Vinopal to Cowboys

Vinopal to Cowboys

Submitted by Jon06 on May 2nd, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Ray Vinopal of Pitt and Thomas Rawls of CMU, both former Wolverines, have been signed by the Dallas Cowboys.

Update: Rawls has disappeared from the list of new Cowboys. Somebody else made a thread for him. Let's make this one about Vinopal.

Moving Picture Pages - Swallowing Kenny Demens

Moving Picture Pages - Swallowing Kenny Demens

Submitted by Chris of Dange… on November 26th, 2010 at 11:09 PM

This is another illustration of how the positioning of the MLB so close to the line of scrimmage in Michigan's 3-3-5-that-isn't-really-a-stack renders him more vulnerable to being eaten alive.

In other news, I don't know if it's the prospect of the upcoming bludgeoning by Columbus Community College or the fact that most of these are of a play that didn't go well, but these are starting to get hard to do.  "Here's how we screwed up again, in excruciating detail."

Anyway.  Wha'hoppon: Wisconsin has second and three at their own 32 on their second drive of the day.  Michigan plays a stack over Wisconsin's I-formation.  The play starts out as an iso to the right. Martin stands up a double team and then slants playside, and Ezeh takes on the FB to close the playside hole.  The blocking works much better on the other side, with Mouton being erased by the backside guard, RVB being kicked out, and the playside guard releasing off Martin to devour Demens.  Avery fills the hole between the guard and tackle, but the blocks on Demens and Mouton leave a cutback lane open to the inside of the tackle and Montee Ball rolls through it for a ten-yard gain before Vinopal can chop him down.

Safety recruit Vinopal will "earn everybody’s respect."

Safety recruit Vinopal will "earn everybody’s respect."

Submitted by Firstbase on February 1st, 2010 at 10:08 AM…

Short excerpt:

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound safety plans to sign with Michigan on Wednesday, the first day recruits can ink binding letters of intent, regardless of what late prospects the Wolverines add.

Michigan has three safeties already committed for its 2010 class in Vinopal, Marvin Robinson and Carvin Johnson, and the Wolverines are still recruiting three others - Sean Parker, Rashad Knight and Demar Dorsey.

Vinopal is the biggest sleeper of that group and the lowest-ranked member of Michigan’s 26-person class according to

He committed to the Wolverines in early December after leading Cardinal Mooney to a state championship. At the time, Vinopal’s only other scholarship offers were from Air Force, Bowling Green and Kent State, though Wisconsin and Vanderbilt pursued him more recently.

Cardinal Mooney coach P.J. Fecko cautioned not to read too much into Vinopal’s mediocre recruiting ranking.

“He’s somebody that will earn everybody’s respect up in Ann Arbor on the football field and off the football field,” Fecko said. “If they aren’t believers right now, I guarantee you they will be very, very shortly.”

Creating a pipeline

Creating a pipeline

Submitted by brewandbluesaturdays on December 9th, 2009 at 5:12 PM

So Finals are looming and the work is mounting. Which, in turn makes me hate school more and daydream/speculate about Michigan Football. Today in Wednesday Recruitin' there was a small tidbit on the idea of Ray Vinopal having success at M and starting a pipeline with Cardinal Mooney. But with additional guys like Tony Drake, the Pahokee boys, and Carvin Johnson are we potentially forming some sort of a super pipeline with all of their respective D-1 pumping high schools as well? All of these lower-rated guys from powerhouse programs could be our way in. I think it speaks well for a program like M to take a chance on guys from power programs that, didn't get looked at by the big in state schools. I see these guys becoming great ambassadors for the program at their high schools, giving us a better chance to bring in the higher rated guys from their programs. Could this be part of RR's strategy when goin for these lower-rated guys? Just fun speculation, I just liked the idea of 2 years from now being back on top and having a connection with all the studs from, Rummel, Skyline, Pahokee, and Cardinal Mooney. What do you guys think?

More proof from Ray Vinopal

More proof from Ray Vinopal

Submitted by itself on December 7th, 2009 at 11:49 PM

Proof that recruits - and their families - read what we write about them from our very own TOMVH:

Ray Vinopal - "I read what people say about me, I'm going to work my a** off to prove everyone of them wrong. I'm not scared."

In this case it serves as motivation, but in the bigger picture do we really attract players if they see the fan base tearing into recruits before they even step on the field?



