“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
LB/WR Kris Frost was on campus this weekend, and I got the chance to discuss his visit and how he feels about Michigan. Here's his film, then the interview.
TOM: How was the visit, and what was the game like?
KRIS: I've been to Michigan a few times, obviously, but that was my first time there for a game. The tradition just comes out through everything, it was awesome to see that in person and be a part of that game. I actually got an earlier flight than my parents, because I didn't want to miss them running out and touching the banner. You see that on TV and it sends chills, so to get to see that in person was pretty cool. It was really like no other college game.
TOM: Unfortunately Michigan didn't win, but the crowd seemed pretty loud and into it. You being a Michigan fan, were you as into it as everyone else?
KRIS: I was really impressed by the amount of dedication by the fans. That really excited me. I told my mom I was probably the happiest person in that stadium even though they were losing. I'm not really looking at it as just a win and loss total. You have to look at Michigan and give them the benefit of the doubt because they have injuries, they're playing freshman, and they're a young team. You have to take all that into account with them. I really realized that on this trip. I really don't think my experience would have been any different if they had won or lost the game.
TOM: I know you've been up to Auburn quite a bit, and they've been able to explain how you'd fit in there. That was one of the main aspects you wanted to see at Michigan for this trip. Who did you talk to, and what were they saying about how you'd fit in?
KRIS: I met with the offensive coordinator, Rich Rodriguez, Tony Dews, and Coach Gibson who's recruiting me. I talked to them about I would fit in there, and it was just as good as how Auburn explained everything. Michigan is a lot younger, and more inexperienced and Auburn has a lot of guys that are already there, and they're kind of loaded. Michigan is trying to get back into the groove of things. How many freshman they played, that really opened my eyes and my parent's eyes that I could really play early there. That caught my attention, and by what they showed me I would fit in perfectly.
TOM: After meeting with the coaches, the players, and being there for a game did you feel like it was comfortable?
KRIS: Yeah, I felt comfortable with everyone. That was one thing that I really wanted to see how the atmosphere was, and I wanted to see what it was like being there away from home like that, and it was great.
TOM: Besides the business aspect of this trip, since you're a fan what all did you get to do outside of recruiting?
KRIS: We talked to the academic people, we drove around campus and saw where all the buildings are. We went down to the train station and ate, hung out a little bit. We went to the Michigan store and bought some stuff from the store, so it was fun.
TOM: You plan on graduating early, what's the plan from here?
KRIS: I'm going to LSU and then to Cal, and then I'm going to announce at the Army All American game. We are actually going to try to make it back up to Michigan one more time before the big announcement too, but that depends on my schedule.
I'm not really looking at it as just a win and loss total. You have to look at Michigan and give them the benefit of the doubt because they have injuries, they're playing freshman, and they're a young team. You have to take all that into account with them. I really realized that on this trip
So the 17 year old recruit is smarter than the Freep/Mlive. Interesting.
If that young man had posted that material regarding the loss on the weekend to Wisconsin
they have injuries, they're playing freshman, and they're a young team
a myriad of commentators later in the thread would have killed him because "fundamentals need to be taught" or "other Big Ten programs teach their players" or "those excuses are unacceptable (I refuse to all caps) etc. etc.
Ah, the wisdom of the young.
If the haters don't hate you then you're doing something wrong. - David Cone
That would probably be "telling" if MgoRecruit didn't provide us this tidbit about another LB prospect:
Sleeper prospect Ryan Petro (Winter Springs, FL) has named Michigan is top school after visiting Ann Arbor for the 48-28 loss to Wisconsin. The loss didn't dampen is his spirits, and he thoroughly enjoyed his time on campus.
He got to spend a lot of time with Greg Robinson, seeing how they can utilize his 4.5 speed at the OLB position. He didn't get the offer yet, but still claims the Wolverines are in the lead for his services.
I'm not really looking at it as just a win and loss total. You have to look at Michigan and give them the benefit of the doubt because they have injuries, they're playing freshman, and they're a young team. You have to take all that into account with them.
It'd be nice if more Michigan fans had the perception this youngster has.
Also I am now officially old because I am referring to HS kids as youngsters. Dammit.
Thanks Tom! Especially liked the part about "I actually got an earlier flight than my parents, because I didn't want to miss them running out and touching the banner." That really speaks to his being a fan, and another visit to AA before the announcement would make me bet on the good guys here.
Not really b/c of our depth, but looking at that video, it didn't really appear that he had the speed to be a WR plus I assume he's going to get bigger than his already large 6' 3, 210 lbs.
Then, I looked at his (fake?) 40 time on Rivals, and it shows only a 4.6, which is good for an LB, but not good for a WR unless he has great hands and body control; can't tell from the video if he does/doesn't have that.
I hope we get him, but I also hope he's ready to embrace being a defensive player. That's what we need and that's where he'll likely have much more success.
It only ends once. Anything that happens before that, is just progress.
Kris and his parents seem to be level-headed and intelligent. If he's as smart as he sounds, I can see him excelling in the classroom as well as on the field, and one can't underestimate the power of a Michigan degree after a possible professional football career.
I really like the type of guys they're recruiting this year; seems like they'll all get along with the already-close-knit group of younger guys we have now.
Here's to hoping that Kris will become a Michigan man!
"It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach."