Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-24

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-24

Submitted by Tim on November 24th, 2009 at 12:53 PM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Inkster beats Warren De La Salle 12-3 in the State Semifinals.gardnerDLS.jpg

"We started 0-2," Gardner said. "It feels great to go back. It's a state championship game."

Last season Inkster lost to East Grand Rapids in the Division 3 title game, 43-24.

Gardner, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior who committed to Michigan, had a subpar game, particularly in the first half. He finished with two interceptions, both in the first half, and completed 7 of 16 for 75 yards.

Gardner's 12-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left sealed the victory.

Article 2.

This week: Inkster (9-3) takes on Lowell in the State Championship Game at Ford Field Friday at 1. The game will be televised live on FSN Detroit.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7 1
Highland Park W 27-22 9 16 127 2 2 56.25 7.94 11 74 2 6.73
Bay City Central W 27-20 7 13 132 1 0 53.85 10.15 15 95 1 6.33
Muskegon CC W 34-19 4 9 110 0 0 44.44 12.22 99 1
St. Ignatius L 20-49 1 0 1
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Thurston W 50-28 6 11 120 2 0 54.55 10.91 11 120 3 10.91
Anderson W 35-7 11 19 171 2 0 57.89 9.00 11 74 0 6.73
De La Salle W 12-3 7 16 75 0 2 43.75 4.69 5 34 1 6.80
Playoffs Semis 28 53 417 6 2 52.83 7.87 33 326 6 9.88
Totals (9-3) 84 144 1472 14 3 58.33 10.22 96 765+ 15 7.97

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Pregame fluff. Spartanburg's playoff run continues with a 28-14 win over Sumter. Jones was responsible for al 14 of the Vikings' points:

Jones, a Michigan commitment, completed 9 of 14 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on 17 carries for two more scores.

Quarterback Cornelius Jones went in from seven yards out two plays later for the touchdown with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

The Vikings didn't capitalize on that, but they did capitalize on the eight plays they ran in the second quarter, scoring on two of them on long touchdown passes.

The first was a 61-yarder from Jones to wide open running back Jamiah Fowler on a wheel route — a la Clemson's C.J. Spiller — down the left sideline to make it 14-0 with 8:18 left in the first half.

On Spartanburg's next possession, Jones avoided a couple of would-be sacks and went down the middle of the field to wide receiver Arland Woodruff. He got in behind the Sumter defense and caught the ball in stride for a 75-yard TD pass to make it 21-0 with 5:03 left.

The joy of being back in the game didn't last long. On the third play of the drive, Jones found an opening and went 64 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14 with 8:15 left.

Article 2.

This week: Spartanburg (5-8) will look to keep the upset train rolling against national #2 Byrnes in the 3rd Round of the State Playoffs.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Dorman L 0-28 5 14 40 0 1 35.71 2.86 0
Regular Season (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 103 403+ 10 3.91
Rock Hill W 41-28 0 0 0 0 0 - - 18 110 2 6.11
Sumter W 28-14 9 14 209 2 0 64.29 14.93 17 100 2 5.88
Playoffs 2nd Rd 9 14 209 2 0 64.29 14.93 35 210 4 6.00
Totals (5-8) 98 185 1223+ 8 2 52.97 6.61 138 613+ 14 4.44

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Pregame fluff #2. Skyline beats DeSoto 41-36. Drake ran 24 times for 126 yards including a 43-yard touchdown, but was overshadowed by teammate Mike Davis, who had 263 receiving yards.

This week: Skyline (12-0) plays Cypress Woods in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
Plano East W 45-19 15 167 1 11.13 0 0 0 -
Lake Highlands W 42-27 19 226 2 11.89 1 6 0 6.00
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Sunset W 56-0 2 102 2 51.00 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (10-0) 100 1044 11 10.44 7 79 0 11.29
Rowlett W 38-0 14 114 1 8.14 3 32 1 10.67
DeSoto W 41-36 24 126 1 5.25 1 7 0 7.00
Playoffs 2nd Rd 38 240 2 6.32 4 39 1 9.75
Totals (12-0) 138 1284 13 9.30 11 118 1 10.73

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

Last week: Marcus falls to Cedar Hill 17-41.

Marcus’ Stephen Hopkins, the school’s all-time leading rusher, was held 50 yards on 20 carries and didn’t gain more than five yards on any carry.

This week: Marcus (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and Hopkins's senior season is over.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Hebron W 35-28 28 171 2 6.11
Regular Season (6-3) 185 1115 16 6.03
Grapevine W 48-18 26 167 3 6.42
Cedar Hill
PLayoffs 2nd Rd 26 167 3 6.42
Totals (7-3) 211 1282 19 6.08

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Parkview Baptist beats Crowley 38-16.

Wilson also threw for 114 yards with Drew Dileo making five catches for 87 yards.

This week: Parkview Baptist (10-1) faces Patterson in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
Church Point W 54-0 2 40 1 20.00
Port Allen W 32-7 11 65 0 5.91 3 92 2 30.67
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Crowley W 38-16 1 5 87 0 17.40
Playoffs 2nd Rd 5+ 68+ 2 13.60 8 161 1 20.13
Totals (10-1) 55 314+ 7 5.71 19 428 7 22.53

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton falls to Hopewell 9-31.

This week: Hampton (7-4) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and Paskorz's season is over.

LA S Carvin Johnson

Last week: Rummel beats Jesuit 14-7. Johnson was a standout for the Raiders:

In the return game, Carvin Johnson, who played huge all night long, came up big. Fielding a punt at his own 36 yard line, Johnson started up the middle, shook a tackle, shook another tackle, moved left, broke another tackle, went toward the Rummel sideline, shook a final tackle and sprinted 64 yards for a score to give Rummel a 7-0 lead with 11:29 to play in the game.

For Rummel, Johnson had seven tackles, an interception, returned the punt for a score and had four catches for 56 yards.

“Carvin Johnson made a huge play for us and he played great all night. He felt bad about fumbling a punt but made up for it with a huge interception to stop Jesuit. I cannot say enough about him and our defense." [Rummel coach Jay Roth].

Article 2:

"This was about team play, " Johnson, a Michigan commitment, said. "Things looked bad for us and then another player would make a play. Special teams, the offense, they made plays when we needed it. This game was just about making plays."

About his touchdown return and the preceding muff, Johnson said, "The defense picked me up. They wouldn't let me get down on myself. Everybody on the team was picking me up. They said make a play next time."

Johnson did, fielding a 31-yard punt by Jonathan Poole and then breaking threw [uh, sic] Jesuit's first wall of tacklers. He stiff-armed Poole at Jesuit's 46-yard line and then was escorted up Rummel's sideline.

This week: Rummel (12-0) plays Hahnville in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Tackle Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 56 1+
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2+ 2
Jesuit W 14-7 1 7 0
Playoffs 2nd Rd 3 9+ 2
Totals (12-0) 7 65+ 3+

Seasons Complete

MI RB Austin White

Stevenson's (8-3) season is over after falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Catholic Central L 0-38 10 75 0 7.50 0 0 0 -
Playoffs 2nd Rd 29 192 1 6.62 0 0 0 -
Totals (8-3) 183 1445+ 21 7.88 7 93 0 13.29

MI WR Ricardo Miller

Pioneer's (8-3) ended after a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Canton L 24-60 6 85 1 14.17
Playoffs 2nd Rd 11 155 2 14.09
Totals (8-3) 30 626 10 20.87

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth. Jackson finished with 43 catches for 573 yards.

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Harding (6-3-1) will not make the State Playoffs, and its season has ended.

OH OL Christian Pace

Avon Lake (8-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over. Pace was named All-District.

OH DT Terry Talbott

Wayne's (7-4) season ended with a defeat in the second round of the playoffs.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Trinity (4-6) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over. Kinard was an All-District Honorable Mention.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Lake Region (0-9) missed the playoffs, and their season is over.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over. Avery was named All-District as a defensive back, after winning Offensive MVP honors last year.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Wayne (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

WI P Will Hagerup

Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season after a first-round playoff loss.

2011 OH CB Greg Brown

Ross (5-5) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over. Brown was 2nd-Team All-District as a wideout:

[Ross Coach Derek] Kidwell said, "Greg's a phenomenal athlete. His numbers would have been better if we were better on offense."

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
Findlay L 40-43 (3OT) 8 122 1 15.13 0 0 0 -
Marion Harding L 0-21 0 0 0 - 4 13 0 3.25
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior 2 10 0 5.00 6 42 1 7.00
Totals (4-4) 26 440 5 16.92 24 133 1 5.54

Wednesday Recruitin'

Wednesday Recruitin'

Submitted by Tim on November 18th, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Remember, all-time updates can be found on the 2010 and 2011 Michigan football recruiting boards.

Out of Town Guests

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Wow, this would be an awesome recruiting weekend if it weren't for a game in which Michigan is likely going to get taken to the woodshed (plz don't, guys). Looking at past recruiting updates, we have the following list:

Official Visits:

  • FL CB Tony Grimes
  • FL DE Clarence Murphy
  • CA LB Tony Jefferson (pictured at right, courtesy of the Detroit News).
  • PA CB Cullen Christian
  • FL RB Cassius McDowell
  • FL S Rashad Knight (leaving for Ann Arbor at 6:45 AM Saturday)
  • FL S Commit Marvin Robinson

Unofficial Visitors:

  • 2009 FL CB Adrian Witty
  • MI CB Dior Mathis

Jefferson came in for the Sam Webb treatment in the Detroit News last week:

"They said they are in need of a player like me," Jefferson said in April after he received his Michigan offer. "They said I could play early at whatever position they think I could play -- outside linebacker, safety, or even offense. They liked my (physicality). That's what Michigan recruits."

