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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Brown is a nice walk-on||
Brown is a nice walk-on pick-up. He is easily good enough for a MAC or service academy spot. Guessing he just favored lacrosse until someone at UM got in his ear. I have seen him play many times live - he has been a very instinctive and productive player against top Cleveland competition. Has a legit shot of developing into a game-contributor, if he is able to put on some good weight.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Gallon was another one (would||
Gallon was another one (would have broken a bunch of records with a better passer), but your point stands.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||That is because RR could not||
That is because RR could not compete in recruiting battles with the big boys. He pulled out some diamonds, but you have no chance at UM if you can only rarely contest the likes of OSU or ND on the recruiting trail.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||More than the size of the||
More than the size of the staff, Quality was the issue. Hoke and Mattison have good eyes, but not sure who else from that staff. Harbaugh himself is a top talent evaluator, but he has other studs like Fisch, Drevno, Durkin, Brown, etc. supporting his efforts.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Not really true. Kugler and||
Not really true. Kugler and Dawson will not do much under Drevno because they are just not that talented. Kali's' problems are due to his lack of agility and reflexes. Even under Drevno, he still is a matador. Drevno is prioritizing mean OL, and a lot of Hokes guys like Bosch did not have that. There is a reason that Cole and Glasgow were the only Hoke guys who really shined out of the gate... because they were the only truly good ones. From what I saw in the spring game, Runyan and Ulizio already look more promising than most of Hokes recruits ever did.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||With Shane's lack of progress||
With Shane's lack of progress and production his last two years of HS, Harbaugh would have processed him. Bending over backwards for one QB recruit is bad practice and anti competitive. But especially for a QB who leaked as a HS sophomore and whom the coaches should have recognized as overrated.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe Borges talked Hoke into||
Maybe Borges talked Hoke into letting him mentor QB's. But Hoke should not have accepted. Track record especially with recruiting QB's was not there, as has been documented on this site.
|42 weeks 7 hours ago||Looks like a versatile OL,||
Looks like a versatile OL, maybe the next Mason Cole after some polishing. Definitely a legit LT prospect. Not as physically imposing as some, but has very good feet and balance. Also has a noticeable mean streak, which Drevno heavily prioritizes. Keep the OL comin'!
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Kid looks like a player - had||
Kid looks like a player - had not watched his film until now, and his film is excellent. Lack of elite speed and size is not a worry - hands, route-running, and quickness can get you quite far as a college WR, as we have seen in AA and elsewhere.
If this kid had signed in the years from late-Carr through Hoke, he'd be a no-brainer for early playing time and tons of snaps based on his skills. With JH now stocking the WR and TE corps, he'll have more competition. Good sign for his potential considering JH and Jedd stuck with him when other propects were beating down the door late in the cycle. Will now have to keep an eye on him.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||The great part about||
The great part about Harbaugh's strategic use of TE's is that it is rare in modern football. Even pro-style teams like Alabama don't really know how to make use of a talented TE, let alone the shotgun spread teams. Combine that with the facts that a) TE is an under-recruited position in CFB in general due to offensive philosophy changes, and b) JH can capitalize on being one of the few who can use them... He is just well positioned to have a multi-talented, deep TE/FB corps in perpetuity.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||For a guy who did not get a||
For a guy who did not get a lot of balls thrown his way, he is definitely a smooth, natural receiver. Not a speed demon, but his cuts are smooth and hands are soft, as mentioned above. The kid looks like an elite blocker, but he'll be a nice threat in the passing game. Awesome recruiting job by the staff on this one.
