Alex Malzone invited to the Elite 11
And The Opening!
How you like me now! Way to go Malzone!
Funny like a clown!???
This kid might end up with all of the stars by the time he is done.
His skills and confidence should grow as he camps with other top QBs, especially with his smarts and competitiveness. He'll gain a lot more than a kid who relies on a big arm.
What happens when Malzone finishes ranked higher than Morris?
Get ready for the "Morris couldn't even beat out Gardner to start in 2014, and Malzone just has that it factor so why waste 2015 with Morris as the starter lets throw away the season and start the Malzone show. He's the future".
Move Shane to wide receiver!!
i could totally see shane morris in an art program in chicago. totally.
Morris can already throw to himself!
Logged in just to +1 this.
for the well deserved honor. He has worked his ass off and is being rewarded for it.
Here's a tweet from Malzone after getting the invite.
@AlexMalzone: Won't be the last time I'm in a good mood driving home from Columbus #GoBlue
No one can dare say this young man doesn't bleed blue!!!
already loving this kid..
By the time this kid graduates from Michigan, he'll have a dish named after him at Pizza House. The Malzone Calzone.
Side note: I can't believe that the players coming in next year and from here on out will be younger than me. I feel old.
Just wait until their kids start getting offers.
Wait till your own kids attend UM, then you'll really feel old--like UnkleBuck.
Dave Brandon has already stolen your idea. Patented it, and took out an endowment to call it the PNC Bank Malzone Calzone.
His team of Meddlesome Minions® would find some way to fuck it up and call it the
"PNC Bank Malzone Cheesy-dough-tacular!" and would only be available west of the Mississippi.
Uh, the kids who graduated high school this year were largely born in the year I graduated high school. You are not old. Hell, I'm not old either.
Kid has slowly but surely won me over. He has "it". Very consistent at winning which is a great trait to have.
Like the Harbaugh "it". I think we are down for some of that in AA.
He's a proven winner with already a few championships under his belt with one more year to go. When I watched his film he didn't necessarily wow me with anything, but he just produces and wins. You need as much of that mentality as possible, especially at qb, to be a winning team.
...is it will give him that much more clout when he recruits for Michigan. It can only help him reel in other top talent around him, which he'll be surrounded by at these events.
Unless we keep losing 6 games a year.
Can we stop with the negativity already? I'm just tired of every thread having multiple comments that basically amount to, "We're doomed in recruiting because we don't win enough." Last I checked, our recruiting the last few years has been pretty damn good, so the comments are without empirical basis that I can see. UM has a lot to offer, and plenty of quality players will sign up based on the education, experience, and, yes, the trust that we will round into shape as our excellent athletes gain experience and years.
If we can land Boykin, Clark and Ty we will be in phenomenal shape on the offensive side of the ball. Throw in a couple 4 star tackles and you have a stud offensive class. I'm still hoping for either Roseboro or Lucien at the end spot and Osa Masina would set this defensive class off! We are in much better position than it appears. Weber and Harris do sting quite a bit with their affinity to our rivals but if we can counter with Ty Isaac and the aforementioned we will be golden. Go Blue!
