Friday, January 27, 2012

Michigan Final 5 Starts Off 0-1

We knew it was 50/50 decision between Stanford and Michigan for Josh Garnett.  Michigan lost that coin flip and no matter his decision this was the first domino to fall in finishing Michigan's 2012 class.  

So now what?

  • This decision has to be a positive for Jordan Diamond.  When looking back at the last few months, it was probably too much to ask for two 5 star guys in the final 5.   Jordan has been to Michigan like 5 or 6 times in the last year and has a good friend on the team already in Chris Bryant.  Not real excited that he is announcing 2 days past signing day.

  • Alex Kozan I hear is leaning towards Iowa but Coach Hoke has a visit with him this weekend.  I expect an announcement soon after.  Alex can come in and play a position of need, which is center and Coach Hoke can make a pretty good case for early playing time.   

  • Michigan is now back in the picture for 4 star offensive lineman Chris Muller who was a Rutgers commit.  The story goes Chris and Kyle Kalis became friends at the Army game and Chris thought about visiting Michigan early in January before he decided against it.  Now Rutgers have lost their head coach to the NFL and he might take a visit to Ann Arbor.   I am betting Kyle in in his ear about Michigan right now.  Sounds like this could be a good plan B for Michigan and Chris. 

  • Hoke had a in home visit with Sam Grant last night. I expect an announcement as early as today or this weekend.

  • Armani Reeves is struggling with his decision between playing with his best friend at OSU or at Michigan where he has a better relationship with the coaches and has stronger academics.

  • If Michigan misses out on Alex Kozan look for instate Dan Gibbs to maybe land a late offer from the Wolverines. 

  • Ondre Pipkins was not happy camper last night about 6:15 on Twitter, he felt Garnett lied to him.

The big question mark now is:  Will Michigan pull in a few surprise guys late in the process to try to get to 28 or will they bank a couple scholarships for next year?  Right now it looks like a trip to the bank.  

Can someone please explain to me, why Michigan didn't have a scholarship for Arnett?  I don't understand that one at all.


Voice of Reason said...

Question Bob: How good are these plan "B" guys? Let's say with Meuller, his profile reflects that there is talent but he maybe an unmotivated player that takes plays off. What about Grant, who flew under the radar until Michigan offered him, how good is he? And I guess while I'm at it, let's throw in Kozan and Gibbs who might land offers.If these guys are truly plan "B" quality then do they really help us other than providing competition or filling a roster spot?

Chucky Gruden said...

Arnett - we do not need him. His older brother was always on the Sparty bandwagon & not thrilled about the spread under the prior coaching staff. We move on.

Bob said...

Chucky with Stonum off the team, I think Michigan could use Arnett. There is talk Justice Hayes may move to WR next year.

Kozan is not a plan B he is plan A for sure. If there is one recruit Michigan needs it's him becuase he projects to center where Michigan has limited depth.

Meuller is plan B becuase he is committed to Rutgers. I don't think this will work out and I'm already hearing he wants to stay at Rutgers.

Gibbs is plan B becuase he is a project. He is huge but only has MAC offers meaning he has a lot to learn for a guy that size. I did hear he held his own against Mario Ojemudia in a HS game late this year.

When we get to this point, the coaches have to decide if they want to fill the spot with say a 3 star guy with upside or bank it for next year. I think coaches prefer guys that can be in practice vs banking it or giving it to a walk on.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a late QB, WR or RB come to A2 with an offer.

Jordan Diamond and his HS QB Robert Gregory would be something to ponder? (no inside info - just thinking out loud)

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