Per 247 Sports, Michigan is in Leon McQuay's Top 3 along with USC and...Vanderbilt??
A very interesting list to say the least and there is a long way to go before his stated decision date of Nov. 21, but hopefully Michigan continues to make a strong push. It's also worth mentioning that many believed he was going to stay in Florida for a long time, but it seems the longer it goes, the more the out of state schools are getting looks.
Jack Kennedy drop the beat.
Michigan In Top 3 for Leon McQuay III
Per 247 Sports, Michigan is in Leon McQuay's Top 3 along with USC and...Vanderbilt??
Was literally about to make a thread on the same thing.
Hope we can get him, but he needs to come up for another visit. Most likely will at least once more on an official.
If not us, hopefully Vandy. Don't want to lose another to USC.
It would definitely be huge to land him and that's what I'm hoping for as well obviously, but I agree that if he is going to go anywhere else, let it be Vanderbilt. How often do they get a big recruiting win like that?
Let's just hope that Leon McQuay has an attractive enough Mom for Franklin to let him sign that letter of intent though (For those of you who don't understand, click here: http://jezebel.com/5914716/vanderbilt-football-coach-brags-about-only-hiring-assistants-who-have-super-hot-wives)
Maybe I don't understand the joke, but she looks awfully damn pretty to me.
Three star to rivals, unranked to ESPN.
And I'm gonna leave it at that.
...and I'll leave it at that.
Shit, I'd ask if given the opportunity. No disrespect coach, but the tata's are lookin' mighty fine with the Kentucky Derby hat.
Also of note, Michigan is in Alvin Bailey's top three. He is Leon McQuay's high school teammate.
Getting those two would be outstanding. Bailey is a very highly rated, small-but-fast receiver, which would complement our other receivers nicely (including Treadwell, hopefully).
is absolutely sick. He looks like a game breaker. I would love to have him.
You're not kidding. I just watched his tape. That kid is beyond elusive.
Yeah, I'd be okay with getting those two and just sticking Alvin Bailey at running back. He could wiggle out of a straight jacket. Those don't look like crappy high school teams he's playing against either.
That's the type of guy who is rated decently but busts out in college and people wonder why he wasn't recruited more (Mathieu type guys). His elusiveness is just ridiculous and he'd be worth the scholarship just for his potential as a returner. Hopefully we still have a scholarship for him though by the time he's ready to make a decision. Four receivers is kinda overkill...
They got to get this kid some time in the recording studio on north campus, it is a state of the art facility.
My friend took a course on recording, and got certified to use those studios, and they are absolutely tremendous. The handful of times I've recorded in there with them have been great.
Frowned upon, but the side door leads to the rather secluded loading dock behind the media union. ;)
TomVH posted some music Leon put together. Doesn't seem like country is really his scene so Vandy is an interesting choice. I suddenly feel very good about him given his comments after his visit.
I hope you realize some of the recording studios in Nashville are world famous. Kid Rock recorded his last two record at Martina McBrides studio, as did Eminem.
I assumed as much but I've been down there and also it's just common knowledge that they're all about country music down there. The eminem thing I guess changes that somewhat but the school has a lot more to do with Nashville than with eminem. The whole point of the post was about the style of music. I thought that was clear. Don't get so defensive. The kid can obviously make music anywhere but it about who's helping him. If it was only about that he'd commit to USC right now. I was merely making an isolated observation.
Country or not, they have everything. Most good bands from the South make their way through Nashvegas. The common perception might be the Grand Ol' Opery, but that is just the half of it.
Agreed. You can go to some dive bar and the entertainment will sound like the Grammys. The place is littered with great musicians.
Still miss the Bunganut Pig Pub.
Yep. My mother lived next door to Youngbuck before his...finacial troubles necessitated a move.
has his studio there. Stupid nashville already stole our musicians!
But she owns a recording studio there as a business. You can record anything from acapella to reggae in ANY recording studio. If the professionals there know what they're doing, the experience and recording will be top notch. A solid studio might record the latest from Prokhorov's impovershied friend Jay-Zed, a new Bieber single and the next great grunge rock right in a row.
it looks like Johns Hopkins University is gonna get one heck of a football player then
Larry Tech made the list. Maybe they land the big fish.
...just to be in on all of these guys. You're never going to get everyone you want, but it's great to have top players from all over the country seriously considering Michigan.
This is completely OT, but not thread worthy at all, and it has to do with recruiting so I figured I'd stick it here.
The top OT target left on OSU's board, Dorian Johnson, has said that Pitt and Penn State are neck and neck for his lead, followed by OSU and WVU. It'd be nice to see them miss out on him as well.
Bad recruiting news for Ohio State is always good news for Michigan.
At some point, the USC scholarship reductions will actually work in our favor. For example, I'd imagine that they don't have many spaces for "best available player regardless of position." Does anyone know how many DBs they want?
A little insight from my SC friends (of which I have many, most of whom are cool about it):
They are really emphasizing balance with these restrictions, because if they don't they might be royally fucked. So - they have 7 commits right now, and can take 18. Assuming Cravens picks USC on Wednesday, they have 10 open spots.
