Happy National Signing Eve, 2011 Edition

Submitted by Six Zero on February 1st, 2011 at 12:20 PM

 

"...the ball caps were placed on the table with care,
hoping young men would grab the block M varieties there."

 


Such is a time to be excited for our team, to look to the future, to have hope, to be proud that of all of the schools out there, they chose ours.

I find myself not jealous, but extremely envious of these young men-- they get to be Michigan Wolverines-- they get to put on that helmet, they're assigned their own number, and they get to be part of the brotherhood.  That's special, regardless of the past, be it long gone or recent.

As such, I find myself giving the same speech I do every time this year, which is really quite simple:

THIS IS THEIR DAY.

THEY CHOSE US.  THEIR ENTIRE LIFE WILL BE SHAPED BY THE DECISION THEY HAVE MADE.  THE SPOTLIGHT IS THEIRS, NOT YOURS.  WELCOME THEM.

 

Even last year, some of us found it necessary to be harsh, to our own recruits.  A young man named Vinopal was unjustly criticized because of some web site run by men he's never met gave him a rating that some of us were unhappy with.  On Signing Day.  That's just plain wrong-- imagine your brother or son choosing a school, choosing a future and being at peace with it, only to be welcomed by harsh judgement and criticism before he's even stepped foot on a practice field.

It is 2011, ladies and gentlemen.  The Hoke era.  The fresh start. There should be no griping about spread offenses or slot ninjas.  No judgement of anyone because of the baseless value of these things called 'stars' next to their names from various sources.  No whining about losing anyone to Auburn, and no talk about decommits or unfilled slots or Demetrius's or what-could-have-beens.

Tomorrow is a day to welcome the newest members of our team and let them be proud of the life-changing decision they have made.  Think of the choices you made at eighteen, and how they altered your entire world.  Think of their parents, and how even our baseless and anonymous comments could potentially reassure or alarm them of their children's future. Think of the rest of the college football world, and how closely they will be watching Fort Schembechler, Ann Arbor, and yes, even MGoBlog.  And yes, they will be watching.

Make 'em all proud, and welcome them to the family.


PS-- Also, if you get a chance, you might want to thank TomVH for all of the hard work he's going to put in on our behalf tomorrow...  His busiest day of the year is tomorrow and I'm sure his phone is pre-emptively cringing in fear for its very life today.  Same goes for Brian and Tim-- it's by their collective hand that we'll be able to enjoy all the hoopla here tomorrow.

Happy National Signing Eve, everyone!

Six Zero

Comments

DrewandBlue

February 1st, 2011 at 12:28 PM ^

here.  Nice post.  Looking forward to closing on a very productive recruiting year under the difficult circumstances.  Kites rise against, not with the wind! 

Compliments to Hoke and staff and thanks to the job RR did while he was here. 

Go Blue!

aiglick

February 1st, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

Welcome to a great institution. I am happy for all players who decide to play for Michigan. May the next four to five years be full of happiness and success and serve as a stepping stone to much more success throughout life.

True Blue Grit

February 1st, 2011 at 2:15 PM ^

Welcome to the latest group of Michigan Men!  Hopefully, they'll all exceed our lofty hopes for them and graduate in 4 or 5 years.  Also, keep in mind some of these kids may very well read this blog from time to time.  So, let's always be fair when talking about specific players and never attack them.  Otherwise, we're no better than the lowlife fans of certain other teams in this conference and the SEC.  So, Go Blue!

badjuju81

February 1st, 2011 at 3:08 PM ^

"The effort put forth by TomVH, Tim, and Brian to cover Michigan recruiting is beyond measure.  Their accuracy of information far surpasses that of the NSA.  Their speed to press is so fast even a million computers operated by Husain Bolt couldn't calculate it.  Their love of Michigan surpasses even that which shines down from football's Valhalla from Fielding H. Yost and Bo Schembechler."

- Fred Jackson

jml969

February 1st, 2011 at 10:45 PM ^

These young men will be welcomed into the Michigan family. A family known for it's tradition, courage, strength and winning attitude. Here's to a new era in Michigan football!

Lloyd's Boy

February 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 PM ^

I think Coach Hoke did a great job pulling this class together. He was put in a very difficult spot with the timing of the hire, and managed to right the ship. Congrats to all the newest Wolverines!