“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
The college and high school football seasons are almost here which means things will slow down a bit. Michigan only has around five spots left so it's a numbers game from here on out. Here's a look at what happened this week and what's happening in the future. As always you can follow me on Twitter @TomVH or email me with any tips or questions at TomVH@MGoBlog.com.
6'5", 275 lbs.
The 2013 offensive lineman was on Michigan's campus Sunday [the 7th]. It was his first trip to Ann Arbor and he came away impressed.
We met with Coach Funk, talked to him for about half an hour. After that they took us around the campus, showed us the facilities, the locker room, and the stadium. I feel really good about Michigan, I really liked it. I didn't know much about them going into it, but I was really impressed.
Bosch is going to be one of the top lineman in the midwest, so this was a good opportunity for the Michigan staff to show him what they have to offer.
They told us about the program a little bit. We got to meet with Coach Borges, and Coach Hoke too. They were telling us that they'll be going back to the pro style offense. I didn't really know much about Michigan until today. I didn't know that they had the Big Ten and National titles. I had no idea that they have the biggest stadium; I thought Penn State's was bigger. The facilities were great and the locker room was great too.
While he doesn't currently have an offer the Michigan coaches made it known that they will be recruiting Kyle.
They told me they're extremely interested in me. They want me to play interior, either guard or center. A lot of schools have said both guard or tackle so that's fine.
As for his timeline he plans on taking a strategic approach to see where he fits best.
I've been out to all the schools that have offered except for West Virginia and Stanford. I think at the end of the season I'll put all my offers on the table and try to get it to a top five. After I find a top five or top ten I'll look more in depth and talk more to coaches to try to find the best fit.
It was big for Michigan to get this visit in before the season starts. Since Kyle is going to narrow his choices down after his season this gives him a chance to see what Michigan is like on a regular basis as opposed to a game-time atmosphere.
6'2", 180 lbs.
Ramsey, New Jersey
As I reported earlier in the week, Michigan is back in the top three for Armani Reeves. Michigan told Reeves that they are looking to add another elite corner to this class. Yuri Wright happens to be an elite cornerback that Michigan is also pursuing. The four-star defensive back told me how he feels about Michigan.
I would say Michigan is in my top two, I've always liked Michigan. I haven't really cut my list down yet, but they're in the top somewhere. Just the tradition that's at Michigan, the winningest program, the coaches, and the whole experience of going to school there. Coach Mallory has been telling me it's just about getting a chance to come to Michigan and getting better when I get there, and hopefully make it to the league.
While Wright hasn't cut his list down he does think that Michigan will get one of his official visits.
I talked to Coach Mallory the other day. I'm definitely going to take one of my officials there, but I'm not planning on making my decision until the Army All American game. I'll take all of my officials and then decide. I don't know what other schools I want to visit yet, but I've always liked Colorado, Georgia, Cal, and Michigan State too. Those are some of them.
When it comes to New Jersey high school athletics Stephen Spiewak from MaxPreps is one of the top sources for information. I also caught up with him to get his thoughts on Yuri. He had the following to say.
Yuri didn't play football as a sophomore, he's a converted basketball kid. I think he's going to be the best kid from the Bosco [Yuri's high school] group this year. He joined the team as this 6-foot-2 athletic freak with a mean streak who just shut everyone down.
So, he's pretty good then. Spiewak also thinks there's a good chance that Wright will leave the New Jersey area for school. Since he's not making a decision for awhile there's a lot that can happen between now and then, but Michigan has a shot. The cornerback situation has been a hot topic lately. WIth Michigan getting back in the mix for Armani Reeves everyone immediately thought it had to do with Terry Richardson.
While I don't think anyone knows exactly what Terry will do I am under the impression that this coaching staff wants to add another cornerback on top of Terry and Anthony Standifer. That will be interesting to see how that scenario plays out.
6'1", 180 lbs.
2013 DB Dymonte Thomas was in Ann Arbor last week or the Big House BBQ. He came up with his cousin Bri'onte Dunn, and seemed to enjoy himself.
Michigan's pretty nice. Coach Mattison is a character, he was joking and making funny remarks the whole time. I feel really comfortable with Michigan and their coaching staff. The campus was really nice, they showed us the business building and that's what I want to go into. They also showed us the 'M' that you can't walk on.
As usual the Michigan commitments were doing their best to recruit the non-committed kids, which included Dymonte and Bri'onte.
I took Bri'onte up and we met the quarterback [Shane Morris] that committed and Kyle Kalis was trying to recruit us. He was trying to get me to go to Michigan. I just want to wait for my colleges to offer and take some visits to all the schools though. I'll probably be up for the Notre Dame game and the Michigan-Ohio State game too. I really like Michigan, I think they're at the top. Michigan State isn't very far behind, I like their coaching staff too.
It's a good sign that he wants to make it up for multiple games, especially if he can bring Bri'onte along to those events too.
I recently went out to see 2013 WR Jake Roh at practice. Jake is the younger brother of Michigan defensive end Craig Roh. They're built completely different, and Jake is a good sized receiver with great hands. Here's a few clips from practice with an interview, I'll have more highlights from him after their scrimmage on Wednesday.
