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- There may be more attrition. Green, Smith, and Isaac were all highly-ranked recruits and it's probable one of them is pushed out of the regular rotation. Furthermore, there may be attrition at other positions...
- There is a definite possibility that Kingston Davis, who has offers from almost everyone and interest from everyone else, will flip.
- Harbaugh has a history of taking great athletes and moving them around. He is looking for the best football players--almost regardless of position--and will find a place for them on the field. This used to be how everyone recruited (before 17-year-olds were almost 300 lbs. and clearly established as linemen for life) and Harabugh has had success with it. High School RBs are often the best athletes on their team, and many could have collegiate success at RB, FB, WR, TE, LB, S, and even DE or DB. Expect to see lots more position changes than we saw with Hoke. Having these mulit-purpose players also allows you to cover for unexpected (and expected) attrition.
- Valenti can't do math. $14,100/12 = $1,175, not $1,700. Michigan State education hard at work there.
- Valenti has no idea what he's talking about. Entitled? Valenti is 100x more entitled than Jabrill. Anyone who knows Peppers' back story would never call him entitled.
- Don't ever, EVER think that Valenti is anything but a bad journalist and a Sparty slappy. He has no concern for anything other than pleasing his idiot fanbase that probably believes his BS, because they are also too dumb to check his math or his "facts."
|1 day 52 min ago||IT MATTERS||
It's not about a fashion contest. I'm not sure what line of work you're in, but dressing appropriately not only helps to create an impression, but also helps get you in the frame of mind to perform at a high level.
In my experience as a coach (and player), this absolutely holds true with players. We got our team new uniforms for district playoffs and went out and played the best game of our season. Obviously this is just anecdotal evidence and I do not believe that uniforms = success, but the point is that the unis did hype the kids up walking into the locker room with each player having his new uniform hanging at his locker was a special moment for them, and for us as coaches.
When I was a player, uniforms were the last thing on my mind. But it sure did feel good when we got new ones, especially if they had a cool design.
I seriously, seriously doubt that we will get any recruits just becuase Nike makes our stuff, but I do believe that having Nike as our sponsor is more attractive and just adds another positive for most (not all) recruits.
This a long way of saying that if having Nike as our sponsor is a positive in the eyes of most kids, why not do it?
|1 day 1 hour ago||Not any kicker||
If you can get Quinn Nordin, you take him. The kid can already kick a 65-yard field goal off the ground and a 50-yard punt with good hangtime. Kickoffs would be touchback city.
That said, if you can't get him, I'm not sure we are actively pursuing more kickers. Andrew David was a great prospect as well, and we've got the Aussie this fall.
But yeah, if Nordin wants to come, he's well worth a scholarship.
|1 week 5 days ago||NJ/MD bunch?||
Aren't there some pretty amazing NJ kids visiting right now? Or is it MD kids?
|1 week 5 days ago||Hard to go wrong on NW lower||
Hard to go wrong on NW lower Michigan. I believe the Leelanau Peninsula is the best... Homestead or Glen Arbor area are amazing and right next to the dunes. Leland is a great little town. Traverse City if you want a more urban feel. Even Suttons Bay and Northport are great. Empire is another underrated spot. Basically, find a spot you like on M22.
|1 week 6 days ago||If you are there already and||
If you are there already and can get into Canada, Lake Superior Provincial Park is the best hiking on the Great Lakes. Porkies and PR tie for second but the Porkies are FAR. Nordhouse Dunes third.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes and No||
The Tyus Battle comparison is spot on. It's important to note that the bulkiest group of decommitments were guys looking for greener pastures.
Alabama hasn't been hurt by Saban's style, which is that a scholarship offer is really just an invitation to try out for the 'Bama football team. Much the same could be said for the rest of the SEC. I'd much rather have Harbaugh pulling offers or stopping communication when recruits still have ample time to flip than have him bring kids in and send them packing with a forced transition year.
It's clear that the a lot of kids do not believe that a commitment is actually a commitment, just a way to hold their place in a class. But that doesn't excuse dishonesty from coaches.
Sadly, it has gotten to the point that this is how the game is played. Hoke was a successful recruiter (based on the rankings) and this article really brings into focus why he would not allow committed players to visit other schools: he believed in honoring commitments.
We can't have things both ways. If we, as Michigan fans, want a coach with a flexible recruiting philosophy (unlike Hoke) we're also going to conceed that there will be some less than honorable tactics used to get the possible class on board. Let's not pretend it's honorable, but let's also accept that's how the game is played, and we want to win.
