Yaaaaaaaay! Thought it was sec receiver though?
This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Yaaaaaaaay! Thought it was sec receiver though?
* Thought it was an SEC receiver?
triple post ftw :D.
I don't think Cincy is in the SEC...but I'm glad to have him aboard. Despite his size (you know how the recruiting sites loves size), the kid is highly regarded. Welcome aboard Dennis.
Rivals compares him to Darren Sproles who...is not bad...actually quite the opposite. I don't know how they're going to use Hayes, Norfleet and the like, but I can't wait to see. They both have talent that can really help the team do things.
Yeah, sorry I'm not going to pretend it's the same thing. However, I like keeping instate talent instate. That is something to be happy about.
Hey they can't get mad. They got one from us a week ago. I'd say a pretty fair straight up trade for Caleb Stacey,
Kid has some serious speed, just as importantly, he gets to that speed pretty damn quick. Cuts and vision both look pretty great. Not much on the film with him taking on tacklers but still damn impressive.
Size doesn't matter when youre running through the OL class we're bringing in.
Yeah, I wasn't saying that size mattered. I was saying that recruiting sites think size matters. I don't necessarily agree with that. Talent is talent.
Yeah, talent is talent to a certain extent. WR, RB, DB, and Special team guys can usually get away with being smaller. Mainly because they aren't in the trenches and need the height to see over the line. They can survive on athleticism alone which is nice. I'm very impressed with this offer and commitment, to say the least.
size also doesnt matter when you run a 4.39
I'd be willing to wager that Norfleet will have more production at Michigan than Brionte Dunn will have playing for Urban Meyer
Can someone explain to me why Rivals lists Norfleet as #5 at his position but only the #236 player in the country, while Dunn is listed at #11 at his position but #138 in the country?
Neglected (/don't really understand) the difference between "running back" and "all purpose back."
Northfleet is catergorized as an all purpose back instead of a traditional running back like Dunn. Rivals keeps rankings for both positions.
He doesn't seem bad. I just want some more size outside, but it is always good to get more speed on the team and this is a solid last minute add on.
I don't think he will be playing WR for us. If he does, I'm guessing it will be in the slot or he will motion to the slot.
I hope so ... also welcome home Dennis!
This was it
I'd like to start by saying I don't have scout insider so Sam Webb could have said on there that this is the surprise he was talking about.
That being said, it is not possible to infer that from this tweet. All it says is that Norfleet was "a" signing day surprise. "A" being used here has no meaning toward any other commitments. If it was "the" signing day surprise, then you would be right. Linguistically it doesn't work.
Good player but is it me or has this been the oddest end to recruiting season in a long time? Seems like a perfect spread rb/slot. Maybe Smith Dileo and Gallons success changed some minds in Shemy hall.
slot wr/return specialist.
He comes in with a full back, you stack the run. He motions out...you're screwed. He is going to stir the pot.
As I said on the other post. He is Vincint Smith 2.0 or Darren Sproles 1.2.5. Funny how I got no credit for this. No need. I am not a glory hound. Good pick up.
Gotta love Vincent Smith. But we need Norfleet to be superior to Smith. Smith is a back-up.
Third down back is like a quasi starter. I wish Vincent hadn't had his ACL tear his freshman year -- he just hasn't seen quite the same.
I've been really excited about Norfleet and just glad that the staff isn't tied to an ideal instead of grabbing and working with great talent
^^^This. It shows that the coaches are not trapped in the dogma of "Manball". We all thought at first that Vince Smith would be relegated to the bench in the Hoke program, now they are recruiting another player like him. That's enlightening.
Despite the "Manball" comments when Hoke came in, I think at this point we have enough real evidence to show that Borges is not DeBord. Our offense is and will continue to be quite diverse.
The only "Manball" thing Hoke ever said was that it could be tough to have a great defense if your offense runs zone blocking all the time. That really wasn't a controversial thing to say - even RR occasionally uses man blocking. It shouldn't have led to the internet uproar it did.
Not every back can be an every-down guy like Mike Hart. Vincent Smith is a tough, 100% effort, totally BLUE, tremendous Michigan man and very good football player. He is going to have a nice senior year, and I'm DAMNED glad he's blue.
This thread is borderline harsh on Smith, and I hope he's not reading it. He's done everything asked of him. If Norfleet is AS GOOD AS Smith, I'll be very happy that he's blue.
