Another tremendous (!) update. And wow, Bryant is a big kid...wouldn't mind having a guy like that on the line, assuming he can move around a bit of course. Sounds like this class is shaping up quite nicely. Hopefully we can get a few more "Hello" posts before September 4th!
TVH: Weekly: Johnathan Aiken, Darian Cooper, Chris Bryant Planning Visits
5'11", 185 lbs.
Johnathan is one of the Chaminade prospects that Michigan is after. WR Spiffy Evans is the other; Michigan was also recruiting QB Jerrard Randall before he committed elsewhere. Aiken and Evans were going to try to make it up to Michigan this summer, but that's not going to be happening. Good news is that Johnathan knows he will be taking an official visit to Michigan. I asked him if he was 100% positive he will be using an official on Michigan, he had this to say.
We just haven't had time to plan anything to get to Michigan for the summer. The official is 200% happening. Michigan is definitely in my top five. Spiffy (Evans) and I are trying to plan it so we can come together.
If you notice he said that Michigan is in his top five. That's a non formed top five as of now.
Michigan, UCLA, Rutgers, and West Virginia are my top four right now. That will probably change, though, it's just how I feel right now.
Michigan is in the current top four, and will most likely fall somewhere in his final top five. His mind isn't anywhere near being made up, so we will have to wait. His early enthusiasm for Michigan is a good sign.
6'3", 275 lbs.
Darian just came back from a visit to Virginia Tech, where he competed in their camp. It doesn't sound like they impressed him, since his tentative top eight below does not include the Hokies. Cooper has played his recruitment very close to the vest, and doesn't like to share a lot about what he's thinking. But I have to try and asked him where he was at right now, if there would be any movement in the near future. He responded with this:
I'm starting to narrow down my list, I think it's about that time. I've made some mental cuts, but nothing definite. This isn't certain yet, but I'm thinking my cut down list is UCLA, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, NC State, and Georgia Tech. These were the schools that got on board earliest with me, too.
He stressed that this isn't a final list, just the schools that are sticking out to him right now. The conversation took an interesting turn when he told me that he would be coming out to Michigan sometime in the winter:
I'm coming up to Michigan in the winter to hang out with Delonte Hollowell. We met his family at the Big House BBQ, and the Hollowell family invited me back for the winter to stay with them.
That's a definite plus. The family friendship type bonds are meaningful, helping kids get a better feel for the environment and the school itself. A lot of times with kids that are considering schools away from home it helps their family know they'll be safe if they've made bonds with other families like this. No one knows which way Darian is leaning, but I'm willing to bet Michigan makes his top five eventually.
6'5", 330 lbs.
Bryant was recently offered by Michigan, which was a big deal to him. Chris is teammates with big (literally and metaphorically) 2012 offensive line prospect Jordan Diamond. They've talked about going to school together, and they're both very high on Michigan. Bryant:
I'm really excited about Michigan. I haven't narrowed down my list yet, but I will soon. Michigan is definitely in my top group, though.
Stanford could potentially be an obstacle for Michigan, as he recently took a trip to Palo Alto and really enjoyed himself. The Wolverines seem to have an edge so far, though, as Bryant has been a frequent visitor and has openly campaigned for a block M offer. The last time Bryant was at Michigan his parents didn't get to come with him, so they thought they would fix that:
I'm coming up to Michigan again in the next week or two. My parents never got to see anything, so they're coming up with me. We just want to get to know the coaches a little better, and get a better feel for them.
I talked a little with Jordan Diamond about Chris, and Jordan told me that they're both really liking Michigan right now. If Chris chooses Michigan, it will have a real impact on Jordan's decision.
- OL Jake Fisher committed yesterday. He told me a few days prior to his announcement that he couldn't tell me who he chose, but that he "really likes blue gatorade."
- RB Demetrius Hart is taking his official visit for the UConn game on September 4th.
- 2012 QB Nick Patti, teammate of Demetrius Hart, will also be at the UConn game. Patti enjoyed his recent visit, and Michigan has a good shot here. If he can grow a couple inches, he'll start getting recruited far and wide.
- OL Cyrus Hobbi really enjoyed his visit to Michigan.
- The next big visit for Michigan will be on July 29th when Texas LB Kellen Jones and his father come up. Kellen is a pure middle linebacker that Michigan has a great shot at since his father passed on his fandom to his son, which is fortunate given how linebacker is a position of need. He's athletic enough to line up outside or in, but projects to the middle at the next level.
- OL Tony Posada from Tampa, Florida will be announcing his decision soon. If Florida doesn't offer, then Michigan is in the driver seat. If Florida does offer then he'll probably stay home.
Excellent article and timing considering my late night boredom.
