TomVH: What Will Winning Get Us?

TomVH: What Will Winning Get Us?

Submitted by TomVH on September 15th, 2010 at 1:37 AM


A few people have requested a look at some names recruiting wise that could potentially be affected by Michigan's record this year. There have been plenty of recruits that openly said they're waiting to see what happens during Michigan's season, and will decide once they've seen enough progress, or haven't seen enough. Here's some names to keep an eye on if Michigan keeps up their winning pace later into the season. (Note: I'm not saying we will get these recruits, but they're prospects that there's potential with. Don't take this as a definitive "if we win, we get these" post. It's just a look at kids that are watching closely.) 

Anthony Zettel

6'4" 247 lbs.
Defensive End Ogemaw Heights/Michigan

 Probably the most known on this list for waiting the season out is Zettel. He's said publicly that he wants to wait and see what happens with Michigan's season before he decides. If Michigan wins, there's a good chance he's on our commit list. 

Darian Cooper

6'3" 275 lbs.
Defensive Tackle Dematha/Maryland

 Cooper has Michigan listed in his top group of schools, and is coming back sometime in the winter to stay with Delonte Hollowell and his family. They struck up a friendship at the Big House BBQ, and have stayed close ever since. He has also stated that he's watching what happens at Michigan closely, and how their season pans out will largely play into his final decision. Unfortunately he hasn't been able to watch any of the games yet, but he has told me he's impressed with the wins so far. Keep it up, and we're in the money.

Chris Bryant

6'5" 330 lbs.
Offensive Tackle Simeon/Illinois

 Bryant is very high on Michigan, and had originally planned to already have his commitment done. He decided to wait a few games into the season to see how everyone was doing. There's a chance that he will visit soon, and if he does, I wouldn't be surprised to see a commitment come soon after. Win, and you're in the driver's seat. 

Jack Tabb

6'4" 230 lbs.
Tight End Red Bank/New Jersey

 Tabb, much like Bryant, originally wanted to get his decision out of the way early. He took a quick visit to Michigan, and all of the sudden things slowed down for him. North Carolina and Michigan are two of his top choices, and potentially his top two choices. Both are in the midst of NCAA regulations and scrutinized seasons. He is now planning on taking his official visits, and seeing what plays out with sanctions and probation. I think Michigan has a very good shot, especially since UNC is seemingly about to be in quite a bit of trouble.  

Ray Hamilton

6'5" 230 lbs.
Tight End Strongsville/Ohio

 Did you forget about Ol' Ray? Did you forget that Ray's dad is good friends with Rich Rodriguez, and that Ray himself is good friends with current Michigan commit Jack Miller? Well you shouldn't have. If Michigan continues their progress, and can show more of how the tight ends are involved with the offense, then we still have a shot. It also doesn't hurt to have his good friend that may be committed to Michigan  trying to sell the program to him either. He still really likes what Iowa offers him, but it's not out of the question yet. Michigan has shown that they want a tight end in this class, and Ray was one of their first choices.

AJ Jordan

6'2" 165 lbs.
Wide Receiver Trotwood/Ohio

 Wisconsin leads for AJ right now, but as I've said recently I think Michigan is gaining on them. Whether it will be enough, I'm not sure. Jordan was at the U Conn game, but will also be taking an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend. His visit this weekend could put the Badgers over the top. If he decides to wait and see how the season progresses, it will give Michigan a better chance. The season so far has not gone unnoticed though.

Karlos Williams

6'2" 210 lbs.
Safety Ridge/Florida

I said this yesterday, and wrote an article on this very subject, but Karlos is keeping an eye on what Michigan does. He told me that he thinks Michigan is showing that they want to be an elite team again. He also told me that he's still committed to FSU, which is where his brother plays. it's going to be difficult for any team to swing him from the Seminoles, but Michigan definitely has a chance. Williams is a monster athlete, and could end up at either safety or linebacker, or in our system both. He's one prospect that could be an immediate difference maker on our roster.

