Has this been banned by the NCAA? Where do you think Harbaugh takes practice this spring? Bishop Gorman in Nevada, IMG again, St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida?
Spring practice 2017
IMG is a great location because their facilities are top notch.
place to hold a "harbaugh submarine session"
I mean I'm sure they're all great kids and capable of making better decisions than most, but c'mon.....a week in Vegas?? That seems like a recipe for disaster
I agree.. But it'd still be cool.
Considering that we have a commitment from Cesar Ruiz and are about to pick up another from Jordan Anthony, I think holding spring practice at IMG is great for recruiting as well!
The Moon, with plans to have spring practice atop Olympus Mons on Mars in 2018.
Good strategy for battling Sparty's interplanetary recruiting.
Apparently aliens can't play football for shit though.
Aliens are never rated very high, however apparently rankings don't matter.
I hear there's a 2019 Martian OT with great pad level
Yeah but how's his bend?
Doesn't seem like a good idea when you consider the muscle atrophy that accompanies extended time in a microgravity environment.
Quit going on sciency on us!! Friggen nerd...
I don't think a week counts as extended. Might be a nice rest for the joints of the 300 (earth) pounders.
Ahhh...another poor, misguided soul who has been duped into believing that we actually landed on the moon.
/removes tin-foil hat
Wherever the #1 prospect resides.
3 big time croots at BG next year, Id love to see our spring ball in Vegas this year.
a hundred 18-21 year old kids. It's almost begging for trouble.
I'd agree. What are the odds you take 100+ college aged males to Vegas on spring break and nobody does something that would get them suspended a few games? I'd say low
What are the odds you say? Well we'd have to go to Vegas to find out
I'd vote for IMG or Bishop Gorman. They are basically collegiate-operated programs. I looked at the NJ recruiting rankings for 2018 and looks like Don Bosco has several guys ranked, but Paramus does not have anyone highly touted (yet). Regardless, I think we already have a well-oiled recruiting operation going in Jersey and wouldn't need spring practices and/or camps there.
Spring break in New Jersey?
How poor are you? I'm sorry...
Anyone think of the kids?
Practicing at Bishop Gorman would make UNLV upset. /s
You'd figure UNLV would land some of that talent via Tony Sanchez..
Help us acquire Ruiz and Jordan Anthony (Sam's gut)?
Ruiz was already well acquainted with UM. He was a team mate of Ron Johnson and Brad Hawkins in Camden, NJ before he transferred to IMG.
In terms of gamesmanship, I think I'd recommend Harbaugh not fan these flames (by not announcing the trip) until after it's underway. Submarining it is the best way for him to get what he wants. The attention, this time, could bring last minute legislation and therefore be counter-productive.
I don't know that an announcement really fans the flames. When it gets out that 100 Michigan football players are practicing somewhere that will still fan the flames.
A weeks-in-advance "Look at how awesome our plans are!" social media hype machine is much more detrimental to actually doing it than any "Look at where we already are!" reveal could possibly be.
FYI, there's some rumors going on about Najee Harris making an announcement of some sort today. I'm not on any VIP boards, so I don't know what exactly is going on. Just seen a couple discussion topics - There's a thread on 247 about it, and there's some non-VIP discussion going on around Scout about him possibly making an announcement (think it's all coming from Alabama's end). I can't access the VIP stuff, so I'm not going to come to any conclusions with this. Vibe seems to go Alabama's way?
Not to get anyone's panties in a bunch, but it sounds like today might be the day we get some finality to the whole thing.
Sorry for the thread jack. I didn't want to start a thread about speculation.
From what Brian said, it sounds like he may not make any announcement at all and just enroll somewhere in a few weeks. He specifically said not to listen to rumors about announcements that don't come directly from real journalists.
what does CounterStrike say?
Been rumors like this everyday for about a week. I wouldn't believe anything on Najee until it happens.
