2012 recruit you are most excited about

Submitted by Chi-Blue on January 12th, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Fun time of the year with NSD approaching quickly. By far the kid I am most excited to see in 2012 is Pee Wee Pipkins, especially after seeing him look so good in the AA Game.

2. KK, especially when he starts at Ohio!!

3. James Ross, instictive as they come . . . a welcomed change!!



January 12th, 2012 at 4:56 PM ^

Jarrod Wilson has been at the top of my list from the day he committed. I think he can have  an immediate impact from day 1 and that's he gone way under the radar both in terms of national recruiting as well as for Michigan fans. He will make some big plays next year. 

Joe Bolden is someone I think everyone should be excited about. He's getting on campus early. He seems to have an extremely high football IQ. I think he too can get on the field early and will be a leader for this team in the future. 

Pee Wee is probably my third favorite. He's loose, but determined. I love his personality and I think he will make press conferences interesting for years to come. He's also a beast on the field. I think Hoke and Montgomery can turn him into a future All Big Ten NT.

Honorable Mention to Amara Darboh. I like guys who have good stories, good perspective, and a good head on their shoulders. Darboh is that kid. His story is remarkable. 

I do love all our recruits, but these are the kids who stand out. I hope that they can all come in and help increase the level of competition. These are a talented bunch of kids. 

Maize and Blue…

January 12th, 2012 at 3:45 PM ^

The one recruit I don't understand.  He plays in a full house so he hasn't been a lead blocker in HS.  He's extremely undersized for the position and with Hopkins move to FB and Kerridge getting healthy I just don't see him seeing the field for a while.

He does have talent, but I just don't see him as a college FB.


January 12th, 2012 at 5:05 PM ^

It wasn't really until Carr's later years that UM went to the all-he-does-is-block style of fullback.  We used to have fullbacks that would get some carries in the running game and catch the ball out of the backfield (guys like Aaron Shea, Chris Floyd, Burnie Leggett, Che Foster, to name a few).  BJ Askew was mysteriously effective as kind of a hybrid fullback/tailback player.  So, maybe that is what the staff has in mind for Houma?


January 12th, 2012 at 2:55 PM ^

Can't wait to see Kalis mow down everyone as Fitz and Denard run for another 1500 yards each.

I'm also excited about Pipkins, but I hope he doesn't do anything... eye-opening... off the field.


January 12th, 2012 at 3:01 PM ^

The guy is a monster already before even stepping into the big boy weight room. In all of his interviews he's just a humble, well spoken kid who will be a great locker room guy as well. Big things to come from this young man


January 12th, 2012 at 3:01 PM ^


It's a position where

(1) We need depth

(2) You naturally see guys rotate in for snaps behind starters

(3) "Easier" to learn/transition and you historically see a more guys make an impact as freshmen (S. Watkins, J. Jones).  This characteristic is what separates it from D Line.

Next comes Pipkins/Bolden.


January 12th, 2012 at 3:03 PM ^

b/c IF he and BWC can both get more fit and PEE WEE can learn the schemes, the combo of those two up the middle has the potential to be sick.  Even if not, I'm not anxious to see where Pipkins starts out and how the coaches talk about him as a predictor for future dominance.

Mr. Yost

January 13th, 2012 at 12:26 PM ^

Shazor was a WLB playing safety because that's just what we did. We said, screw this spread thing sweeping the nation...we're going to play defense like the Power I will forever be in style. Tommy Hendricks worked. Ernest Shazor did not.

However he had a SWEET hit in that Purdue game!

Wolverine 73

January 12th, 2012 at 3:08 PM ^

The things he said when he committed about ND and ohio, and everything I have read about him since, suggest to me that the kid is a natural leader.  If he can play at a high level, I can envision him being the emotional leader of this defense by his junior year.