|3 weeks 2 days ago||Was||
I was off on the point at which he became a take for the staff (because he wasn't in June after his first visit), but not nearly as off on how his recruitment ended as the above poster implies.
It was about as back and forth as it could get in the 24 hours before he committed. Parents preferred MSU, he preferred M, and Mattison and others sealed the deal late after fully believing he would choose the Spartans. Michigan's media day was the day after the BBQ, and the strong word at the event was that Hudson would choose MSU.
In fact, Michigan's GAs were evaluating some DT/DE types without offers after Hudson left campus after the BBQ in expectation that he was going to commit to Michigan State.
People always remember the ones you don't cover as well or the ones you are wrong on. I'm more than used to that by now.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||+1||
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Michigan||
Michigan has not been a factor for Hamler for months.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||If you count IMG||
OL Cesar Ruiz
LB Jordan Anthony
DT Taron Vincent (played for Biff Poggi at Gilman)
ATH Houston Griffith (Howard Griffith's kid)
OL Antwan Reed (former Muskegon product)
WR Brian Hightower (offer, Michigan not a factor)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||No||
No real pressing targets in 2017 in the Tampa area.
OL Nicholas Petit-Frere (Tampa/Berkeley Prep)
OL Richard Gouraige (Tampa/Cambridge Christian)
ATH Amari Burney (Clearwater Catholic)
TE Judge Culpepper (Tampa/Plant)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Clarification||
It was a national reporter of ours who interviewed both Ruiz and Singleton.....
I do believe Alabama really does lead for Ruiz as of now but Michigan remains right in it.
I do not believe Clemson leads for Singleton. It'd be a surprise if he chose someone other than Michigan.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Our||
Our readers were told at 8:30 AM this morning to expect Reese to commit this weekend.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||ATH||
Mason is a lot like Lasater...Probably projects best to fullback but really wants to play LB. They'll give him a shot at the position he wants and go from there.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Hey||
We can change our pick frequently. Normally you don't see more than one change or so, but with some up and down recruitments I've changed mine a few times.
If a player makes an announcement date clear, it's locked usually about a week before the commitment is made.
The thing about the CB is that all the standard complaints people have about it are things that we (I) are more than cognizant of. I do what I can to avoid the flipping and flopping of picks, but in some recruitments it's difficult because you want to paint an accurate picture for readers.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||This||
This, pretty much.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Switched||
I switched my Crystal Ball on Jean Delance to Texas. I think I got some less-than-stellar info that pointed to Michigan, and the buzz is currently with the Longhorns. Immediate playing time + mom/grandma seem to outweigh what Michigan has to offer.
|48 weeks 3 hours ago||Not really||
It's just that his recruitment, despite the visits, has been perceived as the status quo for a while now, with MSU leading and Notre Dame and Michigan fighting as well. Ohio State has always been a dark horse and I don't think Tennessee is a factor.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Bush||
Bush is a 1000% take. Not even remotely true to speculate otherwise.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Hamilton||
Hamilton will announce now around 3:45. His school is trying to center his announcement around a team workout, which is why the time has fluctuated.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Yeah...||
The rule on 247 has long been that an unranked commitment to a Power 5 program is given a grade as quickly as possible if they haven't been evaluated.
Justice Alexander (87), Grayson Miller (86), Joe Bachie (84), Matthew Allen (85) are 4 commits to Michigan State the last two cycles who were given strong 3-star grades after committing to MSU.
An 82 is not a strong grade. It's lower than almost any non-ST recruit in all four seasons of the Hoke era. Rashad Weaver, who graded out as a two-star, remains the lowest. Our national guys liked Dytarious Johnson after we scored some extra game film from the Prattville staff which is why he received an 87.
Calling it a "scam" is frankly comical because the rankings are not only free for public consumption, but the subsequent commitments that have been graded out in this class have hurt Michigan's star average considerably.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It's||
It's going to change, and soon. Hasn't been fun for me as a writer.
Thanks for mentioning this as annoying....I'll be sure to mention it to our network guys.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Nope||
That's not what it said.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yeah...||
Yeah, this isn't even close to accurate.
Take a look at the 300 targets or so listed and I'd venture to say that every 2016 prospect Michigan has offered is accurately updated.
But hey, I guess we could be Rivals and list literally every recruit as having "medium" interest. I think Leonard Fournette still has medium interest actually.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yep||
This is pretty much it.
Schools use the illusion of an early "offer" to initially indicate interest in a prospect. Brady Hoke's staff did not operate this way, and while it's the "right" way to do things, it can hurt them in today's recruiting world.
Very rarely will a 2018/2019 prospect commit this early, so schools will drop an "offer" in. They'll then continue to evaluate the prospect going forward. If the prospect develops to their liking, they will be able to tell them that they believed in him early before other schools did. If they don't develop into a legit prospect, the school will just cease recruiting them.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||He||
He has work to do in the classroom.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Things||
Some things to keep in mind regarding Detroit King/Michigan's in-state recruiting:
1. Their last staff reportedly didn't like the way Brady Hoke recruited either. This staff recruits in a much different fashion than Hoke's did, so there are also many that believe their staff is simply not high on Michigan period.
2. One of the reasons for this is the connection with Michigan State's recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell. Blackwell is a King alum and has known a lot of the kids that have recently transferred into King (Martell Pettaway, Kyonta Stallworth, Corley, etc.) before they transferred there.
3. Ohio State and MSU are both coming off of historic seasons. Michigan is obviously not. The new staff, while attractive to recruits, has had to work from way, way behind with a lot of the established in-state prospects like Corley, Jordan, Kareem, etc. because of the relationships those prospects have built with other staffs. There's no way they were ever going to get all, or maybe even many of them.
