No offer for AJ Carter? - Possible steal at RB

No offer for AJ Carter? - Possible steal at RB

Submitted by fharajli on December 18th, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Hey everyone, I just came across a three-star running back from Louisiana named AJ Carter. He's currently only one spot ahead of Christian Turner and 27 spots ahead of Hassan Haskins on 247's rankings. Carter was incredibly productive in his last two seasons, in which he averaged 9.4 yards per carry and 0.15 touchdowns per touch. He's also a well-built running back, standing at 6' 0" and weighing around 220 pounds and runs a 4.5.

For the sake of comparison, Haskins, during his final two seasons, averaged 7.5 yards per carry and 0.10 touchdowns per touch. Carter's production seems to closely resemble that of a high four-star RB. I'm just wondering, since we're offering scholarships to lower rated players, why not at least go for the ones who were super productive in high school. This is not to say Turner and Haskins are bad players, but I think there are other players with the same rating who could be potential steals for Michigan. It's surprising to me that we haven't at least offered him a scholarship. I have more statistics and analytical data to back up that this kid is legit. What do you guys think? Here's are his highlights from 2016: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVYqssdfrUg

 

 

Before negging away, we are in a slow period right now and this is a forum. I think this is a valid discussion point. Share your opinions, that's what it's all about.

Recruiting director Matt Dudek responds to Twitter trolls...

Recruiting director Matt Dudek responds to Twitter trolls...

Submitted by fharajli on December 16th, 2017 at 7:13 PM

   So there is a small, but growing faction of people, who have been voicing their displeasure and concern about the '18 class. They claim that we are getting left in the dust in comparison to OSU's recruiting. When you look at the recruiting rankings and the classes OSU has coming in over the next few years, that may be true. That frustration boiled over in a heated Twitter exchange with recruiting director Matt Dudek. Looks like the trolls have finally gotten to him.

Links below:

https://twitter.com/Thee_Matty_D/status/942087402818023424
 
https://twitter.com/Thee_Matty_D/status/942139017096761344

 

Personally, I'm not a star gazer or one who puts tremendous stock in recruiting rankings, but there are many in the fanbase that do. True, there is a stark difference in talent that OSU has in the '18 class and what Michigan is getting star-wise. I think it's just a result of some misses on our end and a bad season and I think the '19 class will be as good as any and there's no reason to worry.

 

For those out there that are worried about the '18 class or the disparity in apparent talent that OSU is bringing in and what Michigan is bringing in, can you explain the rationale of why you're freaking out over one average class?

 

Peppers and Legs - MGoBlog Rhyme Crime 1108

Peppers and Legs - MGoBlog Rhyme Crime 1108

Submitted by chatster on November 8th, 2013 at 9:38 AM
This hasn’t been a real great week
For Mich-i-gan fans feeling weak,
Though on that home-game winning streak,
Despite an O line prone to leak.
What’s next to come with autumn’s chill?
More condemnation overkill?
Well, if you’ve not been feeling ill,
You now can worry ‘bout Jabrill.
Team One Three Five’s recruiting prize
Has spasms from his calves to thighs.
Paramus Catholic’s big-time run
Possibly for now is done.
Paladins' hopes to be state champs
‘Now rest with Peppers and leg cramps.
 
Sorry for being the bearer of bad tidings, but this was in today’s local paper in northern New Jersey:  http://www.northjersey.com/sports/231103961_H_S__football__Paramus_Catholic_s_Jabrill_Peppers_trying_to_overcome_muscle_cramping_for_Peppers.html?page=all

NYC MGobloggers: Brian and TomVH @ August 15th event

NYC MGobloggers: Brian and TomVH @ August 15th event

Submitted by goblue_jb on August 6th, 2013 at 2:35 PM

In case it was missed when posted a few weeks ago, wanted to provide a heads up that the U of M Club of NYC is hosting their 5th Annual Football Kickoff Party w/ Brian and TomVH a week from Thursday.  All students, alumni, and M fans are welcome.  Also, scroll down for bonus MBB in Brooklyn ticket info. 

Pertinent Details:

Date:    Thursday, August 15

Time:   7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free for current students, $5 for AAUM members, $15 for non-members.  Registration is online through Wednesday, August 14th at midnight. Day-of door pricing will be $20 for everyone.

Registration Link: http://alumni.umich.edu/event/?1a4e7538-eec6-4ad6-b392-130590de4924

Location: Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, NY (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th streets). Guests must be 21 and older.

Information: The NYC alumni club is pleased to bring back MGoBlog sports blogger Brian Cook and ESPN WolverineNation’s reporter Tom VanHaaren to NYC for our annual football season kickoff event. They will be on hand to spread their knowledge of all-things Michigan football, preview the 2013 season, and discuss the future of Michigan football in Michigan’s incoming class of HS recruits.

Questions? Club leaders will be checking this thread, so post a comment if you need more info etc.  Also free free to post any questions for Brian and Tom (stay on-topic please) you would like the moderator to mix in during the Q&A portion of the evening. 

Spread the word - Join the facebook event & invite your friends http://www.facebook.com/events/154623154725781/?ref=22

http://nyc.umclubs.com/   / @umichalumsnyc / http://www.facebook.com/umalumniclubofnyc

Bonus MBB Info:

Michigan Men's Basketball in Brooklyn (Barclays Center)
Saturday, December 21, 2013

The University of Michigan men's basketball team will return to NYC on Saturday, December 21st to play in the Barclays Center for a second straight year. Sit and cheer together with your local alumni while the team takes on Stanford in the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. In partnership with the Barclays Center, the University of Michigan Club of NYC is pleased to extend a special discounted ticket offer to our alumni. (Students and other M fans are welcome to purchase through us as well.)

