Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Michigan Tuesday: Brad Hawkins Has an NCAA Clearinghouse Issue

I mentioned last week that Brad Hawkins had not enrolled yet and was the only 2016 signed player that wasn't in Michigan's student directory.  A recent article that awarded Brad as the Courier-Post  New Jersey Athlete of the year, stated that Brad was heading to Michigan this past weekend.   That didn't happen.  From Mlive:

Hawkins' high school coach at Camden, Dwayne Savage, confirmed that Hawkins is not in school yet as he's still awaiting clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse -- now known as the NCAA Eligibility Center. Savage said that Hawkins still plans on playing football at Michigan this season and hopes to have his clearance at some point toward the middle of July.

"He's not in school yet," Savage said. "I believe it's a Clearinghouse situation. Right now everything's still a go for Michigan. He just has to get everything cleared before he can step on campus."
Michigan will begin fall camp Aug. 8. Players must get through the NCAA Clearinghouse before being able to enroll in classes and participate in football activities.
Michigan's freshmen typically take part in the school's summer bridge program, which is set to begin later this week.
It's hard to predict exactly what the issue is, could be a test score or a class needed.  Hopefully, Brad has taken care of his business and will be with the team next month before Fall Camp starts. 
  • RIP Buddy Ryan and Pat Summit, a tough day for sports legends.
  • Peppers tweeted that he ran a 4.34 yesterday!

  • We are in a dead recruiting period, no visits on of off campus.

  • Nike's Opening coming up in 9 days

  • Ryan Glasgow who injured himself in week 10, says he is about 95% back from the injury.  Sounds like he will be ready for camp in a month.

  • NFL.com has a college players to watch list up.  Coming in as the #2 WR is our own Jehu Chesson.  Jake Butt is the #2 TE.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Michigan Monday: Picks Up a Big Offensive Lineman From The Northeast

Michigan landed it's 16th commitment of the 2017 class in 6'6 290 pound offensive tackle in Andrew Stueber.  Andrew is a big man from Connecticut and was a camp offer.   Coach Drevno got to work with him personally and an offer quickly came after.

Andrew not only works hard of the field, he takes care of business in the classroom as well.   The best example of that is in his offer sheet:  Harvard, Yale, BC, Northwestern, Virginia, Duke, BC, PSU, Maryland, Syracuse, Pitt, UNC, Vandy and Tennessee.

Andrew is a bit under the radar even with that nice offer list.  He is across the board 3 star as CT doesn't exactly churn out top talent on a regular basis.   He seems like a Harbaugh type of kid and will have a chance to compete early if he can get on campus in January. 

I like this pick up, he is a big man with something to prove at a position of need.  He is also a great student. 

Andrew is the second OL in this class and I think the staff will look for 4-5 more in this class as last year was a bit light. 

I don't expect Michigan to be on any "now available" 2016 Baylor recruits. 

  • John O'Korn who has been a regular at the Manning Passing Camp for a few years, was named Co-MVP over the weekend.  Many of the top QB's in college were in attendance.   That has to be a good sign!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Michigan Friday: Congrats To Caris!

Michigan Basketball has been playing in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a couple of years now.  The Wolverines have a large fan base in NYC and enjoy the trip to the City each year.    It was also the location of Michigan's last game of the season as they were beat there by ND in the NCAA Tournament.

The Barclays Center was also the location last night that hosted the NBA Draft.    Ironically, it will also be the new home for Michigan Senior Guard Caris LaVert who was picked 20th by the Indiana Pacers but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. 

Brooklyn is going through a major rebuilding project and only has 8 players currently under contract for next season, not including LaVert.  Hopefully, this means the former Michigan guard (if healthy) will get a lot of playing time next year.   Caris didn't even participate at the NBA combine and was still seen on crutches. 

Good luck Caris and we hope you have a long NBA career! Why to rep the Wolverines with that jacket, I didn't get to hear Jalen's reaction to the suit, but I'm sure it was positive!

  • The USA Today has a top list of Assistant College Football Coaches Salaries:  Out of the Top 10, the SEC had 7 assistants making over a million dollars, lead by Auburn who was paying Will Muschamp $1.6M a year.  The top two guys Will and Kirby Smart each have new head coaching jobs now.    Michigan made the list at #15 and #16 with DJ and Drevno making $880K each. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Michigan Thursday: Recruiting News

  • This weeks visitor 2017 OL Jedrick Willis says he will be back in A2 for the BBQ at The Big House on 8/6.

  • Alabama WR Nico Collins was back on campus last weekend (his 2nd visit) and continues to say very positive things about Michigan being a special place.  Fingers crossed, have you let your mind consider Nico and DP-J in the same class?  Yes, please!

  • 5 star LB Baron Browning was also in A2 with his brother who played for Jimmy at Stanford.  Baron doesn't talk to reports too often, but most believe he is a long shot to end up in A2.

  •  Aubrey Solomon's Mom was also caught off guard that her son wanted to commit to Michigan.   Sounds like she needs an official visit to start drinking the Maize and Blue kool-aide.

