January 27th, 2010 at 7:25 PM ^

Furthermore, pretty much all of our signing day signings last year weren't necessarily "steals" either. The article mentions Stokes and Denard, but both were expected to sign with Michigan well before signing day. An entire month or two beforehand, there were numerous articles written about how Stokes had Michigan as his favorite and his parents both wanted him to sign with Michigan. Despite the fact that he was committed to Tennessee until signing day, it was known that he would be a Wolverine. The same goes for Denard and Quinton Washington. I'm pretty sure we all knew before signing day that they'd be signing blue.


January 27th, 2010 at 6:34 PM ^

I was actually working for the team then, so had an inside look at some of this stuff. Just thank your lucky stars for Bobby Williams and his (and MSU's) MASSIVE implosion.

If it wasn't for 49-3, Smoker in full blown coke bender mode, and the response of "I don't know" to the question of "have you lost this team?"....we don't get Lamarr.

I'd say he made the right choice.


January 27th, 2010 at 6:32 PM ^

Travis Johnson and his "I went to bed a Wolverine and woke up a Seminole." We were in dire need of a DE and he was one of the best. Still makes me cringe when I think about it.


January 27th, 2010 at 7:00 PM ^

I think we've recently had a number of well-reasoned posts that show a correlation between stars and, for example, the SI All-American team.

Sure, they're not infallible. Yes, Pat White and Mike Hart and Iowa and Nebraska. But by and large, I think I'd feel better about our future if we recruited higher rated kids than if we recruited a bunch of lower rated kids and said "ehh who cares, Rivals is wrong anyways."


January 27th, 2010 at 7:51 PM ^

I think the thing that gets overlooked is the fit with the team that they sign with. If you get a highly rated kid who doesn't fit what the team is doing, they won't live up to their potential. Imagine Steve Breaston as a slot on this offense. RR knows how to use these players like Breaston, DeBord didn't.

Since rivals ranks their players on NFL potential, some of our "fits" won't be as highly rated. Rivals isn't wrong, but they are looking for some different qualities than the colleges are. Now, a great athlete or player will work in any system. A guy like Baxter potentially would look good in a pro, spread, triple option ect. Those are the rare players and are must pick ups if available.

Ghost of Bo

January 28th, 2010 at 3:31 AM ^

I agree, Bull.

I would liken the work Rivals does to the work of a meteorologist. It is an inexact science based on prediction, and people constantly complain about inaccurate predictions while ignoring the overwhelming amount of accurate ones.

As for the article, it was a great read. The Roundtree coup (and Purdue's subsequent outrage) was especially satisfying.

Here's to hoping we can land another stunner this year.

Blue in Yarmouth

January 28th, 2010 at 8:56 AM ^

If somehow, we could pick up Parker, Dorsey and Knight to finish this class. Highly unlikely, I know, but man would that be awesome!

(I'll leave RR to figure out how to fit the three of them in).