ACE: Taylor McNamara Considering Michigan Visit

Submitted by Ace on November 23rd, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Taylor McNamara, a four-star TE to Rivals, ESPN, and 247 (and a three-star to Scout) just sent out this tweet:

@taylormcnamara1 Taylor McNamara
Considering canceling an official and taking one to #Michigan...

That would obviously be huge for Michigan, and would fill the void left by Pharaoh Brown's decommit/parting of ways. He's already taken visits to Colorado, Notre Dame, and Washington, and has scheduled visits to Oklahoma and Cal over the next month. This is one to keep a close eye on.

[EDIT: I should note that McNamara is currently a very soft commit to Arizona, but it really looks like he'll be heading elsewhere. I don't think the hiring of Rich Rodriguez will change that.]



November 23rd, 2011 at 2:16 PM ^

I don't know what all has happened behind the scenes, but I like the coaching staff's commit and stay committed stance on recruiting.  It's really encouraging to see such a high level recruit jumping at the chance to see what we have to offer now that there's an opening. 

O Fo Sho

November 23rd, 2011 at 2:22 PM ^

we are signing too many All-American's.  All of my Sparty friends tell me that it is way more impressive to accomplish things with 2-stars.  And I want Michigan to be impressive. 


November 23rd, 2011 at 2:26 PM ^

Rivals compares him to Heath Miller from the Steelers. Oh, would a Heath Miller type TE be AWESOME or what. 

Not that Koger is anything less than awesome, he is just gone after this year.


November 23rd, 2011 at 2:44 PM ^

I don't think Pharaoh and UM have parted ways. The policy is that, if you're visiting other schools, then despite your interest in Michigan, we don't consider you "committed", and therefore we can't tell you that we'll hold your spot and turn away other recruits.

This is completely reasonable. It doesn't mean Pharaoh is a bad kid for taking his OVs, or that Hoke is being a hardliner. It's just the logical thing to do in this situation. I think people are making way too big of a deal about this.


Red is Blue

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:37 PM ^

According to Sam Webb this AM, Michigan no longer considers Brown a committment, but they are still recruiting him. 

While I am not saying this is the case, hypothetically, what would he have to do IF he wanted to recommitt?  How could Brown "prove" that he his committment was serious this time and how does the coaching staff package that in a way that the other recruits think they were treated fairly?



Maize and Blue…

November 23rd, 2011 at 4:26 PM ^

I don't see how Brown could rebuild the trust with this staff in three months for them to take him.  Brown's comment that he didn't decommit is what is telling to me.  He had to know the policy and chose to try to sneak around it by not informing the coaches of the OV.

Football is the ultimate team game and dependability is critical.  The way Brown went about the whole situation leads me to believe that his dependability is shot. 


November 23rd, 2011 at 2:46 PM ^

his rankings are all over the board:

espn and 247 appear to be in the middle ground.

turd ferguson

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 PM ^

Are colleges allowed to use former players to recruit incoming freshmen?  For some reason, I have it in my mind that they aren't, but McNamara mentioned (on Twitter) that he was hanging out with Brady Quinn while visiting Notre Dame.  Am I making up that rule?

Sac Fly

November 23rd, 2011 at 3:36 PM ^

Former players can definitly influence recuits but they can not do it on behalf of the university. I would imagine they met through personal connections like Kellen Jones and Ray Lewis did. They probably put a stop to that practice around the time Barry Switzer sent Billy Sims to Mississippi in a private jet to pick up Marcus Dupree from school.