That is, of course, with all measureables being almost equal. Although we aren't one of the Big Five, I don't think I'd be exaggerating in stating roughly 95% of Michigan h.s. football players,whether they finally decide to reside in E. L. rather than AA, grow up dreaming of an offer from UM. There is obviously the occasional kid, a rarity really, that opts to go out-of-state while holding an offer from either of the two Michigan schools.. ^Ideally, we would fill 90 % of our offer from in-state but, of course, that's not an option. Home grown players understand the tradition and are aware of all the greats who put on Michigan uniforms before they did. They "Get It," especially the OSU game and are able to transfer the honor of donning that uniform to fellow signees from different parts of the country along with the difference between "Michigan effort," i.e., 8 helmets to the ball, the obligations to team and teammates alike as well as the privilege of Michigan. ^ I began watching UM football in '69 and although not certain whether Moorehead was from Michigan, I've had the privilege of watching Leach, Henson and Devin Gardner of course. And although probably a resident of another state in the legal sense, Jim H. spent a great deal of his youth here and definitely shared the same dream. ^I'm certainly proud of the great ones who have played qb at this school and then having gone on to the NFL. I can remember when Danielson stated during a game, "The most certain way to get drafted into the NFL is to start a game at QB at UM." And that was certainly true. Although Bo recruited Elvis and his Heisman winning teammate out of Cleveland, it was Mo who recognized the need for change and even though Denard ran an entirely different offense, Danielson's statement still holds true today. For a period we enjoyed such a glut at that position that even those who had started and later lost this spot to another, we were sending backup qbs, i.e., Dreisbach and Guitterez to the league. These were all great qbs but when watching the likes of Leach, Harbaugh, Henson and Devin, even though his particular teams may have struggled, it was apparent these young men played with a higher level of intensity and that winning for the Maize and Blue was of such paramount importance that whatever, respectively, they enjoyed other than playing QB at Michigan was a far, far distant second. Even while playing injured, DG plays with such a competitive fire one cannot help but admire this young man. We are all aware that this type of attitude becomes contagious and makes good teams great, such as those led by the first three names in the above list. The same intensity with which all these players displayed will be shared by Morris after DG's departure and then Malzone when he takes the reigns which at this point in time appears to be a future certainty. Just as certain as we are that the head man repeatedly tells the team all positions are of equal importance, so too are we aware that he repeatedly takes the QB aside throughout the season and reminds him as he goes so too does the team. Yes, certainly give me the greatest players in the nation but when we have two players vying for a spot on the roster at whatever position, give me the kid who can point to his hand and tell you where he grew up.
Completely agree with you on why we need to identify and get top recruits in-state, including at QB. Not enough talent within our borders to completely stock the team that way, but kids that grew up learning about Michigan Football have a leg up on others that didn't.
Unfortunately, though, we now have a battle on our hands for a lot of the top Michigan highschoolers, as Dantonio and a few other B1G coaches (and Kelly at ND) have been able to take advantage of the on-field struggles we've seen for most of the last half-dozen seasons. When the wins come more consistantly I have no doubt it'll swing back in the other direction some (even though I don't foresee the Spartans going away easy while MD is coaching there).
BTW, Don Moorhead is from South Haven and stayed in the SW Michigan area after his playing days were over, teaching and coaching. I remember reading somewhere that he's now retired, but he had some success as Head Coach at Paw Paw HS for most of about 2 decades, as I recall. He was one of the original "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" that transitioned Michigan Football from Bump to Bo, leading that great '69 team to the Rose Bowl after the famous upset of "unbeatable" OSU.
After posting the above ^^^ earlier about Don Moorhead, I decided to do a search, and found this 2011 "Where are they now" interview and update on MGoBlue.com regarding Moorhead. Very good read on one of Michigan's great QB's:
You make good points, but my god, the punctuation, man. Would a paragraph break once in a while kill you or something?
I was thinking about that last night. With Shane, it was great having him so close to UM because he could seemingly always make it to campus for big events and visits by big recruits. It already sounds like Malzone is willing and able to do the same thing. Hopefully that leads to some good news regarding the targets Malzone mentioned like Boykin, Clark, et al.
Does this mean we can like him now haha??
Here is the Vine of Trent Dilfer apparently delivering the good news onMalzone's Elite11 invite:
This is the corniest thing I have ever seen.
Nothing says "elite" like Trent motha effin Dilfer.
I hope when Manning or Brady retire they take over this camp.
Alex, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful summer.
How many different camps are there before you get to the finals?
Hopefully you can be one of our head recruiters. Let's get this 2015 class rolling again.
Funny how the guy to the left of Dilfer realizes he has a glass of red wine on the table, and tries to subtly pull it out of view of the camera. It's at the very beginning of the video.
