BlueinOK

January 16th, 2018 at 4:43 PM ^

It's always interesting to look at these and see who panned out and who didn't. There's some guys out there who I thought would be stars and future NFL guys, but didn't do anything. And some where it wasn't a big deal they left or decommitted and they are tearing it up. Just shows how you never know. 

MGoStrength

January 16th, 2018 at 5:29 PM ^

That the best measurement of a football player isn't their height, weight, or 40 time. It's the ability to read, react, and execute to football plays, which is why the Combine is not a good predictor of NFL success and why often recruits get over or under valued based off things that are not measured during football games.

hunterjoe

January 16th, 2018 at 4:57 PM ^

Didn't we have a RB who played at UM who also coached here who's now coaching at some other school?  I forget his name, but his son, Tyrone Wheatley JR. is on the team.  

Tuebor

January 16th, 2018 at 5:09 PM ^

Personally, I though Wyatt Shallman would end up being a diamond in the rough FB or LB/DE for Harbaugh even though Hoke promised him a shot at TB. 

Magnus

January 16th, 2018 at 7:35 PM ^

I'll say this:

I've seen several guys enter college and say, "I'll play wherever they want me," and those seem to be the more successful guys. The guys who come into college saying, "I want to be a ________ and only a _________" seem to struggle more.

One notable exception is Mark Andrews, a guy who insisted on being a WR in college, and now he's a highly productive TE at Oklahoma.

MarcusRay97

January 16th, 2018 at 5:19 PM ^

That’s 1 recruit I thought could have helped Michigan greatly... His speed to get over the top would have opened up the other receivers underneath... He’s not doing much at FSU and he can’t catch the ball well from what I heard still wanted him

Magnus

January 16th, 2018 at 7:42 PM ^

I can't say "no" because Michigan's tackle situation is pretty crappy, but he only even played in three games at Oklahoma this year. With the way they put points on the board, one would think he could get some run as a backup in garbage time, or on field goal protection units. I guess Oklahoma didn't truly blow out many people this year because their defense was questionable, but I'm not sure how much they think of him in Norman.

We'll see in the near future. Oklahoma is pursuing grad transfer Calvin Anderson (like Michigan is), so they're also looking for help on the OL. It will be interesting to see how much Swenson factors in next year.

DrMantisToboggan

January 16th, 2018 at 6:53 PM ^

Don't mean to thread-jack, but I didn't think this deserved it's own thread, as it is just a little recruiting scuttlebutt. Talked to one of my UGA booster buddies today about Reese and he said that UGA is not pushing for him very hard anymore and that he's almost certain he will stay with Michigan. This meshes with sentiment from Michigan's end and makes sense with CP reupping and visiting Reese, Reese setting an OV, and Michigan hiring a stellar recruiter as another LB coach. My UGA friend also said something else about Reese that I won't repeat because I've only heard it from a single source and it could just be sour grapes about Michigan winning out for a great LB prospect in their backyard. 

Magnus

January 16th, 2018 at 7:44 PM ^

His former QB coach, Steve Clarkson, talked about it not long ago (LINK). There's no word yet on where Speight will end up, and Clarkson said he might wait untli closer to NSD to see how things are shaking out with various QB recruits. I keep hearing rumors of Virginia, but we'll see.

Magnus

January 16th, 2018 at 7:47 PM ^

There were also rumors of him following Jedd Fisch to Mizzou if Fisch got the job there, but he didn't. Fisch is interviewing to be the QB coach with the Atlanta Falcons, so the Speight/Fisch combo may not happen again unless Speight makes it to the NFL.

Magnus

January 16th, 2018 at 7:45 PM ^

Yeah, he was recruited to Michigan as a slot corner. He played corner and then played some running back (which he also played in high school) at Michigan before transferring. He was basically a slot corner at Rutgers, but they called him a linebacker on their official roster.