The Champion Gridiron Kings event, part of the ESPN RISE Games is happening this week and several recruits of interest to Michigan fans are participating.
Champion® Gridiron Kings is one of four elite events that anchor the ESPN RISE Games Presented by Target, July 14-27, and includes performance training, position-specific training, skills challenges and a 7-on-7 competition. [The event] features 65 of the best players in the game’s seven skill positions – quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback and safety. Champion® Gridiron Kings is scheduled for July 24-25 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
This article and several tweets indicate that Dee Hart, DeAnthony Arnett, and Curtis Grant (Richmond, VA LB) have all performed well in today's drills and skills challenges.
Other standouts today were Southeast tight end Nick O'Leary (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dywer); Southeast safety Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community); Southeast running back Demetrius Hart (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Hart); Southwest running back Hershcel Sims (Abilene, Texas/Abilene); Southwest cornerback Quandre Diggs (Angelton, Texas/Angleton); Southwest wide receiver Jaxon Shipley (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood); Midwest linebackers Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) and Conner Crowell (Waldorf, Md./North Point); and Midwest wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw).
"It's been real fun out here," Arnett said. "We are just trying to call get a feel for the quarterback. There's so much competition. But I feel confident and I am playing well."
Then there's this tweet from Victors_Valiant:
Michigan prospects doing well at the Gridiron Kings.. could be several super prospects visiting with Dee Hart to UM this fall.. HaHa!
Wonder if that last bit is a reference to Hart's HS teammate and Alabama commit Ha'sean (HaHa) Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix has been outspoken in his desire to get Hart to join him at 'Bama, but is there a chance that the opposite could happen? Even if it's not, if Hart is in fact bringing "several super prospects" with him to A2 this fall, Hart's intentions toward Michigan seem to be highly positive and his influence as a potential elite commit could have a major effect on how Michigan rounds out its 2011 class.
Deanthony arnett standing out at gridiron kings, best wr here so far
Given Arnett's latest comments, it seems that he wants to take his talents out West.
Arnett is still considering his options, which include Michigan State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Southern Cal and California.
"I like the West Coast teams. I don't know if I'm going to end up there, but I want to make the trip to check them out. The probabtion at Southern Cal doesn't bother me. All the four-star receivers they have there don't bother me either. I think I can do things better than they can."
I wish Demar Dorsey the best luck and success following this botched ordeal. The rest of you should as well. Actually, one of the best things that could happen for Michigan is that Demar stays out of trouble, as he has been, and attains great success as a college football player elswhere. Even continuing into the NFL. Maybe then the school will realize that people can change and deserve, at least, the opportunity to prove themselves. I have been a lifelong Michigan supporter. No I did not go to school there. Hell, I've never even been to the state. However, I have grown tired of the arrogance and elite attitude of the school. I understand that there is a standard and a reputation to uphold, but wouldn't Michigan be well served to give a young man a chance to better himself at their school. It's fairly apparent that all he wanted to do was distance himself from his past life and start anew in a better environment. Michigan denied him that opportunity. If the school got burned by Mr. Dorsey on the deal, then.....lesson learned. The school could then use that as backup for any future dealings of this sort. To not have any experience in this matter and shy away from a chance to prove it's understanding and ability to better people in its own way is ridiculous. Am I going to cheer less for the Wolverines after this, no. Have I lost some respect for the school and it's stuffy, old fashioned ways, yes. I don't want this to seem like I am ripping on the school here. I am only frustrated that, given the current state of the football team, Michigan couldn't find it in themselves to take one chance on a single young man to help the team. In the end it could, if successful, provide future opportunities for other young men like Mr. Dorsey and only help the public image of the university itself.
That being said, I wish Mr. Dorsey the absolute best in his academic and athletic endeavors. Hopefully he can show Michigan what is missed out on by not giving him an opportunity and possibly open the minds of the admissions staff.
I would love to hear your opinions on this matter as well. Thanks for letting me vent.
I got a really positive vibe from the recent article about Clinton-Dix from rivals (http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1051540 behind a paywal I believe).
Here is one reason: "Hopefully me and DHart go to school together. We're still looking at it and trying to graduate early, so depending on how it works out it might be at Michigan," Clinton-Dix said. "We've got strong takes on Michigan. They were the first team to put me on the scene."
And some more good news: Michigan assistant coach Rod Smith is heading up Clinton-Dix recruitment for the Wolverines. Clinton-Dix has also spoken to head coach Rich Rodriguez on several occasions, but Michigan's most influential recruiter may be former Dr. Phillips wide receiver Ricardo Miller.
Come on Miller, work that magic!
Rivals list's Hasean Clinton-Dix as an athlete, but he played mostly as a safety and was often used closer to the line of scrimmage as an additional linebacker.
EDIT: Projected as a 4-5 star range by Rivals (although likely needs some stellar combine performances to reach that 5th star).
Damn I really want a solid Dr. Phillips pipeline... they consistently dish out quality talent.
I stumbled upon this article on Cleveland.com Re. Jake's Michigan commitment.
The article gives some stats from this past season and lists some of his offers, all MAC schools.
The offer list is a little lacking but I still think this kid has a shot at being a productive B11 player, especially considering our current LB situation.
I think his videos show solid pursuit and tackling fundamentals, something thats been lacking the last couple of years imho.
Here is a breakdown of the scholarships available for 2010
QB: 1 (assuming Cone does not get a 5th Year)
DL: 2 (assuming Patterson does not get a 5th Year)
CB: 1 (hoping I'm wrong about Warren leaving)
P/K: 2 (assuming Wright does not get a 5th Year)
Players Who Left the Team: 7 (Helmuth, Evans, Wermer, O'Neill, Feagin, Clemons, Cissoko)
TOTAL: 22 Scholarships Available
So it looks like RR will be trying to sign close to a full class in 2010. I believe the B10 limits 25 scholarships per recruiting class so that is probably the number RR is targeting.