What's up man...
I plus'd you to get you to the full 5. You now have Glory.
it's one of the best days of this kid's life. he's a good player, let's all be happy for him and us and not feel sorry for ourselves over nothing.
There is nothing to feel sorry about. There isn't a team in football that would turn down Darren Sproles. He has a chance to get to the end zone every time he has the ball. I was wondering why the staff wasn't making a move on this kid.
I was wondering why we were not recruiting him. This was a shocker. I don't think a single person thought to mention him.
And now to watch this dudes highlight videos...!
I'm not sure what else this is beyond that. Maybe Slot wr with occasional Jet Sweep?
Think more athletic, stronger Vincent Smith
Vincent Smith is pretty strong and very tough.
Throwback screens abound! If he can pass block like Smith, I'll be happy.
Jackson would say he is a more athletic, stronger version of Jim Brown, with a little bit of Barry Sanders thrown in there! But seriously I am looking forward to hearing Coach Jackson describe him!
strange, i posted this and my comment was deleted because it was offensive? wtf..
SO is this the 7 am surprise?
If he the surprise guy? Even if he's not it's still a great pick-up, size doesn't always matter
late pickup. You can never have enough speed. Borges will find a nice role for him. Welcome aboard Dennis.
Great late pickup especially with Vincent Smith in his last year of eligibility.
I'm confused. It's 1 a.m. How is the news breaking now?
I thought someone said 7am guy and surprise guy are two different guys. Are they? If so, which one is this?
I checked mgoblog and was like ho hum....nothing yet.....then I check scout and go yes!! Then I go back to mgoblog....three posts about Norfleet committing. Love it haha
i'll take another 4 star any day. welcome aboard, mr. norfleet. i look forward to cheering for him.
ESPN sucks at recruiting projections, right? a consensus of the non-idiots 4 star is nothing to shrug at.
"Why not U-M? I didn't even get a look from Michigan."
Anyway welcome aboard.
He's a sick player. Real glad to have him. Welcome, Dennis.
So are we down to zero signing day surprises now?
They commit every time. If there truly is a surprise, it is only known by the coaches and said player. Remember Heitzman? No prior idea.
I'm absolutely thrilled... The kid is a stud, honestly.... Watch his senior film..
Looking forward to seeing him in the Big House.
Damn. 0 to 60 in half a second. He's got some insane acceleration. This is a guy you find a use for. Did he play in the UA game though? That's what it says at the beginning of the video but I don't remember anyone talking about it when the game happened.
That mad scientist Borges will definitely find a use for him
If you can't find a use for a slippery lightning bolt like this, you shouldn't have a job in football.
Impressive as hell.
That special teams play when he waits on the ball is absurd. He cuts past 5 guys. Reminds me of Devin Hester on special teams.
I will listening to Hall and Oates "You Make My Dreams Come True" when I clicked on his tape. Thought it was a bit ironic, so I just muted the senior highlights.
small and quick, nice speed, nice vision, uses his blockers well, good balance and body control in traffic, sometimes carries the ball in the wrong hand, wonder how many fumbles he's had being a smaller guy, didn't particularly like how he started jogging on a few of those long runs, but that's correctable. looks like a third down back, if he can catch and passblock. Fills a need with us whiffing on Dunn and losing Vincent Smith in another year.
Wow. Not just speed, but very nice vision and quick cuts in traffic.
Only downside is that when he gets going, the maize stripes on the blue helmet might blur to a greenish haze. But I'll overlook it.
with nati, not sure they are to happy about it though.
Yes I think so ...
I believe one of the Rogers brothers was pretty good at Oregon State? he was only 5'6 or 5'7
JaQuizz or whatever. He's on the Falcons now I believe
Based on that return in the state championship game, he would become our best returner the second he hits campus. Great addition, staff!
Hows his academics and attitude? I'm just curious.
Enjoyed watching his YouTube videos.
His video says he had a 3.4 GPA. 4.39 40. All State Sprinter.
for many people that have asked, this is it! Allen Trieu has said so!
So that leaves three signing days surprises or four?
So we were hush hush just to square up with cincy after losing stacey? I see you hoke.. Only one school in ohio fucks with our recruits!
