this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|6 years 7 weeks ago||Luke||
True...but most (including Steve and the staff) would agree that he was more offensive this year, and that was was one of the key reasons he was able to win a national title.
There is no doubt that being hard to score on is good and keeps you in the match. But you need to have an offensive attack when the match is on the line.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Russell||
Not sure why his offense isn't better or seemed to improve. I would agree that until he develops more offense, he won't win an NCAA title.
David Taylor is supposed to be announcing his decision tomorrow. It is down to PSU, tOSU, and Okie State.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Steiber||
We never had a chance with the older Steiber. He has been a huge Ohio State fan since he was young. Joe put the time in early in the game but it just wasn't going to happen due to his early allegiances to tOSU. I'm not sure about Hunter but you can assume he will follow Logan.
There are rumblings we might have a chance with Phillips. But that just might mean that we are in the game at this point.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||133/141/149||
Humphrey will be at 141 next year. He was cutting a ton of weight the past two years but had to because of Jaggers.
I don't know where either Kellen and Grajales will end up. I know making 141 wasn't easy for Kellen this year but I don't see him at 149 either taking on Metcalf.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Zeerip||
Yes, he was a national qualifier but he finished 8th in the Big Ten and his freshman season was a disappointment as he went 7-15 after winning 23 matches in his RS season. He must develop significantly more offense on his feet. Perhaps not having to cut weight will help.
I don't question that there are studs in Michigan but the reality is that the depth of talent isn't there. You have only 9.9 scholarships. The 2nd tier kids on partials are key.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Graham||
He does but I don't think Joe's relationship with Graham or the staff there is any stronger than any other staff's relationship. The reality is that Graham is a factory and Jeff Jordan doesn't show preference to any staff in the country. If he did, more kids would have gone to PSU the past few years as Matt Dernlan was on the PSU staff and Dernlan and Jordan are pretty close.
David Taylor is the 4Xer who followed Sanderson to PSU.
The disappointing fact is that the pipeline to Lakewood St. Edward has closed down. With Mike and Andy on the staff, that pipeline should have stayed intact. But it hasn't. After getting Andy, Mike, and Ryan Bertin, we haven't gotten a St. Ed's kid since Mark Moos. Perhaps that explains why it shut down.
I think small school kids are a risk unless they have excelled significantly on the national level because the depth of talent isn't there at the state level. Zeerip might turn out to be the classic example.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Lack of In-State Talent||
Actually, I'd have to disagree with the statement that Michigan is a strong high school wrestling state. The reality is that it is far behind the talent in Ohio, PA, Illinois, and Iowa in terms of depth. That, along with a $43,000 out-of-state tuition bill, kills UM in recruiting. Ohio State can offer a quality Ohio kid a partial and the kid only has to pay $5,000 a year. McFarland offers an Ohio kid a partial (because the 2nd tier depth isn't nearly as strong in Michigan) and it still costs over $20,000 a year.
You'll always have your studs like Metcalf who get a full ride. But it is the second tier kids who are on partials that can turn your program into a powerhouse. When your second tier kids in-state aren't as strong, it puts you at a distinct advantage from a recruiting standpoint.
Next could be a tough year. They are losing the anchors of the team - Luke and Todd - with only Russell back as a consistent performer. Some of the younger kids who were big time recruits coming out - Zeerip, Weber, and Boyd - need to develop and produce. Zeerip and Weber had disappointing rookie campaigns this year, and the talk on Boyd inside the program isn't so great. There is a lot of scholarship money tied up in those three. If they don't produce, UM will be behind the 8 ball.