Thought I'd mention it. I just availed myself of 24/7 and suddenly noticed a bunch of insiders making crystal ball projections of Hand to Alabama. Like...a lot. AT first I thought nothing of it, as three of the insiders were from the same Bama website, but a couple other insiders chimed in on it as well. All of this in the last hour. The reasons for this would be speculation on my part, so I won't bother. Link: http://247sports.com/Player/DaShawn-Hand-16094/PlayerInstitutionPredictions
Abrupt Shift in Crystal Ball projections for Hand (To Bama)
I just can't take his academic preference rhetoric seriously if he considers Alabama, let alone goes there.
I've learned to never take it seriously when a prospect says academics are a top preference. They all say that.
And on that note, though not on the same topic, DeShone Kizer (2014 QB from Toledo) just committed to ND.
Ohio State is running out of QB prospects. Urban is going to have to start looking at some prospects that "just aren't a good fit for Ohio State".
will just flip them all!
Mike Farrell tweeting today about feeling Hand to UM...I'll take that over the Crystal Ball any day. The guy is usually right and seems to only speak when he has extremely credible info.
For the record, I'm aware of that: I'm not saying he's wrong, I'm not saying the sky is falling, I'm not saying he's going to Bama. I simply thought this was of note. It simply seemed like an anomoly, six predictions that way in the last hour. It WAS the sort of strange, en masse shift that preceded Chase to Michigan. People can take it entirely for what it's worth.
Of course. Btw, I didn't take your post as the sky is falling. I agree, the predictor tool is of note. But just saying...I have no insider info or anything, beyond the recruiting sites, but Hand just feels UM-bound, even if it is still a process. Reminds me of Derrick Green, post his visit.
I think he only seems UM-bound is you're plugging your ears and going LALALA. Not saying he's not, but I think at best it's been like 51/49 Michigan v VT and now 6 insider guys all picked Bama within an hour or two of each other. Obviously there is some new information out there leading people to think he's going to Bama
If Bama calls, people are going to listen. We're fooling ourselves if we don't think this will be a competition until the very end for the #1 recruit in the nation. I mean, what the hell did we expect? We can't be DB's like Ohio State fans who can't seem to fathom that there would be other programs that top recruits would be interested in besides theirs.
and going in the first round, it is very difficult to not consider Alabama,very striongly, whatever we think of Saban. In fact, from a football ONLY perspective, it's tough to argue with them.
I have to disagree. He had an amazing visit to UM, said UM has his favorite coaching staff, raved about the food in A2 (and he's said in numerous interviews that will be a factor) and fully said he's looking at sports management after having met the dean of that program at UM (therefore, essentially dropping engineering). It's not ear-plugging as much as an educated guess. As far as VT, they don't have his preferred major, and he has said that's a major factor. Which is why I've personally felt confident. Not saying he's a lock, but post Hand's visit, I felt more confident about him than even Peppers after his.
that most of us tend to only read Michigan blogs / boards / forums and perhaps only really listen to 'insider info' we want to hear and thus get a very rosy outlook on a lot of guys. Maybe it's just me, but I'm not reading posts on all the VT and Bama boards where they are probably about equally as optimistic as we are.
So no doubt, Hand has said a lot of great things about Michigan. But I'm sure a few other teams have pretty rosy quotes they're drooling over as well
Mike Farrell knows,plus when was the last time HAND mention bama?
I still love the reaction when OSU is mentioned
I said this in the other thread and was flame-baited to death but VT is no longer in the running for his services. He told Bud Foster this today. He is focusing on Michigan, Florida, and Bama. Hence, The reason for the Michigan/Bama speculation. I know this because I have a friend in his "inner circle" who told me this.
Yeah, I'm not sure what that whole response was all about before. HOWEVA....do you think it's a good thing for Mich that VT is out? I know he's been to Bama once and it looks like he's planning another visit for late in the summer.
From what I hear he truly has no idea where he wants to go. I think it is going to be a hard battle with Bama for his services but do think we come out on top.
I led that charge in the other thread, and I mentioned this there, but I'm sorry about that. We've had a lot of people come through who claim to be insiders, make a prediction, and then sit quietly to see whether they should gloat about that prediction or fade away without anyone noticing. My sense is that you aren't one of those guys, and I wouldn't have been such a dick earlier if that had been my impression then. Sorry about that.
A question: By any chance, are you the guy who posted on Eleven Warriors about being with Hand (and wearing maize, I think) when he visited Columbus?
Not sure which visit you're talking about, but there's a different guy who posts here who said he was with Hand on his first visit to Ohio and I think also his visit to Mich.
Edit: His username is Canzior, and he provides good info on VA prospects.
Yeah he is my friend and who I got the info from. Please don't use this beyond info only as I got a little excited and took that information as only good news... without seeing the possibility of Bama being a strong contender.
No problem. I knew after I posted that many would think I was full of shit. I didn't want to divulge any more info on how I knew because I didn't know the whole story. It is funny that you apologized (with one p) after I said you would in the other thread. Haha! I would call BS on that as well with the background I gave. No hard feelings!
The check must have cleared.
Taking my post seriously is probably just as unwise.
If I saw a poster on RCMB or a guy on Twitter saying the same thing about one of our recruits I wouldn't take it as a joke.
I get the sense that agreeing with you right now, is unwise... But I totally am.
How and why do you have points? I know you're probably just using this account so people won't start wondering which other new account is yours but I'm watching you for the sake of the board and I will find your other accout.
/Man of Steeled
That is one first rate Indiana Jones reference right there
Poor guy. I really feel for you. You really must have nothing else going for you if you are spending all your time trolling a college football message board.
You're still here? Mods sleeping or what?
Are you looking for a rake fight or something?
Bama knows to always use cash. Checks are for amateurs.
you know Saban's good for it. Dude had a lighthouse for crap's sake.
But he is not. The 247Sports predictions seem to change all the time based on any little infor or interview. But they seem to only be really accurate right before a player is about to announce. If I remember correctly, most insiders had Winovich going to OSU until 24 hours before his announcement. Still a long way to go in this recruitment.
Hand is going to be courted to the end. Take it in stride - there's a long ways to NSD.
JC Shurburtt, 3 'Bama Insiders, 247's national director of scouting, and a guy from land-grant holy land who I thought was not completely full of shit. All this afternoon.
That is a little concerning. But offset a bit by Mike Farrell. I'll resume a 50/50 assumption
Gerry Hamilton troll so hard. I wouldn't read too much into it.
I see it as one guy at the Alabama site feels confident about Hand (who knows if it is real sources or just a feeling from an interview), and the rest of these guys are just piggybacking off it. The Ohio State blogger doesn't have any inside info here, and that is what makes me more confident that this is just a bunch of people jumping on the bandwagon of someone else's lead.
Might've mentioned they could be his new leader or something. This happened right before Winovich committed, a whole gaggle of people predicted Michigan out of nowhere within 12 hours. I'd guess there's some legs to this
we started that and it was pretty obvious conclusion: no OSU visit means they're out and the Pitt stuff was obviously crap.
I posted this at our site, but will share that I know why JC/Bama guys switched their picks, but am keeping my pick for Michigan.
Can you tell us then? Or link us? That'd be great.
he'd be happy to