someone else already said it... I thought I was so clever.
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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"
Takes one to know one, huh?