Silence butter tool.. Im making a point about how awesome he is
It's five.... Seven O'clock somewhere
>>>> Whatever i'm still getting drunk
I think this is a very exciting pick up! One thing I found interesting (ironic, maybe?) is that this switch comes a day after the Detroit News blue chip article came out and Norfleet's reason for "why not U-M" and his answer was "I didn't even get a look from Michigan." I thought that was an interesting answer when I read it Tuesday morning, but now it's a really interesting answer. Just thought that was interesting, given the timing...
Yes, it was interesting... Very interesting.
Fred Jackson says he is Mike Hart, but faster and tougher.
fred jackson says he is like shaq. only taller.
This kid reminds me of Barry Sanders, only faster and with better hips.
Honestly think this kid is a legitimate running back... He looks decently built already and he's electric with the ball... Idk how the hell some of you aren't excited about this
People are worried about his size and offer list, but he seems impressive to me. Plus, I love any kid that is willing to switch his commitment last minute because of an offer by Michigan.
Knowing how much these recruiting sites rely on offers when rating recruits, the fact that he is a consensus 4 star should really tell you how talented the guy is. So pumped.
Why did he have so few offers though? Lack of exposure like Braden?
I would guess that it's beause he committed to Cincinnati in August. At the time, Alabama was pursuing him pretty hard, so he might have gotten a scholarship from the Tide. I'm sure that would have opened up a whole new sheet of offers. I'm not one of those schools evaluating him, but the only knock on him seems to be size. This is a good football player we're getting. His offers probably would have blown up had we offered him sooner.
i don't know about decently built, he's looks pretty college ready to me.
It'd be amazing if he looks that superimposed in real life.
but I guarantee the first day will be spent teaching him to switch the ball to his outside arm when he's breaking to the sidelines. Then again, when everyone's ten yards back, it hardly matters.
I love this pickup. Can't believe all the neg about him earlier in the year, now that I've seen the film.
Welcome aboard, Dennis. I'm a believer.
Even though the surprise came early, I'm still excited for NSD. You just never know, right Dorsey?
http://recruiting.scout.com/2/1082659.html This is an interesting article about 7on7 competition with Norfleet and Shane Morris versus Florida teams.
Thanks for posting this. That video was impressive! Am I the only one who saw the end of that video and was more than a little surprised at the size of his arms? That's the first time I'd seen a picture of him up close before and, man, he's way more built than I thought he'd be from his basic measurables. Holy smokes!
I'm surprised nobody else brought up that he played on that team with Shane. I remember being really impressed with his performance there and it helps that he has seemingly good chemistry with our future qb.
Overall, I like this pickup. Not thrilled, but I think if utilized, this guy can be extremely effective with us. Skill players are usually hit or miss. If he turns out to be awesome, that's, well, awesome. If he's only used occaisionally, that's fine too. We still have Drake Johnson who may play a similar role.
I'm excited about this, but I guess it all depends on how the coaches use him.
Saw this kid play, and I can understand some people not being wowed by his tape or ranking or whatever; but he is a great pick up. Makes a great class even better. Has ability to contribute in a few different spots.
What's not to like about his rankings?
It's not that his ranking is low it was more a response to the people that are "OMG NO 5 STARZ NO WANNTTT"
he'll totally disappear behind our offensive line. by the time defenses pick him up he'll be behind them.
If he is anything like how Jaquizz Rodgers was for Oregon St. then I would be very happy.
Actually, he really is faster than Barry Sanders.
Before hearing of the commitment, I was watching his senior tape and couldn't stop thinking of the threat he could potentially bring to our O. Not to mention his future roles on special teams, where I see him excelling. Kid is a beast. Glad to have him!
Why are people acting like we just landed a preferred walk-on? This is Dennis Norfleet, a consensus top 250 player to everyone except the retards at ESPN. HELLO???
Amen. Dennis Norfleet is a legit 4* not a scrub. Watch his highlight videos and you'll see the big play potential he has. His shiftyness reminds me of a certain ex-wolverine and current EMU coach.
Though I don't think he was that shifty.
(Yes, I know you were talking about someone else).
He's actually one of our highest-rated recruits. Rivals has him at #236 overall, Scout has him at #163 overall, and 247 has him at #169 overall. ESPN is the outlier.
I listen to them like I do my ex-girlfriends.
If they did what you say ESPN does.
