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07/12/2018 - 5:42pm This is exactly why you don…

This is exactly why you don't complain about Summer commits prior to rankings updates. This is not to say that we are now recruiting at Ohio St. or Alabama levels, but if you include the targets we are after, this looks a LOT like the 2016 class.

07/12/2018 - 5:39pm He moved down because others…

He moved down because others behind him moved ahead of him. That is all. 

07/06/2018 - 9:54am I could root for an OSU…

I could root for an OSU upset. I'd be fine with that.

07/02/2018 - 12:33am Only difference is that…

Only difference is that Harrison did not live in Columbus his whole life and doesn't have the personal ties to OSU. From what I have heard, he wasn't an OSU fanboy. Doesn't mean he isn't likely to go to OSU, just saying that it isn't the same situation as most kids from Columbus if he does decide to go a different route.

07/02/2018 - 12:10am Wont be getting my hopes up…

Wont be getting my hopes up yet, but it seemed from the connections Sam has that he has been better than just a "long shot" or a little while now. I dont remember, but is there anything about him coming back up for the BBQ? I believe it has been stated that he wants to end his recruitment before his senior season starts.

06/30/2018 - 12:34pm Only been playing football…

Only been playing football for a year, hence the low rankings. Freak athlete at 6'4-5" 240lbs who I thought I heard ran a 10.9 100m dash but after researching saw an 11.1. 

This is the kind of kid who has a lot of room to jump up in the rankings after scouts see how much he has improved during his senior season. His ceiling is vast. This is the kind of 3 star you get giddy over, especially knowing Mattison and Co.'s track record for DL development. I will be shocked if he's not a top 300 recruit by the time February hits. 

Recruiting wise Harbaugh has been hitting it out of the park lately. 

06/26/2018 - 1:52pm It was a sarcastic made up…

It was a sarcastic made up quote saying "don't go to Ann Arbor or you might die due to the high crime rate in Detroit." I added a word that I didn't intend to be in there. Like I said, I don't think there's an edit feature still. Thought I proofread it first but apparently my lack of sleep is affecting my judgment. 

06/26/2018 - 11:28am **he might die

**Their

**he might die

**Their

Hopefully this stops the grammar police. I haven't found the "edit" button yet.

06/22/2018 - 4:46pm C-Webb is lighting up the…

C-Webb is lighting up the air right now. Hard not to like him after this interview.

06/22/2018 - 12:19pm Khaleke Hudson was a…

Khaleke Hudson was a composite 3* ranked in the upper 300's by the time signing day came. Miles Sanders was the #1 player in Pennsylvania with an overall composite ranking of #21 or somewhere around there.

And this was AFTER the rankings bumps from his senior year as well as the full summer camp bumps. We aren't even close to being there yet. Joey Velazquez will most likely be around the same rankings wise by the end of the recruiting cycle. You are reading into these rankings like it's Signing Day already.

06/22/2018 - 10:26am At this point I'm not sure…

At this point I'm not sure if website traffic on Mgoblog is down because of the new web design or because of this guy.

06/21/2018 - 2:20pm I think that had more to do…

I think that had more to do with O'Korn having an incredible game than Purdue being terrible. O'Korn was missing guys in the OSU game that he was hitting in the Purdue game on stride. It was just a really weird one-off performance.

06/21/2018 - 11:21am I honestly at this point…

I honestly at this point believe you are just trolling, but with the chance you actually are a Michigan fan, I offer you this advice - If you actually want people to listen to you and take what you say remotely seriously, try offering something positive to the conversation as well. Sometimes some of your commenting would actually add value if you didn't only complain or nag, especially in a post about something extremely positive and exciting in recruiting like this coming weekend. 

That is all.

06/19/2018 - 11:02am It was either Wiltfong or…

It was either Wiltfong or Trieu that claimed Michigan has a realistic shot at Dax Hill within the last week. I was just repeating what I heard. Sam didn't necessarily want to go that route, but it sounds like Michigan is picking up a little steam with him and will be getting him on campus. A "realistic shot" just means he is seriously considering Michigan and not just throwing out a hat on the table. It's not saying much more than that, but it's still another 5* that will be visiting.

Crouch was supposed to visit this week but I saw someone on the board yesterday say his "tag" or whatever was never picked up, so it looks like that visit maybe didn't or won't happen. 

I wouldn't predict Karlaftis to come to Michigan, but he has stated several times that "NFL development" is one of the top if not the top reasons for choosing a school. Sam has shown a lot of confidence - I wouldn't necessarily be so down about that one, but I wouldn't necessarily say Michigan leads either. It's something to at least be excited about as a potential addition because he is one of the kids that we have be best shot for with which we don't lead for.

