Well, darn. The class is wrapped up then?
2013 TE Durham Smythe to ND
Most likely, barring a signing day surprise ala Northfleet. He was our last real target
Not true. We're apparently still after Troy Woolfork and Ty Issac for this class.
Either would be a great pick up for Coach Bielien.
This is football, dummy. They'd play for Coach Rodriquez.
Who is this Northfleet fellow you speak of?
Sounds like ND landed a law firm.
Ah well, can't get 'em all and am still ok with us having Jake Butt. Good luck to the kid and hopefully his teammates introduce him to actual non-imaginary girls in South Bend.
With girls in South Bend is what brought about the need for imaginary ones.
Any chance we get a surprise commit like norfleet?
Yes. Hoke has pulled some last minute committs and signing day surprises 2 classes in a row, now. I fully expect them to make it 3 for 3.
Edwards maybe even?
Well, it's official. Hoke just cannot recruit skill players.
He was committing to ND after he flipped his ND and Michigan visits around following his ND in-home visit. Not a big loss considering we have several great TE options on the roster and are once again in on some of the top TE's in the 2014 class.
Wasting our time on a trip here.
Yep. That was done deal when he switched dates - as I said earlier in the week. Any other outcome would have been a huge surprise.
I know he already committed to Illinois, but I hope gets a last minute offer and comes this way.
I don't. He's slow.
Still a fantastic class for Hoke and company. Good luck, Durham.
First ND commit post-Te'o. Forever linking himself with that scandal. Godspeed Durham
Unfortunately this was inevitable after he moved the ND visit up...but he wasn't really a need more of a luxury...
Well, now I really hope we get Derrick Green.
I just want everyone currently committed to sign their LOIs in the coming days.
If we get another surprise like Norfleet great but if not this class is rock solid as it stands. Very excited for the short and medium terms.
LOIs can't be signed and transmitted to universities until SIgning Day. From the NCAA guide:
Prospective student-athletes who will participate in football are prohibited from signing an NLI during the early signing period (November). A student who signs an NLI during the early period in a sport other than football will be ineligible for practice and competition in the sport of football during the student’s first year of enrollment at an NLI member institution, and shall forfeit one season of competition in the sport of football.
EDIT: more specifically, student-athletes are explicitly told by the NCAA website that "if you sign an NLI outside the appropriate signing period, the NLI shall be considered invalid."
EDIT: Duh. Signing Day approaches quickly. My mistake. This flu has apparently eaten into my brain.
No problem. Feel better.
I can see us offering a scholorship to either Kenton Gibbs or Berkley Edwards. If Poggi decommits then we could possibly offer both of them. By the way, what the hell is going on with Poggi and when will we have some information? Since we got Derrick Green, who gives a biff about Poggi.
Berkley Edwards? With all respect to the guy (and the members of his family who manage to behave themselves), why would UMich do that? You may have noticed that they just moved a more talented version of B.E. to the secondary.
I'd much rather see them take a flyer on a lineman (say, Gibbs) who might work out well as a developmental project (a la Willie Henry last year). With Berkley, I'm pretty sure it's WYSIWYG. Looks every bit like a 3-star to me.
Also: "... who gives a biff about Poggi." Cute word play there, but I think most of should give plenty of biffs about the guy. He's a high-profile player at a position of need (not to mention one that was underemphasized in recruiting for most of the past thirty years). Losing him to Satan would be huge IMO.
I mean, we could always give that extra scholarship to a long snapper.
I do not want Berkley Edwards. There's really no need for another running back, and just imagine the s*** that would spew from Braylon's mouth (and Twitter account) when/if Berkley is sitting on the bench.
I don't really see Gibbs as a Michigan-caliber player, but I wouldn't be totally surprised if he gets an offer. I don't like the idea of banking scholarships.
"good luck smythe you're going to need it"
by the way, i think smythe should be told he only unofficially comitted -he might forget to sign his loi.
It sucks, but I can't really blame the kid. They've been a TE factory recently with Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eiffert.
Butt why should we care?
Not sure if this is really a loss at all.... IMO it would have just been a luxury to get Smythe...
I think Khalid Hill will end up surprising a lot of people on this board... He has been extremely productive, and I think that his athleticism is underrated.
As for the rest of the class, I have no idea how it could close out, but there always, always, always seems to be a late surprise... It doesnt seem like we have any wavering commits (outside of Poggi potentially), but I am sure there will be a random addition... Possibly an in-state/Ohio kid?
We have LBs. He won't stand a chance vs us!
Too bad the kid never got to go see the splinters of Ann Arbor. That could have been a game changer.
Never thought we had a real chance at him. Fine by me.
Really we could use an other LInebacker in this class, at least before we start working on a 4 deep rotation on the DLine, or take a 7th OLineman this year. We'll also have 8 or 9 guys who can line up in the backfield with Devin, so we should be good for Backs this year. We've already taken 4 in this class. Linebacker is where there's a need. Kellen Jones transferred, and Poole and Ringer are both question marks. We could have depth issues this year if guys get dinged up.
