Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
I'm hoping it's us but I'll take anyone besides Alabama.
I agree. It is fun to see a top 5 with all souther schools and UM though!
Would LOVE to land this MONSTER SACK MACHINE
Monster sack machine? Perhaps we could call him The Microwave...
If Nick Saban wants him, that's good enough for me.
Please do not show him tape of the Outback bowl.
You mean the game in which a former #1 overall DE recruit was largely neutralized by the UM offensive line? (Except for that one, you know, play).
Kids these days, man. They're impressionable. But, at least we have those fly jerzeez working in our favor.
Next season's alternative unis will be a shirt that says "Guns don't kill people, DeShawn Hand kills people." And then there will be a hashtag on the field that says #LamarrWoodleyapproved.
You are a one man meme generator. Awesome.
Nice to be on that list. That kid is a beast. We need a difference maker like that to go from a good defense to a great defense. Coaches will have to put in some serious work if we want to land him though.
BIG NEWS = TWO THREADZ
We need to get this man on a visit.
67 more top 5 cuts to go before signing day 2014!
Seriously though, pretty nice start.
I wonder what it's like to know that at some point in the future you will pretty much have the opportunity to meet and have a shot with whatever actress/supermodel/generally smoking hot woman you want.
So does Brent Musberger.
I didn't know much about him, but this video makes me think that he has a good head on his shoulders. I would very much like him to go to Michigan.
While I don't expect to get this kid, being on the short list for a potential #1 prospect is certainly good news for the program.
Michigan coaches like to have fun. Watching that video makes him come across as pretty mature and well spoken for a high school junior.
...he, at this point, highlighted Michigan's staff as his fave. Short excerpt from 247Sports:
"They are my favorite coaching staff as a whole. We have a lot of chemistry."
Cool to be on the list but I would be shocked if we actually landed him.
Well, in the past it wouldn't have been shocking for UM to get a player like this. We've gotten lots of good players out of the Virginia/Maryland/DC area (David Terrell and Chris Perry are the first ones that come to mind, plus we have Countess now and Poggi coming in), we have a DC who was recently with the Ravens, and we are historically one of the best football programs in the country.
If he had more than a top five, it would take two Hands.
Hand in the hand is worth two in the bush?
He wants to have a degree in engineering so we suit him very well.
THANKS FOR SHARING your TOP 5 list WITH US, DA'SHAWN.
Wow 2 threads for this, impressive.
If he commits, I hope we have 10. It would be worth it.
does that make Hand a threadly fellow?
Would love to land this young man!
The best part about this news is he previously had Notre Dame and OSU in his top 10 (http://247sports.com/Article/Nations-Top-2014-Prospect-DaShawn-Hand-Name...).
That's the best part? Not the part about him including Michigan?
What can I say, I'm a sadist when it comes to Notre Dame and OSU. I like knowing that our rivals have been definitively eliminated (standard disclaimers about recruiting fickleness, etc.) over the possibility that we may or may not land him.
OK - just so I'm clear on this - you'd rather him leave M out of his top-5 along with ND and OSU than include M along with those two?
Just trying to point out an interesting tidbit but thanks for nitpicking the semantics. You can pretend I said "icing on the cake" instead of "best part" if that makes you feel better.
It's an entertaining part, for sure. He stated Ohio as his #6, which means absolutely nothing for them. It's encouraging because Da'shawn definitely has a good head on his shoulders. He'd be phenomenal on the field and in the classroom, I'm sure. He's got character and talent, a quintessential fit for Michigan.
So, Hand of the King is his nickname, right?
I'd love to see Hand on one end and Malik McDowell on the other end.
Salivating. I'm salivating. There will be zero touchdowns. There will be many sacks.
On top of the 2012 & 13 DL classes, landing Hand, McDowell, and Mone would pretty much be the most awesome thing ever. I can only think about our opponents thinking, "uh, not fair".
Some in the South...
North (Midwest), East, South, and West? Got it
Yes, but just those. And also the middle though, because we've picked up big time recruits from Iowa, Missouri and Colorado lately.
No - even before RR Michigan recruited well in the South. Greg Mathews, Carlos Brown, Brandon Minor, Chris Perry and Junior Hemingway were all highly sought after recruits from the South. There are plenty more than that too.
Stonum was from Texas. Also, how "southern" is VA really?
I'm pretty sure Virginia is below the Mason-Dixon Line. Just because it's not in the deep south doesn't mean that it shouldn't count. Kids like to stick to their geographical regions, and I think the point when we talk about the "south" is that it's not in Michigan's geographical region.
Maryland is also below the Mason-Dixon line. And since we obsess about media markets when talking about conference expansion, Woodbridge, VA is in the DC market just like the homes of people like Countess, Furman, and countless others who've either been on the team or who've we've recruited.
The only reason why this nuance is brought up is because people see "VA" next to his name and all of a sudden he's a longshot Southern recruit when the reality is that he's a Mid-Atlantic recruit in the same market that we, OSU, PSU and others have had success recruiting.