Per MGoBlue, all letters are in. (insert dancing.gif)
*LsOI or LOIs? Don't matter because Michigan Football is baaack.
POGGI IS IN
will we get a last minute addition ??
No news about any surprises out there and even mgoblue.com had 27 spots on the tracker thing. Looks like 27 it is.
It does not appear he has signed his LOI to NC State according to their Scout board
EJ Levenberry has yet to sign him LOI.
On to 2014.........
Congratulations young men! Go Blue!
Congrats to the coaching staff on another great recruiting class. And congrats to each of the recruits. We all look very forward to seeing you in your new colors.
Seriously hate seeing people insult high school kids who are making one of the most important decisions of their lives.
there's a straw man!!! Let's go get him!!!!
C'mon, you know how these things work—all the a-holes are now going to be saying that they knew he was Blue all along, and he's a quality young man, and when can they buy a jersey with his name on it. If he has a great game against OSU, they'll be naming their first-born sons Henry and wanting his autograph.
Robert's a nice name. What's wrong with that?
Desmond Carter, to be even more true to the WR position, and for the same reason you alluded to: an epic win (1991 vs ND).
Problem is he's way too big to be a WR -- probably a OG/OT.
It'll be a good story should he ever make it as a commit.
Poggi the doggie!
...still redeem yourself by naming your second born "Denard."
do that. Unless you want your first born to run away or something...
The first time you handed him a bowl of cereal, he would drop it, but then he would pick it up and run into the other room before anyone could catch him.
This is why its always better, as a fan base, to remain silent when there is percieved recruitment drama out there. These are huge decisions for these young men. They don't need random twitter/internet guy getting personally offended at what they decide to do with their life, then only to have random guy assail them on twitter or post their angst on the message boards. You can be disappoointed or worried or whatever, but this is Michigan, fergodsakes, show some composure and keep it to yourself.
I have to say though, I was secretly wishing that Leon McQuay III would abandon the shrinking USC class and switch to UM. I know, it wasn't going to happen - but a guy can still dream.
I don't envy fans who are waiting around to see if some big-time guy is going to commit. It's very nice to have everyone in the bag.
27 guys delivered on their commitment.
Time for S&C to turn them into beasts and the staff to pursue 2014 full-bore.
Upon a bit of reflection, it's astounding that Coach Hoke's staff identified 27 young men who were able to make and carry out this sort of commitment without any NSD drama. Not a single last-minute change of heart. Not a single drama queen (like the whole T-Peezy bushwa). I wouldn't necessarily fault a kid for a last-minute change of heart since they're kids and choosing a school is - for most of them - the biggest decision they've had to make in their lives. But to have 27 kids raring to go and sending in their commitment faxes before noon (lumping in the early-enrollees here)?
It may seem a bit trite, but I hope this quiet show of commitment and integrity is an indication of the overall character of this class. I'm strongly inclined to believe so.
Sorry for the double-post, but the first click generated a "504" message.
Here's a kitten on a boogie board as my way of saying sorry:
It's a special occasion. Pos bang me with the lights on.
to all these young men on the wonderful opportunity of which they've taken advantage. They've just committed to a top-notch education and support system, and I'm looking forward to their development as representatives of our great university and as young men in society.
B GUD @ FUTBAWL PL0xz
I just busted out laughing in the middle of class and my professor stopped and stared at me. Damn you and your .gif!
...and I like it this way!
No signing day drama except for Urban Meyer having a great finish: this is one of the most anti-climactic NSD's I can remember.
Great finish indeed for Ohio State.
Rivals has them at #1, over Alabama and Notre Dame. Michigan is at #6. Anybody care to make the case that Rivals' methodology for ranking is flawed?
Scout has it: 1. OSU; 2. ND; 3. Michigan...
247 Sports: 1. Alabama.... 4. OSU... 5. ND... 8. Michigan
Well good morning Miss Upton.
How DO you do?
... yeah this is my favorite gif
By getting the Greek Chicken Pita special at Greek Fiesta....same way I would have drowned my sorrows if Poggi Rolled with the Tide.
I got it, it was good
Good 24 hours! Go blue
that was amazing.
"Things that will never happen to you in real life" for $300, Alex.
