Norfleet has speed that Mike Hart could only dream about.
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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.