Glasgow Offered Preferred Walk On per TomVH

Submitted by umhero on February 10th, 2011 at 1:29 AM

Tom tweeted that Glasgow was offered during his visit today.

2011 OL Graham Glasgow told me he was in Ann Arbor today, Michigan coaches offered a preferred walk on spot.

Glasgow also has preferred walk on offers from Ohio State and Minnesota. He'll decide soon.

BTW - 

  • his coach played for Michigan;
  • his parents are the team doctors for N. Illinois;
  • he's only played football for one year;
  • his dad played DT for Penn;
  • he has two younger brothers who both play football.



February 10th, 2011 at 7:52 AM ^

I'm not bashing on this kid by any means but seriously look at the people around you. What took you til the age of 17 to play football.. Really! and then you turn into a stud o-line thats gets offers to be on rosters of two of the most historic rosters in college football. I believe kids that start playing when there 5 or 6 dream of this. and he goes out and does it with one year under his belt. I feel this kid could be absolutly sick with the right coaching if this is the case.


February 10th, 2011 at 8:02 AM ^

I think it could be a couple of things.  I read he was a basketball player as well and he may have been concentrating on that until he grew into being more of a football player.  Also given the battles my wife and I are waging over our son eventually playing football and hockey, it's entirely possible it may have taken him this long to get his mom to let him play.  Just a theory.  For my money I think the basketball explanation is more likely.


February 10th, 2011 at 8:29 AM ^

Maybe he wanted to carve his own path.  I suspect that his dad was pushing him to football, starting at a young age.  To some kids, that's actually a hindrance.   He may have "rebeled" against this push and opted for basketball. 

In any case, he came to a realization that he either actually enjoys football or that he has a better chance at playing football than basketball at the next level.


February 10th, 2011 at 2:21 AM ^

Considering our scary 2013 OL situation (4-6 non-freshmen), a developmental prospect like this is better than nothing.  Heck, I'd throw a scholie at him (or, in hindsight, the staff should have tried to pry away a few more MAC or lower-Big 10 O-linemen... but maybe they did).


February 10th, 2011 at 6:10 AM ^

"Heck, I'd throw a scholie at him ..."

Why?  Why on earth?  Look at all his other offers:…

See any?  Me, neither ...

There are at least two other guys (Gunderson and Mateus) who are more deserving of a scholarship.


Don't me wrong -- he sounds like a fine addition to the team.  His bloodlines also suggest that he'll boost the team GPA.

Sextus Empiricus

February 10th, 2011 at 11:49 AM ^

and an open market is the rule for the students.  There are only so many kids out there with this kind of girth and ability to matriculate.  

I can't say that Gunderson or Mateus is more deserving of a scholarship.  If they are then - damn right Graham should get a walk on offer.  I've seen Gunderson play.  If Graham isn't significantly better than that in a year then it would be a shame to offer a spot that could go to a 2012 or 13 talent.  

If Graham gets offered by a MAC school (or god forbid a B1G team) and blows up and goes NFL - then stupid Funk - can't judge talent.  I assume these coaches know what they are doing and that you are right on point - but other peoples offers don't mean much if you see something in a kid.

I'm glad we got Kerridge to walk on.  I'm sorry we didn't offer Beavers.  I am sorry we missed on some other guys who got walk on offers and instead got scholarships elsewhere.  Carvin was a find - and what do you know all the sudden he's got stars...

Word to high school talent out there...don't skip Jr days...there is a process - and it puts a lot on coaches to ask them to circumvent it.  These guys only have so much time to evaluate.


February 10th, 2011 at 7:07 AM ^

When a coach says that they want to offer you a preferred walk on spot, they are saying that they will eventually have a spot for you on the roster when school gets underway in the fall. You have been given the green light to at least be on the team during the first year and be a part of practice.


A walk on is in a much tougher situation. Colleges even at the Division I level in football have tryouts to see if you can make the team. If you are a walk on, you will be going to those tryouts to see if you are good enough to practice with the big boys throughout the entire year. You basically have a tryout to be able to be a preferred walk on.


February 10th, 2011 at 8:01 AM ^

you pay your own way onto the team and are treated like a scholarship player but for, you know, the scholarship. preferred walk-ons tend to find a scholarship between their sophomore and senior year depending on the team and depth at certain positions.


