this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|3 days 8 hours ago||The original comment that I||
The original comment that I replied to was deleted, so I'll just say that I agree with TruBluMich.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||So your basis||
is the generic 2-stars that Rivals gives players they haven't even scouted yet? That just proves Magnus's point--when they actually get more heavily scouted, their ratings will go up (as they already have for the services who've scouted them).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||According to the 247 composite,||
this is the 2nd 2-star in the class, along with Weaver (http://michigan.247sports.com/Season/2016-Football/Commits). Enis, Richardson, Davis, Johnson, and McKeon are 3-stars.
Meanwhile, there are 6 4-stars in the class.
So, if Harbaugh can manage to grab one more 4-star, that'll mean your minimum of 7, and frankly it's hard to imagine not getting at least 1-2 more 4-stars.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Kentucky missed the tourney in 2013||
The same year Michigan made the national title game. I don't know why people have forgotten this so suddenly.
This year obviously hasn't gone how we wanted, but given the circumstances, it's not that surprising that this is the year that the team hit a bump in the road.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Shurburtt also says that's not related to the #Amaizing tweet||
For what that's worth (which may not be very much, given that he may have heard about the same commit through a different channel):
@jcshurburtt Is this related to Jay Harbaugh's tweet? Do you know who it is?
@ccrowder22 Not Twitter related.
|26 weeks 15 hours ago||Durkin is also on the visit to Smith||
Just a tad more info:
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Huge uphill climb||
That said, a lot of good news out tonight. This was a really solid win, and on national tv, and to go with it:
-Eastern Michigan destroyed Ohio, which will help with RPI;
-George Washington got blown out by VCU, hurting a bubble team;
-Kansas State loss, hurting another bubble team.
One thing to note is that a number of our wins (Purdue, Penn St., Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers) are against teams hovering around 100 in the RPI, so root hard for those teams when they're playing anybody other than Michigan to boost the "Record Against RPI Top 100" stat; if Syracuse could sneak into the top 50, that'd also be a huge lift.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Kentucky has a good TE committed||
C.J. Conrad, a low four-star from Ohio with offers from lower level major conference teams and MAC-type programs: http://247sports.com/Player/CJ-Conrad-33997
Just figured I'd flag given him since he seems like a strong possibility for a flip in the event that Clark doesn't end up coming or Harbaugh decides to load up for his TE-heavy offense, especially if we poach Vince Marrow.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Get well soon Ace!||
Get well soon Ace!
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Computers||
I don't think it's accurate to say that "computers are not feeling real good about Hoke's job prospects" when one of the two computers cited says that Michigan is, so far, one of the top 20 teams in the country. I'm not saying that Michigan is, in fact, one of the top 20 teams in the country--that is almost certainly false--but half of the data laid out in the post contradicts the conclusion.
I think that the likeliest outcome is somewhere in between--being one of the top 20 teams in the country is unlikely, but 4-4 is probably also unlikely. So, in that way, I think that I pretty much agree with how the computers (in total) are actually feeling.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Well, at least the reporters know their talking points||
I honestly thought that maybe I was reading the article for the second time, given the repeats of:
-The 2,000 yard thing with the RBs
-The Glasgow "plan"
-Downfield blocking by the WRs
-Nuss being on the sideline
-Norfleet being a bigger part of the package
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Clark blitzing from LB||
I noticed that Frank Clark was lined up at LB to blitz on a couple of the earlier long runs by App State. I couldn't tell if he missed his gap or someone else did, but it seemed like lining him up there at a minimum gave away where the pressure was coming from (since it makes little sense to have Clark drop into coverage).
Aside from that, I felt pretty good about the defense. Clark brought some nice pressure, Wormley did some work, and the secondary looked great until late in the game.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I just wish there was an extra inning softball game||
that I could watch during the wait.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Walk-on RS Soph. Hoke||
Walk-on RS Soph. Hoke mentioned him as playing well in one of the pressers:
If Jabrill is at corner than who's your guy at nickel and what about Jeremy Clark? Looked like he was out there first.
"Jeremy Clark's really had a good fall camp, you know, really excited about his progress. Delano's [Hill] out there with a vest on for no contact and he did some of the [inaudible]. AJ Pearson, I think, has really improved. What was the first part of it?"
|48 weeks 3 days ago||I think that's just because||
I think that's just because he's listed as the starter at nickelback. I wouldn't take that listing to mean too much other than that Countess, Taylor and Lewis are the top 3 options at outside CB, which shouldn't be too surprising.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Desperation is named Tim Priller||
It just committed to Indiana over an offer from Incarnate Word.