They have 0 OL in this class, and only took 3 last year (albeit 3 awesome ones, but they still need numbers). They'll look to take 4 in this class. Now we're down to 6.
They only took 2 WRs last year, and only have one committed so far. They'll likely take one more. 5 left.
They only took one TE last year, and have none in this class. USC likes the TE, so they won't take a year off after taking only one the year before. 4 left.
They've taken 2 SDEs (who could maybe play DT), and nobody else from the defensive front 7 in this class. They took no true DTs last year either, so expect them to pick up 2 DL (either 2 DTs or a DT and a WDE, since all of the DEs they've taken over 2012 and 2013 are big). Probably 2 LBs even though they took 3 last year. That's all of the spots.
Now, they might take a third DB instead of a TE or a LB, but only one more. They won't take 2 more DBs, because then you're really thin elsewhere.
Great response. Thank you. I'm getting increasingly optimistic about McQuay.
Yeah - that's not to say that it's a done deal or anything, but USC is in on 3 of the top 6-ish safeties, including Cravens but in addition to McQuay, all of whom are from SoCal. It might be in their best interest to lock up the local kids, since they're not going to turn McQuay's school into a USC feeder, and they'd like to keep the other big dogs out of their feeders.
Not to mention Sua, who seems to be a lock for USC.
Except for the fact that you DID mention Sua...
Is he being recruited as a safety or CB?
Our coaches say CB, most say safety. He could play either really. If he comes in and can't play CB due to his height, he will be a top flight safety as well.
Your username is the most horrible Michigan themed pun that I have ever seen.
I respect that.
This is somewhat out of left field, but is great news for Michigan. It wouldn't be a stretch to say they lead over those two schools right now.
EDIT: Worth noting that he does have a good friend who plays for Vandy, which might be a reason why they are such a big player in his recruitment.
And probably have a great audio engineering program I'm guessing as well.
thanks aquaman. McQuay would be a huge.
Would be a huge commit for us. Could be a huge Defensive playmaker for Michigan. edited double post fail. Broken mouse clicker.
would make for a star-studded defensive backfield and I think USC is still in the race for Priest Willis. Hopefully, McQuay will steer clear of that logjam and go blue.
Tahaan Goodman is another defensive back that USC is almost certainly in the lead for.
Who also happens to go to the same school as Chris Hawkins
Exactly, and McQuay waiting until November certainly helps our chances there. If he wanted to commit to USC today, they might take him. But I bet if Cravens commits, SC has room for one more DB, and that either might not be available come November or he just won't be the top guy for their last spot.
David Cone hates you.
But you can study anywhere. I studied film at UM and it just meant I had to move to LA once I graduated. I'd say music is even much more universal than film in that regard.
Did you have the chance to study film at a prestigious institution in LA? I consider myself a pretty large music fan and if I were inclined to be skilled at producing music I think given the opportunity I would like to study music in a richly diverse musical setting. That's not saying you can shake too many fists at Detriot though and it isn't too far.
No, he studied film at a prestigious institution in Ann Arbor. You can study politics really well without being in DC (like at Michigan). You can study finance really well without being on Wall Street (like at Michigan). You can learn to be a Broadway star without being on Broadway (like at Michigan). Same goes for music and film.
Yes, you can study in the two biggest cities in the world. The point we're trying to make is that you don't have to be in the biggest cities in the world to study music, especially if a world class institution in the midwest happens to have a state of the art music studio and nationally renound music school. You don't have to be where the industry is to study it.
Both Bob Seger and Blackfoot hate you as well!
Uh...Ted Nugent? /s
He could major in music theory, minor in business. Seems like a winning combination.
I have no idea, just assumed. I was LSA/Geological Sciences which apparently no longer exists.
No, you cannot. He could double major in an LSA department though, like econ.
You can minor as a BBA though not in every field.
If it's' still around, and I think it is, a general studies degree, where you essentially design your own major would be a great opportunity. One could take classes on north campus for music and audio engin, lsa at central campus, and b.a. classes as well. And, if on track to graduate in four years, and reshirts his first, you could get a fifth year in as a grad student. I suspect this would also allow a player to take the harder classes outside of football season.
But Michigan does have Detroit for Music.
I thought I heard or read something about him being recruited as a CB. Can anyone recall this being this being said. A 6-2 CB would be great in this class because we seem to be lacking height at CB in the last two classes.
Did they really offer him #2, or was it more like "You would have every opportunity to wear Charles Woodson's famous #2, possibly with a patch"?
That was my understanding, that he could potentially get the #2 jersey.
I don't know about offering him the #2 right away. Countess would be a senior and should have a shot at it.
I'm very skeptical that the staff would offer him more than a chance to earn the #2 jersey. That way they can make the same offer to Fuller and future recruits. I'm expecting to see Countess wear #2 McQuay's first two seasons.
We're in on so many top flight players, and yet have so few spots left.
Theres no denying what Hoke is doing with Team 134. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? So exciting!