February 10th, 2011 at 5:47 PM ^

Brian Griese was a preferred walk on.  I suspect that George Morales is a preferred walk on since he was told by Carr that he could only promise him a scholarship the first year. Baquer Sayed is a preferred walk on.  We had an olineman from NY a couple of years ago who was a preferred walk on as well.

Preferred walk ons are just like scholarship players except they have to pay their own way.


February 10th, 2011 at 6:43 AM ^

That was slight hyperbole, but at least he has the size (it seems most walk-on O-linemen are 260 and forever trying to get to 280... Glasgow is already 295).

Considering that the 2013 OL situation is on track to be like 2008 OL or 2010 secondary, some desperation to have experienced players may be in order.

This is the depth chart:

C: Pace (IF injury not career-ending as rumored), Miller

G: Posada, Bryant

T: Lewan, Schofield

If Pace is out and Lewan goes pro, or anyone transfers or washes out, a redshirt freshman from next year's class is starting.  Regardless, the entire 2nd string is redshirt or true freshmen.


February 10th, 2011 at 7:15 AM ^

Projected 2012 Depth: Ricky Barnum (RS Sr.), Rocko Khoury (RS Sr.), Elliott Mealer (RS Sr.), Patrick Omameh (RS Sr.), Taylor Lewan (RS Jr.), Michael Schofield (RS Jr.), Christian Pace (RS So.), Chris Bryant (So.), Jack Miller (So.), Tony Posada (So.)
Needs: 5
And when I say "five," I mean at least five.  As far as numbers go, offensive line recruiting has been abysmal for the last few years.  To top it off - and this is why OL recruiting is so important - Christian Pace is rumored to have a pretty serious injury that might end his career prematurely.  After the 2012 redshirt seniors leave and if Pace's career is over, there would be only five remaining offensive linemen for the 2013 season.  So the 2013 offensive line two-deep could literally include five redshirt freshmen, and that's assuming that the rest of those linemen stay healthy, remain eligible, and stay at Michigan.  The "early playing time" recruiting pitch would be 100% genuine if used on 2012 recruits.


February 10th, 2011 at 9:23 AM ^

I have to believe that because of Becker's time at Michigan and with the Bears, he truly knows what is good for Michigan and what is good for Glasgow. For this reason, I am absolutely thrilled that Glasgow has been offered a preferred walkon spot.

And with the (possible) departure of Greg Brown, and maybe a little more attrition, I could definitely see a spot opening up. Having said that, it wouldn't kill his parents financially to cover tuition in year one, if necessary.


February 10th, 2011 at 9:26 AM ^

Preferred walk-on for Michigan this year almost guarantees that he'll get at least one year of free school.  I'm guessing that by the fall we'll have three or four extra schollies.  That's one advantage that we've got over OSU.


February 10th, 2011 at 10:11 AM ^

Why not just give him a scholarship to give Michigan the edge over OSU?  They have at least one to give, right?  Maybe this kid could be a project worthy of a scholarship to get him to Ann Arbor and then turn him into a stud.


February 10th, 2011 at 10:25 AM ^

Seems like the reasonable thing to do but it's not, simply because we want to save our scholarships for the 2012 class since it's so full of talented Midwest kids. Also, probably because he is such a project, you don't know exactly how he may turn out and offering a scholarship to a kid like that comes with a huge risk. For all I know he could be a huge addition to a roster down the road, but there is also that chance that he doesn't turn out at all. But hopefully he comes to Michigan and becomes that great player we all want him to be.


February 10th, 2011 at 11:43 AM ^

My guess is that the coaches feel that we can probably get him on the team without burning a schollie that could come in handy during the talent-rich 2012 recruiting season.
<br>He knowns he has a much better shot at actually playing here than at OSU.
<br>Also, he's not an inner-city kid from a single parent household who can't attend college without a full-ride. His parents are both physicians who could likely handle a year's worth of tuition until his schollie kicks in in 2012.

Icehole Woody

February 10th, 2011 at 12:14 PM ^

I guess if your parents can afford to open a vein to pay the out of state tuition and you're willing to work your ass off in class, the weight room, and at pratice for a year it might be worth it.