Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I have quite a bit of info, and I'm going to be out of pocket for the next couple days, so here's the weekly update.
6'1", 209 lbs.
Kellen has made it public that he is very high on Michigan, and his father is a huge fan of the Wolverines, as well. Jones' father grew up in the midwest, which is likely where his fandom stems from. I had the chance to speak with the head coach at St. Pius X, Coach Kimball, about Kellen. Here's a few notables from our convo.
Kellen's one of those kids you dream about as a coach. He has a relentless work ethic, he's a go getter, and a leader. We issued equipment on the first day, and Kellen got dressed up in full pads, greeted everyone at the door, and asked them if they were ready. We think, instead of comparing him to someone else, he might be the next Kellen Jones.
Coach Kimball told me that some people see him as a middle linebacker, some as an outside linebacker. Either way, everyone agrees he's going to have a nice career at the next level. His coach had this to say about his recruitment.
Kellen originally wanted to commit before the season, but the offers started to come in, more and more, so we decided that it would be in the middle of the season. He's going to try to make it up to Michigan, but we're not sure when.
When asked about Michigan's chances, his coach said they have a very good shot, and that Kellen is taking a very hard look at the Wolverines. Jones also has a pretty exciting highlight video:
5'11", 182 lbs.
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Jarrett is a four star corner, with a nice offer sheet that has been considering Michigan for awhile now. I asked him how his recruitment was coming along, and he had some positive developments in the near future for Michigan.
I'm going to be narrowing down my list in about two weeks. I'm going to get it down to about 8 or 9 schools.
I then asked if Michigan would be on that narrowed down list, and he had this to say.
Heck yeah! They already have two defensive backs in this class, but I'm definitely considering them. They're still recruiting me pretty hard, too.
It looks like Michigan is still on the search for defensive backs, and they happen to be in good position with a few.
5'11", 184 lbs.
Avery is a big hitting safety, out of Georgia that recently took a visit up to Michigan with his mother, who happens to be a Buckeye alum. Walls got a chance to check out Michigan, and then head north to look at MSU as well. As you can see by his picture, he would have no trouble remembering Michigan's mascot, if he were to choose them. I spoke with Wall's head coach, who is new to the program, but already had a good feel for Avery as a player.
I coached against Avery last year, we played against him. He's a physical football player who loves to hit. He's generally always around the football, too, he's got great ball skills. I was really impressed by how he moves around the field, too.
While he had good things to say about his trip to Michigan, don't get too excited yet. As I just said, Walls' mother is an OSU alum, and he grew up a fan of the Buckeyes, too. Ohio State hasn't offered yet, but if they do, I would imagine they would lead. His coach tells me he's wide open at this point, and will be trying to figure out where his 5 official visits will take place.
6'5", 258 lbs.
Andre is seemingly down to USC, Oregon, and Michigan as his top choices. He has taken and unofficial visit to USC, and you can now add Oregon to that list, as well. He took a trip up to Eugene, since his dad lives very close to campus. He had this to say about his experience.
It was pretty crazy up there. Their facilities are awesome, I can't really tell you one part that stuck out, it was all great. They're actually planning on building a six story, 80,000 square foot football building that will have coaches offices, players lounge, and will look over the city. They want it to look like a fortress.
Phil Knight is possibly crazy and a genius all at once. Unfortunately this visit leaves Michigan on the outside looking in, as far as the first hand experience for Andre. It's my assumption that the time between these visits and when he'll make it up to Michigan is possibly hurting Michigan's chances. The fact that they are also on the outside looking in, as far as distance doesn't help either. We won't know anything until he visits, but I'm thinking this is starting to fade.
6'6", 315 lbs.
As I told you in this update, Tony was coming up to Michigan for camp, with one of his coaches. He did just that. I spoke with him today about his trip, and although our conversation was brief, he had some great things to say.
The trip was wonderful. It was a thousand times better than what I expected. This puts Michigan in the lead, for sure.
This is great news, especially since we got him on campus. One of the major hurdles is out of the way. I am still a little worried about if Florida offers, and how that will change things. We'll see how this plays out, and if they decide to offer. Posada plans on taking a few more visits, and then hopefully making his decision.
6'2", 213 lbs.
Have you heard enough about him yet? As I'm sure you've all read, Kevin was offered, and already has his flight booked up to Ann Arbor this Tuesday.
The reason I'm including him on this update is for a few reasons. One, I wanted to make sure everyone knew he is coming up with Coach Paradiso, his high school coach. Paradiso has been on all of Kevin's trips with him, and he's the one that is closest with Kevin, helps him with his recruitment, etc. The other reason is because Kevin gave me a timeline of when he expects to decide. This is what he said about a possible commitment.
I don't think I'll commit while I'm there, because I'd like to at least discuss it with Coach Paradiso. But, I could make the decision as early as the plane ride back, or the latest by July 4th.
