According to Rivals. Posada reaffirmed.
Good news on the way?
Excellent news. We need a couple more of offensive recruits as well. I'm hoping for another OL, a QB, and a TE.
Defense we need to continue recruiting safeties, linebackers, and DL (specifically DT's).
I agree we need a TE in this class since we're down to 2 on the depth chart. Rivals has Heitzman listed as a DE but Scouts has him as a TE (unless you click on his profile then it says DE). I also see that Frank Clark is listed as a potential TE. Anyone know what kind of skills these guys can bring to the TE position?
Heitzman has stated he believes he will be playing DE, and the coaches talking with him (other than Hoke and Singletary) were Smith and Mattison, so it at least looks like he's more of a DE prospect than a TE.
That said, he's tallish (6'2"+) with the frame to be big, so as long as he can catch the ball he'd probably be a good TE.
Keep in mind there have been rumors of Ricardo Miller moving to TE, so we might not be as desperately in need of one in this class as it looks.
We need a OL and DL born in Michigan to see the light.
Great news. We have a lot of lineman that are juniors and seniors.
He wasn't in Ann Arbor. He was visiting UF - more likely that he committed there than reconfirming his commitment to UM while in Gainesville.
Glad to hear about Posada. Interested to hear about Willingham and McClure.
A lot of good news should be headed our way this year.
Maybe even this week.
I like the sound of that. Hoke and the gang are on fire.
Dennis Blundon on fire today!!!!
Seriously though, that would be great. It looks like Hoke is doing a great job filling out what a lot of people (myself included) thought might be a bit of a lost cause.
How much of that was just congratulatory?
I read that post in your avatar's voice and I felt a little guilty.
She's cool with it, I'm sure.
"Man, I'm not on yo team..."
I wouldn't smack Dave Chappelle / Prince's butt even if he was on my team and he was pulling his amazing basketball moves.
I honestly must say that I would love to have your job over these next couple of weeks. Wait... who am I kidding. I'd love to have your job every day of the week.
But you're too damn good at it.
I both love and hate your cryptic posts, but I do appreciate all the work that you have done. Thanks, Tom.
Tom what are you hiding?! Give us some sort of a hint!
Isn't that kind of hint enough?
No I need more! This is worse than crack for me. I don't know how you do it. I would be renting planes to put the info on Plan Banners, Smoke Messages, interrupting radio broadcasts, Everything. I give you a lot of credit for not spilling the beans....I guess that's why so many recruits feel alright giving you a TON of info. Glad your a UM fan.
I guess that's why so many recruits feel alright giving you a TON of info.
Exactly. Tom's job depends on keeping that trust.
Someone needs an intervention.
directly following a post hoping for good news... That kind of cryptic I can handle.
one would think that would be enough of a hint, yes
For a while there was a good deal of chatter about Hobbi, but from what Rivals tells me he's only interested in ASU, UCLA, and USC.
Do you know if he would have received any attention from SDSU while Hoke was there, or would he have been too big a fish for the Aztecs to go after?
The good news probably won't be much of a surprise. You can probably figure out what it might be.
Tom is probably referring to the Jan 28th announcements of Bryant and Clark. Tom, any preview about McClure and Willingham?
I'll have updates on them tomorrow in the Weekly Update. McClure could decide midweek this week. Willingham might decide this week, too.
Thanks Tom for the update, can't wait to see what you have to say tomorrow in your weekly post.
Not much been said other than speculation by us peasants.
I could care less about Fisher......he is lazy and beats up on munchkins in northern MI. He is no big loss in this class
A. I think you mean 'couldn't' care less
B. I bet if he was still firmly committed to us you would be ecstatic about it.
First post on Mgoblog and you're bashing a recruit. Classy.
until i have reason to believe otherwise, i'll assume he's an MSU or OSU fan and neg him on sight.
jake, we'd love to have you.
Neg bang party.
Between your post and your handle I'm having trouble deciding which is more classless. Let's just go ahead and call it a tie, shall we?
