"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
Four star wide receiver Amara Darboh (6'2", 190 lbs, 4 Star) took in Ann Arbor the past few days with his basketball coach. The Iowa prospect wanted to get a better feel for what Ann Arbor had to offer, and also try to gain a level of comfort with the Michigan coaching staff. He's on his way back from his visit now and updated me on how the visit went. I couldn't find much film online, so here's a nice play from him and what he had to say about the trip.
TOM: So tell me how the trip was overall, was it better than you expected?
AMARA: Yeah. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a great visit. I had a great time. We got to meet all the coaches and got a chance to sit down with the AD. Just being in the Big House and the feeling in Ann Arbor, it was great.
TOM: I know you got there Monday and left today [Wednesday], but when did the visit actually start? Did you and your coach see anything on Monday?
AMARA: Yeah, we got there Monday and went over to the Big House. We looked at the new scoreboards and everything. We got a chance to talk to Coach Mallory for a little bit, too. Tuesday we watched some players finish their workout, met some more coaches, and met some players in the locker room. After that we talked to Coach Hoke and I got to hang out with some of the players like Roy Roundtree and [Devin] Gardner.
TOM: You told me your basketball coach is a Michigan fan, too. Was he having fun on the trip?
AMARA: My coach was having a blast. He just kept thanking me for having him come with me, but I kept thanking him. We were in the Big House together and we just kept on saying how small we felt. We were on the field just looking at everything.
TOM: I know you said before the trip that you would probably have some questions once you got up there. Did the coaches answer any of your questions and what were they mainly talking to you about?
AMARA: Yeah, the coaches were telling me how I would fit in to the offense they were bringing in. They answered all my questions really with what they told me. They told me how the offense works and how everything is run there.
TOM: Now that you've gotten a chance to sit down and meet the coaches do you feel comfortable with them?
AMARA: I feel a lot better with them. They all seem like really nice guys and they have a great staff there. This visit helped Michigan a lot, and it also helped with my comfort level, so yeah.
TOM: Since you say it helped Michigan do you think this will help speed along the process at all? Last time you said you would probably take a few official visits and then decide, is that still the case?
AMARA: I think this is going to help speed up the process a little. I still want to take official visits, but there's certain schools now that I know that I fit in with, so it helped that part.
This is exactly what I was looking for yesterday. I knew you wouldn't let us down. Sounds like he and his coach both really enjoyed the visit. I still wish he could have stayed for the BBQ. I'd like to see a WR commit over the weekend.
I think you're right if you don't have a lot of options. This guy has many offers from quality programs so I think he can take his time. I'm not saying I would take my time but I wouldn't want to make a rush decision.
Wow, that sounds great. He really seemed to enjoy the visit and I love hearing from recruits about how nice the town, facilities and coaching staff were. I noticed here on MGO he is referred to as a 4-star WR. Which recruiting service is that from? I looked at ESPN to see their rankings and he only gets 3 stars and the number 78 whatever that means. Is ESPN the outlier here or do they just assign stars differently?
I also noticed on ESPN he already has a top 5 list....Iowas St., Iowa, ND, Wisc and U of M. So it looks like we were already in his top five, which means we must've moved up on that list to some degree.
I haven't heard much of anything from him about his top schools. I'm guessing schools like Iowa and Nebraska should get looks. It seemed like for one time that ND was pretty confident in their chances to land him.
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"It's special how the real true people hang together. And if you don't support the program you're not a true Michigan guy. It's that simple." - Gary Moeller
If ND wants him I think they will go get him but there are 2 guys already committed who fill the same role as Darboh. Slot is a bigger need right now, I am not sure if they would accept a commitment from him at this point. Its better for ND if he takes his OVs at this point
you are probably a decent person, however your continued nd propaganda is much better suited on your regular nd blog, rather thanMGoBlog. If I really wanted to read positive stories about nd football I would have someone kidnap me and drive me to South Bend - then duct tape me to a chair, drug me and then force me to listen to everything you find orgasmic.
A true fan has one team, so don't give us any crap as if you like Michigan. It is very disingenuis. Since I live in Indiana, I am well aware of the "holy ground" in South Bend ... and how they can do no wrong ... however, your coach may have sold his soul for this job. His risking the life of the student last year and failing to own up to it and his re-instatement of Floyd are not "Mr. Wonderful" characteristics. Floyd doesn't need his senior season to go into the NFL ... that's a lock. However, nd needs him (kinda like tressel and pryor?).