He's a 4-star to both sites. MGo-Recruiting Guru Tom Van Haaren adds that Jefferson will not be the only California prospect in attendance. CA WR Kenny Stills will be in town along with CA Ath (and USC Commit) Dillon Baxter. Tom talked to Baxter yesterday. CA RB Brennan Clay, an Oklahoma commit and high school teammate of Tate Forcier, might also make it in. Or not.

SoFlaFootball says FL DT Richard Ash will visit for the Ohio State game as well. Ash comes from the familiar Pahokee pipeline, so Michigan might have a good chance to land him.

Add to that TX DT Jatashun "Big Tex" Beachum.

FL WR Kenny Shaw will be in the house as well. Remember, he's a former teammate of Ricardo Miller and current teammate of 2011 FL RB (and heavy Michigan lean) Demetrius Hart. Speaking of whom...

Expect a bunch of juniors as well, including Hart. Demetrius may be in the "good visit = commitment" category. 2011 OH S Ron Tanner will also be in attendance ($, info in header).

As previously discussed, GA teammates DT Michael Thornton and LB Tyrone Cornelius will take a fall visit. I wouldn't be surprised if it's for this game, though that's certainly not confirmed.

VINOPAL

Added OH S Ray Vinopal, who has received a Michigan offer. Vinopal had been on the radar much, much earlier in the process, but it didn't seem like he'd ever receive an offer. With that offer in hand, expect a winter visit from him. Here's his highlight video, courtesy of ScoutingOhio:

I honestly don't intend to reinforce racial stereotypes, but just from the highlight film, he looks like a guy who is always in position because he plays smart, not because he has elite speed. Vinopal also looks to be a big hitter. Cardinal Mooney is a traditionally strong program, and it couldn't hurt Michigan to have an in there.

For those concerned about his low recruiting profile, it appears that Vinopal's strong senior year is drawing interest from Notre Dame, Pitt, and a number of other local BCS programs. If a couple of those inquiries are followed up with offers, it'll be clear he's a Lewan sort of late bloomer, not a reach.

Cullen Near the End

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PA CB Cullen Christian, as noted above, is visiting Ann Arbor this weekend. He had also planned to visit Ohio  State last weekend, but that apparently didn't happen. The Buckeyes were one of the prime challengers for his commitment, so not visiting the Buckeyes can only hurt them. He still plans to decide on November 24th, so as long as his Michigan visit doesn't go poorly, he could be the next addition to the 2010 recruiting class.

Christian has made several unofficial visits to Ann Arbor, most recently in June. He is comfortable with what the program has to offer, but wants to spend a few days around the players, coaches and students before rendering his decision.

"I want to get everyone's opinion about Michigan before I make a choice,” Christian said.

Definitely sounds like his mind is all but made up. Michigan has been eliminated from contention for his teammate, S/WR Brandon Ifill, so don't expect a package deal.

Happy Trails

VA LB Aramide Olaniyan, who had previously named Michigan near the top of his list, has committed to UCLA. He visited the Bruins a week ago, whereafter he named them his favorite. I'd accept a trade of Olaniyan for Jefferson (a UCLA commit), if it's possible. Olaniyan's off the board.

CA CB Joshua Shaw, who I removed in the last update, picked Florida yesterday.

Permanently removed TX DT Jay Guy, who has switched his soft Cal commitment to a hard Nebraska one.

Etc.:

Spurned commit Holmes Onwukaife may be back in the picture for the Wolverines. Michigan and VT are the leaders for MD LB Josh Furman ($, info in header). MI QB Commit Devin Gardner isn't wavering, which is good because he does things like this. 2011 DL Donte Phillips was "wowed" by his Michigan visit a couple weeks ago ($, info in header). OH TE Alex Smith has parted ways with Cincinnati. He'll make a final decision within a couple weeks.

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-17

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-17

Submitted by Tim on November 17th, 2009 at 3:33 PM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Preview fluff. Inkster defeats Southgate Anderson 35-7 in Round 3 of the State Playoffs. We were there, so enjoy some video and a scouting report, which I posted yesterday. Detroit News recap.

This week: Inkster (8-3) v. Warren De La Salle @ Ferndale High School at 1 PM Saturday in the State Semifinals.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7
Highland Park W 27-22 9 16 127 2 2 56.25 7.94 11 74 2 6.73
Bay City Central W 27-20 7 13 132 1 0 53.85 10.15 15 95 1 6.33
Muskegon CC W 34-19 4 9 110 0 0 44.44 12.22 99 1
St. Ignatius L 20-49 1 0 1
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Thurston W 50-28 6 11 120 2 0 54.55 10.91 11 120 3 10.91
Anderson W 35-7 11 19 171 2 0 57.89 9.00 11 74 0 6.73
Playoffs 3rd Rd 21 37 342 6 0 56.76 9.24 28 292 5 10.43
Totals (8-3) 84 144 1472 14 3 58.33 10.22 91 731+ 14 8.03

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Spartanburg upsets previously-undefeated Rock Hill 41-28 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

"We took a great season and made it miserable,'' Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery told The Herald. "We didn't stop No. 5 (QB Cornelius Jones) all night long. I told our kids we got beat in all phases of the game tonight, and you can't win when you give up 41 points.''

Jones did most of his work on the ground, rushing for 110 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in the pivotal victory. Jones was especially key on third downs, converting three third-and-longs with big runs.

Article 2.

The lone pass attempt resulted in defensive interference and set up the Vikings with first-and-goal from the five.

“We knew nobody was going to pick us to win,” Jones said. “But we stuck together as a team and everybody executed and did what they were supposed to do.”

Way to figure out a winning gameplan during the regular season, corch.

This week: Spartanburg (4-8) @ Sumter in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. The Vikings fell to Sumter in week 4.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Dorman L 0-28 5 14 40 0 1 35.71 2.86 0
Regular Season (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 103 403+ 10 3.91
Rock Hill W 41-28 0 0 0 0 0 - - 18 110 2 6.11
Totals (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 121 513+ 12 4.24

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline beats Rowlett 38-0 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Drake ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and caught 3 passes for 32 yards and another score.

This week: Skyline (11-0) @ DeSoto in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. DeSoto is a talented team, with 2 Texas commits and an LSU commit in their senior class (of course, Skyline has 8 seniors committed to D-1 programs).

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
Plano East W 45-19 15 167 1 11.13 0 0 0 -
Lake Highlands W 42-27 19 226 2 11.89 1 6 0 6.00
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Sunset W 56-0 2 102 2 51.00 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (10-0) 100 1044 11 10.44 7 79 0 11.29
Rowlett W 38-0 14 114 1 8.14 3 32 1 10.67
Totals (11-0) 114 1158 12 10.16 10 113 1 11.30

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

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Last week: Marcus beats Grapevine 48-18 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Injecting a heavy dose of senior rusher Stephen Hopkins and junior rusher Rufus Mason, the Marauders wore down a game Grapevine squad in the game’s final 24 minutes to advance past the bi-district round of the postseason, 48-18.

Riding the legs of Hopkins, the Marcus speedster bolted through a gaping hole and scurried 16 yards for the touchdown just 30 seconds into the second quarter.

Speedster, you say? Hopkins ran 26 times for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding a 26-yard pass reception.

Hopkins photo by Brandon Wade of the Star-Telegram.

This week: Marcus (7-3) @ Cedar Hill in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Hebron W 35-28 28 171 2 6.11
Regular Season (6-3) 185 1115 16 6.03
Grapevine W 48-18 26 167 3 6.42
Totals (7-3) 211 1282 19 6.08

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Parkview Baptist beats Marksville 40-8 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Senior tailback Drew Dileo added receiving and rushing touchdowns.

Dileo, a Michigan commitment, made three catches for 74 yards.

Dileo rushed for 68 yards on five carries.

This week: Parkview Baptist (9-1) v. Crowley in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
Church Point W 54-0 2 40 1 20.00
Port Allen W 32-7 11 65 0 5.91 3 92 2 30.67
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Regular Season (8-1) 50 246+ 5 4.92 11 267 6 24.27
Marksville W 40-8 5 68 1 13.60 3 74 1 24.67
Totals (8-1) 55 314+ 6 5.71 14 341 7 24.36

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Preview fluff #1:

“Ronnie has turned into a great receiver, thanks to his being a great athlete with great size, speed and hands. We have great leaders on the line like Christian Pace and Dan Schneider who everyone looks up to and does a good job keeping everybody in check.”

Preview fluff #2:

"Our lines on offense and defense are starting to play really well together and our passing game is starting to click, and that’s starting to move defenders out of the box," said two-way lineman Christian Pace.

"We all want the same goal, and that’s a state championship, and senior year is there. It could be your last game," Pace said.

Avon Lake falls to Toledo St. Francis DeSales 10-13.

This week: Avon Lake (8-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton pounds Uniontown 35-14 in Round 2 of the State playoffs.

This week: Hampton (7-4) v. Hopewell in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region falls to East Ridge 2-47. Robinson is out for the year with an injury.

This week: Lake Region (0-9) missed the playoffs, and their season is over.

LA S Carvin Johnson

Last week: He was all-district, which comes with stats:

senior safety Carvin Johnson, a Michigan commitment who finished with 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. Johnson was selected as a punt and kick return specialist. He averaged 17.5 yards on punt returns with one score.

Rummel beats Captain Shreve 10-3 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Johnson kicked some serious ass:

The state's top-seeded team in Class 5A scored 10 first-quarter points, with a key punt return by Raiders safety Carvin Johnson setting up the game's lone touchdown...

In addition to his punt return, Johnson also had two interceptions, with the second ending Captain Shreve's final threat with one minute, 16 seconds remaining.

