November 18th, 2015 at 5:48 PM ^

I'm a bit torn on this. Is it really wise for him to sacrifice the opportunity to go to a world-class institution like Michigan for the possibility of getting back to his former football self at Western Michigan?

Western Michigan is a decent school, but it's not near Michigan academically. Unless he makes it to the NFL (which is a gigantic IF after his injuries), this seems like a poor decision.

Gentleman Squirrels

November 18th, 2015 at 5:59 PM ^

Can you really blame someone for following their dreams? He's probably thought about playing football professionally since he's a kid. He's betting on the hope that his body will be fine in the future and he will get a shot to show what it's worth. If at the end it still doesn't work out, at least he'll have the education of a 4 year university to back it up. It may not be Michigan, but it's still a decent school that can get you places.

East German Judge

November 18th, 2015 at 5:53 PM ^

Best of luck to him and hope he stays healthy!  It would have been nice for him if he could have gone to a Power 5, albeit lower tier, school, but maybe all those coaches were just as concerned as JH was about his future durability and could not afford to take the gamble.


November 18th, 2015 at 6:03 PM ^

His coach, Tim Conley, I believe said Falcon pretty much cut off his communication with other bigger schools (Wisconsin and Oregon) when he committed to Michigan. I don't know how hard it is to re-establish that communication as a recruit, but I can see coaches not wanting to re-open the lines due to being snubbed originally.


November 18th, 2015 at 7:05 PM ^

No- any coach will take the best players available (obviously contingent on certain academic and personal standards, and culture fit) unless they are an idiot. If a football coach feels snubbed because a 16-17 year old athlete originally felt his future would be better at another university, then that coach has his own personal issues and is bad at his job. It might only be difficult because classes fill up.