Who was the most surprising commit?

Submitted by VictorValiant on January 16th, 2017 at 1:26 AM

I'll go with Jerod Ward

Granted, it was the days before major scouting services and the spread of internet use, but the #1 HS player and a player from Mississppi seemed to have come from nowhere. Too bad he didn't live up to expectations.



January 16th, 2017 at 11:41 AM ^

Honestly, it was an attempt at a subtle joke, given the preceding "worst decommitment" thread. But I did have either Pearlie Graves or DaQuinta (D.T.) Jones in mind, given one or both of them had never set foot on campus at the time of their commitment(s). Perhaps no surprise that both decommitted (and are mentioned in the decommitment thread).

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January 16th, 2017 at 4:35 AM ^

To quote MGoBlog purely from my memory, "Donovan Warren...uhh...come on down?". 

It was a little bit into the era when it became admirable that some random poster started texting 17 year olds and it wasn't an arrestable offense so it was definitely a suprise because people were on top of it...

Other than Donovan Warren, Marlo Stansfield was a good get.  His name was his name, after all


January 16th, 2017 at 2:21 AM ^

Donovan Warren was a five-star recruit we were able to pluck out of USC's backyard during the Pete Carroll days when every elite prospect on the West Coast was a presumptive USC lean. He was the biggest pleasant surprise in my years of following recruiting.


January 16th, 2017 at 2:39 AM ^

and it's not close.  Michigan people weren't even tracking his announcement because he was supposedly down to Georgia and one other school that wasn't Michigan.  SEC fans had to come on the Rivals board to tell Michigan fans he'd even committed.  


January 16th, 2017 at 5:36 AM ^

While Kalis won't go down as one of Michigan's all-time greats, but I wouldn't describe a 4 year starter and a
Honorable mention All-B1G (2015) and 2nd team All-B1G (2016) as "didn't turn out." Michigan got more than their money's worth out of Kalis. May not have been the greatest, but he was more than serviceable.


January 16th, 2017 at 3:40 PM ^

tends to be taken with a grain of salt because it's always based on reputation than anything. 

For Kalis case, it's a case of lack of good OL in B1G. Kalis was meh at best this season but when he had to face a good DT, he can't block him to save his life. Jaleel Johnson and Demarcus Walker comes into mind.


January 16th, 2017 at 6:12 AM ^

Tore up his knee so many times, even Robbie Hummel felt sorry for him. Never could work a redshirt out of it, if my memory serves me well. I also think there was a thread here or somewhere else on who in Michigan's basketball would be the perfect Beilein 4. Aside from Glen Rice, Ward gets my vote.

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January 16th, 2017 at 9:30 AM ^

She had her fun and ya know, like we all do and sometimes the lamestream medias picks up on it, but we're gonna make America great again right here in Wasilla and maybe she'll even have Glen up for a little celebratory sexy time when we do.