Toasted Yosties

October 25th, 2016 at 12:15 PM ^

Definitely. Is it about nice weather and "extracurriculars" or working with an amazing coaching staff that is producing elite players and molding them into responsible men? UCLA looks like a nice place to go to school but looks a little out of control. I'm glad we didn't land Josh Rosen. His status has gone to his head.


October 25th, 2016 at 3:18 PM ^

Yeah but like, why play in the cold for the next 3-4 years if you don't have to? If you get drafted by Buffalo or Green Bay great, you have to do it, but if you can play in SoCal for 3-4 years before then, isn't that still pleasant? Not advocating for this - I'd probably play for a school with the best combination of athletics and academics like Michigan regardless of weather, but I still understand why kids want to stay warm for a few years if they can.

M Squared

October 25th, 2016 at 3:51 PM ^

I understand your point, and I think it is a valid one.  The counterpoint is that college should be a time that is used to prepare for your career, and maybe if you are completely inexperienced in playing in the cold, an NFL game (and the less than patient attitude of many NFL teams) may not be the best time to test yourself out.  Also, to be technical, it's not just getting drafted by Green Bay and Buffalo that's the problem.  There are away games and playoff games as well.

Again, I think you have a good point but I don't think the alternative viewpoint is completely without merit either.

The Fan in Fargo

October 25th, 2016 at 6:46 PM ^

If you really think about it, most of the good teams in the NFL play in the northern half. The Seahawks, Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Giants, Broncos, Ravens and Vikings to name a few. Broncos are in the mountains up high so that counts as cold and north to me. The Lions, Browns, and Bills all have their occasional good year! Sort of!


October 25th, 2016 at 12:54 PM ^

I know he's a jerk but you don't have to call him a douchebag. /s

We were carving pumpkins with family friends this weekend when my 11 (now 12) year old son referred to someone as a "douche" in front of our friends' daughters. I had to politely explain to him why he shouldn't use that terminology around young ladies. Or was I being too sensitive?


October 25th, 2016 at 1:36 PM ^

I think the weather becomes much more tolerable when you realize that UCLA is a longshot to even make a bowl game this year, and their 2017 recruiting class is ranked lower than the powerhouses of Rutgers, Illinois, BC, Oregon State, etc. At least the class coming in to UCLA is ranked one spot better than the University of Texas-San Antonio.


October 25th, 2016 at 2:31 PM ^

I am an alumni student recruiter for Michigan based in the Los Angeles area and when I first started doing this, I thought weather would be a major consideration. But it is not....sure I get some questions on it ,but it is certainly not a make or break. You stress the culture of Michigan and all the school has to offer. I thought the out of state tuition would be a major consideration also - not a consideration, of course for a scholarship student athlete - $ 45,410 for Tuition and Fees versus $ 15,000 for UCLA but that has not been a major obstacle either. Bring them to Campus and you will be surprised how Michigan compares favorably to UCLA , even though UCLA is a very strong school. California is only behind New York and Illinois when it comes to our out-of-state undergrads.

Cali Wolverine

October 25th, 2016 at 12:08 PM ^

...he would be a tremendous addition to this class. Everyone should route against UCLA this year....because that is where is heart is...but he won't go there if it is a tire fire.