this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|5 hours 21 min ago||And he's our all-time leading||
And he's our all-time leading kick returner with the #14 overall kickoff return average.
|5 hours 40 min ago||It wasn't on punt returns. It||
It wasn't on punt returns. It was on punts (aka punt coverage) when we were missing someone. If it was Norfleet's job to count as a returner, then why would he have been on the field when Utah returned a punt for a touchdown?
|5 hours 41 min ago||Well, he does have a learning||
Well, he does have a learning disability.
|6 hours 9 min ago||Probably not, though.||
Probably not, though.
|7 hours 2 min ago||What about a DUI...twice? I||
What about a DUI...twice? I mean, I think it's pretty dumb to be drunk and get behind the wheel of a several thousand pound box of metal once, let alone twice, when your judgment is impaired by substances.
|16 hours 6 min ago||It will happen when it||
It will happen when it happens. People were worried about the 2016 class until June when Michigan got 14 commits, IIRC. There really aren't that many 2017 kids who have already committed, at least not compared to the fact that we've offered ~103 players.
|16 hours 10 min ago||Corley is a player. I would||
Corley is a player. I would rather get him than Ahmir Mitchell. I do still like Mitchell, but Corley runs pretty good routes, has really good hands, etc. Corley is a "sure thing" in the sense that he can play at this level and succeed, IMO. Mitchell is a guy who might end up being too big to play WR and end up as a tweener like Ricardo Miller, or maybe he'll grow into an outside linebacker.
|16 hours 9 min ago||I don't really see Corley as||
I don't really see Corley as a slot guy. He's more of a flanker, IMO.
|16 hours 12 min ago||I think one of Corley's big||
I think one of Corley's big issues with Michigan is that it took so long for him to get an offer. And then it didn't help that we were recruiting some other guys harder.
|16 hours 15 min ago||I don't know about Valiant,||
I don't know about Valiant, but we did offer Daevon Vigilant...
|1 day 50 min ago||August 1, 2015 will be the||
August 1, 2015 will be the first annual Rich Rodriguez Appreciation Day in Ann Arbor.
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|1 day 17 hours ago||Stephen Hopkins was under 200||
Stephen Hopkins was under 200 lbs.? Wow. He really had me fooled.
Forcier was listed at 6'1".
Cam Gordon moved from safety to linebacker under Rich Rodriguez.
Justin Turner was over 6'2" as a corner. Cullen Christian was 6'0". Demar Dorsey was 6'1".
Jerald Robinson was 6'2". Ricardo Miller was 6'4."
(This is not to imply that all of these players panned out, but it's simply not true that he didn't recruit players with size.)
|1 day 20 hours ago||What does Ryan Mallett have||
What does Ryan Mallett have to do with anything? He was on his way out of town regardless. That's like saying Rodriguez should have won more because of Mario Manningham.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Uh-oh. That means we're in||
Uh-oh. That means we're in trouble against BYU.
|1 day 21 hours ago||He says he's 100% solid to||
He says he's 100% solid to Penn State, but I don't believe that. From what I gather, he's basically got a top three of Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan in that order. I do think Michigan is an option, but I'm not sure if the coaching staff will continue to push for him.
|2 days 2 hours ago||*3-8||
|2 days 3 hours ago||That loss was not nearly as||
That loss was not nearly as bad as the loss to Appalachian State. We were expecting to be national championship contenders in 2007, and we lost to an FCS team. Regardless of what expectations were for 2008, it was a bad team without much talent that (if you subtract the Toledo loss) was still 3-7. Only six players accounted for more than 100 yards of total offense, nobody rushed for more than 533 yards, and nobody caught more than 433 yards of receptions.
I shrug my shoulders at the Toledo loss. It was a bad loss in Michigan's worst season during my lifetime. The loss to Appalachian State is widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Are you sure?||
Are you sure?
|2 days 4 hours ago||As long as we're listing all||
As long as we're listing all the bad things (and only allowing one good thing to be noted), I'll toss in a few to balance it out:
He also recruited Taylor Lewan, Michael Schofield, Jake Ryan, Jeremy Gallon, Desmond Morgan, and Devin Gardner, among others. He developed David Molk on his way to winning the Rimington (after Rodriguez left). He helped develop Brandon Graham into a 1st round pick. He increased the win totals by 2 games each year and built the foundation for Brady Hoke's 11-2, Sugar Bowl-winning season.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Yes, I did hear. I know it||
Yes, I did hear. I know it sounds like a cop-out, but it's not really something that I feel like airing publicly. It's not anything terrible, but it hasn't really been well documented.
|2 days 5 hours ago||They probably should, but I||
They probably should, but I think they come up against some teams that are a little more disciplined in the state championship games. The last two years, they've lost to Saline and Novi Catholic Central, two pretty good teams who are fundamentally sound, though not as athletic. There's more to being a championship football team than having the best athletes, which is why Northwestern, Purdue, and others have been able to compete in the Big Ten at various times.
|2 days 6 hours ago||James Ross is a fourth-year||
James Ross is a fourth-year senior, so I don't think trying out will be an issue.
Cass Tech is more talented than OLSM, and it's probably not even close. Off the top of my head, they have Peoples-Jones, Vance, Onwenu, Kelly-Powell, Jordan Reid, Tim Walton, Donovan Johnson, Kalon Gervin, Dwight Blakey, Taeshon Trotter, Edrick Matthews, DeAndre Square, Xavier Goldsmith, and probably others I'm forgetting with FBS offers.
|2 days 6 hours ago||A couple other schools that||
A couple other schools that might be as talented as OLSM are Detroit King (their skill players are crazy good) and Warren De La Salle (Stritzinger has a Michigan offer, and several others guys are MAC-level prospects or higher).
|2 days 7 hours ago||Here's a list of||
Here's a list of visitors...for next weekend:
|2 days 17 hours ago||Actually, it's pretty elite||
Actually, it's pretty elite competition in Miami, FL.
|2 days 17 hours ago||So he's a Notre Dame troll?||
So he's a Notre Dame troll? Those bastards...
|2 days 18 hours ago||Who wears blue and gold? Are||
Who wears blue and gold? Are those PItt's colors? West Virginia's? Delaware's?
|2 days 19 hours ago||Just homers being homers.||
Just homers being homers.
|2 days 19 hours ago||It's not. They were doing||
It's not. They were doing Friday Night Lights at least since Denard Robinson was being recruited by Florida, because I remember reading about him attending.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Hoke's staff was recruiting||
Hoke's staff was recruiting him as a safety. I think as soon as Harbaugh's staff started recruiting him as a wide receiver, he started to take a serious look at Michigan. We've always been in his top group, and especially since this spring when Harbaugh got his feet under him.