Thursday, May 25, 2017

Michigan Thursday: Wagner Stays - Wilson Goes

Michigan's big men Moe Wagner and DJ Wilson made opposite decisions yesterday.   Moe decided he wanted another year of college basketball and returned to John Beilein's squad.   DJ decided after not participating in the NBA Combine that he is going to stay in the NBA Draft and is looking to get picked late in the first round.

It's easy to say that Moe made the right decision and DJ's is much more risky.    Which I'm sure he understands, we don't know if DJ's family needs the money or what the NBA scouts are saying to him.    Either way, a late first rounder is pretty much guaranteed a Summer League spot and few million dollars.   Does he end up at the end of a roster or in the D-League?  Either way he will have to work on his game as a professional from here on out.   How many of us felt this was a possibility a year ago?  I assume not many.

Mgoblog says that Illinois State grad transfer Mikyle MacIntosh might be an option to fill the open spot or  2017/18 recruit Canadian SF/PF Ignas Brazdeikis.   Sam Webb thinks Pitt transfer Cam Johnson will get a look as well.   Transfers have really become a huge part of college basketball these days.

  • Jimmy said yesterday that true freshman Ben Mason might move to FB after watching him in Spring Ball.

  • Michigan has offered CA 2018 four-star safety Julius Irvin

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Mayfield Picks Michigan

It was the worst kept secret in the state that Jalen Mayfied was going to pick Michigan last night.   As soon as Michigan offered, he dumped his commitment to "Rowing the Boat" and took a serious look at the Wolverines.

Jalen has mixed ratings: 24/7 and Scouts have him as a solid 4 star prospect.   ESPN and Rivals haven't really scouted him yet and have Jalen as a non descript 3 star.   With his commitment, I expect both ESPN and Rivals to evaluate the soon to be senior and push his ratings up.

Jalen is 6'5 and 255 which is a little light for a OT in Ann Arbor, which means he is closer to his basement then his ceiling.   Getting him on campus to work with Greg Frey is going to be key for his development.   Greg seems to like these type of players and turning them into NFL prospects.   Jalen also plays basketball which means he is in solid shape and not bulking up.   Jalen is pretty much guaranteed a red shirt during his freshman year.

Jalen's offers were from mostly Midwest schools like MSU, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, the MAC, Syracuse, Pitt and Arizona out West.

Mayfield is the 9th commit to the class.  Traverse City OL Ryan Hayes is expected to commit before the season starts as well.    I'm also holding out hope that IMG "Andre the Giant like" Daniel Faalele who is 6'9 and 400 pounds will consider Michigan.

1:00 Update:  Wagner is staying at Michigan and Wilson seems to be is staying in the NBA Draft.   Ben Mason could move to FB.   It's rumored Wilson has a first round guarantee from Utah with the 30th pick.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: May Decision Date for Mayfield
Maybe the top player in the state for this recruiting class, Jalen Mayfield, a 2018 four-star offensive tackle from Grand Rapids Catholic Central will make his announcement tonight at 7:00.

Jalen was committed to Minnesota before Michigan offered and 100% of his Crystal Balls have him heading to Ann Arbor.   His final 5 are Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Jalen is 6'5 and 250 pounds and has plenty of room to grow with that frame.   Good luck to him tonight with his decision.

  • Of course Jim Harbaugh delivered a baby calf yesterday, what else would he be doing?

  • Michael Phelps and PGA star Jason Day hosted a charity event yesterday, that was attended by Jimmy and Urban Meyer.  Phelps was asked what he thought about the Ohio State game spot, he replied:  “We got screwed”.

  • Ohio grad transfer Jaaron Simmons is now enrolled at Michigan.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Michigan Monday: Tabs The Right Former AD To Run Ford

It seems once you become the Michigan AD, your next job is being the CEO of a major name brand.   We all know who runs Toys-R-Us and now Ford has fired their CEO and will bring in the captain of turnaround in Jim Hackett to run the company.   Smart choice!

