Hello: Christian Pace Comment Count

Brian June 1st, 2009 at 5:33 PM

The BBQ has borne its first meaty fruits with the commitment of OH OL Christian Pace. This was going into Tuesday Recruitin' tomorrow but I might as well put it here:

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Less definitive but still promising rumors are also swirling around OH OL Christian Pace, a four-star interior lineman who made it up for the BBQ and got the "decision imminent?!?!" question-that-contains-its-own-answer premium article. This from before the BBQ looks like a hint about Pace's interest:

While Pace has yet to name a favorite, it is safe to say he is very interested in Michigan.

A Florida State visit may happen before his commitment; if it doesn't dollars to donuts he picks M.

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Think David Molk here: Pace is a solid, mobile interior lineman. He's in the ESPN 150 watch list, is Rivals' #5 center (and a three star), and had good offers: Florida State, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Pitt, South Carolina, and Stanford amongst others. A full google-stalk will have to wait until tomorrow.

Comments

West Texas Blue

June 1st, 2009 at 5:39 PM ^

Christian Pace at center, Torrian Wilson at guard, and either Seantrel Henderson or Andrew Donnal at tackle and we're set for '10 OL recruiting. Very pleased at OL recruiting under Rich Rod. It's going to be exciting watching all of these OL recruits develop under Frey and Barwis.

WolvinLA

June 1st, 2009 at 6:22 PM ^

Agreed, completely. For all the shit people talk about "spread offense bad for linemen," we've done a great job of picking up very good OL recruits. The three we got last year were all good, and the two that RR himself recruited from the class before appear to be the two best from that class (Omameh and Barnum).

With how important the OL is to winning football games, especially when you are a team so focused on the offense, this bodes very very well for the future at UM. Me likey.

MeechiganTabs

June 1st, 2009 at 7:17 PM ^

put off until tomorrow what can be done today....I say let the stalking begin!! Seriously Rich Rod is doing a helluva job in recruiting...makes you realize how bad LC was at it...

estarr01

June 2nd, 2009 at 7:56 AM ^

why was Lloyed a bad recruiter? He always got a ton of solid players, just some didn't pan out.

I don't know how you can say RR is a great recruiter when we haven't even seen one of his classes play for 4 years, I'm couting 08' as Lloyds class since he chose most of those players.

funkywolve

June 2nd, 2009 at 12:23 AM ^

I think for certain position groups Carr did a real good job of recruiting - QB, WR and corners in particular. (Although UM never seemed to have two really good corners, they always seemed to have one that was really good).

Other areas I'm not sure how good of job Carr did - safety and LB's mainly. Other then David Harris, the latter half of Carr's tenure didn't exactly have that many great LB's.

I think part of the problem wasn't so much the recruiting, but the development of the players when they got here - oline especially during the latter half of Carr's tenure.

Getting great recruiting classes always helps, but developing and making sure players get better in college is just as important, imo.

Magnus

June 2nd, 2009 at 7:26 AM ^

Yeah, I would disagree with the "lack of safety and LB recruiting." Brandon Harrison, Steve Brown, Michael Williams, Jamar Adams, Prescott Burgess, and Shawn Crable were all pretty highly recruited. Some of them just didn't/haven't panned out yet...

MeechiganTabs

June 2nd, 2009 at 11:56 AM ^

give you that on player development. Something, somewhere was missing...whether you want to place the blame at the feet of Carr or DeBord and English, there were certainly issues there. My problem with Carr was the acceptance of mediocrity. Michigan became a mediocre football team under Carr. period.