things go poorly
Tom VH: Shaun Crawford to visit Miami (YTM)
...to check out the beach? (please?)
To check out the women
To check out the women on the beach.
I WISH that was the only reason, though.
What's so good about the Miami Hurricanes?
This season can't start soon enough. From what I've been reading on the Scout boards, negative recruiting has had an influence on Crawford.
Produce on the field this year and things will hopefully fall into place.
Wouldn't it have the same effect on ND or Miami?
Well ND has at least played in a Natl Champ game recently and Miami resides in talent rich FL where they will always get top level talent.
UM already has top level talent. Miami and UM have very similar recruiting profiles for as long as I can recall the internet tracking recruiting classes. So, if we are going to argue that Miami always gets top level talent than you'd have to argue the same for UM. UM may not have the same talent in-state, but they still get it.
It's just a bit easier for Miami given the talent in their backyard. Just win baby and all will be well!
Not crap on message boards, but they are long on reductive thinking and speculation and short on actual facts.
That said, this is why I try not to care too much about recruiting, especially months before the season, because everything is so fluid.
for his camp to annouce he's open his recuritment back up. Good he's doing all of this now in May and not Dec,I suppose.
On the one hand, teams have to make early offers to stay competitive. On the other hand, I can totally understand a kid wanting to take advantage of the process and all of the visits. I just wish guys wouldn't commit until they really mean it. Any guy that commits really early now makes me skeptical. If he doesn't want to be here...best of luck. Time to recruit someone who does.
I get what you mean yet I just don't find it fair to hold anyone, much less a 16yo youth (whose life is blowing up in front of his very eyes), to stick with something if a better situation comes along.
Please don't take this as preachy (it's not meant that way), yet change happens everywhere. He committed 100% because he meant it at that time 100%. Now he's not feeling 100%. He has new information that is altering his evaluation process. If he sticks it out, we'll be glad to have him. He looks like a terror on the field. Yet if he goes somewhere else, he'll have done what is best for him.
The beat goes on.
Yep, sounds like negative recruiting might be working. This season we need results on the field. It's amazing how quickly momentum can swing back in your favor when you're winning.
To be fair, "7-6 with lots of uncertainty about the HC position if the team keeps trending down" doesn't strike me as particularly negative recruiting.
playing poorly especially in your bowl game against an un-ranked KSU! Hoke better turn it around, another 4 to 6 loss season will really put him on the hot seat for 2015 and the wheels will fall off of recruiting!
With a true freshmen at QB. But you just accidently fogot to include that fact right?
I guess we should never have agreed to play. I hope we're not going to become the "excuse" school.
Can't blame that on playing a true freshman QB. We would have a hard time winning even with a healthy DG.
It was two unranked schools playing each other. We lost. We played well the game prior against a highly ranked osu, with a healthy-ish DG.
We'll be fine. We have great talent on board already and as many have said, we'll be set up for excellence in 2015 for sure (with noticeable improvement in 2014). Until then, we just need to ride this wave.
Let him go if he wants to
I'm pretty sure no one can legally stop him if he wants to go.
That he didn't bother to let the coaching staff know then good riddance. I can appreciate his desire to look around, but giving your word(committing), then not even having the decency to communicate your interest to visit elsewhere is childish.
TomVh had reported earlier that on Wednesday Crawford informed Mattison that he was going to take some visits so he has discussed this with someone at Michigan.
That changes everything in my mind. Hope he decides to stay in the fold.
with Hoke the next day.
Crawford's dad says he is talking to Hoke tonight about the visits, but they are just to reassure Crawford of his decision.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) May 15, 2014
That's a cop out excuse. I'm going to go sleep with other women to reassure my decision to marry my wife. Doesn't work that way.
//please please please
That's a way of being honest, but in realty it's often a half truth. The real truth is he's questioning his commitment. This is the first step to an eventually decomittment IMHO. First, soften the blow, then check out other schools, eventually decommit, and comitt somewhere else. Isn't that how it usually goes?
honest or humble?
that is all
I help you out with that?
Thing is, crawford isn't married in this metaphor, he's a 16 year old with a fiance that he realizes he may have been too hasty to pick. There are other attractive options out there too.