At least it wasn't a bong.
The more reps Malzone gets with improved technique, the better his chances of translating that to a game situation. Many kids show improved technique in a camp type setting, but they never really become comfortable with it completely and often revert to old techniques under pressure. Every chance Malzone gets these types of opportunities, where he'll have eyes on him to keep his technique consistently in check, the more likely he'll be able to translate it to the field.
So this, plus the opening, is quite a good sign for Malzone.
Couple questions for those in the know since i haven't followed football recruiting as much as in the distant past.
First, Malzone. Why did we offer a bunch of QB's before him, when this guy basically got down on his hands and knees, bleeding blue for how long, and was indeed very good? Did he just recently get that good, or do we lack qb evaluation skills on our staff?
Second, Ty Isaac (sp?). So to add how frustrating it is to lose Campbell (IMO, not a big loss), probably Damien Harris to our friggin Rival (HUGE loss, HUGE, HUGE HUGE) and Crawford (potential big loss), we are now going after a RB that cant sniff near the top of USCs RB depth chart? What happened when Michigan would land a top 5 RB every other year? Is depth chart in fact the reason Ty is leaving USC, and does anyone know the real reason Harris dumped his lifetime beloved program UM for our rival?
IMO, Damien Harris and Crawford are extremely frustrating because they BOTH grew up HUGE MIchigan fans. How the hell do we have them both committed at one time, then they both decommit and commit to ONE OF THEIR BELOVED SCHOOL's RIVALS!!!! Campbell? HUGE potential but HUGELY overrated. No loss there IMO.
Something is just not right though on the recruiting front. Its not like Michigan has gone 4-9 and 6-7 under Hoke.
1. Michigan went after recruits that many have considered better prospects than Malzone. Particularly early. They swung for the fences, missed on some guys, and came back around and picked up a kid they like. Malzone isn't without flaws. It's not like he's a 5-star no-brainer QB that has no business not receiving an offer from everyone. He's a good QB Michigan was confident would commit, but they wanted to try their hand at a few prospects they had higher on their list. That's how this recruiting thing tends to work.
2. Isaac was 2nd on USC's depth chart, despite being injured to start the spring. He was likely going to be used as a short yardage back as well. But, and you admitted, you clearly don't pay attention to recruiting. Because USC's backfield is stacked. Along with Isaac (a high 4-star by the end), they picked up Justin Davis (four-star) in his class to go with kids already on the roster such as Tre Madden (4 star 2011), DJ Morgan (4 star 2010), and J Allen (4 star, 2011). On top of that, they had Silas Redd, a former All-B1G RB, who was a SR. The team was loaded at RB and Isaac came from a system that was very un-pro-style. He had a lot of feel and technique to learn, even for the RB position, and had plenty of talent around him. He was going to play this upcoming year as well. Isaac is leaving USC because his mom is sick. And Michigan just picked up the top RB in the class last year (making the every other year complaint odd). And Harris had close connections with Borges, and committed early. The kid was a Michigan fan, I would say they were his "beloved program" though, don't confuse the two.
Which you do again in the next line. For not following recruiting, you tend to get plenty of misinformation. Both were fans of Michigan. Crawford's dad was a big fan of Michigan. Crawford was also a fan of ND.
Lastly, look at the recent success of our rivals. MSU just won a Rose Bowl. OSU just went undefeated the last two regular seasons. ND just appeared in the MNC game two years ago. That's what these kids see. Them picking our rivals over Michigan shouldn't exactly be shocking or causing huge outrage. It has less to do with Hoke's record (though the hot seat talk isn't helping him, but that too is beyond just a one year record issue) and more to do with the success of the programs Michigan is directly recruiting against.
This post feels like a troll attempt in many ways though. Because it is filled with misinformation, slights against Michigan, and basically doom and gloom based on a few recruits going elsewhere (which happens at most schools, often times to an even more drastic degree).
Where things are HUGE???
If you just read the CAPITALIZED PARTS!!! it paints an interesting picture.
