Dunn reaffirms to OSU

Submitted by mgorecruit on December 13th, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Title says it all.

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RT @ScoutRecruiting Dunn Reaffirms To Buckeyes


Edited in thoughts:

Firstly this is a big shame, as Dunn is a talented back who could have really helped the transition to a pro style offense in 2013. In the end, he went with his heart, and for that we cannot blame him; he's chosing to live out his dream and play for OSU. If he's as good as some say he is (scout.com 5* prospect), then he'll have success in whatever scheme OSU uses, or Meyer will adapt his offense slightly. Whatever the case it'll be interesting to see how is career at OSU shapes up. 

It's certainly not the end of the world, as Michigan has paid at least two visits to see 2013 RB Ty Issac in last few weeks, and we're probably going to have a good chance in his recruitment.

As for the rest of the class, Dunn's decision now makes things a lot clearer. In my view, it's likely to end up with Chesson, Grant, Kozan, Reeves and Wright as the five.

- If Grant sticks with Boston College, then expect UM to go hard after J.P Holtz

- Personally I don't like our chances with Diamond, Banner or Garnett, but even if we lose out on Kozan, we'll still take a 6th offensive lineman because our depth is so poor; it will just be a random prospect that hasn't come onto the radar yet. 


turd ferguson

December 13th, 2011 at 11:01 PM ^

I'm sure that he'll do well next year.  So will we.  Assuming that OSU doesn't get bombed by sanctions (and maybe even if they do), they're going to be good for awhile.  I think that's a good thing.  Sure, when Michigan's down, I'd like to see OSU down, too, so that we can win some of those games.  When we're strong, though - and I think we're going to be strong for some time - there won't be anything more fun than Michigan-OSU week when both programs are powerhouses with a shot at the Rose Bowl / national title.


December 13th, 2011 at 8:55 PM ^

Ohio wouldn't begin pulling recruits again.  It's disappointing that the scandal of lies and tats lasted only one year, while our stretchgate seemed to extend forever.  But it's over.  Ohio was always going to get a good coach, assuming no sanctions, and they're always going to pull kids.  Just like Michigan. 

1990's:  Michigan 7-2-1 vs. Ohio
2000-2011:  Michigan 3-8 vs. Ohio

Total time period 1990 to present: 10-10-1.  This is the mean. 


December 14th, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

why couldn't you just say he parted ways with UM a few weeks ago? or if you are incapable of being informative, you could have been funny. either would have worked instead of telling someone to spend more time on the internet.


December 13th, 2011 at 8:13 PM ^

Interesting thing to think about. How good of a recruiter is Urban Meyer if he convinced a power running back to commit to a team that runs the spread and to a coach who has never had a running back eclipse 1000 yards? I mean, that must've been one hell of a sales pitch. Should be some good recruiting battles from here on out. 


December 13th, 2011 at 8:21 PM ^

I'm betting he just played up his love for Ohio in the same way Hoke does for Michigan.  Since Dunn is a lifelong fan I'm sure that would hit home.  That said I think he's a better liar than recruiter at this point.  From what I've heard from him so far I don't think he's as in love with Ohio as he says.  Lacks the passion for his school of a Brady Hoke.

Wolverine MD

December 13th, 2011 at 8:29 PM ^

I don't think that's a fair assessment. Dunn was willingly to believe anything to go to OSU. Dunn wanted to go to OSU so bad, if Urban Meyer said he'd run the ball out of the I-form 80% of the game, I think that kid believes it. I thought we had an honest shot with the kid until I looked at his twitter feed. You can tell this kid was in agony over this decision b/c he really wanted to be a Buckeye. He's where he should be. I see him being one of those backs who break out in NFL that have a lackluster college career (Arian Foster comes to mind). 

I also have the feeling that Meyer wanted to keep Dunn away from Michigan, moreso than he wanted him in his own offense. 

J. Lichty

December 13th, 2011 at 8:30 PM ^

ahhh, f-it. 

Not to denigrate the considerable buzz that Meyer is generating - and it is considerable, but when you dig a little deeper he is not really the snake oil saleman he may seem with at least Shutt, Pittman and Dunn. 

Meyer is in honeymoon period at traditional power that was rudderless until he was hired.  He has not flipped one M recruit who the Bucknuts guaranteed would flip to Ohio once a coach was hired (Strobel, Kalis, Bolden in particular)

He has flipped a guy from Penn State that is mired in a worse scandal and more uncertainty that Ohio.  He has flipped a guy from MSU who has said all along that he wasnt going to go to MSU if something better came along.  He picked up a guy that was already committed.

While all are great players - shocka - Ohio has always signed great players.

With no instate competition to speak of, not even a resurgent Michigan could keep any Ohio coach from recruiting well.   While his non-Tebow teams were not that great, in the weak half of the B1G, he should have enough success to keep the pipelines supplying him with talent.

