January 4th, 2019 at 8:23 PM ^

not paywalled is the Michigan paragraph - the rest is good reading too


No school’s future players had a better week than Michigan’s. Defensive lineman 

Mazi Smith

started the week hot and maintained that level of production in each practice leading into the game. Offensive lineman 

Trente Jones

 also spent the week turning heads and looking the type of player that could help a beleaguered Wolverines’ offensive line the moment he gets to campus. No player helped his stock more than Jones, who out-played his ranking from wire to wire. Things began to click for 

Quinten Johnson

 late in the week, as he improved with each passing workout. 


January 4th, 2019 at 8:31 PM ^

I feel like that writer either has it out against MSU or is a Michigan fan because they were ruthless in their description of their recruits and their bowl game.  Loved it...


January 4th, 2019 at 8:41 PM ^

Little Bro as the #1 loser is almost so funny that you have to assume a UM grad wrote it. 

I’m sure it sucks to be a Sparty right now. 


January 4th, 2019 at 8:41 PM ^

I hope this stops the complaining about not recruiting Dobbs. He has elite size, but once he was facing elite talent, he struggled. I thought he was the worse linemen during the game. I wish the young man a successful career at MSU, but we now know why he wasn't recruited. 


January 4th, 2019 at 9:17 PM ^

He got a lot of early pub...climbed the rating lots of early offers from "everyone". MSU never got much push-back for him...for a reason. My guess has always been that the lack of interest from the big boys included more reasons than just his over-rated play on the field. His chirping about Michigan being robots certainly demonstrated other issues being in play.


January 4th, 2019 at 9:22 PM ^

This is pretty much wrong on every level.

1. Michigan did recruit Dobbs, and it won't stop the complaining.

2. He doesn't have elite size. In fact, one of the biggest questions about him has been, "Why is he such a highly ranked tackle when he's listed at 6'4" and that's probably fudging it a bit?"

3. I don't wish anyone a successful career at MSU.

4. Again, he was recruited by Michigan.

Pretty much the only thing you got right was that he struggled facing elite talent this week, but one week doesn't mean a great deal.


January 5th, 2019 at 10:32 AM ^


Allow me to clarify. Yes he had an offer, but he was not heavily recruited like others that signed with UofM or that we missed on.

For a HS athlete, his size qualifies as elite, but his strength, hip bend, and pad level were not. He struggled at times against 5’10 230lb linemen in HS.

I will not wish ill upon anyone until they have earned it. Signing with MSU or calling coaches robots does not qualify for ill-will. Heck, signing with the bucknuts does not earn ill-will. 

I appreciate your stance and opinion and I hope I provided some clarification for my original statements.

“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
  • Mark Twain


January 4th, 2019 at 8:55 PM ^

Well this is confusing because in like Day 2 of practice Rivals said Barnett was the #1 defensive player and Dobbs was #5 on offense. Now they say MSU signees were the most disappointing 

not complaining tho lol

S.G. Rice

January 4th, 2019 at 8:56 PM ^

I'm kinda puzzled by this tbh.  Seems like most of the stuff I've seen on Twitter this week about Barnett was very positive.  Oh well, he's a Sparty so whatever.

Glad to see a lot of positive reporting on Mazi Smith!