News on the beefing up of Wilkins

News on the beefing up of Wilkins

Submitted by iawolve on March 28th, 2011 at 12:43 PM

One of my surprises in spring was that Wilkins was moved to SDE. I thought he was more of a speed rusher due to his body type. Since I have not seen him in person this year, has he been able to add a significant amount of weight for the position and how is he carrying it (e.g. is he still explosive)? I have no doubt the staff knows a few things about DEs so I don't need the standard "Hur, trust the coaches", I am only looking for an update on one of the guys I really liked as a recruit.

OT -Dean of Discipline Strikes Again

OT -Dean of Discipline Strikes Again

Submitted by dahblue on March 28th, 2011 at 12:25 PM

It seems that the "Dean of Discipline" has struck again.  I'm sure that neither informative details nor follow-up questions will ensue.

 

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RT @thesnews_sports: Dantonio on Litchicum and Bullough: "They will not practice these first two days ... have handled that internally."

TVH Weekly: Visit Reactions from Chris Wormley, Kaleb Ringer and More

TVH Weekly: Visit Reactions from Chris Wormley, Kaleb Ringer and More

Submitted by TomVH on March 28th, 2011 at 12:16 PM

This past weekend was Michigan's junior day and by all accounts was a success. There were a ton of prospects in to watch practice and take part in a few tours. Here's a look at how a few of those recruits felt about the trip.

Christopher WormleyChris Wormley

6'4", 255 lbs.

Defensive End

Toledo, Ohio


Wormley is one of the top ranked prospects in Ohio for 2012 and is also one of the main targets for the Michigan staff. He's been on campus before, but this was his first chance to see the new coaches in action.

My mom and dad were up there with me. We watched practice first, went to lunch, and then they took us on a tour of the locker room and everything. I noticed in practice that the coaches are real patient and there's not a lot of yelling. It definitely helped me get a better understanding of how they coach and how they work. This visit definitely helped Michigan.

Chris also got a chance to get some one on one time with Coach Montgomery and Mattison.

We were just talking about general stuff, just chit chat. They talked about the defense and that I would most likely be playing what they call the rusher position on the outside. 

While Chris has been on campus before, this visit gave him a little bit of a better understanding for the program in general. He talked about the academics and when he wants to make his decision.

I think what stood out to me the most was how seriously they take the academics up there. The academics are first and football's second; I like that. My parents were having some good conversations too, so it was good. I either want to make my decision before the season starts or after. It will be too big of a distraction during the season. If I'm not 100% comfortable then I'll do it after the season.

Michigan has been high on Wormley's list for some time and the new coaching staff has made a definite impression on him and his family. It's a race now between Michigan and Ohio State for Wormley.

Kaleb RingerKaleb Ringer

6'0", 220 lbs.

Linebacker

Clayton, Ohio


Ringer decided to make another trip up to Ann Arbor, and he has also decided on a date to make his final announcement.

I'll be making my announcement on April 15th at 6:00 [EST]. But yeah I was up there for a photo shoot with Tom Lemming and then I stayed for practice. When I got there Coach Hoke came up to me and hugged me. It was cool, but I didn't stay for the junior day. I just wanted to make sure I spoke with the staff before I left.

I then asked Kaleb if this visit let him see anything new or different from what he had already seen from the coaches and the University.

No, they have been real with me from day one. I was mostly checking out the linebackers to see how they play. They really stress physicality and I like that. 

While he didn't necessarily see anything new while watching practice there was an aspect that he saw that stood out to him.

I saw a family on the football field, not just a team. You couldn't tell who the stars were on the team, everyone blended. I think they have accepted Coach Hoke's vision and bought into it, and so have I.

Ringer currently has offers from Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, and Toledo. Like he said, he will be making his announcement on April 15th. It's an announcement to tune in to.

Mario OjemudiaMario Ojemudia

6'3", 220 lbs.

Defensive End

Farmington Hills, Michigan


Mario made it up to Ann Arbor with his teammate TE Devin Funchess. They both took in practice as well.

We went to practice and talked to Coach Jackson and saw all the coaches. I had a long talk with Coach Hoke, too. He basically talked about what Michigan has to offer and the tradition there. I liked the visit more than I thought I would. I liked it more because of the coaches, they're just really easy to talk and get a long with. I didn't expect all that. We were all just talking about life a lot, especially with Coach Jackson.

The visit seemed to make an impression on Mario, and practice gave him a better view of how the Michigan coaches operate.

