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|10 hours 40 min ago||How much do you think an||
How much do you think an official visit costs for a recruit and his family? A ton more than $400.
|10 hours 43 min ago||Campbell is top-10 now, and||
Campbell is top-10 now, and though I expect him to stay a big recruit, he might not stay top 10. It's still early.
|10 hours 44 min ago||Hearing from whom? Rumors||
Hearing from whom? Rumors only have as much credibility as the people spreading them.
|10 hours 59 min ago||To everyone saying "6'3" guys||
To everyone saying "6'3" guys who run a 4.37 40 don't grow on trees" I have something for you to chew on.
You know who esle fits that mold almost to a T? Josh Furman. 6'3", ran a sub-4.4 40 a number of times, and even put up crazy stats in high school. Now he can't find a spot on the team. Not every guy who is an elite athlete turns out to be an elite college football player. George Campbell has certainly proven to an incredible athlete, but whether he's an incredible football player hasn't really been proven yet.
I'm not saying this to suggest we don't want him (because we still do). But if you compare him with Peppers or Damien Harris and it's not really close, at least in my opinion.
|11 hours 4 min ago||Wrong Harris. That's Drake||
Wrong Harris. That's Drake Harris, who has already signed his enrollment papers and will be a Michigan student in like 2 weeks. This is about Damien Harris who was never an MSU commit and is a 2015 RB from Kentucky.
|11 hours 6 min ago||I believe every coach has a||
I believe every coach has a chunk of schools in-state as well as a region of the country.
|11 hours 7 min ago||I don't remember exactly how||
I don't remember exactly how that return happened, but you can get rundown by a player slower than you if they had a good angle, or if they started running sooner. It's also possible that the OSU player is also very fast. They have some pretty good athletes on their team too. And you're always slower carrying the ball than when you're just chasing someone down.
|11 hours 10 min ago||I love your post. Want to||
I love your post. Want to know why? Because you're like the first person in the last 100 I've heard use the word "humbling" correctly. Just the other day I was listening to Steve Sarkisian say about 5 times how humbling it was to be offered the job as head coach of USC. Joe Flacco said how humbling it was to win the Super Bowl, or recruits mentioning how humbled they are to get a scholarship offer from ______ university. The reruits are high school kids so whatever, but it's amazing how many adults don't know the meaning of that word and use it wrong all the time. It's not even a big word or anything.
Tangent, I know. But thank God at least someone still knows what that word means.
|11 hours 10 min ago||LaVell Blanchard will always||
LaVell Blanchard will always be one of my favorite UM basketball players for two reasons. First, because he was the best play on the otherwise crummy teams when I was in college, and I remember watching him and Bernard Robinson go about .500 or so, and secondly, because I did Dance Marathon in undergrad and at like 4am when it really sucked he showed up (all by himself) to come and support everyone. Anyone who wasn't a LaVell fan before that was by the end - he made a lot of fans that night/morning.
|11 hours 23 min ago||No, he's just trying to||
No, he's just trying to convince everyone we did. For some reason.
|11 hours 24 min ago||I didn't say I was happy||
I didn't say I was happy about it. But this stings less than Da'Shawn Hand by a long shot, and certainly less than Treadwell from last year. Not only is Treadwell a much better receiver than Campbell, but he was in a class we desperately needed instant-impact WRs. Campbell is not. Even if he ends up back in the class, he might not play for a bit. Treadwell was the best WR on a solid team as a true frosh, a team that had other experienced WRs.
Again - I'm not doing the "we didn't want him anyway" dance. I would still love him in our class. But this is not a position of need, it's not late in the recruiting cycle when we don't have time to get a good replacement, and although I'm sold that Campbell is a great athlete, he hasn't yet shown to be an elite WR, so I'm not going to cry about it.
|11 hours 30 min ago||It certainly doesn't cost||
It certainly doesn't cost that much through UPS or FedEx now. I recently sent a huge box through FedEx overnight for 10 bucks. I wouldn't sweat it. USPS needs to go.
|11 hours 40 min ago||George Campbell is a good||
George Campbell is a good player but we'll be fine. We have game changing WRs in the 2014 class, and with such few numbers in the '15 class we can go hard for the WRs we really like and though they might not be George Campbell they won't be far behind. We have a historic program with great academics that loves to throw the ball. Some very good WRs will want on board with that.
|13 hours 41 min ago||I'd be more upset if he||
I'd be more upset if he played any other position. Our 2014 WRs are very good.
|15 hours 1 min ago||Agreed, and you could throw||
Agreed, and you could throw Heitzman into that group as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see him move to the 3-tech (at least occasionally) because he's both shorter and heavier than most of the 5-tech options (both good for an interior DL), he's less explosive than some of the 5-tech options (which is an attribute best for guys on the edge) and as the elder statesman on the DL, he's likely capable of learning multiple DL positions (and is likely pretty smart since he was originally a Vandy commit).
