TomVH: A couple quick updates

Submitted by TomVH on June 20th, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Instate TE Ron Thompson told me he'll be at Michigan tomorrow.

DT Danny O'Brien will be at Michigan's camp tomorrow. Danny says he's going to come out with a top five soon.

Ohio FB/RB Alden Hill was told by the coaches today to call them on Wednesday. He's expecting an offer based off of his camp performance. It wouldn't surprised me if that was what they wanted to talk about. I don't know if he would commit on the spot, but I know he really enjoyed his one on one time with Coach Jackson at camp.

Might be something to look out for on all three accounts, we'll see. *I posted this in the comments, but to make sure everyone sees it, I'm not implying anything here. We'll see if any decide to move.*

I was also told that 2013 OL Chris Fox is most likely a candidate for an early offer after his camp performance. I would expect an offer to come out for him very soon.


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June 20th, 2011 at 9:42 PM ^

O'Brien looks like he would be a great pickup. It looks like he's rated right around Pipkins and has offers from Alabama and Florida. Nice.


June 20th, 2011 at 9:44 PM ^

If O'Brien doesn't see the writing on the wall then he won't ever see it. This staff isn't holding offers for February for anyone. It's yours for the takin Danny Boy.


June 20th, 2011 at 9:44 PM ^

Is O'Brien a realistic option again. Its weird that it appears we backed off on him, he then gets offered by UF, and now it seems like there may be mutual interest again  


June 20th, 2011 at 10:03 PM ^

is thinner than our DT or even OT depth for 2011-12. Next 2 years we could end up having walk-ons in the 2 deep rotation at DE. It's tough to know which scholarship the last kid will go to. They could end up taking a DT like Shittu in the end, or an extra DE like Washington, or any one of 6 top OTs like Kalis, or Banner. I'd like another DT as well, but it will probably just play itself out in the end.


June 20th, 2011 at 10:22 PM ^

The coaches keep offering more kids at WR and OT, even this week they offered more so I have to imagine they'd prefer another OT or DT and aren't counting on Stanford and Washington. This is like the 2nd or 3rd time those two were supposed to make the relatively short day trip to 2A and skipped it. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but to me it looks like they aren't that interested and Wormley could be the last DE. 


June 21st, 2011 at 2:47 AM ^

Wormley would end it for DEs.  Our coaches are about done filling needs and will take the best athletes @ the end, regardless of position.  They've been quoted as saying such multiple times.  This is not about somebody's recipe, but about signing top talent.  Our coaches are not following some needs recipe and you would not know what it is if they were.

This is the way Bo, Mo and Carr recruited and how GMattison always has.  I was an M athlete 72-76 and have been following recruiting for over 40 years, starting w/ Joe Terranova, a young Lemming and Rivals and Scout since before they were Rivals and Scout.  By the way, what if the coaches wanted Stanford and Washington to come together and maybe they wanted those 2, Wormley, Strobel & Kalis visiting at the same time?


June 20th, 2011 at 10:22 PM ^

We have Roh and Black at WDE, with Beyer coming in. SDE is a little more dicey next year, with RVB and Heininger leaving, but we have Wilkins and Rock arrives this fall. That's not great, but it's better than OT, where we will almost certainly have walk-ons on the 2-deep next year.


June 20th, 2011 at 10:32 PM ^

Wilkins is projected as a DT and Talbott at DT is waaaaay undersized and moderately injured I've read somewhere on MGoBlog so Wilkins could stay there, and Heininger isn't on scholarship (even though he's better than  a few who are) but Rock and Beyer could very well redshirt. The same could go for Oline where unless Yerden or Bryant play as true freshmen well have Gunderson at walkon in the rotation. The only thing I wonder is which kids at which position (OT and DE) from which class (2011-2012)  will play as freshmen? I can guess but I know that won't mean much.


June 20th, 2011 at 11:28 PM ^

I would have said that Yerden is the weightlifter that impressed the coaches. He hasn't played tons of football, but he is literally one of the strongest guys in the state. He has set weightlifting records, and they are going to see if his strength can translate to the football field. Interesting experiment - can't hurt to try . . . 


June 20th, 2011 at 11:36 PM ^

went to a small up-north high school and his parents wouldn't let him play sports until his senior year for religeous reasons or something like that. He was allowed to weightlift because he set high school state deadlift records 4 years in a row (I believe). His senior year he played OT and DT in football, as well as Center for the basketball team. He's 6'6" and a very athletic 330 lbs. With his year of basketball I can imagine the coaches getting his footwork where it needs to be for RT faster than other prospects might. 


June 20th, 2011 at 11:14 PM ^

the strage thing. He has made almost no impact whatsoever. No mention of any playtime during the spring game or anything like that. I saw 1/2 the walkons draw praise during the spring game but not him. He was bumped to linebacker because he's small but doesn't have any of the athletecism you'd need for OLB and Jake Ryan and Gordon have the Sam locked up. Magnus on Touch the Banner predicts him to be a special teams guy maybe.


June 21st, 2011 at 8:54 AM ^

I used to see him at south quad (I worked there) all the time. He is the nicest and most down to earth guy and probably my favorite on the team, but he is still smaller than one would like for a defensive end. Probably needs at least another year or two before he can contribute.


June 20th, 2011 at 9:46 PM ^

Wonder if we'd take o'brien and pipkins. If it were up to me we would. I think o'brien is more of a three and pipkins a true nose.


June 20th, 2011 at 9:49 PM ^

Wormley could fill out to a DT. Pipkins and O'Brien would be two more great recruits.

O'Brien would fill Washington's spot (most likely).


June 20th, 2011 at 9:50 PM ^

Great news! Tomorrow may be a bit unproductive - at least as far as work is concerned. It may be very productive where it really matters (in the recruiting wars.)


June 21st, 2011 at 1:28 AM ^

I love Valenti's show with Terry.  He was upset today at the Michigan callers defending Michigan fans and the program.  One thing that struck me is when Valenti said that MSU will get the number 1 ranked player in the state this year to which would make it three straight years for them.  Ross or Richardson (depends on which recruiting expert it is) are number 1 right now in the state.  Yes, things can change, but could he be talking about Burbridge?


June 21st, 2011 at 9:00 AM ^

He is an idiot and a blowhard. Even if Burbridge is considered the number 1, we will literally have nearly all of the 2-12ish in the state. I always thought the "need to win state recruiting battles" theme was a little overblown with RR (he should have won more though and missed out on some good talent and it is easier to recruit if you can take the best players from your area) but Hoke locking up the top talent in MI will send MSU into panic mode since unlike Michigan it can't recruit nationally (Pittman doesn't count). Their recruiting will be even more lopsided with one 4-5 star michigan recruit and a bunch of 3 stars after.


June 20th, 2011 at 9:55 PM ^

Mike Valenti is full of crap!!! He is playing games with UM fans and attempting to pull one over on us. By the way, I enjoyed his mini rant this afternoon. It's funny how he gets so worked up when the conversation revolves around U of M football. Hey Mike, just understand that we are a iconic brand with a LONG history of success!!!!! Enjoy your happiness for know msu. FWIW I think his tweet is garbage. No pickup tomorrow. Hope he was right though.


June 20th, 2011 at 10:01 PM ^

He went back and forth with a friend of mine for a while. May i add that this friend just graduated high school this year. Valenti tried to insult his intelligence about a tweet of my buddy's that he didn't understand which made complete sense. Always a class act...