This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
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|5 days 10 hours ago||Ty Law has to be the shortest||
Ty Law has to be the shortest name in program history, right? And I doubt Tshimanga Biakabutuka is the longest, but it can't be too far off.
EDIT: Turns out Ty's full first name is Tajuan. Learn something every day.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Honestly, I think he's a||
Honestly, I think he's a tough character to figure out. Sports fan like to create narratives that their rivals are dirty, nasty, and evil. Guys like Saban, Belichick, and Calipari get those tags. Other fans - and especially OSU/MSU fans - are eager to fit Harbaugh into that narrative. That's why the Swenson story got so much attention nationwide.
But I really don't think Harbaugh is that guy. He's just completely, absurdly, maniacally obsessed with football and winning. I think we're seeing that it's totally genuine, but if you're hardly paying attention, you figure that it's all an act by a manipulative guy, since who could possibly care that much? But he really does.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Thanks for doing this. It's||
Thanks for doing this. It's an interesting way of thinking about things.
This is tangential, but I'm having my own "stars be damned" moment. I think the five-star system the recruiting services use gives annoyingly little information.
No one gets one star. Hardly anyone at a top school gets two stars. And hardly anyone gets five stars (~25 guys total). That means that the vast, vast majority of prospects for top programs get one of two ratings: 4* or 3*. There's a line in there to distinguish the 4* prospects from the 3* prospects, but (a) that line is arbitrary and (b) it hides the enormous rankings disparity within those groups. For example, 247sports had 4* players ranked #26-#338 in the country and 3* players ranked #339-#2100. That's a huge difference between high 4* and low 4* guys and another huge difference between high 3* and low 3* guys.
It'd be nice if these services actually used the full range of five stars, or maybe used a scale that's more nuanced than the 5-star system and more intuitive than their individual goofy ratings systems.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Your #3 is really||
Your #3 is really interesting. I wonder how many would-be college kickers never get noticed because their high school snappers or holders weren't good enough to give them a shot. I bet it's a lot of them.
|6 days 15 hours ago||This year, 10 of the top 12||
This year, 10 of the top 12 recruits from NJ signed with a Big Ten school. Zero of them signed with Rutgers. Good call, Rutgers, on not hiring Partridge. You wouldn't want him to damage your standing with NJ recruits (story).
Congrats, Coach Patridge. Outstanding hire.
|1 week 1 day ago||that guy doesn't know shit about recruiting||
Gregg Henson, 12/25/14:
I got another interesting text from a good source that Josh Rosen “is in” if Jim is indeed named the next Head Coach at Michigan. Rosen is a California kid who is committed to UCLA, but sources say he will more than likely be a Wolverine once the search is resolved next week.
Gregg Henson, 1/3/16:
Sam Webb of Scout.com reported that Michigan is expecting a visit from a top recruit in the month of January. Based on our homework and sources, that recruit is identified as Greg Little, a five-star Ole Miss commit. Gary and Little have attended many recruiting events together and have formed a bond on the circuit.
The rumor on the street is that Michigan still has one academic exemption to use once it formally ends ties with two defensive recruits. When that happens, Greg Little will be worked into the picture as a verbal commit in Michigan’s 2016 class if all goes well on his January visit.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well then we should have||
Well then we should have inevited it.
|1 week 1 day ago||If you wait your turn.||
If you wait your turn.
|1 week 1 day ago||And he wants that?||
And he wants that?
|1 week 1 day ago||And what does he win exactly?||
And what does he win exactly?
|1 week 1 day ago||At which point they will be||
At which point they will be full and can accept no further commitments, no matter how highly regarded those prospects might be.
|1 week 1 day ago||Definitely true, though you||
Definitely true, though you might need to be a world-class grammar Nazi to fully enjoy that SNOOTs chapter.
|1 week 1 day ago||FUCK. He won't announce||
FUCK. He won't announce until exactly the time that he's been planning to announce. This can't be good for us.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'd assume it's a joke that||
I'd assume it's a joke that you seem to be taking credit for the hockey team's success, but with your views of Dave Brandon's firing, I'm not sure.
|1 week 2 days ago||Spare me the "chicken||
Spare me the "chicken littles" stuff. Should we pull up your posts from the hockey threads earlier this season?
|1 week 2 days ago||Read the quote above. If||
Read the quote above (posted by MC5-95). If you're accusing Tom of creating drama where there is none, then you're accusing Gary's mom of doing the same thing. You have no idea whether Scout knows better. You just want to believe that.