4. Where the argument really falls apart is in 2017. Michigan has now offered Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Ambry Thomas (King), JaRaymond Hall (Oak Park), Allen Stritizinger (De La Salle), Joshua Ross (OLSM) and Carter Dunaway (Brother Rice) before any other regional program. They will obviously continue to recruit their 2016 targets hard, but I think they know that 2017 is the class they will have the most success in-state with, and they've definitely made the SE side of the state a major priority early.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Once||
Once the Kentucky writers start to turn, it may be worth noting. I know Chris Fisher has his on UK still and I think he'd have a good idea on what's going on from their end.
Kentucky picks usually come in for almost every top guy because they get who they want.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||We||
We don't have five full-time staff writers like Scout.
I'm good with what we do though, thanks for asking.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Posted||
Posted this in one of the long threads yesterday:
Some of the predictions are piggy-back picks on some of the early picks; that part I will not and have never not denied regarding the Crystal Ball.
However, our Duke insiders (Andrew Slater, Adam Rowe) and our Kansas insider (Matt Scott) are among the best I've worked with at 247 regarding underground info. None of those three guys would have gone with Michigan without some sort of information pushing them in that direction. I trust them in that respect.
I'm staying out of it personally because Michigan came in late and there was no way to develop real contacts regarding his recruitment.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||A little more on the Crystal Ball picks||
Our Duke insiders (Andrew Slater, Adam Rowe) and our Kansas insiders (Matt Scott, Ryan Noel) are guys I trust RE: basketball recruiting.
Slater had Kenny Williams pegged for Michigan, but will change his pick based on what he has heard on Brown.
I have no plans to predict, as his recruitment has been way underground for a while, and Michigan got in too late for me to really know anything.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Reese||
That's David Reese you're thinking of.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||If||
If you could just link this and make our official list the OP, that'd be appreciated. It's free.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||"Warm" explanation||
The "temps" are usually set by how our analysts agree on where a certain prospect is leaning, but if a prospect reaches out and wants his page a certain way, we always go with their wishes.
Good example is Jeffrey McCulloch (http://247sports.com/Player/Jeffrey-McCulloch-47648). Michigan is in his top group with Texas, Bama, LSU and probably A&M among others, but he wanted his page to reflect that he's even with everyone, even though we know they're not.
It's about as good a basic gauge as you'll get on a prospect's interest. We try to avoid situations where it appears the interest is being embellished. In fact, I'd probably move Curtis Robinson and Isaiah Chambers among others to "cool" at this point.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Carlin||
Mike Williams (DT)
Darrian Franklin (pretty sure)
None of these players were re-offered by the new staff, and Ross was never offered by either staff.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||It's||
It's actually the same guy lol
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Truth||
Truth be told, I look at this stuff as kind of weird myself, but it's just part of what the game has become. With all the extra staffers/competition out there, you're not just trying to win the kid, but the family, the dog, everybody.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||This||
This stuff happens way more often than people realize. Rarely does a letter go public though. You might be surprised.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||He||
He told our analysts he was still considering a visit either this week or next week, but told other reporters differently. It's looking less likely he visits, but he hasn't shut the door.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Of course||
I'd add one thing; the intel on Jefferson hasn't really changed a lot....he's just had a tendency to be a flake. When he committed to Ole Miss, he told the Oklahoma staff he was committing to them. Because of that, I've been hesitant to make any prediction on him. We keep hearing good things though, so I went with it tonight.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Hey guys||
I don't think I am the only recruiting writer who feels good about him right now. He had a great visit and Drew Richmond decommitting from Ole Miss (they are friends) helps their case too.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||It||
It was the day after Michigan offered ---- which was about a week and a half ago. It may have changed since then!
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I'm||
I'm always on a mission to defeat the idea that all recruiting writers are evil click-whores, that's all.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Yeah||
Yeah, this isn't true. We made the article free to avoid the perception that we were fishing for subs ahead of NSD. Thanks for reading though.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Deleted||
I deleted it off his timeline over a week ago and it still shows up on his page for some reason.
To my knowledge John is not and will not be visiting again. He's risking it at Tennessee instead. Sorry about the confusion.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Always||
Always appreciate the links; thanks.
Michigan's chances of flipping him were very low, so it's not a major negative that he's not coming. More resources can be put towards kids they have a good shot with.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Article||
Not an article I would read much into as a Michigan fan because Michigan only has six commitments.
Normally, the national writers for the site ask our input on these types of pieces. They did not for this one. They went strictly by the recruiter rankings.
We've switched over as many targets as we can to the new staff, so it will be interesting to see if any of the new staff works their way up those rankings.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Michigan||
Michigan is in it with him again, with MSU probably leading at this moment. He wants to visit for a basketball game. 2016 is mostly on the backburner right now though.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Masina||
Masina has no interest, regardless of who the hire is. He's down to three schools.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I||
I can't speak for him, I just wanted to clarify how he approached it. It's definitely peculiar, but peculiar seems to be his style anyways.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Clarify how this went||
Miles had all media turn off the cameras, etc. before his weekly Monday presser tonight and told them (technically off the record) that he will not be the next coach at Michigan. That's why that update (and the others that will be written) do not include any direct quotes from him.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I||
I realize the quote from Marshall reads funny but he's speaking theoretically in regards to what his interest in Michigan would be if a change took place. Nothing more, but positive either way.
Also, on Cole, he has been a near no-threat to commit despite his scheduled visits elsewhere. We've been reporting before Purdue and Nebraska were even scheduled.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||We||
We reported this first. Can't help that BR picked it up. Can say with certainty that his interest is real. I don't see him as a fit at Michigan and don't believe he would be heavily pursued.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Can||
Can say that it doesn't take place in 2014, and in particular with the offensive staff.
Never once said that it never happened. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if it took place at some point or another.
|2 years 3 days ago||Tomorrow||
Tomorrow (Friday) is Chad's birthday too. Would be cool if anyone did what they could to wish him a happy birthday.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||A couple more||
A couple besides Jeff Thomas...
Edwardsville has 2017 DE stud AJ Epenesa, who performed better at the Chicago NFTC this summer than Jashon Cornell did (beat him for DL MVP). He will have a Michigan offer in the near future.