2013 WR Laquon Treadwell was also at the BBQ last week. He told me he had a great time and was just trying to find out more about Michigan. With each visit he's getting more and more comfortable. He said again that Michigan is on top, but even if they were to offer he wants to wait and take some other visits before making a decision.
The news that WR Darryl Stonum is redshirting this year could potentially affect the recruiting numbers for this class. But the coaches are the ones that made the decision to redshirt him so they obviously knew about it. If that hasn't changed their recruiting plans then there will have to be more attrition elsewhere, presumably.
Top 2 for Yuri Wright!! Man, I hope we can land this kid, we need a 6'2" "athletic freak" shutdown corner. He would balance Richardson's smaller stature nicely. Sign him up, I sure hope we'll have a spot left for him.
Pardon my ignorance, but is that the golden M that's right in front of Hatcher in the middle of the diag? If so, I had no idea you weren't supposed to walk on that thing... Anyone know the origin of this?
I remember finally stepping on the "M." After 4 undergrad years, one year in a masters program, and three years in law school, during which I avoided the M at all costs, I finally graduated with my last Michigan degree. I went to the diag and jumped all over the thing.
btw, hourlies are (or should be) any major exam scheduled outside of class that isn't a midterm or final. Bluebook exams can be any of those if the answers are written in, you know, bluebooks.
Brady Hoke recently said that he thinks we have more depth at safety than cornerback. If you look at the pure numbers, that can't be true (Furman/Johnson/Robinson/Kovacs/Gordon vs. Woolfolk/Floyd/Avery/Talbott/Countess/Hollowell/Brown). That's 5 safeties and 7 cornerbacks, not including Tamani Carter and Raymon Taylor.
That comment makes me think that Carter (which we already knew) and Taylor are both safeties, perhaps there will be attrition at the CB position, or maybe one of those other players is a safety now too.
Hoke's probably referring not just to roster numbers but to players he feels comfortable using right now. That's probably Woolfolk, Avery and maybe Floyd, with every other CB being young, small, or both and untested.
But yeah, I'd assume that Carter is a S since they pretty much said so on signing day.
Even in the pure numbers department, JT Floyd is still returning from injury and it could be that he isn't including true freshmen. That would lean things in the direction of the safeties, since we have 5 non-injured, non-true frosh safeties and only 3 of those at corner.
And I remember at one point that Talbott was thinking about leaving the team, and now that his brother is off the team, who knows. Not trying to rumor monger, but it wouldn't be the craziest thing.
I think this may be right. I thought I remember seeing that they "officially" had more seats than we did during the renovations, but that we always fit more people into our stadium on gamedays. So I don't think any stadium ever beat us in seating, but I could be wrong.
There is a whole generation of kids who for whom MI has not been relevant on the national stage. So this is not too surprising. How much did people know about USC, AL, FLA, etc prior to their resurgence. A good season and getting back to a BCS game will do wonders for us. I remember the good ole days of being ranked in the top ten preseason every year, sometimes just because we were MI. The constant media hype kept us in all the kids heads. It will come back.
16 and our team hasnt been good since they were 12, and they werent really watching football with the full understanding of what was going on you lose your relevance until you start winning again. that's why the reigning national champs always get the best commits. of course there are exceptions if you home state is bama, texas, or california. i dont know what it is with kids from florida but if a kid doesnt leave state they either go to FSU or florida but miami has to fight for scraps unless the kid is in their back yard.
I don't know about you, but I have a feeling a lot of these kids cared about college football way before they were 12. I remember being 7 and sitting with my dad and watching the games every saturday.
As for Miami's recruiting, you sir are almost 100% wrong. Look at Miami's recruiting rankings for the last 10 years and look at where the majority of the recruits are coming from and try to tell me that same statement again. The reason recruiting in the state of Florida is hard is because, IMHO, you have 3 of the top 15 programs in the nation all located in the same state.
What is 4 years? The kid mentioned BT and Nat championships.
It's been well pst 4 years for those. I don't think he's talking just about the RR era etc. This kid will be a junior this year, likely making him 16. He'd have been 9 when we last split a BT title. It's not that surprising coming from outside the UM immediate area.
The reason for the world, is to make us long for HOME.
Goblueinbama beat me to it. Whenever I hear about great players, I wonder where they are relative to their potential. Hearing Wright didn't even play as a sophomore and is where he's at, excites me for where he may get. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does this year.
Unless he's super athletic, he sounds like more of a TE than WR. He's listed at 6'3", but his brother is 6'5" so he could certainly add an inch or two. Either way, that's a good family from a good program, I'd be very happy to take him and figure out his position after a redshirt year.
Stonum's redshirt will likely reduce our open spots in the 2012 class by one (assuming he sticks his RS season out) but the suspension to TRob makes his unrenewed 5th year all the more likely. There is also always attrition once camp starts and the season goes on so we'll have a much better idea of class numbers in a few months.