Hoke and staff are building something special at Michigan. It's really more a fraternity of like-minded men than a football factory. Let the bonding and building begin!
I find myself most interested first,in our defensive line prospects. And even though we got three, it feels we needed one more, but this could be due to impatience.
Second, I find myself next intererested most in the wide reciever prospects, as I'm counting the days until I see the 1 jersey re-emerge, and that day cannot come soon enough.
I hope the number 1 jersey is banned because of all the controversy and angst I has caused, and then 10 years from now a walk on freshman with the number 12 and a deep love for Michigan plays his way into the lineup by and lights the record books on fire. He then blows up in the Ohio game and on a fourth and goal from the 15 he catches a crossing route and fights his way into the end zone, getting the 2 ripped off his jersey in the process. The #1 returns.
That would be tooooooo Awesome
You are forgetting one obligatory aspect of Disney movies: over coming racial tension.
P.S.: I hope #12/1 has a real girlfriend.
The 1 jersey isn't what caused the angst you're referring to... it was Rodriguez and/or the priors who didnt know/communicate the tradition we have. This time around, when the 1 jersey returns, Im pretty confident it will coincide with the general acceptance that the real Michigan is back.
to the Mod who keeps negging anything I post, go F yourself... Ive contributed plenty to this site, and its BS the crap you pull.
First rule of mgoblog moderating . . .
If the mods wanted to neg you, you would be entering CAPTCHAs right now.
You talkin' to me? I ain't doing nuthin' of the sort.
there seems to be some confusion about "posters who hit a button that says moderate" and "moderators".
Easiest way to tell: if you have an account capable of posting, haven't had a drastic change in MGoPoints and can do all of the things your point count allows you to do, you haven't drawn the attention of the moderation team/site staff. If you have posts labeled -1 Trolling or +5 Funny or whatever, you've posted something that other users have shared an opinion on.
A nice quiet little signing day. In your face workplace productivity!
This may be the dumbest thing I've ever seen but it appears to be applicable. Sorry in advance.
Celebrating with some Red Stripe!
Today is Bob Marley's birthday! One Love
Then let me at least give you the correct title.
well thank the lord. here's to a guaranteed top 10, and hopefully top 5 class. let's relax for 24 hours and then we can start panicking about the 2014 guys tomorrow.
Press Conference at 2pm.
I like this - 27 letters and all before lunch. Indeed, 21 of them before 9 AM. A great class and an excellent job by Hoke and the staff in bringing this group into the Michigan program. The fact that all of them seemed so eager is evidence of how hard this staff works as well as evidence of how well they represent Michigan. That leaves a little time to maybe consider working before Hoke's 2 PM press conference. Maybe.
the work part
I don't mind the (relatively) quiet NSD. Now, on to this newfangled work stuff.
is OSU getting Von Bell from seemingly out of nowhere, especially on the heels of landing Dontre Wilson yesterday. I'm not going to lie, the only thing limiting my long-term optimism of the Michigan football program right now is Urban Meyer. The combination of Meyer being such a good in-game coach and excellent recruiter means that Hoke and Company really have their work cut out for them in terms of finding a way to beat those guys regularly.
From a talent perspective, the recruiting strategies are clear - Urban will take a little more risk on character than Hoke if it means getting the 5 star prima donna out of the South to pick the OSU hat on signing day. Hoke will sacrifice a little bit of talent for the certainty that comes with having good character guys and a class that won't de-commit in waves.
As a fanbase, we have to hope that Meyer gets burned a few times by some of the higher risk guys he reaches for, so that in a given year, the talent that actually lines up on the field is pretty similar between the two teams. From there, it just becomes a matter of who can coach up good talent better.
I can tell you that as much as I like Hoke, I'd still rather be sitting on OSU's side of the rivalry right now. Hindsight may well prove that OSU benefited from the Tressel scandal because of Meyer's availability. This is why I hate the NCAA - they allow a program of questionnable ethics to replace one dirty coach with a better, more driven dirty coach without any questions whatsoever.
3 four stars and 1 five star in the last week. He has mastered 1/2 of recruiting - persuading kids to believe his spiel (other 1/2 is proper evaluation).
Agree with your points about the bar being raised very high for Hoke. Our class is deep and very solid, but we need a top 5 class every year to match Meyer's talent levels.
