Monday, April 24, 2017

Michigan Monday: Not A Good Weekend For Recruiting

The Wolverines loaded up a plane this weekend and headed to Rome.   They are having a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope they take advantage of everything this trip has to offer.    It seems ESPN and others are coving the trip, so it should be fun to watch the updates this week. (here is a link to an interview with Wilton and Mary Smith of ESPN)  The weekend was a positive for the guys on the roster, but a negative for the potential 2018 class.  

The first loss was a pretty big surprise as legacy recruit Will Mallory a 6'5 TE from Jacksonville picked Miami.  He had been trending that way for a few weeks and pulled the trigger on a commitment on Friday night.   Miami has the top ranked recruiting class currently on Scouts.  I wonder if Mallory will make it to A2 for visit before NSD?

Next loss was not a surprise as Dorian Thompson-Robinson (DTR) picked UCLA over Michigan on Sunday night.   DTR's mother is a Michigan grad and they were just up to A2 for a visit for the Spring Game.   UCLA has been rumored to be DTR's leader for a few months and he made his verbal to the Bruins on Sunday night.   The turning point was when Jedd left Michigan to become the OC at UCLA.   On a side note, DTR hasn't started in high school yet and this will be his first year as a starter.   DTR sat behind Tate Martell (OSU) last year. 

  • It's looking like Mel Pearson is going to replace Red as Michigan's new hockey coach.  I don't know anything about hockey but Mel was a former Michigan assistant under Red.   Mel left for Michigan Tech and turned them into a strong program.  Sounds like a strong hire.

  • MSU Football is having a troubling off season.   The latest is former 4 star DE Auston Robertson who was charged with a serious sexual assault late last week.   He was thrown off the team on Friday and was apprehended on Sunday night after the Police were searching for him for most of the weekend.   He played in 6 games as a true freshman last season and competed in the MSU Spring game on 4/1. 

  • Penn State lost a 5 star DE this weekend as Micah Parsons de-comittted.   Parsons had been committed to Penn State for over a year but de-committed this weekend, same weekend he visited Happy Valley for the Spring Game.   Ohio State is the team to beat now.


Cormac said...

It was mentioned that DTR has NOT started a single game in HS and yet he is so very highly rated. I find that curious. I always thought too that he would not commit to Michigan in part for this reason. Playing time. Speight has one or two more years. For the sake of argument, let's say he has one year left. That leaves Brandon Peters with three years. Dylan McCaffrey redshirts this fall (2017). Then DM has 4 years at the minimum. The soonest that I see an open spot at QB is 2021. It is small wonder that DTR went to UCLA since Josh Rosen is supposed to leave after this year.

Scott K said...

Well, it's not like a highly recruited QB ever flamed out or suffered a season ending injury. I don't think Jim wants kids who are NOT looking to compete for a starting position.