I'd say it's still a longshot, but the chances are certainly a lot better now than they were a week ago. Really tough to pull big-time recruits from the West Coast, especially this late in the game, but hopefully he sits down with Mattison and goes over some Ed Reed highlights.
ACE: Shaq Thompson Taking Official Visit to Michigan
He's big enough that by the time he gets here he could be playing SS or WR. Have you heard what he wants to play yet?
what incredible news. Great work Ace. Hopefully, he falls completely in love with the program. Getting him on campus is a great start. Now only if Yuri would join him on that visit.
OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!
On our team right? I hope not...
Thought Sam said we were not an option?
Sam Webb is usually pretty money with his info—and I haven't listened to his latest recruiting segment yet, so I think I missed him discussing Thompson—but I doubt Shaq would be using an official on anyone if he wasn't at least considering the school.
Sam has implied that he has doubts that they will schedule him on a game weekend.
Ace -- any idea on whether the coaching staff prefers Thompson or Yuri Wright, or whether it'd just be a case of "whoever commits first gets the spot"?
At this point I'd have to feel they would take both unless we only had one spot left. You don't turn away that kind of talent.
Man, that's a tough call. Probably too tough to call. It'd be a huge upset to get both in this class (though I'm sure the coaching staff would take that in a heartbeat), so I'll take the easy way out and say it would be whoever committed first.
Unless the coaching staff is looking at Wright as a safety instead of a cornerback, it shouldn't affect each other. Thompson is definitely a safety though.
If they get him on a visit with yuri wright and stefon diggs, there will be more defensive back talent in the stands than on the field. If they get one or two of those guys, we could be looking at one of the best defensive back classes of all time.
Diggs is most likely a WR, not a DB.
...and is almost certainly going elsewhere.
What about, what he and Blake countess were talking about on twitter? Sounds like they wanna play together
Ace, any word about Sam Weeb stating we are in Diggs top 5? Just some rumors maybe?
Like I've said elsewhere in this thread, Sam Webb is plugged in and I trust what he says. I'm just trying not to get too excited about five-star recruits (I know, this thread is not exactly helping the situation) until there's something more concrete than a "maybe we're in his top five."
There is no maybe about it. He did the work in the classroom to the satisfaction of Hoke and Co. and they are recruiting him again. He has always been interested in Michigan. They just weren't recruiting him. Hopefully it isn't too late in the game to make up the time lost.
Hm, hadn't seen that. Still think Diggs ends up elsewhere, but at least there's a connection there.
I realize that at 22 years old, I will shortly be in an old people home. I also realize that I'm biased because I don't use social media. Having said that, what in the holy fuck is going on in all of these twitter conversations I see you guys posting?!? I can't understand anything. Is it English? Some sort of new secret language?
I need a translator everytime someone links to twitter. The King's English is dying a slow, utterly agonizing death at the hands of gossiping teenagers on the Internet.
Thank God I'm not the only one who can't decifer that schit!
One of the worst traits of Twitter is that it is slowly disintegrating the English language becaucse people have much more to say than what you can in 140 characters. I do think Twitter is a fantastic tool to get information, but there are certain things that bother me, that being number one.
and the propensity for autocorrect to fuck up what you were typing.
More good stuff to obsess over
I know it's probably a dream scenario, but a DB haul of Shaq Thompson, Yuri Wright, Terry Richardson, Jarrod Wilson, Allen Gant, and Anthony Standifer would be tremendous!
Don't forget Jeremy Clark the worlds tallest safety. Clark looks to be about 6'5'' to me
Wow, this is awesome news! Getting 'em on campus is the most important step!
This guy is awesome and would be a huge pull. Do your work, Mattison.
Yeah yeah, but what about McGary?
What is up with Jordan Payton's twitter account? Is he just having some fun with MICHIGAN fans tonight?
Looks like it. I'd be pretty shocked if he spur-of-the-moment announced his choice at 8 pm (his time) on a Tuesday via Twitter. Guessing that little teaser is his hint that he'll be announcing soon.
MOAR DEFENSIVE BACKS!!
Sam Webb did a piece on GBW saying that Diggs is picked his grades up and put Michigan in his top 5, putting Michigan into a good position with him. The tweets between him and Countess are pretty interesting. Maybe things have changed this week Ace, do you know anything about his.
As for Diggs, a zero chance with him is now nonzero. That doesn't mean we have a great chance, but we could get him on campus now...which would be a small victory.
This. For people talking about Diggs and potentially being in his top five, it means Michigan now has a shot, but until he gets on campus I wouldn't get too excited.
