Friday, December 15, 2017

Michigan Friday: Misses on Two Recruits But Adds a New Instate Prospect

On Wednesday Michigan lost out on Ole Miss safety transfer Deontay Anderson.  On Thursday, Michigan lost out on 3 star TE Tommy Tremble to ND.   So that is two guys Michigan thought might fill scholarships next season.  If you count the very tentative status of Van Jefferson that is 3 available.  Michael Barrett didn't commit on his birthday, so he is still in play.  His 4 predictions on 24/7 are 100% to Michigan.

The new prospect is Essexville, Michigan Garber athlete Ben Van Sumeren.  Ben is a 3 star prospect at TE or LB.  He is an Iowa commit and Michigan offered him on Thursday morning.   Iowa likes him at LB and Michigan likes him a FB or H-Back.   Jimmy and Jay are expected to meet with him this morning  and Ben is expected to visit Ann Arbor this weekend.   Ben did his official visit to Iowa last weekend and was expected to sign with Iowa on Wednesday.

  • 2018 4 star OL Jarrett Patterson had an in home with Coach Drevno last night.  I think Michigan is still playing catch-up here.

  • Dymonte Thomas was promoted to Broncos' roster last night.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Michigan Thursday: Rebel 3 Probably Down To Rebel 1

The recruiting services were able to track down Deontay Anderson yesterday and were told that his transcripts didn't make it through the Michigan Admission process.   So he is officially off the board.    With Van Jefferson taking visits to Louisville and others, its probably likely that he is in the same boat (even though we don't have any word on his status).    Michigan taking transfers has always been a issue and it seems it continues to be.  That is why we never see JUCO transfers as that process is very difficult to get past admissions.   We should consider ourselves lucky to have gotten Shea Patterson through.

  • Jimmy also made news yesterday when he didn't renew the contract of S&C Coach Kevin Tolbert.  He said after the OSU Game, Michigan had to get stronger and I guess he was talking physically not mentally.   This is a very important role because an S&C coach sees the players everyday during the season and off season.   This is a very important coaching role. 

  • TE Tommy Tremble announces in a few and right now it's seems to be ND decision.  Boo.  To confirm that, Michigan has offered 2018 Essexville (Mich.) Garber and Iowa Commit TE/LB Ben VanSumeren.

  • Michael Barrett's Birthday is today and many are expecting an announcement.   We will see if it happens or no.

  • Disney is buying a ton of Fox's movies and TV divisions but it seems BTN will not be part of the deal.  It would have been pretty funny to have BTN part of ESPN.  Seen reports of a 55 to 66 Billion dollar deal.  

  • 5-Star DE Eyabi Anoma is announcing a week from Friday. Most expect it to be an Alabama decision.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wolverine Wednesday: Has News and Notes

  • Brandon Peters father was pretty adamant that Brandon was not transferring and would continue to compete for the starting QB position in an interview with Sam Webb.  Brandon still has a lot of eligibility left and could be a two year grad transfer if Shea Patterson does beat him out.   Its in his best interest to stay in the program.

  • Michigan Basketball had another nice win over Texas last night.   Back to back wins over UCLA and Texas can only help their NCAA resume.   Wagner has tweaked an ankle.

  • Michigan is hoping for a two for Thursday when TE Tommy Tremble and Athlete Michael Barrett are both expected to announce their commitments.

  • Chase is still in-decided on heading to the NFL Draft early:  "I haven't decided yet which is anticlimactic," Winovich said. "I am having a lot of fun like I do with football, and everything else, messing with people, if that's not the right word. I'm just enjoying the process and this game, I never got into it for it to be serious and I'll be damned if I start doing it now. I'm serious about the way I approach things and serious about winning. Like I said, I am enjoying the whole process and I am trying to have an answer in two weeks."

  • Former Michigan DB Keith Washington is transferring to West Virginia. 

  • There still seems to be a concern if Grant Newsome will be cleared to practice/play from the Michigan doctors.  We hope he does see the field, but lets keep in perspective that he is walking and the doctors saved his leg.  Spring Ball is probably the go/no go decision date.

  • Jimmy had a message for the crowd at the Michigan Football Banquet last night:   "We can do better as a football team," Harbaugh said. "We welcome the judgment from you -- I know you just want the best for us, and we've got to improve. We've got to improve.
    "We want to win -- we want to win all of our games. That's what we're striving for."  "They talk about social media, they talk about the ending of the world, basically," Harbaugh said. "I don't see it that way. I really don't."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Michigan Tuesday: The First Rebel Commits

As you saw all over the place, Shea Patterson made it official yesterday afternoon.    As soon as I leave to grab some lunch, he of course pulls the Twitter trigger on a commitment.    Can't wait to see who commits today when I grab some Jersey Mike's.

I know we have covered this up and down, so I will move on to other subjects, but it will be interesting to see how this all works out after the NCAA rules if they are immediately eligible.

Ruiz welcomes his former teammate:

  • Rumor mill is spinning that Van Jefferson transcripts are still being reviewed by Michigan Admissions and was at Louisville last night.

  • Rumor is also that JaRaymond Hall might be looking at Central Michigan and might have visited Mt. Pleasant this weekend.

  • Michael Barrett might make his commitment on Thursday, which is his birthday.  He is considering being an athlete at Michigan or an option QB at Georgia Tech.

  • Big Mo Hurst was named to the AP All American 1st Team.  Bush was named to the 3rd team.

  • Michigan will have Outback Bowl practices at Berkeley Prep. Home of top OT prospect 5-star Nicholas Petit-Frere.  Nick stop by school and pick-up your math folder during Michigan practices!  As long as he doesn't talk to anyone, its legal.

  • Michigan Basketball plays Texas tonight.

  • James Hudson is making strides on the offensive line:  "I think everybody that's redshirted has really been stepping up but the one that probably has been really stepping up is James Hudson," Kugler said. "Moving over from the d-line, he's been playing great lately. Really taking the offensive line role and it's really good to see him do that. He's definitely turning some heads so that's definitely one that stands out to me."