Any articles on how his visit went? Haven't heard anything.
Zack Banner visit reaction?
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"Justin Feagin" is bad. "Justin Feagin leaving the team?" is good.
Man I'm aching for some recruiting news... I feel like Banner and Payton are about to commit any second now. I read in some other thread in here that some guy thought they were both silent commits. I dont know if I buy that, but it sure sounds like they both had an awesome time!
to see a lot of the recruits walking in. I talked to Zach for a few seconds and he asked me if I could take a picture of him and his mother. After taking a picture for him, I also asked him if I could take one of him for the fans and he was more than happy to do so. I asked him what he thought of the big house and he said it exceeded his expectations. He was definitely having a good time there...lets hope this visit tops any other he has. I feel like he'll probably take all his visits before deciding, but Michigan has definitely put themselves in great position for him
am curious to know why, that in the above photo, the end zone michigan letters are colored white and not yellow. can someone explain? thanks.
Trevor Hoffman standing to the left of them in the white shirt? Kinda looks like it..
FWIW according to some of the commits, he kept talking about "The next 4 years" and also was talking about how excited he would be playing on that future line. Also on scout he rated the visit from 1-10 a 20, so I think we moved up a little.
I believe that I read somewhere that he also had a chance to meet people affiliated with the basketball team. I'm not sure if it was coaches or players. Given that he seems really interested in playing both sports, I'd be interested to hear if had any comments on that.
He was shown on the scoreboard, so it's a safe assumption they met.
Sam Webb talked about Banner's visit on today's recruiting roundup (the part on Banner starts around 4:30). He said that Banner had a chance to spend some time with Beilein during his visit and that Michigan is presenting him with the option of playing both sports.
From what I heard all he had to say was, "MANBALL!"
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I think you guys will really enjoy it, it will provide insight into the recruiting process, show what it's like for a top prospect, and focus on a player in Jordan Payton, who i can definitively tell you, is very, very high on Michigan. The athletes being interviewed are Jordan Payton, Zena Edowsoman, Xavier Johnson, Jared Sullinger, and Drue Holiday FYI.
I'm going to continue to believe that's a Michigan hat on his head so my joy doesn't fade. Also, kid sounds like a B1G type of player. I hope he goes blue.
I don't if this has been mentioned but from all accounts I have heard that Banner is also looking to play basketball at what ever school he chooses. I know that Michigan is offering him this chance and I am wondering if he does commit do any of you see this affecting Mitch McGary's decision to come here?
Don't think McGary would be scared off by a freshman who would be splitting duties with the football team. Wouldn't matter from a numbers standpoint since Banner would count towards the football team's numbers. And probably irrelevant anyway since McGary is planning on deciding before Banner.
McGary is a much higher rated basketball recruit. I doubt he'd be worried about going to any school and competing against anyone not currently in the NBA.
Banner isn't supposed to be a 5-star kind o basketball recruit anyway like he could be in football. That said, I'd kill for a 6'9", 300 lbs. bench player. If he was a reserve, and you added him to a junior Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford and a maybe hopefully freshman McGary, that is a big man lineup that Belein has probably never had, and that Michigan certainly hasn't had since the Chris Hunter, Graham Brown, Courtney Sims, Brent Petway days. Yes please.
If Morgan, Horford, McGary and Banner remind anyone of the ... glory days of Graham Brown, Sims, and Petway, something has gone seriously awry.
Times like these is when I want an 'Awesome' choice on the moderation
But Michigan has been a short team for a long time. I'm mostly excited about having big men again. And Hunter, Brown, Sims and Petway was a ridiculously talented big man rotation for any normal college team. Everyone but Brown at least got a sniff of the NBA, and Sims and Hunter actually hung around way longer than you would suspect for woefully underachieving college players. It just goes to show how talented they were and how awful Amaker was at developing talent.
Banner would (only) be available to the basketball team in time for the Big Ten Tourney each year. He would temporarily complement McGary through the two tourneys.
Banner + McGary would be just silly mad on the court at the same time!
I think you must have misheard what Sam Webb said. Banner would be able to join the basketball team pretty much right after the football team is done with its season. So that would be early January, which is the early part of the Big Ten season and well before the Big Ten Tournament.
His reaction was probably similar to everyone else's:
its never been mentioned that he wants to play bssketball....
...starting to realize that Michigan rocks like no other school. Period.
next to Banner when the bus was dropping off the players. Some one asked him what his teams he is liking are. He replied USC, Alabama, Oklahoma and of course Michigan. When the bus opened, a couple guys with suits walked up to him and Funchess and gave hugs and handshakes. He seemed to be enjoying all the atention. And on a side note, I also ran into Chris Wormley and Morris. Wormley is a beast. He looks like he is really solid. And Shane is really nice kid. He was kind enough to pose for pics and talk to fans.
2013 DE Taco Charlton was offered.
Could someone refresh me on when both McGary and Banner were planning to make decisions by?
I believe Mitch plans on announcing the first week of October, around the 7th. I'm thiniking that Zach is waiting until after his high school season is over, but maybe the visit this last weekend may change things, we'll see.
Dan Obrien is announcing first week of Oct. McGary has said he doesn't know and that it will likely be awhile. It's in his ESPN blog.
I have no idea where gt4blue above got his early October bit on McGary. I've never heard anything like that. Earlier, McGary had said he wanted to make his decision before his team's basketball season starts, which pointed to an early November decision (and signing an LOI during the early signing period of Nov. 9-16). But, yes, from his ESPN blog post he seems in no rush to make a decision, and perhaps he's going to wait until the spring to decide. Who knows?
He also said this: "I definitely want to get down to Duke to see about the atmosphere I hear so much about. I want to get to all of the schools to see what their fans are like." If he wants to get an idea of the atmosphere of Duke basketball, the earliest he could do so would be at their "midnight madness" event, which usually takes place in mid-October. Obviously, if he wants to attend one of their basketball games and/or games at his other five finalists, he'd have to wait until mid-November or later for that.
and I'm not holding my breath, but seems like the visit impressed his Mom, which is critical.
There are not a lot of opportunities out there for a guy to play on (2) up and coming teams. The big question is whether or not he wants to play away from his friends and family. The picture should tell you something. I hope I'm wrong.
Per TomVH's write-up at WolverineNation, in Zack's own words he was "blown away." Don't want to blockquote too much since it's behind a paywall, but safe to say it went very well.