TVH Weekly: Matt Godin, Ron Thompson, Dymonte Thomas, and More

Submitted by TomVH on May 2nd, 2011 at 12:43 PM

It's been an eventful few days, and by the time most of you read this Michigan will have gotten its newest commitment. Outside of that commitment here's a look at a few other prospects and future happenings. As always you can find more updates on my Twitter page, and please feel free to email me with tips and questions at [email protected]

Matt Godin

6'5", 260 lbs.

Defensive Tackle

Novi, Michigan

Matt Godin recently announced that he was ready to make his decision. He's yet to decide on how he will announce it, and is currently mulling over a few ideas. 

I decided on my date because my family is all going to be home, and it's just the right time to do it. I feel, other than these three schools, there is nowhere else I would like more.

That date is May 12th, and the three schools are Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. I will let you know how Matt decides to announce his decision when he tells me. 

Ron ThompsonRon Thompson

6'4", 210 lbs.

Tight End

Southfield, Michigan

Another instater that had been planning on making his announcement within the next weeks, Thompson sounds like he's now wavering on what to do.

I did [have the announcement scheduled] but I still don't think it will happen. I'm just not ready, it's too much. I think I'm far from a decision to be honest. There was a team that was looking good, but now there are others that have come aboard and I'm not sure if I'm ready.

Apparently there are some bigger name schools that are showing Thompson interest and they may have caught his attention. I, for some reason, didn't take this to mean that he really isn't going to announce on the 11th. Just don't be surprised if it doesn't. There may be a few questions that need to be answered with Michigan and their two TE commits.

Dymonte Thomas

5'11", 167 lbs.

Running Back

Alliance, Ohio

I know it's a bit early to be talking about 2013 prospects, but Thomas already holds a Michigan offer and he was just on campus in Ann Arbor. 

I went up there [Saturday] after the MSU spring game. I really, really like Michigan. I like how they do their schooling and they put school first and then sports. I was supposed to go up there awhile ago, but I couldn't because of baseball.

Besides the Michigan offer Thomas also holds verbal offers from Michigan State and West Virginia. This visit to Michigan gave him a chance to talk to the coaches and see the facilities up close.

The coaches were just really nice about everything. They walked me around different places, and they showed us the locker room and the lounge. They didn't really sell me on anything, they were just telling me about the program and what they have to offer.

Although Thomas admits to being an Ohio State fan, he says he will take a more business approach to his recruitment.

I am an Ohio State fan, but I'm going to look at what's best for me. I don't want to pick a school and then say I wish I would have gone to Ohio State. I also don't want to pick Ohio State and say man I wish I would have gone to a different school. I'm thinking about committing after my last game of my junior season, so we'll see what happens.

Thomas really likes Ohio State, but I take him at his word that he'll be unbiased in his approach. He's in contact with 2012 RB Bri'onte Dunn, FWIW. 


Ohio LB Joe Bolden decided to commit in person in Ann Arbor because it was more respectful.

Ohio RB Bri'onte Dunn has not re-opened his commitment from Ohio State, but he will be visiting Michigan soon. He just got an in school visit from Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. I believe there is genuine interest there from the Dunns. They are interested to see the outcome of the NCAA investigation at OSU.

DT Ondre Pipkins will narrow his list in June, which will also be around when he's visiting Michigan. He told me that he will likely make his final decision later on, but there is a chance it could happen in the summer time. He said an earlier decision will depend on how his summer visits go.

Pennsylvania RB Greg Garmon is visiting Michigan in the next couple weeks. He wants to learn more about Michigan, who is in his top three with Penn State and North Carolina. The Tarheels currently lead. 

New York QB Chad Kelly, nephew of Jim Kelly, will be visiting Michigan today [Monday]. He does not have an offer yet. Like the rest of the unoffered QBs, he might have to wait to see how everything plays out before he gets considered.



May 2nd, 2011 at 6:07 AM ^

I echo this.  Obviously the school that "was looking good" is UM, so the question becomes is Thompson attracted to the big names that are coming looking, or is he concerned that UM has already signed two TEs?  Hopefully the coaches can stress that there will be room on the depth chart for him, as he's an exceptional talent.


May 2nd, 2011 at 7:31 PM ^

I know they're not actually signed, but I didn't know the proper way to phrase that.  I guess I could've gone with "accepted commitments from".  Regardless, the point remains that accepting those commitments may have scared Thompson off.  I hope not.


May 2nd, 2011 at 7:48 AM ^

It's 730 am (330 your time). The Internet has failed me, there is no news. WAKE UP AND TELL ME - it's killing me not knowing yet.

Chris Horvath

May 2nd, 2011 at 8:45 AM ^

I know many of you might already be aware of this, however Kelly is a pretty big time recruit. This is a brief profile from 247 Sports:

Chad Kelly is a 6-3, 205-pound Dual-Threat Quarterback from Buffalo (New York) St. Joseph School. He is ranked No. 79 in the country by 247Sports. Kelly is the No. 3 recruit in New York and is the No. 2 Dual-Threat Quarterback in the nation. Kelly has a 247Sports rating of 95, making him a 4-star prospect.

He also has an offer from Alabama.  I think it is great to have this guy on campus this week!


May 2nd, 2011 at 12:26 PM ^

Jim Kelly hasn't played pro ball in a number of years, but he still chooses to stick around the same city he played in.  That's a fair bit of loyalty - some cities would not look too kindly on someone who could never win the big one.  I can't imagine Donovan McNabb ever choosing to live in Philly again, for example. 


May 2nd, 2011 at 12:57 PM ^

This is just my opinion so take it FWIW.  

I played ball in WNY during the 90's and it's not a breeding ground for recruits.  I loved football and wished that I played in a different area of the country just because 1. you don't get much recognition there and 2. during my time you only had a small window to train and practice with coach's.  

My understanding is things have been changing there lately allowing a spring work out with coach's and there are also summer leagues and camps.  These really didn't exist that much when I was there.

I'm sure he is a great prospect and has the skills to play at this level, but the competition just isn't the same as other area's.  

FYI we played teams in St. Josephs league each year I played and crushed them.


May 2nd, 2011 at 2:03 PM ^

Now that you say that it seems like I have seen more prospects come out of NY in the past couple years.  Some names that come to mind are Dominique Easley, Isaq Williams and Wayne Morgan from this years class.  Not to mention Mike Hart who was not highly rated, but hold a special place in my heart.


May 2nd, 2011 at 3:53 PM ^


Did they break it down by regions of NY or just as a whole?

WNY has always been different thats why I ask.  They didn't even have the ability to goto a state championship until 1993 if I recall correctly.

It would be interesting to know the numbers based on population size of states also.  

Cigarro Cubano

May 2nd, 2011 at 9:13 AM ^

Group of linebackers reeled in by Mattison & the staff.  Let it stay that way up to NSD.

Now we need the big beef upfront.  Man what a great way to start the work week !!!  


May 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 AM ^

Prolly a chance at each? A post above mentioned he said he wants to play DB in college and hell with Angry Michigan DB Hating God we need all the kids we can back there.