ESPN Recruiting Staff predictions on remaining recruits (Diamond to Michigan)

Submitted by 2014 on January 30th, 2012 at 10:09 AM

If you're looking for a little pick me up on the recruiting front, 6 out of 7 recruiting experts over at ESPN predict Diamond to Michigan. It's behind a paywall, but I'll link for those that can access:

Also interesting to see tOSU the favorite for Davonte Neal and Jamal Marcus even though they are supposodely over their cap for the year already. There is a lot of negative you can say about Urban, but his history at Florida was actually on the right side of the law when it comes to over recruiting, so this will be interesting...


Space Coyote

January 30th, 2012 at 10:52 AM ^

Out of the missed recruits over the past week, the only one I was at all shocked was Reeves. And even that wasn't complete shock, his decision had some basis to it from his point of view.  I think all the other targets were leans to the places they ended up, even in my mind, and that most of the optimism around here was due to us being Michigan fans.  So ESPN predicting them, while obviously better than them getting it wrong, isn't all that spectacular.

Diamond, on the other hand, I think has been much more difficult to read than the recruits of this past week.  I hope he goes to Michigan, but I still think it's about 50/50 between Michigan and Arkansas.  With him, his "lean" (aka what people assume he is thinking rather than any actual info) has always been a 'what have you done for me lately' type process.  It has switched every month in analysts minds, which to me means they really don't have any idea, and neither does anyone else really besides hopefully Diamond.


January 30th, 2012 at 10:21 AM ^

Has never had a strong track record in football recruiting, substandard at best, since I have been an 'Insider' and began following football recruiting about 6 or 7 years ago. They do, however, fair very well in mens bball recruiting. Not sure why there is such disparity between the two college sports.

'2012' post above is correct though, they have been very strong as of late with their predictions and nailed Garnett, Reeves and Kozan...

Let's hope their right about Diamond! Damn we need him!...


January 30th, 2012 at 11:00 AM ^

ESPN has something this year that they didn't last year. That something is TomVH. Between him and TremendousUM these guys seem to be the best around. We are all truly lucky to have them following Michigan recruiting.
My apologies to Ace. I forgot to mention you too. Great job

Darth Wolverine

January 30th, 2012 at 11:00 AM ^

1) Don't refer to the Buckeyes as "tOSU." That is what Buckeye fans do and it's lame.

2) If you don't call them "Ohio," then just call them "OSU." Drop the "t" and leave it to the Buckeye fans to do that. It's lame even when they do it, but even worse when Michigan fans do it.

Heinous Wagner

January 30th, 2012 at 12:01 PM ^

Henceforth, I will invoke Coach Wooden's wise counsel to avoid emotional highs and lows and remain at an even keel about this recruitin' business. Getting my hopes up based on other folks' educated guesses about what an 18-year-old kid will do is about as useful as putting a milk bucket under a bull. 


January 30th, 2012 at 12:10 PM ^

I wonder with Reeves out of the running now if it brings Wayne Morgan back into the picture..?? I couldn't remember if we wanted him as a corner of safety


January 30th, 2012 at 12:16 PM ^

We needed a guy that has potential to start.  Wayne Morgan was highly over rated and proved to be something different than what people thought.  I would much rather bank the scholly and work toward a good DB class next year.  They are off to a good start.