Good heads up Magnus. I'll keep that in mind if we have a son in November. How old will Hoke be in 2030?
Sam Webb recruiting article featuring Michael Ferns III and much more
I think he's 52 now, so...I'm not very good at math...maybe 59?
EDIT: He's 53. So he'll be 60. Or 75.
Wow, definitely one of the better Detroit News articles that Sam has done, I highly recommend that everyone follow the link. Most of the time Webb just turns to his Scout colleagues to get a fluff scouting report and has one or two quotes from the prospect where they give generic answers about what they're looking for in a school, but this really went in-depth into his specific situation. It's very cool to see recruiting from an intimate perspective like that and get taken through what a recruiting visit can be like step by step. These coaches just seem so damn good at selling Michigan to these prospects, and it's exciting to see what that entails.
That was some of Sam's best work, O FO SHO, I found myself wanting to BLOCKQUOTE about 75% of the article
This was a great, detailed piece on Michael Ferns III and the state of things regarding his recruitment. Good work by Webb here.
I found this interesting:
"The respect and admiration for Hoke stemmed from the recommendation from one of his star players at Ball State, former quarterback Nate Davis. A high school star in nearby Bellaire, Ohio, the Davis family has been effusive in its praise of Hoke. When the Ferns met Hoke face to face they found that praise to be well deserved"
One of the things that I really like about Hoke is that even the players and staff at jobs from his past speak highly of him, and if their network extends to kids such as Ferns, then I can only see this as helping us in the future, at least potentially. We obviously won't get every target, but it seems that all of the networking that goes on around recruting and the fact that people hold Brady Hoke in such high esteem is a good combination for us. It is a great advantage to have a head coach that people recommend visiting basically regardless of which job he may currently have.
how great is it to have a coach who EVERbody loves? Every person he's come in contact with has nothing but great things to say, going back years.
Seriously, I'm jealous. Everyone I've worked with thinks I'm a dick.
I wonder Dantonio thinks of him.
Since his introductory press conference, Hoke has just been flawless. I can't think of anything he's done or said wrong. Maybe I'm just a homer, but we got a hell of a man leading this program.
as far as Ferns III coming here potentially. It sounds like the parents were VERY impressed by the campus and the entire visit. These are the kinds of student/athletes Michigan really must get. 4.0 students who are also studs on the field or court. Given his 3 main options, I like Michigan's chances.
I would be surprised if Ferns didn't commit to Michigan, considering he truly sounds invested 100% in academics, and isn't blowing smoke like some other recruits.
The job Jerry Montgomery is doing for UM is just TREMENDOUS!
This. I think this may be the most important take-away from the entire article (aside from the fact that Michael Ferns seems to be a great young man with his priorities straight). I feel like we have been seeing this theme emerge more and more as we progress through the current recruiting class (Coach Montgomery doing a fantastic job on the recruiting trail). It really is wonderful to hear about the coaches doing such a great job, but it also makes me wonder how long Coach Hoke will be able to hold on to all of them . . .