What does close mean in this situation?
in town for free camps
What does close mean in this situation?
I hope Bars goes blue. Sounds like he would be a good fit and a more natural tackle than the other recruits.
Doles is more of a center, right? If Bars commits is there still room for Doles?
Yes, Doles is being recruited as a center. It's thought that Michigan wants 3 linemen in 2014 until/unless more spots open up via attrition, so a Bars commitment might prevent someone like Doles from committing. However, recent word is that he's leaning toward Northwestern.
FWIW, I'll have a scouting report on Alex Bars up tomorrow morning.
I was just going to ask you how he compares to his brother.
Short answer: Alex is better.
More details at 7.
but I think the Bars family has shown family ties doesn't mean much. Didn't their Dad play for ND and the oldest brother for PSU? Then Blake came to Michigan.
Here's the skinny from Mgoblue:
"father, Joe, played linebacker at Notre Dame (1981-84), while uncle, Mike, played football and hockey at Notre Dame... is brother of Penn State junior/sophomore defensive end Brad Bars ... grandparents attended Michigan, while grandfather, Douglas Eggleston, played football at U-M."
Another interesting angle is the family lived in Michigan until 2003.
Here is a snippet from a Tom VH Mgoblog interview with Blake Bars back in June of 2011:
TOM: Ok, and to talk more specifically about Michigan how familiar are you with the program?
BLAKE: We lived in Trenton [Michigan] for around 12 years. I went to a Lloyd Carr camp in Wyandotte once, but I can't really tell you much more than that, I was pretty young. We did go up to Michigan last year and took a brief visit. We have relatives in Ann Arbor and we wanted to look around the stadium. We're excited to go back up and meet the coaches and go on a tour.
TOM: Does Michigan have any advantage with all this since you have family there and you've lived there before?
BLAKE: I think my Aunt who lives in Ann Arbor is a pretty good recruiter. She always says that if I come to Michigan she'll have special things for me. She'll bake me cookies and cook for me. I like the fact that my family is there, and my mom's uncle actually played for Michigan, but I'm not sure how much it will factor in.
Quenton Nelson just committed to ND, which makes it their 3rd 4* OL commit for the 2014 class. They took 5 last year and 3 the year before so that could be the end of their OL recruiting for 20014. Either that helps with Bars or it pushes him to commit to ND sooner as there is only one spot left.
Not a big surprise since the kid went to Red Bank Catholic High School and they have Notre Dame's leprechaun on their helmet.
ND will take at least 4 OL and will go as high as 5 ONLY if the fifth OL is 5* OT/G Braden Smith. All the recruits have been told the numbers situation and know that 4 is the magic number. B. Smith (TCU, & ND lead) has specifically been told that they'll reserve a 5th OL spot for him.
FWIW, most of the ND sites expect Bars to fall to them by the middle of the month.
Any reason why after taking 3 OL in '12 and 5 OL in '13 the coaches feel the need to take 4 or 5 in '14? 13 over 3 yeasr seems excessive unless they aren't happy with some of the 12 and 13 recruits already.
ND took 5 OL in 2011: Hanratty (G), Niklas (OT), Hegarty (G), Hounshell (G), N. Martin (G).
Niklas played OLB his first year and was moved to TE last year. Hounshell moved to DL.
So the real haul from that class was 3 OL.
ND took 2 OL in 2012: Stanley (OT), Harrell (G)
So ND took 5 OL over two classes 11 & 12.
ND took 5 OL in 2013 (last year): Bivin (OT), Elmer (OT), McGlinchey (OT), McGovern (G), Montelus (G).
So over the last 3 season ND has taken 10 total OL. That's kinda low numbers wise and I suspect that the reason why they'll do 4/5 this year is to get numbers and competition up to an acceptable level (3 lines deep). They'll probably go light 1 or 2 on OL next year.