5 players to watch!

5 players to watch!

Submitted by blueheron on August 12th, 2011 at 7:36 AM

As most of us know, Hoke and UMich have been killing it for '11-'12 in the state of Michigan:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/rankings…

Interestingly (to some more than others, admittedly) a local paper chooses to highlight only one of them here:

http://www.freep.com/article/20110812/SPORTS07/110812001/Recruiting-Fiv…

Now, their aim might have been to focus on "sleepers," but there's no mention of that.

OT: WVU Appealing to Student Body for QB Candidate

OT: WVU Appealing to Student Body for QB Candidate

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on August 11th, 2011 at 6:33 PM

After saying such encouraging things as "It's a terrible situation that we're trying to work out. We're looking at junior colleges, prep schools, wherever we can think of.'' regarding the current Quarterback situation, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen seemed to be just jokingly pessimistic when he said "Maybe we can put an ad in the paper or you guys can say we want a quarterback that wants to play and throw the ball to show up and come see me, and if it works out we'll put you out there."

Turns out he was being serious:

 

From: [email protected]

The West Virginia University football program will host a workout for students interested in joining the Mountaineer football team as a walk-on. The workout will be held on August 22, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Registration will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and the workout will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Participants must be a full-time student of West Virginia University and present the following documentation on August 22:

While Michigan has held open walk-on efforts in the past, they were never aimed to specifically expand a position of need. At worst they were held to find out if a more viable kicking candidate existed, not a skill position like what West Virginia is experiencing currently. What's more, a mass email was never sent to the entire student body

I still can't decide if WVU is better or worse off than UM after RR left (no coaching change politics intended or desired).

HT: Deadspin

Pipkins named to Rivals All-Camp team (1st Team)

Pipkins named to Rivals All-Camp team (1st Team)

Submitted by drewro02 on August 11th, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Looks like there is no doubt Rivals is going to give Pipkins a pretty lofty ranking when they update. Great to see him continue to get some love. Also, Danny O'Brien, and Adolphus Washington second team members. Honorable mention goes to Godin, Ross, and Clark.

 

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1250576

TomVH: Catching up with Pharaoh Brown

TomVH: Catching up with Pharaoh Brown

Submitted by TomVH on August 11th, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Ohio defensive end Pharaoh Brown has been committed to Michigan since May and has never looked back. The four star commit has been dubbed as an athletic defensive end with a ton of upside. 

He played quarterback and defensive end last year for his high school team and now plans to switch to a different role on offense. 

"This season I'll be playing tight end and defensive end," Brown said. "I don't really have a preference of either offense or defense, but I think I would rather play defense."

Pharaoh BrownThere was some noise this summer that Brown could potentially move to wide receiver after a seven on seven performance. The Michigan coaches have made it clear though that they want him on the defensive side of the ball, and he's good with that.

The senior season is always special and Brown feels as though they have a good enough team to make the playoffs. He has also set a few goals for himself to finish out his high school career.

"We have a great squad with a lot of seniors this year," he said. "We're projected to go to the playoffs so I think we'll go pretty far. I want to win the conference and make it to the playoffs, that's my goal." 

The clock is starting to tick, and I'm sure before he knows it he'll be packing his bags for Ann Arbor. Brown is measuring in at 6 foot 6, 223 pounds right now, which is fine for high school. Michigan's defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has told him he will need to bulk up once he gets to the next level, which is something he's prepared to do.

"My cousin played football in college and had an NFL tryout, so he's been training me," Brown said. "I learned some new technique stuff this off season and I feel pretty good. I know I'll have to put on a lot of weight once I get there so I'll just stay up on lifting and protein shakes." 

Brown said he committed to Michigan because of the academics, the scheme, and the whole package that Michigan had to offer. Since he's a part of the 2012 class he had heard the speech from the Michigan coaches, and knew what other prospects were hearing but he was still a little surprised by the quantity and quality of this class.

"I thought we would do well, but I didn't think it would be like this," he said. "I feel pretty good with this class, I think we're going to do big things."

Brown also said that he was doing some recruiting for his future team, and feels like he had a part in Ohio DE Tom Strobel committing as well. 

While he's excited for his future at Michigan he is 100% focused on the task at hand this season and finishing out strong. The season starts for Brown when his team takes on Eastlake North at 7pm on August 26th.

Pharaoh Brown Junior Highlights: