Info: This is good.
4* Linebacker Visiting this weekend!
The more, the merrier!
I have no info, but I like what i'm seeing!
is stand by for TomVH to provide you more info.
this, my friend, is good news. I was just watching Bob Davie talk about how Greg Mattison is a great recruiter more than anything else. I wonder if Mattison is the one recruiting this guy.
I want 5*s.
Negged for being sarcastically negative? who would have thought. We will soon return to landing 5* ESPNU 150 prospects, have no fear. I do believe that Brady Hoke is going to do an excellent job closing this years class. He certainly seems to know that we are lacking on the defensive side of the football, and he and Mattison are doing their best to right the ship. Keep up the good work fellas
someone does not have their sarcasm detector on today.......
Fred Jackson is luring in a 6-star recruit as we speak.
Sounds great. Why wouldn't he want to take a look? We have immediate need for someone, and our new DC has been coaching Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs for the last two years. This kid already has some serious size.
Ur recruitz R not saef frum da Hokester
a mi me gusta 5-stars too!
Hokeus Pokeus! Works everytime
Skipping a scheduled visit to the school you're committed to in favor of another school? That's got to bode well, doesn't it? And I like it.
friends with a current freshman at A&M (this according to a CU buddy of mine who follows Buffs recruiting pretty closely). They grew up together, and this is one of the primary reasons he selected A&M originally. He may have unofficially visited A&M prior -- my friend wasn't sure.
Colorado's coaches are almost as new as Michigan's, so hometown school's staff doesn't necessarily have a relationship that goes back years, but they're on him.
Lot of people think he's the top player coming out of Colorado -- not a deep state for football talent, but has produced some good players here and there ...
If Hoke had walked over the Rockies like he talked about, he could have done an in home visit with the kid on the way.
I can confirm, Willingham has never visited College Station.
Here's his rivals profile:
He's a big kid!
After clicking on his rivals page I noticed he goes to Denver-Mullen, which is a top notch school that yields alot of FBS players. I know they have a great QB recruit next year in Cyler Miles, who had a good showing in San Antonio at the Army All-American combine. I hope this puts us in the good graces of Mullen's coaches and prospects.
I live in Colorado Springs and Denver Mullen has an amazing football program. They are coached by Dave Logan, former Broncos player, and they are a private school that attracts the best Denver has to offer. Many of my friends, who have graduated from rival schools, don't appreciate his ability to "recruit," but they do produce most of the top talent in Colorado. If you look at Rivals list of top 20 or 25 players from Colorado, you will find 4 of the top 10 are from Mullen. I would love to see us build a pipeline at Mullen. Dave Logan had good things to say about Michigan IIRC when Watson chose Michigan.
Its nice to hear that Logan has positive things to say about Michigan. I forgot Watson went there. I've been curious to see what Hoke will do with Watson this year. I wonder if he plans on sticking at DE or a possible move back to TE giving our lack of depth there.
IIRC, this is the school that produced Steve Watson.
I saw that video of him on Rivals. I want him in our 2012 class. I'm not sure if Hoke and Co. goes after him since he is listed as a dual-threat. FWIW, I thought he threw the ball really well, but I'm no scout.
This is crazy, at this point getting anyone to visit is difficult. Especially committed top talent. Its amazing that these kids are from Texas, Cali, and now Colorado visiting. The net is large. I think we can expect a couple other huge names in the next week.
I'll take lots of very solid and exciting *3 and *4 recruits when we are in therory supposed to have a decimated recruiting class, a better than mediocre season next year, and a stellar recruiting class from the upswing.
Work your magic Hoke!
I just spoke to his coach who wasn't 100% sure yet if the visit was on. I'm supposed to talk to Leilon later today, but here's what his coach said.
He had a trip scheduled to Texas A&M, but one of my assistant coaches told me he cancelled that yesterday to set something up with Michigan. I haven't talked to him about it yet.
The (Michigan) coaches when they were at SDSU wanted to recruit him, but they felt that he was a little bit out of their reach.
Colorado has gotten in late, he's visited ASU, Washington, and looks like he may visit Michigan.
He's an outstanding player, really athletic, great football instincts. He's about 6'3", 230 lbs, strong, great in the weight room. He'll be a really good player anywhere he goes.
Like I said I'm supposed to talk to him later, since he's in school right now. I'll keep you updated.
