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2012 recruit you are most excited about
This a joke or have you actually heard anything?
You mean you didn't hear he committed...?
i see what you did there
Tall, rangy ball hawk with speed. Looking forward to seeing what he can do, especially since he will get to participate in spring ball.
Jarrod Wilson, AJ Williams, Ojemudia, and Pipkins....
Jarrod Wilson has been at the top of my list from the day he committed. I think he can have an immediate impact from day 1 and that's he gone way under the radar both in terms of national recruiting as well as for Michigan fans. He will make some big plays next year.
Joe Bolden is someone I think everyone should be excited about. He's getting on campus early. He seems to have an extremely high football IQ. I think he too can get on the field early and will be a leader for this team in the future.
Pee Wee is probably my third favorite. He's loose, but determined. I love his personality and I think he will make press conferences interesting for years to come. He's also a beast on the field. I think Hoke and Montgomery can turn him into a future All Big Ten NT.
Honorable Mention to Amara Darboh. I like guys who have good stories, good perspective, and a good head on their shoulders. Darboh is that kid. His story is remarkable.
I do love all our recruits, but these are the kids who stand out. I hope that they can all come in and help increase the level of competition. These are a talented bunch of kids.
I'm excited to see if Tom strobel can crack the lineup on that d line. He seems to have the size too
Followed by Wormley. I'm also sort of excited about Sione Houma, but I would guess he's going to redshirt.
The one recruit I don't understand. He plays in a full house so he hasn't been a lead blocker in HS. He's extremely undersized for the position and with Hopkins move to FB and Kerridge getting healthy I just don't see him seeing the field for a while.
He does have talent, but I just don't see him as a college FB.
It wasn't really until Carr's later years that UM went to the all-he-does-is-block style of fullback. We used to have fullbacks that would get some carries in the running game and catch the ball out of the backfield (guys like Aaron Shea, Chris Floyd, Burnie Leggett, Che Foster, to name a few). BJ Askew was mysteriously effective as kind of a hybrid fullback/tailback player. So, maybe that is what the staff has in mind for Houma?
Can't wait to see Kalis mow down everyone as Fitz and Denard run for another 1500 yards each.
I'm also excited about Pipkins, but I hope he doesn't do anything... eye-opening... off the field.
I'm not sure what you're getting at... maybe I missed something. The only off-field issues I've heard of are his hilarious impressions and the media loving him
...oh wait. Damn time warps.
because we don't have them locked down yet . . .
Kalis, Bolden and PeeWee for those who already committed.
Yeah, I went there.
Those guys look like naturals, and I look forward to having LB play be a strength.
Woodson. I don't get the joke of naming past recruits. I mean I get Demar, but just other random commits I don't understand.
...just because no one else will say their names. I will.
The guy is a monster already before even stepping into the big boy weight room. In all of his interviews he's just a humble, well spoken kid who will be a great locker room guy as well. Big things to come from this young man
It's a position where
(1) We need depth
(2) You naturally see guys rotate in for snaps behind starters
(3) "Easier" to learn/transition and you historically see a more guys make an impact as freshmen (S. Watkins, J. Jones). This characteristic is what separates it from D Line.
Next comes Pipkins/Bolden.
6' 2" and 6' 3". They'll be some big targets for the QBs.
b/c IF he and BWC can both get more fit and PEE WEE can learn the schemes, the combo of those two up the middle has the potential to be sick. Even if not, I'm not anxious to see where Pipkins starts out and how the coaches talk about him as a predictor for future dominance.
Jeremy Clark, his steadfastness won me over, plus he has to be the tallest safety in M football history.
I'm still curious to see if he gets any looks as a slot guy
I was thinking similar, except more likely a wideout. I think he would be M's tallest receiver too.
Vada Murray, RIP, was a 3/4 yr starter at safety who was also 6' 4".
Earnest Shazor was also 6'4" I believe.
Shazor was a WLB playing safety because that's just what we did. We said, screw this spread thing sweeping the nation...we're going to play defense like the Power I will forever be in style. Tommy Hendricks worked. Ernest Shazor did not.
However he had a SWEET hit in that Purdue game!
Pipkins for sure. He's like Alan Branch......with hustle
Getting f'd by Meyer. He will not get half of the carries promised.
The things he said when he committed about ND and ohio, and everything I have read about him since, suggest to me that the kid is a natural leader. If he can play at a high level, I can envision him being the emotional leader of this defense by his junior year.
HE is 325 lbs, and looks in shape. He could play at 340 in 2 years, and be a monster no one saw coming
The staff may have
You sir,,,,may be correct. We will take this discussion up again in 2013!
AJ Williams. With the reports of him being a top 5 player from Ohio if he were strictly an OT i'd say he warrants consideration.
Right away? Pipkins. Over the entire four years, I have a feeling Allen Gant is going to be an impact player.
Chris Wormley, reminds me of lamarr woodley. Kid has great size
He has a massive frame. He could be a monster.
Darboh (want to see him become the next Edwards or Manningham)
If he can come close to the lofty Luke Kuechly comparisons from Boston College, we are in for a real treat
All of them. They are going to play for Michigan fergodsakes!
was my favorite, I thought he would be a killer TE or athletic DE.
Favorite Recruit: I like Mario O. now. The skinny DE on Alabama gave me hope for fast and athleticguy who can own the edges.
