Gareon Conley just posted on his twitter page that he's verbally committing tomorrow. Seeing as he's here tomorrow, I'm gonna go ahead and assume that's good news.
Mike Lantry, 1972
Keep the commit train rolling. Hopefully just the first of a few this weekend!
...it's rather more of a recruiting bullet train really. It's looks pretty darn good to have that many strong verbal commits in such a short span. The #20 CB in the nation per Rivals is certainly welcome.
hmmm...can someone get out their crayons and do a winged-helmet "trains-formation" on that bullet train?
I love how mspeedkills attached this picture to his tweet within 15 minutes of you posting this comment. You think he reads mgoblog much?
I bet he picks FSU
Mike, you dont say.
"Hey Brady, can I use your office for a few minutes. Gotta call Jimbo."
Good. In that case, I'll re-buckle.
are you doing unbuckled when we're riding a speeding bullet train for recruiting?!!! DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT SOUNDS!!!!!
Did you know it is a crime to travel in the MgoBus and not be buckled up? -1 to you and you receive an MGoTicket.
Remember Kids: Click It, or Ticket.
But....but....I thought it was safe to un buckle Monday through Friday?! The speeding bullet train seems to hit top speed every weekend. A man's got to unbuckle every now and again, right? Plus if you unbuckle, it is really exciting to re-buckle.
Ehh....maybe you're right, though. Maybe permanent buckling is in order...
Seems like a solid pickup, but sometimes I wish the staff would slow down a bit and save some additional spots for all of the elite blue chips we are in on.
With the needs locked down, that's what they're doing now. Plus, don't get deceived by Conley's offer list. Very smooth for a 6'2 CB.
Magnus said he's like J.T. Floyd.
I don't think he's a burner by any means, but IMO he's a better athlete than Floyd is.
Agreed. He looks much quicker than Floyd.
I agree, too. There's no way that he's blocking extra points off the edge like that (in the clip below) if he's slow.
He reminds me of Steve Breaston, tall and skinny, it doesn't look like he's going that fast with those long strides but he's running away from everybody. I know he plays a diferent position but the kick return was very reminiscent of Breaston.
I feel like his opinions are mostly somewhat to very different from the major, respected, recruiting services. And I haven't seen anything that would vindicate those opinions.
I don't want to turn this into a Magnus-bashing thread, although I know that's not your intention.
IMO, Magnus just gives his plain and honest opinion. It varies sometimes from other sites, because most other sites are (a) homers, or (b) unwilling to criticize the kid too harshly because they rely on his interview to get subscribers. I respect Magnus' work more than any other evaluations I read out there.
I like that Magnus isn't a fan boy but he takes it in another direction completely. His act is to be bullish on all recruits in an effort to differentiate himself from other Michigan sites. Now he is no Valenti, but then again who is. He is more like those Muppets that sit up in the balcony and didn't like anything.
don't you mean bearish? He's generally not a "OMG UBER 'CRUIT" guy
Without Magnus, we'd think every one of our recruits was a stud every year. It's a good reality check and you're allowed to disagree if you like someone's film. That said, I think his speciality is linemen but at least he's specific about it; he backs up his criticisms very well. I know I don't really look out for 'knee bend' or first step very much.
Oh wait, db not rb…
He's definitely a better athlete than Floyd. I think Conley will be someone who vestly overachieves his recruiting rankings.
A bird in the hand, my friend.
Just how the coaches are calling off the uncommitted LB recruits, I'm sure they'd do the same thing at other positions if they felt there were elite recruits we had a good shot at or were worth waiting for. Or maybe the coaches think Conley is that good. Scout has him as the #20 CB in the country, which is pretty solid.
Another thing to consider is that the coaches look for 2 different types of corners. One of the reasons they liked Standifer was his size and ability to play the boundary-type corner spot that J.T. Floyd does.
Add Conley in with Jourdan Lewis whose more of a pure cover corner and you've got a very strong pair of CB's in this class
I watched his film and at his size, he will be a great pick up. Kid can fly and accelerates quickly most importantly.
World's biggest punter at :15.
That can block for himself while punting.
Not directly related to the announcement but around the 15 second mark of his highlights is pretty hilarious. A defensive tackle sized punter throws an interception to Conley...definitely one of the more unique plays I've ever seen.
Edit: Seems people have the same observations as I do.
I thought he might have accidentally posted Orlando Brown's highlight film.
Well Brown is a CB...
he is actually an offensive tackle that is 6'10 360
Don't necessarily think they need to slow down but we're right in there for some top talent at CB and it would be nice to let a few of those recruitments play out a bit first.
Ummmm why? We are already in on plenty of blue chip recruits, would you rather recruits string the coaches along the whole time only to pick other schools? Jordan Diamond, and Joshua Garnett are prime examples.
It would seem easier to get kids to stay committed to your school, rather than trying to get them to commit in the first place.
Another thing, rating a recruit is highly subjective, it is possible the coaches have Conley higher rated than the recruiting services. I value a Hoke, Mattison opinion over Alan Trieu, or Tom Lemming or whatever recruiting guru you want to name. I appreciate what Trieu and Lemming do but I can't give their opinion more weight than our coaches.
P.S. I have no idea what opinion Trieu and Lemming have of Conley, I was just making a general point.
I was responding to the post way above that said we should slow down and wait for high caliber players. I wasn't saying why do we want him, the coaches know more about these kids than any of us. Any kid that commits is a solid prospect in my book.
Absolutely. Remember, Michigan has a full staff of experienced, well-funded football minds scouting their players. They have great access to recruits films, their coaches, and the recruits themselves. And they can focus their attention on a much smaller group of recruits than Lemming or Trieu. Not only that, but the gurus rate a guy on how well he'll do in college in general, and our coaches "rate" a kid based on how well he'll do at Michigan, in our system.
Point is, if Hoke and Co. really like a guy, but Lemming doesn't - side with Hoke. He has a lot more riding on that decision than Lemming does anyway.
Well Put. These coaches get their intel from numerous sources.... these services are for our entertainment....
A kid the coaches really like. I think I'll take their word over the recuiting gurus.
And yet, you'll be more excited if we land 5* Ty Isaac this weekend, or shock the world and land another 5*.
You'll say it's all the same, but .. it's not.
You mean like Garnett? And Diamond?
I bet they regret taking Blake Bars' commitment when Garnett and Diamond were out there.
If I remember correctly, Pipkens was not on anyone's radar last year. Standifer was another example that gained attention after Michigan's offer and if not for the missing language classes was picking up alot of attention as well.
Given that many HS players continue to grow and develop I would give a lot of string to the fact that the coaches are picking up on very good talent very early in the process.
In a way a see your point, buuuuuut one of the reasons we are having so much success with this class is because we got the job done early last year and were able to start concentrating on 2013 before anyone else in the Midwest. I specifically remember when we were all over Taco Charleton and it was like last summer. He said something along the lines of he didnt grow up a Mich fan and was more of an OSU guy. When asked about his recruitment in the fall he said that Mich was by far and away showing him the most love and that paid off for us in a big way. The name Malick McDowell is another bit of positivity when it comes to our efforts in the 2013 class being put together so early as he will be a bigtime prospect, and we are his first Bigtime offer (no the Cuse doesnt count). I personally think thats why we will not only finish strong in 2013, but we will also start very strong in 2014.