Per Sam Webb: Jerry Montgomery leaving for Oklahoma

Per Sam Webb: Jerry Montgomery leaving for Oklahoma

Submitted by Trauber19 on February 23rd, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Apparently, Jerry Montgomery has left for Oklahoma...he was our primary recruiter for our three current commitments.

From the Scout article that isn't paywalled: "Contract details weren’t available at press time, but sources indicate that Michigan offered a competitive compensation package to Montgomery, but ultimately he felt the opportunity at Oklahoma was clearly one he couldn’t pass up." 

I'm guessing they made him recruiting coordinator, which is something we couldn't match with Hecklinski here.

Vincent Smith Kickstarter could use some MGOhelp

Vincent Smith Kickstarter could use some MGOhelp

Submitted by Philbert on February 23rd, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I got the Hope for Pohakee kickstarter update tonight and saw that Martavious linked Vincent Smith' new project. It seems that Smith is seeking funds to start teaching art classes in Pohakee which is great. I remember a post and article from over the summer that mentioned something about Smith and his art.

Can't say I'm the biggest art buff, but I support what Smith is trying to do. MGOBLOG has been great at getting these kickstarters going and helping an ex-player is pretty cool too. 

Here is the link:…

Also remember this guy almost got killed by Clowney, least you could do is donate a couple of bucks. 

Iowa LB Jim Poggi (bro of Henry Poggi) takes a medical hardship

Iowa LB Jim Poggi (bro of Henry Poggi) takes a medical hardship

Submitted by Leaders And Best on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Iowa LB Jim Poggi, brother of Henry Poggi, took a medical hardship due to persistent injuries. The part I didn't know was that his brother was one of the players who was hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis from that Iowa offseason workout a couple years back. Tough break for the kid.

In other news, Iowa FB Brad Rogers also was took a medical hardship as well. AIRBHG?

When will we see 2014 Recruiting Board?

When will we see 2014 Recruiting Board?

Submitted by StephenRKass on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I have appreciated the articles by Ace on recruiting and offers going out. However, it would be helpful to have this information all in one place. In past years, there was a helpful tab with the recruiting board for that year. Here, for instance, is 2013's recruiting board.


Seth, or Ace, (or Brian or Heiko,) will this be done for 2014? If so, when might we expect to see this up?

The reason I ask is because with maybe 100 offers out, it is hard to keep them all straight. More than that, it is difficult to know who should be categorized as "Nefarious Eduardo." I'd love to get a better sense of who is legitimately interested in Michigan, and vice versa.

If you go over to Michigan's Scout site (LINK: you can see a ton of offers. However, many of these don't seem to be realistic. For example, in today's front page, Ace tells us that Michigan's chances with Quin  Blanding are "slim and none." There have been positive reports here at mgoblog on LB Prospect Berger out of Cleveland St. Ignatius, but Ohio site 11 warriors sees things differently. I still don't know whether or not we have a legit chance to land Da'Shawn Hand at Michigan.

I also am a bit unclear on how good the recruits are. Bars, Mixon, and Doles are all way down Scout's list in the meh 3 star territory. I thought all of them were better than that. EDIT:  I know that the 3 star - 4 star thing is over-played. I know all ratings are somewhat subjective, but it would be great to have help comparing recruits to each other. I'm just a fan:  if Hoke and Mattison and Borges want to accept commitments from Bars, Mixon, and Doles, that's good enough for me.

If any of you have compiled a list of say 15 - 25 recruits you think we are strongly in the running for, I'd love to see it.

VIDEO: Michigan vs Rice 1999 highlights

VIDEO: Michigan vs Rice 1999 highlights

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on February 22nd, 2013 at 4:27 PM

This is the first game highlight video after the ZEFR-Youtube raids. I am not sure if they will go after this video or not, but if they do, I am uploading all my content to Dailymotion as a backup and you can watch and/or download videos from that site just like YouTube. 

If WH's account didn't get raided, the entire 1999 season would be up with this video upload. I have all of his videos archived on my PS3 in case he ever wants to give another site a shot.

Anyways, this game was Michigan's second game of the 1999 season. It was a hot one that day. Michigan was fresh off a thrilling victory against notre dame the previous week. The offense struggled a little in the 1st quarter but eventually got things going.

This was another game of the Henson/Brady flip-flop saga of 1999. At one point in the video, they talk about Drew's big pay day he got with the Yankees (I still hate you Steinbrenner).

ESPN on Nate Brink's career ending concussion

ESPN on Nate Brink's career ending concussion

Submitted by G-Man on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Rothstein has another entry in WolverineNation's exit interviews, this time talking to Nate Brink.

The article is paywalled, but it talks about how and why his career ended.  Apparently he had several concussions, and the last one was severe enough to hospitalize him and end his career.  

Sad story to read, but it sounds like he's happy he was able to make the right decision:

Story link

2013 offensive line- Schofield's best position

2013 offensive line- Schofield's best position

Submitted by pbmd on February 21st, 2013 at 3:26 PM

In regards to depth chart,  the offensive line is one of the most interesting position groups for 2013.  I'm not sure if the conventional thinking regarding the offensive line is on target.  Specifically, that Scholfield is a lock at right tackle.

I had the chance to speak with Scholfield's father in Tampa at the Outback Bowl, and I am convinced that he thinks that guard is his son's best position and certainly where his NFL future lies.  Clearly, the line was better with him at guard in 2011 than tackle in 2012, regardless of the other multiple variables. I think he might be the best guard on the team in 2013.


Prediction of 2013 OL left to right Lewan,  Schofield,  Kalis,  Bryant,  Braden.

I think the ceiling for this group might be very high.


ED: bryant not barnum-- too many Bs with braden barnum burzynski and bryant

Wilton Speight won't play at Rivals Camp Series

Wilton Speight won't play at Rivals Camp Series

Submitted by His Dudeness on February 21st, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Title pretty much says it all, but apparently WIlton will not be participating in the Rivals Camp Series. He was invited, but turned it down per Rivals message board - Tim Sullivan

I've never seen a kid invited to show his talents/compete and turn it down, but he has his reasons.

I am not sure if that means he won't be doing the All-Star games too or what.

Tim says it may be because he learned a little something about getting burned out (sick) from Shane.

Scouting Report: Andrew Brown

Scouting Report: Andrew Brown

Submitted by Magnus on February 21st, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I don't know how many of you have had a chance to watch video of Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown, but it's pretty impressive.  He's one of the top few defensive tackles in the 2014 class, if not the best.  Michigan is on a long list of early favorites, but obviously there's a long way to go in his recruitment.  Anyway, this week's scouting report is on Brown, who would fit really well at 3-tech for Michigan.…