I don't think Poole and/or Ringer should be the concerns. I'm more concerned about the SAM linebacker position. We're pretty dang deep at the inside linebacker spots, but SAM basically consists of Jake Ryan and Cam Gordon. We'll see where McCray ends up, but considering the numbers, he appears to be headed for SAM, even though a lot of people think he's a better fit for MIKE.
Shame. I still think we could use another TE.
There is a good chance that Shallman will wind up as an H Back or TE...
I see Shallman contributing at a number of positions and Borges using this flexibility to create mismatches. I see him as another Aaron Shea.
Would have been nice to get, but we're fine at TE. I would like to see either a WR or QB with the lost spot, and if not bank it.
I don't know who it would be, but I feel like Michigan will go after someone else in the last week and a half.
Robert Nkemdiche obviously.
Anyone you know of who (a) you think would be a worthwhile use of a scholarship, and (b) would commit upon receiving an offer?
The only positions where we need reinforcements are QB, WR, and SAM linebacker. I don't really know of any guys in-state who would both be worth a scholarship offer and jump on it.
It's weird to think that the ND series is ending/indefinitely suspending soon. I see a ND commitment and have to remind myself that it really won't be affecting Michigan soon.
My opinion means nothing, but I would like to see the coaches offer maybe a shorter, really raw receiver that has displayed elite speed and an ok catching instinct, but not much in the way of route-running or blocking. Someone under the radar that has a lot of athletic ability and potential. I am pretty confident that one out of the group of Jerald Robinson, Chesson, Darboh, or even Joe Reynolds can step up into the flanker spot next year, especially with Gardner at QB (since he has shown that he's willing to scramble, unlike Denard).
Dukes, Jones, and York all seem to be a little lacking on the speed, so having just one receiver to complement those 3 would help to round out this class I think.
Jerald Robinson is no longer with the team...
I knew that, and then forgot that. Thanks for the heads up! What a shame.
EDIT: Da'Mario Jones is by no means slow at all. That was another misconception.
We could really use a short, raw receiver who can't run routes or block.
Maybe James William Bottomtooth III is available.
Any chance Michigan could make a late play for Levenberry?
He has 10 days to hop on the AA Train.
Seriously, I expect us to chase a rangy SAM with pass-rushing talent and redshirt intent.
Sounds like a freakin' bond villain.....
So Michigan rounds out its class with Green, Smythe (TE) goes to ND even though Michigan has Butt and Hill at those positions. Not sure if there is a real need at TE with two already in this class. With signing day coming up and potentially one to two scholarships remaining, assuming Poggi goes to Alabama, what other vacancies needs to be filled? Hoke didn't pull in near as large of a number of defensive prospects as offensive recruits. Who else is on the radar for Michigan?
Assume he is UM until he decommits. Do you have any meaningful info other than he went to AL with his dad this weekend?
( Just trying to catch up in case I missed any weekend news.)
I only follow what's posted on here and whatever 11W says. I haven't seen much to say that he's going elsewhere but then again we all know Nick Saban can manipulate kids to flip from one school to the other. Your guess on his committment is as good as mine following his trip to Alabama.
Any coach can flip a kid, doesn't mean it's going to happen. Until he says he decommited let's not act like he did.
My count has us with 87 so far (with Poggi and Green). Depending on what's going on with Hagerup and the injured LBs, that seems like a reasonable number. Seems Hoke is expecting some attrition with the Smythe offer.
I'm expecting a late pick-up as well, but I'm not excited about losing a couple players off the roster even if it's inevitable.
Or maybe Reschke is holding off for a surprise last minute switch...would love to see the meltdown in Lansing if that happened...doubt it, but fun to think about.
We missed out on a TE? SOOO FUNCHESS WHAT???
Dude can go Funch himself.
I hear Reuben Foster is still looking for a school next year. Talk about a surpise committ. No visit, no problem. Maybe Poggi is using this Alabama rumour to go find Foster and telling him to go to Michigan. I don't know if Foster is visiting Auburn right now, but if that's the case, Poggi could very well be on the recruiting trail for his friend, Mr. Reuben Foster.
Getting Foster would mean our reactions on here would turn to:
Derrick Green who?
Just kidding, but seriously. That would, and I quote Mr. Green, "Shock the World".
bed. That would definitely cause bedlam within the UM and recruiting world.
I thought Reschke was a long shot ...
I'm still too elated about Derrick Green to care that Smythe is going to ND. Good luck to him, though.
It will be interesting to see who are the last minute Michigan commits. And I really wish Berkley Edwards would walk-on if he's not one of them. I'm just not comfortable with Braylon's little brother playing elsewhere in the B1G. I will feel salty as hell if he ever scores the winning touchdown to get Minnesota the Brown Jug back.
I will feel salty as hell if he [Berkley Edwards] ever scores the winning touchdown to get Minnesota the Brown Jug back.
I literally LOL'd when I read that sentence. Thanks for the laugh.
If we're in a position against Minnesota where Edwards has the chance to win the game, then we have bigger problems to worry about.
We got Green!
Te'o's girlfriend to occupy final spot in the class