"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."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
This is an offer that I was expecting to happen sooner, rather than later. QB Brett Hundley out of Chandler High School, in Arizona, received an offer from Michigan today. "They called my coach, Coach Ewan, and then he told me they had offered," said Hundley.
This one is exciting for me, because it's another Michigan recruit in my home state. I saw Brett play this past season, and he's the real deal. He's a 6-foot-4, 210-pound athletic dual threat quarterback. He says his strengths are, "Leadership, mobility, I'm coachable, and I have a pretty strong arm. I do think I need to work on my footwork, though." I would add that academics are a strong point for Brett, since he carries a 3.9 GPA.
Hundley holds offers now from Arizona, ASU, LSU, Oregon, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, and Michigan just to name a few. He hasn't started to focus on recruiting yet, and told me, "No one's in the lead right now. Everything is wide open for me. I'm going to start taking trips in June, or July. After that I'll start all my officials, when I'm allowed to." When asked if Michigan will receive one of those visits, he said, "I'm definitely going to talk to my dad about that one."
Chandler High is in spring practice right now, and I will be heading out to watch this coming week. I'll have some practice footage, and possibly a video interview sometime later this week.
We are in a good position to grab a very talened QB in this class. Between Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones. Or if we can get Marquise Williams or Hudley or Kevin Soussa. We will finally be looking at a deep stable of capable QB's. Always feels good to know you have 3-4 solid QB's
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6'4" and 210? Strong arm? Successor to DG? High GPA? Yes please! Only thing I can't judge is his speed. I can't tell if he's fast but runs effortlessly like Pryor or if he has average speed. Regardless, It'll be hard to get him up here with that list of schools, but we've got academics over everyone on that list which could help.
some of his film looks sped up. cant be positive but if u held a gun to my head and asked if it was or wasnt i would say it was. i dont think hes got elite speed(say DROB) but hes got enough speed(say colt mccoy). strong arm, stays in the "pocket" and will take a hit, accurate on the deep ball, throws well on the run. he also escapes pressure rather easily while keeping his eyes downfield to continue looking for a WR. his release is kinda...i cant think of the word. nothing a qb coach cant fix ina year. looks like a solid prospect to me.
Tom, I know this is a "highlight" video, but is his accuracy normally this good? I figured since you have seen him play, you would have a good idea. Some of those WRs are wide open but he threw some nice slant and deep outs.
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Not the typical spread runner that you see, or at least not what I have seen. This guy seems tough and he is running right through some tacklers and even partially hurdled a defender. He isn't afraid to take a hit or two and it seems like you are screwed if you don't wrap him up. I want to see him in the winged helmets.
To be honest i hope we get Marquise Williams, hes athletic, fast, and has a strong arm. Kevin Sousa would be good but I think we can get Williams Its good we are in good position to recruit a few top-notch QBs, but we need commitments with OL. Unfortunately Trai Turner commited to LSU. We seem to be good on his teamate Austin, then with Posada, Andre Y., and Zettel.
Kid looks good out there. I like the wiggle and his throwing ability outside of the pocket, and the grades are really a positive. My only concern with these guys is that they rely so heavily on their athleticism when the rush comes that you are never sure how accurate they are when they need to just whistle a ball into a window. He had a could of nice completions into coverage, but that is always the one fault that seems to pop up with these uber-athletes. Still, would be great if he gave UM a look.
I live in Chandler and have seen Hundley in person on a few occasions, and he's definitely the whole package (speed, strength, VERY strong arm and reasonably accurate). He actually seems quite similar overall to Devin Gardner.
The one weakness I saw in limited scouting was indecisiveness in the pocket -- he didn't seem to have a grasp of exactly what he wanted to do on some passing plays. But he also didn't take off at the first hint of pressure; he let the play develop and sometimes just ended up waiting too long.
It should also be noted that much of the highlight video is footage against Hamilton (black unis, silver helmets), which is probably the best team in the state and one with several D-I prospects. This isn't your typical "awesome athlete physically destroys 5-foot-8 future engineers" highlight reel.
And last year was his first as a full-time starter, so he's got plenty of room for improvement. Obviously I'd love to see him at UM.
I would actually disagree with the "very strong arm" part. He looks like a good overall player (I'd expect him to be a 4-star when Rivals ranks him), but there were several times where it seemed like the receivers were waiting an extra split second for the ball to get to them. He did have a couple throws that were rockets, but they didn't seem to be the norm.
He has excellent balance when he runs the ball, despite being 6'4". He reminds me a little bit of Masoli in that respect, although Masoli isn't quite that big. And hopefully Hundley is smarter than Masoli, too. It would be hard not to be.
Perhaps I should clarify about the "very strong arm" comment. His throws from the pocket won't evoke comparisons to Brett Favre, but I've seen him make some downfield throws while rolling out that were extremely impressive. I was referring more to distance than velocity.
Masoli's a good comparison though. Hundley is very strong and has excellent balance, which makes him tough to bring down.
Which would definitely help in his transition. The only thing I would say is a definite for him to work on would be to keep his eyes down field when he starts to run. I noticed that on plays when the pocket collasped he took off and never looked for his receivers , but overall very good prospect.
Wow he seems to squeeze the ball into some pretty tight windows. Also he is shifty and at least has the speed to seperate from high school defenders. Looks like a prospect that I would like to see in Ann Arbor.
I watched Hundley play twice this year. Incredible. A true man-among-boys; of course, it's just HS. I thought he looked like a HS-version of Vince Young -- sorry to bring him up on this Michigan blog. Obviously, not quite as fast as Robinson (who is?) or as accurate as Brady, but I can't remember a Michigan QB with a total package anywhere close to Hundley's. He was the big school QB of the year as a junior and almost single-handedly led Chandler into the playoffs. I sent Michigan a letter begging them to get this guy on their radar after the second game of the season (I'm sure my letter went right into the circular file but what the heck). He is as good as his hype but I would be extremely surprised if he gave Michigan much consideration. Mark my words, whatever team lands him will be playing in a BCS bowl game in 4 years. For God's sake, I hope Michigan doesn't schedule his recruiting trip in the winter!!