Marquise Williams

6'3" 218 lbs.
Quarterback Mallard Creek High/North Carolina

 This is an interesting one since Michigan already took a commitment from Kevin Sousa. They offered Williams first, and only offered Sousa once Marquise committed to North Carolina, and the coaches didn't think they had a shot with anyone else. Since the allegations have come out against North Carolina, Marquise has said that he is still committed, but is definitely keeping his options open. One of those options is Michigan, and he'll be on hand for an official visit on October 9th for the Michigan State game. He says he's still very much interested in Michigan, and don't forget he's good friends with ATH Kris Frost, who will also be in attendance for the MSU game. This is one to keep an eye on, depending on if the coaches want to pursue him or not.

De'Anthony Thomas

5'9" 160 lbs.
Athlete Crenshaw/California

 Thomas is a long shot, but he did tell me that if Michigan decides to offer he will potentially take an official visit. You might be asking yourself, why haven't the coaches offered a five star that could be an outstanding slot receiver, or a really good cornerback. I don't have an answer, I was just saying that's probably what you're asking yourself. He's still very much committed to USC, but Michigan's new found fame in the spotlight will definitely be noticed by Thomas. There first needs to be communication with the coaches before an offer happens, and before a visit happens. If that communication starts up, then there might be something to watch. Until then, don't hold your breath.

TVH Weekly: Visits, ND Reactions, and More

TVH Weekly: Visits, ND Reactions, and More

Submitted by TomVH on September 13th, 2010 at 11:48 AM

This weekend, believe it or not, seemed to be almost as big of a boost for Michigan in the recruiting department as the first. Denard Robinson is becoming a household name, and turning the heads of high school players all over. This update will be a little different than most, as I'll provide some reactions and quotes from various Michigan recruits.

Maty MaukMaty Mauk

6'2", 185 lbs.


Kenton, Ohio

Mauk is a 2012 prospect from Ohio who has taken in both of Michigan's games so far this season, the first as a Michigan recruit and the second as a guest of Notre Dame. Maty has an interesting recruitment ahead of him as his brother Ben played at Cincinnati for Brian Kelly, but the majority of his family are Michigan fans. MaukL

I like the coaches at both schools, and I talk to both of them quite a bit. My family has liked Michigan since we were kids, and my offensive line coach (Tony Osbun) actually played at Michigan, too.

Mauk's parents and Osbun were in attendance at the UConn game, and everyone came away impressed with the victory. Maty reported that he ran a 4.5 forty during his last attempt, and now has over 900 yards passing and 9 touchdowns in two games.

[Michigan's] offense was clicking a little bit more in the Notre Dame game. I'd feel good in either offense, because we run a five wide spread now, and if we're not passing then I'm the one that runs the ball. Winning for Michigan is a good thing, I'm just going to keep building relationships.

Mauk said he probably won't make his decision early on, and wants to see who ends up being interested in him. Since he can't get a written offer until August, it probably doesn't matter anyway. He's very interested in Michigan, and for him to see two wins in a row in person is a good thing.

Jack Tabb

6'4", 230 lbs.

Tight End

Red Bank, New Jersey

Michigan wants a tight end in this class by have whiffed on a number so far. Tabb is very interested in Michigan. I would even go as far as saying M is in his top two right now. He originally wanted to make his decision before the season started, but that got pushed back and it looks like it will be pushed back again:

I'll have all my official visits set up in the next few days. My mom wants them set up, so I need to get that done. Michigan will get one of the officials though.

North Carolina is the other school Tabb is very interested in. If they bring the hammer on UNC, and Michigan's self-imposed sanctions aren't significantly increased, advantage Michigan.

Other Reactions and Notes:

  • Deion Barnes - The defensive end from PA has Michigan in his top five and has been very impressed with Michigan so far. 

    Denard Robinson had 500 total yards, that dude's a beast. I need to take a look at how the defensive ends did though.

    He was excited, but still wanted to see how the defensive line looked in the wins. Remember, I said before that the coaches told him to wait until the end of the season to take his official visit. I don't know why, it could be so they know where they stand with Zettel.

  • AJ Jordan - The Trotwood wide receiver was at the UConn game and watched the Notre Dame game on TV. He was also very impressed with the offense. It can only help that he's been watching friend and former teammate Roy Roundtree make plays.

