TomVH: DL Darian Cooper

TomVH: DL Darian Cooper

Submitted by TomVH on April 3rd, 2010 at 4:53 PM

DL Darian Cooper, from DeMatha High School just sent me a message to let me know he has been offered by Michigan. Cooper, who stands at 6-foot-3, and 280 pounds, received the offer yesterday from Coach Dews.

He is tentatively set to visit Michigan on May 21st, but might try to make it up earlier. Besides Michigan, he has offers from Penn State, Maryland, Illinois, Marshall, East Carolina, and Bryant.

As always, the highlights....

Demetrius Hart Post-Bama Visit Update

Demetrius Hart Post-Bama Visit Update

Submitted by MGoShoe on April 3rd, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Demetrius Hart visited Alabama on Thursday and liked what he saw, but apparently it was not enough to make the Crimson Tide his leader.

"Oh it was a great day. We watched a scrimmage and had a meeting with Coach (Nick) Saban," texted Hart, who left for his Alabama visit with Auburn leading the way among teams pining for his services. "Everyone there was great and I had a blast with HaHa (Clinton-Dix). I may be converted. ...

"Overall it was one of the best colleges, if not the best, I've been to. It's a nice area and campus .. great people and coaches."

Asked then who is No. 1 choice is right now and he replied, "Don't have one."

The article then goes into Hart's planned visit to Michigan for the Spring Game and his relationship with Ricardo Miller.

"April 12, Michigan," Hart replied to what his next plans are. So he'll add another chapter with a trip to Ann Arbor, where he already has a good friend and former Dr. Phillips teammate Ricardo Miller on the Wolverines' roster.


[Miller] was unable to coax friend and former teammate Kenny Shaw to join him this year, as Shaw stayed close to home and signed with Florida State. But don't think Hart won't hear the pitch, and Clinton-Dix will hear it as well. The future of Wolverines' coach Rich Rodriguez is a big concern for Michigan prospects. Not many recruits want to commit to a college with a coach in limbo.


So the saga continues with Hart and HaHa's College Tour. They're having too much fun right now to make any commitments.

Sam Webb's Brennen Beyer Update

Sam Webb's Brennen Beyer Update

Submitted by MGoShoe on April 1st, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Sam Webb's latest focuses on Plymouth DE Brennen Beyer and it confirms previous Tim and TomVH reports that Beyer is a Michigan lean who: grew up a Wolverines fan, decided to delay his seemingly sure commitment, has garnered signficant offers and interest, seems to be deciding between Michigan and Notre Dame, has spent a significant amount of time in A2 and plans to attend the Spring Game.

MGoBlog archive material on Beyer available here and

Money quotes...

Favorites: "I still like Michigan a lot," Beyer said. "But I'm really looking hard at Michigan and Notre Dame right now."

On his Notre Dame visit: "I got to talk to Coach (Bob) Diaco, their defensive coordinator and he explained to me where I belong in their defense as an outside linebacker," Beyer said. "I got to talk to Coach (Brian) Kelly. I also got to see the campus a lot and the campus is pretty nice. Coach Kelly has a pretty good record. It's attractive and so is what the whole school itself has to offer."

On Michigan's scrimmage: "It was great," Beyer said. "It was sweet to see finally hitting full speed and stuff. It was really good because I got to see the coach's coach and the players go at it. So it was good to get a feel for the atmosphere and what a practice was like. The defensive coordinator, Coach Robinson, was fun to watch. He was who I watched mostly because that's where I'm being recruited for. It was really good. I was pretty impressed."

On the process: "I've still got a little bit more things to think about, but I'm definitely getting closer (to making a choice)," he said. "I'm definitely going to make a decision before my senior year of football. The visits I'm going on now, I want to get a feel for what the coaches are like, how they are going to coach me, and what kind of atmosphere it is going to be at their practices. I'm looking for a school with a great coaching staff, nice facilities, and good academics."

"I guess just when I feel like I've been to the college I want to go to, and I'm 100 percent sure that it is the right place, I'll commit."

TomVH: Saturday Visits (March, 27th)

TomVH: Saturday Visits (March, 27th)

Submitted by TomVH on March 28th, 2010 at 1:38 PM

OL Matt Frazier was supposed to be there. I haven't double checked with him to see if he made it in, though.

DE Brennen Beyer was there.

LB Ben Kline was there.

....and DT Kevin Williams was there, also. He said he had a really fun time, and more importantly, got a good understanding of the defensive scheme.

It looks like this is Michigan vs. Nebraska, at this point. He wants to make a decision soon, so all these visits are great news.

TomVH: Brennen Beyer Update

TomVH: Brennen Beyer Update

Submitted by TomVH on March 24th, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Instate DE Brennen Beyer was at Michigan practice this week, and he plans on being back again on Saturday. He needs to confirm, but is almost positive that he'll be at the spring game, as well.

He told me that he is definitely getting closer to a decision, but that he's also still evaluating a few things.

Michigan and Notre Dame are the two schools that he's taking a serious look at, right now.