Yeah I'm glad that the people who don't see his potential aren't our coaches. They have obviously never seen how vital Sproles was to the Saints or KSU or how Oregon State used Quizz Rodgers. He is going to have a big role in our offense.
Even we fans should be able to see his potential. Were we not paying attention? We are the team of Jamie Morris, Mike Hart, and Vince Smith.
In my opinion you never turn down a guy with speed and toughness. I think he could be a great complement to manball. He could be our Percy Harvin if used correctly.
I saw the first few clips on his highlight film and saw several years of throwback screens dancing before my eyes.
Kid must've done something right.
Also Alabama was recruiting him hard - I think we have a star in our bag (back).
Curious - is he Denard fast??
Sport Science said Denard runs a 4.32 and Norfleet runs a 4.39. I would say both of those are pretty legit times, so he's only .07 slower than Denard.
On a second look, 247 lists a 4.34 time and he is an all-state sprinter. I would say he's legitimately Denard fast on the football field.
is 4.34 or 4.39 depending on which site you check out.
So yes, He is Denard fast.
I see him as a cross between Vincent Smith and Jeremy Gallon - a tought, physical, very shifty all purpose back who also has great hands (and hopefully a cloaking device!)
Norfleet is very fast, no doubt, but not quite Denard fast. Denard was one of the top sprinters in the nation as a high schooler, well faster than anyone in MI, and as a frosh was one of the top 60m sprinters in the B1G without going to track practice. He's a whole other animal.
Norfleet is one of the top sprinters in the state and will be one of the fastest guys on our team as soon as he gets here. I'm not trying to take anything away from him, just pointing out the difference between really f-ing fast and ludicrous speed (Denard).
I really like this pickup. Height does not matter a ton at the RB position. The guy has legit speed and is a tough runner.
This guy looks like a beast
Great to have a guy who can stretch the field laterally when opponents load up the box to stop Ty Isaac.
must of got him for the slot and vincent smiths replacement once vince graduates. welcome dennis!
Oh God, this will not end well.
biblical misogyny FTW, apparently
Dennis Norfleet (according to 247Sports): 5-8/175
Jamie Morris (according to UM football database): 5-8/179 as a frosh
I would not be surprised if he gets some playing time as a freshman.
The cut at 4:16 is wicked.
Article about his commitment... Definitely has to make you smile...
Kids a jack of all of trades, and it's obviously a dream come true for him
I dont know what it is, but I just have this gut feeling that something exciting is gonna happen tomorrow for us. Could just be the adderral.
Abilities to speak intelligently In a sentence.
Yeah we are talking about a guy who is a 4 star to every site and it top 5 APB to rivals and in their top 250, and in the top 247 at 24/7 sports. This is not a last minute last resort, its a luxury at a skill position, to add to an already awesome class! I always was curious why we hadn't offered especially when Alabama was very interested but assumed we needed too many other positions to take more of a Percy Harvin/ Steve Breaston typeplayer. Kid could seriously see the field and make a huge difference NEXT year.
Welcome Dennis! Great to have you in this class!
In the Caleb Stacey trade.
I think this is the most excited i've been at 1:45 AM
You need to start drinking more.
This is sort of like a bell curve, once you do too much drinking it is very difficult to get excited at 1:45
You need to meet more girls. Or any girls.
Norfleet has speed that Mike Hart could only dream about.
But my guess is we won't be seeing Mr. Norfleet knock lineman backwards like Mike used to.
Sorry - I know you're not necessarily comparing Norfleet and Hart overall. I just get defensive when every single time people see a short running back they compare him to Hart. Vincent Smith, for example, may be close to Hart in shiftiness (though I think he's a notch or two away), but he's got a small fraction of Hart's ability to break tackles.
Dude is Michigan's all-time leading rusher for a reason.
EDIT: Punctuation made less ... creative
Now all we need is Diamond.
Drake Johnson has to be surprised...he just got some serious competition for his return role.
I too was thinking that.
Drake Johnsons 4.35 40 is looking slightly less impressive with Norfleet in the mix.
Different backs. Both add depth to a position of need. I think they will both be just fine :)
Exactly what I was thinking! Drake Johnson is much bigger than Norfleet and literally like a baby step slower, I don't think he has much to worry about.
