Recruiting Tidbits

Michigan is currently in play for many four-star corner backs, one of which being Cole Luke, a 6’0, 170 pound corner out of Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton. CoaCole Luke - TownNewsch Ferrigno is Cole’s main recruiter for Michigan and they have spoken recently about his recruitment. Ferrigno said that they liked what they saw from his highlight tape and that he is a corner that they need. They also talked about Cole taking a possible unofficial visit to Michigan as soon as possScott Orndoffible. Cole has no leaders at the moment and plans to make a decision after the conclusion of his senior season.

Seto-LaSalle tight end Scott Orndoff from Pittsburgh (Pa.) is currently committed to Wisconsin, but has started to open back his recruitment due to recent coaching changes. Scott has visited Pittsburgh and Virginia and has came away impressed with what both schools have to offer. Scott plans to visit Michigan soon, and he is very excited about what they have to offer him.

Dayton (Ohio) four-star linebacker Mike McCray has set a decision date for March 8th. McCray will announce between Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Illinois. McCray has yet to visit Michigan, but some coaches have visited his school before and he wants to make it out to Michigan next week.

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An Interview with Special Teams Coach Dan Ferrigno

Phil had the chance to interview Michigan Football Coach Dan Ferrigno some time back and I decided to highlight it as we get closer to the season. The following is 100% accurate, yet not completely word for word. The interview was taken in the spring:Dan Ferrigno

Philosophy on Coaching Special Teams:

First of all it is to be sound at what you do and not change every week. We’ll put in a base in the spring time. We’ll have a core of four coaches that help me that will be committed. I’m lucky to work for a coach that loves special teams. Special teams are going to be important here at Michigan. Brady will be very involved. We will get a good punt game and get a good luck at our kickers under pressure and develop return units. We will evaluate players and how they can fit into our scheme.

Mentality of Special Teams Players:

Unselfish guys. The term the team, the team, the team applies here. That’s what its all about. If you’re the offensive coordinator, you don’t want the third team running back in there. If you’re the special teams coordinator, like myself, then I don’t want the third string linebacker. I want the best players that are excited to be in there and want to win the game. Now as the year goes on, there will be injuries and we need to have a depth of players that can perform.

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A Chat with Erik Magnuson

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Offensive tackle is a huge position of need and Michigan got a verbal from one of the best in the country this past weekend in left coaster Erik Magnuson. The Californian made it in to Ann Arbor last weekend and made his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke.

Erik MagnusonSean O’Connell: Did you know Coach Hoke before he took over at Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes. I have a great relationship with him that was started when I was 15 because he was at SDSU, just 20 min from my house.”

Sean O’Connell: Who was your primary recruiter? How is your relationship with him?

Eric Magnuson: “Coach Ferrigno. I have a GREAT relationship with him.”

Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up a fan of Michigan? Where did the interest come from?

Eric Magnuson: “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up. My interest all came from Coach Hoke going there.”

Sean O’Connell: How did you commit and what was the reaction?

Eric Magnuson: “I had a meeting with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Funk and my dad. I just told coach I was ready to commit and they went crazy. It was awesome.”

Sean O’Connell: What other schools did you consider?

Eric Magnuson: “Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami, Boise State, Oregon and USC.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you talked to any other kids about coming to Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes, a lot. I’m trying to help build a national championship team.”

Sean O’Connell: Last one. I know there is a long time until February, but do you think you’ll visit any other schools along the way?

Eric Magnuson: “No, I don’t think I will.”