O'Fallon has 2016 RB Kentrail Moran, who holds a Michigan offer and has the Wolverines on top as well.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||It||
It is totally false.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Right?||
Any prediction made on him was based off of pure speculation. There was no good info out there on what he was going to do. Even those calling MSU late were going off of a quick reaction on his visit to EL before he made it to the BBQ.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||He||
He will only be like Josh Garnett if he tells commits and coaches he is committing to Michigan and then commits elsewhere.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Crystal Ball||
I don't make a prediction unless I confirm information from more than one source on a situation, or if someone I trust has done the same. Very rarely do I shoot from the hip when making these predictions. I have a few times though, if we're being honest.
It's a useful tool. It's not flawless. There are some analysts who throw things out there, but most tend to be responsible. There are some fringe OSU bloggers that go very Buckeye-heavy and when I first started with them I made a couple irresponsible choices, but for the most part it's going to give you a pretty accurate idea of what's going on in a kid's recruitment.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Michigan||
Michigan is in the conversation for a lot of top players right now. That's what happens when you have a small class and can narrow your focus on a smaller group of overall players.
How they finish will in a lot of ways be determined by how they finish on the field this year, at least with the players that plan to wait that long to commit. The honeymoon in some ways is over as far as recruiting goes; some kids want to see a high quality product on the field.
As far as the "maize and blue fever" or whatever that is, those who believe that probably don't follow the site very closely. Michigan has a long track record of doing very, very well when they get players on campus. In terms of strictly recruiting, they are easily one of the top programs in the country, which is why players are consistently high on them when the coaching staff puts the effort in with them. Saying Kendall Sheffield (example) wants to visit (which he does) and making it clear that LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M will be difficult to beat is not pumping out sunshine.
Appreciate the shout-out though. Hope everyone is doing well.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The||
The amount of "hahahahahaha"s vastly outweighed the "LOL"s that I got regarding the Borges news
|2 years 50 weeks ago||RIP||
RIP Kerry Von Erich - The Texas Tornado
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Still early||
But one name to keep an eye on, at least as a potential offer is Kelly Bryant out of Piedmont, SC. He's getting looks and has the Gardner skillset. Clemson will be tough to beat though: Kelly Bryant
|3 years 4 weeks ago||His||
His teammate WR Trent Irwin is a four-star player who has seen varying interest from Michigan. Irwin has relatives that went to Michigan as well and they'd be a major player if they offered.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||It's||
It's recruiting news, but not Michigan-related. Looked to be at first. You're right though, you can carry on.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||He||
He and 2016 RB Kentrail Moran had discussed coming up for a visit last week because Jackson was still supposed to be in town, and Moran was invited to the BBQ but had no transportation. The two are friends.
It did not take place, and yes Jackson is an extreme longshot even if he does come to campus.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Thought||
Thought it was odd that Tim didn't specify; 99% chance it will be for the ND game.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Les||
Les Miles offered Jared personally, which is relatively rare. It was absolutely not a walk-on offer.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||I||
I think he has that potential. You'd be hard pressed to find a better size/speed combo at his age.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||This||
This is so far from the truth.
The ironic thing about Tremendous is that when it started, I didn't even have any interest in recruiting, let alone have a subscription of any kind.
Still, it's clear you're making an uninformed blanket statement without following my body of work. Haters always gonna hate.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Hey guys||
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|3 years 12 weeks ago||I||
I was as surprised as anyone to know that, but yes he's being looked at inside, at least right now. I assume these things can definitely change.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I||
I posted this at our site, but will share that I know why JC/Bama guys switched their picks, but am keeping my pick for Michigan.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Scott||
Scott does not hold an offer, and I have reason to believe (not certain) that McKenzie does not hold a Michigan offer either.
It's Ballage, Mixon, Hilliman or bust. No new names have popped up in a while, and they're in good with a few 2015 backs. Green/Smith have allowed them to swing for the fences in '14 and then get back to work in the next cycle.
EDIT: RB is a position to watch at camp though; I shouldn't have disregarded the position completely. Still, they are not heavily pursuing any option they haven't offered yet.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Underwood||
David Underwood has been making a concerted effort to try to get Michigan more involved in the state of Texas. This is good because 2015 is loaded as usual. Three of the four linebackers Michigan has offered in that cycle are from Texas, including Anthony Wheeler out of Skyline in Dallas this afternoon.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Hey guys||
Lurking a bit tonight; Artavis Scott has a spot in this class regardless of what happens.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Fair||
It's a fair criticism. It's hard not to predict optimistically when you only cover one team. Still learning, but getting better.
Still, people always remember the ones you miss, and not the ones you get right. Like Drake Harris. Oh wait.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Did||
Did the interview via text last night; it's exactly how it was written.
"I would say that it is a soft verbal (to MSU) and Michigan is at the top right now I really like it there."
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Hey Guys||
I figured I could sneak over here for a second and give you a little help.
Juju Smith is being recruited at safety.
Kalen Ballage is a legit option at running back (90% he's being recruited there). Shai McKenzie is a possibility too; I'd add those two.
Hurd is a zero chance option.
Christian McCaffrey is high on the WR board; Michigan is the only school looking at him there.
Andrew Williams out of GA is a top target at DE. Still don't think Henderson has an offer.
Braden Smith likes Michigan; I'd put him at OT
Nick Watkins is a longshot, but will visit; put him at CB; same for Tyler Luatua at TE
Garrett Dickerson is a must-add at TE as is Nic Weishar
Michigan's chances with Hand are much more than a dream.
Hope that helps.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Apparently||
Apparently it's a system glitch. They offered yesterday; they don't lead.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Thanks guys||
Thanks guys. This would have never happened if Brian hadn't interviewed me for the job that Ace deservedly got. It was the motivation I needed.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||This||
This thread seems to indicate that his coaches are pushing him to look at other schools but that his mother wants him to stay in the South. If he visits, it might be worth discussing, but I'm betting on Georgia/Auburn/LSU at this point: LINK
|3 years 38 weeks ago||
Twitter is pretty much like everything else; it's a valuable resource if you use it correctly. Many do. Many don't.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Follow-up||
I think it's a peculiar connection.
