Poggi Deciding Soon

Submitted by Son of Lloyd Brady on June 1st, 2012 at 3:01 PM
Per Steve Wiltfong at 247sports:

"Michigan has been recruiting him very hard for a long time, as has Alabama," Biff Poggi, Henry's father and coach, told Steve Wiltfong of Wolverine247.com. "Those are the two schools recruiting him the hardest. He really respects both of the coaching staffs."

Poggi also listed Tennessee and Texas A&M among his final four. And, he is ready to commit.

"I think he'll make a decision soon," his father said. "Within the next 30 days."



Very interesting considering Hurst visits tomorrow.



June 1st, 2012 at 3:10 PM ^

The next 30 days = June

Sam Webb predicts multiple good things will happen in Michigan recruiting in June.  

1+1 = Hurst and Poggi.



June 1st, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

to fill holes.  We were all surprised that they turned away Tommy Schutt last year, only to offer a guy like Willie Henry late in the process.  And now they want to add 4 more DL to the depth chart.

Its not unlike when they turned away WR's Lucien and Flowers in one class when it seemed like we still needed more true WR's. 

Maybe the staff just miscalculated in turning those guys away but it sounds more like they prefer to target players they really want even if it is at the expense of highly rated guys that show us interest (ie. Schutt, Flowers, Lucien, etc). 


Either way, its hard to argue with the results so far.


June 1st, 2012 at 3:44 PM ^

Yeah, but every program does that to a certain extent.  ND and OSU didn't offer Bolden last year, even though both teams later took lower rated LBs.  Maybe the staff felt Schutt was redundant with Pipkins, and wanted a true 3-tech guy instead. 

The Lucien thing makes me crazy (but not in the way it makes everyone else, it seems, crazy).  Everyone got so excited about him because he had four stars from Rivals and he liked us, then he though Hoke was crazy for turning him away.  HE HAD NO OTHER MAJOR OFFERS.  Hoke said no to Lucien because he wasn't good enough.  Same reason the big West Coast teams passed on him. 


June 1st, 2012 at 6:28 PM ^

But who on there is elite?  He is from LA, but no USC, Washington, Oregon or Stanford, the top recruiters on the west coast.  No Texas or Oklahoma, no ND, none of the major midwest or SEC schools. 

There are TONS of kids who have offers from those schools but not from Michigan - Lucien is hardly the first.  I'm not saying those offers are from nobody, but everyone makes Lucien out to be this can't miss prospect.  Well, the good half of the Pac-12 felt fine passing on him, so why is MICHIGAN getting worked up over it?


June 1st, 2012 at 6:41 PM ^

Why is Michigan getting worked up over it?  Because he wanted to come to Michigan.  And we need receivers, which is why we're taking 3 or 4 of them this year.  And regardless of what other people thought about offering him, he is reportedly in line to start for UCLA in 2012 as a redshirt freshman.  Not that UCLA is a great team or has a boatload of other elite guys at wide receiver, but he could turn out to be a pretty darn good receiver...and Michigan has 5'8" Jeremy Gallon starting at split end.


June 1st, 2012 at 3:15 PM ^

I know we have lost some of the more recent battles to other schools but honestly I am just glad we are in them. The kids are thinking about Michigan seriously, and it is a good thing. You can't win them all, but we are battling for them.




June 1st, 2012 at 3:15 PM ^

Ill be just as surprised if Poggi picks us as i would if Hurst did not pick us, if that makes any sense.

If not, this is my feeling.....

80% Hurst

20% Poggi


June 1st, 2012 at 3:17 PM ^

Oh please, oh please, oh please. Not that this class isn't already insane, but this would fill one of our few remaining needs with, maybe, the top guy on the coaches board. 


June 1st, 2012 at 4:10 PM ^

I remember an interview with Hurst wherein he said that Mattison told him he was being recruited primarily as a 3 Tech, BUT that he would likely see time at NT as well spelling Pipkins.  Hurst is already 300 lbs. so plenty big enough to play NT and his quickness will  be an asset there a la Will Carr, Mike Martin and the like.  Really happy if he goes BLUE.


June 1st, 2012 at 4:52 PM ^

Hurst was quoted as being told by the coaches that he's being recruited as a 3-tech and he mentioned that it was because PeeWee would be playing NT.  He could play NT after PeeWee leaves.  Poggi is expected bo be a 3-tech, 5-tech.   It appears they would take both and probably still go after a top SDE.

An Angelo's Addict

June 1st, 2012 at 3:19 PM ^

lets try to keep the expectation lid down on this one. After Garnett and Levenberry I tend to be more cautious about when people think we have the best chance. Just hurts my heart too much

Hands Free

June 1st, 2012 at 3:24 PM ^

I know we have a great class already, but it seems we have been losing these more public decisions lately.  Hopefully that trend ends with Poggi deciding in our favor.


June 1st, 2012 at 3:29 PM ^

The interesting thing is not that Hurst is visiting this weekend, it is that Hardreck Walker, another DT, is visiting late June.  If Poggi is feeling pressure it is that Hurst AND Walker will take spots, not just that Hurst will.  The Walker visit might be the one that is bringing Poggi forward.