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Da'Mario Jones Commitment Offers More Hope With Late Interest/Scholarship
show the qb underthrowing him. So I agree with the post that the players around him may have inhibited him a little bit.
looked pretty bad but he made a couple of plays that only someone with a special talent could do (regardless of the competiton). What impresses me about him, is his toughness. He isn't afraid to go after the ball, run over guys, block or just lay a hit on someone...
He is clearly atheletic but you will notice he plays a lot of different positions and if I recall that is for a smaller school (could be wrong though). He looks incrediblly raw as a receiver. My guess is he wont contribute right away but could become a really solid player (slot recievor would be guess) in a few years with good coaching, Reminds me of Henry a little bit. A generic three star palyer who is super raw but is fairly athletic.
It's unlikely any of our 2013 WRs play this fall, unless one of them shows up extra polished. We'll have Gallon, Dileo, Jackson, Darboh, Chesson and TEs catching passes for us this fall.
This means I don't care if Jones needs polish, because he has some time to get it.
I agree that none of our 2013 will play this fall (lets hope at least) but he looks like a project. He only half plays WR
Why you think three lower rated kids will play before a 4 star recruit who has been in the program for a year I do not know.Who the other 3-4 guys "who could play receiver" are I also do not know. What I do know is that I find it doubtful that those kids will switch to WR. Not when you sign three WRs in one class.
I very much expect Dileo and Gallon to be two of the three starters vs CMU. They both are very good players. Gallon has the potential for an All Big Ten season.
I presume the skepticism regarding Darboh & Chesson comes from the fact that UM's receiving corps. was pretty dire in 2012 and if we had a freshman playmaker waiting in the wings the coaches would have inserted him.
However, Michgian has had a number of WRs who either red-shirted or played sparingly as freshmen, and then went on to big careers, such as:
- Braylon had 3 receptions his freshman season (2001).
- Steve Breaston red-shirted.
- Marquise Walker did not record a catch during his freshman season (1998)
- Mercury Hayes had 10 catches as a freshman in 1992.
- Derrick Alexander had 6 receptions as a freshman in 1989.
- Desmond Howard did not record a catch as a freshman, and recorded just 9 catches as a sophomore in 1989.
- Jason Avant had 2 receptions as a freshman in 2002.
- Adrian Arrington had 2 receptions as a freshman in 2004.
- Tai Streets had 5 receptions as a freshman in 1995.
- Chris Calloway recorded 7 catches as a sophomore in 1987.
- Jeremy Gallon red-shirted and had 4 receptions as a RS freshman in 2010
Mario Manningham was arguably UM's most productive freshman receiver ever, with 27 receptions for 433 yards and 6 TDs in 2005. (Other examples include AC (13 catches, 321 yds, 5 TD in 1979), Martavious Odoms (49 Rec, 443 yds, 0 TD in 1998), Roy Roundtree (32 catches, 434 yds. 3 TDs in 2009) and Amani Toomer (16 rec, 237 yds, 1 TD in 1992). That players like Manningham and Roundtree were able to put up impressive stat lines as true freshmen is a credit to them, but I don't think it necessarily means anything negative with respect to Darboh or Chesson.
I know those Rich Rod seasons seemed like forever, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't there for that long
Oops. Of course, Odoms probably would have had a 1,000-yard season in 1998, seeing as Brady would have been throwing to him instead of Threet & Sheridan.
Since 2002, EVERY year we've brought in at least one true freshman receiver, a true freshman receiver has played.
So if none of our class of 2013 receivers see the field this coming season, that will be the first time in the Rivals/Scout era. Contrary to what you're saying here, I think it's pretty likely that at least one of the receivers will play this season.
What makes you think he is "incredibly raw as a receiver" or "super raw"? Maybe I'm not a good judge, but he didn't look raw in his film. He looks like he catches the ball with his hands, runs decent routes and high points the ball reasonably well.
Westland John Glenn is a pretty decent sized school.
Other than Lloyd Carr or Chuck Gordon.
Yup, the enrollment is 1,967. That makes it the 26th largest enrollment out of 596 high schools in the state.
Dumb questions: Why would coaches visit a recruit this late in the process without either having extended or extending an offer at the visit? Do they feel the need to physically visit in order to gauge interest?
Perhaps the goal is get him for a visit on the weekend. If you can't do that, you might not bother offering -- you might still be evaluating him, or you might want to make the offer in person (or get Saban or Richt or whoever to make the offer) for maximum effect and figure it's otherwise a useless exercise to extend the offer.
Rough analogy, but pro scouts measure and interview every target at the combine to avoid surprises.