Email us for info/directions on how to purchase: [email protected]

Our Ticket Prices:
lower level center - $82.00 each – regular price is $100+fees each
lower level corners - $54.00 each – regular price is $65+fees each
lower level end zone - $42.00 each – regular price is $50+fees each
mid-level corners - $34.00 each – regular price is $40 +fees each
upper level sideline - $19.00 each – regular price is $21+fees each

NYC MGobloggers: Brian and TomVH @ August 15th alumni event

NYC MGobloggers: Brian and TomVH @ August 15th alumni event

Submitted by goblue_jb on July 14th, 2013 at 11:47 AM

For those mgobloggers in the NY tristate region, wanted to provide a heads up that the U of M Club of NYC is hosting their 5th Annual Football Kickoff Party w/ MGoBlog’s Brian Cook and ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, Thursday August 15 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pertinent Details:

Date:    Thursday, August 15

Time:   7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: Free for current students, $5 for AAUM members, $15 for non-members.  Registration is online through Wednesday, August 14th at midnight. Day-of door pricing will be $20 for everyone.

Registration Link: http://alumni.umich.edu/event/?1a4e7538-eec6-4ad6-b392-130590de4924

Location: Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, NY (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th streets). Guests must be 21 and older.

Information: The NYC alumni club is pleased to bring back MGoBlog sports blogger Brian Cook and ESPN WolverineNation’s reporter Tom VanHaaren to NYC for our annual football season kickoff event. They will be on hand to spread their knowledge of all-things Michigan football, preview the 2013 season, and discuss the future of Michigan football in Michigan’s incoming class of HS recruits.

Questions? Club leaders will be checking this thread, so post a comment if you need more info etc.  Also free free to post any questions for Brian and Tom (stay on-topic please) you would like the moderator to mix in during the Q&A portion of the evening. 

http://nyc.umclubs.com/

 

 

NYC Mgobloggers - Brian and TomVH will be speaking with the alumni crowd Wednesday

NYC Mgobloggers - Brian and TomVH will be speaking with the alumni crowd Wednesday

Submitted by goblue_jb on August 13th, 2012 at 11:27 AM

For those mgobloggers in the NY tristate region, wanted to provide a heads up that the U-M Alumni Club of NY is hosting our 4th Annual Football Kickoff Party w/ MGoBlog’s Brian Cook and ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, this Wednesday, August 15 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.   Sign up here.

Pertinent Details:

Date:    Wednesday, August 15

Time:   7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cost: $5 for AAUM members, $15 for non-members. Registration is online only through Tuesday, August 14th at midnight. Day-of door pricing will be $20 for everyone. Pre-registered guests will receive a free drink ticket.

Location: Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). Guests must be 21 and older.

Information: The NY alumni club is pleased to bring MGoBlog sports blogger Brian Cook and ESPN WolverineNation’s reporter Tom VanHaaren to NYC for our annual football season kickoff event. They will be on hand to spread their knowledge of all-things Michigan football, preview the 2012 season, and discuss the future of Michigan football in Michigan’s incoming class of HS recruits. Preregistered guests will receive a free drink ticket.

There will be some prizes available, including a lottery for 2 tickets in the NY club's group seating for the Nov 24th Michigan vs Cornell Hockey game at MSG and two downstairs booths at Professor Thom's to watch the Alabama game.

Questions? Club leaders will be checking this thread, so post a comment if need more info etc.

http://nyc.umclubs.com/

 

[Edit... title change, since attempt 1 was a fail. lesson learned - don't abbreviate Wednesday. got it.]

Question for TomVH: The Continuation of RR's Preferred Walkon Program / Interest in Walk-On Players?

Question for TomVH: The Continuation of RR's Preferred Walkon Program / Interest in Walk-On Players?

Submitted by markusr2007 on January 14th, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Just a quick question for TomVH and others that might know -

Rich Rodriguez established a preferred walk-on program at Michigan which had a number of players added to UM's roster over the last few years.   I'm a firm believer that walk-ons can be very good contributors, as they have been at places like Nebraska, Stanford, and other schools.

Do we know whether this "preferred walk-on" program might continue under Hoke?

There are a few players that were/are coming to Michigan with that understanding, such as Traverse City fullback Joey Kerridge. Keeping a No. 16 ranked fullback coming to Michigan would be a good thing, I would think, given Borges'/Hoke's love affair with battering ram ISO plays not to mention an extra blockeror safety valve receiver on play action passes, etc.   (Hello waggle pass to FB in the flat!...and touchdown!! Where have you been?)

I'm hoping this walkon program or a derivative thereof can continue at Michigan, especially if Hoke wants to sink the roots in deeper with H.S. coaches and players in the state of Michigan.

Thoughts?

What's with all the 2nd gen. players?

What's with all the 2nd gen. players?

Submitted by stubob on September 23rd, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like college football has a lot more 2nd gen. players (son-of SoAndSo, nephew of SoAndSo, etc.) than 10 or 20 years ago. It's almost to the point where every game there are numerous mentions of relationships between the current player and some former NCAA/NFL player.

-Does having a father or other relative who is a former player provide that much additional coaching or motivation to excel?

-Is the talent pool reaching a level where there are a number of approximately equal players, and the easiest way to differentiate between them is to take a "legacy" player?

-Does the relative provide additional access to the coaching staff that a first-timer wouldn't have, thereby allowing the kid a look he may not have received?

-Or am I just nuts, and the numbers aren't much different now than they ever have been?