is leaving ND. He was a 4/5 star.
Peppers at 10, which seems low.
is leaving ND. He was a 4/5 star.
IIRC he wanted to play for RR at Zona but who knows now with a kid at home.
If they can clone Matt Scott, Neal could have a decent career there...
Yeah, I think he was set for Arizona but his dad intervened for Notre Dame. One of those weird recruiting stories. I can't say I blame him. I couldn't live that far away from my kids either.
And WR Justin Ferguson, too. Plus, apparently Kelly says this isn't the end.
I hate that his stupid ugly mug covers half the shit I'm trying to read. Not sure if it's because I'm using the app or if it's just embedded weird.
It's just the app because the formatting on the web page through a browser is actually quite impressive compared to some other attempts. Trying opening mgoblog through a browser and you should be all good.
He said so many things that have me pumped for next season. My only question-- is this hyperbole, or is this legit? I ask that, because I haven't looked back at Gerry Dinardo's old tweets from previous tour stops to see if he gets excited and talks up every school he's visited, or just Michigan. Either way, I'm pumped for next year!
So I don't think he overhypes it all the time. I'm sure there is some pro B1G sugar coating going on at times, but this seems more like legit praise.
I'm reading back through his other tweets now about the other teams to see what he's saying. I'll report back, but I needed to point this out. This is his whole coverage of the Indiana spring practice visit:
2013 Spring Practice Tour Stop 5 this morning
#Hoosiers 18 Degrees Thank You John Melencamp for the indoor facility which IU is using today
Alright, I went through his other tweets, and there's nobody he was even as close to as nice to as he was to UM. He said some good things about Nebraska and a couple good things about Northwestern, but for the post part his level of impression seems to relate to how many good tweets he put out (IE: if he didn't have anything nice to say, he didn't say anything at all). Seems to have legit questions about UW, obviously doesn't have anything to say about IU, nothing to say about NW defense, etc.
I'm not saying he's a great barometer, but he's not just going around hyping everyone up.
from what he had seen in practice. His exact words were something like "that's not the #8 team in the country..."
We all like to pile on Dinardo but it seems like his preseason evaluations have been pretty accurate. Another example: I remember in the 2009 August tour he had said he thought Michigan was a 5-7 team based on his observations. I was pissed because that was supposed to be the RR turnaround and I thought he was ignorant. Turned out he was spot on.
a former coach knows when he is seeing lines mauling each other. That is typically not hyperbole since he should know big dudes getting after it. More interesting is the RB situation with him even calling it out. Mr Green needs to step in and step up this fall.
As much as he annoys me, he is normally pretty spot on with his analysis. He did miss on MSU last year (he said numerous times he thought OSU and MSU were clearly the two best teams in the conference), but their problems were more due to the fact that they did not have a QB. As long as I have followed BTN his predictions have worked out pretty well for the most part.
DiNardo's an idiot, every year he's blabbering about how the B1G will never compete with the SEC because NO ONE in the conference can recruit on their level.
that the rest of the football world hasn't? I understand people getting annoyed with all the SEC love out there, but it is reality--they are the best conference, and there is no doubt whasoever about that. Now can that change? Sure, but until then yelling about it doesn't help
All he said about Indiana's practice was that it was cold, so... legit?
You could say much worse things about an Indiana football practice. The cold was probably the highlight.
I don't know about that. IU football is definitely looking up, and I know it's probably impossible to believe, but I don't think they'll be the lauging stock anymore after this season. Not necessarily saying this season will be great, but the seasons after. They're really starting to come together and Wilson knows what he's doing. He's also brought in some very good recruits on defense, but they haven't all arrived yet.
It sounds like DiNardo genuinely was impressed with our practices, and wasn't all canned hyperbole used on everybody else.
I love that he was impressed with how physical our practices were, how much the team has improved over the last 5 years, Kalis being legit, etc.
I love the mentality that Hoke and company have brought back to Michigan. Hoke could be building something special...
Hoke IS building something special. Even from a non-homer perspective, it's hard not to see what he's in the midst of doing. The next 3-5 years are going to be ridiculous
Ok wait, didn't he mean the last 5 stops, not Last 5 YEARS? Considering michigan was the 6th stop on the tour?
Honestly I feel like this season has so much potential and I am more excited about getting this season underway than I am about any team since Lloyd was here. I know that Denard was and forever will be dilithium, but the team as a whole wasn't always as electrifying to put it mildly. Yes the Jake Tyan injury hurts, but the depth we have been building and the recent incoming classes keep compounding on each other making this year the culmination of the years prior. Next year might be even better than this year, but, for now, this year is going to tremendous.
