Not that its really that special since there is a long way to go, but I thought it was kind of nice to see Michigan holding down the #1 spot on MaxPreps.com, which is the CBS Sports recruiting site.
MaxPreps.com: Michigan #1 Class at this point
With the comments he has made about his commitment, I would count him as uncommitted as well.
Do you have links or anything? What did he say..?
I hadn't heard anything except Sparty fans saying "Our recruits love our university, but Michigan recruits are gonna all decommit"
It was an espn insider article where he made comments about his commitment which it made it seem less than firm. I am not an insider, but it was talked about on the rivals board as well.
"I do want say I'm finished but then I don't because anything can happen," Pittman said. "I want to be at Michigan State and I want to be a Spartan but the process isn't over and things might change between now and the time for me to sign."
I guess thats what I get for relying solely on someone else's interpretation of the article. Does not sound so bad now.
Pittman is a young man of conscience, and he's answering honestly. A lot of other kids would say "Nope, I'm committed", even if they were having some doubts. He's definitely going to look around.
Dantonio is a giant hypocrite. MSU fans have touted his "once you commit, you're here for good. you reopen and you're gone" philosophy. seems it didn't stick once a kid this good comes along.
"I wanted to be 'committed' so I committed to Michigan State. On the other hand, it was nice not being committed so, mentally, I may actually still be 'uncommitted.' Then again, being 'uncommitted' wasn't all that much fun so I think I might just stay 'committed.' That it, of couse, until such time as I decide that I want to be officially 'uncommitted' again. If that happens, I will indeed uncommit."
It sounds about as committed as you'd expect a kid at this point given the circumstances, but I think it shows just how important this year is for Sparty. They had an amazing (for them) season last year, but so far it hasn't paid off with reecruiting outside of Pittman (and even that was more due to OSU's implosion). So if they struggle/regress back to the 6-7 win plateau that has been their hallmark, some of these kids are going to look elsewhere AND the whispers that Dantonio's teams have a very clear ceiling will start to get louder. Plus, OSU will be looking for a new coach, he's a legit candidate at a competing school, etc. As much as has been written about this being a big year for Hoke, Dantonio's legacy at both MSU and (potentially) OSU could be decided this season.
looks like he's committed based on the top 25 list
If you go to the complete top 25 rankings http://www.maxpreps.com/signingday/top_teams.aspx?ssid=f28cd02d-9746-48e9-a74b-fffef375b19a. It shows Wisconsin at #14 and MSU at #18 with Pittman included.
And who are our 4 Top100 guys? I count TR and Ross at their site
I'm curious as to whether Tom L knows something that's about to drop... he has us at 18 recruits with 4 top 100 players. Aren't we at 16 players with 2 top 100? I'm all for counting chickens before they hatch if it means we haul in a few more 4-5 star maulers up front!
Edit: My bad. I didn't count Mr. Bars and J. Clark. I'm sticking with the fact that there is an imminent decision for a 5-star lineman or two. :)
I would not qualify the source as reliable considering it shows that Michigan has 4 players in their top 100 on the top classes list but I could only find 2 players on the list of top 100, and it shows Texas has 4 players in the top 100, but I counted 5 players. The site shows that Kalis is still committed to Ohio State as well.
OSU is nowhere to be found on that top 25 list.
Yay! Since I'm a ranking slave...
You couldn't find a blue foam finger?
From the bookstore at the Greater Cleveland School of Proctology (The fighting Polyps)?
The mascot meets Captain Colon (Columbus College of Colonoscopy):
[breaks down crying uncontrollably]
Above Texas..? I find that hard to believe, but cool!
That actually undercuts their cred a bit, in my eyes. I'm pretty high on M's class so far, but UT's having a banner year on the recruiting trail, even by their standards. I see Michigan as top 5 now, and solidly in the top 10 at year's end, depending on where some uncommitted 5 stars fall.
And it appears to be a two-headed Terry Richardson monster!
The Michigan Difference.
...we have the higher rated, "Terry Richardson." Apparently, the lower rated one remains uncommitted.
It's really fairly obvious, Terry is going to play on D and on special teams returning punts, therefore he is listed twice. Interestingly, Woodson was listed three times because he did occasionally go in as a receiver. . .
Hah yeah I saw the same thing. Lists 4 top 100 players when we only have 2 on the list.
Could it be the RR bump?
Yeah, I mean, we're doing awesome on the recruiting front, but didn't ESPN have a ranking out that showed Texas with 16 commits and none of them lower than a 4-star? That's pretty damn impressive if you ask me.
They probably already have their 2013 recruiting class almost done at this point.
So I noticed they have 4 of our recruits in the top 100 but I only saw 2 official committs (Richardson and Ross). Now I also noticed that Diamond, Wormley, and Kais were in the top 100 ( and Kalis still comitted to TSIO). That being said is it possible they know Wormley and Diamond are silent commits which would bring our total to 4? I know this is all speculation and rumor but I was having fun and wishful thinking.
On another subject, heard through the grapevine that Kalis is a silent commit but does not want to say publicly because he is already receiving death threats against him and his family. If this is true really shows the Bucknuts attitude toward "their players". But I think we already knew that.
...and that's why Michigan fans need to keep their attitudes and comments in check about recruits. If Richardson, Ross, etc. want to explore other options, let them decide for themselves where to spend their next four years. Threatening or insulting them isn't going to help.
But do you really think that a ranking service that can't seem to put out a Top 100 without several repeat names, and actually has more than 100 players has some type of scoop that Rivals and Scout don't have?
Also, if it were true about Kalis why would they still have him committed to OSU?
I think that what we're dealing with here is plain old incompetence.
I haven't seen anything like that either, but there was a quote from a scout moderator that said something like, that while those closest to him believe he will end up at UM, no one would go on the record.
While that might mean no one wanted to spoil the surprise, I doubt it. That kind of reaction seems to point to a deeper level of concern for it becoming public. It's unfortunate.
I agree with MaxPreps. We are number one.
Wow, that site is a mess. 6 repeated players in their top 100, it claims 18 UM commits but then only shows 16 when you click on UM, and it says 4 top 100 when Rickardson and Ross are the only ones in their top 100 (which goes to 106).
They need to get their stuff together.
Kalis still considered committed to OSU.
Diamond and Wormley both also among the targets in the top 100.
Wow, in 2 minutes I pretty much repeated everything razor said, while adding a couple additional observations.
I like what Hoke has done so far, but there's an entire football season between now and signing day.
Regardless of the true validity of this ranking, it's another selling point for Hoke & Co. "Come to Michigan and be a part of the best recruiting class in the country."
They still have Kalis at O S U
but looking at Texas's class, I dont see how ours is ranked higher.
This would be great if it was finalized on NSD. I find it hard to believe that Northwestern has a higher ranked class then Ohio State.
"This would be great if it was finalized on NSD. I find it hilarious that Northwestern has a higher ranked class then Ohio State."
Sure the list appears to be a mess. But if we're going to be ranked by a service of questionable voracity, we may as well be #1 on said list...
These are the same source, right? One updated after the other?
In the 5/19 list, Richardson, Maguson, Ojemudia, and Standifer are listed:
In this most recent, only Richardson and Ross are included.
continues to deal OSU a harsh dose as Cinci is the only Ohio team on that list. Does my heart a little good on an otherwise tough day.
"Lastly, the formula takes into account how well a player fits into the team’s offensive and defensive systems. The logic here is that a dual-threat quarterback is more valuable to a spread offense like Michigan’s than a pro-style offense like USC’s. Likewise, linebackers are more valuable to a 3-4 defense than a 4-3 defense for obvious reasons."
NEED MOAR MANBALL