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|2 hours 20 min ago||I think those areas put out||
I think those areas put out more FBS-level prospects than you probably realize. If you scan the rosters of Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, etc., you see a lot of those types from suburban public schools. They're typically not elite players, but they are pretty solid talent. I just think Michigan doesn't recruit them extremely often, but they do go after guys from Farmington/Farmington Hills. Tyler Hoover from MSU is a Novi product.
I also think those Catholic schools scoop up a lot of the talent (Detroit Country Day, Novi Catholic Central, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Birmingham Brother Rice, etc.).
|3 hours 59 min ago||Any talk about Campbell and||
Any talk about Campbell and Florida State is purely speculation at this point. He hasn't expressed strong interest in their offer, he hasn't visited AFAIK, and he's expressed that he's solid with Michigan throughout. Clemson and Florida were supposedly in the mix behind Michigan. There's just nothing to the FSU stuff from anyone who's been following his recruitment.
|4 hours 4 min ago||I think there are multiple||
I think there are multiple reasons. I think the lack of spring football and warm weather hurts. I also think the lack of large, population-dense areas hurts; you have Metro Detroit and you have the Grand Rapids area, but population has dropped due to the recession, and it's no longer a booming area. I also just don't think the huntin'-and-fishin' types in rural northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, etc. care as much about football.
I've lived in rural and urban areas, and the difference is stark between the hobbies/interests of kids in the two. Football players and athletes in the urban areas tend to be more interested in playing team sports, working out, etc. Football players in the rural areas tend to skip workouts more often in order to fish, hunt, and generally go outdoors. That's not a bad thing in itself, but playing pickup basketball or hitting the gym is going to help you out more than sitting on a boat waiting for a fish to bite. The people in the upper two-thirds of the state are generally just too spread out and too "different" from the football types to be elite athletes.
If you follow Michigan recruiting, you see all kinds of talented kids coming out of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, and Lansing...then nothing really until you get up to Traverse City. The U.P. is basically a football talent wasteland. (I'm not trying to insult the people up there or say that they don't have powerhouse football teams, but individually, you don't see studs coming out of Ishpeming, Manistique, Munising, etc.)
|4 hours 18 min ago||I think you're either||
I think you're either misinformed or looking at things pessimistically. ESPN has us with the #7 recruiting class, so that's "pretty close" to the top ten. Now you're probably talking about Rivals, which has us at #16 overall, but if you account for the small recruiting class, the best indicator is average star rating; our average star rating is 3.44, which ranks us #12.
Furthermore, there's still the possibility that Michigan gets Malik McDowell, the #40 recruit (IIRC), which would bump up those numbers. I think it's likely that Michigan gets at least one more recruit (Vic Enwere?), so we could very realistically move up. I don't know for sure whether other schools will rise, drop, remain stagnant, etc., but I think it's at least feasible that Michigan moves into the top 10 by February.
|5 hours 12 min ago||Florida seems to be the||
Florida seems to be the biggest threat.
|5 hours 12 min ago||It's probably not a record,||
It's probably not a record, and besides, that's what happens when you say you want to drink Dantonio's milkshake. You shouldn't act surprised.
From the sound of it, I think Sills will end up somewhere other than USC. Whether that's Michigan or not, I'm really not sure. But I do think Michigan would/will have a great chance if USC and Sills part ways.
|5 hours 14 min ago||I agree it's not a bad state.||
I agree it's not a bad state. It's not Delaware or Wyoming. But it's definitely in a second (or third) tier behind Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana, etc.
Cole has basically mentioned no leaders, and things go back and forth from "insiders" on whether he's leaning toward U of M or MSU.
|6 hours 9 min ago||"Forgive me if I can't get||
"Forgive me if I can't get excited about recruiting this morning but I want to start drinking Mark Dantonio's milkshake on the field."
Then go be a fan of MSU. Nobody's stopping you.
|6 hours 37 min ago||He doesn't sound very||
He doesn't sound very interested, but he has recently shifted to considering non-west coast visits. I think he tentatively wants to visit Notre Dame and Michigan.
|7 hours 15 min ago||Settle is a DT, and Cornell||
Settle is a DT, and Cornell is a DE.
|7 hours 23 min ago||Thanks for clicking on the||
Thanks for clicking on the thread to tell us that you don't care.
|7 hours 28 min ago||Last year Morris and Elmer||
Last year Morris and Elmer were the only ones in the top 100, and neither was particularly close to being a 5-star.
