Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Is Going To Blow Up The Silverdome

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A judge has ruled that the Silverdome will have to be blown up/knocked down.   It's become a an eye sore and it's way past time to tear this old girl down.     A judge approved the destruction on Tuesday and the Silverdome's owners have until June 9th to apply for the permit.     As you know, the Silverdome once hosted a Super Bowl, WrestleMania, A number of concerts, and the former home of the Lions and Pistons. 

  • Michigan commit and former teammate of Aubrey Solomon, Otis Reese took a visit to Georgia last weekend and will take a number of trips this Spring and Summer.   At this point, I'm not concerned about a flip.   On a side note, start thinking about the defensive line of Solomon, Gary and Hurst next season.   That sounds pretty good to me!

  • 5 star CA WR Amon-Ra St. Brown has brothers at ND and Stanford and could stay close to home but wants to visit Michigan and Ann Arbor.

  • The Spring Game won't be on TV live and BTN will show it at 3:00.   You will be able to watch it live on BTN2Go.

  • I know we don't follow basketball recruiting here too often, but Michigan is in the race for a 5 star 6'11 PF named Mo Bamba.  We don't see Michigan getting involved to often with 5 star guys, so this recruitment is one you might want to keep an eye on.  Mo seems to be down to Duke, UK, Texas and Michigan.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: Recruiting and Other Blue Bullets

  • Michigan is looking to be in a strong position for 6'3 Atlanta Westlake 4 star cornerback Myles Sims.   Myles is looking to make a decision soon and has a final 4 of Michigan, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson.  6'3 corner, yes please!

  • Instate recruiting last year had a ton of skill positions athletes like  DPJ and Ambry Thomas.   This year its all about the offensive line.  Ryan Hayes is the #1 recruit in the state and he is offensive lineman out of  Traverse City that just took a visit to Ann Arbor and really loved it.   Jalen Mayfield is a 3 star OL from Grand Rapids and was committed to "rowing his boat" in Minnesota before he got an offer from Michigan.   He de-committed from rowing and seems like a likely flip candidate.   It continues to be important to lock down the state!

  • IMG via Chicago OL Verdis Brown visited this past weekend.  

  • #1 TE in the country NY TE Jeremy Ruckert seems to be seriously considering two schools,  Michigan and OSU.   One school uses TE exclusively and other doesn't.  Seems like a no brainer.

  • Reports are that Jordan Kovas is back in Ann Arbor and helping with Spring Practice.   It seems Jordan is ready to take on his next chapter of being football coach.  

  • Michigan Basketball big man Mark Donnal is officially transferring for his graduate year.   This was expected as he participated in Michigan's senior day.   After the Oregon game, I expect that Wager and Wilson are going to be back in Ann Arbor for another year.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Michigan Monday: Don Brown Speaks

Don Brown had a presser on Friday after the first day of spring ball and a couple of interesting sound bites:

The next walk-on starter?: (bold is mine)  “The Sam-Mike-Will thing: getting Mike McCray back. (W)robo, Mike Wroblewski, there’s another guy where I’m watching him in practice last year [and] just can’t even believe it’s the same guy. You talk about a self-made football player, but a guy who knows it all. Here’s—I’ve never had to do this before. He’s telling the secondary, making their on-rights and lefts call, he’s making the tight call, he’s making the detach call for the outside linebacker and it’s finally like, ‘Hey Robo, you need to shut up and let those guys make those calls themselves.’ ‘Oh yeah, Coach, yeah, yeah, yeah.’ That’s how well he knows the scheme. So him and Devin Bush and Mike McCray. Furbush was good.

Who is going to replace Peppers?:  Khaleke Hudson was our VIPER today. Arrows up; really excited about him. Glasgow was a VIPER today.  Josh Metellus as well.

Who is going to replace the seniors at CB?: Obviously they (Hill and Long) get first dibs and if they can hold onto it, great. They’re such young guys, just let ‘em compete and it’ll take care of itself. I’m really not—you know, I joked around last fall and said I’m not afraid.
“We’ll get it, we’ll be settled, we’ll have our packages down, and we’ll have a very, very solid group that’ll be able to compete at a high level despite the age. I’m not worried about that at all. I’d rather be talented and young than not, than the alternative; have a bunch of veterans and you’re going, oh my god, what am I gonna do? I’ll take the alternative and be happy with it.

  • Michigan on Friday also lost another guy to transfer when Kingston Davis decided that the RB position was full and he isn't interested in playing FB.    If the rumors on Shelton Johnson are accurate, this would get Michigan back to 85 scholarship players.    The loss of Kingston doesn't really hurt the program but would have loved to see him stay and play some FB.   

  • The Michigan offensive line is far from cemented but on the first day of spring practice, one configuration was moving Cole back to LT (from center), LG Bredeson, C Ruiz (true early enrolled freshman and could still be a HS senior),  RG Onwenu, and RT JBB.

One a side note, I guess Oregon was better then I thought.  I thought you were going to have to be Golden State to beat Kansas in KC, I was really wrong.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Michigan Friday: Sometimes The Shots Don't Fall

In golf, some days you just can't make any putts and sometimes in basketball the shots just don't fall.  Last night was one of those nights for the Wolverines. 

The game was hard to watch as neither team for awhile looked like they could throw the ball in the ocean from the beach.   Michigan got caught playing up to Oregon's pace and at times the game looked more like a YMCA match up then an NCAA Sweet 16 game.    I can't remember Michigan ever shooting that many air balls from 3.   

