Anthony Fera Decommits Comment Count

Brian October 22nd, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Texas kicker Anthony Fera is decommitting according to GBW, and this is his profile picture on the ol' Facebooks:

fera - joe pa

Using stunning powers of deduction, I deduct that Fera is highly likely to end up at PENN SHHHHTATE.

1) Sigh.

2) With KC Lopata done at year's end and Bryan Wright struggling through a number of back and hip injuries, a kicker in this class is a must. Back around the time Fera committed, the other main candidate was Floridian Brendan Gibbons, who remains uncommitted. I would assume Michigan takes a hard look at him.

3) I don't think this one is a major blow or anything—it's a kicker—but four decommits in one year is pretty rough, and there remains the possibility of one or two more. I said it would be bumpy; Michigan really needs to hang tight through the next few months, at which point the upward swing should be apparent and the toxic media environment will ebb significantly.


BONUS Facebook news-like substance from Tom VanHaaren: Bryce McNeal's leaning towards Colorado and responded to an out-of-touch "Good luck at M!" wall post with "I'm not going there." Said response was phrased in such a way that made it clear he has no intention of recommitting ever-ever. He gone. Like Newsome gone.



October 22nd, 2008 at 11:45 AM ^


I'll be waiting for the apologies from all of those hack journalists who blasted Rodriguez for the Shaw and Roundtree pulls.  Waiting.  Still waiting........


October 22nd, 2008 at 11:54 AM ^

he'll need a good yield from his 2010 class for the 2011 and 2012 years. They really need a good class next year and some fillers for this year. 

STW P. Brabbs

October 22nd, 2008 at 12:04 PM ^

How the hell does a kicker decommit?  He doesn't like our snapping style?  He doesn't like our usage of a kickoff specialist?  He was intoxicated by the nightlife of Happy Valley?  Our goal posts lack top-end visibility?

 Seriously, I can handle all manner of decommitments without ever getting pissed off at a high school kid who saw something he liked at another school.  But not a kicker.  You're just a damned kicker - you should want to go to a better adademic school, because kicking field goals is kicking field goals no matter what the rest of the team is doing. 

 God save us from Brian Wright.  And kickers.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:25 PM ^

I don't understand why, when Michigan pulls in a recruit that had perviously committed elsewhere all hell breaks loose but when the coin is flipped, all is silent on the journalistic front.

 It pisses me off. I hate PSU. I hate OSU. I hate ND. I hate MSU.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:40 PM ^

Nate-Dawg, it's the same way with Michigan hockey.  They host a few regionals, kick ass and win the regional to head to the Frozen Four, and all hell breaks loose about how unfair it is, blah blah blah.  But when other schools host a regional, there's no outrage whatsoever about it being an unfair advantage.  So, when Michigan does something... OUTRAAAAAAGGEEE!!  When someone else does the same thing... meh.

And I'll disagree with Brian's point #3 about it not being a major blow.  Remember how bad our kicking game was for a few years before Rivas came in?  Heck, even the short time before Lopata established himself.  I was scared of watching a PAT!  Kicking something as simple as a 30 yard field goal can be the difference between winning and losing and if we start shanking kicks because we have no one capable, I can almost guarantee it'll cost us a game or two down the line.  Losing out on one of the top recruits in any player's position isn't good, especially when you have no depth to fall back on.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:48 PM ^

That kicker/punter from Utah had a huge impact on the outcome of our game with them.

photo of Fera with JoePa, was that last Saturday?  Our game at
PSU?  Perhaps the PSU fans not booing their team (which trailed at
the half) swayed the impressionable young man? 


October 22nd, 2008 at 2:40 PM ^

I agree. I have nightmares of Phil Brabbs, Rivas 2005, Gingell, etc. Seems like it couldn't be too hard to find one automatic kicker every 3 years to come to Michigan and be a star.  Seems like any soccer player would love to do that.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:43 PM ^

Maybe I am a little more paranoid then the rest but this just does not seem good.  What is happening that is causing all these guys to jump ship?  Is it that they committed too early or just the results of painful season?  Say we dont land Will Johnson, would it then be fair to say this class is turning into a mediocre class at best?

I grew up used to the years where we ALWAYS got the best players, but horribly underachieved.  I guess we can hope for the oppositte right?

Durham Blue

October 22nd, 2008 at 3:06 PM ^

I think you meant Will Campbell.  We're talking about 17 and 18-year old high school kids here.  Most will change their minds at least twice before signing.  I have zero faith in a verbal commitment from a high school kid.  I mean, what are the chances we actually sign Ricardo Miller in 2010?  Just let me know who signs with Michigan in February, 2009.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:48 PM ^

I only started paying attention to recruiting a couple years ago, but it seems that decommitments have become a much more significant issue each passing year. Not just for Michigan, but in general (though it has seemed to affect Michigan particularly hard this year). What explains this? Are coaches putting more pressure on students to commit much earlier in the recruiting process, before they have had a chance to take visits to multiple campuses? Are recruits just more schizophrenic and more apt to decommit (for whatever reason) today compared to the past? Will this make it more likely that we will see an early signing period in football in the near future, as in basketball?



October 22nd, 2008 at 1:10 PM ^

Maybe PSU has hotter woman? Doubtful though. Whatever the case, I don't like losing kickers and defensive tackles. They are not high profile football recruits but they are huge in the big scheme of things. We can rationalize this into so many things that Fera and Campbell are not. But we need those types of guys in this class. I hope the FL kicker is available.


October 22nd, 2008 at 12:48 PM ^

Do new coaches usually have more trouble with decommits (less of a history with the players they are recruiting).  Losing McNeal, Newsome, Fera and (possibly, but probably not) Campbell in one class seems incredible.

El Wolverino

October 22nd, 2008 at 1:47 PM ^

A PSU fan sheds some light in on of the free boards. Apparently, Fera's dad is a big PSU fan and has been nudging his kid to take a hard look at PSU. Probably a case of I committed too soon and fell in love with the first school I visited -- maybe I need to take a look. Then went to a PSU game, decommitted from M and committed to PSU.

Tough break. We NEED a kicker in this class. Hopefully schollie for the other guy and hopefully he doesn't ditch us.


October 22nd, 2008 at 2:50 PM ^

As long as we keep that NFL D-line in tact.  Will Campbell and Max Martin = Alan Branch and Terrance Taylor.  Kinda hard to get mad at anything when you got that perspective...I mean really, dude that robbed your house, Palin...