Does the coaching uncertainty have a negative impact on some recruits? Sure it does. But when Blake Countess committed to Michigan earlier this week, he joined Desmond Morgan as two recruits who clearly were looking beyond the coaching staff. And now we have this article from the Baltimore Sun's recruiting reporter, Matt Bracken in which Countess confirms that his choice was all about Michigan, as in the University of Michigan.
The main criterion for the four-star prospect and Reisterstown resident was simple. “I was looking for a school with a degree that meant something,” Countess said Saturday. “Michigan was always on my list. [Wolverines wide receivers] coach [Tony] Dews told me he was going to keep pushing for me to get an offer from the coaching staff. It finally came midseason. They wanted to see some senior tape. But it finally came around midseason, and that's all she wrote.”
"Nobody really knows if [Rodriguez is] going to be there next year or not, but going into this process, [I knew] college football coaches come and go. That's just how it works. My dad told me whenever I got a new offer that I should pick a school based on where I'd want to be if I wasn't playing football. [He said], ‘That's where you're going to be happiest.' With Michigan, I'm hoping Coach Rod is going to be there. If not, I picked a school that I like no matter what.”
The article contains the same video that appears in Tim's "Hello" post, but here you are just the same.