well that's just, like, your opinion, man
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- From a lightly recruited state
- Scouted in person by the coaches multiple times, including beating out other top targets for MVP at a Michigan camp
- Excellent measureables (especially SPARQ rating)
- Plays position Drevno/Harbaugh have a brilliant record with
- Plays position tough for recruiting services to project
- Commitment accepted despite excellent alternatives
- Changed his body in positive ways
- Recruitment on upward trajectory
|4 days 4 hours ago||The tragedy of Brady Hoke is||
The tragedy of Brady Hoke is that he's too decent a man to be a decent Michigan head coach.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I keep hearing this, but why||
I keep hearing this, but why would Hollis have veto power over MSU's Big Ten schedule? Manuel should push Delany to do it, and Delany should just do it. He probably won't, because he's a disastrously shitty commissioner, but he should.
|4 days 4 hours ago||The star system sucks now||
The star system sucks now that the recruiting services basically don't use it. Noboby gets 1 star. Nobody at a major program gets 2 stars. And only a few guys get 5 stars. So you basically have two bins of players - 3 stars and 4 stars - which doesn't give much information. The more continuous 1-100 scores say something, but the star system itself is getting less and less useful. Based on their rankings, there's no way that guys like Khaleke Hudson and Dytarious Johnson should have the same star rating but they do.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I'm not the first in the||
I'm not the first in the thread to notice this, but for the sake of putting it near the top, that story isn't saying that Michigan is the favorite, based on the odds, to win the title. Alabama is (at 5-1), and Michigan is second (at 7-1).
It's just that more people have wagered on Michigan. That could be because the payoff is higher for putting money on Michigan than Alabama, because we're a bunch of homers who bet on our own team, or because of a bunch of other possibilities.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Speaking of interesting||
Speaking of interesting Crystal Balls (in this case basketball), we're on a bit of a run - and now the Crystal Ball leader - for 5-star small forward Kris Wilkes from Indiana. I think he visited a few weeks ago, but I haven't heard much since then. Anyone know what that's about?
|5 days 3 hours ago||A potentially good||
A potentially good sign...
Steve Wiltfong, who cares more about his Crystal Ball % than most people care about their own children, just entered a prediction for Donovan Peoples-Jones to Michigan.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Martell dropped 46 spots to||
Martell dropped 46 spots to #103. McCaffrey dropped, too, from #30 to #54, but that's still a pretty lofty ranking. I can't imagine they're too down on him.
|5 days 4 hours ago||It's cool that 247 is willing||
It's cool that 247 is willing to move guys around so much in their rankings. I find it annoying when a recruiting service ranks guys after their sophomore seasons and then hardly touches the rankings even when they get a bunch of newer, better information.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Fair, but I could live||
Fair, but I could live without the OP calling Poole a diva based on so little evidence. Speaking of shitty science.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Finally, someone is being||
Finally, someone is being fair to Brian here.
Regarding that comparison, Luck's personality was perfect for being a Stanford QB. His skillset was also perfect for being a QB, which is obviously a bigger deal, but that personality stuff (leadership, resilience, obsessiveness, etc.) probably matters a lot for that position. Hopefully Peters is wired similarly.
|1 week 1 day ago||High ankle sprains are rough||
High ankle sprains are rough like that sometimes.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm kind of holding out hope||
I'm kind of holding out hope for O'Korn at Houston UFRs. The Rudock UFRs were awesome. Maybe the thinking is that 2016 O'Korn and 2013/2014 O'Korn are too different for the UFRs to be relevant?
|1 week 4 days ago||Probably not the kind of||
Probably not the kind of thing that worries most 18-year-olds, but I thought Wheatley's comment about avoiding guys vs. running into guys was interesting in the context of the concussion problems. All else equal, give me the job that doesn't require me to slam into giant men 50 times/game.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm half-expecting Franklin||
I'm half-expecting Franklin to use this (Schiano) to negatively recruit OSU.
|1 week 6 days ago||As a side note, if this story||
As a side note, if this story proves true, we might have dodged a massive bullet when Bill Martin's discussions with Schiano about becoming UM's head coach fell apart. This would be a mess for UM if he were currently our head coach.
|1 week 6 days ago||But when it comes to Schiano,||
But when it comes to Schiano, the guy didn't arrive at PSU until 1990. The 1970s/1980s mentality stuff doesn't work there, even if he worked for guys of a different generation. And it's not like he has been vocal about this since 1990.