With the up tempo pace and Michigan getting into foul trouble, I believe all the games the Wolverines have played in the last 3 weeks caught up with them.   They looked tired and just didn't have the bounce they have had in other games.    I was really upset that Robinson (Michigan's worst defender) was trying to check Oregon's best player. 

With that said, this team had a very good finish to the year and should be proud of how far they got in the tournament.   When you can leave the program as a senor with a banner hanging in Crisler, it was a good year.    Congratulations guys!

BTW, I had no problem with the last shot.  That is the guy I wanted with the ball in his hands.   Interesting how Spike's career comes to and end in the same building Michigan was playing in.
Kansas is really going to be hard to beat in KC. 

  • Michigan's Pro Day is today.   I hope all the guys make a great impression.  

  • Michigan also opens Spring Practice today.   It will be great to see what the coaches have in mind on the offensive line, WR and with the DB's.

  • Georgia DB Chris Smith will visit A2 on March 29th.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Michigan Thursday: The Sweet 16

Michigan is playing tonight with house money and that is a great feeling to have.   They have gotten hot at the right time and being lead by senior point guard Derrick Walton  who continues to make his mark on the Basketball World.

You can talk about plane crashes, white collar smack, or even the lose at home to a poor Ohio State team.  Those are just temporary motivation tools, tonight and hopefully on Saturday, this team is playing for itself.   A few months ago we were talking about them not making the tournament and now they are in the Sweet 16.   This team shouldn't be here and I hope they enjoy every last second of the ride they have been on. 

I haven't watched any Oregon games the past year, but I did see some of their last game against Rhode Island.   The second half was a very hectic, almost non-organized back and forth down the court.   It wasn't pretty basketball by any means and I'm hoping we see them panic again after losing their best player and big man Chris Boucher.

When Oregon plays within themselves they want to play very much like Michigan does but run a little bit more. Shoot a bunch of three's, get in transition, and get some easy buckets at the rim.   This game will be more like Oklahoma State then Louisville for the Wolverines.   Michigan will have to play great transition defense.    I like the match of Coach B and his staff tonight.  They really made a great in game adjustment against Louisville and I hope we see them out coach the Oregon crew tonight.

I don't know if Michigan will win tonight, but as a Wolverine fan I sure have enjoyed the ride the last couple of weeks!

  • Michigan's Pro Day is on Friday and all 32 teams will be in attendance to look at a host of Wolverines eligible for the NFL draft.

  • Friday is also the first Spring Practice.  Will be great to start hearing who might make an impact this Fall.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Recruiting Blitz

It's been awhile since we have had some good recruiting information, hopefully that is about to change with the start of Spring Practice on Friday.   As you might imagine, players want to see the campus, talk to the players, but they also want to see what a Jim Harbaugh practice looks like.

  • 4 star NY TE Jeremy Ruckert will be in this weekend for a visit.  He has visited ND and Wisconsin and is getting close to a decision.  Jeremy is ranked the #1 or #2 TE in the country.

  • NJ WR Jahan Dotson is also planning a visit to Ann Arbor next month.

  • TX DB Trent Gordon visited last weekend for his Spring Break and called his visit "great".

  • GA CB Chris Smith will be visiting soon.

  • Michigan has offered 4 star St. Louis 2018 DE Ronnie Perkins

  • DTR released his top 7 and Michigan is in it.  With Cal, Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and UCLA.  Most expect this to be a UCLA and Michigan battle, with UCLA holding a slight lean at the moment.

-As I'm sure you have seen, Jimmy is now doing Planters Peanut commercials.   Rock Star

-There is some buzz that DE Shelton Johnson might not be on the Spring Roster.  Johnson would be a Junior next season and is from Delray Beach, Florida.   He wore #7 last year with Shane Morris.   Which means both guys that wore #7 could no longer be on the team. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: Isaiah Livers had a Great Monday

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6'8 Kalamazoo Forward and Michigan signee Isaiah Livers had a great Monday.   In the morning, he was named the Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year in the afternoon he was named Mr. Basketball for Michigan. 

Isaiah averages 18 points and 14 boards per game and will take on the #1 team in the state Grand Rapids Christian in the playoffs tonight.   Coach B has compared Isaiah's game to Caris Levert and is excited to get him on campus this summer.

Isaiah joins the likes of Manny Harris, Dion Harris, Robert Traylor, Chris Webber, Michael Talley, Terry Mills, Glen Rice and Antoine Joubert, all Mr. Basketball's to join the Wolverines.    It's a special day when I can put "The Judge" in a post!

  • Michigan makes the top 10 for 2018 Frisco (Tex.) Wakeland 4-star OT Rafiti Ghirmai

  • I know Chris Evans is going to get all the press this year in the backfield, but lets not forget former 5 stars Ty Isaac and redshirt freshman Kareem Walker.  Add in Higdon and Michigan continues to be loaded at RB.   Spring Practice is just a few days away!

  • The FBI, Houston Police, and Mexican Authorities have cracked the case of year.  They have found not one but two Tom Brady Super Bowl Jerseys.   They found Tom's jersey from Super Bowl 49 and 51, plus a helmet from the Denver Broncos (which is believed to be Von Millers.)  The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM), a major newspaper publishing company, has identified the man allegedly involved in the case as Martin Mauricio Ortega.  --- A law enforcement source told ESPN that authorities used footage from Fox, which showed Ortega entering the locker room and, with his back to the camera, reaching into Brady's bag and putting the jersey into a black plastic bag and leaving.