My assumption is that checking in with a guy once a week when he's about to make his decision is normal in the industry. I've probably checked in less than most, and haven't bothered him to find out when he's deciding, because he has told me he's not doing interviews until he decides.
FWIW, he has said that he's had almost 100 people contact him within the last two days trying to figure out when he's deciding. I believe me asking him to contact me after he's decided is the least of his worries.
Aquaman, have you always been a semi-recruiting guru, or did you just decide to pick up the torch after TomVH went to the pros?
I've only been doing this for about a month and a half or so. Our site was never originally intended for recruiting purposes...it was only kind a niche that we fell into. Now that we're in there, we're trying our best.
It's an interesting thing to cover; there are some enjoyable parts to it, but there are some huge minuses in doing this constantly too.
Personally, I think it's going to be difficult to win the Reeves battle. When your best friend and godfather are pushing you as hard as they can in one direction, it's tough to go the other.
To avoid a let down, everyone should just believe Reeves=OSU until we hear otherwise.
From a family perspective it will makes sense for him to pick OSU. As much as his mother may have liked Hoke, it'll be much easier for her to hitch rides with "the godfather" to see her son play in Columbus. This may be a case where he picks where his heart leads him, rather than what makes sense. I haven't given up hope, just being realistic.
Yes, the kid who's not discussing his recruitment until after he decides is just dying for attention.
Right. The last-second decision has everything to do with Reeves wanting attention and nothing whatsoever to do with the scandal/coaching overhaul at the school he was committed to up until not long ago.
Reeves went through his process and chose a school and as a result of circumstances outside of his control was forced to rethink that process and start anew, with a much smaller window to do so. Can't blame him for taking all the time he has (not to mention that it really is no business of a fan when he makes his decision)...
armani is not announcing tonight per bucknuts, but will soon.
Since his friend and godfather want him to pick ohio and he still hasn't made a decision I sense he wants Mich and has so far resisted their pressure.Perhaps it's a good sign he apparently isn't deciding today.
I agree. It seems like it's a competition between where he wants to go and where his friend and godfather want him to go, Otherwise, why wouldn't he have already gone to play with his best friend.
"Shifted focus," I would disagree. Assuming the coaching staff sees the same things we do, we really need a center. We can't afford another year without a center, otherwise we'll be starting Khoury (oh god Sugar Bowl flashbacks) and air until a true freshman takes over with no backup. I don't know the depth chart completely (or even what year Khoury is), so I'm not 100% on who our backup is, but losing Molk is arguably the worst to our team by far.
In fact, it doesn't even seem arguable, it seems absolutely certain. When Molk goes out, we suffer, and we've seen the evidence.
This actually frightens me. It's been evident the past 3 years, and that's not just on Khoury.
Indeed. I don't blame Khoury, and maybe he'll improve drastically once he's getting reps with the ones and game experience (it might just be jitters from never seeing the field behind a Rimington winner). However, unless we plan to force guys to the interior, we need to start picking up inside guys who fit there naturally.
Kozan, please go Blue! We need you more than you know and you could take over very quickly. Best decision you could make.
BECUASE Iowa is a drive home to Colorado.. Michigan isnt.
But what is SHOCKING... is that Kozan or whoever wouldnt want to JUMP at the possiblity of starting as Denard's center, on his HEISMAN RUN his senior year.
We can't afford another year without a center, otherwise we'll be starting Khoury (oh god Sugar Bowl flashbacks)
Khoury played one series - three plays - against Va Tech. The only thing you could reasonably conclude from those three plays is that his shotgun snaps needed work, which is not unusual for a replacement center. (David Moosman, a pretty decent interior lineman overall, had massive trouble with shotgun snaps in his first couple starts at center in 2009 before getting it down.) You can't take anything from those three snaps and extrapolate it to 2012.
I know he didn't play much in the Sugar Bowl, but it was during the key opening drive where I was extremely nervous that the rest of the game would be terrible. Then there was the extreme uncertainty whether he would have to come back in or not, and focusing on Molk knowing there might not be a reliable backup. Not so much flashing back to actual plays, but more the feelings I had and dreading a repeat of the first drive.
I know it's nothing on Khoury, and mostly the snap problems as you said, but it still seemed indicative that we had no one prepared to assume the role should Molk go out.
I understand all that. After that first series, I desperately wanted Molk to return, too. But that doesn't mean that Khoury lacks the ability to ever play the position. QBs just tend to be very particular about the way they get the ball snapped to them in the shotgun and when you change centers, there can be an adjustment.
he was running on adrenaline and nerves, and worried about getting his block up. Common problem. One more series after settling on the sideline and a few snaps under center and we would have been evaluating his blocking not his snaps.
My son plays center and we felt really bad for Rocko.
Why is everyone sleepin on Jack Miller? Heard nothing but positive things about him. Im sure he will in the mix for a starting job next season.
I've been itching for a Hello: post for a while. While I personally am expecting none of these guys to commit (I expected Garnett and that was quite the disappointment), it would be tremendous to grab a couple of these players. I would love to see us get Kozan and Diamond. Those two would round out what is an incredible OL haul. Reeves and Grant would be adding some salt to Ohio's wound. Let's hope we get these commits!
If I am a top OL, I look at school with 2 or 3 commits already and think "too crowded / worried about playing time". Short of free tats and Chargers, it seems it is real herd to bring in 4 major OL recruits in 1 class.
I had a dream last night that I saw a Hello: Armani Reeves post. Then I went to check the recruiting rankings and we were outside of the top 5 behind Syracuse.
It was a weird dream.
Is if we were offer Reeves a bball scholarship...
I think you need to quit eating chili before you go to bed.
Why cant they just decide now? I want decisions!
This is a great class so far compared to our recent history. Coaches did a great job filling our needs. Hope we can land so big names on signing day and the repeat the success next year
However it ends, the coaches have brought in some talent and character.
Who is going to be keeping us updated tonight? I'm still trying to get my site up and running before I start to really make inroads but I'd like to hear tonight, or will there be live updates?
If you best friend, who is more or less your sibling, is going to one school and you're 50/50 about whether or not you want to go there...
That says to me, he'd prefer to go to U of M, but can't decide if he wants to leave Carmen.
I think a similar thing was going on with Garnett, who wanted to go to Stanford, but his new BFF was going to the other school (and I don't the relationship Garnett has with Mags is the same as Armani's with Carmen). In the end, Garnett went with where he wanted to go. Hopefully Armani will do the same.
Just my 2 cents.
I think the toughest hurdle is Brent Williams, can't see a split situation. Going to be hard to get Armani blue, I think...
This is similar to Brionte Dunn's recruitment. I think he's very torn about where to go. On one hand, I think he really likes the idea of playing under Mattison and Hoke, but I have to believe that his friend is pushing him to go to Ohio and play under coach Meyer.
In many ways I do not admire these kids. This is a very difficult decision to make and I'd be taking my time and be just as confused as many of them are. Hopefully he goes blue in the end!
Did you mean ot type 'envy' instead of 'admire'?
Did you mean to type 'to' instead of 'ot'?
plays a very significant role in picking where he goes.
Well said Antoine, well said.
Devin Fuller to Arizona!
Do you have anything concrete? Link?
If true, what a get for Rich Rodriguez. This guy is the real deal. They say his passing is further along than Denard's at the same stage.
He was UCLA bound?
He just committed to UCLA
Armani Reeves just tweeted #michigan #buckeye. Singular BUCKEYE? And just saying Michigan? I'm guessing UM.