The Singletary part is more of an indicator to me than anything. At the very least, it's showing that Michigan is looking into his perceived interest to try to set up a visit. Obvious longshot is obvious, but even having the attention of the top players in the country is a win for the program, especially when it's so far outside their normal recruiting footprint.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I||
I think the possibility of Lewan leaving after this season were high going into the season, so I don't think that really has had an effect on their OL recruiting at all.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||It||
It was more than Fox. A few of the current commits weren't happy at all at the original idea of taking a sixth OL. They've all calmed down now and it's a non-issue.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||This||
This is the case.
I was told by Henry to keep it on the low yesterday, but they're going to visit his former Gilman teammate Cyrus Jones and Henry decided he wanted to go. He contacted the coaching staff beforehand to make sure that it was OK that he went on the trip and they said it was.
It's really nothing to worry about.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Hunt||
Hunt is really good friends with Kyle Bosch; in fact, I'm pretty sure Bosch is the one who put him in touch with the Michigan coaches originally. I think he's definitely the favorite out of the new group of 2013 OL the coaches are targeting.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||A||
A quick follow-up comment; as long as commitments check with the coaches, they're allowed to take other EDIT: UNOFFICIAL visits. The Cass Tech kids visited Alabama this summer while traveling to a 7v7 tournament; this group included Jourdan Lewis.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||A||
A quick follow-up comment; as long as commitments check with the coaches, they're allowed to take other visits. The Cass Tech kids visited Alabama this summer while traveling to a 7v7 tournament; this group included Jourdan Lewis.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||A||
A quick follow-up comment; as long as commitments check with the coaches, they're allowed to take other visits. The Cass Tech kids visited Alabama this summer while traveling to a 7v7 tournament; this group included Jourdan Lewis.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I||
I hope people don't believe I enjoy partaking in that part of the process. It's the most annoying, but when people ask if I can clear up something, I attempt to.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Weird||
Weird because I talked with him shortly after his official to Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago with the rest of the class. He said he had a blast and that it reaffirmed why he chose Michigan in the first place. I'll try to get in contact with him to see if it's legit.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||He||
He hasn't had a set date for an announcement since his recruitment began. He's been one of those "when it feels right, etc." kids.
Rivals also posted this article with Dymonte Thomas, who plans to recruit Green hard this week. It's hard to say when he'd announce though.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Dogfish Head||
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout; first time having it, pretty solid. Merry Christmas.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Michigan||
Michigan also offered 2015 ATH George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, FL/East Lake) today too. He's teammates with Mason Cole and Artavis Scott. An elite WR/DB talent.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||The||
The plan has been for him to choose the school he likes and that his mother would follow him to wherever he goes. I think it's more of a "you choose where EDIT: you want to go and I'll come live in that town so I can watch you on Saturdays" type thing. He's alluded a few times to education and that being the major factor his mother has pushed in regards to where he should go, not distance.
I believe (I may be wrong) that she's self employed and that's part of the reason why it can even work out for her to move where he goes.
I can understand where it didn't make a ton of sense, but I wrote it in a rush on my way out the door this morning.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Hey guys||
The only reason I even tried getting a hold of Derrick is because the report seemed weird to begin with; he's said multiple times that his mother is going to move to whatever city he plays football in, so I don't see distance or location as a factor at all.
I know nobody likes Farrell, but he's definitely in tune to what's going on with Green and I'd listen to what he reports before I'd listen to what looks like a Tennessee fan reporting something like that.
That's not saying Tennessee isn't a possibility or that he's favoring Michigan instead; he's been quiet for a while and the fact he hasn't chosen is peculiar, but he's maintained that he was going to take his time and not rush a decision, so there's that too.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Fox||
Fox wasn't the only one, but it does sound like the overall tone may be changing and that the current commits may be OK going with more. One commitment told me yesterday that we may even take 7 OL now.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||IF||
IF a defensive back recruit in this class moves to offense, it'd likely either be Jourdan Lewis or Channing Stribling. Given they are likely to take yet another DB in this class, I've actually believed there's a possibility one gets moved over.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Couldn't||
Couldn't really speak on Kozan, but most national analysts had Diamond and Garnett pegged to Michigan last year as well except for the West Coast people who correctly predicted Garnett to Stanford.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Taco||
Taco, Dymonte, Bosch, Butt and Ross Douglas
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Poggi||
Poggi's two brothers.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Poggi||
|3 years 42 weeks ago||He's||
He's really good friends with Kyle Bosch, who suggested Hunt to the coaches after Dawson decommitted.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||They've||
They've been at that limit for months now. They've told kids like McQuay they still had room for months now as well. If they're cutting bait, why wait until December? No reason to wait until less than a month before the kid plans to enroll early.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||This||
This kid tore his ACL six months ago, has been working his butt off rehabbing and wanted to get enrolled early so he could get higher quality treatment on it to help him get back on the field quicker and they wait until December to pull his scholarship (which is almost certainly what they did). Completely classless move, but what do you expect from Kiffin?
