"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
A few days ago Massachusetts DB Armani Reeves had reported that he was again talking with the Michigan coaches. After discussing Michigan's intentions with Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison, and Curt Mallory, Reeves decided that he would think about adding them to his top list, which already included Penn State and Notre Dame.
Tonight he decided that he would continue with Michigan in his recruitment plans.
I'm going to put [Michigan] in the top three. Just because I like them so much that I was willing to look into what they have to offer. Pretty much everything I said before that they have academics, the whole thing with Michigan. I haven't really thought about what's next or if I'll visit any time soon yet. I don't know when I'm going to make my final decision either, this kind of changes things a little bit.
It says a lot that not only were the coaches able to get him to consider them again, but that he has included them in the top three. It's probably a good indication of how serious he is about Michigan and also how serious he is about his recruitment. As he said he hasn't thought out the future yet, but I would imagine he'll use an official visit to see Ann Arbor one more time.
for him to suit up!
Would the staff take a commitment from Reeves at any time, or would they for sure need to know that Terry Richardson is out the door, taking visits, no longer committed?
I've said multiple times that this has nothing to do with Terry. They want another corner in addition to Terry and Anthony. This also isn't because Standifer projects to safety. They want another corner.
So then why haven't they reached out to Wayne Morgan?
the reports on Morgan's play haven't been nearly as favorable as the reports on Reeves's play.
Was looking at a few rankings today and was stunned when I saw this. Wayne Morgan's fallen from the #19 safety on Scout to #95. Can't recall a drop that bad before.
Everyone else had him as a corner. He's struggled in 1-on-1 matchups at some camps, though, so maybe people aren't sure he can play corner anymore. Would explain the drop.
One of the Rivals guys called Reeves the most impressive guy he's seen in the class (although he was quick to say he hadn't seen everyone--not sure if he's seen Darby, for example).
Yeah, Scout's lead recruiter thinks that Morgan's skill set is more that of an OLB than a CB. I guess he was picked on at Gridiron Kings.
I also heard that his initial ranking was more a product of great self marketing whatever that means.
Do we still have a shot with Yuri Wright? And how had his stock been through camps and what not. He is my favorite just for his height advantage over the other corners.
Thanks, Tom. There's been alot of speculation about Terry, and it just doesn't seem founded to me. Glad for confirmation.
with either the quantity of current CB's or the quality, and I'm not sure which is more concerning.
Both Talbott and Brown were rumored to be considering leaving at various points so maybe the staff is worried about attrition, particularly with Talbott's brother being done with football. Or maybe they are considering switching someone to another position (i.e. Taylor to WR or FS)?
Otherwise it would seem like we have enough young cb's with: Avery, Brown, Talbott, Countess, Taylor, Hallowell, RIchardson, and Standifer.
come on Armani, go blue baby. Thanks for the info Tom.
This is still confusing. Almost as confusing as the whole DT thing but not quite.
This pic NEEDS to be brought out frequently this year.
Futtin' Awesomeness Duderama!
i dont know what i'd do without TomVH. we've honestly got to be the most informed fanbase in terms of recruiting. we generally know what our big targets are thinking on a weekly basis. What other fanbase has that for free??
has it pretty good between Bill Greene, Duane Long, and the OZone.
Those three sources combined may come close to the presence TomVH, but they do not surpass it.
Agreed. Tom's the greatest.
Thanks, Tom. It's great to be back in it with Reeves. Him, Standifer, and Richardson would be a pretty impressive CB class to add to our classes of OL, DL, and LB. Love it.
...Schutt,seeking any additional info...now talk about Reeves,and Michigan are players again,what a DAY!
This coaching staff is all about recruiting...def!
Seems like we won't be recruiting Schutt, unless there was yet another twist to the story that I missed.
These last five commits are going to be great. First come first served, except for Dunn, who will have a spot up to the point he decides. I really like O'Neil, but I think he is overplaying his hand. He may be the the odd man out when all is said and done. I think the coaches are going to close the deal with the next four top guys that step up.
Agreed, we've got a really solid group of possible commits to fill our final available slots, whomever (whoever?) commits should be really good.
Who is O'Neil?
Can't blame him...all those Irish guys look alike.
(Though I do agree with his point that he might be waiting to decide and not have a spit where he really wants to go when he does want to announce).
THATS the tape he shows recruits. I love that.
Is this more than just Terry Richardson's spot?
Could Michigan be wanting to take a 5th DB?
Read Tom's post above
When you can just ask the same question that's already been answered.
Once again Hokemania is on a roll, either you with them. Or they leaving you behind!
I am only cautiously optimistic at this news. It's great to be in the top three for him but surely our cooling off on him for a bit has to stay in his mind with us at least a little and hurt us.
Hopefully Reeves will see how excellent this class is and want to be a part of that when he realizes how bright the future is and how much brighter he could make it
Because at this point he's not a desperate need, just a nice bonus.
I'd love to see Reeve's commit to UM. He is a great athlete and could play CB or WR...or both. On that note: TomVH, has he said anything about the coaches possibly looking at him as a WR as well? I know he liked the idea of being able to play both.
No, just defense for now.
Is a Saginaw guy who played for Toledo and then the NFL. His son has committed to PSU. I can see a strong gravitational pull in either direction (us and PSU). Hopefully is is a big fan of our uniforms versus "black shoes, all blue, etc..."
Plus, his team mate, Camren Williams, has committed to PSU.
Pretty close to choosing M as well. Had a good shot at Camren for a while. Helps that we have (had?) that relationship as well.
I have a hard time believing that this has nothing to do with Terry. The Michigan coaches are obviously gonna pitch that it doesn't, but they have to cover their own asses in case of T-Rich's possible departure.
drop Adidas for Armani.... imagine the wings… in your mind