"We just played hard and we got through it, " Johnson said. "We're know we're going to struggle at times. Our offense has struggled all year. We've just got to keeping getting it done."

Johnson's first interception ended the game's first possession and put Rummel in place for its most productive moments offensively.

Is that not enough? He also had 2 sacks.

This week: Rummel (11-0) @ Jesuit in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. Rummel beat Jesuit earlier this season.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10 0
Fontainebleau W 17-3 0
East St. John W 20-14 0
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7 0
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21 0
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17 0
Regular Season (10-0) 4 1
Captain Shreve W 10-3 2 2
Totals (11-0) 6 3

Seasons Complete

MI RB Austin White

Stevenson's (8-3) season is over after falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Catholic Central L 0-38 10 75 0 7.50 0 0 0 -
Playoffs 2nd Rd 29 192 1 6.62 0 0 0 -
Totals (8-3) 183 1445+ 21 7.88 7 93 0 13.29

MI WR Ricardo Miller

Pioneer's (8-3) ended after a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Canton L 24-60 6 85 1 14.17
Playoffs 2nd Rd 11 155 2 14.09
Totals (8-3) 30 626 10 20.87

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth. Jackson finished with 43 catches for 573 yards.

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Harding (6-3-1) will not make the State Playoffs, and its season has ended.

OH DT Terry Talbott

Wayne's (7-4) season ended with a defeat in the second round of the playoffs.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Trinity (4-6) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Wayne (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

WI P Will Hagerup

Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season after a first-round playoff loss.

2011 OH CB Greg Brown

Ross (5-5) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
Findlay L 40-43 (3OT) 8 122 1 15.13 0 0 0 -
Marion Harding L 0-21 0 0 0 - 4 13 0 3.25
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior 2 10 0 5.00 6 42 1 7.00
Totals (4-4) 26 440 5 16.92 24 133 1 5.54

Wednesday Recruitin'

Wednesday Recruitin'

Submitted by Tim on November 11th, 2009 at 12:15 PM

All-time updates can be found on the 2010 Michigan Recruiting Board and the 2011 Michigan Recruiting Board.

Just Win, Babby?

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Michigan fans have seen what impact a tough season can have on a recruiting class, as the terrible 2008 squad led to attrition from last year's class, and made this year's crop more difficult to pull in. With the Wolverines facing similar struggles in 2009, some recruits may be out of reach, but a few key guys see the team improving:

"It doesn't change anything," said Millersville (Md.) Old Mill linebacker Josh Furman, who officially visited Ann Arbor in September. "They are a young team and they need people at certain positions to play and be successful like they have been (in the past)."

While the losing streak has probably put the likes of MN OL Seantrel Henderson out of reach, Furman is an important recruit, as Michigan's linebackers have... struggled this year. The article also mentions that CA LB Tony Jefferson will visit for the Ohio State game (rescheduled from last weekend), despite MIchigan's trying season. More on visits a little later.

One Game to Sway Them All

As mentioned above, the Ohio State game looks to be an important one for recruiting. Aside from providing an opportunity to show that this ship is headed in the right direction (plz plz win), it's the biggest visit weekend of the year. The list will probably change over the course of the next week, but it's shaping up to be a blockbuster, per Josh Helmholdt in the Freep:

Official Visits:

  • FL CB Tony Grimes
  • FL DE Clarence Murphy
  • CA LB Tony Jefferson (as mentioned above)
  • PA CB Cullen Christian
  • FL RB Cassius McDowell
  • FL S Rashad Knight
  • FL S Commit Marvin Robinson

Unofficial Visitors:

  • 2009 FL CB Adrian Witty
  • MI CB Dior Mathis

Aside from that article, GA LB Tyrone Cornelius has talked about visiting Michigan (as mentioned last week), but no word on whether it will be for the OSU game or post-season. CA WR Kenny Stills is in a similar situation. There are also a number of indications that some 2011 prospects will be in attendance, including FL RB Demetrius Hart, a possible commit if he really likes what he sees.

Quarterbacks

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Sup Ladies?

SC QB Commit Conelius Jones's Shrine Bowl profile is now available, and he's listed as a wide receiver, who will be a defensive back at Michigan. Obviously, we won't have full confirmation of his future position until Signing Day.

In other quarterbacking news, MI QB Devin Gardner comes in for a solid round of fluff from Sam Webb in the Detroit News. He's still looking at possibly enrolling early.

"He had a great junior year and has simply built upon that," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "He is considered one of the top handful of quarterbacks in the country and is firmly entrenched as a five-star prospect. As far as upside goes, I don't see many quarterbacks that have his potential."

Rivals recently named Gardner the best scrambler among 2010 QBs, and the second-strongest arm, behind Penn State Commit Robert Bolden. At this time, I am obligated to grumble that I think Bolden is overrated.

man, I wish mgoblog had some awesome Gardner video that I could link here.

Happy Trails?

LA QB Munchie LeGeaux committed to Colorado. Once Michigan took Conelius Jones, the writing was probably on the wall that LeGeaux was no longer an option.

Though CA CB Josh Shaw was talking as recently as last week about taking an official visit to Michigan for the Ohio State game, that's no longer a possibility. He will decide early next week between 5 schools that aren't Michigan: Florida, USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and LSU. I'ma be straight with you: one of those things is reallllly not like the others.

PA DT Shariff Floyd has been alternately not very interested in Michigan and not at all interested in Michigan, so the latest sign of no interest (he will fill his final official visit slot with North Carolina) isn't quite cause to remove him from the board. Michigan is totally not landing that kid, though.

VA LB Aramide Olaniyan was positively raving about Michigan following his unofficial visit in September, but now UCLA may have moved to the forefront. That does give him a reputation for falling in love with the most recent school he's visited, so don't read too much into it. Still, there's no mention of an official visit to Michigan in December, as there was immediately after his first trip.

Olaniyan said he plans to take two more visits in December and then make his decision.

"I have Duke set for (Dec. 4) and North Carolina (Dec. 11)," Olaniyan said. "I'll make my commitment right after those visits. If I get invited to an All-American game, I'll announce then in January but otherwise, I'll do it in mid-December after my last visit."

Yeah, so that probably means Michigan has really fallen off.

OH S/WR Bobby Swigert has selected Boston College.

Etc.

Michigan's chance at TX DT Jatashun Beachum is "big" ($, info in header). Michigan offered MN DE Tobi Okuyemi... but he immediately committed to Nebraska. GA DT Mike Thornton has the Wolverines "in his thoughts" ($, info in header).

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-10

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-10

Submitted by Tim on November 10th, 2009 at 11:13 AM

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If you can help out finding articles on any of the commits, e-mail me, and I'll try to include your contribution.

New Commit LA S Carvin Johnson

Last week: Rummel knocks off Shaw 18-17.

Breaud was terrific, taking many huge hits, particularly from a human missile named Carvin Johnson and by linebacker Chris Randle. Johnson, who earlier this week committed to Michigan, returned a punt 69-yards for a score on a brilliant effort but the play was called back for a block in the back by Rummel.

This week: Rummel (10-0) v. Captain Shreve in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Carvin Johnson 2009
Defense
Game Result Int Sack
Bourgeois W 26-0 1 1
Mandeville W 14-10
Fontainebleau W 17-3
East St. John W 20-14
OP Walker W 23-0 1
Brother Martin W 13-7
Jesuit W 21-14 1
Barbe W 24-21
St. Augustine W 7-6 1
Archbishop Shaw W 18-17
Totals (10-0) 4 1

MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Inkster defeats Redford Thurston 50-28 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs. Article 2.

Gardner was 6-of-11 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 11 times for 120 yards and three more touchdowns.

"He played one of the better games of the year for me," Inkster coach Greg Carter said. "He took the game over. Every time Redford Thurston (8-3) would score, he would lead the team down to answer."

Paul was there (albeit a little late), so enjoy some video from the second quarter on:

CityBallers was also there, and they provide video as well.

This week: Inkster (7-3) @ Southgate Anderson in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7
Highland Park W 27-22 9 16 127 2 2 56.25 7.94 11 74 2 6.73
Bay City Central W 27-20 7 13 132 1 0 53.85 10.15 15 95 1 6.33
Muskegon CC W 34-19 4 9 110 0 0 44.44 12.22 99 1
St. Ignatius L 20-49 1 0 1
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Thurston W 50-28 6 11 120 2 0 54.55 10.91 11 120 3 10.91
Playoffs 2nd Rd 10 18 171 2 0 55.56 9.50 17 218 5 12.82
Totals (7-3) 73 128 1301 14 3 57.03 10.16 80 657+ 11 8.21

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Spartanburg loses to Dorman 0-28. Jones passed 5/14 for 40 yards and a pick.

This week: Spartanburg (3-8) @ Rock Hill in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Dorman L 0-28 5 14 40 0 1 35.71 2.86 0
Totals (3-8) 89 171 1014+ 6 2 52.04 5.93 103 403+ 10 3.91

MI RB Austin White

Last week: Stevenson falls to Detroit Catholic Central 0-38.

Senior Austin White, who has committed to play at the University of Michigan next season, finished the game with 75 yards on 10 carries for the Spartans, but was unable to use his speed to break a big run against the very solid Shamrocks defense.

...except for a 30-yarder, which I would call "big." I was there, so enjoy some video:

As you can see, Stevenson employed some direct-snap shotgun stuff for White, including throwing a pass. I hadn't seen them use that before this year, and I wonder if this was its debut. If so, I question the logic of installing something completely new for a big playoff game. I also question the logic of only giving your running back the ball 10 times when he averages 7.5 yards each carry, but whateva.