|45 weeks 7 hours ago||Nice prospect. Kind of a||
Nice prospect. Kind of a boom or bust kid. Agree with TTB in that he looks more motivated as a DL than OL. The lack of finishing is definitely a risk that should not be overlooked, as is playing 50 lbs overweight. Aggressive attitude was a main reason for dopping Swenson in favor of Spanellis. And they took Ulizio in large part because of his mean finishing. '17 is definitely Onwenu's chance. If he is not ready by then, it will be tough because UM will have an excellent OL haul in February. Drevno has a history of playing talent over seniority, moreso than a lot of OL coaches. Would love to see this kid develop into a star. The potential is certainly there.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||...and Wheatley. Good to||
...and Wheatley. Good to hear he has been practicing for a while. Bunting and Wheatley could be a nice one-two punch down the road.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Think he winds up at FB.||
Think he winds up at FB.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I like Malzone's game, but he||
I like Malzone's game, but he does not quite fit the mold of what JH is targeting in the recruiting process. I believe he would be better-suited for a spread passing offense at this level, where he can work out of the shot-gun and make quick passes.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Think Kinnel gets snaps as a||
Think Kinnel gets snaps as a freshman. Wilson is the only legit FS on the roster and he is a senior. They need depth to develop there in a hurry. If it is true the Peppers primarily plays slot DB, you have a bunch of so-so (at best) box safeties in Hill, Thomas, and Clark. Those guys are not good enough to keep a good young prospect off the field.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Since the team has thrown in||
Since the team has thrown in the towel, is on a trajectory for a weak bowl game at best, and Hoke is not likely to return, the only thing of interest to most UM fans will be speculation about the next coach. The topics of replacing the coach and AD are taking up 90% of UM fan-site content right now. To expect a blog that seeks to attract fan traffic to avoid the topic until the axe falls (which may not be until December) is not reasonable.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||The fact of the matter is||
The fact of the matter is that if you want to be a big boy in the recruiting game, you have to be willing to play kids early. If you want to be a heavy redshirting program like Northwestern, you are not going to attract top prospects. Recruits pay very close attention to this. In fact, they will ask recruiters point blank whether they will play as freshmen during the wooing process. Coaches really can't have it both ways in this day and age.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||In the case of Taco, there||
In the case of Taco, there was no way on earth he was agreeing to RS, especially after coming in early. The kid wanted to play right away. If Hoke would have tried to RS him last year, he would not be playing for UM this year.
When it comes to recruiting, you cannot heavily redshirt guys and still expect to get top prospects. Early playing time is the #1 issue for most prospects. And they pay very close attention to which schools give younger players a shot. This may be a reason that Dantonio is not cashing in on his recent success on the field in the area of high profile recruits.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||That's a key point. Looking||
That's a key point. Looking at their redshirts after the team was good the last couple years is just a snapshot. But a lot of their key upperclassmen from 2013 played as true freshmen.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||There has to be more to the||
There has to be more to the story than just lack of reps, though. Cole came in and moved to the top of the depth chart in the spring before his freshman year. UM recruited a bunch of OG/OT swing players and it looks like pretty much all of them (Kalis, Bosch, Samuelson, Fox, etc.) have zero potential at OT. Where are the young studs? Where are the 2nd year players who are ready to start kicking tail, like many OL from UM's past?
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Dinardo in '13 was just||
Dinardo in '13 was just excited to see UM growing big OL again. And they had a bunch of "off the bus" players who look like beasts (i.e., Kalis and Braden). Attending one practice, all they really pick up on is how big guys are and how well they are moving in drills.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||He is probably 3rd-ish||
He is probably 3rd-ish string. Definitely behind Ezekiel Elliot. Probably behind Curtis Samuel. And roughly even with Rod Smith. Not sure that OSU has the clear feature back like Wells or Hyde, so Dunn may get a shot this year. The guy is in the wrong offense.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Smith looks like a back who||
Smith looks like a back who is more capable of turning 2-yard-blocking into a 4-yard-gain. With this OL, they will need a guy who can earn the tough yards. Based on limited experience last year, Green does not fit that profile.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||At this point, we should not||
At this point, we should not consider it a surprise if Kalis does in fact get beat out at RG. UM has played a lot of young OL over the years. But his performance in 2013 could be the worst we have ever seen. He comes from a top HS program with good coaching, works out in the off season with an NFL vet/trainer, he is one of the stronger OL on the team, and had a redshirt training year at UM. So he was set up to at least be serviceable last year, but did not even come close. Just looked very stiff moving laterally in run or pass blocking situations.