And I thought they were looking at Lewis Cine as a tall cornerback prospect. That's why I said "S/CB" and not just CB, because I wasn't entirely sure as I knew his ranking position is at Safety.

I mean half of these negative comments stem from crystal balls or offers, which if those are worthy of directing feedback then so is some of the information that I provided. It's all based off potential additions to the class with prospects with interest as well as guys Michigan is going after. None of these situations mean Michigan will be landing a kid, so if you can grumble about a 3* offer then you can be excited about a 5* player visiting Michigan.

 

06/18/2018 - 9:32pm Holy crap man. Cheer up. 

I…

Holy crap man. Cheer up. 

I was on vacation last week, and so I listened to Sam Webb's recruiting podcasts today from last week. Here is what I gathered.

We now have a realistic shot with 5* #8 overall player in Safety prospect Daxton Hill.

From last week, #14 overall player Quavaris Crouch is visiting next weekend I believe.

#31 Overall CB Prospect Akeem Dent (Florida State commit) is seriously interested in Michigan and will be visiting (I think next weekend but may be wrong)

#48 Overall S/CB prospect Lewis Cine - Michigan has a great shot at landing him and Sam believes is the likeliest  CB prospect to join the class.

#99 Overall prospect (#12 on 247) George Karlaftis has very high interest in Michigan. This is a legit 5* kid.

These are just top 100 guys that have been discussed in the last two weeks.

Of course you won't comment on any of that (at least positively). I honestly thought about creating a post just because you have been such an extreme downer on this board. 

06/03/2018 - 5:53pm If you watched the

If you watched the playcalling in last year's game especially, it should be pretty clear that there was a major emphasis put on that game. The problem was QB play not a lack of emphasis.

05/27/2018 - 10:47pm Also need to mention The

Also need to mention The Train. Great Burt Lancaster movie. Very underappreciated.

05/26/2018 - 10:41pm War Films are my favorite

War Films are my favorite movie genre, but I'm disappointed in the lack of mention of The Thin Red Line. Great depiction of the devastation of war on soldiers. I fell in love with Jim Caviezel as an actor after seeing that movie. Amazing film. A bit more "artistic" than your typical action war film, but it is basically the exact opposite of Dunkirk (which I also loved) regarding character development.

05/23/2018 - 1:29pm This should be addressed to

This should be addressed to about half of Mgoblog. At least the rowdy bunch.

05/22/2018 - 2:42pm Can we get his brother to

Can we get his brother to come here now? 

05/22/2018 - 2:41pm This was most definitely one

This was most definitely one of my favorite "Week's Obsession" articles I've read. Man I'm going to miss Moe. I do think Jordan Poole will take over a bit on the Personality front, but Moe took away from me the void that was left when Stauskas bolted for the NBA. I missed that swag. 

I was so busy with things going on in my life this past year that I didn't get to enjoy the basketball season like I had wished. This helped remind me how truly great of a season 2017-18 was as well as just how special Moe was/is.

I will say that I don't expect to see another lapse like we did after Stauskas, Robinson, and McGary left. Future is bright. More memories will be made. 

05/20/2018 - 5:57pm What About Bob is fantastic.

What About Bob is fantastic.

05/17/2018 - 1:24am Eh, maybe. I mean, he was a

Eh, maybe. I mean, he was a former 5* #1 QB after all... those guys are projected to be Elite. That being said, it would be somewhat wise to keep expectations down a bit to save thyself from major disappointment. But not too much.

05/10/2018 - 6:04am Well if there is anyone to

Well if there is anyone to believe about the status of the sky, it would be you "SkyPanther." We should all be able to calm down now. Thank you for the update. I only hope it isn't too late!

05/09/2018 - 9:38pm 3 of the OT's we have the

3 of the OT's we have the best chance with (either projected leader or near the top) are all rated higher than this kid. That is of course only worth mentioning if you care about rankings, which isn't usually the case around here.

05/08/2018 - 10:42am Players, coaches, and

Players, coaches, and observers have all gone out of their way to say how excellent of a spring Milton had. It's not just smoke. Sam isn't saying that anyone told him that he would be playing but that if the Fall goes like the Spring did he "wouldn't be surprised" if he played. 

All you need to take out of that is that Milton had a much better than expected spring and looked great. Spring is still spring, but that's promising for the future at worst. And honestly, who cares if he redshirts or not if he's actually that good. That likely means he wouldn't be staying past graduation anyway. He has an NFL body type with an NFL arm - If he puts it together and plays extremely well, there's no way he won't be an early rounder. 

Emphasis on IF.