This week:

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Catholic Central L 0-38 10 75 0 7.50 0 0 0 -
Playoffs 2nd Rd 29 192 6.62
Totals (8-2) 183 1445+ 21 7.88 7 93 0 13.29

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline pounds Sunset 56-0. Drake had just two carries, but they spanned 102 yards, and both made it into the end zone:

Tony Drake ran up the middle 79 yards untouched with 4:50 remaining to give Skyline a 7-0 lead. Drake scored on a 23-yard run on Skyline’s next play to make it 14-0 with 2:37 remaining.

Then he got taken out of the game and Skyline won the end.

This week: Skyline (10-0) v. Garland rowlett in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
Plano East W 45-19 15 167 1 11.13 0 0 0 -
Lake Highlands W 42-27 19 226 2 11.89 1 6 0 6.00
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Sunset W 56-0 2 102 2 51.00 0 0 0 -
Totals (10-0) 100 1044 11 10.44 7 79 0 8.78

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

Last week: Game preview:

Give me Marcus RB Stephen Hopkins to not want his spectacular career to come to an end just quite yet and a Marcus win. Prediction: Marcus 27, Hebron 23.

In reality, Marcus pounds out a 35-28 win over Hebron. Hopkins ran 28 times for 171 yards and touchdowns of 37 ad 22 yards. Article 2:

Marcus running back Stephen Hopkins, who entered the game needing 44 yards to set the school’s all-time rushing record, gained 171 yards with two touchdowns

“We’ve had a great offensive line since I have been here,” Hopkins said. “And coach Erwin always believed in me. Thanks to all of them I was able to get that done.”

“It was all guts,” Hopkins said. “We picked the right time to show it and I’m proud of the team for how we fought and won. We have to keep fighting and keep getting better every week,” Hopkins said. “We have to step it up on offense and on defense and we have a chance.”

This week: Marcus (6-3) v. Grapevine in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Flower Mound W 35-28 28 171 2 6.11
Totals (6-3) 185 1115 16 6.03

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Game preview:

“I love playing at The Rock,” said Dileo, a Michigan football commitment who has scored 11 touchdowns this season. “The atmosphere is great. It’ll be a packed house and we’re playing for the district championship. It’s a great honor to be in this rivalry.”

More pregame fluff. Parkview beats rival Redemptorist 44-27.

It looked like the Wolves had Parkview stopped, but on fourth-and-3 at the PBS 47 the Eagles executed a fake punt, with Dileo running 24 yards for a first down.

Three plays later, Dileo scored on an option pitch around left end. Scott’s second PAT made it 17-7 with 9:39 left in the half.

Dileo later had a 41-yard punt return.

A 23-yard Wilson to Dileo pass helped key the drive that ended with a 2-yard TD run by Brandon Johnson.

This week: Parkview Baptist (8-1) v. Marksville in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
Church Point W 54-0 2 40 1 20.00
Port Allen W 32-7 11 65 0 5.91 3 92 2 30.67
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Redemptorist W 44-27 1
Totals (8-1) 50 246+ 4 4.92 11 267 6 24.27

MI WR Ricardo Miller

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Last week: Pioneer gets rocked by Canton 24-60. Miller had a TD catch:

But when Pioneer's Miles Sorise found Ricardo Miller on a 36-yard touchdown pass less than a minute into the second quarter to trim the deficit to a touchdown, it appeared Pioneer was ready to match Canton score for score.

and apparently 6 total catches for 82 yards. Update: 85 yards.

This week: Pioneer (8-3) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Canton L 24-60 6 85 1 14.17
Playoffs 2nd Rd 11 155 2 14.09
Totals (8-3) 30 626 10 20.87

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Preview fluff:

“Pace has been on the line for all three years I’ve been at tailback,” Mansnerus said. “I have a lot of trust in him, but all of them are good friends. We have a close bond together as teammates.”

Avon Lake outguns Maumee, 56-35 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

This week: Avon Lake (8-3)

OH DT Terry Talbott

Last week: Game preview. Wayne falls to Elder 14-35 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

This week: Wayne (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Last week: Pregame fluff. Wilkins missed his second consecutive game with mono.

"It's frustrating, but even moreso because I'm a senior," Wilkins said. "When you're a senior, any game can be your last game. You definitely want to get back and play."

When asked how he thought he has played this year, Wilkins said, "On defense, I wasn’t having as good of a year as I did last year. But I think some of that was due to a lot more people knowing who I was this year, and teams scheming more around me. I'm more involved in the offense this year, though. I was having an OK defensive year."

Trinity falls to Mars 0-17.

This week: Trinity (4-6) has been eliminated from the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton upsets Chartiers Valley 19-7 in Round 1 of the State playoffs.

This week: Hampton (6-4) @ Uniontown in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region falls to Bartow 7-45. Robinson is out for the year with an injury.

This week: Lake Region (0-8) v. East Ridge.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Last week: Game preview. Wayne falls to Elder 14-35 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

This week: Wayne (7-4) has been eliminated from the playoffs, and their season is over.

Seasons Complete

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth. Jackson finished with 43 catches for 573 yards.

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Harding (6-3-1) will not make the State Playoffs, and its season has ended.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

WI P Will Hagerup

Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season.

2011 OH CB Greg Brown

Ross (5-5) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
Findlay L 40-43 (3OT) 8 122 1 15.13 0 0 0 -
Marion Harding L 0-21 0 0 0 - 4 13 0 3.25
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior 2 10 0 5.00 6 42 1 7.00
Totals (4-4) 26 440 5 16.92 24 133 1 5.54

Wednesday Recruitin'

Wednesday Recruitin'

Submitted by Tim on November 4th, 2009 at 12:05 PM

All updates can be found on the 2010 Michigan Recruiting Board and the 2011 Michigan Recruiting Board.

Welcome to the Fold, Carvin Johnson

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Sure to be the subject of many "Calvin Johnson with a Korean accent" jokes over the next 4+ years, LA S Carvin Johnson became the 20th member of Michigan's 2010 recruiting class last night. The full googlestalk of the under-the-radar prospect can be seen in the Hello: Carvin Johnson post, but there's still a little more info out there to be had, namely an article from nola.com. Relevant bits quoted below:

Johnson said also spoke Tuesday night to both Wolverines running backs coach Fred Jackson, who had recruited him since Michigan extended its official offer during August two-a-day practices. Johnson said reached his decision in consultation with his mother Kim.

That's a slight inconsistency with other stories, which said he was offered in May. Continuing along:

"First of all," Roth said, "everybody who knows Carvin or who has been around him knows that he’s as good of a person as he is a football player. That’s a compliment to him and his momma. Football-wise, he’s a ballhawk. He’s always around the football making plays."

Johnson, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, with 4.7 speed in the 40, projects as a safety at Michigan. He is fully qualified academically with both the necessary core curriculum grade-point-average and test score, Roth said.

So, not only a (hopefully) good football player, but also a good student. Welcome, Carvin, may you be the first of many DB commits in November.

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BONUS: A Lousiana high school coach emailed MGoBlog to suggest that just because Johnson is virtually unknown to the recruiting sites doesn't mean that he's not a player:

With regards to your posts on Carvin Johnson, I can tell you that you are wrong on your assessment.

As a veteran Louisiana high school football coach at several highly successful programs, I have had players go on and play all over the country and on to the pros. I have also had kids play for RRod at Tulane, Clemson and WVU. RRod knows the type of football we play here in LA and picks and chooses which schools he recruits. … RRod knows this state and which schools produce college-ready players.

Carvin Johnson is not even one of my players – but I have played against his Rummel team and know Jay Roth and his program well. Carvin Johnson can play. Here in LA, we do not send kids to camps to get hyped up. We know our kids can play. If a LA kid is going to combines, it is very much more than likely due to (a) his high school coach trying to get exposure for himself or (b) because his program isn’t any good, but he plays well. Trust me, this is how it is.

You are getting a solid player – big, physical, coached up, football smart.

Just my nickel’s worth of commentary because that kid can play. I saw him 1st hand from my own sideline earlier this season when his team eked out a victory against us. Carvin can play and Jay is a good coach.

Coach Ox

So there you go: evidence that Johnson is a sleeper in a good way.

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Reverse Manifest Destiny

Last week, mgoblog's own TomVH reported that CA S Tony Jefferson would visit MIchigan for the Purdue game. WTKA's Ira Weintraub e-mailed to let us know that the date has changed, and now Jefferson will be in town for the contest against the Buckeyes. Greg Biggins of ESPN confirms that he will now visit the weeekend of the 21st.

Also in town from the left coast will be CA WR Kenny Stills. He also says:

"I talk all the time with [CA RB] Brennan Clay, Tony Jefferson, [CA CB] Joshua Shaw, [CA DE] Ronald Powell, a few others," Stills said. "There's a good chance a lot of us could be at the same school next year and that would be great.

Stills, Shaw, and Jefferson, plz. I believe Josh Shaw will complete that trifecta by also visiting for the OSU game. He has said he wants to take a Michigan visit, and that would be the perfect time to get him on campus.

In which I emulate Sherlock Holmes to an unnecessary degree

Remember back when GA DT Michael Thornton said he might take an official visit to Michigan at some point? TomVH confirms, via Twitter, that this will indeed happen. Considering that he's the only Georgia DT that Michigan is still heavily recruiting, we can assume this Scout header is about him, no?:

Georgia LB to Visit Michigan

GBW's Eugene Hankerson talked to the player - who plans to visit with his DT-Teammate.

Using a little detective work, we discover that there are three prospects in the Rivals database who are linebackers from Stephenson High School: Jabari Johnson, Franchot West, and Tyrone Cornelius.

