Recruiting - Where are we right now?

Submitted by James Burrill Angell on January 18th, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Alright, so it sounds like we've sort of now seen what there is to see as far as decommitments etc and we know that:

1) We currently have 10 solid commitments now that Goudis and Crawford switched their commitments and are gone, and Fisher is decommitted and nothing more than a possibility.

2) D. Hart (alabama) K. Frost (Auburn has now accepted his commitment) Crawford & Goudis (Miami) and the linebacker from last year Kinard (Miami) are all gone and not possiblities.

3) The new staff told Devin Lucien they were only interested in him for defense and he subsequently cut us.

So who's really left out there thats actually been offered and isn't a complete pipe dream (see Jernigan etc that have neither been visited or mentioned in a while and certainly not since the coaching change).

1) Stefan McClure, CB from California coming in to visit this weekend
2) Frank Clark, LB from Cleveland Glenville visiting this weekend
3) Raymon Taylor, in-state ATH also visiting this weekend
4) Matt Wile, K from San Diego also visiting this weekend

5) Fisher - our former lineman commit

6) Thomas Rawls - the RB from Flint area with test score issues.

7) Chris Bryant - OL from Chicago who visited this past weekend.

Is there anyone else seriously considering us?


James Burrill Angell

January 18th, 2011 at 2:17 PM ^

If there was ever a year that we could theoretically survive a bad recruiting class, this is likely it. The class above it, partially through redshirts, is pretty darn large and we don't really NEED many of these guys to go right into service save a kicker and maybe one or two d-backs since we have so many starters returning.

That said, yes, we'll need a strong 2012 class after the six kids from last years class that didn't qualify and the smaller class this year.

If he could close with Bryant, a kicker of some form and either McClure or Taylor and one other defensive player of some note we're at 15 and thats not death.


January 18th, 2011 at 1:52 PM ^

We are good and screwed with recruiting this year, thanks to DB's handling of the whole coaching change.

Can we save it over the next 13 days?  Maybe, but it ain't going to be easy.  Of course Hoke could help himself out a bit if he would hire the rest of his staff already. 

James Burrill Angell

January 18th, 2011 at 2:09 PM ^

I think there's no question we want him (now that D. Hart's spot is open) and it seems like he wants us (no doubt in part to the fact that Fred Jackson's other son is his coach) but I heard the last hurdle was his ACT score. Perhaps we accept his commitment since it doesn't look like we'll be in the situation where we'll run short on scholarships and if he doesn't get eligible, oh well.

Section 1

January 18th, 2011 at 4:43 PM ^

In fact, I expect no such treatment of Rawls. 

What I wrote was in the profoundest spirit of sarcasm.  Why would a Free Press reporter go after a kid from Michigan, who might enroll at The University of Michigan, as one of Brady Hoke's Wolverines?  'Tis unthinkable.  I may end up helping Mitch Albom write his inevitable human interest story on how the yongster rose up from his humble origins.  If Mitch is too busy, I'll help Drew Sharp work on the story of how Rawls overcame the racist oppression of standardized testing.

For your part, JBA, you've got it exactly right about the Freep.

Arsenal Fan

January 18th, 2011 at 1:56 PM ^

if we can keep our current commits, and gain a few more i think Hoke deserves a lot of credit. he was thrust into an odd situation but has done a decent job of keeping it intact.  but i will say it isn't helping him by not having a d-coordinator in place. speaking of which is there anything new on the DC position?


January 18th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

He's already lost goudis,crawford,frost,lucien,and fisher.kinard and Greer have now committed elsewhere,jones and others are looking around.Sign a DC and lock down some F' recruits.Hoke deserves credit for nothing as of right now, as he's nothing absolutely nothing to this point.


January 18th, 2011 at 6:35 PM ^

What's it going to take for the NCAA to fix this?

This is fucking ridiculous. Excuse my language, but the coaches that CONSISTENTLY  and REPEATEDLY do this are a FUCKING DISGRACE to collegiate athletics.

I've known about this. I've read about this. I haven't seen this piece before, and you just have to wonder what more is it going to take to make this stop.

Houston Nutt signs 37 kids and jokes about it in a press conference that he could take 80 if he wanted?!?!?!? Holy fuck, I am absolutely baffled.


January 18th, 2011 at 1:58 PM ^

I saw some time ago that we could fill as many as 20 spots.   Does anybody know the exact number of scholarships we have to offer in this class.  Do you think we will fill it out?  Would it be better to have a bigger class next year with potentially higher ranked recruits?


January 18th, 2011 at 3:45 PM ^

Yeah, next year is supposed to be a huge year in Ohio recruit wise, so I'm thinking there's gonna be an artificial bump in UM's recruiting rank next year partially because I imagine seeing a big class coming in, and quantity counts more than I at least thought when it comes to team rankings.

Yost Ghost

January 18th, 2011 at 10:51 PM ^

I'm not so sure about that. I mean Lucien looks like a quality recruit but he never received any offers from Pac10 schools including USC, UCLA or CAL in his home state. Makes one wonder. Plus we have pretty good depth at WR. Where we need help is on the defensive sie of the ball. Which is why I suspect BH asked him to switch to DB.