Sam Webb addressed the issue at the end of his recruiting round up today. Good bit about the atmosphere of Cardinal Mooney football. Worth a listen. Nothing much else, UM making up ground with Ash and Hankins. Webb parrots Hankins saying the opening at Louisville may mean a move by Florida's D Coordinator, which could influence Hankins decision.

Our fanbase is truly amazing. (re: Vinopal)

Our fanbase is truly amazing. (re: Vinopal)

Submitted by Huss on December 4th, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Michigan has always prided itself on being a family. Win or lose, success or failure, both the Michigan fanbase and the Michigan football team always seemed to be sewn together as one entity. We're not unlike any other football fanbase in that regard. When things are good, we're happy. When Michigan loses to Illinois 38-13, you sleep all day with your hands in your pants begging for Alyssa Milano to rape you out of your misery(Well, I do.). That is how things go

However, when I logged in today and saw the latest commit coming from a kid thrown around our recruiting mills for a while now - Ray Vinopal - my immediate reaction was to applaud and welcome this kid to the Michigan family. However, my joy quickly turned to dismay when I saw his listed rankings on each of the guru websites.

2-star, 2-star, #68 ATH

Oh.Fuck. I saw it coming: Immediately perusing the MGoBoard and comments section of the commit article, "fans" were actually jettisoning this kid and praying for an alternate reality where he didn't commit. A great football player from one of the best football powers in the country that our coaching staff wanted is, apparently, Not Good Enough for many a MgoIdiot.

Michigan has been through enough the past 2 or 3 seasons. Our biggest problems, obviously, lie in the lack of depth on defense. The coaches really wanted this kid and(according TomVH's abridged transcript) are excited about him joining our family, and instead of adulation for his commitment to our team, program, and fanbase - he is instead scorned for not being that 4-star black safety we'd like to believe we're due for. Just as Drew Dileo disappointed the shit out of so many people when, fuckbeans, we can get better! We're Michigan!

I really can't bother myself to get that in-depth on the sheer audacity and dickheadedness of so many of you simple-minded ninkumfucks downplaying each and every recruit our coaching staff targets that you don't think is up to snuff, but I just want to assure Mr. Vinopal, Mr. Dileo, Mr. Williamson, and every other kid in this class you guys have hoped would die a fiery recruiting death - there are many out there who value what it means for you to have committed to our favored university. Welcome to the Michigan football family, and may RichRod and co. cultivate you the same way they have cultivated guys like Omameh and Odoms into great football players.

Seacrest. Out.

Brief Interview with Ray Vinopal

Brief Interview with Ray Vinopal

Submitted by TomVH on December 4th, 2009 at 5:39 PM
I just spoke with Ray Vinopal (pronounced vihn-oh-paul), he was excited about his commitment, and has had a lot of good news recently.

- Cardinal Mooney won the state championship, and Vinopal was just named First Team All State for Ohio as a safety.

- He is being recruited as a safety, but said he'll play wherever the coaches want him to.

- Coach Rodriguez and Gibson will be doing an in home visit with Ray and his family this Monday to make sure he knows important dates, and information, etc.

- He'll be taking an official visit sometime in January, the same time that DJ Williamson will be. Coach Gibson told him there will be around 5 others coming as well, but he wasn't sure who they were.

- "I told Coach Rod and Gibson on Wednesday, and they were excited. They just told me welcome to the family."

Nothing earth shattering, but good news on the first team all state award. 

Hopefully we will get some good news out of this weekend, as well. Like I've said before, I think it's going to be an interesting next few months. As everyone knows, we have limited spots left, so we'll find out if there are any commits that won't qualify, or greyshirts, etc. soon. 

S Ray Vinopal Offered

S Ray Vinopal Offered

Submitted by umhero on November 12th, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Apparently Michigan has offered this lightly regarded safety from Youngstown Ohio Cardinal Mooney.

"Michigan just offered me today as a safety," Vinopal said on Wednesday night.

(Info in the Header)…

Ht: 5-foot-10
Wt: 180 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs
Bench max: 275 pounds
Vertical: 32 inches
Shuttle: 4.4 secs
GPA: 4.5
Rating: 2 Stars on both Scout & Rivals

With that GPA maybe he was offered as a preferred walk on?