|3 years 42 weeks ago||We've||
We've heard these same rumors actually, but it's all smoke right now and no fire.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Narduzzi||
This could lead to Narduzzi leaving for Cincy.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||One||
One thing; the current OL commitments have been repeatedly told that there would only be five commitments at their position in this class. A couple weren't thrilled even when they took Sypniewski until they realized he was a long snapper and not an OL per se. I don't think the staff would take two more OL at risk of alienating or pissing off the commits who have stuck by them for months upon months.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||They've||
They've told all their commitments they're taking five OL in this cycle. That's been the story and it's something they wouldn't go back on with the kids who are currently committed.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I'm||
I'm surprised, but I think it's the right move. He's been through a lot more than has even been known publicly and I think he deserves a second chance to be a part of the class if he wants to, which I believe he does.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||He'll||
He'll probably stay in SEC country to be honest.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Funny||
Funny because he told me he grew up rooting for Michigan, he even unintentionally referred to them as "big brother": LINK
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Scout||
Scout has him listed with an offer so I'm assuming they've offered since the time he visited.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Marshall||
Marshall - yes
Henderson - possibly, depending on whether or not he gets an offer from Ohio State. I think that may be the one he wants.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Michigan||
Michigan's also offered DEs Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) and Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, NJ/Bergen Catholic). Surprised it took them this long with Dickerson, he's a stud player on two sides of the ball.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I||
I think of the trio of 2013 OL they seem most interested in (Hunt, Lacy, Na'Ty Rodgers), Hunt is the most likely to commit.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Used||
Used to go to Grand Rapids Hoops games all the time when Cazzie was the coach there and he always got the biggest ovation at every home game. To this day, I'm convinced he was my grandpa's favorite Wolverine of all-time regardless of sport.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||He||
He finally responded to me. He says he's still committed to Michigan.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Between||
Between him, Jayru Campbell and Jon Wassink (Grand Rapids South Christian), the state of Michigan is looking pretty solid at QB for the 2015 class.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Overachieving||
You're right on the button as far as the overachievement goes. That's exactly how he described it himself.
Glenbard North will play Mount Carmel for the 8A title this weekend. Mount Carmel has DT prospect Enoch Smith Jr., C Nathan Oquendo and RB Matthew Domer (all 2014). Smith is the best of the three and was one of the top junior campers last summer.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||How||
How is that any different than the triple crown? You're proving my point.
The Triple Crown is a made up relation of stats that are deemed signifcant by people because it has a name attached to it.
What Trout did was a never-accomplished combination of four mainstream statistics. The radical difference in some (HR to SB) are an even more impressive display of his ability.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||This is not true||
This is such a common misconception.
It's been in the top half of runs/game for five of the last six seasons. Once they moved the fences in almost TEN YEARS AGO, the myth that it's a pitcher's park has somehow continued to persist.
EDIT: I'd also add that Angel Stadium is consistently near the bottom as far as runs scored (and HRs). A true pitchers' park.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I||
I guess there are a couple things that continue to bug me in regards to this debate or whatever you'd like to call it:
1. Trout's offensive season was more historic than Cabrera's. Nobody has ever hit 30 homers, stolen 49 bases and scored 129 runs while hitting .326. Not one player. Ever. In fact, the two players who went 30/50 (pre-roid Bonds/Eric Davis) barely hit .300 or scored 100 runs. But because it doesn't have some fancy title to it, people fail to regard its significance. Cabrera's season was incredible, but I'd argue his season in 2010 was even better.
2. Pro-Cabrera people have no merit in a defense-based argument. They just say "oh he was better than we thought he'd be" or whatever. Trout's defensive season can be measured as elite sabermetrically. As an indicator of his range, he robbed four HRs this year (only the 4th player in 10 years to do it). Also, the Angels were second in baseball in allowing doubles and triples defensively. Cutting off the gaps are the centerfielder's primary responsibility. Also, like I said, it's hard to quantify defense without using saber stats, but the total difference between the two players using those saber stats are so wide that it's pretty clear who is the far superior defender.
3. Cab's late surge in August and September is what won him the title. People say he carried them when they needed it most. If you actually look at the schedule....you'd see over the last ten games of the season when the division was completely in doubt, Cabrera hit .210 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. The counter-argument would be that his surge is what helped put Detroit in a position to make that run. This is 100% true. It also justifies the argument that Trout outperforming Cabrera from May to mid-August is what put LA in a better position to win more games in a tougher division.
I like Cab and am happy he's MVP. I just think the argument for Trout is a better one.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Is||
Is it really that incorrect to say yes? The Central is a terrible division and Detroit has arguably the best starting rotation in the American League. Cabrera had a great end of August/early September, but was awful coming down the actual stretch where they overtook Chicago. Meanwhile, Verlander went 5-1, 1.93 ERA in September, while Fister and Scherzer also had top-10 ERAs in the majors in the month.
After watching San Francisco completely dismantle Detroit in the World Series with excellent pitching, defense and baserunning, I feel like it showed how important those facets of the game really are. Either way, it is nice to see Cabrera get his due. He should have won MVP in 2010 as well.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I||
I need to work on that sort of stuff I guess; commitment watch to me is less than a buckle-up; what I meant is that there was reason to believe a commitment was possible this weekend. If our site keeps quiet and someone does pull the trigger, the same people who get really upset that nobody committed would be the first to harrass us on Twitter and Facebook and say that we stole the info from someone else. It's really a lose-lose when there is no paywall with stuff like this.
Sometimes I've had to play our hand when we know we have info that nobody else does to show we do it legitimately. It didn't work this time.
As far as Bryan, I'm talking to him tonight; he was OK with me posting an update on Thursday when we talked, but I held off. Given that's the info I posted last night, my assumption is he is fine with it.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I've||
I've been terrible in predicting where some commits will end up (Drake Harris, Garnett, Reeves), but in terms of knowing an actual commitment we've done a good job.
EDIT: What I mean by this is that when people ask for me to predict where recruit X will end up, I give them an answer. When we're actually aware of a potential commitment, we've been accurate.
We don't have the benefit of a paywall to hide our mistakes. It's something I live with. I've never denied being wrong and won't. It's not easy knowing what these kids will do. Thankfully, 99% of the people don't crucify us for making some mistakes.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||It's||
It's not McQuay. Sorry.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I'm||
I'm convinced now, because you said this.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Spike||
Spike's dad will massage his hamstrings with evaporated milk.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||The||
The guy who tweeted that to him is not a Michigan fan, AFAIK. He is a troll who does nothing but harass recruits, players and media members.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||TE||
TE and QB seem to be the positions they're being most judicious with as far as offers go. All of the guys you named are potential offers whom if offered would probably have Michigan at the top of their list. Blake Williams (Romeo, MI) is another you could add to that group.
