I was just wondering if anyone has a theory why the committments have rolled in like this. I've only been following recruiting like this for a few years but I never remember anything like this happening. I know there was a huge visit yesterday but still.....
Commmitments, why now?
cuse were michigan!
Because recruits are like dominos!
Do you ask a dolphin how it swims?
Or an eagle how it flies?
That's right, you don't! Because that's what they were *made* to do!
Brady Hoke gon' bring the game back...and spit that Ramo on the train tracks.
....may god forgive me
I think last season set a precedent that it's likely the class can be mostly filled very early. Therefore, if you want a spot, you might need to snatch it up quickly.
Hoke points and it happens. It is science. End thread
Brady Hoke had them goin during the visit this weekend.
Michigan + Brady Hoke Magic = Victory.
Go to tremendouses page and you will find out.
That was a really good piece from Tremendous...thank you for the link.
I think I need an intervention of some sort; I got choked up reading that blog post.
Question. Were all these guys on a visit yesterday? Some of them? Or none of them?
I'm not certain why, but it's pretty obvious these kids love Hoke and the rest of the staff and feel comfortable early that they aren't going to find a school that is better for them than Michigan.
Obviously Kate Upton
They want to be a part of national titles, big ten titles, beating ohio, you know the stuff that makes us Michigan.
They want to be a part of something that is the TEAM.
Positive feedback loop.
Most of the elite schools cleaned house. We got 6 yesterday, Florida did just as well with their 6, Texas has a great start to their class, etc. Elite programs can reel in elite talent early and avoid the grueling recruiting trail schedule.
Many times, the recruits like to garner attention from multiple schools, and take their time. However, because we've had some pull the trigger some time ago (Shane and Dymonte) and these kids know who they will be playing in front of for several years, some have decided that Michigan will be a good place. We have a head coach who wants the Michigan job to be his last stop, we had a ton of great games this year with great national exposure (UTL, Ohio, Nebraska), and there is a ton of evidence that you shouldn't wait until NSD to join the 2013 class. Think what Logan Tuley-Tillman must be thinking right now? Dude's gotta be a little concerned that if he wants to get in on the class he's gotta chose soon.
This domino-effect is a common human reaction to other's cues. Especially in unfamiliar circumstances (like recruiting)
In my opinion, there were 8-10 recruits who felt very strongly about Michigan but didn't really know what to do about that. They all knew or at least knew of one another and thus were watching what the others were doing. They were looking at each other's cues. That's why when a few started saying that they wanted to take their time and explore all their options, that's what they all said.
Yesterday though, the cue started to change. Boesch committed on his visit. Shallman planned to commit on scheduled a radio interview. This sent the cue to the other people on the visit that committing was the appropriate action if you feel similarly. Dawson and Lewis both really like Michigan and thus picked up on the cue (probably after being told about Boesh/Shallman) and committed as well. Fox heard about the recruits committing and did the same.
The ultimate test to this will be in LTT actually commits tonight and goes against what he's been saying for quite some time.
The ultimate caveat on this theory is that I only went my Psych 111 lecture three times.
College gameday was here and an atmosphere much like the Notre Dame football game inside Crisler. That'll bring commits in.
Leaders and the best dude. Come on, dios mio!
and they wanted to get their decisions out of the way before then.
Because they can.
I honestly believe Hoke has created a message about Michigan that resonates for a certain category of recruits. For others it won't, but for those it does, it really does.
I don't think this is something we should get used to EVERY year, but getting a lot of commits before June IS. People forget that we had a bunch of guys commit earlier than what were used to LAST year.
And on another note, that's what made January so tough, people had forgotten the job the coaches did all spring/summer and decided to focus on 5-6 players from December to February.
But I think this staff does a great job of identifying kids and offering kids EARLY. They also look for early committments.
As for what happened THIS year, well a few things
#1 You had a big visit weekend...
#2 You had an emotional win over a rival in basketball --- atmosphere was AWESOME.
#3 You had Shane Morris on campus. This may have been the biggest, guys want to win and Shane's a GREAT QB who's looking for guys on his team. He's also a cool guy who guys want to play with.
#4 Momentum --- Once we got a couple, I'm sure there was some pressure or some feeling for everyone to commit. It's like "I love it here, these are my boys, f--- it, I'll come too coach!" "Me too!" "Ahhh, I'll ask my mom, but I want to come too Coach!" The fact that so many of the guys are committing definitely helped others feel like it was okay. They want to be included and on the team and feel like part of the group.
#5 Space...it's clear that we're taking commits early. If you're in a position like Jake Butt where we may only be taking one more TE. And you know Michigan's your leader. Why not commit now. I don't know the whole story, but I feel like Ron Thompson miss the boat last year and was left on the outside looking in (until something else happened that kept him on the outside for good).
#6 Brady Hoke sells MICHIGAN...and MICHIGAN has a lot to offer.
#7...*and this MAY be the biggest reason*...THE TEAM!!! This team is unique like no other. They're truly a family. And I think Michigan has always been and will always been a family...but I don't expect it to stay like THIS. Your star quarterback going to hockey games?! Your TEAM not in the special "we wanna be seen, but not do anything section"...No, they're in the Maize Rage jumping up and down and being just like everyone else. Then you hear stories of when they host recruits and the recruits are astonished at how they all get along, they're brothers, they do anything and everything for one and other.
For a kid getting ready to leave mom for the first time...who wouldn't want to be a part of that? To feel like "I'm leaving home, but I'll be fine --- I'll have my brothers."
And this is infectous because THIS recruiting class will be the SAME way when they get to Michigan. Hence them all committing at the same time, they want to play with and for each other. They'll have their own little family within the family and have a year to grow up, call/text/tweet/facebook, and get to know each other before they ever get to Michigan. That's huge.
When I read "space," I thought you would take it in another direction.
How does the sun set?
How does the moon rise?
Where do clouds come from?
Dude, nobody knows! This kind of stuff just happens.
Any more brain busters?
Wow! Let’s get the Michigan FB coaching staff down to the medical research lab ASAP. They are in the zone and can do no wrong! I just feel they might have something else up their sleeves. Oh, by the way let's get the Powerball and Mega Millions numbers from them for the next drawing.
We all woke up and realized that Michigan is awesome.
Surely someone has the clip from the Big 10 meetings last year where Hoke was asked, how do you recruit so well? Hoke says "this may sound arrogant but it is what it is, we're Michigan!"
Did anyone consider the fact that they came to a crazy basketball game against a hated rival in a crazy atmosphere? And that since Tate Forcier is gone all of our teams are a bunch of cool guys with a cool coach like Hoke? Saturday was super exciting and a ton of fun, especially for new recruits. They all probably bonded and saw what great guys are on the different teams, and then pictured Michigan Stadium, with ten times as many people and even more fan fervor.