Freep/McCabe doesn't even have Gardner in the top 2 in the State

Submitted by M-Wolverine on January 28th, 2010 at 4:14 PM…

And only two in the top ten....

It'll be interesting to see how their top in the State rankings matches the Best of the Midwest tomorrow...


1. William Gholston DE 6-7 255 Detroit Southeastern Michigan State

2. Max Bullough LB 6-3 225 T.C. St. Francis Michigan State

3. Devin Gardner QB 6-4 195 Inkster Michigan

4. C. J. Olaniyan DE 6-3 225 Warren Mott Penn State

5. Jeremy Langford RB 6-0 185 Westland Glenn Michigan State

6. Austin Gray LB 6-2 220 Warren Fitzgerald Purdue

7. Johnathon Hankins OT 6-3 236 Detroit Southeastern Ohio State

8. Austin White RB 6-0 186 Livonia Stevenson Michigan

9. Earnest Thomas

LB 6-2 195 O.L. St. Mary's Undecided

10. Robert Bolden QB 6-4 205 O.L. St. Mary's Penn State



January 28th, 2010 at 4:20 PM ^

11. Nick Hill RB 5-7 185 Chelsea Michigan State

12. Dior Mathis DB 5-8 166 Detroit Cass Tech Oregon

13. Tony Lippert WR 6-3 185 Detroit Crockett Michigan State

14. Cody Kater QB 6-4 200 Montague Cincinnati

15. Paul Jorgenson OT 6-7 278 DeWitt Northwestern

16. Nores Fradi LB 5-11 205 Dearborn Central Central Michigan

17. Jeremy Jackson WR 6-3 194 Ann Arbor Huron Michigan

18. Mike Kinville LB 6- 220 Detroit Cath. Central Central Michigan

19. Kevonte Martin-Manley WR 6-1 194 Birm. Brother Rice Iowa

20. Joe Boisture QB 6-6 202 Saline Michigan State

21. Carl Davis DT 6-5 300 S.H. Stevenson Iowa

22. Mylan Hicks DB 5-11 182 Detroit Renaissance Michigan State

23. Ricardo Miller WR 6-2 208 Ann Arbor Pioneer Michigan

And the rest

24. Daniel Easterly
25. Jon Henry
26. Tony Jones
27. Niko Palazeti
28. Tyler Lombardo
29. Joe Wirth
30. Matt Zakrzewski
31. Marcus Beaurem
32. Collin Voss
33. Aaron Foster
34. Bill Ivan
35. D.J. Lynch
36. Ben Brown
37. Taylor Calero
38. Justin Ford
39. Andy Phillips
40. Montrel Robinson
41. Deon Butler
42. Michael Johnson
43. Gabe Martin
44. Charlie Walker
45. Johnathan Taylor
46. Ishmael Thomas
47. Cody Silk
48. Steven Bell
49. Mike Sadler
50. Wayne Pettus


January 28th, 2010 at 4:22 PM ^

Don't pay him any mind. Its just one man's opinion. Nothing to get worked up about. Devin will get all the opportunity he needs to show what kind of player he'll be.


January 28th, 2010 at 4:54 PM ^

Olaniyan just wasn't feelin the vibe at Michigan and was never inclined to stay instate. MSU made a big push for him, but he opted out of state. Not sure on Austin Gray. We need LB's and he's a true MLB, you would think we'd be all over him. But I've never seen his film, so I guess I'll trust the coaches on this one.


January 28th, 2010 at 6:28 PM ^

Gray was a kid who would have had to prove himself to the coaches in his senior season to earn an offer. He had a knee injury, and never got the chance, so Michigan never offered him. He's apparently a big M fan who probably would have been blue with an offer.


January 28th, 2010 at 4:24 PM ^

Why are you still reading the Freep??? And given their track record with UM lately, why would you believe a word they say about us? You know their agenda is to make Rich Rod look bad by saying MSU owns in-state recruiting. This post just reminds me why I don't read anything those people write anymore (as if I needed a reminding).


January 28th, 2010 at 4:27 PM ^

Why are you reading threads clearly labeled Freep if it bothers you that much?

Best of the Midwest is done by recruiter in the region...the Freep just organizes it. And McCabe's best in the State often doesn't reflect that.

It could be revealing if the Best of Mid. ranks Michigan prospects much higher than him; or a reality check if they don't.