Nic Weishar is an offer and is more of the Funchess type; he's very interested in Michigan as well.
Ethan Wolf (Minster, OH) is one who may get offered (just visited) but has other schools he's interested in as well.
Who actually gets offers out of the top group is a good question at this point. Rachwal has visited three times, is likely to visit at least once more for another game and really, really wants the Michigan offer. He's a similar player to Hill but plays a bit more of a physical game.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Rachwal||
Rachwal is similar to Hill in many ways...as in if/when Michigan offers, he's probably going to commit immediately.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||The guy||
The guy who left that nasty tweet to Dawson about his dad is a troll who does nothing but harass recruits and those who cover it. I highly doubt he's even a Michigan fan and is someone who does nothing but cause trouble. I blocked him six months ago.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Yup||
I'll see if I can find out who it is, but as of now I have no clue.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Jones||
Jones was at the Illinois game last week as well. Not sure why it was worth making a post over.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Jolly||
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga to begin the night and some Bam Noire to finish it out
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Just||
Just win this game.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Da'Shawn||
Da'Shawn is not your normal recruit. I don't think the article is as fluff as some will make it out to be.
1. He was definitely trying to get to Ann Arbor for the game. He was at least bringing his cousin (2014 ATH Marcus Boone) as well. Some issues came up a while ago that prevented them from making the trip though. He plans on visiting after the season though.
2. Virginia Tech will be hard to beat. He's developed a good relationship with their DC Bud Foster and they are recruiting Boone as well, which might be the biggest thing going for them.
3. Michigan does have a decent shot though. Mattison is one of his favorite recruiters and he's aware of the prestige connected to Michigan's engineering program. Last I knew he was interested in petroleum engineering specifically, but that may have changed, who knows.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Malik||
Malik told me his game started at Saturday at the same time, so he wouldn't make it; I'm pretty sure that MaxPreps schedule is inaccurate.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Lewis||
Lewis will be there AFAIK. I added him this morning.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Cole||
Cole is deciding after his season is over. It's pretty much down to Michigan and USC from what I understand. My belief is that he'll end up at Michigan though.
There are a ton of OL with high Michigan interest right now. It's far from a concern:
Offers: Alex Bars, Tommy Doles, Jay Hayes, Jamarco Jones,
Targets: Nathaniel Devers, Alec Stevens, Connor Hayes, James Hendren, Jon Baker
These are all guys Michigan is considering who have very strong interest. You could probably throw Jimmy Byrne, Orlando Brown, Braden Smith, Roderick Johnson and Damian Prince in there too.
It's one reason why Ward's offer is pretty meaningful; they must really see something in him.
EDIT: Yeah, Ward came somewhat out of nowhere. He's a name we had come across before but didn't pursue much because we weren't sure Michigan was interested.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||When||
When I talked to him last night, I asked him what would be the catalyst that would allow him to pull the trigger this weekend.
His response: "Taylor Lewan telling me to do so! I'm kidding, it's about making my parents feel comfortable really".
I think it's only a matter of time, and for those wondering, he hasn't released any film yet but will be doing so soon.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||But||
But there are still a lot of subtle digs in it.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||So||
So many subtle digs in that article. Well written.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||We're||
We're talking to a kid named Connor Moreheart this week too. You couldn't make these names up; they're great.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Rachwal||
Rachwal is another one who could eventually land an offer. Forgot to mention him. He may be visiting again this weekend, which would be his third visit this year.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Hard||
Hard to say exactly whom, but Khoury, Wiegers, Watts-Jackson and Collins are possibilities. Kief will get an offer at some point I'm sure; Snodgrass doesn't seem interested in Michigan at all and if Booth gets an offer this weekend on his visit, he'll be interested. If he doesn't, I think he's out.
I forgot to add DT/DE Kenny Finley and OL Malik King to that list as well. Both are from my hometown of Muskegon and are visiting this weekend. Finley is one who definitely could get an offer.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Here are some||
These are all players Michigan has at least sent mail to, if not contacted. I'm probably missing a few.
DE Malik McDowell (Detroit Loyola)
OL Ka'John Armstrong (Detroit Loyola)
WR Drake Harris (GR Christian; MSU)
DB Byron Bullough (Traverse City; MSU)
CB/WR Damon Webb (Detroit; CT)
OL Tommy Doles (GR Christian; M leads with offer)
LB Will White (Detroit; CT)
RB/LB Gary Hosey (Detroit; CT)
LB Deon Drake (Detroit; MSU)
DE Lawrence Marshall (Southfield)
LB Carl Fuller (Detroit King)
ATH Avonte Maddox (Detroit King)
OL/TE Jordan Van Dort (Zeeland)
TE Kyle Rachwal (Lapeer East)
DT Jake Khoury (Traverse City)
QB Chance Stewart (Sturgis; Wisconsin)
QB Travis Smith (Ithaca; visited this weekend)
QB Tyler Wiegers (Detroit Country Day)
RB Richard Wilson (Detroit Country Day)
WR Moe Ways (Detroit Country Day)
DB Rico Lewis (East English Prep)
ATH Jalen Watts-Jackson (Orchard Lake St. Mary)
DB Spencer Viening (Zeeland)
RB Lorenzo Collins (Farmington Hills Harrison)
DB Gairus Coleman (Farmington Hills Harrison)
OL Connor Hayes (Traverse City; visitor)
OL Alec Stevens (Ogemaw Heights; M leads with no offer)
DE Dylan Roney (Detroit Catholic Central)
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I||
I noticed that too; he's signaled to other commitments that he might pull the trigger soon. I'm wondering if maybe he didn't expect an offer from Michigan and that's why he contemplated revisiting Purdue on Saturday.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||He||
He may visit again for the MSU game. If he does, I think a commitment is possible.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Best||
Best is highly debatable. All five of the commitments they've had are pretty similar.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Politely||
Politely disagree. An epic playoff performance was the only thing holding him back from taking that next step as his playoff numbers were meh coming into this season.