The fact that he mentions both the O-line and D-line being physical makes me smile.
That really jumped out to me, too. I love hearing pundits talk about how our team is making those helmets crack louder and more often than other teams. That's the kind of thing that tends to translate to game results.
Gets me pumped, and then the true off season (after recruiting) starts and then I go insane counting the days till September. Dinardo just added a +10 to my pumped meter, I can't wait to see Kalis in action.
This is the kind of stuff I love reading. Naturally we're going to get better in year 3 of the same systems, but what I love hearing about is the toughness and physicality Hoke is instilling in this team. Hoke wants to hear football every day, and it sounds like he's getting what he wants.
Looking forward to seeing opposing wideouts being terrified to cut across the middle of the field.
Hoke doesn't instill physicality; he instills "physicalness". Huge difference.
To say in the second tweet? That he didn't see good tailback play, or that it was outstanding? I read it 4 times and I could understand it both ways.
I think he's saying in general that if Michigan wants to win, they're going to need one of their RBs to step up and do work.
Yeah, that's a little vague. At first I thought he meant the RBs looked good, but after a second read I think he meant that if we get a RB to break out that could be what puts us over the top, or a break out RB is the only thing we really need.
Considering Fitz is still hurt and Green isn't there yet, I'm OK if that's the only group he thinks is a weakness.
Get excited, thinking that Rawls, or another RB was stepping up big, but then I read the post a second time and it confused me. It would be nice if he ment it as a compliment though.
I think he said it needs to improve? Terrible wording IMO.
The first sentence is terribly worded for sure. "Outstanding tailback play could be the difference..." could mean that we have it and it could be the difference, or if we could have it, it would be the difference.
However, the second sentence pretty well clears it up I think.
I wonder which 4 of the 6 EEs he meant could contribute. Clearly Douglas and Charlton since he mentioned them by name. I imagine LTT is one who can't which is fine. I would guess the other two are Butt (for sure) and probably Dymonte Thomas. If the "other" two are the two OL then that makes sense.
Not that Dymonte is underrated but I really think he's going to catch some people by surprise. His early commitment may have made people forget just how good this kid is for whatever reason.
I could see him as a 4 year starter especially since he's an EE.
He was probably referring to Bosch and Tuley-Tillman since we almost always redshirt offensive linemen, even when they're highly rated. That could change with Bosch, though. He's college ready from a size standpoint, which is pretty uncommon.
So was Kalis, but we redshirted him anyway. I think we'd all agree that OL is probably the most imperative position for a redshirt. I'm hoping Bosch does not need to see the field next year, and especially Kugler, given our situation at center.
I think we'll see Taco, Butt, and Douglas this year with Taco making the most impact. The guy looks like an absolute monster in the practice video and he's still a senior in high school! Butt seems to need a year of S&C before he does much IMO.
The question with Charlton is: At whose expense does he play? The defensive line doesn't go much more than two-deep unless there are injuries. Clark and Ojemudia are certainly going to play, so that leaves Charlton as a mop-up duty guy unless something drastic happens.
Everyone knows recruiting rankings DON'T matter as long as you "coach 'em up".
Can't read the premium info on 247 but the non-premium posts seems to indicate something (very?) good.
And yes, I know it will make it on the board eventually but I find myself impatient re: SAM Lbs after the past week.
A day or two ago, there was a post over at Eleven Warriors (Ohio site) about Berger. He had just been to Ohio, where he spent time with his family, Urban Meyer, and several prominent recruits. In spite of just being at Ohio, in spite of liking Urban, in spite of having a great weekend, he still stated that things were 50/50 between Michigan and Ohio for his services.
That in itself is very good. If getting pressure from other Ohio recruits, along with Urban, only brings him to "50/50," Michigan's chances are excellent.
Mattison is the key contact for Berger, and someone who Berger is very impressed by and who Berger relates well too. New assistant coach Manning, the one working with linebackers and thus the prime position coach for Berger, has also made quite an impression.
Berger appears legitimately torn between the two schools. It helps that he is very close to Jake Ryan. His High School, St. Ignatius in Cleveland, is a huge football factory. Not only Jake Ryan came from Ignatius. Many recognize current New England Patriot and former Buckeye Tony Gonzalez, and Patriot and former Spartan QB Brian Hoyer. Several other former Wolverines went to Ignatius. While not a "pipeline," their coach is not tied to Ohio at the hip.
