TomVH: Weekly Update: Hodge Podge, Wisconsin Visits, and More

Submitted by TomVH on November 15th, 2010 at 10:13 AM

This weekly update is going to have a little bit of everything in it:

Wisconsin Visitors

As always I will have a permanent list in the diary section as I confirm more recruits visiting. It looks like this might be a small group, though, with the playoffs still ongoing. Two big visitors are confirmed for officials though:

  • LB/WR Kris Frost - Kris just got back from a visit to Auburn. I know that he enjoyed himself, which he usually does, but the Michigan visit comes after the Auburn visit and his parents will be with him. I still believe Michigan is in good position.
  • TE Jack Tabb - Tabb has been trying to schedule his official visit for awhile now. His team was eliminated from the playoffs, so he will be in. The coaches really want a tight end in this class, and Tabb would be a good option.

Wayne LyonsWayne Lyons

6'0", 190 lbs.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Wayne has his official visit to Michigan set for December 3rd, and if you remember Michigan at one point was on the outside looking in. I asked him what made him decide to include Michigan as one of his five official visits.

I like the school, and the coaches are real cool. They did a good job of recruiting me, and I see how bad they need defensive backs. I'm still going to Nebraska and Stanford, too.

Lyons is going to announce his decision at the Army All American game. He had injured his knee earlier in the season, but has already recovered from that injury. In fact, Wayne played in his team's last game, and said he's good to go.

Malcolm CrockettMalcolm Crockett

5'11", 180 lbs.

Running Back

Washington DC

Malcolm was in for an official visit for the Illinois game, and came away impressed. His coach on the visit:

Malcolm enjoyed himself, and he was at a real good game. He sat with all his position coaches, and they were saying some good things. He's going to Cincinnati on November 20th, and doesn't have any other visits scheduled yet.

Malcolm doesn't have a date set for deciding his school. He is still committed to Cincinnati, and I wouldn't be surprised if he stuck with that commitment. We'll find out after he takes his visit to UC on the 20th.

Cyrus HobbiCyrus Hobbi

6'4", 285 lbs.

Offensive Line

Scottsdale, Arizona

I was on hand for Cyrus' first playoff game this past Friday. His team won 56-28, and if you follow me on Twitter you'll know that I am very high on one of his teammates. 2012 ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs.) plays running back, slot receiver, and cornerback for Saguaro currently. Foster had 5 total touchdowns in this game, which was exactly what he did to this opponent during the regular season.

Foster hasn't heard much from Michigan, and his coach even asked me why Michigan hadn't been in contact. Both DJ and Coach Sanders from Saguaro thought it was strange that Michigan wasn't recruiting DJ harder, especially since he and Cyrus are best friends.

I took my first video interview with both of them, which didn't go as planned. Here's the interview with Cyrus below, which I had to cut myself out of because I couldn't hear him, and had to keep telling him to speak up.


  • The Dr. Phillips group visit isn't happening until after the playoffs. It hasn't been rescheduled yet, since they don't know when they'll be done. Dr. Phillips went 11-0 last year but lost I believe in the quarterfinals, so they don't want any distractions. The uncommitted teammates want to get up to Michigan before they say yes or no.
  • Maryland DB Blake Countess has scheduled his official visit for December 3rd, which is the same day as Wayne Lyons. 
  • DT Kevin McReynolds is not likely to pick Michigan. This could change, but as of right now it's not looking good. 
  • An emailer asks, "If you had to guess will Michigan get Sammy Watkins, Timmy Jernigan, Cyrus Hobbi, Avery Walls, Mickey Johnson, or Anthony Zettel?"  I think we have a good shot with Watkins, Walls, and Zettel. I'm not convinced yet with Hobbi until he takes his official. I don't think we'll get Jernigan or Johnson. I will tell you that I'm nervous with regards to Avery Walls. I think Oregon has made a big push for him.



November 15th, 2010 at 1:20 AM ^

Can't thank you enough for the updates.

You are to Mgoblog what Denard is to Michigan football (sans the interceptions and fumbles)


Also - Cyrus Hobbi looks like a mean polar bear.


November 15th, 2010 at 8:55 AM ^

LA NT Mickey Johnson... like Tom said, probably not coming here, probably not even visiting.

MI NT Damon Knox... Has a conditional offer based on getting his grades up, we're probably the favorite if he can do so.

FL DT Tim Jernigan... His top 3 are FSU, Bama, and LSU, but we're in the top 6 along with Florida and USC. He's wary of the cold weather (he's never seen snow before). Also, he wants to play more of a 3-technique role than the NT role that Mike Martin plays, which we are presumably recruiting him for. I don't know that for fact, however.

MD NT Darian Cooper... He's probably the most likely to end up in the class. He visited Michigan a while back before the season and we've been in the top group for a while now. If he can get a visit in order, he could be in the class.


November 15th, 2010 at 1:57 AM ^

Is the Big Chill a plausible day for the visit to happen?  I would assume the playoffs would be well done by that time, and it seems like it would be a great atmosphere, especially with a big basketball game (vs. Utah) the night before.


November 15th, 2010 at 12:34 PM ^

Well, he can't be offered until August 1, 2011.  And besides that, the coaches have a pretty big interest in winning some games and keeping their jobs.  So if DJ Foster and his coach are upset that the coaches haven't contacted him much 9 or 10 months prior to when he can actually be offered, then they probably need to get tougher skin.


November 15th, 2010 at 5:02 AM ^

I think we can land Frost even with a 7-5 record (I think we split the last two personally). I am also nervous about Walls but I am hoping for Lyons to commit to settle me down. If we fill out this class with one more OL and a WR/Slot/RB with the rest on D that would be great.


November 15th, 2010 at 9:40 AM ^

Only partly sarcastic. But I am deathly afraid of Wisc this week, and personally have had this game circled in dread all year. I have a hard time seeing it as even a close game. Hope I'm wrong.

The Victors

November 15th, 2010 at 12:16 PM ^

Did you request DJ Foster or his coach to send in some film of him to the UM coaches? Surely, they know who he is if he is THAT good. Hopefully the continue to recruit the area because Scottsdale and other Phoenix areas have produced some solid talent lately.