Coaches want to make sure the kid is physically and mentally OK because they get zero eval before NSD, especially kids like Da'Mario that don't camp widely or attend The Opening.
Imagine telling Saban you just offered a 6'2" WR from MI on the phone and then a 5'11" jerk with small hands shows up in Tuscaloosa?
IIRC, he plays in a very run heavy offense so he might not have been able to showcase his ability as much as other recruits.
Jones was originally from Pickerington, OH. The same town as Jake and Taco. I work with one of his old coaches, one of Jake's coach this past year. He claims, Jones has the athleticism to play many positions. It has been a couple years since he has coached him, but clammers on about his potential.
Sounds like a crime fighting duo.
WWTD? Love this kid, he is going to be awesome!
IMO, Jones is the best receiver of the three guys who are committed to Michigan in 2013. It doesn't surprise me that other schools are sniffing around.
You have Const'e and Da'Mario as equals as far as your rating system goes. If you think he is the best then why don't your ratings reflect that?
What if Da'Mario is closer to 80 than York?
Those ratings are going to be updated on/right after NSD.
Sounds like you're saving your ass on that one. Anyway, I actually have a question for you. I checked out your commitment post on Green since you've been somewhat of a critic of him and noticed that you had him as an 89 and the next day he was a 92. What's up with that?
The recruiting services are allowed to change their rankings after further evaluation, but for some reason Magnus is not allowed to do the same?
I am obviously kidding in the first sentence. However, it seemed strange for him to change Green from an 89 to a 92 in less than 24 hours after his commitment. I wanted to know why he bumped him up 3 points.
It seems like you visit his blog daily.
I like to read the comments and discussion on the commits so when a player does so I'll go there and read what his viewers think of his opinion.
Three points equates to the "Michigan Difference"
Frankly, I couldn't care less what you think.
Oh, play nice. Soooo... when are your Pink Slip posts going to return?
And we're really supposed to believe you were kidding in your above post? Sounds pretty disingenuous to me.
This is just an attempt by you to stir up trouble. Have fun with that.
I would say loosen up but we both now know that that won't happen here. Have a drink, find a semi attractive woman, and hop on the good foot and do the bad thing. It's not that serious.
Enjoy your website and appreciate the work invovled but there's no need to be a donkey.
Kevin Bacon wasn't in Footloose.
"Sounds like you're saving your ass on that one."
I don't see how saying "I don't care what you think" is more of being "a donkey" than what he said, but whatevs.
You are the typical bully and someone finally stood up to you. Let's remember that bully stands for
All bullies need is love so I suggest you curl up with a calico under a baobob and sip on Buffalo Sweat.
The commenter challenged you with a legit point (re: your ratings) and while you might have found his commentary annoying or not to your liking you might have responded. It is a discussion board and probably drives business to your own site.
Instead, you went with the tried and true response of not caring what he thinks etc.
Why not just respond to the guy's point...but "whatevs" you went a different direction.
FWIW, I think the ranking questions have some merit.
You pretty much avoided the question, too. I guess we're both in the same boat.
I don't have an issue with questions about the ratings. What I have an issue with is comments like "Looks like you're trying to save your ass" or things like that. Then I say "I don't care" and somehow you think I'm the one who's out of line?
Out of our current WR corps do you have any expectations of any of them getting any actual game time? I know we have atleast 1 (Darboh) play on special teams? I was thinking more along the lines of a Funch type reps?
I'm guessing at least one will play in 2013. Receivers play early, and redshirting all three would be a little bit odd. I don't know which one that will be. If they need blocking, it might be Dukes or York. If they need speed, it might be Jones. Both Darboh and Jeremy Jackson played as true freshmen, and I think that's partly because both were pretty physically developed. The smaller guys (Gallon, Chesson, Roundtree, etc.) seem to redshirt more often.
We lost Roundtree and Jerald Robinson from last year's rotation, so you're probably looking at 1 or 2 new faces popping up. I would assume Chesson will be one of them, and then it will be a battle for the rest of the PT.
Hooray predictable play-calling!
(referencing when Jackson comes in at wideout)
I know our receiver class doesn't have a ton of star power, Amara Darboh and Jake Butt are the only pass catchers to receive 4 stars, but they did make the Rivals 250, and I really really like our receiver corps. I can't wait to see them on the field. They all have the same potential Funchess does, and watching them develop and go head to head with corners a whole head shorter than them will be fun. Seeing an athletic route runner like Jones going up against linebackers in pass coverage will be even better.
Oregon was in to see him also.
Just more evidence of how solid this whole class is from top to bottom.