Encouraging sign, USC leads for Tahaan Goodman and are in the top-two (with Oregon) for Max Redfield. Those are two of the best safeties in the nation. They have Cravens too, but I'm pretty sure he is coming in at LB. They're also in good shape with Priest Willis, he is a CB/S. Could easily turn into a head-to-head with Vandy.
Edit: Mentioned above, but also note that Michigan is the only school in the top-three of both McQuay and Alvin Bailey. Bailey has a top-three of us along with FSU and Central Florida. McQuay and Bailey are teammates at Armwood. Both of them on campus at the same time for an official could be great.
Michigan,usc,and vandy.Guys we have more than just a shot here. Right now we are the leader for sure. IF he visits again before the season we will be on commit watch! The BIG thing for L3 is the chance to wear Charles Woodson's number 2 jersey.
I don't see them on here yet so here are McQuay's beats, which happen to be crispy. He's not just saying that he wants to go into music, it seems like he has some actual talent.
I was expecting him to be good, but he does have some actual talent when it comes to producing.
From Toronto. His grandpa was one helluva rb in the cfl!
Anyone know if his father played football?
Don't count out ND, he is visiting them this month... and recruits seem to really love brian kelly land
Assholes are cool?
USC has Snoop Dog, and he has access to a lot of studios. Ask Ty Isaac.
He can't go to USC if they run out of slots. Sanctions#
Is my birthday! Hopefully Mich can offer up a nice gift with his commitment.
Just looked at McQuay's Rivals page. It appears he comes from the Greg Oden school of looking 50: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michigan/football/recruiting/player-Leon-McQuay%20III-100111
For his sake, hopefully his body does not breakdown on him like he is 50.
He looks like he is from the 1970's but I think it is a cool look. He looks like Dick Allen. I am in college I'm just a baseball fan.
Being from Nashville and living here in Nashville, Vandy is not the spot for musicians. Belmont University is where all the musicians and aspiring musicians attend, so with that being said, I LIKE OUR CHANCES!! GO BLUE!!
In the even he goes our way, there's really only one thing that can be said: that shit quay.
My Birthday is tommorow the 5th so if not today on your birthday maybe mine would be a great present to me and the fan base. lol Im not greedy!
He put us in the top three without even meeting Hoke yet, and he's planning to come up in the summer for another unofficial just to meet him. All the momentum in his recruiting points to Michigan. My bet is once Hoke points at him, he's Blue.
Just listened to his tracks on SoundCloud. This kis has got skillz. We really need to get him in the secondary, make him earn the #2, and have him develop some of our theme music. For starters replace Sweer Caroline and White Stripes being beaten to death.
My prediction based on flimsy evidence, we get him in November.
Please to all you said!
This is really exciting news. Another positive is that the Rivals page says he graduates in December 2013 meaning he may be an EE candidate.
Would be quite the combo of safety/corner and wr were we to get Bailey and him.
That shit Quay
Only in my dreams could vanderbilt take control of the SEC
Don't have enought points to start a thread but I just read on rivals that we are also in Joe Mathis's top 3... It's paywalled but here is the link http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1372226
tryin to make it up to visit soon. via tremendous. eeekkkk!
I think now that we are getting down to the last few scholarships available, all of these top recruits are doing a double take and thinking "Great school, great coaches, and a chance to compete for national titles? I want to go there". This is why we are suddenly popping up on EVERYONE's top lists. They want to make sure the coaches know that they have interest so that we don't fill up before they can make it out to visit.
With the class that we have already put together, if we add several hi 4* or 5* types, this collection of talent will be unstoppable in 3 more years!
That's gotta bode well for us. Two elite teammates that have expressed interest in playing together at the next level, both with Michigan in their top 3. More importantly, Michigan is the only school in common between their top 3s. Hopefully they visit together and have a great time.
"Question: Is there any chance Leon McQuay III ends up at Michigan?
Chris Nee: I heard the Michigan visit went well, but I don't see it happening. I still feel that is a Florida-Vanderbilt battle for McQuay. "
"Question: Marcell Harris out performed Leon McQuay at VTO Camp getting the MVP of the defensive backs, but he dropped and McQuay moved up. How and why?
Chris Nee: McQuay didn't do the entire camp. He had a hamstring issue that led him to call it a day bit early since he still had track and field states. McQuay projects as the better safety than Harris long-term in our opinion. Both will be part of the Rivals100 Challenge, so we will see them in that setting again and hopefully this time McQuay can do everything. "
"Question: Is Florida out of it for wide receiver Alvin Bailey since they didn't offer by his spring game?
Chris Nee: He named 13 teams today, no Florida. No offer from UF has them eliminated for now. If the Gators offered, they could make a run. He is very good friends with Matt Jones and admittedly likes Florida a great deal. "
Slightly OT David Dawson bonus question:
"Question: Why isn't offensive lineman David Dawson in top 100?
Josh Helmholdt: Dawson had a very strong off-season of camps and is set for a move, but he was around 200 last time... that would have been a heck of a move to break into the top 100. He will get a chance to keep improving his stock at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta next month."