The difference other than size is that Norfleet is a whole lot more shifty. Drake has straight line speed. Which isn't bad, just a different type of runner. Norfleet is 0 to 60 in nothing and can add cuts here and there while maintaining a fast speed.
What you said, x 2. It's not apples and oranges, but it's close. Very different players ... I'm reminded of the nameless UMich football alum who, in a Rivals article, compared Drake to ... Mike Hart (!?).
Here's my preferred role for Drake: Gunner on the punt special teams unit.
I thought I saw on rivals that he had an Alabama offer too?
Stick both guys back there on the kick returns so they can't kick to "the other guy". Hoke has now significantly upgraded the size of our team without sacrificing speed. I'm drooling.
Welcome Dennis! Great pick up. You can always use someone with his type of athleticism. His film is as impressive as it comes. I truly think that between him and Drake Johnson we will hit it big on at least one of them, maybe both. Two extremely explosive players, and would complement a certain 2013 back (rhymes with Pie Byezick) extremely well.
Honestly.. This is my last post on the topic, but I think a lot of you are really going to find out that you underestimated this kid after he's running all over the field
I really think he will make an impact next year... A significant one...
Reminds me of dee hart.. No joke
I'm not always the most positive guy on the board about recruits but I really think he is something special
From reading this thread, I feel like there's a fair bit of excitement about Norfleet. All the questions are answerable and his video is very impressive. I think a lot of people like him, not just you.
Great, great pickup. Kick/punt returner no doubt. I hope they keep him in the backfield as well. He is electric!
Wow extremely surprised he flipped, at the last second too. With Norfleet now in the mix at RB what do we think is going to happen to Justice Hayes? Do they keep him at RB or does he possibly move to the slot where he could excel just as well?
7 out of the 10 best players in the state. Basically, we own the state of Michigan once again. Doing that and making some recruiting noise in Ohio going forward, and everything will be fantastic.
Could he even add weight to get stronger if he wanted to? I don't even know how to judge the weight of a guy who's 5 7". 170 is really light but he also looks jacked in all of his pictures. I agree I think he could play right away.
I think Gorgeous saw his tape for he first time today and was like "Hey Brady? We've had a few spots open up right? Do me a favor and go poach this kid real quick." Borges has some serious weapons coming in this class.
Looks like a great pick up. I only wonder what took so long.
I like that he has history with Shane.
I love that he passed on a Sparty offer.
Wow he's got some serious wheels. Should make the return game very exciting!
dilithium part two? kid can run. these coaches have brought in some serious speed in the back field with him and drake. its nice to see michigan dominate in state recruiting. im proud to have him on board for the next 4-5 years. welcome dennis!
P.S. its funny when people talk about size. look at our quarterback. he's not the ideal size for his position. he's even small for a dual threat. i do not think people are complaining about him.
You don't think people are complaining about Denard? You must not come here after we lose. In that case, more power to ya.
man im here everyday, just stick to reading the posts. i see the chaos that can happen here. yeah i know how it is when we lose. its all lets get devin in there posts. im saying that they do not complain about his size. performance perhaps. trying to make the point that production>size
Dennis Norfleet had an overwhelming desire to play for Michigan all along and a late offer was enough to steal him away from Cincinatti. I remember Ron Thompson really wanting to play for Michigan, why can't this happen with him too?
Darren Sproles 2.0? Plz?
Rivals thinks so!
we not heard much about this kid? Seems like an absolute steal!! 4 star 250 rb, Top 5 APB .....I really think this kid is going to be special......If We get Diamond, even if we dont this class significantly boosts the talent level at Michigan. Look at what Mattison did with three stars.....can't wait to see what happens when this type of talent and coaching meet! ......Yes I am very excited right now.
Why did we not recruit him in the first place?!
that when his recruitment/commitment was occuring that this was around the time of the brionte dunn clusterfuck. somewhere along the lines of we werent interested when he was interested and so forth.
Jeremy Gallon, Vincent Smith with Denards speed glad to have him. Defensive Cordinators are having nightmare of him and Denard in the backfield.
I just remembered a moment I had during the Rose Bowl after watching DeAnthony Thomas fly past 6 guys and get in the end zone 20 yards ahead of them. I said damn I wish we had that. Now we have Denard and Norfleet.
I can haz two bottles of lightning??
