Leon McQuay tweeted he was at Michigan's practice today. Let's hope that helps him make a decision for the maize and blue.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
2014 recruit Vincent Jackson. Michigan is practicing at his HS.
Just kidding of course. Hope he goes Blue soon.
That he'll end up at Michigan so I wouldn't get your hopes up.
Well we all know what happens when the Insiders think a guy WILL go blue, so maybe that's a good thing...
Okay..Okay..... Name another player.
Demar Dorsey. Didn't actually get on campus, but he did pick the hat.
So, then, uhh ... not Demar Dorsey at all.
He said, "I just want to see ONE of those "hats on the table" selections that ends with a recruit picking Michigan."
Obviously he didn't pan out, BUT he did pick the hat.
"... and actually enrolling & playing at Michigan" part of his comment.
flwolverine = robmorren2? I think so.
There are fewer hat ceremonies when moar recruits are committing early.
There's a reason that people who have a tough time deciding tend to pick the south; it's warmer there. If you feel like you've got a lot of options that are roughly equivalent, and nothing is really standing out to you, you're probably going to go way down the list in terms of deciding factors. If you get down to weather, Cal and FSU's winters have a hell of a lot more women in bikinis than Ann Arbor.
Branden Smith at the army bowl
Be careful what you wish for. Cullen Christian used a "hat ceremony", and kept everyone waiting for 2 weeks
Still wondering what could have been. Too bad he had to play as a freshman.
Seriously. I'm sick of 5 stars committing in August. Science has shown if they commit in Jan or later they're scientifically a better player.
Wasn't TacoPants the last 6* to announce on international TV he'd attend Michigan?
Yeah, it would have been great to be a Cal fan.
2012 Scout team rankings
Cal had a nice run at the Army game, and then lost all those players when Tosh Lupoi went to Washington. So no, it wouldn't have been awesome to be a Cal fan this past January/February.
One day soon enough it will be standard for elite players to hold a press conference when they announce the list of official visits they plan to take.
so called "insiders" generally know just as much about where a kid plans to go as we do. they just happen to get paid for displaying their opinion about it.
That sounds like a good gig...where do I sign up?
2015 ATH George Campbell also made it to a practice. Good to have a bowl game in a talent-rich state like Florida.
Yeah - after years of playing in the Idaho Potato Bowl, it's nice to see Michigan playing a bowl in a talent-rich state.
Outside of the years we weren't in a bowl - has Michigan ever played a bowl in a non-talent-rich state?
Michigan has played in 41 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 20–21. Before missing a bowl game in 2008, Michigan had made a bowl game 33 years in a row, the second longest streak (as of end of 2011 season) in college football history. From 1918 to 1945, the Big Ten Conference did not allow its teams to participate in bowls. From 1946 to 1974, only a conference champion, or a surrogate representative, was allowed to attend a bowl, the Rose Bowl, and no team could go two years in a row, with one exception.
|January 1, 1902||Rose Bowl||W||Stanford||49||0|
|January 1, 1948||Rose Bowl||W||USC||49||0|
|January 1, 1951||Rose Bowl||W||Cal||14||6|
|January 1, 1965||Rose Bowl||W||Oregon State||34||7|
|January 1, 1970||Rose Bowl||L||USC||3||10|
|January 1, 1972||Rose Bowl||L||Stanford||12||13|
|January 1, 1976||Orange Bowl||L||Oklahoma||6||14|
|January 1, 1977||Rose Bowl||L||USC||6||14|
|January 2, 1978||Rose Bowl||L||Washington||20||27|
|January 1, 1979||Rose Bowl||L||USC||10||17|
|December 28, 1979||Gator Bowl||L||North Carolina||15||17|
|January 1, 1981||Rose Bowl||W||Washington||23||6|
|December 31, 1981||Bluebonnet Bowl||W||UCLA||33||14|
|January 1, 1983||Rose Bowl||L||UCLA||14||24|
|January 2, 1984||Sugar Bowl||L||Auburn||7||9|
|December 21, 1984||Holiday Bowl||L||BYU||17||24|
|January 1, 1986||Fiesta Bowl||W||Nebraska||27||23|
|January 1, 1987||Rose Bowl||L||Arizona State||15||22|
|January 2, 1988||Hall of Fame Bowl||W||Alabama||28||24|
|January 2, 1989||Rose Bowl||W||USC||22||14|
|January 1, 1990||Rose Bowl||L||USC||10||17|
|January 1, 1991||Gator Bowl||W||Mississippi||35||3|
|January 1, 1992||Rose Bowl||L||Washington||14||34|
|January 1, 1993||Rose Bowl||W||Washington||38||31|
|January 1, 1994||Hall of Fame Bowl||W||North Carolina State||42||7|
|December 30, 1994||Holiday Bowl||W||Colorado State||24||14|
|December 28, 1995||Alamo Bowl||L||Texas A&M||20||22|
|January 1, 1997||Outback Bowl||L||Alabama||14||17|
|January 1, 1998||Rose Bowl||W||Washington State||21||16|
|January 1, 1999||Citrus Bowl||W||Arkansas||45||31|
|January 1, 2000||Orange Bowl||W||Alabama||35||34|
|January 1, 2001||Citrus Bowl||W||Auburn||31||28|
|January 1, 2002||Citrus Bowl||L||Tennessee||17||45|
|January 1, 2003||Outback Bowl||W||Florida||38||30|
|January 1, 2004||Rose Bowl||L||USC||14||28|
|January 1, 2005||Rose Bowl||L||Texas||37||38|
|December 28, 2005||Alamo Bowl||L||Nebraska||28||32|
|January 1, 2007||Rose Bowl||L||USC||18||32|
|January 1, 2008||Capital One Bowl||W||Florida||41||35|
|January 1, 2011||Gator Bowl||L||Mississippi State||14||52|
|January 3, 2012||Sugar Bowl||W||Virginia Tech||23||20|
|Total||41 bowl games||20–21||940||831|
Fiesta Bowl in '86. Arizona isn't bad by any means, but it's no recruiting hotbed. Besides that, they've played twice in Louisiana, 3 times in Texas and the rest in Cali and Florida. Those states are the top 4 in the country for talent.