NEG HIM! NEG HIM TO BOLIVIA NOW!!!
Let's not forget Thomas Rawls announcing on the 31st !
Tom, Justice is trying to scoop you. He said one more plans on committing.
man i think Justice Hayes is taking your job lol. dude you're doing a great job your keeping me sane.
Just curious could we have Hayes in again next weekend, say for an unofficial visit? I'm sure we can find a place for him to stay. We need to get Hayes in Raven's ear because he'd be huge for this class IMO.
Good news coming this week + updates on McClure and Willingham + announcement by McClure and maybe Willingham = McClure is a commit and probably Willingham as well
He could also be referring to Bryant and Clark as stated above. Getting those 4 would be awesome but I'm hoping we also pull in someone like Heyward. We could use a DT for depth.
Tom, you do a great job and you're consistently bringing us grade A information on a daily basis, for that we all love you; +1!
Both are high 4 stars, very intriguiging prospects who we were able to invite last minute.
Just speaking from the heart, if we got neither I will be dissapointed in this weekend. Getting 1 of those 2 would be good enough for me.
I agree. Hoke needs 1 or 2 four-stars to make this period a real success. M can land three-stars pretty easily. That's no great accomplishment.
I disagree. With Hoke's short timetable for recruiting, reaffirming commits and gaining a couple of kids is a real success.
Don't discount the work the staff has done thus far. I'm thoroughly impressed and optimistic that it will only get better as we get closer to signing day.
They haven't (yet) reaffirmed either Fisher or Countess, who are arguably the two top guys. The other kids, including Kellen, never really seem interested in leaving. So, if Hoke loses both Fisher and Countess -- and doesn't land any other top-tier recruits -- it will be a net loss. Wouldn't be Hoke's fault. But it wouldn't be anything to celebrate.
to hear frank yell "Countess" many times in the next 5 years.
Agreed. We needed DB depth, Hoke seems to be doing a good job there. Obviously if you cut Justice Hayes open he'd bleed blue, but still, Hoke didn't lose him. He also got us a pretty good kicker out of nowhere and is working on some other prospects too.
Honestly there's not much else we can ask him to do with his short time. He's been working hard and it's showing.
although it would be great if we secured both of their commitments, if we get one of the two I would be happy. And of those two, I'd rather have Willingham only because LB is a bigger need and we have a few db's already committed.
first real weekend at Michigan, the vibe is better than we ever had with RR.
I mean, I remember RR as being all over the Pryor recruitment......even then, it felt bad when TP (I love that as a nickname for him) was making him grovel.
I think he was talking about this in terms of recruiting weekends - not starts to seasons that ended really poorly.
Bottom line is this has been a good weekend for UM so far. Let's enjoy it, instead of bickering about nothing.
It was a very radiant weekend.
When waiting to hear if recruits are planning to commit, 20 minutes seems like 40 years
Well, the weekend's results haven't come through yet. The 2/1 recruiting weekend in '08 was pretty impressive for RR - Barnum, Demens, Feagin, Khoury, Dann O'Neill, Odoms, Roundtree - say what you will about what happened with Feagin and the fact that O'Neill didn't stay...that's a pretty good weekend.
12/4/09 was a nice get for RR, too - that was Ricardo Miller's visit weekend. Austin White, the Talbotts, Avery, Jerald Robinson, Pace, Miller, Jeremy Jackson.
I'll give you that - those were nice weekends. So far, we've got 4 commits from this weekend. Let's see what else we got.
forgot your /s
RR set us with most of these guys already. Just because they are not talked about a lot does not mean many were not already recruited. Some have already re confirmed.
Getting a decent QB would make me really happy although I don't remember seeing one on the visit list for this weekend.
Tim tweeted yesterday that Mattison was talking with Willingham during half-time of the basketball game. If Mattison is a legend I suspect he sealed the deal.
We can get a play by play comparison of the Mattison hand-over-shoulder approach compared to the GERG choke? Might provide some insight as to how our 4-3 will operate.