Johnson doesn't have a picture available on his Scout profile, so he's out (otherwise the header photo for the article would be his profile picture). That leaves West and Cornelius. Let us compare the photographic evidence:

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Cornelius, Mystery Man, and West

The mgo-photo analysis provides indisputable evidence: It's Mr. Cornelius, with the official visit, in the Big House.

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I got way too much enjoyment out of this. Cornelius had been thinking about a Michigan visit for a while, FWIW.

Additional Linebackin'

FL LB Christian Jones is apparently still considering Michigan ($, info in header). I've re-added him to the board, since it seems like a lot of recruits are trying to stay as far as possible away from Florida State. Still, even getting him on campus would be a minor recruiting coup.

Part of the reason VA LB Aramide Olaniyan's is on the open market is that Duke was supposed to suck this year, and they did nothing to change those predictions in week one, falling at home to 1-AA Richmond. However, the Blue Devils have since rebounded, and now control their destiny in the ACC Coastal. Olaniyan is back to considering the Blue Devils, although Michigan still remains near the top of his list.

Happy Trails

It was apparent that he wasn't headed to Michigan for a while, but now we know where FL RB Eduardo Clements will play his college ball: Miami (YTM).

FL CB Ricardo Allen committed to Purdue.

2011 OH DE Steve Miller has committed to Ohio State, which is sad, but not unexpected. I at least thought he'd give Michigan an unofficial visit or two.

2011

Speaking of 2011, it's been a while since we've had an update on junior prospects. Athlete Vault has released an initial top 100 and relevant prospects at this time are:

#2 FL DT Timmy Jernigan (Michigan offer, but probably a Florida lock)

#3 AZ OT Christian Westerman (Michigan offer)

#10 GA TE Jay Rome (Michigan offer)

#12 MI LB Lawrence Thomas (Michigan offer, favors MSU)

#15 OH QB Braxton Miller (Michigan offer, favors OSU)

#27 FL S Hasean Clinton-Dix (Michigan interest, Dr. Phillips)

#35 FL WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin (Michigan interest)

#50 NC QB Christian LeMay (Michigan offer and camper, probably a lock to Florida)

#52 OH LB Trey DePriest (Michigan offer)

#54 DE Jalen Grimble (Michigan offer, added to the board)

#84 TX S Sheroid Evans (Stonum, Herron, Woolfolk HS)

#91 OH DE Chris Rock (Michigan interest)

#100 FL RB Demetrius Hart (Michigan lock)

Several other guys on the list will probably be of interest by the time 2011 recruiting truly ramps up.

For his part, Sheroid Evans would like to run track and major in engineering in college. Somebody get this kid on the phone with Troy Woolfolk and Patrick Omameh, stat.

Lawrence Thomas, on the other hand, is the subject of a ridiculously-misleading ESPN headline: "Mich. LB favors another Big Ten school" is a phrase which here means "Penn State is a school he is considering." The article itself even explicitly says he has no favorites.

Added OH TE Robert Mincey to the board, as he took a Michigan visit for the Penn State game ($, info in header). Same with PA OL Kevin Reihner.

SoFlaFootball also has its top 50 for 2011.

Etc.:

People close to MN OL Seantrel Henderson's recruitment are "beginning to think" he'll probably end up at Southern Cal. Uh, no, they've pretty much thought that all along. Notre Dame homers, on the other hand, think it's a 2-horse race between them and Ohio State. MI RB Jeremy Langford visited Michigan recently ($, info in header), I'd be surprised if an offer comes through. Michigan is pursuing post-grad VA DE David Mackall, currently a Maryland commit ($, info in header). I've added him to the board. SC CB John Fulton is selected to the Shrine Bowl. PA CB Cullen Christian no longer a lock? Say it ain't so! Is FL WR Kenny Shaw still interested in Michigan? A possible official visit would seem to imply so.

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-3

Friday Night Lights 2009: 11-3

Submitted by Tim on November 3rd, 2009 at 10:49 AM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Pregame fluff from the Detroit News. Inkster pounds Dearborn Edsel Ford 51-19 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. Gardner completed 4 of 7 passes for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running 6 times for 98 yards and another pair of scores. mgoblog was there, and thus provides you with rockin' HD highlights:

As you can see, his first 4 pass attempts were completed. Add to that the fact that 2 of the incompletions were Hail Marys and one was a perfect fade to a receiver whose toe was on the line, and you have a pretty good passing day.

This week: Inkster (6-3) @ Redford Thurston Friday at 7:00 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7
Highland Park W 27-22 9 16 127 2 2 56.25 7.94 11 74 2 6.73
Bay City Central W 27-20 7 13 132 1 0 53.85 10.15 15 95 1 6.33
Muskegon CC W 34-19 4 9 110 0 0 44.44 12.22 99 1
St. Ignatius L 20-49 1 0 1
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Regular Season (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97
Edsel Ford W 51-19 4 7 51 2 0 57.14 7.29 6 98 2 16.33
Totals (6-3) 67 117 1181 14 3 57.26 10.09 69 537+ 11 7.78

SC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Spartanburg falls to Boiling Springs 35-39.

the Vikings marched down inside the Boiling Springs 30-yard line in the final minutes, but a fourth-down run by quarterback Conelius Jones, another Shrine Bowl pick, was stopped short

For Spartanburg, Jones ran for 77 yards and a touchdown and threw for a score to Alton Miller.

And what is this "Shrine Bowl" you speak of? It's the North v. South Carolina High School All-Star game. Jones was selected to play as a wide receiver. Interesting quote from the article:

Spartanburg quarterback Conelius Jones, committed to Michigan as a defensive back,

To the best of my knowledge, he's coming in to Michigan as a quarterback, with a potential move to DB down the road.

This week: Spartanburg (3-7) @ Dorman.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Boiling Springs L 35-39 1 0 77 1
Totals (3-7) 84 157 974+ 6 2 53.50 6.20 103 403+ 10 3.91

MI RB Austin White

Last week: Stevenson defeats Northville 21-7 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Stevenson put two touchdowns on the board, including a 1-yard run by Austin White...

Stevenson then ran out the clock as White, who finished with a team-high 117 yards on 19 carries, racked up three first downs...

“He (White) is the type of back that can also be patient,’’ Ladach said. “He can nickel-and-dime you, too. Stevenson has a good offense. We did a pretty good job, but obviously we didn’t do enough.’’

This week: Stevenson (8-2) @ Detroit Catholic Central Saturday at 7:30 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Regular Season (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29
Northville W 21-7 19 117 1 6.16 0 0 0 -
Totals (8-2) 173 1380+ 21 7.98 7 93 0 13.29

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline downs W.T. White 62-3. Drake had just 4 carries, but they went for 50 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown.

This week: Skyline (9-0) @ Sunset on Thursday.

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
Plano East W 45-19 15 167 1 11.13 0 0 0 -
Lake Highlands W 42-27 19 226 2 11.89 1 6 0 6.00
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
W.T. White W 62-3 4 50 1 12.50 0 0 0 -
Totals (9-0) 98 942 9 9.61 7 79 0 8.78

hopkinsflowermound.jpgTX RB Stephen Hopkins

Last week: Game preview pregame fluff . Marcus defeats rival Flower Mound 63-39.

Hopkins broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown scamper on the ensuing play. It was the first of many long runs for Marcus.

Hopkins ran 21 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which covered 44 yards. Hopkins photo by Louis DeLuca of the Dallas Morning News.

This week: Marcus (5-3) @ Hebron.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Flower Mound W 63-39 21 217 2 10.33
Totals (45-3) 157 944 14 6.01

LA Slot WR Drew Dileo

Last week: Game preview. Parkview Baptist beats Baker 35-0.

Senior Drew Dileo scored on a 19-yard run with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter. Dileo passed to Johnson for two points and the final scoring of the game.

Dileo added 36 yards rushing on five tries.

This was a "pull the starters" type of game in bad weather, which partially explains the pedestrian stats.

This week: Parkview Baptist (7-1) @ Redemptorist on Thursday.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
Church Point W 54-0 2 40 1 20.00
Port Allen W 32-7 11 65 0 5.91 3 92 2 30.67
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Baker W 35-0 5 36 1 7.20 0 0 0 -
Totals (7-1) 50 246+ 4 4.92 11 267 6 24.27

MI WR Ricardo Millermillerbedford.jpg

Last week: Pregame fluff. Pioneer bests Temperance Bedford 28-7 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. MLive article.

Then midway through the final quarter Sorise capped a five-play drive with a 22-yard pass that bounced off a Bedford defender into the hands of Pioneer's Ricardo Miller for a TD...

Miller, who has verbally committed to play at Michigan, caught five passes for 70 yards after making just two catches for 16 yards in the first contest.

"We had to play a lot more Cover 3 because they went to a tight-end set with Ricardo Miller in the middle," Wood explained. "You can't let Miller run free down the seam, so we had to bring the safety over the top."

Big game for Miller, especially considering the inaccuracy by the Pioneer QB. Also, hooray for filling in stats for a game that had previously been blank on his season-long chart. Miller photo by Lon Horwedel of AnnArbor.com.

This week: Pioneer (8-2) @ Canton Friday at 7:00 in Round 2 of the State Playoffs.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28 2 16 0 8.00
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 19 471 8 26.36
Bedford W 28-7 5 70 1 14.00
Totals (8-2) 24 541 9 22.54

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Last week: Canton South continues its 1-game win streak with an upset over Carrollton 28-21. Robinson caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in the game.

This week: Canton South (3-7) missed the state playoffs, and its season is over.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Last week: Harding defeats Akron North 63-24.

This week: Harding (6-3-1) will not make the State Playoffs, and its season has ended.

