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|3 days 21 hours 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||This||
This, pretty much.
|17 weeks 6 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|43 weeks 20 hours ago||Bush||
Bush is a 1000% take. Not even remotely true to speculate otherwise.
|45 weeks 1 day 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.
|45 weeks 2 days 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.
|46 weeks 14 hours 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.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Nope||
That's not what it said.
|49 weeks 5 days 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.
|51 weeks 2 days 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.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||He||
He has work to do in the classroom.
|52 weeks 15 hours 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago||Reese||
That's David Reese you're thinking of.
|1 year 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 weeks ago||It's||
It's actually the same guy lol
|1 year 6 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 6 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 9 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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.