November 11th, 2012 at 6:03 PM ^

We do eventually get Mone. Seems like, from the Tremendous piece, that he really likes Michigan and that Houma speaks super highly about his time here thus far. 

turd ferguson

November 11th, 2012 at 6:16 PM ^

Mone seems interesting.  Scout loves him (#7 DT in his class), but his offer sheet is modest at this early stage (UCLA, BYU, Utah, Utah State) and 247 isn't as high on him.  That could be (probably is?) related to film accessibility and the fact that he plays in a lightly recruited place.  (I can't find much film myself.) 

Given that he was our very first offer in that class and Scout likes him so much, I have a feeling this kid could end up being an elite, highly coveted recruit.


November 11th, 2012 at 6:45 PM ^

so if he came here he'd undoubtedly know guys on those teams. I'm curious though if Oregon is going to make a push for him, given that Haloti Ngata is from his HS and played for the Ducks.

Cville Blue

November 11th, 2012 at 6:47 PM ^

I'd love for this kid to go blue. He seems like a monster. Also the early offer has to mean the coaches saw something special.

Lets start the Utah pipeline...

turd ferguson

November 11th, 2012 at 6:57 PM ^

Michael Ferns, Bryan Mone, Malik McDowell, Damon Webb, and Parrker Westphal sure would be a nice start to this class of defensive recruits.  We seem to lead or co-lead for all of them at this (very early) point.

In the Scout rankings, those guys are all in the overall top 111 (McDowell #15, Webb #33, Westphal #56, Ferns #76, Mone #111).


November 11th, 2012 at 11:31 PM ^

Especially considering we had all of them at once, after a looong string of similar players like Breaston, Avant, Massaqoui, Braylon Edwards, Chris Perry, Joppru, Marquise Walker, David Terrell, and Anthony Thomas preceeding them just in the 2000's. Going a few years without elite talent in the backfield feels odd after having so much at the same time for so many years.


November 11th, 2012 at 7:46 PM ^

I bet our collective opinion of Fitz Toussaint would be much, much higher if he had a quality offensive line in front of him this season.

Do you think that Darboh and Chesson don't have the playmaker ability you're thinking of?


November 11th, 2012 at 7:54 PM ^

Maybe 5 or 6 are ready to commit but Hoke is queuing them for another super weekend in Feb when they can hang out together in AA and jump on board all at once.

Beilein will give Hoke plenty of exciting games this winter for a recruit-a-palooza.

Steve Lorenz

November 11th, 2012 at 9:39 PM ^

I've been terrible in predicting where some commits will end up (Drake Harris, Garnett, Reeves), but in terms of knowing an actual commitment we've done a good job. 

EDIT: What I mean by this is that when people ask for me to predict where recruit X will end up, I give them an answer. When we're actually aware of a potential commitment, we've been accurate. 

We don't have the benefit of a paywall to hide our mistakes. It's something I live with. I've never denied being wrong and won't. It's not easy knowing what these kids will do. Thankfully, 99% of the people don't crucify us for making some mistakes. 


November 11th, 2012 at 11:22 PM ^

If it's just possible...or likely? I'd say "considering it" doesn't seem like a strong likelihood, especially when it seems the question was posed rather than volunteered. I'd say "gut instinct" should be when a kid says he's planning on committing, not if he just might. Doesn't guarantee it either, but it'll avoid a lot of false alarms.

Steve Lorenz

November 12th, 2012 at 7:42 AM ^

I need to work on that sort of stuff I guess; commitment watch to me is less than a buckle-up; what I meant is that there was reason to believe a commitment was possible this weekend. If our site keeps quiet and someone does pull the trigger, the same people who get really upset that nobody committed would be the first to harrass us on Twitter and Facebook and say that we stole the info from someone else. It's really a lose-lose when there is no paywall with stuff like this. 

Sometimes I've had to play our hand when we know we have info that nobody else does to show we do it legitimately. It didn't work this time. 

As far as Bryan, I'm talking to him tonight; he was OK with me posting an update on Thursday when we talked, but I held off. Given that's the info I posted last night, my assumption is he is fine with it. 


November 11th, 2012 at 9:33 PM ^

SInce his predictions are based on the recruits themselves, I guess we should blame him...I do want to congradulate him on obtaining an interview with Moan. He seemed like a kid, much like Keugler, who would never give an interview. The fact that he gave an interview and was forthcoming about the possibility of a commit suggests Aquaman is quite disarming...