August 2nd, 2014 at 1:02 PM ^

Both your skepticism and the kid's interest in other schools are understandable.  I am a life-long Michigan fan too, but I considered MSU when they showed a little bit of interest in me as a baseball player in high school.  Fandom means less to kids.


August 1st, 2014 at 6:26 PM ^

Wish the kid the best. Would love to have him but Mike Weber is an in state guy so full court press time. I think Harris will be SEC bound. Got 4 text messages from members of my golf club, who are buckeye fans, (I am the Head Golf Professional)... I told them their lesson rates just went up as well as certain (club charges) that might appear on their account.


August 1st, 2014 at 6:31 PM ^

We have Green, Smith & Ty in the stable with Mikey Weber on the way.  

Happy trails & good luck to Mr Harris.  I do hope he is smarter than to sign with Urbs.   


August 1st, 2014 at 6:38 PM ^

Thank god we came finally stop worrying about a kid none of us even know personally. No more Al Borges talk, no more hand-ringing about him at all. Goodbye Harris, you're moving on, and Michigan is moving on.


August 1st, 2014 at 6:57 PM ^

On the chance the kid goes to Ohio and becomes anything resembling Barry Sanders then I think you might hear his name and Borges' name thrown around a few times in the future around these parts.

Perkis-Size Me

August 1st, 2014 at 6:48 PM ^

No hard feelings. Go do what's best for you.

Unless you end up at OSU. In which case I hope you do well, but have the 3-4 worst games of your career against Michigan.

True Blue Grit

August 1st, 2014 at 6:54 PM ^

(I'm thinking that's a phrase not a lot of MGoBloggers have heard)  Anyway, I don't care much about this development as it's been in the cards for months now.  Time to move on everyone.  The good news is we already have a lot of stud running backs in the house for the next 3 years.  


August 1st, 2014 at 7:23 PM ^

Will do that to your recruiting. I'm more worried about O/D line production and What Coach Nuss brings to the table than any recruit at this point.


August 1st, 2014 at 7:34 PM ^

felt he was an actual complete package at RB; size, speed, catches it well. All our RBs seem to be missing something pretty substantial to their game. Isaac being the most gifted of the bunch but I still think he's too tall and upright....


August 1st, 2014 at 8:26 PM ^

I know everyone thinks Ohio is the favorite to land him but I wouldn't count out Saban and his voodoo. Sad to see him go but we seem to have a good stable of backs for the future. We also seem to be in good contention with some 2016 backs.


August 1st, 2014 at 8:37 PM ^

I thought he was headed to OSU but I though we'd remain in the top 3.  Falling completely out of the top 5 is pretty interesting considering this was his childhood dream school.

Anyhow I am not concerned about any 1 player.  Unless he is TJ Yeldon or Fournette I think running game success is 80% line and 20% RB.  Under Carr we had a good running game every year without having guys who were super high end NFL RBs - but we had high end OL players constantly.  If you have the right OL the RB is more or less plug in play if you get just about any group of four star RBs in the backfield.  All my eyes remain on this OL - if that develops correctly, with the type of RBs we recruit we will be more than fine.  If not, than it wont matter who the RBs are.

I dumped the Dope

August 1st, 2014 at 8:37 PM ^

Supposing Mr. Harris choses Ohio I hope he recalls they had an 80% senior OL last season.  While I don't expect a tire fire this year, I also don't expect a repeat performance.

Meanwhile Michigan's OL is on the rise.  Things can only get better, and will.  29 for 29 is a thing of the past.  We also now have official tight ends too who can block, no offense to TEs who were amazing receivers but less than amazing blockers.

Despite the complete lack of hype my gut feeling is Mr. Isaac is going to tear up the field at Stadium and Main one day soon, making him a completely greater replacement.

No hard feelings to Harris, but its completely weird he was a recruit who wanted to play for Borges above all others. 


August 1st, 2014 at 8:40 PM ^

Let me preface this by saying UM's line should be a lot better in 2015, 2016 unless we truly have a tire fire coaching staff. 

But (a) saying it's on the rise is not saying much considering it was probably the worst OL in the country last year and (b) we have no idea if the OL will just be average in 2015-2016.  It could be.  Or it could be above average.  Or great.  Who knows - you don't, I don't.  Just going by HS Starz and plugging and playing and saying "wow great things you are missing out on" is not a helpful exercise.  Name me one established elite OL we have.  The answer is none. 

As for OSU losing players, they are recruiting just like we are at OL so to project our OL to be great down the road and not OSU's is wearing massive maize shades.  In fact OSU has the advantage as their OL coach produced one of the best OLs in the nation and is getting talent on par with Michigan's to coach now.  Meanwhile UM's OL coach has major questions over his head.

Last point, I dont think kids are as analytical as you.  Most look at recent results and the relationships and go from there.  Projecting the 2017 OL is not what a RB is going to do.