I've never seen (not even Denard) accelerate like Thomas. I don't think anyone could beat him in a 5- or 10-yard dash. I think Denard could take him in a longer race, though.
the team rankings, the addition of Norfleet moves us into third place ahead of OSU. This signing day surprise is a good thing. Beat Ohio!
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
It's a Festivus miracle!!!!
just on tv on tbs
We can haz recruitzz?
It needed said.
First time, long time.
Love backs like this. Great pickup.
Don't know if this was mentioned or not, but 247 had an article about the flip that wasn't behind a pay wall (link below). Sounds like the kid jumped at the opportunity once he was finally offered. I'm glad to have him on the team. It also seems like he's yet another high character kid that Hoke is bringing in given that he's part of the LIfting As We Climb/Maximum Exposure program.
Nice little surprise to wake up to!
I would think DF will have a huge chip on his shoulder with much to prove. Plus, you can never have enough speed.
well, Shane Morris is excited, so that's good.
I wanted to say something about Norfleet so bad last night.... Haha #GoBlue
Dennis Norfleet is the kid I wanted to play with in college since day one! He is literally the most dynamic football player in the nation!
Go blue! Run, run, Dennis run!
Since Dunn has been out of the picture for a while, and since Drake is something of a project, why would they wait this long to offer a 4-star like Norfleet?
I am sure they would have worked on other OL/CB/TE if there is no chance with those -4.
Since we don't oversign like the SEC, we had to go after position priorities. I am sure the coaches really liked him all along, but they had to look at other areas to fill. When those did not pan out with the expected quality, he moved up the list. Just like the NFL draft process.
Well we might not of gotten the whole candy bar, but we got a Hershey kiss!
It's not the size mates, it's how you use it.
This is great. Welcome aboard. I will be happy as long as we keep everyone else. If we get one more, awesome. If not, then at least we have one more shot at another great talent on Friday.
someone else already said it... I thought I was so clever.
Gives us 9 of the Top 15 Michigan kids.
this Michigan recruiting blog isn't about Michigan recruiting\ Dumbtonio
How many guys here are concerned about Michigan recruiting, raise your hands? OK, that's everyone, you go in the back and talk about it, I'll just stand up here looking like a jackass and continue to alienate 90% of the high school football coaches in this state.
I will be happy to see him in maize & blue. He torched my high school (& many others) the last two years. This guy is a stud.
Like Mike Hart, only faster! (Just woke up, hope I'm not the third one to say that)
There's been comments since 1:00 AM. Yes, we are obsessed.
My favorite part of his tape is when he actually looks like he's going to get chased down from behind on the first kick return, but then he Chuck Testa's the dude and turns on the afterburners. Go Blue!
Woah definetly a suprise, but I like it :). Welcome to Michigan Dennis!
I just can't quite put my finger on it..
Ron artest ?
Metta Wolrd Peace ?
Is seriously a fantastic signing. Great Moves and is a playmaker..WOOT
between he and Sugar shane could be very special.
I love how Michigan is building all this speed. Great answer to the speed SEC schools have on their D's. I've noticed in bowl games that SEC schools can do pretty much what they want on D because of all the speed they have. I'd like to see them run with these guys
Wonderful signing day surprise for Michigan
This is excellent news and a great surprise. I think he's going to do very well here.
kid is ridiculously fast. I hope he can block, looks like a great 3rd down back and could be great to change gears with him and a power back (hopefully Ty Isaac)
hope this kid can come in and give us a boost at PR immediately. Sounds like he's compact, shifty and dynamic with ball in hand...Which we've lacked in return game for a while. Also, think Drake Johnson with size/speed combo could make a difference in the KR game. Our special teams have been lackluster at best for years.
Congrats young man...GO BLUE!
In the Detroit News recruting wrap up Northfleet's answer to why not UM was "I didn't even get a look from Michigan" Wonder how and when this all changed.
Maybe he was sandbagging to drop a surprise on us?
Wait, so how can we possibly spin this one because you KNOW msu fans will bring up academics. We claimed Burbridge and Pittman weren't pursued because of academics, but Norfleet is even more sketchy.
what MSU fans say or bring up? We support the guys who sign with us, and we trust our coaches to recruit the kind of kids we want to play at Michigan with a belief that we can help them get thru school, football, and life.
Dude's highlight tape says he's a 3.4 GPA student. Do you have some other information about his academics?
