Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
My cousin is graduating from the same high school as Pallante this year. They're friends. I asked my uncle what he knows. Here's what he said:
Pallante has an incredible work ethic. My cousin is a touted baseball prospect, so my uncle knows hard work when he sees it. Pallante is also arguably the best wrestler in the country. He's also a great kid.
This move is intriguing to me.
it turns out that this guy is pretty good and the coaches determined he was good WITHOUT THE HELP OF A RIVALS PAGE. CRAZY, I KNOW
how far into the future? b/c i'd like to know if you turn the team around next year, keep trouba, etc.
Hoke of Rob Renes or he has potential to plug the middle in short yardage.
He is not a top tier talent at this point, but the greyshirt puts him 2.5 years from his first season and his supposed work ethic means a whole of lifting in his future.
Strategically, he is also a good kid from Florida that could help us build a recruiting base in the area.
While we are at it, can we also get Brandi Passante (from Storage Wars) into a tight greyshirt, as a package deal? Boobs.
Stays low, uses hands well...lots of power. Plenty of times saw him drive his blocker back several feet right off the punch. Textbook technique.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back to the "Urban will kill Hoke in recruting, year in and year out" statement. Who is this guy? omgcodysigned. I'm not even sure that can be used as a username. I would call you sir, but instead I will use, Boy. Boy, did you pay attention to recruiting this year. Ohio and Us virtually were evenly matched in recruitng and this is Michigan coming off an 8-5 compared to Ohio coming off a 12-0. If we had played Gardener vs NEB, or if Shoelace hadn't gotten hurt, and won that game and beat Ohio, and ND, and SC, which were all very close, we would have passed them unanimously in all of the recruiting services. Somebody take this guy's dimebag from him.
Kid seems like the ideal nose. If he comes in as part of the 2015 class then he'll be 3 years behind Pipkins. I think the kid could be valuable in goal line situations at the very least.
I think maybe we need to let the guys who have been coaching football forever (Hoke, Mattison, etc) decide this stuff.
I'm definitely a "trust the coaches" type, but this seems strange. Its just that the kid has another season of football, so the two most likely things to happen are:
1. He has a great season, receives other offers and Michigan has to decide whether to match those scholarship offers.
2. He has a meh season, maybe picks up some low level offers and Michigan takes him on as a grayshirt.
It just seems strange to offer him even a grayshirt option so early in the recruiting cycle, I could understand if he was a 2013 kid who showed great raw skills or maybe played at a small school somewhere off the beaten path. But it seems like if this kid shows promise UM will have to pony of a scholarship offer in order to keep him coming here. I guess maybe its their way of saying we like your potential but we have a small class so this is our way of showing our interest?
Can someone explain how the Greyshirt process works?
As I understand it, the kid pays for his freshman year of school and goes on scholarship the following year, so he counts against the next year's class.
I'm late to the part (had a busy weekend), but I would like to echo what Space Coyote said.
It would be great to get huge guys who can stay low AND move well, but those are rare. Otherwise, you have to manufacture success. If a William Campbell clone came along at Cass Tech, you would all be rooting for Michigan to recruit him. But he had a mediocre career, because he couldn't stay low and he didn't go hard every play.
Pallante has great technique and leverage. What he lacks in size and athleticism, he'll make up for in other areas. Mike Martin was somewhat similar, but probably a better overall athlete. Regardless, I see Pallante as a two-down defensive tackle who can hold the point of attack against the run, and then you might pull him in third-and-long situations. I see no problem with a grayshirt offer at all.