He looks primed to carry them to the World Series, putting him in a class of the truly elite.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||I'm||
I'm wondering if MSU is moving Gholston inside with the Michigan game in mind. If he's on the outside, he'll be a complete non-factor again against Lewan after last year's total domination.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||He||
He attended the BBQ this summer. The coaches have been interested in him for a while.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Honestly||
I think Jones is the #1 fallback option if Treadwell ends up elsewhere.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||pro||
protected rivalry games are always tough, especially on the road
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I'm||
I'm not sure, but based on how many good defensive backs seem to have Michigan interest, I'd assume they're looking at him at WR.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Starting Rotation||
Fister, Scherzer and Verlander were 7, 8 and 9 in the league post-ASB ERA. Sanchez has a sub-3 ERA in his last eight starts. The rotation couldn't really be pitching much better than it is right now. The team seems to be coming together at the right time.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||His||
His BABIP will be perpetually high in Detroit because the infield defense is terrible and has next to no range. On the right team, Porcello's #s would be a lot better.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Haven't checked lately||
but I think Jalen Ramsey is another USC DB commitment who might not be 100% solid and planned on taking some visits at one point.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Again||
Again, where did I say WAR once? Please, stop placing me into a certain group to fit your argument.
I know the MVP is rarely about defense. That's my issue. It's a major part of the game for a position player. It rightfully needs to be considered.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Haterade?||
It's called a different viewpoint.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||It's||
It's not a coincidence that Austin Jackson has had a career year getting on base (I was dead wrong on him) and Cabrera's sudden boost in RBI.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Runs||
Runs and stolen bases are arbitrary, but RBI and average aren't?
|3 years 51 weeks ago||You||
You don't need WAR to advocate Trout. You just need to realize the game of baseball consists more of hitting home runs and driving in players who got on base before you even stepped to the plate.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||"is smart on the basepaths"||
Attack the pro-saber crowd and then use "is smart on the basepaths" as a supposedly objective view on Cabrera's baserunning ability. Lol.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||How||
How does that not hold merit? Especially when you consider the Angels A. played in a tougher division and B. played in a smaller division, meaning their rotation of games included more matchups with Tampa Bay, New York and Baltimore among others.
To say the Angels wouldn't have won the AL Central is naive at best. The AL Central sucks; anybody who denies this is crazy.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Two thingsq||
A. How do you know Cabrera has had a bigger impact on his own team? Because you watch them more than you watch the Angels?
B. Cabrera is terrible at third. I don't care if you're a saber nerd or not, fielding percentage is an awful indicator of how good of a defensive player you are. His range is next to nothing and it's easy to have a good fielding percentage when you aren't a good enough defender to put yourself in a position to make plays that some players can't.
The goal of baseball is to outscore your opposition and win games. You do this by scoring runs on offense and preventing runs on defense. The argument could easily be made that Trout has been the best player in baseball at producing and preventing. I love Cabrera, I love the Tigers, but to me it's Trout. It's closer than it was a few weeks ago, but to me it's still a comfortable decision.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||He||
He has interest in Michigan; we've talked to him a couple times and he's hoping to get an offer. Full intro will be coming relatively soon.
|4 years 16 hours ago||His||
His family was wearing a bunch of purple and gold with a couple LSU hats during the same game he was wearing the Ohio State beanie. I think they're just having some fun with the process.
|4 years 2 days ago||What||
What about Chip?
|4 years 5 days ago||It's||
It's different, but that doesn't mean it doesn't apply.
Your post below illustrates his shortcomings pretty well, but I think part of the transition that's been going on under Borges was to expand the playbook for him this season and it hasn't worked.
It's also clear no matter how you cut it...he doesn't play as well on the road. At all.
|4 years 5 days ago||The||
The defensive players (Kovacs, etc.) have constantly been given the benefit of the doubt for having to learn new systems, etc., yet Denard is rarely extended that same courtesy. It's a shame because QB is arguably the most difficult position to withstand transition from.
|4 years 1 week ago||Offers||
They are coming soon. The coaches targeted the first three or four weeks of the season as their evaluation period with a lot of kids and a couple I've talked to have been told by the coaches that they'll be hearing from them soon.
|4 years 1 week ago||Poe-gee||
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Yup||
You're right. Big mistake on my part. I fixed it.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||The tweet|
|4 years 2 weeks ago||All||
All the actual factors recruits consider would technically favor Michigan in this situation (outside of playing in the SEC, which has become an allure for top recruits to showcase their abilities). Michigan is a better academic university, has excellent tradition, he'd play early, he will have a great offensive line to run behind and he's developed a relationship with a lot of Michigan's current 2013 class.
All that being said, I can say with no confidence I have no clue where he'll choose and I've talked to him 7 or 8 times throughout his recruitment.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Yeah||
I mean, unless something's changed since then, that's what he told Mark.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Jones||
The coaches thought enough of him to invite him to the BBQ this summer, which he attended.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Should||
Should probably just plaster this at the top of every thread or prevent posters from starting threads until they click that link.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||here||
Today Josh Outlaw joined them
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Sort of||
Sort of along the same lines, but Florida just lost its third 2013 4* within a week and second OL. One thing to get some decommitments, but three within a week?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||To be||
To be clear, I said they're hinting that. I've seen at least three Rivals analysts in the last week make some kind of inference on Treadwell moving up the rankings.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||There||
There are a ton of possibilities at LB and the coaches will be careful in who they end up offering. Some names who don't have offers as of now:
Brandon Lee (IN)
Deon Drake/Will White (MI)
Gyasi Akem (OK)
Derik Calhoun (CA)
Dwight Williams (CA)
Verondtae Wilkinson (OH; Trotwood-Madison)
Carl Fuller (Detroit King)
Justice Rawlins (PA)
Just some names to keep an eye on.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Booker||
Booker is a heavy Ohio State lean; Garrett might come down to MSU/Ohio State actually. I think he favors MSU the most right now. None of these guys have gotten big national offers (Garrett recently offered by Oklahoma) yet though; there's such a long ways to go.
