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|20 min 55 sec ago||Not that my wife is reading||
Not that my wife is reading the blog, but I said I could have held out, not that I would have found one. You're not a great reader, huh?
|22 min 10 sec ago||He's also already a good||
He's also already a good chunk bigger as a high school senior-to-be than either of those guys were as college players so simply comparing their athleticism (which I'm still not sure about) isn't exactly fair. And Joe Bolden's issue was never his ahtleticism anyway, so I don't see why you chose that. This is like saying a QB isn't as good as Shane Morris because he can't throw as hard.
He's not a burner by any means, and he won't be Jaylon Smith out there, but for a guy who already has plenty of size, he's not that slow. Some guys come to college needing to get bigger while maintaining their speed. He needs to get a little faster while maintaining his size. Take a look at the 255+ LBs at the combine (and not the crazy first round ones). Mason's speed is not far off from that, and he's 18 months away from being a college freshman.
|46 min ago||People say this a lot, but||
People say this a lot, but what if this kid doesn't want to wait until signing day? And don't you think someone on our staff considered that if it were an option?
|47 min 28 sec ago||Of course. You can always||
Of course. You can always hold out for something better. I could have held out for a better wife, but that doesn't mean I would have found one. I could have held out for a better job, same story.
This is a kid who is a) willing to play FB, and b) is a pretty accomplished (not to mention big, strong) football player. He was the LB MVP at a pretty major camp and the second best defender overall. That says a lot considering this kid's biggest assets all include hitting people and at camps you don't do that. I like this kid a lot on offense and quite possibly as a WDE if he puts on a little more (but not a ton more) weight.
|9 hours 41 min ago||If Glasgow can turn into a||
If Glasgow can turn into a long time starter (well within the realm of possibility) we could keep this title for a while. Especially if Harbaugh can recruit the OL at the rate he recruits everywhere else.
|10 hours 2 min ago||A lady avatar, no less. I'm||
A lady avatar, no less. I'm signing up!
|10 hours 8 min ago||But not as good as American||
But not as good as American International Design School. That's where you attend if you've graduated from Hampshire Independent Vocational.
|19 hours 19 min ago||It's not a super common name||
It's not a super common name so very few, I'd guess.
|1 day 2 hours ago||No, 40 metres.||
No, 40 metres.
|1 day 6 hours ago||People say that, but we||
People say that, but we signed 4 DBs last year and the tallest was 6'0", right?
|1 day 6 hours ago||I get what you're saying, but||
I get what you're saying, but the end isn't to have the best recruiting class. Yes, having the best recruiting class makes it more likely that you have the best team but that's not the only means. We will have a very good recruiting class when this is all done, just like we did last year. Harbaugh is also a little unique in the type of player he recruits, and sometimes that doesn't jive with what the recruiting services think.
Or you can bitch every time we get a commitment from a kid who is below your arbitrary threshold. That's your prerogative.
|1 day 7 hours ago||They were at the same camp -||
They were at the same camp - it was the NY/NJ Opening regional. People have said on here that Mason was the LB MVP (I haven't seen that linked to anywhere yet) but he was not invited to The Opening. 6 guys from that camp were, including Dillon, but Mason was not one of them. Being the MVP for your position does not mean you get the invite.
Still, being the LB MVP is certainly a good sign, especially since his LB skills are more of a big thumper, which does not show well without pads.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Grady was not an elite level||
Grady was not an elite level shot putter, but he was good. He threw is over 50. Enough to win the league in a year where we didn't have a great guy at that event, but he didn't do anything at the state meet I don't believe. For an elite shot putter (guys like Duckett, Sarantos, Mike Martin or that Penn State DE whose name is escaping me) he was small, but he could still make that little ball fly pretty far.