I wonder who the Jim Harbaugh is of the auto industry?   Good Luck Jim H. in one of the highest profile CEO jobs in the country.

  • Michigan's Softball team lost twice to UW this weekend and is now out of the tournament.  Congrats on another strong season.

  • On Saturday, the Alexandria Sportsman's Club, a non-profit organization based in Virginia, named Luiji Vilan, incoming freshman their athlete of the year for football.

  • Wagner and Wilson will have to make a decision on the NBA Draft or coming back to Ann Arbor by Wednesday of this week. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Michigan Friday: Just Some Quick Bullets

  • Michigan Basketball 5 star Center prospect Mo Bama picked Texas yesterday.   It was a long shot for him to come to A2, but he was keeping the Wolverines in the top group. 

  • Remember DT Jordan Elliot?  He was a guy that committed to half of the Power 5 schools in the US?  When he committed to Michigan he told everyone he was going to stick with the Wolverines, until he didn't.   He signed with Texas.   Guess what?  He is now transferring. 

  • Mo Wager and DJ Wilson have until the 24th of this month to make a decision to come back to Ann Arbor or stay in the NBA Draft.

  • 2018 GA OG James Ohonba has Michigan in his top 5.

  • IMG had their spring game last night, should be some interesting stories coming out of that one!  Michigan has a number of offers for the 2018 and 2019 class.

  • 2019 GA. DL Christopher Hinton is expected to visit A2 at the end of May.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Michigan Thursday: Some Recruiting Tidbits

  • Some have wondered if the Michigan Staff still wants guard Emil Ekiyor in this class.  He has been committed for some time and other big programs like Alabama continue to recruit him pretty hard.   Emil has mentioned a few times that he hears from Michigan but not as often as some other schools.  Sam Webb said that the Michigan coaches still want him in this class and the immediate focus has been on 2019 and the travel has caused a small dip in communication lately.   I believe EE is expected to visit Ann Arbor soon and hopefully will clear everything up.

  • Basketball Update: Ohio grad transfer Jaaron Simmons has decided to remove his name from the NBA Draft and will enroll at Michigan.   Regarding Wagner and Wilson, it seems Mo is a being predicted as a second rounder and DJ is 50/50 on late first round. 

  • 2019 GA OL Harry Miller has received offers from Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida, & NC State in the last week.

  • Michigan offered 2019 4 Star Safety Jamal Morris yesterday.

  • Michigan Football is doing a Big Man Camp on 6/24.  The camp will be both for offensive and defensive lineman.   This could be a good chance for guys to earn a Michigan scholarship or walk-on offer.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Some Odds and Ends

  • Michigan Baseball now has 40 wins this year, the first time since 2008.

  • Toledo LB Dallas Grant committed to OSU yesterday, even though his dad is a Michigan fan, OSU has been recruiting Dallas for a year and Michigan just offered in January.

  • Tone deaf Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gets a $20M bonus, after being surprised at the negative feedback on Friday night games.   This bonus of course includes a booster payment for the hiring of the referee's for the Michigan - OSU game.

  • ND has finally paid off Charlie Weiss, what a great investment!

  • Quotes about Taco and Cowboys DC relationship with Greg Mattison. 
Tremendous person, high character, loves football,” Marinelli said. “That’s all of the things you’re looking for. And he’s got some talent. Now it’s about the grind.

“He’s really a good athlete, very good athlete, and then he’s got length. Really good length. He’s long and lean and he’s just going to get stronger and stronger.”

“I feel like they’ve got very similar coaching styles,” Charlton said. “When Coach Mattison was (coaching) at Florida (2005-07), he would go down and visit Coach Marinelli when he was at Tampa (as the Bucs’ assistant head coach/defensive line coach). So they already had kind of a relationship and he felt like I was in great hands. He’ll push me to that next level and get me where I want to be.”