It sounds like Kevin won't jump the gun while he's at Michigan, while he did still leave open the potential for that. He trusts Coach Paradiso to help him, and wants to discuss it with him. Whether that happens on the plane ride home, or by the 4th of July, I would very much expect him to pick Michigan.
Thanks Tom. Hopefully with Tanner out we have a legitimate shot at landing Walls now that OSU already may have a commit in Tanner.
He hasn't been to Michigan yet. I say it's a disadvantage, because the visit is typically what sells a kid. He really enjoyed himself on the Oregon visit, so now he has potentially three months to think about how awesome it was, until he sees Michigan.
By that time, he might have already figured out he wants to go elsewhere.
I still hold out some hope we can change his mind.
Edit: Have you spoken to Anythony Zettel lately Tom?
He doesn't look 6'1 though
He looks like Chris Graham in pads . . .
. . . hopefully he's more like Sam Mills.
Great to hear about Posada and the OL recruiting is going great. I would love to get Andre Y, Posada, Zettel, and Fisher.
where Oregon would be without Phil Knight's wallet. Probably in the WAC with head coach Akili Smith leading the Ducks in their Donald Duck helmets. We talk so much about schools selling out, but they've been doing nothing but cashing in.
we get that Kellen Jones. He looks on film to be the real deal. Hope the fact that his father's afinity for UM helps. Looks quick and those hits may become even stronger once he gets in Barwis' weight program.
Kellen Jones would be a great pickup at ILB for Michigan
All we need is about 30 seconds of face time with Andre to seal the deal.
Rich Rod: "Andre here is our uniform and here is Oregon's uniform."
Andre:"So I sign then initial right?"
I fully expect (and probably deserve) the negbang coming, but...
I actually really like their all-black look.
Andre - You're my boy, Blue!
I'm itching for a "Hello: _____" post. It sounds like some could fall at any point now.
I'll second that! That may be my favorite surprise/thing to read when that headline pops up on the screen.
That's the thirdish reason I constantly check MGoBlog. Crex updates are first and second,
I was thinking Michigan had a decent shot at C Bryant on the OL but now it seems like he is looking hard at msu.
Still holding out hope for the OC from Ohio
they still have a shot with Fisher, Ball and the OL from Toledo so hopefully they pull in 5 good ones.
Bryant doesn't have an offer.
Any news on Pat Flavin? We were talking about him quite a bit at OT, his Rivals pic is of him at the Big House, but I haven't heard his name mentioned at all lately. Based on his rating and offer list, you'd think he'd be a priority of ours. Anyone heard anything about him lately?
He is waiting to hear back from ND to see if we offer
Wow, ND already has quite a few OL commits in this class. How many are you guys taking?
a ROT it appears, both carrico and springman are currently projected for DE by the staff so its not quite as many as it looks
No offer from Michigan, yet. Unfortunately for him, he didn't perform very well at camp. He said he was under the weather, but I know that the Michigan coaches put a lot of emphasis on "in person" evaluations. I'd imagine we would eventually offer, but not yet.
Sounds like a couple recuirts are on the verge of commiting, there just waiting for the right time. as for hart,watkins,andre y,jernigan,depriest,frost,walls,we will have to wait until the middle of the season hopefully. go BLUE.
What a stud. The sack at 45 second mark. Wow.
I just watched the Kellen Jones video....(drooling) this kid is a major stud...speed to burn...athletic talent up the wazoo....and he is really into Michigan.....i can not wait to see this guy's Welcome Post.....
Kellen Jones' highlight film looks a lot like mine, only in mine the guy getting tacked has the arrow above his head with my name in it.
He kind of reminds me of Jonathan Vilma.
EDIT: That was supposed to be a reply to another post about Jones. He really does remind me of Vilma though. I think Vilma was more instictive but his playing style seems similiar.
Is a man among boys. Is he playing against middle school kids or something?
WR Tanner McEvoy is playing QB next year. Is UM out now or will they look at him at QB?
AFAIK, they offered him as an athlete. But he'd be a huge project at QB. I'm guessing we're not going after him hard right now, but that's just an educated guess on my part...
Thanks Tom. Rivals executives fear your name.
Additionally on Posada-I was near him when he first met Coach Rod at Elbel Field where the linemen at camp were at last weekend, and he had just flown in and had been brought through the Glick Field House and surrounding facilities. After introductions, the first thing he mentioned was how astounding and awesome the facilities were, they were the best he's seen.
2nd thing- My team actually played Cass Tech at the Notre Dame 7v7 Tournament this weekend, and Hollowell performed well, despite covering much larger recievers. 2012 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone was there, and it would be great if we land him. He covered ground well and moved well for a bigger guy, and although it was two-hand touch, you could tell just by watching that he knows how to lay a lick.