IMO, HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE RB. USC RB BOTH HUGE. ONE OF THEIR BELOVED SCHOOLS RIVALS! HUGE HUGELY. IMO
It's like the the Hulk turning back into Bruce banner then freaking out back into Hulk mode, and the whole time both personalities are having a stroke.
And now I kind of feel bad about it. What the guy wrote is some sort of poetry. The hidden message, said with power and authority, paints a portrait of strength and resilience amongst the clatter and noise of pessimism that surrounds it. Certainly, it's difficult to muster the appropriate words to overcome the constant doom and gloom, and that causes great emotional swings, but at the end of the day it must be screamed, or else we're all just stuck in the muck that is the surrounding pessimism.
Truly beautiful. I'm so embarrassed I missed it the first time.
We offered a bunch of QBs before Malzone because we have very limited space in our class and the staff wanted to make sure that they got the right guy. If you see the offer list that went out, all of the offers were sent to some of the best players in this class. We only offered Malzone once Nuss saw Malzone throw in person and was sure he was the right guy.
Isaac is transferring because he wants to be closer to his sick mother. He may be buried at the USC depth chart, but I think thats more because the other guys are good and have more experience (although don't quote me on that... i dont know much about the USC guys).
I think we still have a shot with Harris and Crawford. Harris would be a huge get in this class. Crawford we can live without b/c we have recruited DB really well over the past few years, and I'm not a huge fan of Crawford's size (he is quite talented though).
Agree with you on Campbell... I really hope we get Miles Boykin. Dude seems like a beast.
disagreements and second guessing here when it comes to recruiting. But criticizing the staff after one of their commits starts blowing up, a player whose only major offer came from Michigan, you won't see that too often.
Depth chart has nothing to do with Ty leaving USC. His mother (I believe) is sick and so the NCAA granted him a release to leave USC, pending it was not to a direct opponent on USC's schedule. (ND May be an exception; there were talks but it seems like they will not be in contention.)
If he transferred to a school within 100 miles from his home (Joliet, Ill) then he would be eligible to play in '14. If he chooses a school like Michigan, Indiana, etc he would have to sit out '14 and assuming academics are okay, would become eligible to play in '15. He did not redshirt as a true freshman last year at SC so he can burn that in '14 and still have three years of eligibility left.
As far as the depth chart goes, he played about as much at USC as Green and Smith played for us. Not jaw dropping stats but he showed promise at times and certainly has potential. His big knock has always been that he is unusually tall for a RB. At somewhere around 6'3'' he runs high and has seemingly always relied more on his speed than his ability to break tackles. Idk how we are recruiting him but he would make for interesting match ups and could potentially convert to a WR or even a safety. By no means am
I suggesting he will but based off his skill set and our needs we could potentially make that pitch. Most likely he will play RB and compete. That's how we recruited him before.
and doom scenarios ad nauseum if Isaac doesn't commit, those who don't really read the small print in his story, let's try again: It would be a huge deal for him to have to sit a year, which he will have to do if he comes to Michigan. He may love Michigan, he may desperately want to commit here, but he may still choose to go to Illinois so he can play immediately, and has every right to do so.
His visiting (with his family) knowing the sacrifice he'd have to make to commit is a very big deal in itself. He's certainly aware of what all the other recruits and de-commits know about our season, or think they know, and he's seriously considering us anyway. So no flame-outs please if he chooses to be closer to home.
And kudos to him if he decides otherwise.
Illinois is out of the 100 mile range as well. UI is in Champagne, which is more than a 100 miles from Joliet (I believe). I think the only D1s that are within the 100 miles are NW and Northern Illinois. Madison, AA and even ND (possibly, and if he is allowed to consider them) fall outside that range. Unless he chooses one of the two mentioned I believe he will be required to sit the year.
Illinois is MUCH closer to Joilet than Michigan is though. The Illini believe they can get that waiver granted. Also, Isaac has a girlfriend at Illinois.
