Rivals Headline Re Derrick Green (Good)

Submitted by jbibiza on December 10th, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The front page headline on Rivals: "Green says Michigan has the edge."

Sam Webb has been saying that we are the team to beat for sometime, but this is the first time that Green has confirmed that status.  We can definitely use both him and Deveon Smith to bolster a shaky RB situation (especially if Fitz cannot come back to full strength).

Comments

Magnus

December 10th, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

I have no idea what Peyton Hillis and Shallman have to do with each other.

But yes, Brandon Jacobs is huge and a running back.  And so was Christian Okoye about 20 years ago.  I guess since there are 1 or 2 every 20 years, then Shallman will be destined to repeat their success.

Magnus

December 10th, 2012 at 1:23 PM ^

I don't think anyone is writing Shallman off because he's a big bruiser.

Personally, I'm writing him off (as a tailback) because he's not very good at running the ball.  And he didn't play much RB his senior year.  CC's coaches obviously thought he was more valuable to them on defense, but it's not often that a kid who doesn't play a skill position in high school ends up as a Big Ten running back.

Magnus

December 10th, 2012 at 11:16 AM ^

Really, only "random internet guys" have predicted DE, either.  If we're talking about FACTS, then Michigan's coaches have recruited Shallman as a tailback.  And that's what the Shallman people insist that he'll play in college.

Lots of people - recruiting analysts, random internet guys, etc. - have predicted fullback, H-back, defensive end, etc.

Personally, I don't think he'll end up as a true fullback in the sense that John McColgan and Joey Kerridge are/were fullbacks.  If he plays a fullback-like position, it will probably be as an H-back type like Aaron Shea played.

WolvinLA2

December 10th, 2012 at 11:52 PM ^

Well that's not true - I've read interviews with Shallman where he says he's talked with the coaches about playing defense at Michigan.  And considering he spent the entire season at DE for his team, that seems like the most likely destination to me.  That's also what Brian is predicting, and although he is certainly an internet guy, he's not exactly random. 

When Shallman committed 10 months ago, the Shallman people insisted he was purely a tailback, but that story has changed some.  Fullback, however, has been purely random internet guy who thinks Shallman is too big to be a ball carrier.

Michigasling

December 10th, 2012 at 4:39 PM ^

You beat me before my due diligence update.  It was in response to a question after Hoke said he'd wouldn't mind the NCAA allowing redshirt freshmen to play in bowl games.  Someone asked if he had anyone in mind, and he said, "Maybe.  Maybe.  We like what Drake's done to this point..."

Mr Mxyzptlk

December 10th, 2012 at 9:45 AM ^

I'm glad you posted the "good" in your title.  There has been so much bad recruiting news lately I'm just happy to get through the day without losing another recruit.  This is indeed, very good news.