Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on January 15th, 2017 at 11:44 PM

I realize this is a morose topic a few weeks out from signing day; however, as I prepare for This Month in MGoBlog History for January 2007, I came across the news of Indiana Safey Jerimy Finch decommiting. He was a 4 star and 37th nationally to Rivals and was set to join a young, untested Michigan secondary. On January 15 he decommitted and promptly committed to Indiana, though he would sign with Florida. Brian declared this the "worst decommitment ever". In hindsight, this wasn't that big a deal. Finch was later named the biggest recruiting bust for IU in the last ten years. 

This has made me wonder if Brian's statement is still true. Finch was a highly rated player at a position of need. Given what was to come in the next few years, it probably didn't matter much one way or another. Three others come to mind since then that are probably bigger: Dee Hart, Damien Harris, and George Campbell. Hart and Campbell for what they would have meant to to the coach who recruited them. Hart was supposed to finally be the super athlete to thrive in Rodriguez's backfield. Didn't Campbell refer to himself as the "mayor" and was going to put together a magnificent recruiting class. Harris might be the biggest talent of any of these for Michigan to lose. Interestly but probably not coincidentally, all four of these guys decommitted from a coach who was out the door. 

Are there any I am forgetting? Any who could have had a bigger impact on the program or had a lot of success at another program? 

EDIT: I should have checked out Touch the Banner right away, but here's a great list of decommits and transfers

Sam Webb Re: Damien Harris and George Campbell Status

Sam Webb Re: Damien Harris and George Campbell Status

Submitted by BlueCube on January 24th, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Sam Webb updates the status of George Campbell and Damien Harris in the Detroit News. The status is much better for Harris than Campbell but Michigan is not out for either of them. Campbell insists Michigan's record had nothing to do with his decommitment because he feels he'd be part of the difference. The reason was that none of his family had visited Michigan and they felt he made a hasty decision. He's not sure if he will take an official visit to Michigan, but he hasn't ruled it out. He will make the decision when he has talked to more schools.

There have been other stories on Harris so I won't go into the details here. It does say that his mom feels the process will lead right back to Michigan.

Link

Mason Cole Army AA Bowl article (some fluff quotes, thoughts on Campbell)

Mason Cole Army AA Bowl article (some fluff quotes, thoughts on Campbell)

Submitted by Dubs on December 30th, 2013 at 7:48 PM
Scroll down below article to see additional Steve Wiltfong's tidbits. Campbell related quote: "After practice today I asked Cole what his thoughts were on Michigan's chances down the road with his former teammate 2015 WR George Campbell. 'I think we have a real good chance. I think he needs a little more time to look at places and make sure Michigan is the right place for him.'" http://michigan.247sports.com/Article/Cole-Caps-Career-As-Army-AA-168511 (FREE)

Rivals 100 for 2015 Released, Campbell and Harris featured

Rivals 100 for 2015 Released, Campbell and Harris featured

Submitted by JC3 on December 9th, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The Rivals100 for 2015 has been released, and two Michigan commits are both in the top-10(!).

George Campbell- WR (#7)

Damien Harris - RB (#5)

Nice to see some positive recruiting news for the Wolverines. 

Rivals 100.\
 

 

Edit: Shaun Crawford checks in at #96 overall as well. 

2015 Rivals 250 Watchlist Up

2015 Rivals 250 Watchlist Up

Submitted by gwkrlghl on August 30th, 2013 at 7:14 PM

SIAP but I couldn't find this one anywhere. I think it's new news.

Rivals put up their 250 watchlist

M commits:
Damien Harris 5* 6.1
George Campbell 4* 6.0
Shaun Crawford 4* 5.9
Tyree Kinnel 4* 5.8

Link

Also of note:
Brian Cole 5.8
Jashon Cornell 5.9
Chuma Edoga 5.9
Hjalte Froholdt 5.8
Sterling Jenkins 6.0
Tim Settle 6.0
TJ Wheatley 5.9
Minkah Fitzpatrick 6.1

IIRC typically the breakdown of rating v stars is (edit: as pointed out below, since there's only 10 five stars right now, the breakdown is probably more like so:)
6.1 1-10
6.0 11-50
5.9 51-110
5.8 110-250

#1 2015 Prospect - DE Jashon Cornell

#1 2015 Prospect - DE Jashon Cornell

Submitted by Glen Masons Hot Wife on August 29th, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Interesting article featured in ESPN about this kid.  Seems like a hard worker, with his head screwed on straight.

Mentions George Campbell and Damien Harris keeping up with him, hoping to sway him... Nice to hear

Sounds like Iowa has a shot with him, since they are the first to offer, and he is close with current player Broderick Binns.

Imagine what Mattison could do with him and Hand coming off opposite ends!!

 

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/9611438/jashon-cornell-nation-no-1-junior-ready-debut 

Famous Receiving Duos

Famous Receiving Duos

Submitted by AC1997 on July 30th, 2013 at 10:29 AM

In the wake of the George Campbell committment I've been thinking about the prospect of having Drake Harris and Campbell on the field together.  It brought back memories of past Michigan teams with two star receivers and I thought I would put a list together of them so we could debate, discuss, and rank them.  

Before we get to the list, let's offer the obvious qualificiations.  It will be YEARS before the two of these players step on the field together so a lot can change between now and then (remember the Ricardo Miller hype).  We also have some very solid receivers between now and then that could turn into a very fine starting pair.  But let's get over-excited in advance anyway about the Harris-Campbell duo on the outside.....

Here are the famous ones I came up with:

  • Manningham - Arrington
  • Edwards - Avant
  • Terrell - Walker
  • Toomer - Hayes
  • Howard - Alexander
  • McMurtry - Calloway

Debate & discuss!   Did I miss anyone?

I think Terrell-Walker are the closest comparison to Harris-Campbell given their size and recruiting profile.  I was a huge fan of McMurty-Calloway since that was the era of players I saw play when I was a kid and Calloway went on to such a long NFL career, though their stats don't stack up against the rest of the list.  

TomVH Article on George Campbell

TomVH Article on George Campbell

Submitted by alum96 on July 29th, 2013 at 4:52 AM

A quick story on George Campbell by TomVH - thought I'd link to it but the content is relatively redundant for those closely reading the past few days - however there are 2 videos at the top of the story that I think are worth watching. The second video shows highlights of the Orlando NFTC from March.   Could not embed these as they are via espn and not youtube - maybe someone with more embed prowess can do it in replies.
 

Quick takeaways (1) Gosh these kids are young, if you just look at his baby face it looks like a 14 year old...then you go to the physique and it's a man. Helps us put in perspective just how young some of these guys are watching the first video.

(2) First video focuses first on his athletic prowess but last third he talks about how he wants to be a role model and gives back to the community. I am noticing a trend...

(3) In 2nd video he has a drop here or there and the scouting report about "fighting the ball" makes some sense. A few catches against the body as opposed to with his hands. That said, he has TWO YEARS to work on this before even setting a foot on campus as a student. See point 1. Worst case scenario (obviously doubtful) we have one of the most physical and scary fast safeties in college football... (note the poor corner who tried to play press coverage at 1:47 minute mark)

Link to story here.   Link to video 1 here.  Link to video 2 here.