    They looked good. I'm not sure when I'm going to get back up there, but I know I'm going to Wisconsin on September 18th. We'll see how that goes so I can compare.

    Again I've said this before but I think Wisconsin has the slight lead right now. I think Michigan is closing the gap, but this visit next week to Wisconsin could swing the pendulum in either direction.

  • Darian Cooper - He didn't get a chance to watch the game because his team had a game themselves. He did see highlights though, and heard about the stats. He had a similar reaction to most of the others, and was impressed. Cooper has a lot of interest in Michigan, but like many other is watching from afar to see what happens this season. Remember he's become good friends with current Michigan commit Delonte Hollowell, and will be staying with him this winter. If by winter time Michigan is having a winning season, expect the interest level to rise dramatically for Cooper.
  • Anthony Zettel - He's stated before that he will wait until the end of the season to make his decision, largely stemming from the rumors about job security for Rich Rod and his staff. The wins have not gone unnoticed for Anthony.

    I watched the whole [Notre Dame] game on TV, it was pretty cool. I was supposed to go to Iowa this weekend, but I couldn't make it. The winning is helping Michigan a bit, but it's still pretty close. It's Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan State right now.

    Anthony is playing everything close to the vest right now, but I have a feeling the winning is helping a lot more than "a bit." He's not sure if he's rescheduling the Iowa visit, but he "thinks so." He will however be at Michigan in a couple weeks, most likely for the MSU game.

  • Vincent Valentine - A 6-foot-3, 300-pound 2012 defensive tackle from Illinois who holds a Michigan verbal offer says he is definitely interested in Michigan. Valentine also said he's going to try to make it up for a game this season, but he's unsure of which one. Vincent will have plenty of offers to choose from, and plans to take his time.
  • Nacho Garcia - First, this. Nacho, who's real name is Abraham, is a 2012 offensive tackle prospect from Florida. Recently featured in an Andy Staple's article for Sports Illustrated, Garcia says he has early interest in Michigan. Nacho is a whopping 6-foot-6, and 339-pounds entering his junior season. He won't rush into anything, but said that everyone knows who Jake Long is, and he knows that Michigan always has a great offensive line. Just a name, and a great one at that, to keep an eye on.

These were some of the recruits I spoke with about their reaction to Michigan's performance. Others weren't as noteworthy, or didn't have as much to say, but trust me they're all watching.

TomVH: Weekly Update: Visit updates, Recruit reactions

TomVH: Weekly Update: Visit updates, Recruit reactions

Submitted by TomVH on September 6th, 2010 at 11:56 AM

The game was obviously a success, and that has resonated through with the recruits in attendance. Here's a look at how this past weekend's visits went, and some reactions to the game from recruits. There's not many quotes from the first three, because I only spoke with them briefly, and Avery Walls is still in Ann Arbor.

Demetrius Hart

5'8, 190 lbs.

Running Back

Orlando, Florida

We'll just start off with the update you've been anticipating. Demetrius Hart decided not to commit this weekend. He came up with his uncle, teammates Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and Nick Patti, as well as Tom Shaw (his trainer).

I will tell you that I thought this would be the weekend he would end his recruitment. I know this was a very good visit for him, and there's still no reason to believe that anything has changed as far as where he ranks Michigan (which is number one).

I don't have any deep meaningful quotes from him, but I did talk to him briefly. He's graduating early, so he has to make his decision soon. I wouldn't be surprised if he took a few more visits to other schools, and came back up to Ann Arbor for the MSU or Iowa game. Disappointing that nothing happened this weekend, but definitely a positive weekend for Michigan with his recruitment as a whole. Just stay patient.

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix

6'2, 190 lbs.


Orlando, Florida

I spoke with Ha'Sean before the visit took place. He told me that he didn't want the visit publicized too much, and if it got out there that he was coming he might not go. As we all know it was reported everywhere that he would be in Ann Arbor, and he still came. Maybe he doesn't browse the interwebs, I'm not sure.

