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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Profile for 2012 U of M Commit Caleb Stacey

  • Name: Caleb Stacey
  • Position: Offensive Guard
  • Height & Weight: 6’4” 285 lbs.
  • High School: Oak Hills Oaks (OH)
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Crystal Ballin’ UM’s 2012 Recruiting Class (5/28/11)

The first list had 20 kids. I’m thinking that we end up with somewhere around 22, but to make it easier for me I’m making it 24.

Alden Hill1. QB – Tyler O’Connor. Still no offer. UM is probably waiting on Gunner Kiel’s decision before they offer another QB.

2. RB – Alden Hill. Unless OSU goes down pretty hard we aren’t going to get Dunn, so Hill might be our best option eventually.

3. WR – Aaron Burbridge. Michigan has pulled even with Sparty, possibly even nosing ahead. He has some work to do to qualify, but he will probably end up in this class.

4. WR – Malik Gilmore. Has stated many times he’d like to visit.

5. TE – Devin Funchess. Michigan commit!

6. TE – A.J. Williams. Michigan commit!

7. OL – Ben Braden. Michigan commit!

8. OL – Caleb Stacey. Michigan commit!

9. OL – Jordan Diamond. Has liked Michigan for a long time and close friend Chris Bryant was in the 2011 class. He could decide this summer.

10. OL – Jordan Simmons. Still holding on to my dream.

11. OL – Erik Magnuson. Still has Michigan in his top group and is visiting in a few weeks.

12. DE – Pharaoh Brown. Michigan commit!

13. DE – Matt Godin. Michigan commit!

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Crystal Ballin’ UM’s 2012 Recruiting Class

Here is my first guess on how I believe the recruiting class might look like at the end of the season. Remember recruiting is very fluid and the final list will probably look very different. At this point I have Michigan at 18 scholarships with the Cullen Christian and DJ Williamson transfers. This number will likely grow to around 20-22 when all is said and done, but for this list I’ll keep it at 20 prospects. Again, this is purely my guess at this point in the game and February is a long ways away.

1. QB – Tyler O’Connor. No offer as of yet, but since the Pike commit to Auburn things have been heating up.

2. WR – Malik Gilmore. Wants to visit Michigan and ND.

3. TE – Devin Funchess. Michigan Commit.

4. TE – A.J. Williams. Michigan Commit.

5. TE – Ron Thompson. Even with Funchess and Williams in the fold, I think Michigan takes him.

6. OT/OG – Ben Braden. Michigan Commit.

7. OG – Caleb Stacey. Michigan Commit.

8. OT – Jordan Diamond. Has stated for quite some time now that Michigan is on top.

9. OT – Erik Magnuson. Has Michigan in his top 3 along with Miami and Oregon.

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Michigan Football Recruiting Update (4/21/2011)

It was a pretty busy in the recruiting world this past week. Michigan picked up it’s second linebacker commit in as many days on Saturday when Royce Jenkins-Stone gave his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke and crew. Michigan was thought to be the long time leader for Royce, but it was a bit of a surprise that he made his choice earlier that we all thought. Stone just made a nice leap in the Scout.com rankings, earning the tag of the #2 MLB in the class of 2012. RJS and Kaleb Ringer should be an outstanding duo of linebackers for years to come. Ringer made his official announcement last Friday. Now the question is who is the next linebacker to jump on board, and does the other get left out in the cold?

New Offers

Ken Ekanem – four star Virginia defensive end.

Dominic Ramacher – a three star athlete out of Texas who could play tight end, fullback or linebacker.

Anthony Standifer – Michigan was the first Big Ten school to offer the Illinois sleeper and he plans on visiting at some point in the near future.

Halo List

Ronald Darby – (Notre Dame)

Zeke Pike – as expected, Zeke committed to Auburn yesterday afternoon. Now Michigan has a decision to make about the quarterback position. I’ll have a post about this later.

Spring Game Visitors (* denotes offer)

Ben BradenMICHIGAN COMMIT!

Sheldon Day* – was either going to visit Michigan or Notre Dame and opted to come up to AA. He brought along some members of his family and they all enjoyed it. Michigan looks very good for Day.

Jordan Diamond* – had another nice visit. This one probably goes until after the season, but Michigan still has the lead here.

J.J. Denman* – beast. Loved his visit. He said he’d be back for an official and has not decided when he’ll make his choice yet.

Devin Funchess *- made it in to AA once again, and IMO we lead for him.

Royce Jenkins-Stone *- MICHIGAN COMMIT!

Mario Ojemudia*made another trip to Michigan and the Wolverines have really shot up his board. Mario lists Michigan, MSU and Stanford as his favorites. It looks like a UM – MSU battle.

Terry Richardson* – I’m not really sure what to say about Terry. He seems like he wants to leave the state. But I also believe that he is down on the big board of corners. We’ll see.

James Ross* – I discussed the linebacker situation a little bit last week and it’s getting dicey. Is the next LB to commit the last taken in this class? Ross will not be choosing any time soon.

Caleb Stacey* – MICHIGAN COMMIT!

Other Recruiting News

Michigan has apparently also received a silent commit recently. Most think that it is either Joe Bolden* or Matt Godin*. We should know in a few weeks.

Michigan leads for Pharaoh Brown* ($).

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