Aramide Olaniyan commits to UCLA, per his Facebook status.
"The recruiting process is over! I'm headed to UCLA next fall! Go Bruins"
Say what you will (Facebook creep, invasion of privacy, whatever) but it is what it is.
Damn. Hopefully we can steal Jefferson. Why is UCLA getting these recruits? They are 5-5, 2-5.
Um, we're 5-6, 1-6.
If I were in the top 10 at my position, I wouldn't go to either.
So your recruitment would basically consist of checking the standings each week?
If you visited UCLA you would know. That campus is amazing. Plus the girls, weather, etc.
A better question would be...how have they managed to suck for this long?
Over some of their more overhyped competitors. All that, and smart too.
How have they sucked? Well, they are the distant second sport at their school. And recently, they've been crosstown from the best college football team in the country for the last decade. But before that? Well, they were better...but you got me.
I think he is talking historically, not just recently. Because if you have Troy Aikman, you should be able to recruit some other QB's after him....just sayin'...
At least you're honest.
I figured we were on the outside looking in following his rave reviews out west, but I was hoping we signed him. Hamburgers.
We impressed him enough to get him to publically decommit from Duke when he visited, and a couple months later we're not even in line for a December visit like before and he's committed elsewhere. Curious to know what went wrong here.
...In the Big Ten is what went wrong. When he visited we were looking pretty good as a program and had a very promising season ahead of us. Since then all he's read and seen about Michigan is how much is wrong with our program. Being Michigan, we're gonna get a lot of bad press when we're doing bad. UCLA may be 5-5 but people don't care about them enough to denounce their program on every media outlet every time college football is mentioned, as happens with Michigan.
His visit was for Notre Dame. He was taken in by it all.
He named UCLA his leader middle of last week, I wasn't really expecting him to actually decide that quickly though. He did sound pretty blown away by the visit.
Let's hope we can get Tony Jefferson from them then.
Arrrrggh. Hopefully we can still get another big time DLine commitment.
I think he was a LB recruit. Doesn't matter now though but we need LB more than Dline. Furman, come on down.
You must have been thinking about CJ Olaniyan who is headed to PSU.
if we wouldnt have gone into a tailspin this season, i think we had him. but we did.
Another linebacker prospect off the board. Damn UCLA.
Dear Tony Jefferson, come on down.
I don't think losing out on Aramide is a huge deal. He's an undersized OLB prospect with good speed, but he's not a difference maker in the mold of Josh Furman. Furman is elite and I'll be very disappointed if we lose out on him to VaTech.
Michigan has plenty of solid OLB types in Isaiah Bell, Brandin Hawthorne, Mike Jones, Craig Roh, and Marvin Robinson. What we need is ILB's and at least 1 more top DL prospect.
dont see furman coming here....
again, because what!? he has sounded extremely positive about the chance to play early here.
also...how is he only a 3-star prospect. A linebacker that has reportedly run in the 4.2's. drool.
I can virtually guarantee you that Josh Furman has not run a 4.2 40...because it's practically impossible.
His "confirmed" time is 4.37, which is still probably a little too fast to be believable. I don't know where you get the 4.2 number, but don't believe everything you read on the internet.
The whole, "We didn't get him, he sucks" thing is, in a word, dumb.
Put words in people's mouths much?
That's not what the man said at all.
He just said Furman looks better. I don't know if that's true or not, do you? With HS seniors it's debatable. Who knows. He didn't say Olaniyan sucks though, and pointed out reasons why Furman could be a better fit for us than Olaniyan.
Is that a cardinal sin of some sort?
Olaniyan is better than Furman. Flat-out. Furman is pretty raw. And how is Olaniyan undersized? Furman is about 6'2", 194 and Olaniyan is 6'2", 202.
I wasn't confident about Olaniyan, even after he said he really liked us. But he's a better prospect than Furman.
Ive heard Olaniyan doesn't have the best frame for putting on college muscle (in different articals that i've read). i think thats what he meant by undersized.
although i think Olaniyan is a freak athlete who i am very disappointed we didnt land.
oh well lets push forward and finish strong.
I think they are both undersized but what sets Furman apart from Olaniyan IMO is his elite speed. Furman is also a hell of an offensive player as well.
I'd just prefer to take a versatile OLB/S/RB prospect with elite speed over an OLB whose skill set is built for one position. Michigan is pretty solid on OLB depth, but Furman just brings another dimension to any position he decides to play.
Furman is too stiff to play safety, and we aren't even considering him as a running back. And he really wants to play running back, so if there was any chance we wanted him to play there, we would have told him that already. He basically plays OLB in a 50 defense as a high schooler, so there's virtually no way they would move him back in the defense to safety.
You're not the only one, but I think a lot of people are in love with his speed and don't consider some of his weaknesses.
Him not committing to Michigan is his loss, not ours. Oh wait. Check that, it is a big loss to Michigan.
wears a funny hat and is a master snake oil salesman. He's been slimy every stop along the way.
I'm reserving a special +1 for somebody who can actually spell the last name of UCLA's head coach.
I didn't ask what you drink to forget blowout losses.
That was a very special +1 because I clicked it with a rabbit's foot.
You will have good luck for 5 days, at the end of which you will get H1N1 and be punched in the dong.
I laughed out loud at that, Magnus. Thanks for the midday humor.