Think I will go with Webb on this one. His track record speaks for itself.
yet inside I'm doing this
If good news comes out during the day, I do that on the outside until it starts creeping out my classmates.
Every time I see your avatar,I have to pause for a second.
That my friend is Michigan Football!
Alright, apologies if I didn't get to everyone's questions, but now that it's pretty clear Payton isn't making a sudden announcement, I'm off to bed. Gotta finish FFFF in the morning.
Payton, Diggs, and even Shaq Thompson talk, all after 11:00pm? I'm gonna have to stick that Powerball tomorrow, because getting up for work is becoming ridiculously difficult.. Holy Buckets this place is addictive.
I can't wait to see what mattison does when he has the safeties he recruits in his system. Imagine a safety with Jordan's instincts and a blue chip athlete.
True. After that imagine the same safety, but without every play getting past the linebackers.
I know, right? Please clean up after yourself.
I dream I could be a fly in the future of the Fort Schembechler. The imagination of watching 1 on 1 drills with Devin and Shane throwing with receivers like Payton, Diggs, Darboh, Funchess, and Treadwell against Yuri Wright, Shaq Thompson, Terry, Standifer, Clark, Dymonte, Wilson, and Gant. While in the trenches Magnuson, Braden, Kalis, Stacey, Bars, and maybe Garnett versus Wormley, Godin, Pipkins, Strobel while the Michigan drill consists of Brionte and Rawls going against Royce, Bolden, Ross, Jake Ryan, Morgan, Mario .... I'm going to sleep good tonight.
I just sharted! That is great news! I am off to Iowa in three more days. I am currently living in Nebraska and will be very happy if we beat those two. This news is icing on the cake.
Not going to get my hopes up for it. But if somehow Hoke could pull the magical, this would be a huge land! I would love to see him with the Maize and Blue
Michigan and Notre Dame are the only two eastern schools he's considering, so if he's taking an official, that's huge. Once you get him on campus, you never know what could happen...
ESPN lists Shaq's official visit to Ann Arbor for 11/25/11 (day before OSU)
So, Shaq Thompson is taking a visit, and Greg Matteson is one of the best recruiters nationally. I like our chances.
Jordan Payton is deciding soon, Yuri Wright has us in his top two, Stefon Diggs just named us in his top 5, and we're in the running for another elite lineman.
If Payton wanted a fab 5 to commit to Michigan with, the above scenario sounds pretty good to round out the class to me.
Shaq, Yuri, Payton, Diggs and anyone else would be a pretty awesome Fab 5. If the anyone else is Banner, Garnett or Dunn, we'd be challenging for the top M class ever.
And we would win lots of national championships.
It's news to those of us unwilling to pay for Rivals. If Ace can get info from the horse's mouth within 24 hours of it coming out, that's fine with me.
No doubt spots are being opened for recruiting needs.
If Shaq comes to Michigan, I will forgive myself for being a virgin.
You may want to check your scales unless you are in high school.
I report and do some other editing for a local-DC Sports site here called DCSportsFan.com, so I know and have talked to these guys. Irregardless of whether Diggs gets into Michigan it is critical, nay ESSENTIAL that Michigan's coaches and staff becomes familiar with Blake Countess's former school. It is a football factory.
This year alone, they are producing probably 8-10 D-1 prospects (including 5-star Diggs and 4-star Wes Brown) and next year they have WR Kendall Fuller, Digg's younger brother and a slew of other talent coming up.
Young men go here to play football at a high level -- and they learn from one of the best. This program is on-par with the best in Florida, Ohio, maybe Texas. You wonder why Blake Countess is balling right now as a true freshman? It is because everyday in practice he played against Diggs (best overall player in MD LAST year)--his friend and competition. And he got coached up too.
I don't know if Diggs is going to come or not but establishing that connection, with Countess last year, was key. I did talk to Wes Brown two weeks ago and he mentioned Michigan in his top 7 or 8 -- which is a direct result of Countess being there for homecoming (Michigan bye week).
Both those guys are unreal. Diggs - you have to play him at WR in college and the next level. Too dynamic and explosive with the ball in his hands.
Let's see what happens.
This seems like a good post to me, but I have to question your credibility when you say you're an editor and then start your next sentence with Irregardless...
If we can establish a pipeline with this school, we'll consistently see top classes. They produce a lot of prep talent year in and year out. Best in the Mid-Atlantic.
Thanks for the great news ACE!
Thanks for the great news ACE!