Probably correct. I wouldn't listen to what I have to say much at all, but something started on Alabama's side of things and is creating some buzz.
I don't see him making an announcement either. Probably shouldn't have said anything. I was bored at lunch today, so I did some digging and came across some stuff - one thing led to another.
Oh trust me I'm unfortunately incredibly excited and anxious to learn his destination. Probably just best for our blood pressure levels to not listen to any insiders' buzz before he is enrolled somewhere.
Cam Akers is announcing tonight though, and him committing to Bama would probably be good news.
Akers a heavy FSU lean?
It's a dangerous thing, Bilbo Baggins, walking outside your door... If you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you'll end up
He's committed to Alabama.
Come on man !
Would you feel better if I told you Sam Webb mentioned this morning that "if you only listened to Michigan people (meaning coaches/recruits/players) then you'd already be popping champagne bottles" in regards to him committing to Michigan?
He won't make a call publicly but stated that the reason is that he hasn't been able to get confirmation from anyone inside Najee's circle.
Neg me please. The "announcement" rumors that I thought came from an Alabama mod on 247 were false. Read some stuff on a public Scout board post that basically explained that the 247 Mod was only stating that Najee hasn't sent in his paperwork to Alabama yet to enroll early despite being pressured to since October by the Alabama staff. He also mentioned that lately they have been targeting Cam Akers harder because of the suspicion that Najee might be flipping to Michigan. Again, this has nothing to do with a stupid commitment or announcement set for today - I put too much together from too many different unverifiable sources, and therefore I deserve my negging.
Now to go along with that, if you combine my comment about Sam Webb and the coaches and recruits believing they have him locked up with what I just read refuting the rumors and Alabama Mod board post, I'm even more convinced this is happening. Still need to keep optimism a bit reserved, especially with the whole Isaiah Wilson think just happening. Things looking good though.
My apologies for the first post, but hopefully this makes up for it a little.
Tuscaloosa. Commandeer Saban's lake house (kick out the bagmen and cronies first).
One issue with starting spring practice over Michigan's Spring Break is that it forces the date of the Spring Game to be early April. I like the concept overall but feel for the fans sitting outside in the Stadium on a chilly Friday night in early April.
I think that that is a tradeoff that this staff will make. Moving it back to saturday afternoon will get you a bigger crowd due to warmer weather and no traffic jams like last year during rush hour. A more pleasant experience for the recruits and fans.
I'm only going to believe the part about him deciding today and not the Alabama part because that is bad news. Yeah! Alright! Najee!
I don't think we should pay attention to anything in particular that would make any definite conclusion. Just yesterday he follows a bunch of Michigan related people on some social media oulet, and then today Alabama has good things? This is just going back and forth.
All the evidence put together right now would honestly say he's choosing Michigan, but noone will know for sure until it's final. People on both sides are going to have positive things to say until that happens. Noone on Michigan's side has said he isn't coming yet and in fact almost say the opposite.
Yep, I know this reading too far into things, but AB wouldn't have been up late working on that mean edit for Najee if Michigan wasn't still optimistic. Check Aaron Bills on twitter for the image.
Okay, you've managed to change my mind. Now i think he's going to Alabama but I don't think he's anouncing until July.
Not much talent, but would finally kill RCMB once and for all.
Hawaii - pick up a full back.
Just make a show in the recruiting hotbed of the SEC or Nick's backyard. Get popcorn for the SEC whining.
Hopefully California this year, or Polynesia.
Hopefully IMG they have the most talent every year least it seems that way.
How about Long Beach Poly or Gardena Serra here in LA?
IMG until they throw us out of there.
I am sure JH has some new ideas ready for the NCAA to bitch about.
Speaking of spring practice, I've been a little worried that the spring game will be kinda rough this year. Because we are losing a huge senior class and probably only a handful of EEs to make up the difference in spring. So the numbers might be pretty light, especially in the trenches. Will be good reps to go around for the guys there, just think the game might be heavily walkon filled on the lines.