Like Brian said on the front page, Bell leaving has zero effect on recruiting—linebacker or otherwise—for 2013. Still 2 + Levenberry.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the difference between a 5* player and a 4* player is not that big (usually) and can easily change between now and the fall of 2013.
While Isaac is a beast with loads of potential, I LOVE Smith for lots of reasons, and a big one is that he's a Michigan fan. I love that passion.
If Smith commits this weekend, I am completely comfortable not having Isaac in this class. Fergodsakes, look at this tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd7kCeT60IM
He is strong, sees the field well, and is VERY tough to tackle. Isaac has much better speed, but Smith is up to top speed quickly. Honestly, he reminds me a lot of a Jonathan Dwyer type RB, who just hits the hole hard and the mauls you all the way to the goal line.
Would I rather have Ty's talent? Sure. But it's more important to me to have the guy who really wants to be a Michigan man.
We should respect Ty for taking his time even if this means he may miss the Hoke train. This is his one choice that will definitely impact his whole life.
I am sure there are many Michigan men out there that might have committed in the NSD.
Isaac is so much like Marcus Allen that the USC visit just seems so ironic. I say its either Michigan or USC.
Love the film, and it's more impressive to me IMHO than Isaacs.
Isaac never gets touched in his long runs. His OL is good enough to blow open 3-5 yard holes, and Isaac has the speed to run away from defenders.
Smith is an absolute bruiser though, with a nice burst. That youtube film is VERY impressive.
I think it's silly to 'leave a spot' for Isaac with a guy like Smith wanting to commit.
But Smith is not going to be encountering the same undersized, poor tackling saps that are featured in his highlight film. I do like his reads / decision making, his churn and think (based on the little footage I've seen) that he certainly seems to possess the skills to be a feature back. But Isaac's speed to and through the hole is special—that is something that will give him an advantage at the next level and sets him apart from Smith.
Not so fast Highlander.... now I am sure we all love RBs who love Michigan, but go back and watch Isaac's and Smith's tapes, again... Isaac is Marcus Allen, jersey number and all. Smith looks good too, but I think the notion that you'd be completely comfortable not having Isaac, with Smith in the bag, should be revisited... because I sure wouldn't be.
And the USC visit is ironic, because thats where Allen played.
I love Isaac and Smith...personally I want both. I don't know if that will happen, but I hope it will and I hope the coaches will be open to it. I don't think the coaches would make Smith wait for Isaac's decision if he wished to commit. Although they might only be taking 2 running backs for now, and I trust Ace, I believe that situation could change like the LB situation. I know Isaac might not wants to be the elite back in the class, but most top programs will be competitive at RB regardless. Regardless this week and weekend will be very interesting seeing what Isaac does, Onwualu visiting (probably during the week), and Poggi, Smith, Green, Orndorff and who knows who else will be added for this weekend!!
I think that's the better question.
My guess is that the RB recruiting situation might sort itself out over the coming week, for all we know. Not knowing much about Isaac other than what I read here and elsewhere about his "tangibles", and about his stated wish to make other visits, it does leave me wondering what his thought process might be, what kind of support system he relies on at home, at school, with his high school coaches, etc.---or is he more of an independant, free-thinking type who wants to just go back home and think things thru a little bit more on his own?
Might be wishful thinking on my part, but I wouldn't be surprised if he, after taking a step back and thinking about his choices, after going over the pros and cons of committing to U of M, with his parents and/or coaches and/or others he relies on for wisdom and advice, that the situation clarifies itself. He might just need 24 hours, 48 hours, or the rest of the week to get there, or it might take a week or more and that visit to USC to clarify the situation for him. I do know one thing---Hoke has to have an advantage over Kiffin at this point when Isaac (or any other potential recruit) compare the two Head Coaches with each other---and that's even before Hoke pulls out his secret weapon and points at him!
As we all know, he spent the entire weekend at U of M, so it's highly likely that he came in contact with more than just a few of the current players, current commits, and potential future commits, he also got a chance to see what the campus is like and get an idea what the general student body is like. As Michigan fans, we all are focused on the huge run of success that seems to be going on all over the world of U of M Athletics; Isaac, on the other hand, just finished soaking in a weekend of direct contact with it all!
As hard as it is to wait, given our recent string of recruiting success, I remain optimistic that Isaac will commit, and it will be relatively soon.
While I haven't made any comparisons between Smith and Dunn, I'd like to know the rationale behind this statement?
I haven't heard any major Ohio analyst say this, and for the most part, they love Smith. Smith is supposed to be very similar to Dunn, but Scout/Bucknuts both had Dunn rated higher.
Since it's modestly on topic, I was talking with a HS football coach in Michigan about the two players this weekend and he had an interesting take on it. He observed Isaac had this skill and that skill and clearly was an elite recruit, but there was one question in his mind- how well can he break tackles? He observed, and showed me footage which generally backed up his point, that Isaac is so damn good at the HS level that almost no one touches him. Good news, to be sure, but unsustainable at the next level. Smith on the other hand has a proven ability to break tackles, carry the pile and earn hard yardage. This wasn't to say he liked one better than the other, he liked both.
None of this refelects my opinions, or expertise. It was interesting to hear someone with some level of knowledge compare the two. Looking at the footage, his point was well taken. I think either would be fine prospects, just different.
Watching Isaac's tape, on some of the plays he seemed to be brought down pretty easily, while Smith runs through everyone in his. However with the potential dominance our oline could have in the future, Isaac's ability to hit the hole quick and explode to the second level could make the breaking tackle issue a moot point.
I agree with you, they are different style runners but both look like great players and I'd be happy with either one.
That would drag it to at least April.
To "April"....man, are we entering a brave new world...
hold out for Isaac no matter what. Ty Isaac gives me comparisons of Darren McFadden when he was at Arkansas. Total game changer but can split out to WR unlike anything I have ever seen. Sometimes you have to be patient and take a risk by doing nothing. Be secure in the fact that this is Michigan. This is obsurd to be a supposed leader for this savage of a talent to let him possibly get away. DO NOT LET THIS ONE GO!! He is the type of player that makes OC's more innovative in their ability to call games and can you imagine having the Original Innovator himself, Big AL, calling games with this talent. OUCH for opposing DC's.
Because I don't think we've given you the chance to weigh in as of yet and I really want to hear what you have to say…
I say wait for Ty, he's worth it. We already have guys like Smith on the team i.e., Fitz, Rawls, etc. A guy like Isaac comes along once every blue moon, so in my opinion you wait for him.