05/08/2018 - 10:35am Joe Milton won't start unless

Joe Milton won't start unless he is definitely better than Peters and McCaffrey and Shea Patterson is injured. Playing a few snaps a game does not have anything to do with the state of the QB position. No way McCaffrey this year + Peters last year is worse than O'Korn last year + Peters last year, so if Milton is playing over them then that just tells you how good he is.

And I don't even think Milton playing a few snaps a game necessarily even means that he would be starting over McCaffrey and Peters - I think the idea is that he brings a different skillset with his arm that the other two don't have. Maybe he's better at RPO than the other guys, which is a set of plays Jim has publicly stated that he wants to incorporate more into his offense this year.

05/08/2018 - 10:28am I agree. "RPO" can mean

I agree. "RPO" can mean handing the ball off vs. throwing the ball, not really running the QB.

05/07/2018 - 11:10pm Someone should post a recap

Someone should post a recap of the Michigan Insider podcasts from today. I'm swamped with my business trying to get it running, but there was a ton of good recruiting and current team info on there today.

Little summary - DE Zach Harrison setting commitment for August - Official to Michigan in June.

Karlaftis Has incredible athleticism and remains interested in Michigan - Sam likes to talk about him a lot to the point where I think there's a lot of options there in taking him from Purdue

Lots of other good recruiting tidbits - D-Line has a ton of excellent prospects high on Michigan.

Oh, and regarding Joe Milton, Sam Webb said that if fall practice goes anything like spring practice, he wouldn't expect him to redshirt and would instead expect the staff to find ways to play him possibly in a Jabrill Peppers kind of small role (not in similar skill set but how they might use him in frequency including RPO). Milton has been that good.

05/07/2018 - 7:32am I like it. Thanks, Matt.

I like it. Thanks, Matt. Let's hope the 2019 class is as lauded as the 2018 class. Lots of potential there it seems.

05/06/2018 - 11:32pm Yet it's not over and I feel

Yet it's not over and I feel like most Michigan fans assume that our current 3* commits will stay 3* commits and we won't get any more 4* players. Michigan has been improving their stance in state since Drevno left and Al Washington came to Michigan. This won't last.

04/30/2018 - 5:17pm All of you guys need to

All of you guys need to remember that at the moment you are complaining about star rankings with kids that haven't even finished their Junior years - Still have yet to see the results of any camps that the kids have attended (or will attend) and the impact on their rankings. Honestly, the recruiting rankings are still extremely early in the process. Much will change.

And to further that, a lot of these "3 stars" currently committed have major power 5 offers. There's a reason we are getting these kids now instead of as "fillers" - the staff really believes these are excellent to elite prospects near or at the top of their position lists.

All that being said, I just think it's wise to save the concerns until after rankings get closer to official. 

04/23/2018 - 11:37pm Of all positions I would be

Of all positions I would be concerned about getting the high 4*-5* guys, DE is not one of them. Besides, with the kind of offers he has including Clemson (another "Defensive Line U."), I would not be surprised if this kid rises up the rankings quite a bit. Even if he doesn't, this is the kind of kid we've seen Greg Mattison and now Don Brown turn into a Day 1 or 2 NFL draft picks - they know how to scout the defensive line.

This class hasn't even finished their JUNIOR year of school and we are already complaining about a kid being offered by some of the biggest power 5 schools in the country as well as the most elite academic schools in the country while at a position that Michigan can't ever seem to get wrong.

Count me in the "hope he comes here" category. Michigan isn't done adding high talent this class. Stop worrying star gazers. Summer camps haven't even started yet.

04/18/2018 - 2:15pm Ed Warinner wanted him "Now,"

Ed Warinner wanted him "Now," and he's supposed to be an offensive line genius; I'll take Ed's word and roll with it.

The biggest reason the kid is under-scouted is because he hasn't attended any camps and doesn't intend to. The fact that he has this many high major offers despite playing in Connecticut and not doing any camps shows that he is likely an extremely high talent. I'm not saying a 5* talent, but I believe we are getting a really good recruit here in the mid to high 4* range. I doubt we will see a big jump in rankings because of all the above reasons, but this is not a kid that we should expect very little from. The staff is in on a ton of excellent line recruits still, so you don't take a kid this early without it being at or near the top of their offensive line board.

04/18/2018 - 1:57pm Gosh that was awesome. 

Gosh that was awesome. 

04/18/2018 - 10:46am Just remember that there was

Just remember that there was a reason Matthews was a 5* recruit coming out of high school.

04/15/2018 - 2:00pm Wasn't he something like

Wasn't he something like 5'7"?

04/15/2018 - 11:02am Warrinerr.

Warrinerr.