I think he had a low ACT, but then retook it and is fine now. Thats what I read somewhere. No reason to worry about it. And to guy that is worried about Sparty's opinion, just remind him of the value of the degree Norfleet will earn vs. the one Sparty did.
MSU fans have nothing to say.
You're a Spartan Troll.
He's like Jeremy Gallon, but faster. Two things I noticed about Dennis:
1) He runs with above average horizontal balance. This smoothness usually is a good indicaor the runner does well on wet and/or slippery surfaces. The other part of this is the runner's ability to cut using the heel rather than the forefoot, but I can't really tell this from his videos.
2) He uses a gliding gait that gives a deceptive appearance. Of course this may cause defenders to take wrong angles and figure defender over confident in catching the runner, especially as the games drags in later quarters.
This commitment may be a very good addition for Michigan in the return game and in slot receiver play.
Dennis Norfleet here are some of them
Royce Jenkins-Stone on Dennis Norfleet
"He is the best back ever played so im looking forward to play with him. #Go Blue!
Terry Richardson on Norfleet
"Its Gamedayy!!!!! And its #SigningDay Shout out to our new commit Dennis Norfleet!!"
Matt Godin on Norfleet
" Welcome to the fam Dennis Norfleet"
You mad bro?
actually excited to have him come to Michigan.
Can this post please be the one that finally dissipates your presence on this board? BTW, do you work in admissions? How are you privy to his academic standing? Oh yeah, you're a clueless douche with no basis to make the assumptions you're making. Go. Away.
Having watched how Sean Payton has used Darren Sproles, who also is 5-7, guys like Norfleet can be quite a weapon. He has unbelievable quickness and change of direction. With Stonum gone, he fills a need at kick returner, but I also can see Norfleet doing lots of damage out of the backfield or slot. With us going bigger in generally and bringing in big backs, Norfleet provides a different element. It's a shrewd move by the coaches.
Height is way overated for a RB or a returner. As long as the player has some strength, he will be fine, and Norfleet looks stout.
For weeks now I have been saying this is what we need . . . we need a game breaker! Great work Mr. Hoke and CO!
so who is going to be kick and punt returner, drake or norfleet? From reading the hello post for drake it seems he has elite straight line speed but not that good of lateral movement, while norfleet has really good speed with good lateral movement. what is more important to returns, going as fast as possible or being able to cut?
I have no problem with small speedsters.
Funny that I was discussing Norfleet with Brian just yesterday as a guy we couldn't figure out why Michigan hadn't pursued. His offer sheet was weirdly lacking the standard spread of spread teams you'd expect a little mite back like him would accrue. His recruitment went something like:
This is a great pickup. I remember reading about how Norfleet was tearing up the 7 on 7 and camp circuit over the summer and thinking about he would be a great change of pace back in the mold of Darren Sproles or Jacquizz Rodgers.
After watching his tape, he certainly looks like he has the speed and shiftiness needed to make a difference as a RB or KR/PR. One thing that wasn't evident on the tape was the ability to catch the ball. He seems like the kind of guy that can be a matchup nightmare on the perimeter, but they didn't show much of that in what I saw.
Norfleet is a nice pickup. I wanted him in MSU's class before Kings and Tompkins committed because he can play CB as well as RB/WR.
I think he'll end up a slot WR a la Jock Sanders, the former WVA WR. Sanders was very fun to watch. I believe he used to get a few carries per game out of the backfield as well.
Norfleet is a great name for a fast RB. The lack of a Hello profile means this really was a big surprise.
Great offer and commitment in my opinion. Not only is Norfleet highly regarded, but it is another highly rated in-state guy. Detroit has talent yearly and we need to get as much of it as possible.
Mich's version of Dee Hart?
Other "undersized" RBs who did ok
Mike Hart - 5'8"
Warrick Dunn - 5'9" (although I've stood next to him and I really question whether he's any taller than 5'8")
Darren Sproles - 5'7"
Jacquizz Rogers - 5'6"
LaMichael James - 5'9"
Barry Sanders - 5'8"
Maurice Jones-Drew - 5'7"
Danny Woodhead - 5'7"
how can you go wrong with being compared to speed Sproles
Gotta love NSD
He looks a stud!!! We have lacked a little in our return game, hopefully he brings a little spark to that!!