Zerodark is right...every school that's winning is using questionable "roster management" practices. It sucks, and I don't like it, but it's the current market and the recruits are no more honorable than the schools.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Not Chesson||
Will eat a lemon and a lime on the internet if Chesson does not get his 5th-year. Hard-working, athletic, willing blocker...this guy fits Harbaugh's style.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Disagree||
While everything you said is true, I would prefer that Michigan only offer a top-level experience, even if that means limiting the size of the camp.
That said, this camp is not a reflection of Fisch (or Drevno's) play-calling or organizational skills, as I seriously doubt either had much of a hand in the logistics and neither was calling plays. Harbaugh obviously put his stamp on the day and focused on the top talent. I can't argue with that approach, but, like I said, it would be nice if they would limit the size.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||YES||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's Terrance Davis||
That's a favorable tweet from another highly-ranked 2016 OL who is trending blue...
|2 weeks 6 days ago||TRUE||
Swenson, Onwenu, Bredeson, and Davis would give us four top 200 247 composite OLs...awesome.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Terrance Davis||
Could still add another top 100 OL.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Welcome to the family!||
We are honored to have you as part of the 2016 class. GO BLUE!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Embed||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Welcome to the family!||
Another great pick-up...we are looking for all of the jumbo athletes to get the TE University train going.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that doesn't pass the test||
Unfortunately, this "second-best win" thing just goes to prove the "Little Brother" complex even further.
U-M's record was worse than Maryland, Rutgers, and Nebraska. Heck, even Penn State finished bowl eligible and with a better record, though they were behind us in the conference standings.
Beating a 5-7 team and counting it as your second-biggest win is just silly. But even more silly is that even after all of their effort to be noticed, MSU will never be more than our second-biggest rival, and perhaps only that because the ND chickens bailed.
When we won the Outback Bowl in 2002, did we put the score of our victory over the 5-7 Spartans? Can you imagine ANY situation where we would put the score of a win over a 5-7 MSU team on our championship rings? Would NEVER happen.
Please. This is the ultimate LB move.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Yes and No||
Dude is not as fast as Shoelace, and not as elusive, but he's a close comparison when it comes to excitement. He is definitely my current favorite 2016 commit. I believe he will make big plays no matter where he ends up.
He just makes plays. His reel is full of broken plays turned into big gains from his athleticism, competitiveness, and great arm.
It appears we're done with 2016 QBs, but you never know...HARBAUGH!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Great post||
Love this. Brian is at his best when he is disrobing idiocy disguised as altruism.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome to the family! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!||
Welcome to the family! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm going to be mayor of titty city||
I'm going to be mayor of titty city
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Obvious troll is obvious. Our||
Obvious troll is obvious. Our class is fine and getting better. Just got a top MI prospect in Onwenu. Only an idiot would believe Harbaugh would win every battle, and I wager our class will comparable to or better than MSU when it's all over. Silly troll.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not worried about recruiting||
There has been a lot of alarm about recruiting on the board, and there is no good reason for it. Harbaugh just needs a little time. This summer will be big, and I expect we'll have a Top-15 class before it's all said and done. Patience...
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Co-Sign||
I think we could lose to Utah, and maybe even one other non-conference game, but be good enough later to beat one or more of MSU, PSU, and OSU.
I expect the team that plays Ohio State in Novemeber will be vastly better than the team that plays Utah, whether or not we beat the Utes.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, Yes, and Yes||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Valenti is a douchebag||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Logged in to upvote||
Well done, sir.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Better than the offense?||
This is bad--horribly bad--but it still might have been a more productive recruiting class than the 2010 offensive version. Only Gardner would wind-up a consistent starter, and Dileo was the only other significant contributor.
All-in-all, 2010 was pretty much the worst on every level.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Competency||
If our defense can be as good as it was last year (and it could be better), then we just need a competent offense to get us to 8 wins.
What's clear is that a healthy Rudock is, at least, a competent QB. He may not be a game-breaker like Henne or Henson, but he may be able to manage a game and take what the defense gives him. I do believe we'll struggle vs. great defenses (like OSU) but 9 wins seems plausible, with at least 8 probable with Rudock at the helm.
If Morris beats him for the job, that's a very good sign, IMO.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Old arguments||
RR is a good coach. He develops players, installs a scheme that maximizes his talent, and seems to genuinely care about his team.
But damn if he didn't shit the bed a few times while he was here, and this class was one of those.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||YES, and...||
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