One guy (possibly) busting does not tell a story because it happens all of the time with linemen. But I am starting to wonder about UM's OL recruiting over the last few years. Was hoping we would be hearing more hype about the young players. But other than Cole, we have not heard squat. That's not a great sign. Of the returnees, only Glasgow looked good (primarily at LG) and Mags looked like someone who will hold down a starting spot as he physically matures. But there's not much else to be optimistic about. UM needs a couple young guys beyond Cole to jump out of the woodwork and assert themselves.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Agree that Funch will be||
Agree that Funch will be gone. He is that jumbo receiver that is all the rage in the NFL now. Whether or not he cleans up his drops/effort will just determine if he is a 1st/2nd rounder or a 3rd rounder.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Actually expecting Chesson's||
Actually expecting Chesson's role to diminish a little in '14. He benefitted in '13 from UM having only one good WR in Gallon, until Funchess moved over. But they have what looks like three good WR's from the get-go this year. Mo Ways is apparently looking impressive lately and could play this year too. And they have a couple guys coming off of redshirts. The days of only having to beat out Jeremy Jackson or walk-on's to see the field at WR appear to be over.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Watched Big 10 Icons on BTN||
Watched Big 10 Icons on BTN the other night when they were covering Charles Woodson. At the end of the program, they hit his good citizenship hard (support for Mott, the football program, etc.). Brandon and Madej kept hammering the point that he was "giving back" to the university. Between the two of them, they must have used the phrase six times.
It struck me that Brandon and Madej should be "giving back" to Woodson. His Heisman trophy and his part in the undefeated season is basically all that UM football fans can point to over the last 25 years of ho-hum football. It's great that Woodson is loyal to the unversity and presumably generous with his resources. But the gall of guys in the AD to imply that UM's shining star Woodson was on the receiving end of things during his time at UM is over the top. Could you imagine the state of modern UM football without Woodson and '97? We think things are bad now, but it woud be in a much darker place.
What has really pushed me over the top on this issue of compensating players is the arrogance and complete lack of shame or self-awareness on the part of the NCAA and AD administrators. If those guys showed any humility or appreciation for the players at all, they'd probably have a lot more support from the average fan.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I tend to think he'll burn||
I tend to think he'll burn the RS. Mags is going to be a first year starter, coming back from off-season surgery, moving over from guard. There are some question marks there. Maybe he'll become an instant anchor and play injury free all year. But there's no way the coaches can bank on that from a risk perspective. They need to get eight or so OL ready to play and one of them needs to be a back-up LT.
Redshirting is great and all, but UM's tackle recruiting has not completely worked out the last couple years. LTT is looking like a slow-developing project at best and some guys they recruited as swing players like Samuelson and Fox are looking more like pure guards.
If Cole is in fact the #2 guy at LT, I think it is too risky not to develop him as the back-up and plan to get him game snaps this season.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I kept a close eye on Braden||
I kept a close eye on Braden in the spring game and came to the complete opposite conclusion. Thought he looked quite stiff both in run and pass blocking. Did not fire out of his stance at all on running plays and seemed tentative. Thought it was a night-and-day improvement when Glasgow subbed in for him - he was noticeably more aggressive and comfortable.
The last two springs have not been a lot to go on, but I'm wondering if Braden has it between the ears. The coaches are obviously pulling for him because he is not only huge, but also light on his feet for a big guy. But this was the second spring game in a row where he looked like he did not belong in the starting lineup. Braden may start out the season at RT, especially if Glasgow is still needed at C. But I'll be surprised if he is good enough to hold onto it.