My thoughts exactly - who doesn't Barnett know? Love this guy already
Good stuff Tom. Thanks for the update. Nothing wrong with bringing in yet another top 10 player at his position.
I said this yesterday, but Armani is my favorite DB this year...he's got exceptional cover skills
You'd rather have Armani than TRich? I don't really know much about their skills, but it seems like TRich is pretty highly recruited.
I have heard that Armani is looking pretty built lately. Someone said that he looked much bigger/thicker, but he did not lose any of his speed.
I like them both, but I just don't know how many CB we take in this class. Also out of RJS, Biggs and Richardson, I'm the most worried about Richardson. Many people are saying if Richardson doesn't come to Michigan he is most likely going out of state.
The answer to fitting in with students is that you will be worshipped as a god.
I think the metaphor your looking for is "treated like a president" and I think RJS would agree.
not on your life
...and of course getting scoop on commits, etc. But. A narrowing down of the list by summertime is not close. Tomorrow's anouncement from Zeke Pike. Now that's close. BTW, I surfed some Auburn blog sites today and they sure seem convinced from their inside guys, rivals guys that follow Auburn etc. that he is going to be playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It is close considering summer is only couple of months away where others will narrow down even later than that. Kind of a petty thing to complain about.
...you're kind of hoping for some news sooner than summer, eh?
I guess it is all relative. I would consider the summer close since signing day is in Feb.
I would love to have another kid from Massachusetts on the team. While what matters is performance, it is always nice to have a local kid on the team. CM, Armani's school, always seems to be amongst the top teams in most sports in the Greater Boston area. They're pretty much a powerhouse. I hope he chooses to come to Michigan, but I know we have a lot of options and a lot of interest from a lot of players.