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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
|1 hour 30 min ago||But what makes a school a||
But what makes a school a "smart" choice involves a lot more than which school has a higher probability of getting to a title game in the next 4-5 years. Among a million other things, the components of a smart choice could be about setting himself up for non-football life with a high-quality degree, being coached well, having an opportunity to play, being in a social setting that's healthy, having access to a support structure, etc.
|1 hour 34 min ago||I'm taking it as good news||
I'm taking it as good news that he's genuinely undecided. That's better than what seemed like the most likely alternative, which was that he's basically sold on Georgia but wanting to look around to be sure.
|22 hours 9 min ago||Your avatar scares the shit||
Your avatar scares the shit out of me.
|22 hours 46 min ago||Tennessee added another||
Tennessee added another recruit today (their 29th), a few days after telling Marques Ford that they wouldn't honor his months-old commitment because they found some dudes they like better. I wonder who gets booted next.
We should all take a moment to be grateful that we didn't hire Butch Jones.
|2 days 2 hours ago||He camped at Wisconsin before||
He camped at Wisconsin before getting the Wisconsin offer, which is probably a good sign. The only other camp appearance that 247 shows is to OSU, where he doesn't have an offer.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I have a kind of different||
I have a kind of different perspective on RB depth. RB is the one position where I really don't care about a kid's experience. If not taking an RB in 2015 makes Michigan extremely appealing to a great crop of possible 2016 RB prospects (and having one more place for an RB), then I'd be fine taking a couple in the next class and passing on RBs in 2015.
That would leave us with Green, Smith, Isaac, and Johnson in 2015, the same guys and a couple of true freshmen RBs in 2016, and Isaac, the 2016 RB class, and the 2017 RB class in 2017. That seems fine to me. We'll be relying heavily on youth if Isaac gets hurt or flops, but if you're going to rely on youth anywhere, it's at RB.
Then again, if they find an RB they really like - Booker or another guy - it's obviously a good move to take him.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Yes, we're all Marshall.||
Yes, we're all Marshall.
|4 days 43 min ago||Handled with class. Thanks||
Handled with class.
Thanks and good luck, Justice.
|4 days 1 hour ago||That sound hard to achieve.||
That sound hard to achieve. Can someone comment on the joy of having healthy, unsuccessful kids?
|4 days 1 hour ago||So... Brady Hoke?||
So... Brady Hoke?
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|5 days 3 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.
|6 days 22 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.
|6 days 23 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 1 day 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:
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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).
|1 week 2 days 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).
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.).
|1 week 2 days ago||Well, you're really throwing||
Well, you're really throwing some Coldwater on this one, aren't you?
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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."
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.