Because OL in a spread offense don't have to be powerful? I'm confused.
TomVH: What is Michigan Getting with OL Caleb Stacey?
Great stuff. I didn't know what to scream first, MANBALL, PAD LEVEL, COACHSPEAK!!!
That's very exciting. Seems like a player who could be a big difference-maker on the field by his junior year or so, but has even more to offer off the field
Thanks, Coach (and Tom) for sharing that. Sounds like a great kid who will fit in well at Michigan!
...who this coach is who was once recruited by Michigan. So I went to the Oak Hills website only to discover that the football team has 16...sixteen!...assistant coaches.
Thanks coach for taking the time.
The fact that he's from Ohio and his coach said he needs to work on his pad level gave me flashs of CoachBT, but this email appears to be written in english as opposed to whatever you'd consider CoachBT's language of choice.
And right before that sentence that made Brian throw up in his mouth.. just a little, there was a sentence (that we will hear a billion more times this year) that made all the current OL flinch from the backhanded slap. I think I would have to take it as a little bit of an insult this inference that the current linemen aren't "tough", or "physically dominant". I guess even OL coaches don't recognize donkey beatings when they see it.
I'm really impressed that Caleb's coach took the time to write this up for us. Speaks volumes about both Caleb and his coaches.
As always, Tom VH, thanks for sharing.
This isn't just Tom-level quality content-- this is incredible, insider-level breakdown from the kid's own coach! Great example of how the dedicated sports blog concept can literally remove all middle men and give us the facts from the horse's-- err, coach's-- mouth.
As for you, Mr. Caleb Stacey's OL Coach, thanks for taking the time to put that together. I've written enough to know that your piece took some effort and time. On behalf of the rest of the blog, we applaud you and your contribution!
how many more kids will Go Blue in future years. If the coach is correct, there might be a few more apples to pick.
What a glowing letter. Mr. Stacey's OL coach must really enjoy working with him from day to day and I for one eagerly anticipate seeing Mr. Stacey overprotecting/pulling with the best of them after the customary redshirt year.
Awesome stuff!! Thank you Coach and Tom!! Great insight and looking forward to seeing Caleb in the Maize n' Blue this fall!
You're going to be disappointed.
One thing I note repeatedly is that "O-Linemen don't have stats". Sounds like our coach here is tracking knockdowns for his O-linemen. Is this a reliable stat with which to gauge linemen, and is there a regular source for this kind of info?
either this coach has been sipping some fred jackson koolaid or caleb is a huge get. either way this made my day a little better.( and a little worse, Im probably going to bomb this micro exam but instead of studying im reading this)
Fred Jackson offers sparkling platitudes about his current players when asked, but does not generally develop a well-conceived and powerfully executed synopsis of a single player's game.
A great deal of time and thought went into this, and that should tell you all you need to know about Caleb.
Has got it goin on!
Stacey's corch, has got it goin on...
BOOM-Fountains of Wayne'd
Is there a person on this board who wouldn't hire Caleb for anything regardless of the job description based on that letter of recommendation? We're trying to hire a nanny right now - he's hired.
The Oak Hills O line coach should be given a lot of credit. I know he said he's only coached for 6 years, but he was a two time all-conference guard at a major D-1 school and he spent some time in the NFL.
Caleb is lucky to have that kind of coach.
Great stuff, Tom. Your work is appreciated.
Thanks Tom and Coach. Go Blue Caleb! Look forward to seeing you in the Big House!
Exactly the type of kid we want at Michigan - a leader and a worker, with talent.
Omameh, Lewan, Barnum, Molk, and Huyge are going to be a bulldozing, jet fueled wrecking crew of an OL this year. And the former three will make great mentors for Caleb when he arrives (Molk, Huyge are seniors). Really excited, very appreciative of the write-up coach.
That was super. Thanks Tom. I know a guy who has a businss that demolishes brick buildings in urban areas. Sounds like Mr. Stacey could save on the diesel fuel and just take them apart with pads on. He also sounds like the sort of guy who gladly would.
but by his coach. Sounds like the kind of man we'd want coaching future Wolverines. And yes, he can also write! Hope he's a teacher in the classroom as well. Gives one faith for the future.
Have a great senior year, Caleb. Glad you can concentrate on it without having to worry about where you're going from there. As you know, we love our O-linemen up here.
It sounds like this is the type of kid who shows up and won't be outworked. Love that.
Dang, what a write-up.
Besides Caleb's obvious ANGRY KILL MOAR qualities, I'm most excited about the way Caleb's coach describes his hands/arms. It's really interesting to me that people place so much emphasis on the height and weight combo when arm length and hand technique are so important.
Give me the 6-4/6-5 guys with the same wingspans as 6-7/6-8 guys. Lower center of gravity, typically quicker, same reach/protection (especially on the outside, although won't apply as much since Caleb projects inside).
I'm very excited to hear this about Caleb. Thanks Tom and Coach.
Excellent stuff. I wish every prospect's coach gave us a scouting report like that, particularly if they have the pedigree his does. Glad Stacy is part of this class- I'd take another Bihl any day. Reestablishing Michigan's line as the best in the conference (and at times, nation) is a must!
Well that's encouraging
He does sound like a great get.
When you read a write-up like this about a kid you can't help but to be motivated and pull for him. Tom, thanks for sharing.
need more 5*s like caleb
Fantastic write-up. Not much praise I can add that hasn't already been heaped, but...
also willing to bet he wont swap for tattoos.