Monday, December 17, 2012

Michigan Monday: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This weekend had it all Wolverine fans.   It was very busy, so lets jump right to the re-cap: 

The Good:

Welcome back David Dawson!  David re-committed to the Wolverines on Saturday after being part of Team 134 for many months.  David wanted to take a few visits, did and decided he needed to be close to his family and spoke with Coach Hoke and is again a member of this class.    We all know David pretty well, so I will save you the highlights on his background as a player.  He did have a really good senior year and was the best offensive line prospect still left on Michigan's board.  Having David back also helps with the recruitment of his good friend Derrick Green.

The somewhat surprise commitment of the weekend was from David's teammate at Cass Tech Delano Hill, who was just offered last week.  Delano is a 6'0 200 pound DB that can play corner or safety.  He is a speed guy and can run 4.4 with the best of them.   He is rated 4 stars by Rivals, Scouts and 24/7 and was formerly an Iowa commit.   He committed early on to Iowa so he didn't have a ton of offers.  His current offer list includes Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois and of course Iowa.

Solid pick up and a getting a guy that is a 4 star prospect, that is over 6'0 and can run in the 4.4's is a no-brainer.  Not to mention it was at Michigan's pipeline at Cass Tech.  This commitment has no bearing on Leon McQuay's recruitment if he wants to come to Michigan (most believe he is leaning towards Vandy). 

Here are some highlights from his junior year. 

The Michigan Basketball Team went 11-0 by beating WVU 81-66 on Saturday night.

The Bad

  • WR Jerald Robinson has left the team, which leaves very little WR depth for the Outback.   I hope they don't blow a redshirt for one game.
  • Norfleet is playing CB not safety.  How about WR? 
  • Treadwell is no longer considering Michigan.   Which makes sense because we have so many WR's on the roster right now!   I will have to do a post on how many RR recruited WR's have flamed out at Michigan. 
The Ugly

  • Horford went down with what looked like a serious knee injury on Saturday night.   The initial reports are that he has a dislocated knee cap and they will need to further evaluate to see how long he will be out.

  • The Michigan football team has suspended 3 players for the Outback Bowl.   CB J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and LB Brandin Hawthorne all might have played their last game as Michigan Wolverines.   For sure Floyd and Hawthorne have because they are seniors, this is the second offense for the junior punter Will Hagerrup who missed the OSU game a couple years back.    The suspension will be hardest for Floyd who feels he is a pro prospect and was finishing his career playing against a team from his home state of South Carolina, not to mention he is Michigan's starting corner.  All the players "broke team rules" and they won't be traveling to Tampa. 

Side Notes

Michigan is expecting up to 6 players from the 2013 class to enroll in January.  Per Big Ten rules they can count 3 of those players towards the 2012 class.   Which mean Michigan could sign up to roughly 28 spots in the 2013 class.   

With that said, it seems Coach Hoke and staff are going to try to win all their future games by beating teams with depth on the offensive line, DB and LB.   Michigan continues to offer offensive lineman and just offered David Knevel a 6'8 290 pound tackle from Canada.  David has offers from Alabama, Nebraska, WVU, Wisconsin and others.   If they take another OL in this class that would be a total of 6, which might make a few current recruits not very happy.   How about a WR or 2?  Big Al is clearly having trouble selling his offensive vision to high profile WR recruits.  You would think they would be lining up to play for two 5 star QB's in Devin and Shane. 

Michigan has 24 commits currently for the 2013 class.

Which leaves these prospects on the board for the Wolverines"
  • Derrick Green, RB
  • Leon McQuay, DB
  • Cameron Hunt, OL
  • David Knevel, OL
  • Reon Dawson, DB
  • Marcus Ball, Athlete/DB
  • Dan Skipper, OL
I just heard Nebraska commit OG Dan Samuelson visited Ann Arbor this weekend as well.  Dan is a 4 star to scouts and 3 stars to every other service.

If Michigan miss out on Green they could offer Northwestern commit Godwin Igwebuike who has visited Michigan for a couple games this fall. 

Ball on his official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend:  "Commitment status hasn't changed, but liked Michigan a lot," Ball said.   Ball is committed to Wisconsin where his brother plays on the offense line. 

If you didn't see it over the weekend RR's Arizona team beat Nevada in a wild shoot-out for the first Bowl Game of the year.  There are reports out of Arizona that Rich Rodriguez is changing his name to Rich Roriguez because his teams don't play D. 

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