he grew a beard
As well as AJ Williams apparently (also according to TomVH).
I could get used to this whole "4-star mafia" thing.
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
Welcome to the best family in the world!!
This picture makes me worry about pad level. How is he supposed to be a blocking TE if he's 4 feet off the ground?
Well, that's before Coach Funk touches him.
Ferrigno is his future coach.
Was referring specifically to blocking specifically, and that's the first name that came to mind when it came to blocking.
I look forward to you referencing Darrell Funk when talking about Martavious Odoms's blocking skills.
We should be most concerned about his shoelaces. Look at that thing flapping in the wind. It could put an eye out.
No one can ever excel with untied laces...
Just a shout out to the rest of the Big Ten. BEWARE. Michigan Wolverines are on the way back to the top. What a truly great day for our Wolverine Nation. Keep up the awesome job Brady, and Lets GO BLUE.
It's a TEapalooza!
Two very nice pickups.
6'5", 205 lbs, ESPN150 Watch List, 4* #6 TE to Scout.
Good pickup. Either Thompson or he should be a great receiving option. Also Sparty's gonna be pissed. A lot of them feel as if the FHH trio were all bound for them.
EDIT: and A.J. Williams...
6'6", 260 lbs, 3* #15 TE to Scout.
Solid pickups at TE, filling bot the receiving and blocking molds the coaches wanted.
Thanks for the links, love the pickups. Keep em coming Brady.
What a great start to a Friday!
Notable offers for both if no one wants to click links:
Funchess-Cincy, Illinois, Sparty, Mizzou, Nebraska (possible OSU interest)
Williams-Arkansas, Illinois, Sparty, WV
You think Sparty fans are starting to realize/worry, with Brady here we are going to own Michigan recruiting again? Or do they still have a solid choke hold?
They only ever had a chokehold on in-state recruiting in their warped and twisted minds.
I've seen them try and rationalize Braden and RJS coming here. But I'm personally looking forward to seeing how they spin this one. What with FHH being an "MSU feeder school" and all three of them being Lansing-bound...
They never had a solid choke hold..but I bet losing a FHH recruit is making them nerveous.
I love it, thanks for the info guys.
but sounds like they weren't surprised by this, and they now think Ojemudia is a Mich lean as well. They are realllllllllly hoping they get Burbridge, if we get him that one will sting for sure.
Welcome to the team! Glad to have you part of the Michigan family.
Our commits really do come in pairs this year. Two O-Linemen within a day of each other, then two linebackers within a day of each other. Now two tight ends on the same day.
Great news. Welcome to both.
I'll take these in pairs...
DE - Chris Wormley, and Matt Godin
DT - Sheldon Day, and Mario Ojemudia
OL 2 - Jordan Diamond, and J.J. Denman
LB 2 - James Ross, and Joe Bolden
Oh it's going to be a great day!
I see you've been stepping up your game lately. Keep up the good work my man.
A wave of committments!
Are we not getting Ron Thompson anymore then? I'm glad we got one of the Farmington Hills guys so far though, hopefully he can bring in Mario O and Aaron Burbridge. Both look like good tight ends, AJ is 6'6" I wonder if he runs well.
possibly moving to the offensive line.
That would make room for Thompson, I think.
2 at a time baby. 4 stars too, woohoo!!
I really couldn't find any video on AJ, but from what I found he appears to be more of a blocking TE which is possibly why he doesn't have more offers/ranked higher.
This is correct. The staff have told him he'll be a TE but he could end up on the OL. No matter where he ends, he's being brought in as a blocking TE.
Funchess on the other hand could be a big WR if the staff wanted.
Great news! Funchess is a great prospect and has some good looking teammates.
Where does this leave Ron Thompso? Are we looking to take three TE in this class?
With the relative lack of Tight Ends on the roster and the recent opening of a scholarship with the departure of Cullen Christian, I would not be surprised to see 3 TEs taken in this class, especially given the caliber of all three of them.
Michigan will take Thompson. Funchess is a TE/WR hybrid. He will play both according to him.
Funchess is gonna get points in bunchess!
Other crappy puns!
So...wrap up Ron Thompson, and then we're done at TE, right?
Ron Thompson has always been a HEAVY Michigan lean, and has almost committed to us in the past. Also, the coaches have stated that they would have no problem taking three TEs this year.
I don't think it's crazy to think that one of these tight ends could end up as a wide receiver. I miss seeing the bigger and taller wide receivers we've seen in the past. However, AJ Williams is as big as a house. I'd leave him at TE.
Funchess is already 6'5" 200+lbs. as a junior. Put him in an S&C program and he could probably get up to 240-250 without trouble.
It would take quite a bit of beefing up to add 40-50 lbs. to a frame. It's possible on a 6'5" frame but Junior Hemingway is 6'1" 225 lbs. Our S & C program could mold Funchess anyway they want. I wouldn't hesitate to pluck another TE.
I would love to see Funchess molded into a beast WR. I think I read he has a 4.6 right now in the 40, sick the S&C coach on him, make him bigger/faster/stronger...boom...beast mode. But either way, glad to have him!
Welcome to Michigan gents!!