That's why the Ferns commitment was huge for Michigan. Biggest commitment they've gotten since Morris IMO. Getting him locked up early is huge.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Dareian||
Dareian is probably the nicest recruit I've ever interviewed. I may have mentioned it on this board before, but he was already a kid worth rooting for and this story only makes it even easier.
Also in response to Blazefire, he'll be playing at a better school than Toledo. Top 100 player in the country according to 247Sports and has an Illinois offer to go along with a lot of interest from Wisconsin among others.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Tieth||
Teith Strobzman. I like.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||His||
His father also denied the announcement per Barton Simmons at 247 Sports as well.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||I've been||
I've been told by multiple commitments that there's a better chance of him committing today than not committing. FWIW
|4 years 9 weeks ago||This||
This is accurate, although Michigan was really pushing hard after Green before Isaac committed. Same goes for Jordan Wilkins.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||To||
To be honest, this is the one assessment I'd agree with, and Derrick is actually a good example of one of those types.
The closing paragraph of what I wrote sums up what I think. The rest is solid facts on what's happened leading up to this weekend.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||You're||
You're right. Fox was so angry with me that I'm talking with him tonight to get a pre-BBQ update and talk about his off-season development.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Funny||
Funny because I've never interviewed Laquon Treadwell. I've talked to him on short occasions a couple of times, but never have posted an interview or update with him at all. I'd love to see a link to whatever you've talked about.
Please, keep criticizing the way we do things to justify your spending money on (likely multiple) paysites. If you can find more incidences where recruits have said themselves that we misquoted them, I'd love to read them.
The one quote I screwed up on was Armani Reeves last year, where I took the exact wording of his text to me out of context. I talked with him immediately after, the quote was changed, and there were no hard feelings.
I posted exactly what McQuay texted me this morning. Verbatim. If it's not what it was meant to be, then he is the one who misspoke, not myself.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||If||
If Michigan wasn't recruiting Green, he would have known by now. The coaches do a good job of informing kids of their intentions. Especially with the BBQ approaching.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||I just||
I just don't really get how Clemson is recruiting so well. Their undergrad academics are sub-par, tradition is pretty meh. Yeah, their class isn't that great as of now, but they're now in the final group for Derrick Green, Treadwell, Marquez North, Montravius Adams, Kendall Fuller and Vernon Hargreaves among others. Hargreaves is another one who has said next to nothing about Clemson during his recruitment, then names them in his final group, shutting out South Florida where his dad is one of the freaking coaches.
Also, regarding Pagano: I talked to Scott a lot throughout this process and he never mentioned Clemson once the entire time. Even after things seemed to fall through with Michigan it was almost 100% a Florida/LSU battle with Florida looking like the team to beat. Even then Clemson was never brought up. I was surprised they were even in his final group to be honest.
Maybe Dabo is just that good of a recruiter, but between the pandering to Nkemdiche and the fact that they continually come out of nowhere with a lot of big names just strikes me as funny.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Again||
You're making more than a few assumptions, aren't you? We've been rejected plenty of times for interviews. If a kid says no, that's the end of it. Have you seen any Kendall Fuller interviews on our site? How many Laquon Treadwell updates have you seen?
There's nothing malicious about taking a service people normally pay for and providing it for free if you're doing it the right way. There's a reason why coaches like the ones at Woodbridge in VA (2014 DE Da'Shawn Hand, #1 player in the class and someone who has probably had hundreds of requests for interviews) have invited Keith and myself to their school for a practice this summer. Or why the uncle of WR Derek Kief, who visited yesterday, made a point to send both Mark (mgobluegr) and myself a special thanks for doing the write-ups we've done on him the last couple days. We get a good amount of praise from coaches and parents alike and have never gotten negative feedback from either group.
It's not a perfect model, but there isn't one out there. I stand behind how we've done things though and it won't change.
EDIT: Much like the other post I responded to, I understand your sentiments, but I think our site has worked hard enough and shown through our work that we don't deserved to be lumped in with the "hundreds of other sites" that you're referring to.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||You||
You clearly have no clue how much more difficult it is to maintain contacts for a non-national site.
These kind of comments are annoying to be honest. Say what you would about others, but we've had to take a conciously different approach to how we obtain and maintain our contacts because of how difficult it is to maintain that relationship. If you're not one of the nationally known pay-sites, you have to work twice as hard to get (and continue to get) the information because more often than not, the kids aren't going to come to you. We're at their mercy in every way. It sucks, but it's something that was learned quickly.
Wishing a kid good luck is in no way, shape or form trying to be friends with them; it's keeping us in their heads so they are more likely to come to us with information so that you, somebody who is clearly interested in recruiting, will get the information you desire without having to pay $120/yr to get it.
I understand the angle you're taking, but it's just incorrect...at least from our standpoint.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I||
I understand your sentiment, and agree with you, but you know as well as I do nobody looks at these statistics when determining who an all-star is. Should they? Absolutely, but they don't. I gave up complaining about All-Star snubs a long time ago, it just ends up being a waste of your time, especially with fan voting.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Oops||
Oops, I was on my other account.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Ace||
Ace has also been saying the same thing for a longer time, I believe.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Wheatley||
Wheatley is an excellent recruiter. He'd be a great addition to the staff down the road.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||After||
After taking no QBs in 2012 and only taking Morris in 2013, I wouldn't exactly call QB a "low pressure position" for 2014, just because depth is bound to become an issue, not to mention Morris (or any QB) is only one injury away. I wouldn't be surprised if they took two in 14.