2.) Funchess seems like a serious weapon if the coaches can use him.
3.) Wormley seems like he could be as good as Spence and the like if he can get coached up.
Kalis, Bolden, Ross etc are just solid and great recruits
I am hoping Ojemudia can be like David Bowens, only one who stays 4 years.
...Chesson. Pipkins because it is a major position of need and I can't wait to see what he looks like in the fall. Chesson because I think his game is highly underrated and will be a great college wr. As a whole, very excited about this class and I have a feeling 2013 will be even better.
RJS. He has the physical tools to be an incredible LB down the road. I think he'll redshirt this fall, but after that he'll be a very good player.
Excited to see what Master Hoke and crew have as as a follow-up to this year's perfect (for several reasons) pre-game video! Foregodsakes
I'm really curious about Drake Johnson and Matt Godin. Two die-hard Wolverines that had interesting recruitments. I'd like to see both guys have long, successful careers.
I agree. Both of them are guys that have gotten little to very little hype but they both could turn into quality players for us in the future.
I feel like I haven't heard his name since the 'Hello' post. Definitely heard more about Drake and Matt.
On a sidenote, I think Joe Bolden will be great for us, instinctive and physically ready. The 2012 pack seems full of potential and starters.
Another guy that's under the radar, but the coaches really like. Hope he has a nice career like his father did.
Especially with Godin. I think he's completely under the radar.
That is all.
Yuri Wright as a Jr.. 6'2" CB with speed = forget about it.
I'm also excited to see Drake Johnson returning kicks/punts, could be our best since Breaston.
Joe Bolden. Dude is a badass. Would not be surprised if he is a 4 yr starter. Also, Pipkins. Is a beast and will 99.9999% be a starter from day one as well.
Probably Pipkins for me...
But my favorite sophomore is most definately GREG MATTISON!
I also think people are sleeping on Sione Houma and Drake Johnson. Given Borges affinity for big fast backs, I can see these guys doing a lot of damage on throw back screens, wheel routes, FB dives for short yardage, etc. I have this gut feeling Drake is going to be a Playa!
GRIII will end up being the best Recruit of 2012, no disrespect to Mitch (Love his Game) but Glenn has the makings of a NBA star and I can still remember his Dad dominating the Big Ten!
kalis. he'll start on day one.
What he did over Macho Grande made me really excited about the future.
Wait, we aren't talking about fictional characters from movies? Oh then I'll take Kalis
I don't think I'll ever get over Macho Grande
I Can't Choose. Seriously, what makes this class, from my perspective, is the depth and breadth across so many positions.
But, if you're forcing me to choose, I'll go with position groups.
- Offensive Line. If we add Garnett, and even Diamond, I'd be ecstatic. We already have five, six if you count Williams. We could have eight solid recruits which would be obscene, and restore balance in what was an area of disaster.
- Linebacker Corps. Four solid recruits. Jenkins-Stone, Ross, & Bolden are incredible. Again, this was an area that needed to be shored up.
Generally, it is very hard to predict exactly who will shine. (which is what makes questions like the OP's query interesting, I guess.) However, with the depth at both OL & LB, we can be assured that there will be several guys who will shine. If someone gets injured, or homesick, or doesn't transition well to college, we'll be ok. All our eggs aren't in one basket.
I am much, much happier with our recruiting prowess. Between Mattison, Jackson, Hoke, Borges, Funk, Heck, Montgomery, Mallory, and Singletary, they are doing an awesome job of recruiting. It is GREAT to hear how much recruits like the coaching staff, and relate well to them.
All those linebackers
All those OLinemen
pretty much everyone
Pipkins is my number one dudes a huge personality an absolute beast and will playing a lot
Pipkins, Kalis, Ross & Bolden. I think they all will be impact players from day one..
I'm excited to see if Wormley/Godin/Strobel can make an impact on the D-Line right away as I'm petrified by our lack of depth there. But yeah, Pipkins is just awesome in so many ways so I'm most excited about him.
Darboh and Wilson honorable mentions...
Has to be Joe Bolden, watching the Under Armour All-American game he has the motor that all the coaches talk about. Reminds me of Jared Allen (maybe a little high praise of wolverine players) in how his motor runs and is always around the football.
Strobel and Kalis. Mainly because they probably would have been at OSU if not for Tatgate. I hope they become All-Americans so it hurts the Buckeyes everytime they see their names.
But this class is good and deep. Alot of impact players in this class IMO
When you look at the OL talent we're bringing in it's a WOW with or without Garnett.
Pipkins, Bolden, Kalis, Darboh
He is going to be the man! Rush end -- monster! If you liked what Ryan did this year -- hold on for Super Mario!
I'm most interested in Strobel and Houma. I think Strobel plays some as a freshman. Love his attitude and upside.
Houma is interesting because I have no idea what the plans are for him in the long term. I agree that he looks like a redshirt but long term I think he adds something different to the offense.
Pipkins and Bolden
Not a 4*, but a tough kid who works hard. Hopefully he can become another Molk.
James Ross & Pipkins. Ross's highlight tape made me drool.
I'll go with the four I expect to play right away, possibly start.
Kyle Kalis, Josh Garnett, Joe Bolden, and Ondre Pipkins.