  • OT Robert Hainsey has a top 3 of Michigan, MSU and ND

  • Michigan legacy 2018  DE Aidan Hutchinson was offered by MSU yesterday.  He was also at the Michigan Big Man camp over the weekend. 

On a side note:  LTT got his bachelor degree and will play his final two years at Akron.  Reports were early on that he was headed out to Washington State.  I had high hopes for him and wish him the best of luck in Akron.    I hope he learned his lesson and stays out of trouble.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wolverine Wednesday: A Couple of Question Marks In The 2016 Class

The one remaining question mark after signing day was Alabama LB Dytarious Johnson.   He didn't sign his LOI due to transcript issues.    The rumor was he was headed to prep school and there were some tweets today that validated that.    We will see what happens after a year at prep school, but as we all know many times these situations don't work out for a player joining the maize and blue.  

Another rumor was that NJ WR Brad Hawkins was not enrolled yet and was the only recruit that signed an LOI that wasn't in the Michigan Directory.  His twitter page also didn't have Michigan information on it any longer.     Is there a reason to worry?

Philly.com has this article announcing Brad has the Athlete of the year with his little bit of info:

Hawkins has signed to attend the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. He plans to depart Friday for Ann Arbor to begin summer workouts.

Hawkins, who also is a strong student, stood outside the fence at Camden's football field at Farnham Park the other day and marveled at the speed with which his high school career had passed.

Let's hope he is on campus this weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Michigan Tuesday: Michigan Basketball Gets a Transfer From UK

Michigan doesn't do well when they recruit against Kentucky.   Coach B is looking for 4 year guys that want a degree, Calipari is looking for one and done's that want the NBA Lottery.

Michigan has taken a big hit in transfers this summer and needs good players in the program.   The announcement last night that transfer Charles Matthews from Kentucky is going to help.   This has been rumored for weeks and ESPN announced it last night. 

Charles is 6'6 and was a freshman last year for UK.  He was a top 100 player and a 4 star recruit.    He is known as athletic finisher at the rim.   He is not known as a shooter but is a very good defender that can guard multiple positons.   Maybe Coach B can work on his shooting but defense has been an issue for the Wolverines for a couple of years. 

Charles will have to sit out next year but will have 3 years to play.     Welcome to Ann Arbor!

  • Michigan football had a good weekend with commits and it sounded like it almost landed 3 star OT Andrew Stueber as well.    Andrew wants him mom to visit Ann Arbor before he pulls the trigger on a commitment.

  • 5 star TX OLB Baron Browning was on campus yesterday for a visit.

  • UCLA commit DE Hunter Echols is also on campus.

  • 4 star KY OT Jedrick Wills is expected today

The Big Ten has signed another deal with ESPN.  Starting in the 2017 season, Big Ten football games will be ESPN and Fox every weekend.  Many coaches were concerned that leaving ESPN completely would give them a disadvantage recruiting against other leagues.   ESPN will pay $200 million per year for the rights.  The 3 network deal (CBS for Basketball) will pay the Big Ten $2.64 billion over the next 6 years.

The thought is that we are ceiling for these type of TV payouts as ESPN and other sport networks will continue to lose revenue as more and more people are cutting the cord on their $200 a month cable bill.   Some speculate that live sports is the only thing keeping the cable companies alive. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Michigan Monday: Double 4 Star Saturday

Michigan's Ann Arbor camp opened over the weekend and Jimmy and staff picked up two surprise commitments from the same school in Georgia.   2017 DT Aubrey Solomon and 2018 S Otis Reese from Leesburg, GA committed to the Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.   Both of these commitments were a big surprise to many in the recruiting game.   Most had Aubrey ticketed to SEC schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, etc. and the timing for Otis a 2018 class member was very quick.

You might recognize Leesburg as one of Michigan's Summer Camps earlier this month.  

Lets take a look at Aubrey first.

He is a 4 star recruit across the board and close to a top 100 guy in the nation for all 4 services.   Rivals has him the #4 DT in the country at 91st player nationally, ESPN has him as the #6 DT and 61st overall, 24/7 has him the #14 DT and 207 overall.    This is a big man, he is 6'3 300 pounds going into his senior year.   Talk about a run stopper!

His offer list is SEC heavy as you might suspect:  Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, UNC, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and USC.

Michigan is looking for a lot of DT depth in this class and might have room for one or two more guys.  Michigan lost Big Willie in the last draft and will lose the likes the Worm and Glasgow in the next for sure. 

This is a huge win for the Wolverines on the recruiting trail and one nobody saw coming.   Congrats to 24/7 for having the inside information and this one.   This is Michigan's 15th commitment to the 2017 class.

Next is 2018 Safety Otis Reese:

Otis has been favoring Michigan for awhile now, he got offered in April and attended the camp this month.   He has always listed Michigan has his leader but he is still entering his junior year of high school. 

The only services to rank him for 2018 are 247 and Scouts both have him listed as a 4 star safety.    He is listed at 6'2 and 195 pounds and might be perfect for the SAM/Peppers role in Michigan's defense.

Otis early offer list included UCLA, LSU, Louisville and CMU. 

2018 seems a long time away but getting Otis on board early is a good sign for the recruiting class with only 4 members in it.