|1 week 6 days ago||I understand what you're||
I understand what you're saying, but if he really witnessed child molestation with his own eyes, there's no excuse for not taking that to the authorities until someone addresses it. This isn't the more mundane kind of whistleblowing for theft or something. It's child rape. I assume there are legal obligations for reporting that kind of thing, and there damn well are moral obligations.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||I honestly believe that if a||
I honestly believe that if a Michigan coach had the kind of smoke around his program that Izzo has, he'd have been run out of town. With Payne & Appling, former players saying they provided urine for other players to pass drug tests, Izzo's suspension over recruiting violations, many/most star alumni finding themselves in legal trouble, and a bunch of under-the-radar rumors about extracurriculars, both local and national reporters covering UM sports would be all over this stuff. As a trivial example, Rodriguez was attacked for exceeding practice time limits, and Izzo basically said he was going to exceed practice time limits after an upset loss (jokingly?) and no one gave a damn.
The guy has a free pass from the media. My best guess is that it's because the MSU beat writers are a bunch of slappies, the national writers can't sell stories based on MSU like they can with UM, and the UM writers don't have as bloodthirsty an audience as MSU writers looking into UM. But the double standard is real.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'll defer to you, since you||
I'll defer to you, since you surely know what all moms want for their kids' college experiences, but I was thinking that factors like proximity to home, kids' happiness, relationships, job supports, clubs/activities, coaching stability, and cultural fit, among a thousand others, might make a difference, too.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's not necessarily||
It's not necessarily inconsistent, because the thread title is misleading. Her quote there was, "From an academic and basketball perspective, it couldn’t be more ideal." Academics and basketball are a big part of things, but there's more to a visit and college choice than that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||No, it's not strictly a||
No, it's not strictly a Michigan phenomenon. The "Do stars matter?" debate is frustrating because neither side picks up on the nuance. On one hand, there's a positive correlation between prospects' star ratings and productivity, and it just makes sense that higher-rated prospects are better prospects. All else equal, we should prefer getting 5-star guys to 4-star guys and 4-star guys to 3-star guys. On the other hand, there's a ton of noise in player ratings. Good coaches (Harbaugh, Beilein, Dantonio, etc.) consistently get more out lower-rated prospects, the fit between players and schemes matters (e.g., for Rodriguez), some positions are harder to evaluate and less meaningful with ratings (e.g., OL, which is why I think some Hoke classes were overrated), there are egos and personalities involved, and it's just hard to predict how these kids will do.
I used to be clearly on the "stars matter" side of this MGoBlog debate, and I still really believe that, but more often than not I think people here overstate it. If I had to bet, I'd say this OSU class severely underperforms MGoBlog expectations and this MSU class severely outperforms MGoBlog expectations.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think it also suggests that||
I think it also suggests that Dantonio is a relatively clean recruiter. If he's cheating at Ole Miss levels, he's really bad at it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Oh good, the OSU poster who||
Oh good, the OSU poster who literally started an MGoBlog account to post that Michigan is obsessed with OSU.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||In fairness, every time James||
In fairness, every time James Franklin opens his mouth or coaches his players he's basically negatively recruiting against PSU.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's a few years old and 45||
It's a few years old and 45 pages long, but I'd start here:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe, but ESPN hadn't rated||
Maybe, but ESPN hadn't rated him yet, so it's not like they increased his rating just because he committed to Michigan. And Steuber seems like a prospect on the rise (with strong camp performances, recent offers, good weight change, etc.), so you'd expect a site that rates him more recently to rate him more positively.
EDIT: Plus, ESPN ranks him as the #41 OT. Scout ranks him as the #43 OT (a 3 star). Not much difference there.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This kid checks a ton of the||
This kid checks a ton of the sleeper boxes:
I won't pretend to know how to watch OL highlights, but I'm very happy to have him in the class.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So if someone offers a guy||
So if someone offers a guy his dream job, and it's clearly a good move for him and his family, and the people offering the job deemed him the best candidate, then the guy - who probably believes he'll succeed - is an "asshole" for saying yes?
Your opinion on this is beyond ridiculous. Hoke was such a non-asshole about it, in fact, that he accepted the job before settling on a salary.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Ohio State or gay porn?||
Ohio State or gay porn? Because there's something wrong with one of them.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This is tangential, but I was||
This is tangential, but I was noticing Jim Hackett's photo in the MGoBlog banner and thinking about his "approval rating" among Michigan fans. It has to be like 99%, right? I assume that about 1% of people hit the wrong button, don't make sense, misunderstand the question, etc., but what's the best possible argument for not approving of Hackett's work as AD? That he left?