Moving Heitzman to 3-tech initially will allow Henry to start at NT until Pipkins is full-go, and then you have experienced guys at all starting spots along the line. Something like Wormley-Henry-Heitzman-Clark is what I'm thinking with maybe Godin-Mone-Poggi-MO as their backups. That's not bad, and once Pipkins is fully back you move Henry to 3-tech and bump the weaker of the two 3/5-tech starters.
|15 hours 9 min ago||No, Norfleet is very fast.||
No, Norfleet is very fast. He just doesn't get a shot to get up to full speed all that often. He's dangerous in kick off returns because he can change direction so quickly, but after you change direction it takes a while to get up to full speed. And we've only seen him on a few offensive plays, but when he gets the ball on a sweep, he's moving.
|15 hours 13 min ago||I think you misunderstood||
I think you misunderstood what the above poster meant. I don't think he meant "luckily we don't have any pro caliber players" because that would be ridiculous. I think he meant "luckily we aren't also losing a bunch of juniors in addition to having a sucky year."
We could be in a spot where we had a bum year and a we have a bunch of guys leave. This happens to teams sometimes.
Maybe he worded his post poorly, but I didn't read it like you guys did. I read it as "considering the season went as it did, luckily most of our talent is returning for next year." We all want high NFL draft picks on our teams, but when it's clear we don't have many, it's lucky that we don't have a lot of guys going to Shazer/Warren route and bailing after 3 years just to not get drafted.
|19 hours 4 min ago||Especially since we took 10||
Especially since we took 10 over the last two classes, all of whom are still on the team.
|19 hours 7 min ago||We have a lot of RS frosh||
We have a lot of RS frosh guys who are 3-tech/5-tech types plus Henry. We also just redshirted Poggi and Hurst who both project at DT as well as the guys you mentioned.
If we miss on McDowell we're probably still in fine shape but if we get him we're golden.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Simply having "more" linemen||
Simply having "more" linemen will not change the problems you are listing, certainly not a guy who will be a (quite raw) true frosh next year. We need our young guys to get more experience (which they're getting), not get more guys who are even younger and less experienced.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Then I would say you don't||
Then I would say you don't want to win as much as anybody else. Worry about next year next year.
Playing hurt really doesn't increase your chance of a serious injury. Only a very major injury would keep him out next fall, and playing hurt won't increase his chances of that.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I don't know about that. The||
I don't know about that. The parents play a big role in this stuff. Some recruits have great parents, and some don't. I won't speak on Ward specifically, but when you're a young kid who is also getting poor advice from your parents, these sort of things can happen.
|1 day 15 hours ago||If the rumblings were true,||
If the rumblings were true, the staff wasn't exactly heartbroken when he decommitted. I doubt we go after him.
|1 day 16 hours ago||What happens with Malik||
What happens with Malik McDowell might have an impact on if and where guys move.
I like the idea of Taco moving to the 5-tech. He's clearly big enough, so if he can hold up against the run, it would be great having an athletic guy at that spot to rush the passer. Clark and Ojemudia are both clearly ahead of him at WDE and they're both back. Lawrence Marshall is definitely a WDE and many are high on him, plus is sounds like Furbush will be a WDE as well. That's too many guys for that spot, and Taco seems like the move that makes the most sense.
A DL of Taco/McDowell - Pipkins/Mone - Henry/Wormley - MO/Marshall in a couple year would be pretty awesome.
|1 day 16 hours ago||He has a long time to||
He has a long time to recover. Him going out there banged up won't make him any more prone to a serious injury than if he was out there healthy. Going from "banged up" to "really banged up" won't change his status for next year at all. If he's the best option, you play him. You play to win.
|1 day 16 hours ago||This concept of that fans not||
This concept of that fans not caring seems craxy to me. So what you don't like the sponsor attached to the bowl? Michigan is playing, so we want to win. I can't imagine this scenario so many of you are in where you don't care if Michigan wins their bowl game or not. I just can't wrap my head around this.
|3 days 19 hours ago||No, 4 wins. 4 is Wisconsin,||
No, 4 wins. 4 is Wisconsin, and they won.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Where's the snark? You said||
Where's the snark? You said Wiegers looked awful and almost all of his passes sailed, and we're saying he only threw 5 incompletions and averaged over 10 yards per attempt. And almost half of his completions were to Ways, who averaged over 20 yards per catch.
DCD struggled to score? They're a high school team who had 28 points in the first half. That's not a lot of struggle. I'm not sure what else you wanted to see.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Either you're a bad football||
Either you're a bad football scout or Country Day played a bad game. Wiegers is a legit Big Ten player. And Ways is really good. Like NFL good. He has such a prototypical WR body. It's possible he didn't give enough effort that game, but that happens with high schools. I'm sure that wasn't a regular thing because his season stats we really good so it sounds like this game was an outlier.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Why is that depressing? All||
Why is that depressing? All three of those guys were highly rated prospects recruited by a lot of top programs. The fact that Kozen might be the best at this point isn't even that surprising, let alone depressing. OL are tough to project, and they don't all develop at the same rate. Hell, Kalis and Magnuson might both pass him within a year, that's just how things work.