February 6th, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

That was great quote about changing the team's genetic makeup over the last couple of classes.  It'll be nice to finally see some WRs and DBs that are over 6'0 tall and linemen that dont have to soak themselves in chipotle to get to a bloated playing weight of 295.  

Once the roster genetics are altered and Gardner gets his redshirt, our system will officially be cleansed of that dark dark era of inexplicalby small "Big" East sized people.

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February 6th, 2013 at 4:24 PM ^

Interesting at the end how he responded to the question asking about the no visits once committed policy.  Rather than confirm it's the policy, he said that "every situation is a little different".  And when asked if this was something Hoke should clarify, his response was a bit (understandably) frosty in my eyes. Coach Hoke said "Clarify, ... with whom?  I think that would be a discussion between me and the recruits".

I don't blame him for cutting that line of questioning down (no point in having the press pin you down to a position that really is between the program and the recruits), but his acknowledgment that the policy is applied in light of the individual recruit's circumstances was good to hear.


February 6th, 2013 at 4:36 PM ^

I know Hoke is a defensive minded coach, but when questioned what he saw in Shane Morris as someone who could be a huge factor and leader for this class he sort of deffered the evaluation to Al Borges. Its not surprising that the OC would understand his offensive players better, but it made me wonder how much free reign Borges had as far as recruiting who he wants? Are we essentially grooming an offense that Hoke wants or one that Borges wants? 

This isnt a concern just something that struck may not even be unique but im curious what peoples thoughts on this are.


February 6th, 2013 at 4:47 PM ^

Coach Mattison does a lot of the recruiting for offensive players even though he is the DC. I have no doubts this entire coaching staff is on the same page and all want the same type of offense. That's evident to me in this class because it is made up of road-grader linemen, rhino RB's, and possession receivers on the offensive side of the ball. MANBALL.


February 6th, 2013 at 5:05 PM ^

I don't doubt that either. However, I think the point is that Hoke might allow Borges to do talent evaluations and set priority on recruits/positions. Once a board is made up of recruiting targets, it is split up to different sections of the country. That would make the most sense to me. I can also see why it would be a concern to allow Borges to decide who to recruit on offense, although, if he's not  the one to decide that, then who is? I don't think that a "DL Coach" (as Hoke likes to call himself) is really the guy you want to be doing that either.


February 6th, 2013 at 4:37 PM ^

Love how he addressed the recruit visit policy at the end. Also love how he continues to butcher pronouncing kids names. I get a kick out of it for some reason.


February 6th, 2013 at 4:50 PM ^

The question about Super Saturday (and a little bit into Sunday) last year brought back great memories of that day on this board, but I did like his answer about how getting recruits at that pace has much to do with the great job assistants and coordinators do as well as the sense of community and family that they've created within the program. 


February 6th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

Meyer will get his, as is obvious in recruiting.  Hoke seemingly is getting his.  Even before Saban was pulling in the top class every year, he was pulling in top 5 classes at Bama, similar to the ones Hoke is putting together now....Beef up front, grinding running backs, classic pocket passing QBs.

As we all know, Saint Meyer ran away from the SEC because of "family reasons."  Anybody that truly follows these things know that he 1) saw the writing on the wall-Saban's "process" would continue to own his spread brand of football and 2) was cheating on his wife with a grad assistan.  So he turned tail and ran.

So it's proven that the style Hoke and Co want to run can beat Meyer.  The question is can we recruit enough talent and develop that talent well enough to beat the style of football Meyer wants to run.  The last two classes seem to suggest so, but we still have no clue.

One other thing in our favor would be the weather.  That being said,  Hoke can will not partake in Sabanesque oversigning and SEC tactics, so this could be a wash.  Will be fun to see.


February 6th, 2013 at 5:58 PM ^

I thought Hoke clearly confirmed that the coaching staff didn't place a lot of merit in the star system of the recruiting services. It was quite funny around the 12 minute mark how he referenced Kovaks, and how "He wasn't a star he was a moon". Hoke also really seemed to have a lot of confidence in Da'Mario Jones' ability, bodes well for the wr position.


February 6th, 2013 at 6:16 PM ^

Surrounding the recruiting of juniors. Great Answer! You can tell though that he will still compete and play the game on the trail but will not like it. NCAA is a complete joke at this point but rules are rules.


February 6th, 2013 at 11:51 PM ^

will help coach Hoke bring Michigan back as one of the top 10 teams in the country.  I think last year's class was ranked 7 in the country.  Wow, two more years of top ten recruiting classes combined with this coaching staff will equal a lot of wins!


February 7th, 2013 at 5:14 AM ^

I love how Coach Hoke is killing Pellini and Nebraska in recruiting.  Nobody mentions this, but if it keeps up then there will be a huge difference between the two programs in a year or two. 

Who was the idiot reporter who asked the question at the end and then kept pressing the issue?  Hoke dispatched of that guy pretty quickly and efficiently.