They said I would be a hybrid type. I could put my hand in the dirt or drop back into coverage. Watching practice I liked how it was ran. Everyone was hustling and it was 100%. I was basically trying to watch the ends and outside linebackers. After that Coach Singletary took me around by myself and gave me a tour. He was just telling me how Michigan is different.

Ojemudia is hoping to make his final decision before the season starts. He's going to wait until the summer to narrow down his list. He also told me that this visit definitely helped Michigan in his mind.

Wayne MorganWayne Morgan

5'11", 188 lbs.

Cornerback

Brooklyn, New York


Morgan is a prospect who hasn't been talked about too much yet. He already has offers from Alabama, Boston College, UConn, Maryland, Miami, Penn State, and now Michigan.

I sat down with Coach Hoke and he asked me if I think I have a scholarship from Michigan. I said no, and he said well you do. 

Rutgers has a slight edge right now because of familiarity and how much he knows about their program. This visit was big for Michigan in that regard, and it gave him a better feel for what Michigan has to offer.

We went around the stadium, the weight room, and the academic center. Coach Mattison was showing me coverages that they run. I saw a lot and all my questions were answered. I basically wanted to know about academics and how I would stand in a school like that. The visit got me closer to the coaches, so that helped.

Besides the coaches, the Big House was an exciting part of the visit for Wayne.

Practice was good, it showed me how they coached. But it was great to be in the Big House. I've never been inside something like that, it just blows your mind to be in the Big House.

Morgan will take more visits and try to gain more comfortability with some of the other programs that have offered. He could end up being a key recruit because of his versatility. He could potentially try out at the corner or safety spot at the next level. 

Extra:

Michigan TE Ron Thompson (6'4", 210 lbs) might be announcing his decision this week. Michigan is in good position with Thompson.

If you missed it, here are the reactions from Michigan's first commitment Ben Braden, and another visitor in LB Joe Bolden.

Instate DE Matt Godin decided to head over to Michigan's practice after the Tom Lemming photo shoot as well. He told me that Michigan keeps moving up every time he goes there. He's still not sure when he wants to decide, but I have a feeling he's getting closer. He's likely to take a few more visits though.

Massachusetts LB Camren Williams committed to Penn State while on his visit. His teammate ATH Armani Reeves was also on the visit with him, but won't be making his decision until December. Michigan still has a chance with Reeves despite his teammate committing to PSU. 

The Brady Hoke Style...

The Brady Hoke Style...

Submitted by GoBlue21 on March 28th, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I received an email from a buddy of mine that I would like to share with everyone. We all know that Brady Hoke "gets it" at Michigan and this is just another example...

The following was sent to me by a fellow UM grad who lives in Seattle.  I thought the group might be interested in the coaching style of a true “Michigan Man”!   The first two items below have been given out in speeches to alumni groups (as has the "Strikes Policy") - so it is not secret.   (1) The beginning of each team meeting:   Hoke walks into the room and yells "good afternoon" ... the team is then expected to respond with great passion and enthusiasm "good afternoon."  Then Hoke says "championships" ... the team is expected to respond with great passion and enthusiasm ... "42" ... the number of Big Ten championships Michigan has won.  The Hoke says "Michigan" ... the team is expected to respond with great passion and enthusiasm ... "132" ... the number of years Michigan has played football.  Finally, Hoke screams "beat" ... the team is expected to respond with incredible passion and enthusiasm ... "Ohio."   (2) Also, when Hoke is introduced to the alumni group he says, "Don't applaud for me" and then asks any former players to stand - and has the audience applaud for them. Hoke says, "This is not about me - it is about YOU and the Michigan tradition."   This all goes over big of course.   +++++++   (3) One other thing -- the main emphasis in practice as far as the D goes: missed tackles. A kid who misses a tackle barely escapes with his life (figuratively of course) ... kids getting this treatment say to their friends after practice, "I will never miss another tackle again."  



 

Rich Rod Spotted in Oklahoma Polo

Rich Rod Spotted in Oklahoma Polo

Submitted by Soulfire21 on March 26th, 2011 at 10:40 PM

So, Detroit News (not THAT Detroit news) is reporting that Rich Rod was spotted in an Oklahoma polo.

Apparently he's been visiting spring workouts in Norman, OK.

Do anything for anyone?  Not sure if it does for me, but I thought it was a curious bit.

http://detnews.com/article/20110326/SPORTS0201/103260423/1131/Fired-U-M-coach-Rich-Rodriguez-spotted-wearing-Oklahoma-shirt

A search and quick scan of the first 2 pages turned up no results on this, so I cautiously posted.