Good work as always Tom. This is a pretty impressive list considering the circumstances. I am looking forward to many Hello posts in the near future.
TomVH: January 21st Weekend Visitors
We might as well get this post up today since the list is growing by the minute it seems. If anyone had concerns about the new coaching staff and their recruiting ability, they're probably not asking anymore. Brady Hoke seems like he's in 10 different places at once, and the buzz they've started to create in a short amount of time has been outstanding. Here's a look at the visitors list so far for this weekend. Remember this list will continue to grow, and could shrink so check back.
- Commit RB Justice Hayes (4 Star, 5'10", 175 lbs)- Justice being on campus this weekend will help with recruiting. He's been talking up Michigan to quite a few recruits now.
- DB Stefan McClure (4 Star, 5'11", 170 lbs)- Defensive back out of California. Has a good relationship with Hoke from being at SDSU. I think Michigan has a real shot with Stefan.
- DB Raymon Taylor (4 Star, 5'10", 165 lbs)- Raymon might decide to wait a little bit to commit, but I think it's safe to say he'll most likely pick Michigan.
- K Matt Wile - (6'2", 210 lbs)Here's my interview yesterday with Matt's coach. I wouldn't be surprised if Wile was a Wolverine by Tuesday.
- TE/LB Frank Clark (3 Star, 6'2", 210 lbs)- Glenville prospect that I think Michigan has a good chance with.
- OL Tony Posada (3 Star, 6'5", 315 lbs)- The coaches were out to Florida this week to see Tony, and I think this visit will be his last. He should be firm to Michigan again.
- LB Leilon Willingham (4 Star, 6'3", 230 lbs)- I spoke to Leilon's coach today, and it looks like this visit is happening. Willingham is committed to Texas A&M and was supposed to visit the Aggies this weekend. If he cancelled that trip to visit Michigan then that's a pretty strong statement.
- DB Tamani Carter (3 Star, 5'11", 172 lbs) - Michigan's newest commit is visiting.
that is all.
Good to hear Justice Hayes has been recruiting, even when we didn't even have a coach for that.
My thoughts on this list....
If the coaching staff needs someone to chloroform the crap out of someone and forge a signature or two.........
Thanks for all the info.
Great to see these 3 and 4 star athletes visiting!
but does anybody know the status of other targets like Raven, Kitchen, Bryant, Rawls, etc.
Look around this website.
The MGoBoard scroll bar would indicate to you that Raven is visiting on 1/28.
Reviewing TomVH's prior posts would indicate to you that Bryant is announcing, I believe, on the 28th.
As for Kitchen and Rawls, the situation is fluid.
this visiting weekend could (in a 100% positive view) net 5 new commits. and with 1 weekend after, we may fill out a pretty respectable class.
i admit i wasnt sold on hoke from a big name standpoint, but little quick turnarounds like hes done thus far have made me change my mind. im thinking we may actually increase the win total in his first year!
Who would of thought by next week Wednesday we could be asking ourselves: Do we have enough room for all of these elite players to committ?
I like the optimism, but where are the "elite" players you speak of?
I realize we are all looking for 5* guys but consider this, a 3* guy this year is probably as valuable as a 4* next season because he gets a year of practice in the system.
I doubt Hoke wants to bank any scholarships this season. I'm sure he feels the more players now the sooner the team meets his goals.
To me a 4* player two weeks before signing day is elite. it's like getting a 5* player next season!
It generates interest. One should consider more prominently the hc and what he feels he'll get out of a player in his system. DR was a 5* player, but a 4* recruit. Mike Hart hadequally diverse production relative to the being a 3* recruit, and the list is endless.
There can be no debate whatsoever that Lo had much more talent than Bo, but was sadly deficient in the development of the "team" concept between so many heavyweights, as is evidenced by only two outstanding years(10 years apart), and mostly begging the team to win the bowl season so we "can lay claim" to another double-digit win season. This is even more evident when you consider the expanded seasons. Henne, Hart, Long, MM, AA. Hell that's a good start for an NFL expansion team. No reason in hell we should have felt proud to beat a Fl team that was decimated by graduation plus the additional normal attrition through early entries, injuries, academic casualties, et. al. Fuck, to be honest, they were a four loss team and not the defending NCs. The defending NCs were mostly in the NFL and the next group they were to send there were still two years removed from that level.
Bo, on the other hand took people named Mallory, Cannovinos, Dufeks, and others without a snow ball's chance in hell of becoming pro, therefore would have been no better than 5.5 3*s and simply won ten games every year it seemed, and the early ones in an 11 game schedule. Now that's called getting the talent you want, and developing the team concept to such a degree that an error in judgement was simply unacceptable.
Given the above, I could give a tinker's damn about the number of stars an incoming frosh is "burdened" with. All I want is for them to play at the 4* level when they get here.
Bo actually sent as many players to the pros as did Mo and Lo, but not too many stuck. Tex Schram, former GM of the Cowboys concluded that Michigan got the best possible coaching in the world under Bo becuase, "They are fundamentally better than all others, but simply aren't athletic enough to compete at this level."
I suggest keeping your eyes on the road and a little less time counting those bright things in the sky. And then pray that Mattison, Hoke, Al, et. al. will do half the job Bo did. If so, we'll be just fine.
Wolfman, I agree with your premise 100%, but there is an error: Don Dufek did indeed play in the pros. He was a terrific special teams player for the Seahawks for a few years. Mallory (Mike) and Cannovino (Cannavino?) are perfect examples of guys who were taught--not born--to be linebackers. Nobody's been teaching them like that in Ann Arbor for at least 10 years.
and was like. "Whhhaaaaaaaa?" and then was like, "oohhhhhhhhhh . . . " and finally was like. "[sigh]" and then realized I hadn't finished the first parapgraph and was like, "Fuck it. This shit be toooooooo llloooooonnnnnnnnggggggggg."
It would be nice to get most if not all of these guys..
what are the numbers for this class? still 18-20? With all these news guys in the mix it really looks like we can hit 17 at least. This is very exciting. GO HOKE!
I would not start counting unhatched eggs yet.
Just optimistic, we have what 11 or 12 commits? I think it is pretty reasonable to assume we get 5 or 6 more commits at least.
says on rivals we can sign 21 players.
I saw DGDestroys mention this in an earlier thread, but can you shed any light on the rumor that LB Anthony Wallace (and possibly other Texans) are coming on a visit with TE Chris Barnett? Those 2 would be huge pickups.
Anthony Wallace told me today that he's not visiting and that he's 100% to Oregon. I don't know where that came from, but Oregon commits aren't allowed to take visits. If they do they're not considered commits anymore, so he would have been putting a lot on the line.
Things have certainly picked up. Next few weeks should be action packed
Dude... I'll be 40 years old 3 days before National Signing Day and, right now, I'm more excited about the potential and what this staff is doing with this recruiting on such short notice than I am about my birthday or any presents I might receive.
Of course, on the flip side, this birthday may not exactly be one that many of us look forward to, but still, GIDDYUP!
I'm right there with you this year is the big 40 for me as well. 27th of Feb. Congrats, now do we have to grow up?
For a guy, anyway, 40 is awesome. Yeah, you're falling off a bit physically, but compared to what women go through, count your blessings. Career is stable, you're making some $$, a few wrinkles or gray hair make you look successful, and younger women still think you're a catch. It's all about your attitude.
Happy birthday, man!
Ok the staff is looking good, recruiting buzz is hot, Denard is sold, what's next on the bitch about list. I need to get my angry on.
Dude could think of something to bitch about. Haven't seen him since he melted down a few days ago tho.
Now that recruiting appears to be back on track, what are we going to be able to bitch about next?
You should bitch because I whupped your ass by a minute.
Damn you straight to hell!
So, DGDestroys mentioned here about the potential for Anthony Wallace to come up, along with a few more Texas kids. Does anyone else have any more news about this, kid seems like a good LB recruit.
No but seriously, yes, it's Anthony Wallace. Evidently he and "other texans' tried to get up here earlier in the season but it 'didnt work out'. It's nothing definitive, but the staff is trying to get him up here.
edit: MaizeAndBlueManGroup was a little quicker.
See my comment above.
did it not work out,i wonder?
Hoke is off to a good start, no question. It seems like they are certainly aiming to fully fill the class with 18-20 if possible. Especially with Carter's acceptance today.
Also wondering if any news on the QB front, now that Tate is officially done...would hate to go into the season would only Denard and Devin...
I really hope we land McClure so I can continue dropping Simpsons references at will.
Today We Kill. Tomorrow We Die. and Gladys, the Groovy Mule.
Also, "Muppets go Medieval," and "The Boatjacking of Supership 79."
I also like The Greatest Story Ever Hula-ed.
And, who can forget the classic, "Son of Sanford and Son."
Plus 1 to everyone else.
His only football movie: "Leper in the Backfield".
And my favorite, The Revenge of Abe Lincoln
I don't think you can understate what an accomplishment it is to get so many guys interested with two weeks left in the process. I know some people are worried about some recruits not being at the top of the talent scale, but think of what the staff can do with the 2012 class when they have a whole year to recruit, especially if they can lock up Jenkins-Stone, Richardson, Ross, and O'Brien before the season starts. They are seemingly recruiting nationally on a nearly impossible timeline, which can only bode well for future classes.
2012 is an extremely important class with the combination of Michigan producing more talent than they normally do, a need for a premier quarterback, and the need for multiple wide receivers to go along with the regular status quo that a program wants to keep going year-to-year. I think the showing Hoke and co. have shown in the last week would make any fan excited about the next year.
Supposedly the high school talent in Ohio is going to be stronger than it normally is next year too.
It is hard to believe the 180 degree turn that recruiting has taken (or at least our perception of it) in the last several days. The coaches seem to be moving heaven and earth to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Whether they get everyone they want or not, they get a Big A+ for effort.