Chris Williamson Decision at 10pm

Submitted by ohioblueblood82 on February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 PM

At 10 PM Monday night, Gainesville (GA) ATH and top Michigan target Chris Williamson will make his announcement live on FOX Sports South.

 

Crystal balls have been wrong before so what the hell lets win this one. 

Comments

Don

February 2nd, 2015 at 9:43 PM ^

the ridiculous, over-the-top Harbaughmania that afflicted so many around here led them to think that all it took was a visit from Jim to flip kids who've built up one- or two-year relationships with the schools who've been recruiting them since way before JH got here. Recruiting doesn't work that way, even if you've coached in a Super Bowl.

We'll still get a bunch of good kids in the 2015 class—hell, lightning might strike with Willliamson—but we have to wait until 2016 to truly gauge how well the staff can recruit.

Don

February 2nd, 2015 at 10:34 PM ^

I think you might be underestimating the difficulty in getting kids from the deep South up to Michigan, or any other northern schools for that matter. The vast majority of talented Southern recruits stay south of the Mason-Dixon line. It was that way 20 years ago, and it's that way now, especially if a coaching staff hasn't had time to build relationships with recruits down there.

alum96

February 2nd, 2015 at 9:50 PM ^

Based on what we're seeing here of late, this place is going to be insufferable after Harbaugh's 2nd loss.

The 1st one will be explained away as "well he was not going to win them all!"  But the 2nd one?  As Spanky says "Oh Boy!".

Don

February 2nd, 2015 at 10:58 PM ^

which I'd guess was critical. Not to mention the fact that Meyer had just finished a six-year stint at FLA, and even though he was off for one year, he was probably was already familiar with at least some of the OSU recruits. During that time, JH was in the NFL.

I won't argue with you about Meyer's recruiting chops; his classes at Florida were #15, 2, 1, 3, 11, and 2. The highest-ranked class Harbaugh got at Stanford was #20. Maybe that's attributable to Stanford's admission standards, but Meyer has proven he's capable of bringing in the highest-rated classes in the country. JH has yet to prove that.

Given what we know about Harbaugh, I'm not anticipating he's going to do that anyhow—I think he's going to rub some portion of the top, elite recruits the wrong way, because he's not going to kiss their ass the way they're used to. I think the same applies to Beilein.

Don

February 2nd, 2015 at 11:43 PM ^

Meyer had the gargantuan task of persuading kids to come to a program that had gone 106-22 from 2001-2010, with three appearances in the NC game along the way. The 6-7 2011 season was seen as a one-year blip caused by Tressel's forced departure.

Contrast that with Harbaugh's task: persuading kids to come to a program coming off the most disappointing seven-year stretch of Michigan football since the late '50s and early '60s.

growler4

February 2nd, 2015 at 11:53 PM ^

So very true. Some of the mania around here has been nuts.

I think this staff will have success on the recruiting trail, but they'll have to work for it just like everyone else.

I hope this staff is better at (quick) talent development than the last staff. Time will tell.