Hopefully his dysfunctional culture approach from UF will surface at OSU with the stars turning into prima donnas and distant recruits simply playing for themselves instead of the team.
Hoke believes character wins on the field while Meyer believes pure athleticism wins. I think Hoke is right but we'll see over time.
Bell wasn't out of nowhere. He had been favoring OSU since last spring, but Bama and UT made a late push for him.
Yeah, their class is awesome. But...we had five losses and they went undefeated and the classes are very close in composite rankings. Ha ha!
Urban had top classes every year at Florida. And look how his post-Tebow time went with all that talent.
he gambled on trey burton and missed. that's about it.
No I think he signed Cam Newton who got in trouble a bunch, went to JUCO to get straightend out/run away, and was left with, well not Cam Newton.
This is an amazing class, and undoubtedly one of the best in school history. Yes, Ohio seems to have a better collection of talent, but we'll see if that translates to wins.
Looking forward to 2014, if Speight is right and they only take 16, we'll have a tough time scoring a top ten class again. We better get damn good Michigan Men to fill those spots!
Class size estimations always seem to increase as time goes on. I doubt it stays at 16.
Mark my words they'll take 25 next year. Don't ask me how, but none of us expected them to take 27 this year. Things just happen.
We'll take like 20-22 after attrition and the regular stuff.
People forget we had high class rankings under Rich Rod that did not translate to wins...it happens all the time...it is recruiting you just never know
The classes RR brought in were not quite on the same level. And early returns suggest we won't be having the same problems of 5* DBs quiting the team because their idea of a work out is sitting on the couch.
he's got his qb again. Not that I looked at their site or anything. Wouldn't be prudent.
This is a great class because it speaks to what Hoke is trying to build. Getting Green was huge ... but Michigan is trying to build the offensive and defensive lines to create the Foundation for the future. Jake Long and Taylor Lewan are just the most recent examples of the Michigan heritage of linemen.
Hoke is all about MANBALL and I really doubt that he and urban meyer share much in common in football strategy or the "type" of player they try to recruit. Fact is that Saban is essentially running a B1G model down south. Big strong offensive lines attract very skilled runners. So now Michigan must prove its ability up front - and "skilled players" will follow.
on the level of the SEC, and Hoke's recruiting seems to be the intersection of talent with character (versus just talent), I think the best we can hope for is a cyclical Alabama model. What I mean is if he stacks the talent through cyclical class sizing, we can contend every three or four years. Kind of like when Bo used to have a building year every three or so.
Clearly Hoke is aiming to be like Alabama in style (where as under Rich Rodriguez we had hoped to be Florida in style and that is where Ohio is going) - big and brutal on the lines / opponents' speedy receivers tossed like ragdolls on their routes ...
And so, four seasons from now, we should be in great shape. 2nd year of Shane, 5th year Senior and 4 year Junior lines. And maybe by then our passing game under Devin and Shane attracts a big time receiver.
Just have to be patient ...
Staggering to think that this staff accomplished this feat when by Hoke's own admission they had a "sh*tty season". Love it. Go Blue!!!
I feel like he should've graduated from Michigan by now.
I just looked at USC's Rivals page and it doens't show anyone signed other than EE. Any chance they lose more recruits?
Now it's time to fill that 2014 class!
E.J. Levenberry hasn't signed his LOI to FSU yet.. Rumors are he is considering Tennessee heavily, though.
Is there any way we can snake-oil him away?
Please don't let him be the new "Stefon Diggs"/"Demar Dorsey" those have gotten beyond old.
This was fun. Anti-climactic, but fun.
...that we would lose only one early commit in this class and land the No. 1 running back in the country. This coaching staff is tremendous.
SIAP and I didn't want to start another thread.
Craziest signing day story has to be Alex Collins' mom stealing his LOI papers because he was going to sign with Arkansas.
I would argue that this is the best thread since at least last night when we edged out OSU. Awesome.
I'm curious, how many decommittments did we have over the course of this recruiting cyle? Conley, I remember, and Dawson did his thing where he left but then came back. Anyone else? Pretty low attrition rate if that was all! :)
And we didn't have a ton of big recruiting misses either: we didn't get Levenberry, McQuary III, or Treadwell but that was about it wasn't it?
Definitely a good signing day :)