...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|13 hours 23 min ago||Really?||
I wrote this Sunday. I didn't hear of the Gibson attention until after this was written.
|23 hours 15 min ago||Some obvious additions||
I actually wrote this up last Sunday and there are a couple new developments that need to be noted. Everyone seems to know that Josh Rosen is visiting even though it wasn't supposed to leak.
Also, Torrance Gibson has been aggressively targeted and told me that he may visit next week.
|1 day 5 min ago||Man...||
This is the one thing that blows about covering recruiting. It's about the kids, not the reporters.
|1 day 49 min ago||Feels that way||
He told me that Michigan was third for him right now, but that's probably because Stanford hasn't offered. It's a pretty big deal that he's visiting Michigan close to his announcement date but he's still going to be very tough to drag out of California.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Not necessarily.||
He's a mid-level 3-star prospect on the 247Composite. That doesn't scream overhyped to me. I think he was head and shoulders above everyone when he was younger and now the field has leveled, but I think he's accurately rated and ranked.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks Man||
These are meant to be fillers. I'm not sure why people are bummed by them. It's not meant to be a downer, just simply a recruit on the radar of the coaches that we now know about.
|1 week 3 days ago||No||
But that is a good idea. I'll look into it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would agree||
The majority of out-of-staters would probably fall in the group but I'd put guys like Keisean Lucier-South and Kyle Kearns higher.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My guess..||
I believe he is best suited to play the WILL, but even Josh himself wasn't 100% sure where the coaches foresee him playing. He runs well and is a little light right now at 212 lbs. Compare him to Michael Ferns who came in at 240+ at the MIKE spot.
He's got some time to grow still, but I think he's probably a WILL.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This.||
There will be an extremely low number of "Names To Watch" profiles that would receive a 0. The whole idea behind those types of recruits is that Michigan is showing interest in some capacity, thus an offer is always a possibility. In fact, I may have only had contact with 5 or less players in doing this that I thought in my head, "There's no way that kid gets offered." Most of them will have had contact with the staff to some degree so the interest is usually mutual on some level.
For 2015 I'd say this could be an example board:
0 - Not interested
0 - Josh Rosen
And you are correct, I don't think there is a "True Blue Lock" at this point. Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and Tyriq Thompson would be the only two even sniffing that level, and I'd still call them a "4".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Also||
I think the reasons I listed are actual reasons a kid may not be offered, where personal attacks for various reasons are unwarranted.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
I guess we'll just agree to disagree.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think we're splitting hairs here||
But the fact is that saying someone isn't going to get offered could be because of dozens of reasons and is in no way offensive. A player might not quite be the right fit, a little undersized, buried on the depth chart, not within scholarship numbers, at a disadvantageous location, not interested in Michigan, academics could be an issue, etc.
Attacking them personally for any reason outside of football rationale is an entirely different story.
These kids know the deal. It's football, it's competitive. They aren't going to get 124 D1 offers and that's just the reality. Michigan stopped by high schools of dozens of players during the eval period and most of them won't be offered. I'm not telling them anything they don't already know and deal with from many other schools.
Every site rates and ranks kids. Not all recruits are 100's and 5-stars. They can go on any recruiting site and see, "Wow, there are 25 QB's listed better than me." It's how it is, these guys are ranked and evaluated from an early age, they'll be fine.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I like this input||
My first thought was to use percentages as well, but then I realized that they could become a little arbitrary. For instance what would be the difference, and how would I determine if a kid was say, 25% compared to someone who is 44%? Those are just random numbers but they would fall in the same range with a pretty big gap in the percentage.
I just thought a simple 0-5 would be a little easier to follow and not look like such a precise number because let's face it, I would've given Hand a 4/5 which would've looked pretty spot-on, where if I would've tried to give him a specific percentage it would beg the question of what exactly that particular percentage means. If he's a 90% why not just make him a 95%? Also, we all know that recruiting is a very inexact science so leaving a little wiggle room is not a bad thing. Plus these rankings could be thought of as percentages if that's how your brain works.
0 - < 5%
Does that make sense?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||They were great!||
And we talked about re-instating them but after some discussion we decided that given my frequent contact with the recruits, referring to them as possibly a "sad Josh" or "nefarious Eduardo" probably wasn't a good look.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I talked to him||
It took some convincing, but I got him on board.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Recruit-centric||
The offered prospect scale will be solely from the recruits perspective. The Names To Watch scale will have to factor in both a little bit.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not again||
I don't want this to turn into another post where people try to tell me how to do what I've been doing successfully for 2 1/2 years, but what I meant was reaching out to his mother and his coaches.
Seriously guys, I believe you have the best interest of most people in mind when you give me suggestions and what not, but like I've said before, I'm a teacher and a coach, I understand how to conduct myself when it comes to this stuff.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nah||
It wasn't the 247 guys...at least I don't believe so.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Southpaw||
Nuss is a lefty! I'm not sure if there is a correct fist to pump, but left probably just feels right for him.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not quite the same||
I never really had contact with Harris. I honestly think I may have been badmouthed by another recruiting personality...just a hunch though because I've heard of it happening in other cases.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Alas...||
Harris is my white whale. I had contact with him long ago but not anymore. I'm working on it...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not yet.||
I should get one back from Cole and I'm working on Damien.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Oops||
That's a copy and paste for format mistake. He's 225...I'll fix it when I get home.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It depends.||
With Cornell, I fully expect him to visit at some point, but as of right now he doesn't have anything scheduled.
Drew Richmond on the other hand is probably less likely to visit at all.
In either case, having no plans to visit at this time isn't necessarily a bad thing. Lots of time to schedule unofficial visits and check stuff out through spring and summer, and obviously officials next fall.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Haha||
This thing has been in the works since Monday...takes some time to get responses and compile everything.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good question.||
I think they'll have a shot with Hilliard, Cornell, obviously Damien Harris. Minkah Fitzpatrick is probably higher than 50%. Those are the first few highly-rated guys that come to mind.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I'm intrigued too.||
I honestly hadn't heard of him before so I'm anxious to talk to him about all of that. Stay tuned!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Easy...||
He meant it felt comfortable and familiar.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Right?!!?||
I talked to him last night, that's his real name too. Tuf on his birth certificate. Bonus badass points.