Masters of the Blitzkrieg, Losers of the War

Around midnight last night, full-on delirium took hold of me as I tried to process the day’s events. In succession, Michigan lost to Ohio in basketball, Michigan’s last hope for laArmani Reevesnding a #1 CB chose the rival Buckeyes, and a key interior line prospect committed to Iowa over the Wolverines. Taken in isolation, none of these events were surprising and certainly not cause for the comatose state in which I found myself at the end of the night. The #4 Buckeyes were heavy favorites to beat John Beilein’s Wolverines. CB Armani Reeves was known to favor the Buckeyes. Finally, linemen Alex Kozan was expected by many to pick the Hawkeyes. The hallucinations and bouts of sorrow that gripped me were not induced by shock or surprise. Instead it was a cocktail of despair and frustration over the events taken in unison, and the bewilderment over how we found ourselves in this position that left me catatonic. On Wednesday, Michigan will officially welcome one of the best overall recruiting classes in a decade and the first full class under Brady Hoke. Despite that, a feeling of disappointment remains in the pit of the stomachs of those who follow recruiting on a regular basis. Despite a fast start to the recruiting year and securing a very good class overall, Michigan will finish out the recruiting season with one its weakest finishes in recent memory.

Much has been made over the imposition of the new and more rigorous academic standards that have been put in place regarding who Michigan can and cannot add to the recruiting class. Michigan has been forced to turn away risky academic cases and has purposely shied away from recruiting kids who have no chance at qualifying as a result of the new standards. This approach has inevitably had an impact on the quality of the class as a whole.

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Recruiting Update

Things are winding down for the 2012 recruiting class. With only a few days left until national signing day, here is were Michigan sBrady Hoketands with it’s handful of remaining recruits (in no particular order).

1. Josh Garnett – Officially down to Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, but the consensus is that Michigan and Stanford are his final two. Most insiders have had Garnett penciled to Stanford for quite a while, but the Wolverines have made a big, big push in the past few months. Coach Hoke was in-home with Garnett this past Sunday and Josh plans a 3PM PST decision at his high school on Thursday. Michigan’s Chances? 51% 

2. Jordan Diamond – Down to Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin. Seemed to fall off the radar after spring, but things have picked up quite a bit over the past few months. Visited Michigan numerous times over the past year, including his January official. He seemed enamored on each of his visits, but stuck to his plan of taking his decision all the way down to the wire. Michigan’s in-home is on Tuesday. Jordan plans a post LOI Day decision at his high school on 2/3/12. Michigan’s Chances? 60%

3. Armani Reeves – Down to Michigan and Ohio. Like Diamond, Reeves fell off the UM radar earlier in the year after Anthony Standifer and Terry Richardson both committed. Things heated up again after the decommittment of Standifer and the Penn State scandal. Will Reeves follow his good friend Cam Williams to Ohio? Or will his great relationship with the Michigan coaching staff take him to A2? Coach Hoke had his in-home on Sunday and Greg Mattison is there tonight. He’ll decide sometime soon after the in-homes. Michigan’s chances? 51%

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Notre Dame Visitor List

Visiting List is ever-changing, check in the Recruiting Forum for up to date changes:

2012
OT Zach Banner 
DT Dan O’Brien   
WR Jordan Payton  
WR Darius Powe  
RB Greg Garmon  
OT Erik Magnuson  
CB Anthony Standifer  
Possible sighting from Brionte Dunn and more.

2013
OH DE Taco Charlton
MI OT Steve Elmer 
MT WR/DB Matt Miller
MI QB Shane Morris (Commit)
ATH Wyatt Shallman (Teammate of Matt Godin)
ATH Dymonte Thomas (Cousin of Brionte Dunn)
WR Laquon Treadwell (Teammate of Anthony Standifer)
GA CB Shaq Wiggins
LB Jon Reschke
More 2013 kids will likely be added as well. Possibilities: Kyle Bosch & Cameron Burrows.

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The 5th Edition of the Michigan End Around

Desmond Howard recently did an interview with the Orlando Sentinel and talked about his new book:

“It was comfortable. It’s not your typical book. What it is is a book that’s filled with a lot of pictures and stories about my career at Michigan and some of my childhood and some of my post career too. But the main focus is my career at Michigan. It’s called, ‘I Wore 21.’ It’s coming out September 10, the same day Michigan plays Notre Dame. So it’s a lot of coaches, former players and opponents as well as friends I grew up with along with people from all walks of life … to be honest with you, there are some people who told some stories about me in that book that are going to really surprise some people. … Some never seen photos from myself and my family and some of my friends. It talks about how I became the person that I did at the University of Michigan.”

ESPN’s College Gameday will air at Ingalls Mall from nine to noon on September 10th before the Notre Dame game.

Dhani Jones’ new show “LiveBig” will premiere on the Big Ten Network on October 3rd.

Dylan, UMHoops.com, previews his basketball players poised to breakout this season.

On his day with the Stanley Cup, Boston Bruin’s Steve Kampfer brought it home to Yost Ice Arena.

A New Highlight Video has recently been released highlighting Carlton Brundidge senior year playoff highlights:

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Profile for 2012 U of M Commit Anthony Standifer

  • Name: Anthony Standifer
  • Position: CB/S
  • Height & Weight: 6’1” 180 lbs.
  • High School: Crete-Monee (IL)
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