I hope that we can bring this one in!
my offseason life revolves around TomVH.. thanks once again sir!
I kind of wonder after everything that he has done for my sanity if I should maybe invite him to my wedding in a couple months. without him it seems like I would have more time to fight with the bride. Now I just talk to the computer
We have the offensive players and just need to worry about them transitioning to Borges' offense, keep it up....DEFENSE DEFENSE DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!
This would be great. To bring in him, along with Kelln Jones and Desmond Morgan, would start to establish some great depth at a position of need.
And I will say it, becuase it never gets old, Tom...you are the man.
This would be huge.
Tom You complete me
6'2"/ 240 and runs a 4.6....yes please
Isn't that how the coach in Dazed and Confused described his mother?
Targets (and highly ranked ones at that) are just starting to pop up out of nowhere and showing significant interest...great job hoke. I didn't know he had it like this!!!!
is what we need!
.... how long it would take for some of the elite level prospects to start looking at us after the mattison hire, obviously it didn't take very long.
Daaaaayyyyyuuuummmmm time to GO BLUE Leilon!!!
isn't that steve watson's high school? hook that shit up, watson.
help to this class if we can land him. big, strong and fast. sounds like a few players the ravens have/had....the mattison effect is beginning to take form
He reminds me of Royce Jenkins-Stone watching his highlights and looking at his measurables, except he's got 20 pounds on Royce. Although, Royce could add some weight by the time he graduates given he is a year younger. Both are very athletic and I'd love to see them in maize and blue. Hopefully Willingham has a great visit and flips, we could use him.
This is a very interested development, and a very distressing one for A&M. Apparently Willingham committed to A&M sight-unseen. This weekend was supposed to be his first visit to College Station. If he makes it to Ann Arbor, I suspect the A&M committment isn't worth much.
Talking atmosphere, A & M is basically Michigan State's campus with even less life or energy. Ann Arbor will enchant this guy.
Most of the big land-grant state schools have a similar set-up, but I disagree on A&M having less life or energy than State (or less than Michigan for that matter). I grew up very near to East Lansing, spent four years in Ann Arbor and have been in College Station for four and half. If I had to pick one of those towns to live in, I'd pick Ann Arbor, but my 18 year-old self wouldn't have cared that much. The sorts of places that undergrads frequent are pretty much the same everywhere. CS has better burritos, AA has better pizza. College bars are college bars.
Michigan has a marked edge in architecture over A&M, but how many high school football players really care about that? A&M puts their players up in a private dorm near the stadium, and I think those are a step up from West Quad in most people's eyes. (Note: I love the traditional dorms, lived in MoJo for 4 years, but I think most people prefer something with more space/amenities.)
So, in short atmosphere is overrated. When Michigan goes head-to-head with A&M for recruits, all I hear on TexAgs is "somebody show him the weather report." I guess they think that because they are nattering ninnies about the cold, everybody else is too. I just hope mgoblog doesn't take a similar tone of "well, our college is just so much better than everyone else, I don't see why anyone would go anywhere else." It gets really, really old in a hurry.
Last note: Your argument is that Ann Arbor will blow him away as compared to College Station. The whole point of my post was that he's never even been to College Station (but has a HS teammate there).
No matter, most the buzz on the A&M boards is that he has more or less cut off contact with A&M. Looks like a Michigan/Colorado battle to me.
And the wimmenz? We'll need a full comparison, complete with pictures.
I have a hunch that Hoke is going to turn into a pretty good closer.
Am I off base in thinking he may be a D-end in the future?
I thought of that exact same thing when I saw how big he is already. If he puts on too much more weight he may not have a choice.
Only 4*???? I expected all 5* recruits since Mattison was hired!!
Don't want to get my hopes up but these are the type of players we need. Big, strong and fast! 240 runs a 4.6 screw it my hopes are sky high.
I think you mean Rocky Mountain high. Now I'm in the mood for some John Denver.
i thought hoke might put more of push on defensive linemen since coming in to try and salvage the class. it just seems like this class is made up of a bunch of corners, this 4 star lb would help but are thier any good tackles left ?
I'm going to be stupidly happy if we get him, but I would lie to point out that our current class consists of:
1 Slot ninja
Sincerely hoping for some Hoke snake oil to grab SDSU's QB commit.
maybe we can sway him.GO BLUE!!!
to A2 this weekend??...this would be a HUGE get.....an actual LB thats got size would be nice