Thanks for the update. Is Bryant a tackle prospect or an interior type?
I like hearing about the family bonds and also, I wouldn't mind getting into that De Matha pipeline either.
He's a big interior lineman
As always, your updates are greatly appreciated.
Thanks Tom!!! If we land Dee Hart the Dr.Phillips pipeline is going to be a nice one to have in years to come. Patti looks like a great player, he definitely looks a lot like Tate but maybe a litter faster, hopefully he can sprout up a few inches. Also Bryant looks like a mountain and he would be a great get, this class is shaping up really nice especially if we can grab a couple more OL and some LB's, the future looks very bright!!!
once that quote was released, I've mentally been counting him as a silent commit. It should become official on July 29th or 30th.
Bryant would be a good get for UofM. There is some great talent in the Chicago area as well.
It seems like Rich Rod (and Ricardo Miller!) is doing a really great job of recruiting this year. It is still early but nearly every recruit that has visited seems to have rave reviews. If we manage to get these guys we will have a really well-balanced team going into 2011 and 2012. Awesome stuff.
I haven't heard any news on the Kris Frost front? Are we still looking good for him?
Pat White 6' 1" in some places, 6" even in other.
Patti 5' 11"
Is one inch going to make a BIG difference? I guess maybe.
I wouldn't worry about height with him just yet. I grew 5" during my Jr and Sr years of high School. My guess is he has some growing still to do. Time will tell.
Check the comments on TVH's Interview with Nick Patti. There's some thought that he's only 5' 9".
who is recruiting chicago for us? we used to pull in more chicago area prospects than we have the past several years. our chicago recruiting dipped, even in the last few lloyd years. anyone know why? just one of those things?
Last I knew, it was Greg Frey. In 2008 it was Scott Shafer, so that might explain that...
We never really had a huge number of Chicago-area kids. There were a few, like Tim Jamison and Jason Avant, but I'd rather have Ohio and Florida pipelines than a Chicago pipeline.
Pretty sure Dews is our Chicagoland guy now. Might be more of a team effort though.
And I'm also pretty sure it dipped in the last few years of Lloyd because Andy Moeller was assigned there, and he was pretty much a failure at everything.
Frey is recruiting Chris Bryant and DaVaris Daniels, an OG and a WR. I'm pretty sure it's Frey.
I'm fairly certain that Frey recruits that area. As far as number of recruits from that area, I think there has just been less talent the past few years. However, we're in very good shape with two Chicago area prospects this year (OG Chris Bryant and DE James Adeyanju) and a big time tackle next year (Jordan Diamond)
Corwin Brown was a great recruiter for Notre Dame in the Chicago area (he went to Julian High School) . Hopefully with him taking at job with the Patriots, M will win more head to head recruiting battles against Notre Dame.
I am pretty happy with the pipelines we have and the new ones we are establishing, especially in Florida. I am interested in our recruiting in California. We use to get guys especially from De La Salle. I know we had a soft verbal from Sean Parker, not from De La Salle. I would think that with USC's problems, we may be able to recruit some guys from CA. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Chicago was more productive for UM in the past - like the Bo years. I think Notre Dame has always been strong there. Northwestern and Illinois weren't very good when Bo was coaching either. Glad to see RR making inroads there and Ohio and Florida. I think if he can last another two seasons he'll get this thing turned around. The team is so young right now and has holes at some positions.
Dorrestein, Molk, and Schofield are from Illinois (not sure about whether they're from Chicago area), and we've gotten a large number of OLs out of there over the years. While it's probably true that Ohio and FLA are more fertile in terms of numbers of kids, I would think that we don't want to concede any territory in the midwest to our rivals, esp. considering our history of Illinois and Chicagoland players doing well here.
Schofield is from Orland Park; Molk from Lemont and Dorrenstein from Plainfield. Those are all pretty far out of the city of Chicago.
I always read/hear the term when I visit Chicago... eye of the beholder sort of thing?
but usually considered i would think it would be Chicago and the areas serviced by the Chicago media - so basically Chicago, and the following counties: Cook (which includes Chicago), Lake, Du Page, parts of Will, Kane and McHenry and NW corner of Indiana. Those are the basic commuting parameters. Few outside of those counties will commute to Chicago.
As usual your work is more concise and less over the top than Rivals or Scout.
It is also far less expensive.
Thank you, and you're welcome.
Tom, if I can throw out another name that is saying he has reached his decision and will be announcing at the end of August, Ed Davis. A Detroit Kid, My recollection is that he had a phenomenal summer camp with us garnering the offer, but then went to Iowa and MSU, and ended up with offers there too. With his mind made up already any ideas on which direction his decision may go?