Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Elijah Hood visiting next weekend
1.Notre Dame 2.North Carolina 3.Clemson 4.Ohio State 5.T Georgia Tech 5.T Michigan. I can't see UNC or GaTech staying in it for long. Many think ND is the team to beat and hopefully we can get him to the UTL game and convince him otherwise.
Yeah, I imagine they would be the team to beat since they're listed #1 on his ordered list of favorites...sorry, I'm a smartass, I can't help it. But anyways, here's to hoping Hoke and the rest of the coaches show him how great Michigan is, and maybe get a little higher on his list.
Obviously, what I meant was it's pretty much an ND vs the rest kind of situation.
Yes please. But I am a bit skeptical that Michigan can land him having just picked up Green. Not that I'd complain mind you.
So he's being recruited as a running back? His 247 profile says RB/ILB.
Rivals and Scout both seem to focus on his skills at RB. But if he wants to play both RB and ILB, I'd be fine with that too. Good size and speed already.
Steve, Tremendous, said it's at rb.
ND just picked up 5* Greg Bryant...
Alabama has picked up like 10 4/5* RB's over the past three classes, and they will do it again this year...
Big players go to big time schools regardless of the commits from a year before.
If Hood is a high school junior, he was probably born around 1996. Elijah Wood probably got famous right around that time. When that happened, do you think Elijah Hood's parents looked at each other and said, "You've got to be fucking kidding me"?
OT, I know, but maybe Elijah Wood was popular and Hood was named after him. I mean, my younger brother was born in 1994 and named after Tupac...not really, he was named after Johnathon Taylor Thomas. Regardless, its not out of the realm of possibilites to be named after someone who is popular at the time.
They probably kicked themselves for not giving him the middle name of "Wood"
So one grew up in the forest and one in the ghetto
My sons first name is Owen middle name Wilson. Go figure right.
He will bring the Ring to the realm of Arbor! We will use it against the Enemy!
This doesn't make much sense. The ring would just corrupt us much like it corrupted other men who attempted to wield it.
We set up counsel in Ann Arbor. Then we march the ring to Columbus and throw it back into the depths from which it came.
This does make sense. Ann Arbor pretty much IS Rivendell, and Ohio strongly resembles Mordor.
No man, don't you know? We are Michigan Men and would therefore be able to wield the ring without being corrupted. Michigan Men are above such things, and you should know that by now.
Dat shire all day!
...when he says Shire Pop Warner instead of the University of Michigan during Monday Night Football intros some day.
Hood is pretty awesome. I think he has more upside at RB than LB.
Elijah Hood is sneaky like other Hobbitses but bigger and faster.
Well we might not get a visit if he commits to ND on his visit there next week, which is entirely plausible.
Any word on Samwise's interest level? I'm assuming they'd be a package deal?
Samwise is going to do whatever it takes to walk on to ND's football team.
And in 30 years, they'll make a movie about him, too.
Would sure be nice if Michigan had a USC-esque stable of 5 star running backs.
Man, Hood is a complete badass. He's like Marshawn Lynch, only faster.
Fred, is that you?
A question to Magnus... Which RB from Hood's class do you want us to get ?
It's a pretty close race between Hood and Joe Mixon.
and how would you rate these two vs Derrick Green and LeVeon Smith? am curious.
it is Deveon Smith.
oops!!! I guess I had Elton John on my mind.
and please clarify what you mean by "Elton John on my mind" - that statement can go lots of bazaar places.
Yes... Levon.. and yes, I know I wrote LeVeon... lets just stick with phonetics.
And, to answer your veiled question, Im straight.
"Bazaar" places, like, for instance, Constantinople, or Marakkesh ? That'd be 'bizarre'
of phonetic fun.
My Elton comment was not about your orientation, just which EJ since he has defined bizarre (odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode) at times.
Just a heads up (to all...I've not yet seen it noted on Mgoblog)...he goes by Bill
Both are better at this stage than Green was after his junior year, but Green improved a lot between his junior and senior seasons. Hood is a more natural runner, whereas Mixon runs like a bucking bronco.
I think all three are/were superior to Smith.
IIRC, Joe was Magnus' choice in a previous thread where Magnus listed his 16 top choices for each slot.
He is an exceptional talent with outstanding speed, vision and balance. Obviously "he" being Joe Mixon, not Magnus.
You recall correctly.
With the understanding that Saban obviously does some shady things, I was listening to ESPN radio last week and they had an interview with him regarding how he has managed to have so many high level running backs and still gets them significant carries. He stated his approach has been to recruit kids and be up front about the fact with running backs it is a benefit to them to have a lower number of carries and still have the opportunity to be "featured' in the offense.
One of the key points made was that he focused his message around how keeping down the total carries decreases their wear and tear and extends their opportunities at an NFL career. Running back is one of the shortest longevity positions in the NFL and he focuses on the impact playing 2 or 3 yrs in college at 30-35 carries per game has vs 15-20. He stated their experience has been positive for both kids who are teams players as they understand keeping someone fresh, and it has kept focus for kids who are more individualistic as they can understand how it benefits them in the long-run.
I just thought it was interesting, and how it has led to them keeping that stable going. I always thought that was a weakness of sorts with how Carr often seemed to favor and almost guarantee carries or time to his more senior players and want a single feature back, and think this is something that would help address that.
I have seen this in articles with Saban and other D1 coaches several times now. I am (obviously) a nobody, but that argument carries a lot of weight with my thinking. ESPECIALLY, when you have the ability to use such a system, which is appears that Michigan is in the midst of (hopefully) creating right now. I wonder how it could be anything but a benefit.
Looks like Drake Harris is going to be visiting as well.