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- QB Zach Gentry
- OL Nolan Ulizio (with Cole playing as a true freshman, we're essentially looking at only JBB, Newsome, and Runyan across two classes, which is scary)
- DE Reuben Jones
- TE Jake Pickard
- FB Reagan Williams
- CB Will Lockett
- CB Damon Arnette
- RB Mike Weber
- 247: #55 TE
- ESPN: #24 TE
- Scout: #74 DE
- Rivals: unranked (2-star) DE
|2 hours 1 min ago||Yes, we're all Marshall.||
Yes, we're all Marshall.
|4 hours 36 min ago||Handled with class. Thanks||
Handled with class.
Thanks and good luck, Justice.
|5 hours 6 min ago||That sound hard to achieve.||
That sound hard to achieve. Can someone comment on the joy of having healthy, unsuccessful kids?
|5 hours 16 min ago||So... Brady Hoke?||
So... Brady Hoke?
|5 hours 19 min ago||Derek Jeter does pretty well||
Derek Jeter does pretty well on those criteria. He was smart enough to hold off on getting married, too.
I mean, from Wikipedia:
He had a well-publicized relationship with singer Mariah Carey from 1997 to 1998. Jeter has also dated former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Joy Enriquez, television personality Vanessa Minnillo, and the actresses Jordana Brewster, Jessica Biel, Minka Kelly, and Hannah Davis.
|5 hours 24 min ago||For what it's worth, ESPN||
For what it's worth, ESPN just got around to rating Ulizio. They rated him as an OT and assigned him a 78, which is a relatively high 3-star. For comparison's sake, the other OTs with 78 ratings are going to Alabama, Boston College, Stanford, Nebraska, USC, Texas, Arizona, and LSU. Jon Runyan Jr. is a 76 (as an OT).
So ESPN seems to think pretty highly of Ulizio. Then again, they could just be giving a Harbaugh/Drevno-recruited offensive lineman the benefit of the doubt.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Switch the 1970s to Led||
Switch the 1970s to Led Zeppelin and I'm on board with everything until the 2010s. I'll leave the last one to the young'uns.
|3 days 2 hours ago||This wouldn't work with an||
This wouldn't work with an even spread, but isn't this an argument for betting the underdog in Brady/Belichick Super Bowls? You're saying that these games tend to be closer than the line predicts.
Sample size problems, obviously.
|3 days 3 hours ago||From my experience, this -||
From my experience, this - "Ohioans have a Bo-like loyalty that can only come from a fandom borne under siege" - is extremely true. Men, women, older fans, younger fans.... the M fans down there are committed.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Thanks for compiling this.||
Thanks for compiling this. He certainly seems deserving of a roster spot, even if it's hard to tell what he'll ultimately do in college.
More importantly, in the context of high school football uniforms, a black and silver version of the Michigan home uniform is pretty damn cool. It looks like the numbers could use some work but damn.
|4 days 6 hours ago||It's pretty crazy that this||
It's pretty crazy that this class is as small as it is, especially in a coaching transition year. My guess list is pretty similar to yours. FWIW, Lorenz just predicted John Kelly to Tennessee. We're getting a lot of Reuben Jones, Nolan Ulizio, and Jake Pickard predictions right now.
My guesses, from my most confident guess to my least confident guess:
|4 days 6 hours ago||I'm confused. Why does your||
I'm confused. Why does your thread title say the opposite thing that the linked story does?
My takeaway: Belichick is a dick. News at 11. And I can remember five MGoBlog threads on this topic, which seems like at least four too many.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Interesting. Can you say||
Interesting. Can you say more? I just watched his senior Hudl film, and I'm pleasantly surprised by his athleticism. Then again, to my amateur eye, he does look like he throws off his back foot too often.
|5 days 2 hours ago||You know, believe it or not,||
You know, believe it or not, Fred Jackson actually was a very good recruiter for a very long time while coaching the position where recruiting ability is arguably most important.
I think it's a little sad that Jackson is getting the farewell he's getting from Michigan fans. There's a reason why 58 straight Michigan head coaches over 875 years all decided to retain Jackson. Maybe RB production has slipped a bit lately, but Jackson has done a lot over the years for Michigan football.
|5 days 2 hours ago||You guys might be reading too||
You guys might be reading too much into that. Fangio, Seely, and Roman all coached under Harbaugh, and the other coaches are the guys who just hired those three. Fox hired Fangio as a Bears assistant (DC), Del Rio hired Seely as a Raiders assistant (ST coordinator), and Ryan hired Roman as a Bills assistant (OC).
|5 days 6 hours ago||That's kind of my point,||
That's kind of my point, actually. Based on their 2016 offers, it seems they think the top-rated prospects really are the top prospects (deserving of their first offers). They'd probably love to get some of the top-rated prospects for 2015, too, but they're understandably - and probably wisely - focused on kids who aren't committed yet or who seem like they might realistically shake loose from their current schools in the last few weeks before NSD (e.g., because of a coaching change at their own schools).
|5 days 7 hours ago||Also, it might be telling||
Also, it might be telling that most of the 2016 offers are going out to very highly rated recruits and most of the 2015 offers are going out to relatively low-rated recruits. I'm guessing that means that our coaches' evaluations are roughly in line with the recruiting rankings, but they're scrambling a bit to fill the 2015 class (with guys who look good enough and actually might be interested).