I like our chances with Berger. We will know, one way or the other, before June.
in the comments for the nightly roundup, by Tim Sullivan, he responds to a question about Berger's interest and mentions that he is going to be in Ann Arbor for the spring game.
Per the 247 comment - the topic was started by Steve Lorenz aka Tremendous who seemed pretty reliable before moving to 247, which is why I thought it might have some legs.
Does not look right. I just can't put my finger on it.
If you beat the other team off the ball in the trenches consistently you will win a ton of football games. It's super cliche but that's because it's the truth.
MOAR FRANK CLARK!
Random Thoughts on selected tweets:
1. Nice that we're looking better than the other 5, but I'm not sure that's saying too much? Nebraska to me seems like a disorganized organization. I'm not sure why ... maybe it's my impression of Pelini. Also, who knows what to expect from Wisconsin this year given the transition. His other stops were Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois.
2. I agree with the other posters that this tweet should be interpreted: "Tailback play is the key, and Michigan needs to find it". =) We will.
3. This is duh, and not even close.
5. I *really* wonder what this drill is. This has to be one of the things that sets our staff apart.
6. Great to hear about Taco, since we may need him at WDE after the Beyer move. Gerry doesn't meantion Dymonte here, and with Mattison saying that he's been playing corner, that makes me curious. I thought he was a SS all the way? The staff isn't scared about playing Freshmam safeties (Wilson last year), so I'm not sure what to think about him yet.
7. Who are the 'other' 2? LTT is almost certainly one. Probably Bosch since he's an OL. I'd guess Taco and Butt play a fair amount, and Douglas and Thomas are on the 2/3 deep. (Also, Gerry uses '@' in '@ least 4 have chance ...'. That made me laugh)
Does anyone know if there will be a review of spring practice on BTN?
It was intriguing to see him tweet about the GA coaches as well actually, and if I am not mistaken, that would be Ernie Lawson (who played under Hoke at SDSU for a bit, I believe) and Adam Stenavich (Michigan LT from 2001-2005, if memory serves). I think Stevanich spent some time in the NFL as well. What is interesting about it is that it another example of how the resurgence of this feeling of community around the program has brought people back to it (and how people follow Hoke as well). It is great to know that not only do we have an excellent staff, but we have depth there as well, it seems.
I kind of hate DiNardo except in this picture:
Not sure if the 'Michigan' drill is what he is referring too since it doesn't appear to be a pash rush drill, but fun to watch to get a fix in. This has been posted elsewhere but for your enjoyment:
Denard is gone. When you have someone run the ball through the LOS it's a run, not a designed OMGThey'reAllCoveredHe'sTrappedROFLThereHeGoesAgain(insert random shoelace comment here)..
Always good to hear positive news coming out of spring practice. If we can get good production out of Taco and the Green/Smith backfield I think this could turn into a very good year.
Happy that Hoke is bringing in talented freshman and the 6 EE's are already starting to turn some heads. All the spring news has me excited for football. I need the basketball team to keep playing in the tournament, otherwise there will be nothing to look forward to other then football.
I'm really not worried about our defense at all this year. The only potential problem could be the CBs if Countess isn't 100% come Fall. The DL will be the best we've had since 2006 and our LB corps will be fast and physica even without Ryan. We'll have some speed in the back end with Wilson and MRob at FS.
Offensively there won't be a better set of OTs in the B1G or maybe even the country. Whoever ends up at the guard spots next to Miller will be more than adquate. Gallon, Darboh, Chesson, and Dileo will make some people wonder why we were so worried about our WRs this year. I think we'll see Drake Johnson and Derrick Green both play a big role at RB and bring some physicality. Things are looking up for this program.
I don't know if I agree about the defensive line. It has potential, but Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen were a pretty damn good combination in 2011, even if the other two guys were just okay. I think we'll have more quality depth this year, but the starters probably aren't as good as 2011's were.
Agree to disagree I guess. We have the most athletes on the DL in a long time and this year we will get a passrush with 4. Mario and Clark will give us that. I see Taco as being too good to keep off the field in certain situations.
This isn't flamebait...
However, i think not having Kovacs to clean-up others' mistakes and a whole new interior line will hurt early in the season.
Keep me posted, Ger!
Overall his comments had me pumped.
unless you can see his hand gestures.
Was "hearing" football.