Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wolverine Wednesday: Brandon Peters Transfers to Illinois

I'm happy for Brandon that he finally found a new team.  It has been clear for over a year that he was the odd man out at the QB position in Ann Arbor.  He announced yesterday he was transferring to Illinois and will have two years left and immediate eligibility for Lovie Smith.

Illinois is close to home for Brandon and his family and happy that he will get a shot at starting for the next two years.  Michigan plays Illinois next season at Champaign on 10/12.

That is the one change to the new transfer rule I would make.  If a player is immediately eligible, they should not be able to transfer to a team that is on the schedule (of the team your leaving) the next season.

Good luck to Brandon!

  • Mo Wagner is in the news.  The Lakers are trying to move his contract to open up more cap room and he also mistakenly liked a tweet about George Zimmerman.  He apologized about that and tweeted out that he didn't know how his account did that.   Mo wasn't even in the states when that tragedy happened. 

  • Juwan Howard continues to offer 5 star players.  He just offered the top player in the 2021 class.  I doubt he will have a ton of success offering these players, but I'm glad he is doing it.  

  • Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack has a new side business selling candles: I always take baths with candles . . . so I made my own little lavender candle,” Jack said, via Tess Demeyer of USA Today. “I lit it, and I was reading in the bath, and I was like, ‘Oh, OK. This candle’s actually all right.’”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Michigan Tuesday: Another CWS Win and Big Visit Weekend Coming Up

Great pitching does beat good hitting.   Michigan is a clear example of that as they beat FSU 2-0 last night as they continue their run through the College World Series.   Go Blue! 

The Michigan Football program also has an important weekend coming up with official visits starting.  I'm going to list each 2020 visitor with its importance to this Wolverine recruiting class:

  • AJ Henning 4 star WR - A ton of programs want this kid (29 offers) and Michigan gets his final visit prior to his announcement.  He is good friends with Michigan QB commit JJ McCarthy who will also be in A2 this weekend.  AJ expects to make a decision "soon".
  • Andrew Gentry 4 star OT - This guy is huge at 6'8 and 310 pounds.  Michigan has some work to do get him away from BYU.   
  • Blake Corum 4 star RB - I put this kid on "commit watch" as he has 3 teammates already committed and he plays for Bif's program. 
  • Jordan Morant 4 star Safety and Michigan top Safety prospect on the board.  He doesn't want to announce until 1/4 which means he won't be signing early. 
  • Theo Johnson 4 star TE from Windsor, Canada is a top target for Jimmy and Michigan's new Speed in Space offense at tight end.   
  • Andrew Raym 4 star OG who was in town a couple weeks ago and also just visited Ohio State.  
  • RJ Moten 4 star safety who is more of an athlete recruit.   He also excels at baseball as well, and must be enjoying the Wolverines run in the CWS. 
Other visitors expected in town include:
  • Beau Brade 3 star Safety 
  • Elijah Gaines 3 star CB 
  • Ty Hamilton 3 star DE 
  • Kris Jenkins 3 star DE 
  • DJ Jones 3 star RB 
  • Mitchell Melton 3 star LB
  • William Mohan 3 star LB 
  • Jeff Persi 3 star OT
  • Brenden Rice 3 star WR (son of Jerry Rice)

Monday, June 17, 2019

Michigan Monday: A Win In The College World Series

Michigan got a nice win in the CWS on Saturday over Texas Tech.   They play Florida State tonight on ESPN.  Lets hope they go 2-0!

  • Coach Erik Bakich won the College Baseball Coach of the year.  He is due for a big raise next year.

  • I had no idea that Jace Howard, son of Juwan Howard is a 2020 prospect.  Reports are he is more of a MAC type player but I wouldn't have any problem with him on the Michigan roster, hopefully as a walk-on.  

  • Instate 5 Star Guard Justin Rodgers who recently committed to UK visited Alabama over the weekend.   That UK commitment is on thin ice. 

  • 2020 4 star DB Malcom Greene seemed to have loved his visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend.  Reports are Greene is very high on Don Brown's recruit board. 

  • 2020  MA 3 star athlete Eamonn Dennis rescheduled his visit to this weekend.

  • Has anyone considered after the Anthony Davis Trade, that the Laker will only have 3 people on the roster.  AD, Lebron, and Mo Wagner?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Michigan Thursday: The Non-Luck of Jalen Wilson

Jalen Wilson thought he had a good plan being a Michigan commit.  So much that he signed an LOI to play for John Beilein.  Then coach jumps to the NBA and Jalen opens up his recruitment.  He visits UNC and Kansas and picks the Jayhawks this week.

Decision finally over. Good for him.

Then reports start leaking yesterday that the NCAA is about to put the hammer down on 6 schools involved in the FBI sting.  The following are expected to be included: LSU. Kansas, Louisville, and Arizona.

Which got me thinking, Is Jalen's decision really over?  If the NCAA comes down hard on schools, it usually allows players to transfer without any penalty.    Jalen must be feeling pretty un-lucky at this point.

  • Ron Johnson might have had plans to open a surf shop named Ron John, if so those plans will have to wait. He has decided to transfer to Rutgers for his final year of eligibility.   Good Luck to Ron, except for one week next season.  

  • Anyone else surprised that Brandon Peters hasn't made a decision on a new school?

  • Juwan and staff is ready to hit the road and do some recruiting.   I guess he passed his recruiting test. 

  • Steelers DC Kevin Butler said, "We did a great thing moving up to draft Devin Bush."  You're right Kevin!

  • 4 star CB Josh Moten has de-committed from Penn State .