2013 Recruiting: So What’s Next?

I love football recruiting. National Letter of Intent Day is one of my favorite days of the year, but it can be somewhat boring if your school isn’t in the running for many prospects. For Michigan, Commitmas Day came a little late, or a little early depending on how you look at it. I for one will never forget 2/18/2012. A day when my beloved Wolverines received verbal commitments from six four star prospects in a matter of 12ish hours.

I love football recruiting. National Letter of Intent Day is one of my favorite days of the year, but it can be somewhat boring if your school isn’t inCommitmas the running for many prospects. For Michigan, Commitmas Day came a little late, or a little early depending on how you look at it. I for one will never forget 2/18/2012. A day when my beloved Wolverines received verbal commitments from six four star prospects in a matter of 12ish hours. Kyle Bosch (4 star OG/OT), Wyatt Shallman (4 star athlete), David Dawson (3/4 star OG/OC), Jourdan Lewis (3/4 star CB), Chris Fox (4 star OT) and Taco Charlton (4 star LB/DE) all pledged for UM on the same day that the Wolves beat OSU in hoops. Oh yeah, the next day Jake Butt (4 star TE) and Logan Tuley-Tillman (4 star OT) also dropped. Then there was a two day drought until the tall and lanky Jaron Dukes (probable 3 star) committed, followed by a lengthy 3 day hiatus when 4 star OL Patrick Kugler decided to sign up. Those nine verbals brought Michigan’s total commits for the 2013 class up to 13. With 9ish spots left where will the staff decide to go with the rest?

Quarterback  (DONE)

Commits: Shane Morris

Prospects: With 5 star Shane Morris already in the fold it will be pretty hard to lure in another quarterback anyways, so Michigan is likely done here. There have been rumbling of Riley Ferguson possibly visiting Michigan this spring, but the odds of him signing with the Maize and Blue are next to zero. Henry Poggi’s teammate Shane Cockerille could be a possibility, but there is some speculation of whether or not his offer is committable, if he even has one at all.

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Poor Sparty

If recruiting truly is the life blood of any program as many college coaches like to say, then Sparty will have a date with the ICU very soon. Coaching clichés, commMark Dantonioonly referred to as “coach speak”, are often given out for the purpose of exciting fans or giving the media good sound bites. Most coach speak is not informative and leads to eye rolls and audible sighs. After all, what coaching staff doesn’t want “maximum effort” from their players, or believe that “the team that controls the line of scrimmage and doesn’t turn the ball over wins the game?” Recruiting as the lifeblood of a program isn’t just coach speak however.

Recruiting great talent is critical in building a program that will compete and win at the highest level. John Calipari likes to say that there are 3 important factors in building a great team. #1 is recruiting, #2 is recruiting, and #3 is recruiting. Techniques, schemes, player development, and strength & conditioning are all important factors, but talent trumps them all. Teams with extraordinary talent lacking those qualities have won championships in the past, see 2001 Miami under Larry Coker. On the other side, it is very difficult to win without a minimum level of talent even if you have all the other qualities. If you rely on factors other than talent, eventually it will catch up to you. Usually it catches up when facing a team that is as well coached and conditioned as you are, but has significantly more talent. The 2010 Capital One Bowl between Michigan State and Alabama is a good example. Michigan State fans have reason to be terrified that such incidents will increase in frequency, both in B1G play and nationally. Fear is very much warranted because of what is transpiring in recruiting.

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The End Around (2/9/12)

Across The Court: Michigan State (Eleven Warriors)image

eBay Watch: Schembechler Snaps (MVictors)

Kirk Ferentz talks Iowa staff changes (ESPN B1G Blog)

Most Valuable Player Rankings: Wide Receiver (Big Ten or Bust)

Ohio State parts ways with Jaamal Berry (Dr. Saturday)

Quick Hitters (MGoRecruit)

Rivals 100 Breakdown for 2013 (This is Michigan Football)

Videos, Notes & Quotes: John Beilein after Michigan’s 62-46 win over Nebraska (UMHoops)

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The Midwest, 2013

From the Recruiting Forum, Moderator EFWolverine makes some early predictions on where 24/7’s 2013 recruit list will wind up:

1. 5* LB Jaylon Smith, Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers – Ohio State
2. 5* ATH Jalin Marshall, Middletown (OH) – Ohio State
3. 4* OT Steve Elmer, Midland (MI) – Notre Dame
4. 4* QB Shane Morris, Warren (MI) De La Salle – Michigan
5. 4* OT Ethan Pocic, Lemont (IL) Lemont Township – Notre Dame/Michigan/Ohio State, maybe Wisconsin
6. 4* WR Robert Foster, Monaca (PA) Central Valley – Ohio State
7. 4* RB Ty Isaac, Joliet (IL) Joliet Catholic – Michigan/Notre Dame
8. 4* CB Cam Burrows, Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison – Ohio State
9. 4* TE Adam Breneman, Camp Hill (PA) Cedar Cliff – Penn State
10. 4* S Dymonte Thomas, Alliance (OH) Marlington – Michigan
11. 4* OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, Peoria (IL) Manual – Michigan
12. 4* QB Malik Zaire, Dayton (OH) Alter – Ohio State

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