He's not positive of what his timeline will look like, but he wants to be done at least before the season starts.

TomVH: Kevin Williams Update

TomVH: Kevin Williams Update

Submitted by TomVH on March 21st, 2010 at 2:41 PM

DT Kevin Williams ended up not going to Notre Dame's junior day. Not earth shattering, but it's good news for us. Any time a recruit doesn't visit another school, it's a good thing.

Part of why he didn't go is because his family had other plans, but also because he's not really interested in Notre Dame anymore. He doesn't feel that they have a big enough need for interior linemen.

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 3-21

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 3-21

Submitted by Tim on March 21st, 2010 at 12:31 PM

There have been a lot of requests for this to become a recurring feature (as it was on Varsity Blue), so I'll post the rankings weekly in the diaries, and frontpage it occasionally. The team rankings are very rough estimates until the services have released more full individual grades.

Action since last rankings:

3-12-10 Indiana gains commitment from Mike Replogle.
3-15-10 Ohio State gains commitment from Antonio Underwood.
3-16-10 Ohio State gains commitments from Brian Bobek, Chase Farris, and DerJuan Gambrell.
3-20-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from Brad Carrico

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # of Commits Rivals 250 Scout Average ESPN 150
1 Ohio State 7 1 1.86 1
2 Minnesota 3 1 2.67 2
3 Michigan 3 1 1.67 1
4 Michigan State 2 1 3.00 1
5 Notre Dame 1 0 3.00 0
t-6 Illinois 1 0 1.00 0
t-6 Indiana 1 0 1.00 0
t-6 Northwestern 1 0 1.00 0
9 Iowa 0 0 0 0
10 Penn State 0 0 0 0
11 Purdue 0 0 0 0
12 Wisconsin 0 0 0 0

I'll only make charts for the teams that currently have commits. Rivals 250 means that a given prospect is on the Rivals 250 to Watch, and ESPN 150 means that a prospect is on the Watch List for the ESPNU 150. Scout ratings are on the 5-star scale.

#1 Ohio State - 7 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Steve Miller DE 250 4 150*
Kenny Hayes DE 250 4 46
Chris Carter OL NR 1 45
Antonio Underwood OL NR 1 45
DerJuan Gambrell CB NR 1 45
Chase Farris DE NR 1 45
Brian Bobek OL NR 1 45

A huge week for the Buckeyes sees them get several commitments.

#2 Minnesota - 3 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL 250 3 150*
Calvin Phillips RB NR 4 150*
James Farrow CB NR 1 46

No change for the Gophers.

#3 Michigan - 3 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Delonte Hollowell CB 250 3 150*
Greg Brown CB NR 1 46
Shawn Conway WR NR 1 45

Wolverine fans are itching for another commit, but it doesn't seem like Brennen Beyer and/or Anthony Zettel is close to picking the Wolverines anymore.

#4 Michigan State - 2 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB 250 5 150*
Onaje Miller RB/Ath NR 1 45

Two instaters for the Spartans.

#5 Notre Dame - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Brad Carrico OL NR 3 45

The Irish pick up longtime lean Brad Carrico at their Junior Day.

#6 Illinois - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Hunter Wells OL NR 1 45

Zook has got to be recruiting for his life this year.

#6 Indiana - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Mike Replogle LB NR 1 45

The Hoosiers get the younger brother of Adam and Tyler Replogle.

#5 Northwestern - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Jarrell Williams CB NR 1 45

Northwestern holds steady with one prospect.

TomVH: Kevin Sousa Update

TomVH: Kevin Sousa Update

Submitted by TomVH on March 20th, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Kevin Sousa is a 6-foot-2, 213-pound dual threat quarterback from Orlando. He was recently in touch with Rod Smith, and found out that Coach Smith will be down to see him this spring.

One of the first things Kevin said to me was, "I really like Michigan." He's going to try to make it up for a camp, but needs to check with his coach first.

Here's his newest highlight film.


Here's a little more. He just sent me an email with more concrete info.

- He just attended USF's junior day, and is going to Miami and FIU with his qb coach, Coach Paradiso.

- He's visiting Florida on April 18th.

- Then flying out to Ohio State and Alabama for the Elite 11 QB camp, and Nike football camps at both schools.

- Kevin has only been playing football for 2 years, so coach Paradiso is a big influence on his development, and where he goes to college.

- His coach told him that he's a perfect fit for a Michigan, West Virginia, or an Oregon offense.

- Kevin has talked with his coach, and they both think that Michigan is at the top of the list.

- He said, "If Michigan offers, it would be hard not to accept it."

TomVH: Kent Turene Update

TomVH: Kent Turene Update

Submitted by TomVH on March 19th, 2010 at 8:32 PM

LB Kent Turene told me today that if Michigan offers, they will take over the number one spot. It seemed like he would eventually commit if we offered, but he didn't want to come out and say it.

He said he's not frustrated, and he understands that they need some time. We'll see what happens if/when they offer.