I don't know what to think about Gary's recruitment, but it's definitely possible that he's undecided at this point. I mean, he literally just finished visiting a nice campus near a close relative of a program that was in the national championship game a few weeks ago.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm predicting that we'll||
I'm predicting that we'll want to kick MGoFish in the crystal balls after this. Smells like nothing to me.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's a little hard to put||
It's a little hard to put these pieces together: will break the internet, recruiting-related, but not insider info. What the hell?
|1 week 5 days ago||Is anyone scheduled to visit||
Is anyone scheduled to visit tomorrow? I could see holding off to silently commit in person, but otherwise most guys would probably rather commit ASAP (upon deciding) while they know they have a spot.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree. And I love Michigan||
I agree. And I love Michigan basketball, but Crisler isn't sacred ground in the way that Michigan Stadium is.
|1 week 5 days ago||Get back-to-back home games||
Get back-to-back home games with MSU on the schedule to undo that stupidity and balance our home football schedules.
|1 week 5 days ago||While we're at it, kudos to||
While we're at it, kudos to Mark Schlissel for finding Hackett and then stepping back. It seemed like Schlissel got a quick lesson in what college sports means at Michigan vs. Brown, and he somehow found the perfect interim AD to find the perfect football coach, despite being new to his job and having to replace a complete disaster of an AD.
That could have gone a lot of ways, and Schlissel handled it as well as anyone could have asked.
|1 week 6 days ago||Gibson is shorter than I||
Gibson is shorter than I thought.
|1 week 6 days ago||Fair. It's a data point, but||
Fair. It's a data point, but probably not as meaningful a data point as it was a few years ago.
Kind of tangential, I was looking at Scout's tight end rankings. They have Eubanks #29 and Sean McKeon #30. They list McKeon's 40 time as 4.52, which is the fastest among TEs. If that's close to accurate, he could be an incredible weapon at about 6'5". Rivals has him at 4.89, so I'm not sure what to believe.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's because Scout doesn't||
It's because Scout doesn't love him. He's a 4-star to ESPN, Rivals, and 24/7, but Scout has him way down its list (#29 TE).
His offer list definitely looks more like a 4-star than a 3-star, with Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia, USC, Oregon, Texas, and on and on, and a lot of those programs seem to be actively recruiting him. Hopefully Scout just missed on this one.
|1 week 6 days ago||I definitely don't mean this||
I definitely don't mean this as criticism of Ace, because I love Ace's contributions here, but these recruiting posts have been amazingly concise and well done.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Magnus, but I'll be||
Not Magnus, but I'll be surprised if Jordan Elliott is playing for school he signs with, if he's playing at all, by the time the 2017 or 2018 season comes around. If Tagaloa is anywhere near the talent that Elliott is, there's good reason to prefer him.
FWIW, Magnus initially rated Elliott a 79 partly for that reason.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree about the importance||
I agree about the importance of the 2016 class but mostly for a different reason. We need a bunch of these guys to be major contributors in 2017. Having a big class helps, since it gives us more opportunities to find contributors, and getting top recruits obviously helps, too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Well, it'd be a good nickname||
Well, it'd be a good nickname at least, given what he's about to find in those diapers.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah, this is one of those 3||
Yeah, this is one of those 3 stars who doesn't feel like a 3 star. Webb has been saying that he's our staff's top WR target. And his offer list includes programs like Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas.
TL;DR: Fuck yeah.