i refuse to even consider this a possibility
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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
- 12/1/14 -- Commits to Iowa
- 1/1/15 -- Decommits from Iowa
- 1/18/15 -- Commits to Iowa
- 3/15/15 -- Decommits from Iowa
- 6/25/15 -- Commits to Iowa
6/15/16 -- Decommits from Iowa
|1 day 57 min 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.
|1 day 58 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 8 hours 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.
|2 days 1 hour ago||It's a few years old and 45||
It's a few years old and 45 pages long, but I'd start here:
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|5 days 2 hours 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.
|6 days 5 hours 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Ohio State or gay porn?||
Ohio State or gay porn? Because there's something wrong with one of them.
|1 week 2 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?
|1 week 2 days ago||(Joe) Gibbs actually went to||
(Joe) Gibbs actually went to Harbaugh's satellite camp in Baltimore. I don't know whether Jackson was there.
|1 week 2 days ago||Raulerson still has two years||
Raulerson still has two years of eligibility left. He would have filled a spot on the 2017 roster that we'll need someone else to fill now that he's out.
EDIT: What Blueph said.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is especially true now||
This is especially true now that Raulerson is going to Arkansas. We're going to need some young guys to play, and play well, in the next couple of years.
|1 week 3 days ago||Cool, that's interesting.||
Cool, that's interesting.
|1 week 3 days ago||To be fair, if you ask a kid||
To be fair, if you ask a kid "Did the visit exceed expectations?" and he says "It exceeded my expectations," that isn't necessarily meaningful. When it comes to gauging his interest, I'd be more curious to know his reaction to not receiving an offer and where he places UM among the other schools he's considering.
|1 week 3 days ago||The "played sparingly" thing||
The "played sparingly" thing is mostly true, but he was 8th in minutes played at Kentucky last season (as a true freshman) and one of four guys who played in all 36 games. So it's not like he was totally glued to the bench.
|1 week 3 days ago||It sounds like he's first and||
It sounds like he's first and foremost a defensive specialist. That'll be nice to have. It's been awhile. Who was our last true shut-down defender?
|1 week 6 days ago||Or schedule camps for exactly||
Or schedule camps for exactly 10 straight days...
and exactly 150 straight nights.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Did Scout/Rivals say that||
Did Scout/Rivals say that it's a true freshman WR from NJ but not name the kid? If so, that's especially shitty to whichever of our two true freshmen WR from NJ isn't the kid in question.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think the idea is that an||
I think the idea is that an offer can make a kid more interested. That's why football programs like Alabama, Michigan, OSU, etc. are "offering" a ton of prospects right now. I don't love that extreme either, but there's plenty of ground between what Beilein's doing and what Harbaugh's doing that seems both honest and advantageous.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That is cool, actually.||
That is cool, actually. Evidently not much of a pal to you, though.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's Brian's twist on the||
It's Brian's twist on the idiom, "That and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee." Basically, just having experienced OL isn't worth much (if the experienced guys aren't any good).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm comforted by all of the||
I'm comforted by the talk from last year that O'Korn would have started if he were eligible. That talk came relatively early in the year, so it might have been a comparison to Early Season Rudock and not Citrus Bowl Rudock, but it's pretty clear that the QB options are at least decent. And our QB depth is excellent this year, which is a nice change from the recent past.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm thinking a commitment to||
I'm thinking a commitment to Iowa is in his future. Here's Harris's actual commitment timeline:
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm taking it as a positive||
I'm taking it as a positive development that we aren't seeing a wave of June commitments like we did last year. (I think about 15 kids committed to Michigan in June 2015.) It seems like the coaches are being much more cautious and deliberate with offers. Among other things, that's probably a good sign regarding their confidence in getting their highest-priority recruits.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fair enough. I probably||
Fair enough. I probably should have said off the radar for those of us who don't run Michigan recruiting websites.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think he's assuming||
I don't think he's assuming that. The point is that an honest reporter (i.e., one who's trying to represent reality) doesn't run with that quote out of context and get everyone excited. A reporter after clicks does. That's why people are saying - correctly, IMO - this was just click bait. It might be good business in the short run, but it's not good reporting.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Because this confused me and||
Because this confused me and might confuse others, there are two 5-star Wilsons: Marvin and Isaiah. Marvin, a DT from Texas, hasn't been on the radar until very recently. Isaiah is the OT from New York we've been hearing about for months.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know the particulars,||
I don't know the particulars, but context matters, because it isn't hard to get a kid to say something very positive about Michigan even if the kid is hardly considering UM. When asked, recruits tend to say very nice things about the schools recruiting them, and they have no reason to shut any doors.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Tennessee||