picked Michigan in the hat ceremony, then changed his mind.
I love this prevailing assumption that playing a second-tier bowl game in Florida (or anywhere else) gives Michigan a substantial recruiting bump in that area. It's nonsense. How many blue-chip recruits will lean toward Michigan because they played a game in Tampa? None.
My spin would be that if you have to play in a crappy bowl...might as well let it be in Florida because of recruits that can visit etc.
Why would you consider this bowl crappy? We've gotten an excellent draw in SC; they'll be a great test of where we stand. IMO, it's the teams that make the bowl game, not the name, location, date, sponsor, etc. of the bowl itself.
By your logic, would the Orange Bowl be non-crappy? How would you rate the Chick-Fil-A Bowl? The Rose Bowl?
All of them.
How many bowl practices are these kids typically going to? Kids in Florida could go check out a dozen teams in Florida bowl practices, same for kids in Texas.
And are these practices open to anyone or does a recruit have to get an invite? How does this align with the "dead period"?
Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I understand, as long as the practice is open to the public they are allowed to attend. No private sessions.
They can go, but the coaches can't talk to them because it is supposed to be a "dead period"
I remember Brandon Smith choosing UM..Big Will was not going anywhere but UM so his wasnt any surprise..I dont care how we get them just that we get them..we have missed out on some big oppurtunity..the Josh Garnett and Armani Reeves announcements would have been big to get..however we have an amazing class and if we hit on one of DG or LM3 i think its the cherry on top..we are solid as we stand tho
is going to come here. He didn't elaborate with specifics on-air, but said there are recent developments that led him to that view.
I also noticed on another site that supposedly Derrick Green is now saying he's interested in Miami of Florida. If he really is interested in that ongoing tire fire down in Coral Gables, it's just another sign to me that he's not coming here.
If you're going to use Sam Webb as a source, then at least make it clear that he believes we have increased our lead for Derrick Green in the past few days. His belief was that we were his leader by a mile but now he has bumped that lead up to two miles.
Fair enough; he didn't make any reference to Green this morning during the portion I caught on the radio, which is why I didn't comment on his views about Green. You're obviously more up to date on that than I am.
I assume based on what you say that Sam would dismiss the talk of Green being newly interested in Miami. I just saw on another site that Farrell is now alleging that Green is interested in FSU, but most everybody around here thinks that Farrell generally doesn't know what he's talking about.
I think Sam is the best UM football recruiting analyst around, but I don't always share his optimistic view of things.
I wonder how many commits and recruits will be swinging by practice the next few days. Many should be arriving soon for practice week at the UA All-American game, which is in St. Petersburg just over 20 miles from Tampa.
Not only will commits like Shane, LTT, McCray, Dawson, Poggi, and Kugler be there, but so will LM3, Treadwell and Isaac. I know, none of the three are likely to end up here, but I'm still holding on for a miracle. In fact, all of the M commits are playing on the same team in the game. Isaac and Treadwell are on that team as well. LM# is the lone one mentioned that is on the other team.
BTW, with Green looking at Miami, are they telling him he can get all the carries James had? Because Duke Johnson is clearly not likely to lose carries. Green could coose to be part of a tandem on a struggling team like Miami, or be the feature back at Michigan. I don't see how that's a difficult choice. Florida makes a lot more sense with Gillislee leaving.
I'm not up to date on the rules but isn't this a 'no contact' period with recruits. Was LM3 allowed to talk to coaches or just interact with players?
He can't talk to the coaches. I'm not sure about the players. I'm sure the NCAA has some dumb rule against that as well.