Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Michigan Tuesday: Wants a $13M Contract

Here is a tip for highly rated players and NCAA Football Coaches.  This is not real money.  Do not be fooled.  If a coach or program is willing to pay a high school kid $13M to play football at their school for maybe 3-4 years, it's a scam.  There are a million things that could go wrong where that player never sees the field.  What do you think the boosters are going to do, if the kid pulls a hamstring or looks bad in the Spring Game?  That check will not show up.  

Jaden Rashada a former top ranked QB is suing the University of Florida and coach Billy Napier claiming he was defrauded of millions of dollars in NIL.   Jaden had a $9.5M deal with Miami in June 2022 and decided to flip to Florida for a 4 year $13.85M deal with $1M due at signing.  When no payment came, Rashada asked for his release and signed with Arizona State.  He is at Georgia now. 

Let me be very clear:

$9,5M from Miami - Fake 
$1M at signing - Fake 
$13.85M for 4 years - Fake 

Paying high school kids before they preform at a collegiate level is a really bad transactions for both sides.   Best bet is to ball out at wherever program you prefer and the money will come from legit sources.   Anything else is fools gold. 

  • In news that is hard to believe, Graceland is up for auction on Thursday. 
  • Ryan Day made this recent quote, (the bold changes are mine) "I have a vision in my head of us holding up the national championship or celebrating against the team up north and everyone in buckeye nation, $12 Million (in the transfer portal) strong, singing the fight song".  I don't have to vision it, my team just did it! 😉 BTW- More fools gold but at least they saw these players preform at a colligate level before they broke the bank. 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Michigan Monday: Depth No Longer an Issue in the Secondary

Many of us were wondering out loud if Michigan was going to add depth to one of the best defenses in college football through the transfer portal.  Well the quietness of portal activity became a scream over the weekend as Michigan brought in 4 new defensive backs.  

Aamir Hall - is an FCS All American from Albany and expected to play CB. 

Wesley Walker - started his career at Georgia Tech, transferred to Tennessee, spent Spring Ball with Louisville and now has committed to Michigan.  He is expected to play safety.  Expectation is both Hall and Walker are graduate transfers. 

Jaden Mangham - from Michigan State.  Jaden played some Safety a true freshman and became a starter in 2023.  He was a 4 star recruit out of Oakland County in the 2022 class.  He is coming to Ann Arbor as a true junior with two years to play.  Normally, I would be a concerned about a true junior getting passed admissions but the State of Michigan has a program for instate students looking to transfer. 

Ricky Johnson - CB from UNLV was a surprise commit to me on Saturday.  Ricky had 71 tackles, 14 pass break ups and 4 picks during his time in Vegas.  Ricky had committed to Washington State but changed his mind after visiting Ann Arbor over the weekend.  Johnson will also have 2 years of eligibility remaining.   I hope there are not any admissions issues here with what I stated above 

If Michigan can get a backup DT and one more WR, they would be set for the 2024 season.  I don't expect Michigan is looking or would find a starting QB in the portal at this point. 

  • Michigan and MSU seemed to have worked a trade on Saturday.  Jaden Mangham to Ann Arbor and LB Semaji Bridgeman to MSU.   Michigan got a starting safety and MSU got a LB with 4 years eligibility. 
  • Michigan Softball worked its way back into the Championship game after losing early in the NCAA but lost to home team OK State in the final. 
  • Fanatics is suing Marvin Harrison Jr. for breach of contact
  • Lions signed former Wolverine TE Sean McKeon

Friday, May 17, 2024

Michigan Friday: Michigan Football Lands an FCS All-American CB

Sherrone and staff landed a much needed addition to its roster for next year.  Aamir Hall is 6'1 and 201 pounds CB who played at Albany last season.  He had 57 tackles, 5 picks, and 13 passes defended.  Prior to joining Albany Aamir spent 3 years at Richmond.  He has two years of eligibility left.   As we know, Michigan has been looking for a starting CB to pair with top NFL prospect Will Johnson.  Welcome Aamir!

News is now breaking that Tennessee DB Wesley Walker has also committed to Michigan this morning!  

Both are expected to play a ton next season!  Well done Wolverines! 

Michigan's sleepy Spring Transfer Portal season seems to be heating up! 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Michigan Thursday: Transfer Portal Update

Michigan's spring additions to the team via the transfer portal has been a bit slow.  That trend continued last night when DT from GVSU Jay'Viar Suggs picked LSU over Michigan, UK, and Wisconsin.  There was some social media speculation that Suggs might have committed to the Wolverines.  That speculation turned out to be untrue.

Michigan is expected to get a visit from Albany CB Aamir Hall who was a FCS All-American.  Hall had 5 interceptions and 15 pass breakups.  

I think there is a trend here of Michigan looking at FCS and D2 players that maybe the NIL $$$ might have gone to the current roster.  Which is a smart move. 

  • Northwestern who is building a new football stadium will host Illinois and Ohio State at Wrigley Field. 
  • Former Michigan Basketball commit Khani Rooths who has been trending away from Ann Arbor for awhile, picked Louisville. 
  • We saw that Big Game Don made the EA Deluxe edition of the newest NCAA Football Game and now it seems he is also included in the regular game cover. 
  • Netflix is doing another Happy Gilmore