May 29th, 2012 at 7:29 AM ^

Titanic is not an easy show to sing by any means,  Kids got some serious chops.  Tom Strobel just became my favorite incoming Freshmen.  Our defensive line is going to be absolutely filthy


May 29th, 2012 at 7:59 AM ^

Im really excited about this guy. he's bigger than I thought he would be.
Best of luck to him getting into B-school! it's tough to get in but if any of the football players can do it it would be him


May 29th, 2012 at 8:09 AM ^

give a great sense of the quality of the person Hoke is recruiting -- in addition to their athletic prowess.  Stroebel has a fantastic attitude and should be fun to watch.

True Blue Grit

May 29th, 2012 at 8:13 AM ^

Strobel sounds like a guy who really has his act together.  I like his comments about food and gaining weight.  Too often, you see kids put on bad weight when they come in.  He seems determined not to do that.  I can't wait to see him playing.  


May 29th, 2012 at 9:02 AM ^

I don't see how it's a shame.  He's 255-260 lbs. as a high school senior.  The coaches want Craig Roh (a college senior) at about 280.  Strobel can probably add another 5-10 lbs. of good weight between now and August, so he'll be 10-15 lbs. shy of where they want their senior starting 5-tech.  That seems pretty good to me.


May 29th, 2012 at 9:50 AM ^

I don't where all the "too skinny/too small" comments been coming from lately. Perhaps folks forget these are HS seniors and 90% of seniors coming in are all under weight and could use the strength and conditioning program once on campus. On a side note, is Strobel still projecting to the weak side?

Blue Tone

May 29th, 2012 at 9:34 AM ^

With his frame he'll be at 280 lbs. within a year, so I see no worries physically.  More importantly his intelligence and maturity level set a good foundation to be a future leader in this football program. 

Very solid interview - well done.


May 29th, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Seems like an intelligent, good kid. Good work ethic, strong motor. Do think Northwestern would take issue with his comment about Michigan being the "Ivy school of the Big Ten", though.


May 29th, 2012 at 10:27 AM ^

Your point about Northwestern is well taken, but it is worth noting that amongst the Big "Ten" only Michigan had the chutzpah to print shirts proclaiming Harvard to be the 'Michigan of the East' - riffing on the historical billing of Michigan as the 'Harvard of the West'

(Also, you know how every college bookstore has T-shirts repping that school's various departments like "Michigan Engineering" or "Ohio State Business" or "Alabama Hostessing", etc?  I've always wanted to get one of those shirts that says "Michigan Arrogance" :) )


May 29th, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

...during his Peace Corps proposal speech on the steps of the Michigan Union (during the 1960 campaign) who first coined the phrase.

"I want to express my thanks to you, as a graduate of the Michigan of the East, Harvard University."

In this case, Michigan's chutzpah is based on the observations of a Harvard graduate not on some self-developed construction of Michigan as the Harvard of the West.


May 29th, 2012 at 10:21 AM ^

Please somebody do a gif of the "come see the show" death stare at the end of that clip.  Seems like a really well rounded kid.  It's great to be able to get more excited about our recruits the more you learn about them instead of wondering what we've gotten ourselves into.  And yes, I will have nightmares about that baby doll.

Sextus Empiricus

May 29th, 2012 at 11:21 AM ^

Did OSU want Strobel?  His comments about OSU lack of focus wrt his recruitment are surprisingly damning.  I'm sure it's a different ship now but it seems like a pretty big disconnect.

I doubt MIchigan is acting so nonchalant with D-1 caliber HS players whether they are recruiting them or not.

Blue in Yarmouth

May 30th, 2012 at 9:42 AM ^

Meyer didn't enter the picture until after the 2011 season. By that point Strobel had been committed to UM for like 6 months and showing no interest in OSU at all. I don't think Meyer had anything to do with this. 

Also, I am pretty sure Fickell wanted him (who was the coach at the time) but just couldn't recruit as well as Hoke.Either way, the Meyer bit was not relevant to the Strobel recruitment.


May 29th, 2012 at 11:44 AM ^

You can bet that OSU expects any kid in the state of Ohio to want to come to OSU from the moment they talk to them and have that as their incoming expectation whenever they meet an instate recruit.


May 29th, 2012 at 11:44 AM ^

You can bet that OSU expects any kid in the state of Ohio to want to come to OSU from the moment they talk to them and have that as their incoming expectation whenever they meet an instate recruit.


May 29th, 2012 at 11:59 AM ^

Interesting about the ohio recruting and how Strobel felt about it.  I've heard it said that people talking to John Kerry often felt as though he was looking past them for "more important" people in the room.  I have no idea whether this is true, but I've seen the dynamic.  Sounds like young Mr. Strobel has as well and he doesn't care for it.

Section 1

May 29th, 2012 at 12:38 PM ^

What a relief, that Michigan fans in Ohio wished Strobel well and then just walked away.  Sure beats the alternative of wishing him well, encouraging him to commit to Ohio State, and handing him the keys to a late-model Corvette.


May 29th, 2012 at 5:56 PM ^

"Aside from being raised in Ohio and identified as one of the top prospects in the nation, Tom graduated with a 3.8 GPA, maintains a focus on academics, and talks about a strong commitment to his team and "doing things the right way."

The only way I could be even happier is if the above statement should begin with the words "Instead of" rather than the words "Aside from"....IMHO