I'm excited most about McClure & Willingham...LOVE to see them go Blue!
I felt the weekend was productive! We got 3 commits. And one more who plans on committing! I'm so excited #goblue
we get more than just one more from this weekend, would love to have both McClure and Willingham.
That could be Rawls, too - based on previous comments.
I think it was someone who visited
How likely is it that we land 2 of 'em? More?
I think it's likely we get Clark and Willingham. McClure's a wild card, but I think we've got a good shot with him
Likely Clark, but can hope for the other 2 four stars.
SWiltfong247 - "Michigan, USC and Washington are still making a run at PSU commit Ryan Nowicki, according to the Arizona lineman."
He got offered about a week ago, looks like we're putting the full court press on him. Wonder what this says about Fisher..
2 Tackles. Flavin might be the 3rd option if we don't get these two.
My guess is, the key will be whether we can get Nowicki on campus next weekend.
Fisher got his Florida offer. I think this was recent. Oregon too. I think when he initially scheduled those visits, he didn't have an offer from either.
is the leader for Poole, right?
... He just took his offical visit. I thought the michigan visit was supposed to be on the 28th, but i could be wrong
Animated smileys? Feels like RCMB all of a sudden.
On post 3, that was a UM visit, as in Miami. Got to click the link to see it.
I just saw UM, i guess ill take that laugh back now,
I would welcome Poole & Willingham both!.
Even if it is Clark, that means Hoke's gotten a commit from a Glenville prospect. I know he isn't a guy that OSU was interested in, but it means Ginn doesn't have a fundamental hatred of Michigan and that he trusts Hoke with his players. We'll have a better shot with anyone coming out of there than we've had since the whole Ginn Jr. debacle.
I know he is a Glenville guy, which has proven to be not favorable for us in the recent past, but he would be a great addition to this class, especially if he is the only undecided of the top 30 QBs.
its been reported previously that he is having academic issues and wouldnt qualify.
Like above poster said, he isn't going to qualify.
He will not qualify at Michigan!!
At least one Cardale question in every recruiting post!
meant Rawls. That doesn't mean others aren't seriously thinking about us, though. Should be an interesting couple of weeks.
According to WTKA, Ray Lewis is Willingham's favorite player.
I talked to posada while he was here. He seemed to be enjoying himself a lot and seemed to be really high on michigan. With that said, what else would he say while he is actually AT michigan.
sounds like they want Cooper pretty bad. They were in home with him when visiting Countess and now MAttison is calling him up. Come on Coop!
While I'd like a DT in this class, we can live without one too, as there is a surplus next year and we will still have Ash,Talbott,Washington and Campbell around plus maybe Rock. I really want us to steal that DT from Illinois, name escaping me right now, in addition to the kid from Detroit CC(Martin replacement!)
Well, I think we need a DT in this class, but I've seen Cooper play in person, and I wasn't impressed.
varies from site to site. he looks like he should be red shirted and work on his technique
I really think we'll get Mcclure and Willingham, I'm not even that worried. MAttison has been in Willingham's ear and Mcclure has been recruited by Hokef or 2 years. Does he really think his future is better served playing for Tedford or Neuheisel than Hoke? Being friends with Leon Hall can't hurt us either. Willingham's other offers are pretty unimpressive, none are in UM's league if you ask me and he dropped A and M where his best friend went.
With those 2 hopefully in tow, I'll be curious to see who els we can get, beyond the Frank Clark types. I could see us stealing someone like Zettel or even Drew at DE to be honest, or Cooper,Heyward or Jernigan at DT.
Glad we aren't going to take a WR(unless of course the class is short players at the last minute), we need the spots. Load up on D and OL. Not sure we even need Rawls, as we hae RBs.
Also, who knows what big names on the table my be wanting to take a last minute visit....
Darian Coopers Twitter: The d coordinator from Michigan just called me he was very interesting
keeps on closing.
this is what tom tweeted
when you are someone's last visit. Would love to see McClure go Blue.