In 2012 there weren't any in-state players in the top 100.
In 2011, Lawrence Thomas was #55, Anthony Zettel was #65, DeAnthony Arnett was #84, and Justice Hayes was #85.
So I don't think there's any particularly good trend for the state of Michigan. It's just not an extremely productive state when it comes to elite talent. And if you look at that 2011 class, Zettel has been the best of the bunch while the other three have had pretty forgettable/mediocre careers so far.
That doesn't mean the state is bare in 2015. There's Mikey Weber, Josh Alabi, Kyonta Stallworth, Ray Buford, Jayru Campbell, Tyriq Thompson, Alex Malzone... A couple of those guys are top 250/300 prospects.
|7 hours 36 min ago||Here's a list of all of||
Here's a list of all of Michigan's offered players in the Rivals 100:
|1 day 2 hours ago||I don't see how "worrying||
I don't see how "worrying about us" is going to affect anything next year. We are fans. We have no effect on the development of Michigan's players, the play calling, etc.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Seniors on MSU's||
Seniors on MSU's roster:
There are a few juniors/redshirt sophomores who could try to take the money and run (Shilique Calhoun, Kurtis Drummond, Jeremy Langford, Marcus Rush), too. At this point I expect them to reload defensively, but their offense seems to be a little more mercurial.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I do. Because he's really||
I do. Because he's really good.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This is pretty irrelevant,||
This is pretty irrelevant, but Georgia's new starting QB Hutson Mason was a 3-star to Rivals a few years ago. He was in Rivals' top 75 best players in the state of Georgia...at #75. He has pretty good stats for the Bulldogs, though.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It's "Elflein." And what||
And what makes you jump to the conclusion that he took the spot as much as Hall lost it? And what makes you think that he's any better than one of our redshirt freshmen? The problem with Michigan was that it had freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and a walk-on redshirt sophomore in the middle.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Jordan Hall is the only other||
Jordan Hall is the only other Hall on the team, and he did play.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Someone please correct me if||
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not believe Peppers's dad is in the picture. And I also believe he had an older brother who was murdered. So...I don't think there's a male role model in the immediate family.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Crawford *is* visiting Ohio||
Crawford *is* visiting Ohio State, though. I'd be more worried about the guy who's taking other visits than the guy who isn't. Peppers probably isn't going to commit to Alabama, UCLA, etc. if he doesn't visit there first.
|1 day 10 hours ago||From the way it seems, Borges||
From the way it seems, Borges sends out Hecklinski to watch quarterbacks throw/work out. Borges doesn't do much in-person recruiting, but I imagine he's the main "decider" when it comes down to sending out offers.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I try to be objective, and||
I try to be objective, and maybe I'm a failure at it, but I don't see Michigan as a trash-talking team. I see more from Ohio State and Michigan State, to be sure. As for being in the top five of a conference that has only 12 teams . . . I don't really care. Teams like Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois don't have any reason to be cocky (in football), so that almost automatically takes them out of the running.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Michigan has more sacks and||
Michigan has more sacks and more interceptions this year than Alabama.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I would prefer if Urban Meyer||
I would prefer if Urban Meyer punches Braxton Miller after he makes a bad play.
|2 days 8 hours ago||The Taliban.||
|2 days 8 hours ago||I can see it now: Our field||
I can see it now:
Our field has sperms!
|2 days 8 hours ago||But David Dawson is||
But David Dawson is transferring!
|2 days 8 hours ago||Nobody said anything||
Nobody said anything questioning Malzone's arm slot, so I'm not sure why you bring it up. Regardless, I think your expectations were maybe too high going into it. Sills is rated as a 3-star for a reason (not a great athlete, not a super strong arm, etc.). Malzone isn't rated at all. Maybe you're letting four-year-old news color your views, but nobody in the current football recruiting world really thinks Sills is the bee's knees. He is a solid football prospect, though.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Backpedal. I see "backpeddle"||
I see "backpeddle" used way too frequently.