Kevin Sousa Decommits Comment Count

Tim December 5th, 2010 at 1:53 PM


Though the buzz late last week centered on the commitment status of FL RB Demetrius Hart, it is FL QB Kevin Sousa that withdraws his commitment from the Maize and Blue instead. Sousa has switched his commitment to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Sousa isn't a highly-rated prospect, and would probably have needed a couple years of development before he was ready to play at this level, but that seemed like the perfect fit for Michigan, as Devin Gardner will be just a second-year player next season.

So, if Michigan still intends to bring in a quarterback in the class of 2011, it seems that OH QB Cardale Jones, a product of Cleveland Glenville High School - infamous for its unfriendly stance toward Michigan - is the top prospect on the board, as NC QB Marquise Williams seems set for Virginia Tech. Though there are only three signal-callers on scholarship for next season, I think it's also an option to leave the position unfilled, and pursue top prospects in the 2012 class.



December 5th, 2010 at 1:58 PM ^

With Denard and Tate on campus for 2 more years and Devin starting his (fingers crossed) redshirt freshman season next year, its not that big of a loss, and I understand the move by Sousa. Best of luck to him.


December 5th, 2010 at 2:37 PM ^

Saying you are keeping RR does not stop the negative recruiting. Recruits want a coach who is here for the long term, by addressing the controversy DB would make it look like he is giving RR one more shot.


This is the situation a team is in after 3 disappointing years. It is what it is, and no press conference can mollify it.


December 5th, 2010 at 4:13 PM ^

...1.  Waiting hurts recruiting (see de-commits), 2. Leaves your current coach twisting in the wind causing "Groban moments" which embarrass the program.  3. Hurts your recruitment of a new coach...who wants to play for an AD that allows his HC to be treated this way?  4. Hurts the morale of your current team, leaving them to wonder about their own futures.  How many reasons do you need?


December 5th, 2010 at 4:39 PM ^

Try to keep up here, I know reading is difficult.


We just agreed that:

"Saying you are keeping RR does not stop the negative recruiting. Recruits want a coach who is here for the long term, by addressing the controversy DB would make it look like he is giving RR one more shot.


This is the situation a team is in after 3 disappointing years. It is what it is, and no press conference can mollify it."


So no, holding a press conference tomorrow doesn't do anything to save recruiting, and I think everyone on both sides agrees that there will be no "recruiting of a new coach." Its either Rodriguez or Harbaugh.

And as for "Groban moments," thats only embarrassing because of the vindictive local media that partly caused this whole situation in the first place.


December 5th, 2010 at 6:27 PM ^

....but I can read just fine.  Notice that I was not the one that agreed with you previously.  I actually don't agree on the previous point regarding recruiting, and believe that the coaching uncertainty hurts recruiting a great deal....especially with those looking to enroll early.  IMO, the Groban moment is the result of DB letting this go on too long.  He needs to make the call and move on...IMO.

Go Blue.


December 5th, 2010 at 7:06 PM ^

I believe Rodriguez deserves another year, but for the sake of argument I will take your side and say ok, we need to move on. What then does Michigan gain by firing Rodriguez right now? Absolutely nothing, and they stand to lose everything.

The only replacement that you can even make an argument for as a possible upgrade is Harbaugh. It is not believed that he would leave before their BCS bowl game, so announcing that you are firing Rodriguez now creates the most possible uncertainty and recruting turmoil of any option. No matter what, if he was fired there would be a lot of turnover, but if there was a prolonged search it would only be worse.


The fact that you are using the "Groban moment" as part of your argument is just embarrassing, and leads me to believe that you are the type of person who likes to make snap judgments relying on what the public perception is without knowing the actual facts of the situation.


December 6th, 2010 at 8:12 AM ^

..I bring up the Groban moment to illustrate the effect that delaying the decision is having on a once proud and successful man.  Although I don't like him as a coach, I don't think anyone should have to go through what he is going through right now, and DB is letting it happen.  You don't know me, but it's funny that you make a "snap judgement" on how I supposedly make "snap judgements".  Nice......


December 11th, 2010 at 6:36 PM ^

There is no "Groban moment." Who the heck cares what songs the coach is playing at an emotional team event. The fact that the media jumps on these things, and people like you accept their narrative is ridiculous.


December 5th, 2010 at 2:38 PM ^

Last I checked the end of the season isn't the OSU game. Also JH probably doesn't want to leave his kids and thus won't be interviewing until after his bowl game.

What if RR blows out a great team and Stanford gets crushed? There's still 1 game to play in the season and it's only right to give RR the bowl game no matter what.


December 5th, 2010 at 2:57 PM ^

because David Brandon has said all year what his process will be. He didn't change it at 5-0, his isn't changing it now b/c some in the Detroit media think he should, nor because some rabid alumni think he should, nor because some recruits think he should and, most definitely, not because you think he should.


Good luck to Kevin, seems like ma great player and would expect him to do some great things at Wake.


December 5th, 2010 at 4:07 PM ^

...wasn't a good reason when I was a kid, and still isn't.  DB can profess his process all he wants...doesn't make it right.  How many de-commits does it take to prove DB's timing is off.  He's over his head and his inexperience is showing.  


December 6th, 2010 at 11:00 AM ^

If Michigan were to fire RR they would have to give him a written notice 30 days prior to termination.  This means that if they wanted they could give him the notice now, start a coaching search, and not have to pay him the extra $1.5 million since his termination would come after January1st.  This is per MVictors:

I think it is quite apparent that DB believes in fact based management, as every good CEO should, and part of that is being patient enough to wait for all of the facts to be available before making a decision.  Obviously fans in general lack patience but I for one am glad that our AD doesn't.


December 6th, 2010 at 2:09 AM ^

if we need to blame something, can we *please* chalk this one up to the josh groban stunt? what 18 year old kid who thinks he's a star wants to tell his friends he's going to go play on a team that borrows cds from their cat lady aunts for a little quality time holding hands?

nb: i recognize this is stupid, but so are most 18 year olds...