The Opening Day 2 Open Thread

Submitted by Leaders And Best on July 7th, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I thought I would start a new thread to discuss the action at the Opening today.

1. 7-on-7 pool play is going on today.  Shane Morris opened on fire today as Land Sharks team rolled over Brice Ramsey's (UGa) squad.

Tom VanHaaren @TomVH

Shane Morris' team RT @RecruitingESPN Land Sharks beat Vapor Carbon, 27-6

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

Michigan QB commit Shane Morris is on fire in game one. Making all the right throws.

Jake Butt caught the game winning TD as his team (also Mike McCray) won their opener.

The Opening @TheOpening2012

Tyrone Swoopes to Jake Butt as time expires to lift #AlphaTalon over #SuperBad 18-13 #THEOPENING

2. Linemen 1-on-1 took place earlier this morning.  Unfortunately due to HS regulations in MI and OH, David Dawson and Taco Charlton could not participate with pads and had limited reps.  But Taco still got rave reviews:

Chad Simmons @ChadSimmons_

#Michigan commit Taco Charlton is a very athletic DE - quick and long.

Greg Biggins @GregBiggins

Ohio players can't pad up here but Taco Charlton, wearing just a helmet, is one of the quickest ends here #Michigan

247sports: The guys from states where you can't wear pads are going now. Taco Charlton has been dominant.

3. Kyle Bosch went home sick today. Wish we could have seen him participate and hope he gets better soon.

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

Michigan commit Kyle Bosch headed home from #TheOpening per his family. Illness.




July 7th, 2012 at 5:09 PM ^

Are there set times recruits have to announce commitments? I know Anzalone is doing it today or tomorrow and we all know the deal with LT, but are there any specific times to look forward to? Or will they drop at any time?


July 7th, 2012 at 6:09 PM ^

At 6'4'' and 215 lbs, plus an apparent forty time of 4.39, wouldn't you think he would do just fine covering a TE? I know more than size and speed factors into coverage skills, but he has to have at least some agility as well if he won the SPARQ competition.


July 7th, 2012 at 6:18 PM ^

He does have some agility (a 4.00 shuttle time, for example), but he looks lost in coverage.  His footwork isn't very good and he doesn't really know what to do or where to go.  You might be able to put him in man coverage on a TE, yeah, but I'd be afraid of putting him in zone.

Mr. Rager

July 7th, 2012 at 5:52 PM ^

"What do you think, guy who watches a lot of film online?"

Serious question: just because you have a blog, that makes you an expert (or at minimum: has an opinion that is worth more than others)? this is nothing the guy has ever said but I am constantly amazed at people that will treat him as if he actually knows what he is talking about (like a TomVH or an Ace).

Leaders And Best

July 7th, 2012 at 6:02 PM ^

but why are TomVH or Ace more qualified in evaluating film? I trust them for breaking stories and reporting about our commits, but what exactly are their qualifications that make you trust them in evaluating prospects? Do they have a background in football?

I just asked Magnus his opinion because he had brought the topic up and had also watched the film.


July 7th, 2012 at 6:02 PM ^

He's a high school coach, very well versed in the technicalities of football, and has provided some excellent unbiased opinions on our recruits. He's quoted in hello posts by ace, and posts by brian, who both clearly appreciate and trust his analysis. You don't have much basis calling him out.

Sure he can be a dick sometimes, but that's Magnus.


July 7th, 2012 at 7:50 PM ^

Comparing Magnus to TomVH/Ace is comparing apples to oranges. Tom and Ace aren't really film/talent evaluators. They're recruiting analysts. Sure, they chime in with their two cents, but they wil readily admit they're not football experts when it comes to diagnosing plays or evaluting players. They make hypotheses based on all the information available to them.


July 7th, 2012 at 8:40 PM ^

I'm glad to see you've worked to improve your weaknesses...

On the flip side, TomVH and Ace do their jobs well and I hope I do my "job" well.  We have different roles, and I don't think some people understand that.  I'm less of a reporter than a self-appointed analyst; they're more reporters than analysts.

Leaders And Best

July 7th, 2012 at 6:07 PM ^

Laquon Treadwell goes over Michigan CB commit Jourdan Lewis for a long TD. Ball thrown by Christian Hackenberg.

Treadwell is a beast, might be best WR here, open every play

Early thoughts, and Ricky Seals Jones might be best WR duo . Pretty much doing what they want right now.

LeQuan Treadwell looks fantastic out here. Tweaked an ankle, but he should be OK.


Leaders And Best

July 7th, 2012 at 5:45 PM ^

Hackenberg to Marcus Baugh for the TD, Baugh has been killing it out here today as well, Alpha Speed up 26-19, 7:05 left

Ohio State TE commit Marcus Baugh with a TD. USC RB commit Ty Isaac also playing well.

There is a reason we have Marcus Baugh as the top tight end in the region. Good speed, great hands and gets separation consistently from DB

Sounds like Ohio's Marcus Baugh and PSU's Hackenberg have impressed today.


July 7th, 2012 at 5:44 PM ^

Land Sharks and Alpha speed will be the most interesting matchup. Morris versus Odaniel, and Burrows, and going score for score against Megaquon and seals-Jones and Ty Isaac.

Leaders And Best

July 7th, 2012 at 6:43 PM ^

Treadwell's Alpha Speed squad got the best of Jourdan Lewis' squad in their opener 26-25, but Treadwell's squad is struggling in game 2.

All this Hackenberg talk has doomed him, 3 INTs in this game

From Barton Simmons of 247Sports:

Steven Mitchell had another long touchdown run. And Eli Woodard had an interception.

Really like max browne's team. Jordan Lewis has struggled some at CB though with big WRs

Treadwell vs Lewis:


July 7th, 2012 at 6:48 PM ^

With guys like Stribling/Conley...I am hoping that Lewis wont be getting stuck on big WR's all the time. Should be a match-up nightmare for slot guys though.


July 7th, 2012 at 7:20 PM ^

I believe the field corner covers the wide side of the field and the boundary corner covers the short side so it also depends on where the ball is, what hash its on, etc.That's why field corners are usually the quicker fast guy and the boundary is usually bigger and stronger. Somebody correct me if wrong.


July 7th, 2012 at 8:21 PM ^

The slot corner can afford to be a little bit slower (but doesn't have to be), will likely blitz more, has to be ready to support the run a little more.  

Guys who have played slot corner in recent memory are Courtney Avery and Brandon Harrison.  FWIW, Thomas Gordon was working as the slot corner a little bit last spring before he won the FS job.