March 17th, 2012 at 9:14 PM ^

I think the plan should be to back off on the TE recruiting and leave that spot open for Isaac.  They could always move Shallman to the H-back spot.  


March 17th, 2012 at 9:50 PM ^

Where is the next position the coaches will address? There is a methodical process the coaches are putting together, any guidance would be appreciated.









Sione's Flow

March 17th, 2012 at 11:07 PM ^

Welcome Deveon!!!  I think if Isaac still wants to come to AA, he'll be welcomed.  I think the staff probably leaves a couple of spots open just in case.  It would be great to fill all the spots, but realistically I think the staff probably figures 20 spots for sure will be filled (probably by Easter at this rate).  That leaves some room for surprise commits like Norfleet with this last class.

The Shredder

March 17th, 2012 at 11:48 PM ^

I haven't watched one min of film on Deveon but did see his pictures on 247. Just going by his picture and his body type he looks like a Edwin Baker clone. Is his game similar? 

Ron Utah

March 18th, 2012 at 12:30 AM ^

Why all the Isaac talk?  We just got an amazing recruit who could easily end-up being the best RB in this class, and looks to be--at worst--a 5 ypc guy that always gets tough yardage.  He just doesn't go down.

Montee Ball was the #33 RB and not ranked nationally by Rivals.

Getting 5* recruits does NOT equal NC's.

Look at the Doak Walker Winners (Rivals rankings):

  • LaMichael James 4* UNRANKED nationally
  • Toby Gerhart 3*
  • Shonn Greene 3*
  • Darren McFadden 5*
  • Reggie Bush 5*
  • Cedric Benson 4* (Scout--couldn't find rivals)

Only two of the last six winners have been 5* players, and three of the six were unranked nationally.

The rankings don't mean nothing, but they sure don't mean everything, and DeVeon Smith looks like he could be a bigger, faster Mike Hart (as some have noted).  I can't wait to have him as part of the family.  Welcome DeVeon!


March 18th, 2012 at 9:47 AM ^

I like your style, however, I could always pcik players that worked out after the fact. It's well documented that more stars a recruit has, the lower the risk he is to bust and higher the chance he goes to the NFL


March 18th, 2012 at 12:56 AM ^

I don't know why I got downvoted for saying that that no one would be satisfied without winning multiple national championships ala USC, Florida, now Alabama.  I never said anything about Deveon Smith in my post, but you're entitled to your own opinion if you like Michigan finishing 8th.


March 18th, 2012 at 1:02 AM ^

I don't get why you care about down voting, but since you do care, I upvoted you. In return, I would remind you, although w/ 1k points, you should already know:

  • The votes don't affect your point total.
  • Don't whine about downvotes. It is unseemly for you.
  • Don't talk about points, period. It is a waste of time and space.


March 18th, 2012 at 1:21 AM ^

I'm guessing it had something to do with the fact that you said we NEED to get 5* players. Sorry, but I am more than happy with getting a class full of solid 4* players in a variety of positions that fit our system perfectly. Look at what Hoke/Mattison/Borges did with players that they were unfamiliar with and didn't necessarily have the skillsets that they are used to having. These guys know what they're doing and this class has been absolutely outstanding so far, even the lower ranked guys fill holes and give us depth and versatility.  Look at a player like Khalid Hill for example, he might not be the highest rated guy on the board but he is going to be playing multiple positions for us (TE, FB, Hback) and while you won't hear his name mentioned at any end of the year awards banquets (most likely) that is exactly the kind of players you need on your team to win NC's and succeed in the B1G.

TL;DR: I'll take our coaches analysis on what we need to win more than some faceless person on the interwebs.


March 18th, 2012 at 1:02 AM ^

Great teams are able to have this work. Wisconsin, Oregon, LSU, Alabama, USC. Throughout history all the good running games have all had more than one. Having two top 7 backs with a power back(Shallman-Peyton hillis type hopefully) and Norfleet (SLOT-just think Tavon Austin from West Virgina when they scored 70). Would love to have Gayle Sayers (Isaac) and Demarco Murray (Smith) in the backfield for the Maize n Blue. By the way Demarco Murray went pro and has a nice 4 yr/2.97mil deal with a 600K signing bonus. Man Smith runs just like him.


March 18th, 2012 at 7:09 AM ^

I don't know how the screen varies when you have less than 100 points. But yes, at 100 points, you are able to press the moderate button. There is a small window of choices next to the moderate button:

  • Normal
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  • Insightful
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Six of these choices result in a positive vote. Five result in a negative vote. Positives range from 1 - 5, negatives, from 0 to -1. If negative, you can use the "hide negative posters script" which collapses their comment, so you only see the header. Personally, I usually don't use this script, because sometimes it is worth reading a post with a negative moderation.

Until a little more than a year ago, voting on posts directly affected your user point total. Some mgousers really pine for this feature to return. (It allowed users to pop other users up or down, sometimes quite significantly.) This is why some users have huge positive point totals. Generally, witty or humorous posts, inside info, and good analysis posters would quickly accumulate points. The downside is that it also allowed for the worst in group think to happen. Sometimes, posters who received negative "votes" would have a meltdown and start a flamewar. They eventually received the "banhammer," and their mgouser privileges were revoked. Since this feature was removed, I have seen fewer epic meltdowns.

Now, you accumulate points only for each post you put up. The exception is putting up something that is so tremendous that it is bumped to the front page. The moderators, of course, reserve the right to add (or delete) huge amounts of points. This feature of the mods is sometimes used to give a poster who puts up something which is very offensive a negative 10,000 score, for a week or two or more. This is called "going to Bolivia" or "going to Bolivian." (I think a poster confused "Oblivion" with "Bolivian" and the rest is mgohistory.)


March 18th, 2012 at 8:05 AM ^

That is interesting stuff.  I wondered how people managed such huge point total.  I know some people are avid posters, but 5 posts a day would still not total 2000 points in a year.  I told my son when he turns 3 he can start his own account so that he can get a jump start on a massive point total.