A few minor recruiting notes
I cant believe the 1st game of the season is less than a week away .... Im just so excited like a kid at Christmas .. OK that is all
christmas is when my tickets arrive (i sing carols)...
the opener is new year's day.
Detroit news rankings 1-12 (Michigan commits in caps)
1. TERRY RICHARDSON
2. JAMES ROSS
3. MARIO OJEMUDIA
4. ROYCE JENKINS-STONE
5. Ron Thomson
6. Aaron Burbridge
7. Dennis Norfleet
8. MATT GODIN
9. DEVIN FUNCHESS
10. Danny Obrien
12. BEN BRADEN
By the end of the season T-Rich will be out of that #1 spot..... By all accounts he looked bad yesterday playing against Burbridge ....
And I think Burbridge will move up, from all account he sounded like a really good player, maybe the best on the field. Does anyone know how solid his MSU commitment is? I thought he was high on Michigan but told he couldn't commit til his grades were in order, is there any chance he switches if he gets qualified?
This is not true. Why do people keep saying this? Wiltfong has a free article up about the game, so does the Detroit news, and Terry held his own, even by other. It's not like Burbridge had an awesome game. 3 catches and about 54 yards. Terry wasn't spectacular, but he also had a pass break-up in 1-on-1 coverage with Burbridge in the end zone. The big knock on Terry is his weight, which is true, hence why he got knocked around supporting the run a little. But he has silky smooth hip movement and enough closing speed to run with about any HS receiver out there. He'll be solid for us in the future.
If we're going to worry about anyone, it should be RJS. It sounded like Harrison ran all over Cass, and RJS is the MLB I believe. But I don't know if that's because he was getting doubled all night or something.
I have been a high school football coach for 25 years now. Fans do not always know the whole story. Kids can have injuries....tweeked ankle, sore shoulder, sore hamstring etc. that keep them from performing at their highest level. It is a long season and a player should not be judged on one game alone. You never know what other circumstances came into play. There have not been many games that I have coached where our entire roster of kids were healthy and played at their highest level.
I am not saying that I know anything about T Rich and his performance, but keep that in mind
Doesn't Danny O'Brien seem a little low at #10?
And Braden down at #12? I agree that this is a reasonable list of the better players in Michigan, but I think that the order that the players are ranked in is pretty far off. I anticpate Braden and O'Brien will show that they should be higher, and likely Godin will as well.
Not that I'm a shameless homer or anything . . . ;)
"Richardson is what he is. I've certainly seen shorter corners do big things. Height may be one of the more overrated aspects of evaluating corners-as in sometimes folks get locked in on it and completely disregard speed (the most important thing), hips, toughness, etc. That being said, we clearly overrated Richardson to begin with (my bad on that), but it's not like he has no chance. He's got a chance-and quite a good one."
of Redford Thurston was a beast in his first game. Michigan needs to take a look at this in-state kid. Offers from Northwestern and West Virginia.
Yes, you've mentioned this multiple times. You wouldn't happen to be related to young, unrated Mr. Wilson, would you?
In all fairness, he could just be a fan who thinks the kid would look great in a UM uniform. It's not like everyone here hasn't repeated him or herself on numerous occasions.
Eric Wilson should have been impressive..He was playing against an awful Edsel Ford team
Cass Tech looked overmatched and was out coached. A multitude of penalties, totally ineffective on defense,, and an inept offense. Richardson is tiny. Burbridge showed excellent run-after-the-catch ability. Funchess has good wheels for a TE. Ojemudia displayed excellent quickness.
RJS did little of note. In fact, most of Cass Tech did little of note. It was a clunker for Cass as a whole.
Inspired by your negativity:
You might have been at the game, but your opinion means little to most. Let's leave the analysis to the paid professionals. Thanks for sharing.
I for one have no problem with someone who was at the game sharing their analysis, even if it's negative.
It's a message board, anyone can offer their opinion/analysis. If you only want analysis from paid professionals just ignore what anyone else says.
You give some great advice. Though he also has the right to his own opinion. Even if it's a contradiction of another members opinion.
I would really appreciate a little more in depth analysis on why T-rich supposedly had such a bad game....Burbridge had 3 catches for 54 yards and I heard at least one of those catches was when Cass was in a zone and T-rich wasn't even on him.....maybe Burbridge was beating him consistently but the ball just wasn't getting there? Just curious.....
Also it was funny how some MSU fans were discrediting Mario's incredible performance because the competition wasn't very good, however they are jizzing in their pants about Burbridge...they played against the same team.
Richardson wasn't locked up on Burbridge every play. What Burbridge did statistically had everything to do with Harrison spreading the ball around and really nothing to do with Richardson. The main point most people have on Richardson is that he is really small and to me wasn't that athletically gifted as say the TE from Harrison or Burbridge. Nothing stood out about him physically nor did he make plays.
Of course this is just high school football and a lot can change. Those poor Cass Tech kids were over matched by what might be the best team in the state. And, what might be the best Harrison team.
I was extremely impressed with Dennis Norfleet .. the kid is small, but tough, fast as hell, and can frickin put the moves on. He looked like a great back.