January 28th, 2010 at 4:47 PM ^

Because I trust that my friends here on mgoblog to post a link and just give the important information from the article without me having to click on the link and give the Freep any sort of business (i.e. visiting their site). Also, because I am curious as to their plan to slander UM. Here is how I imagine it goes every night:

Freep writer: What are we going to do tonight Freep CEO?
Freep CEO: The same thing we do every night, writer; try to get Rich Rod fired!

(ok, that's an exaggeration, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to reference Pinky and The Brain!)


January 28th, 2010 at 5:06 PM ^

You did see I posted the whole list of 50, didn't you? For what reason in the world did you have to click on the link and give them business?

I include the link, because it's right, and legal. But if you couldn't see the LLLLOOONNNNNGGGG list, you must have posted before you opened your eyes.

But good Pinky and the Brain reference.


January 28th, 2010 at 4:25 PM ^

Sure it isn't based off of HS stats, and not college potential? Gholston and Bullough had huge years, and thats the only way I can see Langford being in the top 5.


January 28th, 2010 at 4:48 PM ^

I'm not going to cut down the kid, because I truly don't know how well he will do at the next level. However, imagine the stats some of the skill position players on this list would have had if they would have been playing in the second to lowest division in the MHSAA playoffs. I would be surprised if Bullough lined up once across from a kid with D1 offers. Of course he's going to dominate......


January 28th, 2010 at 5:06 PM ^

like you said it was at Div. 7. I played in that division and they don't produce a lot of Div 1 Talent. He played against kids that were smaller and slower, so yes, his stats were inflated because of the competition. It will be interesting to see how well he can adjust to playing against bigger and faster players.

Maximinus Thrax

January 28th, 2010 at 6:49 PM ^

Look at the schedule these guys played this season. Not to rip on small towns, but they beat up on schools like Kalkaska and Mancelona. They pasted Elk Rapids something like 77-0. Not much competition for a school with a huge athletic budget that attracts a lot of talent. It would have been very interesting to see how they would have performed had they faced stiffer competition.

Clair Voyant

January 28th, 2010 at 5:05 PM ^

This thread made this thought pop into my head. When Michigan signed Henne and MSU signed Van Dyke, Pat Caputo claimed against all odds that Van Dyke was the better recruit because he had a higher vertical

Clair Voyant

January 29th, 2010 at 5:58 PM ^

Chicago Sun-Times; August 10, 1997 ; 700+ words... list of the top 25 players in the nation, 15 of them would be quarterbacks." Only two of the top 30 are committed - Drew Henson of Brighton, Mich., to Michigan and Ryan Van Dyke of Marshall, Mich., to Michigan State. Along with Cory Paus of Lincoln ...


January 30th, 2010 at 2:59 PM ^

But the recruits of August, 1997 would commit in February, 1998. That big class was the one we pulled in after the National Championship. It's a little different than the Championship, where people rightly say 1997 Championship, though technically it's awarded in '98, after the bowls. You're right, but I can see the confusion. No worries.


January 30th, 2010 at 3:16 PM ^

He had the two year "I like 'em both" seasons in 98 and 99 (Brady's years), and was the QB (but for the injury time at the beginning with Narvarre), beat Auburn, then went pro in 01 to baseball right before Spring Practice. Or could have gone pro as a junior into the NFL draft and been picked ahead of Vick at probably #1 overall.

I got all this from memory, but for anyone else who wants more details...


January 28th, 2010 at 8:34 PM ^

I have a vague recollection of a rag out of Detroit but have stricken it from consciousness. I've got a thing about witch hunts & boycotts. Call me old fashioned.

If this joker thinks DG is #3 then so be it. Consider DG a steal at #3 then. I like #3. Tripp Welbourne wore it well.

Bando Calrissian

January 28th, 2010 at 9:11 PM ^

These kinds of rankings mean basically nothing.

And, really, even if you don't like the Freep, Mick McCabe has been one of the top sports journalists in the state since basically the beginning of time. Especially when it comes to high school basketball.


January 29th, 2010 at 10:02 AM ^

However, time has developed a severe case of "cronyism" in Mr. McCabe, particularly in his HS football coverage. If Devin has played at CC, Rice, FH Harrison, or Traverse City, Mick would be writing articles about how the NFL should grant him an exemption and let him enter the draft this year.

Also, McCabe was a HUGE Carr fan/supporter from his days at Westland John Glenn. He has been down on Michigan recruits since Carr left UM.

All of this, just IMEO...