I was just going to start a thread. It's on the front page of Scout. Looks like it's a fullback.
Hello: FB Sione Houma
Hopefully he smashes his helmet off of his forehead like owen schmitt did.
couldn't wait for the bbq?
Please, sweet Jesus, let it be Dunn.
Sione Houma. Utah FB who visited a while ago if people remember.
It's a fullback.
Edit: Damn ya'll are fast
I want Pipkins. Or Diamond. Or Danny Obrien (wouldnt expect this one so soon after saying he was coming out with a top 5 soon) or Banner. Or Ron Thompson. Or Banner. Or Washington. Or MM. Or Stanford.
Its awesome when you will be psyched with any of the names on this list.
And... if its a name not on the list?
They were determined to pull a FB, might as well have been him. Seems like he will be a good battering ram with the ability to tote the rock on occasion.
It's a fb. Sione Houma.
Id have to assume the same..smart money is on Wormley ...but im going with Sione Houma... excited to find out for sure...momentum just keep rolling into the season ... Go Blue
Shake and Bake!!!! That just happened!
Welcome to the family Sione! We're glad to have you. Can't wait to see you start busting some linebackers up before they get to Morris or Dunn (speculation is awesome isn't it).
I have to be honest, if we were going to spend a schollie on a FB, I was hoping it'd be Fatu. I'll trust the coaches, though.
wants to play LB not FB IIRC. I would have perferred two DTs in this class and skipped the FB, but the young man made a wise decision. Welcome to the Michigan family.
We now have 6 spots left if they are going to get to 26. Looks like there will only be 1-2 open spots left after a DT, OL, 1-2 WRs, and Wormley.
Glad to have him, if not for the name but also it proves that the new staff is really going to put in the power run game, which really excites me.
How do we pronounce his name?
because that's something Hank would say.
And there go my nipples again!
6'0", 211 is a FB?
get offa my cloud!
Hes a Junior in HS (im taking it these size stats are from last year)..give him a break sheeesh ...id like to see you wrestle Sione Houma ... he will give you a diving Samoan headbutt and we would chant his name ... ok im done
His W/L record versus a 33 year old with a little bit of a belly is, unfortunately, not extremely correlated with football success.
yea I don't get it either... definitely not fullback size.....
Pacific Islander fullback = Manball
He's pretty fast for a fb. I like this.
he's also pretty small for a FB.
I'm okay with a 6 1 frame. And do you really think he wouldn't add weight to that 215? Again, I'm okay with this.
I'm not truly "upset" - I don't care that much. But the other FB we were going for was 235. This just seems small for a FB.
Breathe, in through the nose, out of the mouth. He'll gain weight, he's going to be used as a west coast type full back. He'll be catching passes out of the back field, and doing rollout blocks. He can be a little smaller, he'll be 230-245 by the time he graduates regardless.
Kerridge is bigger and if his knee is healthy Houma will have some competition.
Hoke did say that he wanted his FB to be shorter by the time they graduated.
Nice explosion at 1:31
pretty well - or at least, he catches it
Nice to see him catching the ball and looking good doing it...If we do in fact ease into a West Coast O then the FB will be a part of the passing game .... and kids grow ...6'1 maybe 6'2 225-235 in a few years
I was one who wanted EJ Fatu rather than Sione Houma, but after watching the film I liked that was always the lowest to the ground and always carried forward momentum. That will be great in short-yardage situations. Although I would have liked to see more blocking than running (for a FB standpoint), I am not doubting that the coaches liked him enough to offer and accept his commitment in a tight class, and he will be a heck of a FB.
It's nice to see this kids ability to take it to the house. Based off of the film, it seems like he has good strength, speed, agility and quickness. I am really looking forward to seeing how Coach Hoke will utilize this young man.
Manball . I trust the coaches and I trust that name. Bust open some holes!
we get Dunn. I'm sure we can squeeze him in if he wants to commit at the BBQ. We need fullbacks more than RBs anyway but a 5* is a 5*. If the coaches think he's that talented they'll probably take him if he wants to come IMO.
I see your point, but on the other hand, now they can show Dunn that they will have a good scholarhsip FB blocking and paving the way to the endzone for him instead of a walk-on.
No. A FB was always in the cards (we've offered 5). 26 seems to be the total number and based on what we know, that's probably 1 OL, 1 DT, 1 DE, 1 WR and a couple others. Still room for Dunn or any other elite kid who wants in.
