I'm glad that all his hard work to get his grades up paid off for him. I think a major factor in his decision was he knew that once he qualified, it would be easier for him to stay academically eligible at MSU instead of UM. Good luck AB, I'd hate to be you coming across the middle with our headhunters looking to lay you out
Aaron Burbridge to MSU
Correct. Best of luck to the kid but he's 6'1'' so I'm assuming he'll be in the slot. He may regret the decision when he is forced to deal with Biggs, RJS, and Mr. Ringer.
No denying it.
I don't see what the problem is with accepting a guy who has borderline grades as long as you keep recruiting other guys and make it clear that you are doing just that. With Stanford off the board, we needed this guy. Right now, our 2013 receiving corps consists of the following:
Rodriguez slot midgets
hypothetical true freshmen who have yet to commit
Jerald Robinson (?)
We'll be fine. He seems like a solid player and will do well at State, but if his academics weren't looking good (a report from a couple days ago said, in short, he would not qualify)...then it's best for both parties to move on. He can follow in the footsteps of other great MSU receivers like Andre Rison and Plaxico. We'll pick up a couple of 4* guys as well and hopefully they don't ever shoot themselves or get their house burned down by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez.
MSU has the same qualifications standards for athletes as we do. A guy who doesn't qualify at UM won't qualify at MSU either, and it's not like they need receivers desperately and we don't. If he commits to you and he doesn't qualify, then you have lost nothing, unless you turned away quality guys to make room for him. It's not like you have to honor the commitment if he doesn't qualify.
You'd have to turn guys away to hold a spot for him, because signing day is before school is out. It's a calculated risk, one MSU can afford to take. And I'm not so sure the standards for the two schools are completely equal. By NCAA definition, yes. But while we take an occasional chance, we're a bit more risk adverse than most. It's like how we COULD take Juco players, but rarely do.
But that assumes Michigan won't land any other WRs this year, when they quite clearly will.
You forgot tacopants
Can anyone tell me his full offer list? Rivals only lists 6 schools but I have to imagine there were more
Since when does Dantonio recruit in state?
Good luck to him. He may not qualigy from what I've read. He was the best WR on our board by some accounts. We need a playmaker or two in this class but I would not miss out on Pimpkins or O'Brien or Wormley or Washington or Day or Shittu in order to take a 2nd tier WR (or a FB for that matter :) ). This game is won in the trenches and we need size up front on defense.
Just because your username is Webber's Pimp, gives you no right to call Ondre Pipkins, Ondre "Pimpkins"
I figured he was going to end up at MSU. Given his purported talent, he would have been offered by us already if there weren't academic or other issues.
He did have a Michigan offer...
Again..He didn't have a commitable offer people. How many times does it have to be said?
Yeah, cuz he hasn't been recruiting at all yet...
Why not wait to see what the coaches have to say at the BBQ. I hope this doesn't turn out to be another Jonathon Hankins situation where we slow play a talented instate kid who plays a huge position of need and ends up playing as a freshman for a hated rival (and yes I realize Hankins issue was not grade related)
Can't speak publicly about recruits until they sign an LOI. And they won't comment at all on this recruit if he signs an LOI w/MSU. Speculation will rule the day on this one.
I think Madaris might drop at the BHBBQ. I don't see him going to MSU and ND seems to have other guys they are waiting on. Madaris and Burbridge seem interchangable to be and I'd be just as happy with Monte.
I really wanted Burbridge, but I thought he recently mentioned that UM was not recruiting him aggressively. Maybe it was acedemic concerns, maybe it was something else the coaching staff didn't like. I also wanted Lucien last year, but what do I know....
hope he does well and makes it in. Was really hoping he'd come to M
if you preferred him over payton, then i can understand but that is who tom is referring to.
Congrats to him, hopefully he'll be able to get his eligibility worked out. Next!
Interestingly, Rivals has him listed as a "Soft Verbal".
Anyway, this is disappointing, but good luck to him.
...allow me to reinterpret this news as if (1) Aaron had been an OSU target and (2) it was being reported on Bucknuts:
"Burn in Hell Burbitch! Traitor! I always knew that kid was no good, ever since five minutes ago, when he committed to another school. Doesn't matter, I heard from my uncle's brother's roomate's best friend that Dorial Green Beckham is all Scarlet & Gray. sCum blows! Tressel for AD!!!!!"
That is all
good for him. Hope he gets his grades in order, and wish him luck outside of UM game.
no BBQ meat for AB
Good luck to him at MSU, I wish him the best (except for when he's playing UofM, of course). I hope we can pull in one or two equally talented receivers.
to Aaron Burbridge and congrats to MSU on keeping him in-state.
On the other hand, the season is long and if Michigan gets on a roll, Sparty tanks and Aaron gets his grades up you never know what might happen.
Good god, that sounds exactly like MSU and OSU. Please don't sink to their level.
I thought it was a very reasonable comment.
"Anytime you beat out OSU, ND, UofM, etc. it sends a message nationally that MSU WILL stay atop the B1G for years to come"
Love to have had him, a nice get for the Spartans (assuming he makes it to campus). But we really wanted him to keep the recruiting avalanche crushing MSU going. If AB changed his mind in time, we'd take him back. But recruiting is a numbers game, and we'll have our numbers. We just wanted to take one away from Sparty.
I would have loved to get Burbridge because he's a great WR, but the reason he was number one for me was because we would have taken him from MSU. That would have been sweet.
Scout is reporting that MSU also gets a commit from OH DB Jermaine Edmondson today. He also had offers from Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue, Louisville, and the MAC.
I would have loved to see him in the winged helmet, damn. Only soy dogs and veggie burgers for you, Burbridge! Don't even look at the cheese either...
Howeva,this weekend might just provide oppurnunity for another...hmmm!
Payton make it for the bbq.
FWIW: Take it from a two time grad, MSU is a pretty good school with good people, but it definitely doesn't carry the weight of Michigan. Not even a contest. Living out of state for 8 years, you'd be surprised how many people would assume Michigan when I said Michigan State. Outsiders who aren't into sports don't know Michigan State generally. Michigan is all they know, everybody knows it, and it has real power. It is truly a global degree.
For the purposes of AB's committment, my point is pretty meaningless. It's a big choice for a kid, and he won't suffer by graduating with a Michigan State degree at all, except for the opportunity cost of it not being a Michigan degree. Plus they are in a good place program wise thanks to that dorky Dantonio. Rest assured Michigan largely recruits itself. Over the long haul if Hoke keeps recruiting to this level, the program will win big if he and the staff are even moderately competent as coaches
wake me up
on signing day
gah double post
but still. it seems with this many major recruits commiting early to various schools the dominos could fall on signing day