If they were offering a bunch of low-rated 2016 guys, I'd be inclined to think that they're just looking for something different from the recruiting services' criteria. That doesn't seem to be the case. They're scrambling, which is understandable, since they have so little time, so many NFL guys on staff who don't know the 2015 recruits, and so few commits in this class or prospects who recently visited and expressed interest.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Pickard is definitely closer||
Pickard is definitely closer to Hill than Butt in the rankings, but the 58th-ranked TE thing might be a little misleading because the services ranked him at different positions. Here are his rankings:
Michigan is recruiting him as a TE. His other notable offers are Wisconsin, Oregon, Nebraska, and then some lower-tier power conference schools (Illinois, Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers, BC, etc.).
|5 days 7 hours ago||Well, you're really throwing||
Well, you're really throwing some Coldwater on this one, aren't you?
|6 days 37 min ago||Are you sure it wasn't the||
Are you sure it wasn't the Brothers Grimm? That quote has Wilhelm's fingerprints all over it.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I think the "cupboard is||
I think the "cupboard is stocked" argument is tricky. Based on recruiting profiles (and retention), I agree that we're stocked. But I worry that our guys have been developed poorly relative to guys in other programs. Getting great raw athletes out of high school is helpful - and Hoke's staff excelled at that - but a lot of the guys on today's roster are probably behind where their recruiting profiles and experience suggest they should be. In that way, our cupboard might not be as well stocked as it seems.
This is probably more of a concern for our upperclassmen, who don't have much more time to develop, than our younger guys.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Also...||
"I'm going to find out what the NCAA will legally allow me to practice tomorrow and probably exceed it," the Michigan State coach said Saturday after a 71-64 loss to Texas Southern. "That's what I'm going to try to do."
|6 days 7 hours ago||Izzo is a piece of shit. How||
Izzo is a piece of shit. How a head coach can say that he was "happy as hell" to see kids get hurt is beyond me. On top of that, he (1) takes this opportunity to complain yet again about how unlucky he's been with injuries, and (2) drags Stauskas/Beilein into this by saying that Stauskas played all summer, stating that he doesn't think guys should play in the summer, and then pointing out that people might negatively recruit against coaches whose guys play too much.
There was a time when it was unpopular around here to criticize Izzo. I'm glad that time has passed.
|6 days 18 hours ago||This. I get the sense that||
This. I get the sense that Harbaugh and co. are just trying to get their hands on each team's recruiting class and shake it as hard as possible to see if anyone shakes loose. I'd expect them to try it with MSU's class, though I'd be a little surprised if anything comes of it.
This staff is in a really tough position with 2015 recruiting. Harbaugh was hired about a month before signing day (during the dead period), his staff is just in place now, many of them have been in the NFL and don't have relationships with 2015 recruits, and our 2014 season fell apart so early that there's hardly anyone left in this class and hardly anyone came to visit during the season.
They should be trying everything they can, including going after rivals' commits, and it still might not get them very far with the 2015 class.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I agree. If I were a coach,||
I agree. If I were a coach, I think I'd ask my recruits to tell me as soon as they're sure - and promise me that they're really sure - but then have fun with the process. "Fun" could be an ESPN hat dance, a celebratory dinner with mom and dad, or whatever. As long as I knew the deal and could plan accordingly, I'd be fine with kids doing the silly NSD hats on ESPN thing.
|1 week 4 hours ago||He could always commit to the||
He could always commit to the coaches and then hold off with announcing publicly until NSD. I probably would have kept a lower profile myself, but before we criticize these kids too much, let's remember that they're young and this is a fun, one-time opportunity for them to do this stuff. I definitely didn't have cable news networks asking me to announce my college decision live on one of their broadcasts.
|1 week 1 day ago||I just read the OSU thread||
I just read the OSU thread with the Weber rumor, and I don't think there's much reason to believe the guy. He provided no details on Weber, his source, or why he'd have access to information. He probably saw something public with Weber - that Wheatley visited Weber or Weber followed Wheatley on Twitter - and figured that he'd set himself up to claim some unwarranted insider credit if it happens.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's what sh... never mind.||
That's what sh... never mind.
|1 week 2 days ago||Harbaugh’s record with QBs is||
Harbaugh’s record with QBs is undeniably excellent. After a long NFL career as a QB, he was the Oakland Raiders’ QB coach from 2002-2003, where he helped to turn Rich Gannon into the NFL MVP and the Raiders got to a Super Bowl. He spent the next three years as head coach of the University of San Diego and molded an NFL QB (Josh Johnson) at a school that produces very little NFL talent. From there he went to Stanford and turned Andrew Luck into one of the best college QBs of his generation. Then his most recent stop was with the 49ers, where he turned Alex Smith’s career around (for the better), before making something of a very young and raw Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick sucked last year, but Harbaugh’s record with QBs is stellar.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I'm a high school QB who's||
If I'm a high school QB who's trying to get to the NFL, I don't give a damn about OSU's pre-Meyer track record with NFL QBs. I care a lot about Meyer's record and the record of his coordinators. I mean, if a 2015 QB avoids Michigan because Rodriguez QBs are better in college than the NFL, that would be damn stupid. That kid should be reading up on Harbaugh's record at USD and Stanford, along with what he's done in the NFL.