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Avon Lake defeats Amherst-Steele 34-6. You can watch the entire game at that link, if you so desire.

This week: Avon Lake (7-3) @ Maumee Friday at 7:30 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

OH DT Terry Talbott

Last week: Wayne defeats Springfield 40-13. No mention of either Talbott in the article.

This week: Wayne (7-3) v. Elder in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Last week: Trinity defeats Ringgold 24-10. Shockingly, that made them eligible for the playoffs, even at 4-5.

The Hillers were shorthanded entering the game, having to play without Michigan recruit Kenny Wilkens [sic], who was out with mononucleosis.

This week: Trinity (4-5) v. Mars in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton "roughs up winless Highlands" 59-0.

This week: Hampton (5-4) v. Chartiers Valley in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Last week: Liberty loses to Girard 12-19.

This week: Liberty (4-6) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region loses to Jenkins 7-34.

The Thunder are playing without starting quarterback Tavaris Carr and Division I prospect safety Marvin Robinson because of injury.

Word on the street is that Robinson might be able to play injured, but with his team doing so poorly, he doesn't want to jeopardize spring practice at Michigan by re-aggravating it.

This week: Lake Region (0-7) @ Bartow.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Last week: Game preview. Lexington falls to Ashland 28-31.

The loss tempered a career night by Avery, who has battled injuries all season. The Michigan-bound senior completed 32 of 42 passes for 313 yards and two TDs and rushed for a score.

“Courtney is a player,” said [opposing coach] Valentine. “There’s a reason everyone was behind him and he goes to Michigan. I look forward to seeing him play on Saturdays.”

This week: Lexington (6-4) missed the State Playoffs, and their season is over.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Last week: Wayne defeats Springfield 40-13. No mention of either Talbott in the article.

This week: Wayne (7-3) v. Elder in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

WI P Will Hagerup

Last week: Whitefish Bay falls to Eisenhower 10-17 in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

This week: Whitefish Bay (5-5) has completed its season.

2011 OH CB Greg Brown

Last week: Ross loses to Sandusky 0-30.

Greg Brown intercepted a Zak Esposito pass as Sandusky was going in to score, but set up in awful field position assisted Sandusky in forcing Ross to a three-and-out.

This week: Ross (5-5) missed the State Playoffs, and its season is over.

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
Findlay L 40-43 (3OT) 8 122 1 15.13 0 0 0 -
Marion Harding L 0-21 0 0 0 - 4 13 0 3.25
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior
Totals (4-4) 24 430 5 17.88 18 91 0 5.06

Seasons Complete

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Huron's (5-4) season ended without a playoff berth.

Friday Night Lights 2009: 10-27

Friday Night Lights 2009: 10-27

Submitted by Tim on October 27th, 2009 at 8:53 AM

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MI QB Devin Gardner

Last week: Inkster defeats Steubenville 36-29. It snapped a multi-year regular season win streak for the Big Red.

Inkster's season seemed over when Steubenville took a 29-28 lead with 1:19 left to play, but Michigan-commitment Devin Gardner completed a 63-yard bomb to Vorheese Zanders with 39 seconds left.

Gardner completed 14 of 25 passes for 275 yards and four TDs. He also ran 11 times for 55 yards and a score.

This local article provides much more detail on the gameplay itself. Video highlights from the local news. Also, this mgoboard thread was pretty epic while the game was in progress.

This week: Inkster (5-3) @ Dearborn Edsel Ford in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.

Devin Gardner 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Pioneer L 32-35 10 14 97 1 0 71.43 6.93 16 113 1 7.06
East Kentwood L 33-52 19 30 389 3 1 63.33 12.97 10 102 2 10.20
St. Edward W 14-7
Highland Park W 27-22 9 16 127 2 2 56.25 7.94 11 74 2 6.73
Bay City Central W 27-20 7 13 132 1 0 53.85 10.15 15 95 1 6.33
Muskegon CC W 34-19 4 9 110 0 0 44.44 12.22 99 1
St. Ignatius L 20-49 1 0 1
Steubenville W 36-29 14 25 275 4 0 56.00 11.00 11 55 1 5.00
Totals (5-3) 63 107 1130 12 3 58.88 10.56 63 439+ 9 6.97

joneshillcrest.jpgSC QB Conelius Jones

Last week: Spartanburg breaks its losing streak by knocking off Hillcrest, 31-20.

Jones capped Spartanburg’s first possession of the second half with a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 17-0.

“The team had a lot of energy before the game, and we came out (after) halftime with more energy,” said Jones, who had 10 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones photo by Mike Bonner of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

This week: Spartanburg (3-6) @ Boiling Springs.

Conelius Jones 2009
Passing Rushing
Game Result Comp Att Yds TD Int % Yds/Att Rush Yds TD Avg
Dorman L 7-20 7 24 42 0 0 29.17 1.75 0 0 0 -
Union W 35-0 7 8 88 1 0 87.50 11.00 9 57 3 6.33
Northwestern W 20-10 125 1 0 45 1
Sumter L 21-24 17 26 189 1 1 65.38 7.27 21 59 1 2.81
Greenwood L 9-21 15 25 219 0 0 60.00 8.76 19 36 1 1.89
Gaffney L 7-14 18 30 184 0 1 60.00 6.13 21 60 1 2.86
Byrnes L 6-49 9 24 106 1 0 37.50 4.42 13 94 0 7.23
Mauldin L 27-46 7 14 92 1 0 50.00 6.57 10 7 0 0.70
Hillcrest W 31-20 4 6 54 0 0 66.67 9.00 10 90 2 9.00
Totals (3-6) 84 157 974+ 5 2 53.50 6.20 103 403+ 9 3.91

MI RB Austin White

Last week: Stevenson pounds Livonia Churchill 42-10.

Stevenson was led by senior Austin White, who rushed for a game-high 211 yards on 19 carries.

This week: Stevenson (7-2) hosts Northville in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. The Spartans rocked Northville 31-0 earlier this season.

Austin White 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Franklin L 7-21 14 64 1 4.57 - - - -
Howell L 14-28 16 119 2 12.44 4 59 0 14.75
Salem W 34-7 2
South Lyon W 37-0 8 173 3 21.63 0 0 0 -
Northville W 31-0 22 164 2 7.45 0 0 0 -
Novi W 14-7 28 133 1 4.75 3 34 0 10.33
South Lyon East W 47-20 16 234 5 14.63 0 0 0 -
Canton W 36-27 31 165 3 5.32 0 0 0 -
Churchill W 42-10 19 211 1 11.11 0 0 0 -
Totals (7-2) 154 1263+ 20 8.20 7 93 0 13.29

TX RB Tony Drake

Last week: Skyline rocks Carrollton Creekview 62-21. Drake ran 16 times for 139 yards and a score. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards.
This week: Skyline (8-0) v. W.T. White on Thursday.

Tony Drake 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Kimball W 51-2 8 69 1 8.63 0 0 0 -
Bowie W 35-27 13 92 1 7.08 2 14 0 7.00
Plano East W 45-19 15 167 1 11.13 0 0 0 -
Lake Highlands W 42-27 19 226 2 11.89 1 6 0 6.00
Molina W 65-0 1 54 1 54.00 0 0 0 -
Richardson W 36-7 13 102 0 7.85 1 13 0 13.00
Berkner W 39-7 9 43 1 4.78 1 32 0 32.00
Creekview W 62-10 16 139 1 8.69 2 14 0 7.00
Totals (7-0) 94 892 8 9.49 7 79 0 8.78

TX RB Stephen Hopkins

Last week: Game preview. Marcus falls to Coppell 21-42. Hopkins ran 22 times for 96 yards. For the first time this season, he was kept out of the endzone.
This week: Marcus (4-2) v. Flower Mound at SMU.

Stephen Hopkins 2009
Rushing
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg
Grapevine W 62-28 13 87 2 6.69
Plano West W 35-25 28 128 3 4.57
Katy L 24-34 13 38 1 2.92
Tyler Lee W 17-7 22 118 1 5.36
Lewisville W 56-7 10 110 4 11.00
Southlake Carroll L 30-41 28 150 1 5.36
Coppell L 21-42 22 96 0 4.36
Totals (4-3) 136 727 12 5.35

LA Slot WR Drew Dileodileofeliciana.jpg

Last week: Parkview Baptist beats West Feliciana 23-7.

Drew Dileo added 50 rushing yards with one TD. He also recovered a fumble to set up one fourth-quarter TD.

...and 1 badass stiff-arm, pictured at right courtesy of The Advocate's John Oubre.

Parkview drove to the WFHS 19 to open the game after a 51-yard kickoff return by Dileo.

This week: Parkview Baptist (6-1) v. Baker.

Drew Dileo 2009
Rushing Receiving
Game Result Rush Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
Christian Life W 60-14 1 50 1 50.00
Arcadiana W 31-14 14 77 0 5.50 1 35 1 35.00
Church Point W 54-0 2 40 1 20.00
Port Allen W 32-7 11 65 0 5.91 3 92 2 30.67
Dutchtown L 15-24 13 24 1 1.85 3 32 0 10.67
Northeast W 41-27 7 44 1 6.29 1 18 1 18.00
West Feliciana W 23-7 50 1
Totals (6-1) 45 210+ 2 4.67 11 267 6 24.27

MI WR Ricardo Miller

Last week: Pioneer falls to Dearborn Fordson 21-24.

Pioneer quarterback Miles Sorise threw three first-half touchdown passes -- 31 yards to Brandis Yarrington, 38 yards to Michigan-bound receiver Ricardo Miller and 23 yards to Mark Hugan...

Sorise led Pioneer back on two late drives, finding Miller after he got past a Fordson defensive back who tried to jam him at the line.

