"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
True story: I woke up to my phone vibrating on my desk, and I had no doubt that I was way late in getting to a "Hello" post. I didn't know for whom—though I had a good idea it was Patrick Kugler, who tweeted that Michigan "[felt] like home" after his visit yesterday—but I knew that Brady Hoke doesn't sleep and had no trouble punishing me for my slothfulness. This is where we're at with Michigan recruiting right now; I'm going to have to start patterning my sleep after a college football coach. This is totally okay as long as the 2013 class is wrapped up by the end of March.
On that note, Michigan now has its entire five-man offensive line class filled before the end of February. It is filled with four-stars. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Informative update forthcoming when I'm done with my maniacal laughter.
sloths. We hibernate in the winter and are latent in summer only to truly come alive in the fall.
Life as a sloth is good.
I'm beginning to wonder how much our linemen will be eating at that traditional dinner before that game in Pasadena...
And, there will be some picketing...
We get a Chick-fil-A for our linemen and every other man, woman, and child to eating on campus.
Best avatar-signature combo to date.
I used to watch other schools recruit like this — Texas, USC and recently Alabama — and wonder why Michigan couldn't match their recruiting. Especially Texas, which basically is Michigan south (the two schools are very similar in how they view themselves and how others view them). And, yes, I know Texas has an advantage by having a huge home state to pull recruits from.
I just always wanted Michigan to recruit like the top schools do. Now, Hoke is doing exactly that.
look at OH, PA, IL, MI & IN as though it is Texas as to this coaching staff.
You should understand that the high school programs in Texas develop better players. It's not just that their state is huge; it's more centered on the quality of programs. Hoke is not recruiting exactly that way which is why we are taking players from Pennsylvania which also has historically dominant high school programs. If you need some examples, Marino, Kelly, Montana, Unitas, and Namath come to mind.
The recruits keep on coming! It's almost noon in Ohio and my Miller Lite is well stocked in my refrigerator.....anyone care to celebrate?
Its almost 12:30 here in Florida and the Miller Lite is ready to go.
I salute you with a 1:30 leinenkugel's from Wisconsin, sir! cheers
It's New Glarus Spotted Cow for me.
I'm re-reading my old freak-out posts from 4 weeks ago (recruitpocalypse) and enjoying some well-deserved schadenfreude at the expense of my past self.
HOKE UBER ALLES.
What an amazing O-Line class this is. Go Blue.
But you got to get up pretty early to Beat These Guys to the Punch!
I think we need Ty Isaac or Laquan Treadwell to keep the streak going.
Yeah that would be even better
Got to get up pretty early to beat these guys to the punch! When they are ready to commit . . .
It's about time we get some good news on the recruiting front. This is getting ridicoulous!
/ s (I love what our coaches have done before February has even ended!)
At least one of these guys will be a 5 star eventually, there's a lot of borderline guys as long as Scout's rankings for these guys are similar.
It's like Christmas in February.
Eleven 4*s and the other two look like good players as well.
LOL your job
So are we not going to be pursuing Ethan Pocic anymore because of this commit?
I was just beginning to think, damn when are we going to get another commit, and then POOF...
Do that again.
I wonder if any these O-lineman from these two classes might get moved to the defensive side after a couple of years when the depth chart starts to sort out?
Always a possibility. I'm just enjoying envisioning 2015 & 2016, when we'll have back-to-back all upper-classmen, all 4-star O-lines running over the B10. Gotta love that image.
It's possible, but remember, Hoke is trying to resurrect an O-lin almost from scratch. He wants 2-deep across the board to be able to rotate in and out.
On the defensive line you want rotation. As far as the offensive line goes, depth is essential and a 2-deep is needed, but rotating them in and out is not what any coach wants.
And I believe today is their junior day, and Kugler was supposed to be there.
That 3-4 year of "MSU excellence" (as defined by my MSU friends as years they went to bowl games) might as well be coated in amber and cloned by an eccentric billionaire, because I don't see that happening organically again until at least Hoke is gone.
one really stings for Sparty. MSU was destroyed by Hoke last recruiting cycle. Now, it's not even been a month since signing day, and Michigan has requested the unconditional surrender of Sparty. If I were a Spartan fan, I'd be pissed. You have a junior day, and the head coach isn't around. Then again, the Spartan brand sells itself.
I am sure the Sparty boards are saying something along the lines of "trust the coaches" or "Coach D is so great that we take guys who want to come to EL" or something along these lines...I'd check but who knows with antivirus these days...
Similarly, I am sure the Ohio fans are saying somethign along the lines of "Urban wasn't interested in players who are only 54th in the country...our whole class will be rated 30 and better" etc.
A rational Sparty fan might be pissed but when did you last meet one of them?
The sparty boards are ricocheting back and forth between "scUM is kicking our ass where the hell is Dantonio" and "who cares Dantonio is used to getting inferior recruiting classes and we still kick their ass". The tide has turned. I am really going to enjoy these next few years as things get back to normal and we once again get bored of dominating them.
To enable that sort of research you must use a very virulent antivirus solution.
Great news. Welcome aboard Alex!
Wow this is a great o-line class so far. The theme that I keep hearing is that they play with a nasty streak. I think ive read that about all the recent o-line commits. If your a top talent running back in the 2013 class why wouldnt you want to run behind the talent Hoke is bringing in. Hoke and his staff are doing a GREAT JOB on the recruiting trail!!
5, 7, 13, 20, and 22.... damn
5 of the top 22- especially this early.... we are doing some work
Are we still recruiting Pocic? Do we need another surefire tackle in this class?
I'd hope so. Just in case one of the current commits backs out (God forbid). Also, we expect to have like three left at the end for "the best available", which is a category I would put Pocic in.
Am I right in thinking that the plan is to redshirt most if not all of our 2013 OL class and probably play most of our 2012 class right of the gate to address our current depth issues on the O-Line? That way, the OL corps will be staggered so that we'll lose about 3 guys every year and gain 3 guys every year and not have any shortfalls like we're due for
Or at least have the freedom to do that, we are getting to an era where freshman won't be forced to play, it'll purely be a question of out-playing established people in front of them
In 2012, I see Kalis, Magnussen and Braden (has the size/strength to contribute early) getting on the field as true freshman
In 2013, Bosch plays a s a freshman, and Kugler definitely sees snaps at Center as a freshman,
I also wouldn't be surprised if they try Dawson at Center at some point in time, just for depth purposes
I kind of see Ace suffering from the five stages of grief:
1. Denial: "No, that can't be. The guys visitied campus, like, once. Besides, he's visiting Eastl Lansing today. Must be a rumor..."
2. Anger: "Gawddamn it, ANOTHER one? What....WHAT IS GOING ON? The bandages on my fingers are still on from last week!"
3. Bargaining: "Ok...ok...Hoke, just give me one month...one month to heal. I swear, push some recruiting back to summer to evaluate sleeper prospects and I'll never write ill of you again."
4. Depression: "Why bother? by next week the 2014 class will be filling up and my fingers will be bloody nubs. I mighta s well file for disability now. I'll never be able to hold a woman again..."
5. Acceptance: "Well, my hands might be a write off, but to be fair, a national championship is kind of better than hands anway."
I say we just call him K*er until everyone is on the same page.
He also has an Ohio offer, FWIW.