Seriously, why are you even on this board ... it is for the Maize and Blue.
No place on earth I'd rather be on a football Saturday than Michigan Stadium !
This is a very Red Cedarish post. ND is in what is thought to be his top group, so a little perspective from someone a little more familiar with ND's recruiting class is a welcome addition. Irish has been around awhile and usually disappears for a few months after we beat ND so you will get your wish in due time.
Dennis, I'm not above name-calling, but in this case it would defeat the purpose of my post. You're ripping a fellow UM fan, which I assume you are by your avatar, for responding "harshly" to an ND poster who smugly posts on a UM recruiting visit thread that "if ND wants him, they'll get him". Further, you claim that you welcome "perspective on ND recruiting" in said thread.
I'd strongly suggest that you check yourself and avoid calling other UM fans "Spartans" for not thinking exactly as you do. If I want ND fan perspective, I ask one, or go to one of their sites. I don't expect to find it, nor do I "welcome" it, in a UM recruiting thread.
#1 I don't pretend to be anything except a ND fan, see the screen name is "Irish". ND is referred to as the "fighting IRISH" at times. (see that part in all caps there) It that isn't obvious enough there is the avatar; I went with the 3 leaf clover which you can see on all sorts of ND garments, oh say a hat for instance. Hopefully that has been cleared up for you
#2 If I cared at all about what you thought I would never have been here at all. Despite yourself I still have a high opinion of many poster on this site although they do tend to get drowned out by noise like this.
#3 If you could actually comprehend what I posted you would be feeling good about your chances Darboh so put on your big boy pants and try again.
How did that Gunner Kiel recruiting go? Thought nd could get anyone they wanted ... guess they didn't want that 5* QB .... Too bad cause I would have enjoyed the Heisman-hype that both Quinn and Clausen got ... maybe even a limo arrival on campus!
A good number of your team's fans (and some players not too mention the Indiana media) are simply pompous asses ... which I do think at least you have not fallen to ...yet.
No place on earth I'd rather be on a football Saturday than Michigan Stadium !
I am not sure how a WR from iowa makes ND a powerhouse, going to need some help with this.
I do have a lot of confidence after the way ND played last year, there are reasons for this, its not a blind opinion based on fandom. Now lets compare that to a fan who expects 9-3 from a coach who has been employed for 8 months, gone through a whole 15 practices and showed very average in the spring game.
Just to be clear, ND could absolutely fall on their face this year in any or all the games they play. There will be a meltdown whenever that first loss comes whether its the first game, last game or any game in between that I can guarantee.
My guess on his top 4 would be ND,UM, ISU and Iowa in that order. He has been to ISU a lot and I think he really likes the coaches there and has some friends there. I do think UM will eventually jump ND though. I am kind of surprised he is looking around as hard as he is. Early on it seemed like a lock that he would go to ND and now he seems to really have opened up.
He looks like a great WR - wish there was film to watch on him, though. It'll be interesting to see WR recruiting play itself out, as we're looking good for a lot of them (Burbridge, Stanford - if that top 5 was not legit, Madaris, Chesson, Powe, Payton, and Darboh). Any two of those guys would be amazing, but it seems like this could be the position that takes a while to unfold.
were are in on a pretty talented group of WRS. My hope is that we land this kid he is big and that is the kind of reciever of old for michigan. In fact if i had my choice right now it would be Amara, Darius Powe i cant copy and paste cause i am on my phone but i read something on espn about the standouts at the GKS and according to tom luginbill Powe killed it. He said something to the fact of Powe being a physical reciever but also having more than enough ability to blow by just about any defensive back. Amara at 6'2 and Darius at 6'3 would be some great outside recievers. Than you add the slot guys we already are loaded on. Thanks tom for your post i was really anxious to here how this visit went.
I know this is a little off topic, but Ken725's post a few up got me thinking. With Neb joining the Big10 how will this affect their recruiting? They are kind of an outlier geographically and trying to pull kids that grew up in the midst of the big12 hoopla - watching Texas, Ned, K State, Oklahoma.... seems like they will need to start recruiting big10 states to get kids that even care about the big10.
With a couple more good to great seasons Nebraska is close to being a top team again. With that being said I do think that Big Red will be more active in places like Illinois, and Ohio, but still have a strong presence in Texas and other Big 12 places.