This week: Pioneer (7-2) hosts Temperance Bedford in the 1st Round of the State Playoffs. The Pioneers fell to Bedford 21-28 earlier in the season.

Ricardo Miller 2009
Receiving
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg
Inkster W 35-32 3 70 0 23.33
Dexter W 45-0 2 100 2 50.00
Saline W 36-17 3 48 1 16.00
Arthur Hill W 58-20 1 20 0 20.00
Bedford L 21-28
Monroe W 41-6 3
Huron W 23-19 2 48 0 24.00
Chelsea W 23-19 4 123 1 30.75
Fordson L 21-24 2 46 1 38.00
Totals (7-2) 14 369 7 26.36

OH WR Jerald Robinson

Last week: Canton South beats(!) Alliance 34-12.

Jerald Robinson also had a 45-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats. Robinson finished with 65 yards on five carries.

This week: Canton South (2-7) @ Carrollton.

MI WR Jeremy Jackson

Last week: Huron beats Ypsilanti 19-13.
This week: Huron (5-4) missed the state playoffs, and Jackson's senior season is over.

OH WR DJ Williamson

Last week: Harding pounds Youngstown East 43-6.
This week: Harding (5-3-1) v. Akron North.

OH OL Christian Pace

Last week: Avon Lake beats Brecksville-Broadview Heights 39-10.
This week: Avon Lake (6-3) @ Amherst-Steele.

OH DT Terry Talbott

Last week: Wayne beats Centerville 42-20.
This week: Wayne (6-3) @ Springfield.

PA DE Ken Wilkins

Last week: Trinity beats Yough 41-21. Wilkins caught a touchdown against Yough, and has played more tight end than defense this year:

Ken Wilkins, a Michigan recruit, caught two touchdown passes from Andrew Steratore but the first-team all-state defensive lineman from 2008 hasn't seen much time on defense.

This week: Trinity (3-5) v. Ringgold.

PA DE Jordan Paskorz

Last week: Hampton loses to Franklin Regional in a 35-34 nailbiter. It seems that Paskorz, like Wilkins, has done most of his work this year on the offensive line, rather than defense:

"Tackle Joe Raimondi and tight end Jordan Paskorz [a Michigan recruit] have really stepped it up," DeMatteo said. "Both have done a fantastic job on the offensive line."

This week: Hampton (4-4) v. Highlands.

OH LB Antonio Kinard

Last week: Liberty falls to Howland 18-0.

Liberty was lead by Robert Smith-Harris who rushed for 11 yards, and Antonio Kinard who caught a 42 yard pass from Nick Mattocks.

This week: Liberty (4-5) v. Girard.

FL S Marvin Robinson

Last week: Lake Region falls to Lake Gibson 14-51. Robinson is out with an injury.
This week: Lake Region (0-7) v. George Jenkins.

OH CB Courtney Avery

Last week: Game preview. Lexington shuts out Mansfield Senior 34-0.

Lexington senior quarterback Courtney Avery completed 12 of 19 passes for 171 yards and one TD in a steady rain. He also scored on a shifty 25-yard run for a 10-0 lead at the half.

This week: Lexington (6-3) v. Ashland.

OH CB Terrence Talbott

Last week: Wayne beats Centerville 42-20.
This week: Wayne (6-3) @ Springfield.

WI P Will Hagerup

Last week: Whitefish Bay loses to Milwaukee Lutheran, 21-28.
This week: Whitefish Bay (5-4)

2011 OH CB Greg Brown

Last week: Ross dominates Lima Senior 45-17.

The scoring onslaught began with Brown, whose 6-yard TD capped an 8-play, 48-yard scoring drive on the Little Giants' first possession of the second half.

Full stats updated when the Fremont Ross Football website posts them.

This week: Ross (5-4) @ Sandusky.

Greg Brown 2009
Receiving Rushing
Game Result Rec Yds TD Avg Rush Yds TD Avg
Start W 24-7 3 39 0 3.67
Whitmer L 25-29 3 72 1 20.53
Columbian W 49-35 3 98 2 32.67
Benedictine W 28-21 (OT) 6 99 1 16.50
Lahser W 22-14 1 0 0 0.00 3 17 0 5.67
Findlay L 40-43 (3OT) 8 122 1 15.13 0 0 0 -
Marion Harding L 0-21 0 0 0 - 4 13 0 3.25
Napoleon L 14-28 0 0 0 - 1 -1 0 -1.00
Lima Senior
Totals (4-4) 24 430 5 17.88 18 91 0 5.06

Wednesday Recruitin'

Wednesday Recruitin'

Submitted by Tim on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:38 AM

As always, you can see all the updates on the 2010 Michigan Recruiting Board.

Officially Visitin'

The Penn State game had been built up (at least in my mind) as a pretty big visit weekend, but it's cooled off a bit, and the November 21st weekend, when the Wolverines play Some Team from South of Here, should be the blockbuster weekend now. Still, there are a couple noticeable visitors for this Saturday.

OH TE Alex Smith, a longtime Cincinnati commit who has been considering Michigan for a while, will make his long-awaited trip to Ann Arbor this weekend. His school, Lakota West, also has a number of other D-1 prospects, including OH LB Alex Smith, but none of them are considering Michigan.

PA DT Sharrif Floyd's on-again, off-again visit to Ann Arbor this weekend appears to be off-again. He won't take any more visits until his high school season is completed. Er... since then, he's said that Ohio State will be his destination this week, and any report of Michigan interest is "just a rumor." That sounds... discouraging. Floyd is also excited to prove himself at the Army AA Bowl.

MN OL Seantrel Henderson is in a similar situation, with his Michigan visit for this weekend shrouded in mystery.

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CA S Dietrich Riley enjoyed his Notre Dame visit (as did his buddy, CA CB Josh Shaw), and a Michigan visit doesn't seem to be set in stone, as it was earlier in the process. Also, local Riley fluff. Dietrich Riley picture by Keith Birmingham for the Pasadena Star-News.

GA DT Michael Thornton may take an official visit at a later date.

SC CB John Fulton will apparently visit Michigan November 28th, the week after the season ends. Something tells me that's not accurate, since there's no need to do it that soon after the season, especially with the basketball team out of town. I'd guess that visit is actually for the OSU game a week prior.

Still Seeking Linebackers

Josh Helmholdt shares in the Free Press that a couple new linebackers have entered Michigan's radar. FL LBs Jeremiah George and Greg Hickman have been hearing from the Wolverines, and both are supposedly true MLB types. Also from the article, the Wolverines are taking a look at MI LB Michael Kinville from Detroit Catholic Central, the alma mater of Mike Martin. All three of those gentlemen will be added to the board.

Meanwhile, OH LB Jewone Snow visits Morgantown, no Michigan mention (grumble grumble).

Cullen

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Though he maintains an official top 5 of Michigan, West Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, and Pitt, ESPN certainly gives the vibe that the Wolverines and the Mountaineers are the only two teams remaining for PA CB Cullen Christian. He has plenty of nice things to say about Michigan:

On the flip side, Rodriguez and Christian maintain regular contact, Christian said. "I talk to him all the time. He tells me they really want me. I'm No. 1 on their board. He tells me I'll fit right in. He tells me that all the time -- trying to get it stuck in my head."

Christian has been talking with people close to the Michigan program about exactly what it's like to play for Rodriguez, in Ann Arbor. "He seems like a cool dude to me," Christian said. "He was real laid back."

But from what Christian has been told by those who are already in the program at UM, Rodriguez's laid back vibe from the recruiting trail can change. "What everybody's telling me, he's real intense when you get up there. The intense one up there is [strength and conditioning coach] Mike Barwis. He's intense all the time," said Christian.

He says some nice things about West Virginia as well, but nothing as positive as the Michigan portion. He still plan a visit for the OSU game and a decision immediately thereafter.

As for Christian's teammate, PA S/WR Brandon Ifill, the list has been narrowed to Pitt and Maryland. Michigan isn't going to get Ifill, and the Penn Hills duo will probably go to different schools. I've removed Ifill from the recruiting board, although his final decision won't come for a couple months.

2011

MI LB Lawrence Thomas is considered a heavy MSU lean, but Michigan was his childhood favorite:

"Michigan meant a lot to me when I was growing up," Thomas said. "When I was young I saw them in all the bowls, so they were one of those dream schools."

They may be able to work that angle to good results. Thomas has also gotten bigtime, scoring offers from the like of Florida, Oklahoma, and Penn State. He won't make a decision until his senior season, which is still a year away.

In other "2011 Instate recruits blowin' up" news, MI WR DeAnthony Arnett has garnered offers from Oregon and LSU, with Oklahoma likely on the way. Also from that article, MI WR Kenny Knight is apparently getting Michigan interest. I've been looking for information on the kid for a looooong time, and this is officially the first recruiting news I've seen on him.

While we're on the topic, the 2011 Recruiting Board should debut a little bit later this week. Stay tuned.

EDIT:OR RIGHT NOW. 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Board.

Etc.

VA LB Aramide Olaniyan is still "in touch" with Clemson. Local recruiting fluff on OH OL Skyler Schofner, who sounds like he's not considering the Wolverines anymore. Might MI WR commit Ricardo Miller visit UCLA with FL WR Kenny Shaw? I'd be surprised.

Wednesday Recruitin'

Wednesday Recruitin'

Submitted by Tim on October 14th, 2009 at 10:04 AM

This should be a mondo update, since there wasn't a true recruiting post last week. Brace yourself, and if you need some context, check out the 2010 Michigan Recruiting Board.

Happy Trails:

IA QB AJ Derby to Iowa, OH S Kurtis Drummond to MSU, CT LB Khairi Fortt committed to Penn State, MD LB Troy Gloster committed to West Virginia, FL DE Lynden Trail committed to Florida.

