The Michigan Quarterback Dilemma

With Zeke Pike committing to Auburn on Wednesday, what does Michigan do about the future of the quarterback position? I have to imagine that they want to sign a QB nearly every year and this year IMO is very critical that we do. So where do we go from here? Below are a list of potential candidates.

Most Likely Candidates

Austin Appleby – North Canton, OH – 6’5" 230. Good sized kid. There have been a few rumors that he’s been offered, but I have not been able to confirm this yet. He has decent mobility and a good arm. He did miss part of last season due to a knee injury, so there are some questions with his health. Offers: Akron, Kent State, Temple and Toledo.

Tyler O’Connor – Lima, OH – 6’3" 210. I actually like him more than Appleby. Throws very well on the run and can really spin the ball. WOTS is that interest has been gaining with him over the past week with the knowledge of Pike likely committing to Auburn. Offers: Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and some MAC schools.

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The Next Group

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A Chat with U of M Commit Caleb Stacey

Ohio offensive lineman Caleb Stacey became Michigan’s second verbal commit of the 2012 class Saturday evening. He is one of the best offensive linemen in a loaded Ohio class this year. Caleb is pretty pumped about his commit and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us!

Sean O’Connell: Current height and weight?

Caleb Stacey: “6’4  285 lbs.”

Sean O’Connell: What other offers do you have?

Caleb Stacey: “Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, NC-State, Wake Forest, South Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Miami(OH), and of course THE Michigan Wolverines!”

Sean O’Connell: Being from Ohio, did you grow up an Ohio State fan? Did you have any contact with them?

Caleb Stacey: “Growing up I was never really a fan of any team, I tried to follow everyone. I did have a little contact with OSU they stopped by my school once to meet me but after that no further contact.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been catching a lot of heat for committing to Michigan yet?

Caleb Stacey: “I haven’t been catching any heat at all, besides from the loyal OSU fans that live in my neighborhood, but nothing more than a joke and a little messing around. Everyone seems excited in Ann Arbor about my commitment and I know my family and I are really jacked up about Michigan.”

Sean O’Connell: So you visited Ann Arbor a little over a week ago, I’m assuming that visit went very well?

Caleb Stacey: “My visit to Ann Arbor went extremely well. It was actually St. Patrick’s Day when I took an unofficial to Michigan so I got a chance to see how the student life was.”

Sean O’Connell: Was it coach Hoke who offered you? What was your reaction?

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A Chat with Dan Voltz

Michigan only inked  two offensive linemen in their 2011 recruiting class. Therefore, the coaches will be hitting that area very hard for 2012, possibly taking 5 kids. Illinois guard Dan Voltz is one of the Wolverine’s early targets and he recently answered a few questions about his recruitment for UMGoBlog.Rivals.com

Sean O’Connell: How many offers do you hold?

Dan Voltz: “I currently hold 16 offers. They are from Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your top three factors when looking at schools?

Dan Voltz: “Football tradition, academics, and campus.”

Sean O’Connell: Does location matter?

Dan Voltz: “Location does matter. I am a big midwest guy and would love to play football in the midwest. But if there is a school outside of the midwest that I like, I won’t hesitate to look at it.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you have a school you grew up cheering for?  If so will that factor into your decision?

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A Chat With ’12 Recruit Grant Bays

Grant Bays is a 2012 prospect from Oceanside, CA. He will be one of the many highly recruited offensive linemen on the left coast next season and was kind enough to answer a few questions for UMGoBlog.

Grant Bays 2012 Recruiting Profile

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Sean O’Connell: Could I have your current height and weight?

Grant Bays: “6’3.5″ 290 lbs. 5.0.”

Sean O’Connell: How has your season been going so far?

Grant Bays: “We are 7-2  with 5 (now 6)  straight wins. Our first loss was against nationally ranked Servite out here.”

Sean O’Connell: What positions do you play?

Grant Bays: “Starting as a left tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. Last year, varsity center.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you prefer one position over the other?

Grant Bays: “I hope to play center again. I think that’s where my college and pro position will be.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been receiving any mail from schools yet?

Grant Bays: “A lot from UCLA, USC, Northwestern, Duke, Boston College and Stanford. Went to meet coaches and see games at UCLA, USC and Stanford so far.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you received any verbal offers yet?

Grant Bays: “No.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your strengths as a football player and what do you need to work on?

Grant Bays: “I’m a natural athlete, very quick for a big dude. I was a division one/mid-round pitching prospect before giving up baseball. Weaknesses would be learning plays.”

Sean O’Connell: I know that you have a year or so of high school left, but have you thought about what you want to study at college?

Grant Bays: “Environmental sciences or computer/graphic arts /sound productions.”

Sean O’Connell: Is distance from home going to be a significant factor when you choose a school?

Grant Bays: “Sort of. I would miss my mom and my friends, but I want to go to a school with lots of history and traditions.”

Sean O’Connell: What are you looking for in a college? When you sit down with your folks to make that final choice, what are the main factors that you will consider?
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