Desperation is not poaching two guys with offers from decent mid-majors (Dayton in Dawkins's case, VCU in MAAR's) who look like they have some potential but are not sure stars.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My theory is that the staff is bullish on Bielfeldt||
I think that if they think Bielfeldt can give them a passable 15-20 minutes per game, it'd explain a lot about why they're not panicking and running around screaming.
Bielfeldt obviously is too short, but when you have a guy who has a solid core and can stretch the floor a little bit, Sanderson may be able to do enough with his leaping ability and whatnot that he can play decently in stretches. This obviously is contingent on Bielfeldt's being in bad position, etc. being a result of not being a regular member of the rotation, since that is fixable.
It's not obvious to me that this will work, since...Bielfeldt will still be 6'6", but if it does, depth does not look like nearly so big of a problem.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yeah, this is crazy||
It doesn't seem like they get why people would want to watch games. Obviously the excitement comes in finding out what happened, and given the number of March Madness games, I assume that there must be a ton of people who are missing at least one game or another and want to watch it delayed.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Way to stream the game after the fact?||
I'm stuck missing the game, which is obviously terrible, but I think that I'll be able to avoid finding out what happens until I make it home.
That said, is there a way to stream the game online after it happens? I'd normally go to FirstRowSports if I wasn't at a tv and the game was live, but I think that they only do live games. I guess my question is whether there is a FirstRowSports equivalent that keeps all of the day's games up, even once they're completed.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Does his name rhyme with Slim Kettle?||
By my count, at other positions we'd either have multiple possibilities: DE-Cornell, Beckner; CB-Sheffield, Fitzpatrick; WR-Campbell, Kirk (though neither of those makes a ton of sense); we'd have no possibilities--OL, S, TE; or the only possibility seems unlikely to be a surprise visitor at this particular point: QB-Gibson (since Michigan just started recruiting him), RB-Harris (since there's no real reason he'd need to be a suprise visitor), or LB-Holland (since there's not much smoke there except for a couple of tweets).
Unless, of course, it's someone committed elsewhere or you weren't being quite that specific when talking about it being a giveaway, in which case I have just spent several minutes constructing a bridge to nowhere, which, admittedly, I deserve for going on such a pointless quest.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||For this reason, I think we||
For this reason, I think we have a strong rooting interest for Nebraska in their game vs. Northwestern. It obviously has no bearing on the conference race, but if Nebraska can hang on and make the top 50, that's a big boost for the tourney.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Definitely Minnesota||
Both because it helps in the Big Ten race and because the selection committee looks at teams' records against RPI Top 50 teams. Wisconsin will finish in the Top 50 for sure (they're #4 right now), whereas Minnesota is #35 and could easily drop; obviously it helps if they stay in the Top 50 and Michigan gets credited with a road win versus a Top 50 team for that win.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Just to be clear||
I don't even have a Twitter account. I just did a search for "Ricky Town" to see if the experts had immediate reactions on how this might impact him, so this came up.
I agree totally with your point.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Tyree Kinnel's already doing work||
Anybody got Ricky Town number ?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Not clear how much solid info there actually is||
Obviously this is worrisome, but if you look at Wiltfong's full article, this is the only McDowell quote:
"I like the players a lot," McDowell said. "I like the school. I feel comfortable. I like Michigan State a lot."
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound McDowell himself would not say that Michigan State is his leader.
That's not good, but that's about what you'd expect a recruit to say about any school he's considering. I'm nervous, too, especially considering the way that things have been going, but there's a long way to go.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Moe Ways||
Hey Brandon, is there anything to this Moe Ways tweet on not enrolling early? My guess (and hope) is that he's just showing that he's going to be putting his work in at home, which is great, since he seems to have star potential. Just wanted to make sure there's not some other context I'm missing.
Not enrolling early. So, I'm gonna use these 6 months to get RIGHT! Cause come June imma be a different and better player
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Though he played less defense than Amare Stoudemire does||
So maybe that's why Brian was confused.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Matthew Burrell had a great time||
The 2015 OL who came up with Hand and Settle. He's been tweeting great things all the last day, such as:
Michigan is awesome!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Tommy Rees's arm is less||
Tommy Rees's arm is less accurate than
(strikethrough) Gunner Kiel's commitment
(strikethrough) Everett Golson's term paper
Lennay Kekua's death certificate
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Rosen is indeed Jewish||
Challah at ya boy.
This season, sophomore Josh Rosen has taken over as the starting quarterback at Bellflower St. John Bosco, and his center, Elijah Zabludoff, is also Jewish.