A few minor recruiting notes 12/19
Thank you for your continual updates. I appreciate it.
I just posted this in the other recruiting thread, but it's kinda buried down there:
Mason (the Whitmer play-by-play guy who was giving me the Wormley updates) announced a basketball game with Jayme's dad recently. Apparently Michigan is recruiting (hasn't offered) Thompson as a corner, but he prefers to play safety at the next level. His dad is telling him not to worry about it, but that might be playing a factor in his recruitment and Michigan's place in it.
Not sure what would happen if he committed elsewhere. Mattison is his recruiting contact, for what it's worth. [Edit: Or, at least, Mattison is the guy telling Thompson he's being recruited as a corner. Probably not the only coach recruiting him since he's the DC.]
i don't understand why he wants to play Safety so much, he has the speed and Dempsey had him playing nickel/corner most of the season
EDIT:FWIW, Thompson was wearing Michigan gear this past weekend at a basketball game.
Hands down, you know a lot about him. How can he commit I Michigan when he doesn't hold a Michigan offer? Or Hoke secretly offered him?
It was rumored that he was offered around here. Also from the sounds of it, he wants to go to Michigan so much, he was considering walking-on if he had to. If he gets officially offered, I honestly think he is a lock.
But you, on the other hand, thank God you're here.
You sir are an ass! Shut the hell up about Ace! It takes a while to gain contacts with high school coaches, kids, and other reliable sources. He just started this year! He is building up his contacts with the 2013 kids so people need to stop criticizing him. This is a free blog! You should be thankful you can come here and get news updates for free.
The more logical solution is for Ace to stay here, and for you to go back to MLive or Rivals where you'll be amongst people like yourself.
"Founder of the Devin to replace Denard movement."
Welp, I guess that's about all we need to know about this guy.
Really man, stop being a prick. I'd love to see how you did when you first started your job - it never goes 100% smooth. Just chill out, let him get his feet wet and see how it is in a year. If it's this time next year and you're still not satisfied, at least you'll have some basis for your comments. Personally, I think he does a fine job and will continue to get better as time goes on.
I believe we are recruiting him as a CB which I think has been the deal breaker.
I think deal breaker is that he doesn't have an offer yet.
Clearly, Scout is the most accurate recruiting site as of right now...
Ace, I'm confused...does he actually have an offer from Michigan? Obviously, it says no, but is he expecting one, then, or does this mean we're probably out of it? If the coaches don't respond?
It's just a little bewildering to see a kid announcing so early with a top three including a school that hasn't offered. I can't remember anything quite like this.
Pretty sure he doesn't have an offer—I've haven't got anything first-hand yet, just what I said above. I think the coaches are being pretty careful about who they give that second safety spot (along with Dymonte Thomas), and if they're not sold on Thompson at corner they may be waiting to see what happens with Yuri Wright and Armani Reeves. It's going to be a small-ish class next year.
I'll give you that it's a strange-sounding situation. I think Michigan would land him if they offered, but I have no idea if that's in the cards right now (but don't take that to mean that it's not—Mattison is in contact with him and he's visited, at the very least).
Ace it looks like his 247 profile page lists a Michigan offer. Of course I may be mistaken in reading it though.
247 does, but none of the other sites do (though ESPN doesn't even show West Virginia offering). As I said, I don't have first-hand info on him, but I don't think he has one yet—if he did, I think he'd have jumped on it. 247 is very good at getting a lot of info out quickly, but they're not always 100% right, especially on the player profile pages.
Gotcha. Appreciate it as always Ace.
This is really peculiar. I don't think I've seen a guy set a date to announce without having offers from two schools in his top three. He has a full year to look around and make an educated decision. I don't get it.
I agree. He is skipping his recruiting right to pull hats at an all star game. Mind bottling.
FWIW, Scout is reporting (and it says as much in the free teaser, so I'm not giving away paywalled information) that the staff is in contact with a Las Vegas O-Lineman named Poutasi. 4-stars on scout and rivals, 3 star on ESPN.
It's almost enough to make you think the staff wants one more O-Lineman.
Again, for general interest, this Poutasi seems to have offers from a lot of the Western schools, but not from many of the brand names. Boise State, Oklahoma St. and Oregon are reported as having offered on Rivals, but that's about it. The rest are lower AQs like Wazzus, Arizona, etc. or non-AQs from Nevada and Hawaii to Idaho and UNLV, what have you.
Make what you will of the list.
Easily the coolest thing about Poutasi is who is on his "reminds us of" from his Rivals profile. Only the greatest Offensive Guard to ever play the game (I don't need to tell you who):
THAT is a good sign, but I have to doubt Rivals powers of perception. The hair is completely different. He looks more like Larry Allen or Willie Roaf, lol.
Too lazy to look, where does this kid rank?
Which one? There are several being discussed here. Just read the other posts.
Does anyone know how Yuri Wright's ND visit went?
but nothing to commit over. I think he still comes to Michigan unless we grab Armani Reeves and stop recruiting him.
If you can take both --- YOU TAKE BOTH.
so is this guy a pretty highly sought after recruit? With such limited scholarships available next year, is he someone we really need/want?
Does this situation remind anyone of the kid from Florida who wanted to commit, but didn't have an offer? I think it was in the 2010 class, but I can't remember his name.
Are you talking about Travis Williams?
OL who could go to Penn or Dartmouth but chooses to play at U of M = High Quality Kid. If he has the size and decent athletic ability I would not be surprised to see him work his way into the rotation down the line. Just his decision making process, if he chooses to come to Michigan, reveals that he relishes a challenge and probably has a dynamite work ethic. And as we see over and over, high intellect is a huge plus on the O-line.