Of course Illinois is closer. But as far as I know the verbiage in the bi-law is pretty cut and dry. The actual purpose of the transfer is to be close to his mother. Idk if the NCAA would want to begin setting a precedent of concessions because then every athlete who transfers will feel entitled to the same treatment. Correct me if I'm wrong but as it is written the school needs to be within a 100 miles or the next closest university with your area of study available. He can transfer outside that zone but he does so only at the cost of missing the upcoming season. Maybe I am wrong, and I am sure Illinois could try to get the ruling overturned, (as they should) but as it stands I believe NW and northern Illinois are his two options if he does not want to sit out. Dumb rule that I completely disagree with but the NCAA has seemed to have plenty of those lately. Illinois is located in state...they should have the same access as NI and NW.
I've seen it posted that the 100 miles is not a regulation. It's just a guideline so even if IL is beyond that, they still could get the waiver.
1. Malzone did get a later offer, but it was within a week of Nuss watching him throw in person. You have to completely ignore all the Borges offers before that. Nuss only offered players after he saw them in person, and it seems they really liked Malzone once they did get to see him. Yeah they did swing for a couple 5* guys first, but they were in constant contact with Malzone and never not recruiting him well.
2. Isaac was also a true freshman at USC last year. A team that was loaded with highly rated RB players as well. He was injured, and still made the field. As noted, he's not leaving because of playing time, but to be a lot closer to his sick mother.
3. Harris decommitted because Michigan fired Al Borges. As someone in the Recruiting thread aptly said, "Michigan is far better with neither Borges or Harris than they are with both of them." We're also still in the top 3 for him, the top 5 for Mike Weber despite Borges pretty much abandoning him as a recruit, and the top 3ish for Jacques Patrick. The fact that they're doing that well despite the lack of recent success is actually phenonemal when you think about it.
The only school that gets top 5 RBs every year is Alabama, and when you win a National Title every couple of years, that kind of makes sense.
if you look at the comments coming out of recent camps and his invitation to the Opening. He had few big offers before so to say Michigan missed on him or missed by not offering sooner ignores that Michigan was still ahead of most teams for a guy who is really moving up the boards.
I've said it a few times and I will make the statement again, he'll end up pretty highly ranked by the end of senior season. I'm not really a star chaser, just a feeling I have.
This can't be true, MSU FANS say the only reason he got a 4th star is because he committed to Michigan. That naturally makes him not Elite 11 worthy like their stud QB from Arizona!!!!!!!!!!! /s
Congrats, Alex! Prove the doubters wrong.
First, congrats to Alex. Seems like a good kid who's on the rise.
Second, have you looked at previous Elite 11's? Usually, a good portion are truly "elite", but 2009 was a tire fire.
- The 2007 group was full of studs - Andrew Luck, EJ Manuel, Blaine Gabbert, Landry Jones, Mike Glennon.
- The 2008 group was also top notch - Tajh Boyd, AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Geno Smith.
- The 2009 group? Well, except for our own Devin Gardner, it's a complete mess: Joe Boisture (MSU, then out of football), Nick Montana (on his 3rd school), Chandler Whitmer (same), Rob Bolden (PSU, then LSU, then basically out of football), etc.
Hopefully Alex can be the best in his class, like Devin was, but have a better, more experience OL to lead us to some more W's and championships.
I commented on an earlier post that I though he was just a depth kinda "dude." Since it looks like I may be eating those words, so I would like them medium rare, with a side of "don't know shit about QB evaluation" fries. What is the soup of the day?
So the Elite 11 is actually the Elite 14?
Big Ten meetings to learn how to count.
Good evaluation Sparty!
Hey Wolverine fans, just wanted to share this video of Trent Dilfer calling Alex Malzone late Monday night notifying him of his invitation to the 2014 Elite 11 Finals. Malzone is 1 of only 18 quarterbacks nation wide invited to the prestigious event. Enjoy and Go Blue!
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