Washington Post reviews 2007's top 100 football recruits

Washington Post reviews 2007's top 100 football recruits

Submitted by LGenius on January 30th, 2017 at 6:22 PM

I love looking back to see what happened to highly recruited guys, so this article is pretty fascinating.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2017/01/29/following-the-signs/

Of note, Alabama and Michigan only had 3 players in the top 100 and OSU only had 2, while Florida had 11! Some things change, but some things stay the same. Unfortunately Meyer is still a ridiculous recruiter.  

MIchigan notables:

4. Ryan Mallett, QB

Commitment: Michigan

Mallett transferred from Michigan after one season and spent two years at Arkansas. A third-round pick in 2011, he has started eight games in six NFL seasons and last season was a backup in Baltimore.

25. Donovan Warren, DB

Commitment: Michigan

After leaving school early, he went undrafted in 2010. Warren bounced among four NFL teams but never played. He is involved in commercial real estate, according to his Twitter bio.

37. Jerimy Finch, DB

Commitment: Florida

Finch orally committed to Michigan and then Indiana before settling on Florida. He later transferred to Indiana -- and then transferred to Marian University. He was arrested in 2014 for burglary of a liquor store.

91. Toney Clemons, WR

Commitment: Michigan

Clemons transferred to Colorado and in 2012 was drafted in the seventh round by the Steelers. He appeared in four games that season and later bounced around the NFL and CFL.

Welp, at least Warren worked out. 

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Cornerbacks

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Cornerbacks

Submitted by Magnus on July 18th, 2015 at 3:23 PM

No offense to 1960's music, 1970's music, or your favorite kids' show, but I here's some football content.

I looked back at the 2007 recruiting class and what cornerbacks Michigan targeted. Despite the disaster that was the cornerback position in 2010, when all of those 2007 kids should have been seniors, the Wolverines actually did pretty well when they got Donovan Warren, James Rogers, and Troy Woolfork Wilfork Wohlfohlrk Woolfolk.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-of-2007-recruiting-co…

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Defensive ends

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Defensive ends

Submitted by Magnus on October 17th, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Since it's a bye week, I had some time to post a summary of Michigan's attempts to reel in defensive ends in the 2007 class. Michigan scored with Ryan Van Bergen, who turned into a pretty solid player. They missed out on some other high-quality players who ended up hurting us on the field a little bit. I see some people crediting Rich Rodriguez recruits for Brady Hoke's 11-2 season in 2011, but it's important to remember (in that argument) that guys like Van Bergen were Lloyd Carr recruits. This was Carr's last full class before the Carr/Rodriguez combination that signed in February 2008.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2014/10/review-of-2007-recruiting-de…

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Tight Ends

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Tight Ends

Submitted by Magnus on April 25th, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is a relatively short post, as Michigan only offered five tight ends that I know if in the 2007 class. All I can say is that I'm glad Aaron Hernandez spurned Lloyd Carr's offer in favor of Florida, because 2013/2014 would be an even bigger P.R. mess if Hernandez were a former Michigan student-athlete.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-of-2007-recruiting-ti…

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Offensive Linemen

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Offensive Linemen

Submitted by Magnus on April 23rd, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I did a retrospective on Michigan's offensive line recruiting from 2007, a class that included several busts, several first round picks, and David Molk (plus a few others). There's even a local, homegrown product on the list from Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, though he flamed out.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-of-2007-recruiting-of…

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Wide Receivers

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Wide Receivers

Submitted by Magnus on April 16th, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Last week I looked at the 2007 running backs. This week I put together a look back at the wide receivers Michigan recruited in that class. If you don't remember, that's the class that brought us Junior Hemingway! (And Toney Clemons and Zion Babb.)

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-of-2007-recruiting-wi…

Sparty player development (or talent scouting, or luck)

Sparty player development (or talent scouting, or luck)

Submitted by blueheron on June 11th, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Sparty player development (or talent scouting, or luck)

This morning the Rivals player countdown features a Sparty (Joel Foreman) wholly unfamiliar to me at #76:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/photofeature.asp?fid=36888

Where was he in 2007?

http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Joel-F…

That's right, two stars. Not that I'm counting or anything, but that's at least the third such instance for Sparty from that era. The other two on my mind?

* Kirk Cousins: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Kirk-C…
* Jerel Worthy: http://rivals.yahoo.com/michiganstate/football/recruiting/player-Jerel-… (2008 class)

They were both three-star recruits, but they've been mentioned as future high NFL draft picks, for what that's worth. Note that Worthy had an offer from Nebraska, so he's wasn't as obscure as the other two.

Other three-star guys from the '07 class that prospered include Greg Jones (a recent NFL draftee) and Arizona transfer Nick Foles.

I realize that plenty of "threes" (e.g., David Harris and Mike Hart) at Michigan end up doing well, but it seems that Dantonio has been doing a good job with player development, talent scouting, or just being lucky. Thoughts?

Michigan's poor 2007 in-state recruiting haul

Michigan's poor 2007 in-state recruiting haul

Submitted by mejunglechop on July 2nd, 2009 at 2:54 AM

Old news I guess, but looking for some sort of explanation...

Looking through the Rivals' old state and I was struck first by what a great year 2007 was for talent in the state of Michigan and then by how unsuccessful UM was at locking it down. Rivals awarded twelve four stars and one five star in the state that year, of which Michigan landed two (ranked 10th and 12th respectively).

Another surprising aspect was the number of out of state non Big Ten schools who got in on the pillaging. Of course I know Rojo shocked everyone and was assumed to be in the bad, but what about everyone else? What happened?

Edit: By bad I meant bag, although I guess bad works too...(?)