I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
This one goes out to the posters who asked why Michigan would invite recruits to a game in which they appeared to be outmatched. That's why.
Toe to toe with the No.3 team in the country despite a hobbling QB, and a struggling offense.
I bet the recruits enjoyed themselves despite the loss. They just witnessed Devin Gardner showing what it means to be a Michigan man, and coming one throw from being just about the biggest legend we've ever had in the game.
Interesting take on the increases in revenue in the B1G vs on-field success in football.
- The ADs in the B1G to include Smith and Brandon also are pointing towards recruiting geography, focus and schemes as a key difference.
- Size of staffs (Alabama significantly higher in non-coaching positions)
- SEC is 4th in funding behind B1G #1, PAC12, ACC
- Focus on funding non-revenue sports - B1G funds on average 4 more non-revenue sports than SEC and 6 more than Big12.
The national record for HS QB completions in a game was 47 (set by Grant Sherman, Kenton, OH). Trey Tinsley completed 50 in a game last weekend. Tinsley is junior QB of El Toro High School in Southern California. He's the son of former USC quarterback Scott Tinsley from the 1980s.
I could find no Scout or Rivals profile on him.
Topics discussed in this week's installment:
Southfield defensive lineman Malik McDowell has some new developments in his recruitment, and Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone recently jumped into Michigan's big board of 2015 quarterbacks. Plus, Brad and Tom discuss the impact of Lane Kiffin's firing at USC.
Here is the weekly 4 and 1 with TomVH and Brad Galli from WXYZ 7.
The guys discuss the impact of Michigan's back-to-back close wins over lesser competition, Jashon Cornell's upcoming Final 10, a unique story from foreign recruit Hjalte Froholdt, and the 2015 class' potential ranking.
It is also amazing that other than Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver and west Texas there are essentially no FBS football recruits between the Pacific coast and I-35. It will be interesting to see what happens with this as geographical boundaries continue to overlap with the ongoing conference expansion.
In the comments I pointed out that this maps on to overall demography. The Mathlete's map of recuits
is not significantly different from the US Census' map of population density by county:
But demography can't explain everything. Some states produce more football talent per capita than others.
Football Study Hall published a blog post today about Where FBS recruits come from, in which they tracked FBS recruits from 2008 to 2013 in raw numbers and per capita (click to their article to see the raw data). Mapped using Google Fusion, the result is the following (click to embiggen):
Map showing FBS recruits per capita by state
This map illustrates the recruiting advantage of the SEC and the South generally: Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are all well above average in terms of the number of FBS recruits they produce per capita. Texas and Oklahoma are also above average -- and, unfortunately for UT, so is Utah.
The recruiting advantage of Michigan and Ohio
State is also thrown into relief. Although Michigan is below average in the number of football recruits it produces (0.61 recruits per 100k, vs. the national average of 0.75), the state of Ohio is well above average (1.31 recruits per 100k, 9th in the nation), and is of course a consistent and significant source of recruits for UM and OSU.