In addition, if we are using the relationship metaphor, wouldn't it be more like Crawford marrying into a polygamy? So in that regard, I can't imagine the main spouse (Michigan) really having a strong moral argument against the other spouses (recruits) for looking for the best harem to choose from.
Disclaimer: I did about 5 minutes of wiki research on polygamy, so I don't know what i'm talking about.
a few years with a couple more additions, if I were a recruit, I'd look at Michigan as a great place to play. Michigan should have a dominant defense soon. They are basically a dominant pass rusher away.
He may leave and not come back. He's a young kid but I think there is a good chance he will be back just as Damien Harris may recommit. This is going to be more and more common with the push to get to these kids sooner and sooner. Michigan isn't alone. Even Alabama has had flips.
I mean it's almost like he's we're dealing with immature high school kids.
This is super awesome.
He don't know where the hell he wanna go (bad grammar on purpose).
to be racist?
2011 was such a tease.
August 30th can't come soon enough.
It will be interesting to see what our comments are Oct 15th however...
"Basketball can't get here fast enough...." or "OMG now that looks like a Michigan football team."
The reality is that they are going to continue to go through this process until the o-line finally matures and develops so they can have a balanced offense and can win on the road. IMHO the team will improve this year, but they won't win 10 games. They will still struggle at times. The only question is will they show enough promise and win enough games to recoup the recruiting momentum. I don't think they need to win a ton of games personally. But, I also don't think they can have a season like last year where it seems there is negativity after every game. If they play the rivals close and win one or two and look good in the games they should win they should be fine. Eventually the o-line will fix itself. The talent is there. I just don't see it happening next year. What else can you say? No one wants to hear it but it just takes time.
If there is a continous improvement throughout the year on offense with showing sings of continuity and execution, I think that things will go well. The defense is going to need to really show up this season and show signs of the talent that is available, and in reality the offense should only need to show competence in the early part of the year (ie, basically look like MSU after the first 3-4 games, and show some developing confidence and ability) which should get them into striking distance for 9 wins and maybe more if they can grow or get a few good bounces.
I think that if the move is to combine offensive challenges with bend n dont break defense again this year, there are going to be the same level of challenges both on the field and in the locker room again. I am not sure enough can be said for many of the challenges in chemistry last year as well. When the comments around two of your senior leaders going into the year (an OT and QB for clarity) is that they finally seem to be serious about leadership, that does not bode very well for at least half the team which tends to bleed into the rest of the mental make up of the unit.
The losses in the recruiting classes from 2010-2011 especially were not only missing bodies, but missing candidates for leadership. If the oline suffers from strength/etc due to age, but builds some chemistry, they should still be an average/middle of the pack group if the scouting/rankings hold any weight at all.
And win one big game on the road against MSU or OSU. There comes a point where you run out of excuses for losing 4 or more games. Hell, even if they lose to ND, MSU and OSU these games have to be more competitive. I know this will be a tough year but we must see improvement through the season. If we play lousy all through the year and lose 4 or 5 games then it's time for Hoke to get replaced. Brandon better not pick any more of his friends, just back up the money truck and get the best coach out there!
Yeah, I agree about being competitive against our rivals, but not that they have to beat them. I think it's more about feeling than results. If they show signs of improvement, the kids are having fun, the offensive line and running game is developing, and the defense is becoming more aggressive and they win 8 games but still lose to all the rivals I think that's OK. The problem last year was that they seemed to have no idea of how to fix the problem and lacked an identity. The problems got worse and worse all year. I really don't think there needs to be results next year, but progress, an identity, and the kids having fun DOES need to happen. That will get the ball rolling and get everyone excited for what could happen in 2015.
you posted, but have to disagree about losing to all three rivals being OK. I don't think 9-3 with losses to ND, State, and OSU will be enough. One of them has to get knocked off and it would be best if it were at least either State or OSU (preferably BOTH).
Continuing to lose those rivaly games will have a greater net negative effect on future recruiting than any positive momentum gained from winning the other 9 games.
Overall, the greatest barometer of progress will be if we see markedly improved play (even if we lose a few), but the bleeding vs. State and OSU needs to be halted.
I am not one that is eager to call for Hoke to get fired over just an unsatisfactory W-L record. But I do realize, on the other hand, that continued unrest among the fandom isn't good for the image of the program, which in turn hurts the ability to recruit.