The article is Insider, but it says he's down to Michigan, Iowa, and Auburn.
Alex Kozan has Michigan in his top 3
What if both he and Garnett commit? Would we take both?
7 OL is too many for one class. So I doubt that they would take them both.
Then why will they take both Garnett and Diamond?
The impression that they were thinking about taking them both...?
I believe that TomVH and someone on another site have said that after Garnett, Grant, and Reeves (if all three decided to commit), the fourth player would be a "best available" (and whoever wanted to commit first would get it).
We need to get sa much talent as possible.
Turning Diamond/Kozan away after Garnett commits would be foolish, and I highly doubt the coaches will "bank" the final spot for next year, while telling a top 2012 kid - no thanks. That makes no sense.
Just didn't know that the coaches wanted to take 7 OL.
Why wouldn't they?
Always said that they'd probably only take 5-6 OL.
Yeah, but you can say you want 5/6 OL, as in .. you want to take that many, but when you're filling out a class, and what is in abundance is more OL, you take the extra OL. Especially when you have the depth we do. Heck, Kalis and Garnett might play as a true freshmen, so it's not as if they'll all red-shirt. Some will play right away.
You don't turn away top talent, son.
Agreed. Plus, when a coach says that he'll take x players at a particular position, it usually means he'd be willing to take x+1 guys if good ones are available and it doesn't take the spot for another position.
yes we do,a few will red shirt anyways plus having 4-star kids as 2nd and 3rd stringers is always a good idea
I disagree. Michigan needs a big class just to fill holes on the 2 deep. Without this class they'll only have 8 scholarship linemen next season. They graduate at least another 4 after next season.
I think 7 is fine, but I didn't know that the coaches wanted to take 7. I thought that they were always set on just taking 6.
247 reunion at mgoblog :D. I think CB, WR, TE should be adressed before taking a 7th OL.
Yeah, I'd rather take care of more pressing needs before an extra OL.
Yea, me too .. but the most pressing need is OL.
Have you seen our depth?
Have you seen our TE depth?
...and if Grant commits, that gives us 3.
3 TEs in one class is a very nice haul.
If Aj Williams will stay at TE, so if Grant doesn't commit, that gives us 1.
Yeah, need help there too.
I would rather take another DT than a TE, but the coaches have a plan, and that plan doesn't seem to have them pressing for any DTs right now.
It's strange, but I'm going to trust the coaches on that one.
The notion that even though there are 3 Dline coaches on the staff, and the fact they they are currenty not recruiting any DT's, and haven't for a long time even though they supposedly need them by all the internet experts is kind of funny.
We have Pipkins and two other guys who could easily turn into DTs in the class. Wormley is is 6-4, 260 and Godin is 6-6, 270. I think both can add at least 30 lbs in the next couple of years.
Garnett is announcing first. If he commits, I think we'll then take either Kozan or Diamond, whichever decides first. If Garnett doesn't come here, we'd take both Kozan and Diamond (if they wanted).
Rivals doesn't say this officially but they are the Top3 schools listed. Doesn't Michigan have to take as many quality O-lineman as they can get their hands on?
ESPN just posted the story about an hour ago.
A class of Reeves, Kozan, Grant, and Garnett... yes please and thank-you.
Is that Garnett didn't say a damn thing about his trip to Stanford on his Twitter. Probably means nothing, but he couldn't stop talking about Michigan on his Twitter before/during and after his Michigan visit.
that a normally very well-spoken Garnett suddenly becomes speechless?
We need Magnusson talking to his buddy ASAP!
Joking aside, I think he is all blue.
More than enough...
And when Garnett commits, we all need to thank Erik.
Let's not and say we did: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/etiquette-fans-communicating-recruits
I didn't mean for us all to get together and literally thank him for all his hard work in getting Josh Garnett.
lol - come on, really?
Who wouldn't be awed by the fabulous Stanford football facilities?
Good lineman are the most difficult to rate for the next level, and with the generally high football IQ can play multiple positions we also need real depth in year two. I think we can take all three reeves and wright and be ok. Or one of them and grant.
ON scout west coast analyst Brandon Huffman maintains he is going to Stanford.
say things for years, and they're not always right.
As was said earlier, a huge OL class isn't so much of an issue because the ridiculously small numbers of OL in the previous 2 classes (that are still here, that is) means that some of them will be forced into the 2-deep and not redshirt, which to some extent means the class will be split into two classes, kind of - the true freshman half and the ones who end up as the following years redshirt freshmen.
Having a 7 OL "commitment" class, with the last two being elite prospects represents what I call a hight quality problem. The potential outcomes, none bad, are:
1) A commit, probably someone who feels they are last in the playing time pecking order decommits, opening up a roster spot for a position of need, and getting us to the 6 player "target".
2) One player, likely to be an economics major focusing on the teachings of Adam Smith, understands supply and demand and converts to DT, adding depth at a position thin on numbers in this class.
3) We have a 7 person OL class, chock full of top talent. Half play in 2012 and half redshirt to plump up for B10 play. In 2-3 years we have the best OL in the nation.
Greg biggins over at espn is saying that Stanford is the team to beat now for Garnett. Biggins has a really good success rate when it comes to these things. I really hope he's wrong though. Kozan would be nice to have either way. We just need a decent amount of these kids to red shirt so they can develop and not have to worry about crazy low depth numbers for another 5 years.