|1 day 8 hours ago||I was a senior when Grady was||
I was a senior when Grady was a freshman, and even then he was a good chunk bigger than me. I was <170 and he was >200. That said, I was a safety and I got to pop him once. I'm sure the hit rattled me more than it did him, but you only get to tackle Big Ten running backs so many times.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Even at FB he's pretty big.||
Even at FB he's pretty big. But he might be more of the FB/H-back that some of those guys play. He's almost TE sized.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Why do you say there is no||
Why do you say there is no way he can play LB? Because he's too big or too slow? I think that if he plays D he'll end up as an end, but I'm not saying there's "no way" he plays LB. He clearly doesn't need to put on weight, so if he focuses more on his speed he could be a good LB. A thumper, no doubt. But like I said, if I were predicting, I'd think he end up at DE.
|1 day 8 hours ago||This is a good distinction,||
This is a good distinction, but EVEN THEN there's a lot more to it. Major programs have had lower rated recruits become stars. Some coaching staffs are better at catching those guys than others. How many 3-stars did MSU have drafted last weekend? Even programs like OSU and Alabama have had 3-star guys become major contributors and draft picks. Hell, many of our current starters were 3-stars including our three draft picks in 2016 (Glasgow was actually below that).
Why does this have to be a thing every time Michigan takes a commitment from a sub-4-star player?
|1 day 9 hours ago||I think he means - do we care||
I think he means - do we care if our recruits are elite now, or elite by signing day? Like if a kid is a 3 star today, that's pretty immaterial if he's a 4 star on signing day. Every year there is a huge group on this board who bitch about getting a commitment from a 3-star player, and then when he becomes a 4 star, those same posters think he's a future star. So unless you're really good at breaking down film and evaluating prospects yourself, don't get too caught up in kids this early.
|1 day 9 hours ago||No, that's O'Maury Samuels.||
No, that's O'Maury Samuels.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Recruiting rankings are||
Recruiting rankings are predictive in the aggregate, but not in terms of each individual recruit. Many many highly rated guys bust and many many lower rated guys turn into NFL players.
We had 3 guys drafted this year - one was a walk on, one was a low 3-star and Rudock was a 3-star as well, though he wasn't a Michigan recruit so I don't remember that specifically.
I wouldn't want our staff to blindly offer mid-3 stars, but if there is a lower rated recruit that our staff likes, that should mean more than the incomplete ability of the pay sites this early in the game.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Speed was not Grady's||
Speed was not Grady's problem. He wasn't Carlos Brown fast, but he was a fast player. I ran track against him. I was very fast. He was faster.
Also of note, our league was a very strong track league, and Grady won the conference in the 100 and shot put. That is rare.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Christian High was not in||
Christian High was not in that league. They were still in the City League then.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I played against Grady. It||
I played against Grady. It wasn't exactly Dallas/area competition but that league was very solid. At that time, Lowell, Hudsonville and FHN were all very good programs. It wasn't his competition. He was just a unique athlete.
|2 days 5 hours ago||You have McCray leaving early||
You have McCray leaving early but not Peppers? Interesting.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I wouldn't say they missed||
I wouldn't say they missed him a lot. They were basically the same team. With him they lost a head scratcher too and frankly got lucky it didn't cost them a playoff spot.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Agreed. I think anyone who||
Agreed. I think anyone who said that was purely speculating.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I didn't make a single||
I didn't make a single comment about their games. This thread is in regards to his combine numbers, and I'm making a comparison to a back of very similar size who we know is very good. I don't think Dillon will be Derrick Henry. But if his ceiling is 75% of Henry, that's still pretty good.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Oh, Akers is who I was||
Oh, Akers is who I was thinking of. I thought I read that r had beaten Samuels's, but I'm happy to see I'm mistaken about that.
|2 days 8 hours ago||At 4.56, Dillon is a bit of||
At 4.56, Dillon is a bit of lightning himself. That's not exactly DeVeon Smith speed.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Taking a look a few years||
Taking a look a few years ago, Dillon looks kinda similar to Derrick Henry. He was 6'3" 243, 4.52 40, 4.12 shuttle and 41.9 vertical. Dillon's numbers are not quite there, but pretty darn close for a dude of very similar size.