Everyone needs to calm down about Recruiting

Submitted by WingsNWolverines on January 30th, 2012 at 5:30 PM

We all need to take a deep breath and stop bitching about how our recruitment has gone to this point! For God sake people we are in the top 5 for the first time since 2007, have had several 5 star and 4 star athletes had our program in their final choices of commitments to poissible schools and to top it off have one of the nation's best OL commit to Michigan in Kyle Kalis who was originally going to go to Ohio and we borught him to our side! If that isn't a huge milestone for Hoke in 2012 I don't know what is! Pipkins became a 5 star and not to mention having a talented WR like Darboh coming here! We didn't land Garnett so he goes to Stanford. Is that such a big shock? The Cardinal have been in the top 10 for close to 3 years straight with Andrew Luck leading them in the Pac 12. Garnett sees Stanford as a possible national title contender and he wants to be apart of that and its in warm weather too. Diggs wasn't the Hoke type it seems. I think personally Hoke might of seen a red flag with Diggs for off the field purposes or maybe he just didn't fit in Hoke's design for our offense. As for Grant, Kozan I can't explain their choices but we can't dwell on it even though it sucks. We still are in the running for Diamond right now and it looks like an " official signing day announcement" from Jordan on his decision and I definitely have a great feeling he'll choose Michigan. The word around was we will land one more amazing name at signing and I have a great feeling it's going to be him.

To think like these recruits is close to impossible. These are still kids in the world's eyes. They are fresh out of high school and now thrown into the mix of the real world and for a high school recruit it's exciting and scary. It's the same with just regular high school kids. I can remember being terrified after graduation because the days of me being dependent on my family were over. I was 18, had a diploma and was done with my high school career. I had so many college choices but had no idea where I was going to go. I knew one thing though and that was my choice had to be the right choice for me and not just for my excitement, or sports program. It's all about getting an education that point is true but it's about more about where you feel you'll be the most comfortable or being close to your family and friends. If a recruit from California has Michigan in his choice list but feels he should play some where close to be near his family or city where he grew up why should anybody be confused by that? These young men need to know the decision they are making is the right one. Sadly I feel Reeves was under the pressure of his image of going to Michigan in the eyes of his grandfather and peers. He was obviously terrified of possibly being seen as a traitor. Some people are like that and I feel sorry for him if that's the case. I still personally believe he doesn't really want to play there. Signing Day is Wednesday and overall Hoke has done a great job and I think we'll land one more great player before this day is done. Have confidence and look up people. We're Michigan!


M2 in A2

January 30th, 2012 at 9:27 PM ^

I am just sad that Brown, Standifer, and Stacey left us. Also, Brady Hoke should go apologize to Ron Thompson and beg him to change his commitment. 

M2 in A2

January 30th, 2012 at 9:27 PM ^

I am just sad that Brown, Standifer, and Stacey left us. Also, Brady Hoke should go apologize to Ron Thompson and beg him to change his commitment. 


January 31st, 2012 at 12:47 AM ^

First off, Jordan Diamond is not announcing on signing day. He is announcing Friday.

Just because we are in the top 5 , as of now, don't mean we should all calm down. Great teams have great depth. The thing that is disappointing is that the last 4 recruits we were in on were 50/50 and we got none. As a fan I should be disappointed with that especially since they were position of needs.

As for Stanford being in the top ten for the last 3 years, we will see how they do without Luck and Harbaugh.

This class is very good but with all of the sanctions at Ohio and they are still ahead of us in recruiting, well that sucks and what is most disappointing to me being from Ohio and listening to all of their arrogant fans. 


January 31st, 2012 at 3:21 AM ^

A week ago we were hoping to perhaps land a top 3 class and now we should be happy to hopefully remand in the top 10. A week ago were looking at a 50/50 chance for 5 players and now we might go 0 for 5 on top of all this OSU after losing a bowl game, being put on bowl ban AND losing scholarships is blowing our 2012 class out of the water....and the reaction is supposed to be"all is well"?

Look I'm not panicking but to say "all is well" is not accurate... Had this all happened to OSU we'd all take it to be doom and gloom for them so I think we need a reality check.


January 31st, 2012 at 8:30 AM ^

Check this out:  http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news;_ylt=Ai4a_Ifqj0wnzdHwOPw1fkI…

Recruiting is fun to follow, and clearly it can give a general sense of the future. However, judging from this, it seems to have a fairly low correlation with wins.  If even a 5 year recruiting average doesn't seem to correlate much, how much can the difference in a couple of stars on a couple of players make as far as predicting the future?

When OSU beats UM for a recruit, it sucks, but only because losing to OSU in anything anywhere sucks.  If you think it sucks because it has increased their chances of beating us down the road, you're out of line.  Their chances of success of increased so infinitesmally, it's not worth worrying about.

All this is true when UM snags a recruit over OSU as well.  However, nieve negativity seems more important to stamp out than nieve wishfulness.