See: Sevon Pittman + Wayne Morgan
and see eventually: Peat/Garnett/Banner/Shittu write us off b/c we're full
Tim, are you taking a vacation or something? It's been 20 minutes! :-)
Based on his name, he should be pretty good. It seems like every Samoan fullback in the PAC-12 is pretty good.
Great to have you, Sione. Great name, and it'll be nice to have a FB paving the way. He may be small, but I'm sure he'll bulk up and be a great battering ram
Love the kid's offer list. UW, Utah, Ga Tech, UCLA. Very nice.
While at 6-0, 215 lbs he'll probably grow into a battering ram.
FWIW UCLA badly wanted him to play at tailback.
Yeah it sounds as if as many teams wanted him at tailback as they did at fullback so he can carry the ball and make some catches out of the backfield. Whether or not he can be a lead blocker is the main question and I'm assuming the staff feels he can otherwise you know, they wouldn't have offered...
Sounds great, welcome to the family! I look forward to learning the correct pronunciation of his name.
That guy can scoot for a FB. once he gets a head of steam, he's gone.
Ken Hatfield's invention at Ark/Air Force. Easy to understand Ga Tech's interest.
Guessing this commitment caught Tim slightly off guard, if not fully.
Not a ton of information out there on Houma. Tim will earn his money with this one.
Sione (see-oh-nay) Houma (ho-oo-muh).
I'm thinking that Sione is the Tongan word for "Zion" and, therefore, should be (sai-oh-nay) (Ho-oo-muh). Polynesian languages are all phonetic. Yeah, I don't know if it's been confirmed that he is Samoan, but he seems kinda Tongan to me.
1 DE, DT, OL and WR
If we get Dunn we can take two of one position and if not WR only get two at one position. Either way the class looks to finish up great with some highly rated players.
I love the looks of his helmet! It appears to be held together with packing tape.
And per the article linked below, he came onto the scene for his HS team around mid-season last year and gained over 600 yards in three playoff games taking his team to their state 4A championship.
I'm not sure how excited I am for this Hello: post.. The sites really aren't a fan of him (I think he's a 2 star to one and NR to the others), but I'm not a knowledgable guy by any means. So hopefully the offer sheet holds up and he ends up being a great Michigan FB.
Sure is taking Tim a while, though. Tsk tsk!
I think this guy is gonna be one of my favorites on the future teams. The name, the mike hart-esque low to the ground running and clobbering blocks. What's not to like?
The kid is quick and can catch the ball. A few good smack downs in his video as well. He might carry the ball more than the usual FB.
Welcome aboard, Sione Houma!
The fullback pass was always a staple of Carr offenses, at least in the early-middle years. Wouldn't be surprised to see it come back.-
Welcome aboard, Sione! Good to have a bruiser in the backfield.
I'm thinking this young man is a gem that snuck past the recruiting gurus due to geography. Let's face it, you don't get press and coverage by playing your HS ball in Utah, regardless of your performance.
Bring on "The Brute From Ute" !
Welcome! Gonna need him if we want to execute that power play Hoke is always talking about. So we got probably 6 spots left. How do y'all see that shaking out? I personally really want 2 true DTs.
That will be most unfortunate.
to use one of Brian's analogies, I feel we could use more lottery tickets at some of these other positions. Wayne Morgan/ Sevon Pittman/ Shittu/O'Brien are more valuable in a football sense than a scholarship fullback
In baseball terms, the Value-Over-Walk-On (instead of VORP) is waaaay higher for almost any position than fullback
I hear you guys but what Hoke must love about Sione is his toughness. I think he is a perfect example of the style of football Brady wants in all three phases. Mattison also said in one interview that before he's done, the trademark of our defense will be that we will pound and physically punish our opponents.
Plus, like someone else said, signing a guy like this could help us land Dunn.
If you're a stud defensive recruit, like Pipkens or Obrien, and you want to play for Mattison, you might not have the luxury this year of taking all your officials.
Steve Mariucci used to say in his Ford commercials, "We're building something good here."
He talked about it...Hoke (and Schwartz) is doing it.
I know a lot of people won't read this given that it is two pages deep in a two day old post but I couldn't go without mentioning it since I read through the rest of the posts and didn't see it mentioned.
According to his tape Sione was (will be) a kick returner for his high school team. I agree that he may be a bit under the radar but for someone who is projected to be a fullback at the college level to have the athletic ability to be a kick returner impresses me. Given I know that he is a bit undersized for your average fullback right now but I'm going to take this opportunity to trust the coaches on this one.
Either way he is now a Wolverine and I look forward to watching him through out his career.