Anyhow, speaking with a few people about him makes me feel like he's pretty solid with Alabama. That's not to say that it would be impossible to sway him, it would just take quite a bit to do that. If Demetrius makes another trip up to Michigan and Ha'Sean were to come with him, there would be reason for excitement. I've been told that there may be some teammates (possibly former as well) trying to persuade him to go north. We'll just have to wait to see how it plays out.

Avery Walls

5'11, 185 lbs.


McDonough, Georgia

Avery's visit will last until today (Monday), so we'll have to wait a little bit for an update on the visit. I wouldn't expect a commitment from him, but if the visit blows him away it's not out of the question. I have a feeling that Michigan is in the driver's seat. This is his third trip to Ann Arbor.

This time he brought his brother with him to have him see what he's been talking about. He will continue to take his planned official visits to Oregon on October 2nd, and Cal on October 9th. He wants to make sure he's found the right fit and I think taking those official visits is important to him. Again, be patient. Michigan is a good spot.


  • AJ Jordan - 2011 wide receiver from Trotwood, Ohio was in attendance. He thought very highly of the game and atmosphere, and will eventually take an official visit in Ann Arbor. Wisconsin is barely in the lead right now, and this visit has helped to close that gap.
  • Danny O'Brien & Matt Godin - 2012 defensive tackles and best friends! They both had an amazing time at the game. Danny said, "(Mike) Martin is a beast. The defense looked good. Me and Matt both had a great time, it was an awesome game." They both REALLY like Michigan, but it's still early. O'Brien already has offers from Tennessee and Michigan.
  • Nick Patti - 2012 quarterback from Dr. Phillips in Orlando, Florida. This was Patti's second time up to AA, and it was a good one. "It was great for me, I loved it. It's hard not to like it there," he said. Tom Shaw (who trains Nick, Demetrius, Ha'Sean, Karlos Williams, etc.) accompanied Nick on the visit, and also had a favorable view. "Tom (Shaw) said he thinks it's a fantastic opportunity if it's presented to me."
  • Anthony Zettel - Anthony always enjoys himself at Michigan, and this game was much of the same. I've said this before, but Anthony is now waiting until the end of the season to make his decision. He's waiting to see how Michigan's season turns out, and if there ends up being a coaching controversy. This win is one step closer to landing him.
  • The general feeling among the recruits was that this was a great  win, and it was an exciting game. The crowd played a big factor too as some recruits said it was so loud they couldn't hear the person next to them at some points. Denard is not only a fan favorite, but a recruit favorite as well. His performance stood out to everybody, and had all the recruits talking about how exciting he is to watch. 

TomVH: WR AJ Jordan Update

TomVH: WR AJ Jordan Update

Submitted by TomVH on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:03 PM

I spoke with AJ Jordan (WR/Trotwood, OH) today, and he told me that he'd like to commit to a school before his senior season starts. When I asked him if Michigan will be that school, he said, "There's a good chance it might be them." 

AJ is going to try to make it up for the BBQ on the 21st, but might have a track meet on the same day. 

To offer my two cents, I really like Jordan, I think he'd be a really good addition as a wide receiver to complement what we already have. 

TomVH: WR AJ Jordan, offer is in the mail

TomVH: WR AJ Jordan, offer is in the mail

Submitted by TomVH on April 25th, 2010 at 12:17 PM

WR AJ Jordan, out of Trotwood, Ohio told me that he spoke with Rich Rodriguez and Tony Dews on Friday, and his offer is in the mail. Jordan is former teammates with current Wolverines Roy Roundtree, Mike Shaw, and Brandon Moore.

He's a 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver that runs a 4.4 40. AJ really likes Michigan, and is going to try to make it up to Ann Arbor as soon as possible. He is running track right now, but he said he would really like to make it up for the Big House BBQ on May 21st.

AJ runs the 4X200, 4X400, and the 110m hurdles. For any track people out there, he runs the 110m hurdles in 14.3 seconds. And, if you remember this, Jordan's team took first in the 4X200 and 4x400.

He told me that Michigan is one of his favorites right now, and they have a good chance of landing him.