Get 'em Early

ESPN provides one of the fluffiest Devin Gardner articles humanly possible:

Putting a football in Devin Gardner's hands is like handing a master artist a paint brush and an empty canvas.

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It's your standard "lots of words with no information"-type article, other than mentioning that Gardner intends to enroll early at Michigan. Devin's gone back-and-forth about whether he wants to come in for the winter semester, but it appears his on-again, off-again relationship with that plan is in the on-again phase. 

Rich Rodriguez has mentioned that he doesn't want to see high schoolers miss out on their opportunity to play winter and spring sports in high school, but since Gardner is participating in the ESPNU/Under Armour All-American Bowl, a (terrible) MHSAA rule prevents him from playing sports afterward. He wouldn't be missing out on much other than the prom.

(Gardner photo by Tom Hauck for ESPN.com.)

In other potential early-enrolling athletes, I brought this up in yesterday's Friday Night Lights post, but TX RB Stephen Hopkins also plans to enroll early. That brings the unofficial list to the following:

  • MI QB Devin Gardner
  • TX RB Stephen Hopkins
  • MI WR Ricardo Miller
  • OH WR Jerald Robinson
  • OH OL Christian Pace
  • FL S Marvin Robinson

That's always subject to change. Back to Hopkins for a moment, though, as MGoReader Phil Sampson fills me in that the big game against Southlake Carroll should be available for listening on the internet at http://www.kkgmam.com/. The game takes place Friday at 7:30 CDT. Phil warns that if you tune in early, you'll be subjected to some bad music.

In the Army Now

MN OL Seantrel Henderson was officially selected to the Army All-American Bowl, which is probably the least shocking moment in human history. No mention of Michigan in the recruiting snippets, for what it's worth. That's a somewhat regular occurrence, though insider-y rumblings still say that he likes Michigan. For what it's worth, his friend MN Ath JD Pride committed to Minnesota, but says he won't pressure Seantrel to join him.

Elsewhere in Official Army Selections, WI P Commit Will Hagerup got the treatment on Thursday. Rivals AMP was there:

For the record, Hagerup mentions that he'll arrive in Ann Arbor over the summer, which is a good sign that he has no intention of enrolling early.

SO MUCH STUFF ABOUT VISITS

AZ S Marquis Flowers plans to visit Michigan "later this month." That will be for the Penn State game, obviously. More on Penn State visits in next week's recruiting update, of course.

CA S Sean Parker visited Cal for the USC game, and the only other visit he's sure about is Michigan. He's planning to wait out a decision, so if Michigan has a good season, there's definitely a chance to land him. Rivals insists that he has not committed to USC ($, info in header). "Hey, that thing that nobody believes? It's not true!"

Michigan continues to lead for PA CB/S Cullen Christian, despite his shiny new offer from Ohio State. He plans to visit Ann Arbor for the November 21st contest against the Buckeyes, and decide a couple days after. That timeline looks good for Michigan. JC Shurburtt has more:

"I am going to decide Nov. 24 during a press conference at my high school," Christian said. "Right now, my top two schools are Michigan and West Virginia. Every school has a shot, though, and things could change when I take my official visits."

"They were just my favorite team growing up as a kid," Christian said. "They gave me my first offer. They recruit me the hardest, and I just love Michigan."

Again, sounds like the Wolverines are entrenched as his leader. As for his teammate, PA S Brandon Ifill, things don't look nearly as rosy from a Michigan perspective. He favors Maryland and Pitt ($, info in header), and Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest. It's fair to say that Michigan would prefer to only get Christian out of this duo.

Most analysts assume that FL LB Christian Jones is a lock to Florida State, since he's a legacy and his brother plays there. Despite Michigan falling off his radar lately, the Wolverines are still in the mix for an official visit ($, info in header). ESPN confirms that Michigan is one of the contenders for an official visit. I'll believe it when I see it, since he's been completely forgotten about by Michigan fans.

FL CB Tony Grimes (who still favors Michigan, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin) will be taking his Michigan visit for the Ohio State game at the end of November. That's shaping up to be a blockbuster recruiting weekend, with CA RB/LB Anthony Barr visiting as well.

Dee Tees

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Michigan is "still alive" with GA DT Mike Thornton ($, info in header), and he's considering the Wolverines  for one of his official visits ($, info in header). Sam Webb elaborates in the Detroit News:

Those skills caught the attention of Michigan assistant Jay Hopson last summer. The Wolverines' Peach State recruiter wasted little time making very clear the magnitude of his program's interest.

"He told me they were looking for a great defensive tackle and they found that in me," Thornton recalled. "They needed to see my academic work and they offered a day later, actually." ...

"I talked to coach Hopson last week," Thornton said. "I haven't watched them play yet, but I've been hearing good things about them. I'm still going to get up there (on a visit). I just don't know when yet. "

Talk about defensive tackles and whatnot.

PA DT Shariff Floyd probably won't visit North Carolina with one of his officials, and Michigan is one of the options to fill that slot, along with Ohio State. I would predict that Michigan gets that visit for the Ohio State game if the Wolverines continue their winning ways, and he hasn't decided on a school by that time. He remains a longshot.

MN DT Beau Allen is down to five finalists, all of whom will receive official visits. He's already been to Wisconsin, and he's still setting up trips to Notre Dame, Stanford, Minnesota, and Michigan.

2011

It looks like Michigan is on the outside looking in for FL OT Tyler Moore. He planned to announce a decision "very soon," and made it in favor of Nebraska. Brian, his dad, points out that a verbal commitment might not be a final decision, so he might not drop completely off the radar when he commits to one of those schools.

Sam Webb's "Dandy Dozen" - the top twelve instate recruits in the 2011 class in no particular order - are presented for your perusal, with relevant recruiting comments from the article following each recruit.

DeAnthony Arnett, WR, Saginaw, 6-0, 170, 4.51 - Offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Tennessee already have come through for the talented youngster. Aside from taking a few visits to some of aforementioned schools, Arnett has made recruiting a back-burner issue.

Arnett is widely considered to be a Michigan lean, though he doesn't have any public favorites. When I talked to him in August, he said he was going to take his time with the recruiting process.

Justice Hayes, RB, Grand Blanc, 5-11, 185, 4.5 - Allen Trieu: "He grew up a Michigan State fan, but Northwestern is recruiting him hard and his teammate Tony Jones is committed there. Then you have Michigan, who fits his style of play and he has had good visits to. He is wide open right now."

Talky. Hayes recently spoke to Rivals' MichiganPreps, where he gave a similar picture of his recruitment, adding that he has one offer, from Iowa. It also included video:

...and back to the Webb article:

Delonte Hollowell, CB, Detroit Cass Tech, 5-9, 165, 4.5 - "Central Michigan and Michigan offered me," added Hollowell. "Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State -- a lot of schools have been sending mail. I'm going to try to go to an Iowa game and maybe an Illinois and Michigan State game. Michigan State has sent mail and I talked to the defensive backs coach, Coach (Harlan) Barnett."

Don't be too frightened by that last comment. Michigan is the leader for Hollowell, though "because I don't have any other offers except for Central Michigan" doesn't imply that the Wolverines have an iron grip.

Lawrence Thomas, LB, Detroit Renaissance, 6-4, 237, 4.65 - Trieu: "Michigan State is the team to beat, but I get the feeling a lot of schools from all over are about to turn up the heat on him."

Michigan recently extended an offer to Thomas ($, info in header), but are definitely playing from behind.

Willie Beavers, OT, Southfield Lathrup, 6-5, 327, 5.1

Bryan Bell, OT, Walled Lake Central, 6-5, 290, 5.0

Ashton Gaines, WR, Detroit Crockett, 5-11, 170, 4.6

Jamal Hosley, WR, Highland Park, 5-9, 160, 4.4

Taiwan Jones, LB/WR, Anchor Bay, 6-4, 200, 4.7

Willie Snead, WR, Muskegon Heights, 6-0, 180, 4.5

Dwight Trammer, LB, Inkster, 6-1, 225, 4.7

Anthony Zettel, OG, West Branch Ogemaw Heights, 6-3, 255, 4.9

I believe Bell grew up a Michigan fan, though the early word is that he hasn't heard a whole lot from the Wolverines. Willie Snead plays quarterback in high school, but projects as a WR/DB. Trammer is a teammate of Devin Gardner, and likes Michigan (Michigan might like him, too: I overheard Wolverines QB coach Rod Smith asking what number he was at a recent Inkster game). Anthony Zettel is considered a mortal lock to the maize and blue if they see him worthy of an offer.

Now that I've given you most of the interesting information from the article, I feel obligated to encourage you to check it out. Seriously, it's really good stuff.

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FL RB Demetrius Hart is going to be a top prospect in the Sunshine State next year, probably ringing in around 4 stars. He's also considered a Michigan lock, though I have no idea why:

"Of course, they are my top team," Hart said. "I don't think I will commit now, but I will commit later to Michigan."

Nope, I haven't the slightest clue. Hart took in a Michigan game last year, and has set a visit for this season as well. I'd bet one of my kidneys that it's for either the Penn State or the Ohio State game, both of which are shaping up to be blockbuster recruiting events. Win plz. Hart is also a candidate for Orlando Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year, probably because he does stuff like this.

Yeah, it's totally time for a 2011 recruiting board. Look for it next week.

Etc.

As mentioned in last week's recruiting update, Michigan offered CA WR Kenny Stills. "Offered" DE RB Jamaal Jackson will decide after his senior season. CA CB Joshua Shaw will no longer visit Michigan. The Wolverines are pushing for a visit from SC CB John Fulton.