04/12/2018 - 4:21pm I am a bit more optimistic

I am a bit more optimistic about the RB/WR side of things. I think most of this lack of talk is the fact that Michigan struggled last year. There were a lot of high profile RB's looking heavy at Michigan before the downard turn, and I think that interest will perk back up, especially with some of the elite recruiters that are now in place at Michigan. If there's some early positive momentum with a win over the likes of Notre Dame, that could really bolster Michigan's recruiting. Need that win though or things could start off very rough. 

 

04/04/2018 - 2:14pm Ahhh. Yeah, that's a solid

Ahhh. Yeah, that's a solid point. And I agree with you for the most part. I do think a lot of the other players fed off his confidence and success. That's why other guys started making shots in the second half as well. Success breeds confidence which feeds to teammates - makes the game a lot more fun which can lead to playing a lot more loose on the court. I don't necessarily think another player would have gone off like him though. They all had their shots and were all for the most part not having even close to the success of Donte until later in the second half. 

Even if another "Donte" wouldn't have showed up, however, it still doesn't mean Michigan would have won. Just would have been a lot closer. Michigan just straight up needed to make shots like they have many times before. That was the main issue. And that was a Michigan problem - Not a "Donte" problem. Either needed a Spike Albrecht performance out of one of our guys to combat the Donte effect or have a collaboration of made 3's from across the board. Point is, the offense was terrible. And it wasn't just Villanova's defense. We shot ourselves in the foot. Need more consistently offensively next season. That's why a Virginia squad seems to constantly lose early in the tournament despite having almost a year after year #1 Defense - If you don't have offense, you're not going to make it in the tournament. Michigan's offense only showed up one game, and that's ultimately why we crumbled when we finally faced an elite Offense, especially one with a guy who just shot the lights out of the ball. 

04/04/2018 - 10:54am 100% agree, but I also

100% agree, but I also believe this conversation was basically just calling attention to how great of a defensive player Simpson is. Unforunately, he can't guard all five players at once. That's how a Villanova team can really hurt you, which is sort of to your point. Unless you have five elite defenders on the court at one time, good luck stopping that offense. And while MAAR and Charles Matthews are really good defensive players, they don't have the combination of reaction time/hands/toughness of Z, which is where the quickness of some of these Villanova players really hurt us.

It's going to be very difficult to keep Z off the court these next two years regardless of how good David DeJulius is offensively - Hopefully Beilein can work some of his wizardry and improve his shooting.

04/03/2018 - 6:42pm Kwity Paye is one of the most

Kwity Paye is one of the most talked about defensive players that are "rising up the depth charts" as far as underclassmen go right now. As I recall, he may have been our lowest rated recruit in the 2017 class.

04/03/2018 - 1:42pm Whenever I eat, I almost

Whenever I eat, I almost always save my favorite part of the meal for last. Good way to end a meal. And for whatever reason, I also do this for my mgoblog reading behaviors as well.

All that being said, this is the one I figured would be the most enjoyable and juciest read. Sadly, I was still correct.

03/28/2018 - 1:28pm When I created my first (and

When I created my first (and only) AOL account, my user name was "cdawg." I was also 11 at the time. And this was more than 20 years ago. 

03/27/2018 - 1:06pm I believe he addressed this

I believe he addressed this somewhat in saying that the attrition will likely happen over the summer months and not the Spring. Spring will help some kids decide what they want to do with their futures at Michigan.

03/03/2018 - 6:52pm Wow. 

Wow. 

02/23/2018 - 6:29pm Extremely likely Ed Warinner.

Extremely likely Ed Warinner.

02/23/2018 - 6:29pm On a side note, not sure if

On a side note, not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but Drevno gone has a direct positive impact on Devontae Dobbs according to Sam Webb. And he was very very positive about that fact. He did not say that Michigan now leads, so don't think I'm getting to that - He mentioned that work still needs to be done, but he was very intent on saying that this most definitely helps Dobbs recruitment to Michigan. This might have more to do with Warinner than Drevno, but I don't think that matters. Dobbs seems to be back in play.

If Warinner is close to "the best OL coach in the country" (as has been quoted by some reputable sources) and our OL improves, I would not be shocked to see Dobbs and/or other big time OL recruits finally signing with Michigan for the 2019 class. 

02/19/2018 - 2:00pm It was known that Stephen

It was known that Stephen Herron was looking at taking other visits (he stated so publicly). I would be more concerned if this was Chris Hinton. If Michigan wins most of their big games next season, that should squash this negative recruiting trend. Michigan will have a big shot early in the season when they play Notre Dame. That is an extremely important game from the recruiting perspective - much more is on the line that just a W/L. 

02/11/2018 - 12:08pm Enos is an excellent

Enos is an excellent recruiter. I think that was the main idea behind his hire.