Gorgeous Borges

December 13th, 2011 at 8:50 PM ^

I would agree with this. He'd be better off under our scheme for sure. But the phrase "It's your loss" is one of my pet peeves because on almost every occasion when someone says it, it's a lie. In this case, it's also false. Michigan would be better off having Brionte Dunn commit to Michigan, so it really is Michigan's loss that he committed to Ohio.

Gorgeous Borges

December 14th, 2011 at 10:27 AM ^

Man, we need to raise the point level for people to be able to moderate. I don't really understand why I keep getting negged. I'm not saying anything that seems that controversial to me. I'm not bashing Hoke. Hoke's a great recruiter. Hoke Uber Alles. I'm not bashing Rich Rod. I'm not really bashing anyone except for the people on the board who want to pretend that Michigan not getting a recruit that it wanted seems like a good thing. Michigan didn't get Brionte Dunn to decommit from Ohio. Urban Meyer has pulled in like 3 four-star recruits in the past week. Michigan has pulled in like 1 four-star guy since September. This doesn't mean that Hoke is a better recruiter than Meyer, and there are reasons that this is happening that have nothing to do with recruiting ability (i.e. Michigan's class is nearly complete already and one of the best in the nation) but it is what it is. Granted, Michigan's class is nearly complete anyway and one of the best in the nation, but we have like 5 slots left for elite guys at any position, and so far, we haven't been getting many of those guys and a lot of possibilities for those slots have been falling off the board. This is not that good of a thing (in the context of a recruiting class that is already great, I should probably add), and it is puzzling given that we've had tremendous on-field success and a lot of good press that none of Payton, Diamond, Garnett, Diggs, Dunn, or Banner have decided to commit to Michigan.

In all of my posts, I have stated mostly facts, and then I have the value judgement that it is good when guys that Hoke is recruiting commit to Michigan and it is bad when they commit to other places, and worst of all when they commit to one of Michigan's rivals. Why I continue to be negged for posting such things is beyond me. It is as if there are people on this board who will regard anything other than relentless positivity, optimism and rationalization as trolling. We certainly wouldn't be talking about how great Ty Isaac is or how we're glad that Dunn is with OSU because his heart wasn't with Michigan or how Fred Jackson says that Thomas Rawls is like Mark Ingram but more elusive if Dunn had committed to Michigan. In fact, if Dunn had committed to Michigan and someone posted that they didn't want Dunn because he was an OSU fan at heart, they'd probably get negged, and rightly so.


December 14th, 2011 at 10:52 AM ^

I created a thread about Standifer decommitting (that was promptly deleted?) and said something similar: it'll raise an eyebrow to see that recruitment has somewhat slumped for Michigan despite the best class in the B1G+ND so far and a 10-2 BCS berth season.  You'd think that all the momentum would be in our favor unless a player has been die-hard for another school his whole life.

I had like 5 negs before the post was taken down.


December 13th, 2011 at 8:17 PM ^

With Dunn, the existing class, add Schutt, Pittman and maybe Spence and Diamond, their class will be very good and even maybe top ten when it's all done. Yes they always have a great class but with the scandal I was hoping they would take a step back. 

But...we have a GREAT class and all indications point to the 2013 class being just as good. 

Game on.


December 13th, 2011 at 8:18 PM ^

Not even close to the end of the world, i dont want anyone splitting touches with an upperclassmen toussaint anyways, and by the time he is gone ty issac (if we get him) will be a sophomore or rs freshman.......or who knows, maybe rawls or hayes will develop.

Black Socks

December 13th, 2011 at 8:23 PM ^

Good luck to Dunn.  He must be a Buckeye at heart.  He went there despite some huge disadvantages:

- The possibility of major sanctions

- An offense that is not suited to his skill set

- The inferiority of OSU's academic programs


December 13th, 2011 at 8:29 PM ^

i know urban is a good coach and will get recruits. but to allow him to recruit right now while against the rules is bullshit. delany is a asshole for allowing this. and i have heard meyer didnt like the cheating in the sec and thats why he left. now he is poaching players while he shouldnt be allowed to recruit. i hope ncaa comes down hard i always prefer a good osu team to play but i hope they get bitch slapped now.


December 13th, 2011 at 8:41 PM ^

This kid is awesome. I love his attitude.
<br>Sure, I would have liked o have Dunn, but we will move on. Wasn't justice hayes a high 4*? Haven't heard much about his development but he and fitz (or rawls ad fitz) could make for a strong running game over the next few years.


December 13th, 2011 at 9:19 PM ^

Rivals #3 APB, #85 in the country; #14 RB to Scout; #22 to ESPN

RS this year (I'm nearly positive), likely due to his size.  He should be a great 3rd down option after Vincent Smith leaves, may see time at slot, and could be the next Fitz depending on what size he ends up playing at.  We should be very excited about him, and he's been on the roster for a year.  Not a big back like Dunn, though, and it seems Borges/Hoke want that.