Monday, August 8, 2011
Michigan filled one of the few remaining needs when it picked up DT Ondre Pipkins from Park Hill high school in Kansas City, MO. Pipkins is a 4-star prospect ot 3/4 services. Scout has him as the number 12 DT and 102 player overall. Rivals has him ranked 19th at his position, and 246 overall. 24/7 is somewhere between the 2, while ESPN is the dramatic outlier.
Pipkins pledged to Michigan while spurning such schools as Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, and Ohio State. He is a mountain of a young man at 6'3'' 320 pounds. He can move as well as any defensive line recruit in this class, so he's more than a space eater. He should be able to get to the quarterback.
There should be room for one more DT in this class, and most assume it will be Flint Powers Catholic
's Danny O'Brien. We'll see. Other needs ar at WR and RB, with another top notch CB and OL a nice addition.
Congrats Ondre, and Go Blue!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Michigan continued its impressive recruiting cycle, picking up Toledo, OH’s Chris Wormley from Whitmer High School. He has been considered a Michigan lean for quite some time, and he made it official at the Big House Bar B Que on Sunday. He is an impressive 6’4’’ 255 pound strong side DE. He becomes the 5th defensive lineman in this class.
Wormley is a 4-star to every site but Rivals, who list him as a 3-star. I’m guessing he is close to 4 stars, since he is listed as the 22nd DE. He picked Michigan over offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, and Cincinnati. He was long considered a lock to OSU or Michigan, so that may explain his lack of other offers.
He also has the potential to move inside and play DT down the line, if the need arises. He is that big and strong already. He can be a big time talent, and has the potential to be the best defensive player in this class. Yes, he’s that good.
Congrats Chris, and Go Blue!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Michigan got a commitment from Utah FB Sione Houma on Monday. I totally forgot to give him his commitment post. Yikes. Houma is a 2-star recruit to Scout.com and unranked to everyone else. He had offers from Utah, Utah State, Washington, and Michigan. He chose Michigan.
There isn’t much out there on him at this point. He rushed for 1,211 yards and 9 TDs as a junior. He is only 6’0’’ and 210 pounds, so he needs to put on weight to play fullback. Don’t worry about his ranking, since fullbacks, punters/kickers, and centers are always under rated in high school. He was obviously a player Hoke wanted, and with limited spots for guys like Wormley and the DTs, he was deemed worthy of a roster spot.
Congrats Sione, and Go Blue!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Number 19 has been a not so secretive, secret for a few weeks now. He is also a beast. He is Lakewood, OH OT Kyle Kalis. He is a huge get. He was originally committed to Ohio State, but didn’t want to deal with their shenanigans. Who would?
Kalis is rated as the #4 OT and 18th best player in the country by Rivals.com, and the highest ranked 4-star. Scout has him as a 5-star, #4OT and #18 player overall. ESPN has him number 140 overall, which is why nobody listens to ESPN when it comes to recruiting. This makes him Michigan’s highest rated recruit.
Kalis joins Erik Magnuson, Blake Bars, Ben Braden, Caleb Stacey, and possible AJ Williams to form an incredible OL class. And Jordan Diamond is still out there. Wow.
Congrats Kyle, and Go Blue!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Lucky number 18 came on Friday afternoon when Akron, Oh S Jarrod Wilson gave his pledge to coach Hoke. Wilson is a 6’2’’ 190 lb. safety from Buchtel HS. Buchtel is coached by former Michigan RB Ricky Powers. I’m guessing his coach told Jarrod how great Michigan is. Another Buchtel player, WR Corey Smith has committed to Tennessee, so Coach Powers isn’t just sending his players to Ann Arbor.
Wilson is rated as a 4-star to both sites, and the number 10 safety to Scout.com, and the number 13 to Rivals. He had a final three of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State. He also held offers from Stanford, UCLA, Tennessee, and Michigan State.
He becomes the second safety in the class, joining Allen Gant. This also confirms that S Jeremy Clark will be a greyshirt. I will have more on him next week. There are still some big fish circling the boat, and there could be news as soon as this weekend. I will be at a wedding this evening, so I will do my best.
Congrats Jarrod, and Go Blue!
Monday, June 27, 2011
I feel bad for taking so long to get to this, but I would be doing a great disservice to the story if I didn’t put this out there. 2013 Michigan Basketball recruit Austin Hatch was seriously injured in a plane crash on Saturday morning. He and another young man committed on June 23rd, and I was planning a post on them this week. This takes precedence, so bear with me.
Austin was traveling with his father, step-mother from Fort Wayne to Boyne Falls, Michigan when the plane hit a pole. Austin was the only survivor. He suffered several serious injuries including a fractured skull, two punctured lungs, and several broken bones. He was immediately placed into a medically-induced coma to reduce the stress on his brain. He is expected to be removed from the coma this afternoon. Despite the severity of his injuries, he is expected to make it through.
The story gets worse. In 2003, he and his father survived another plane crash that claimed the lives of his mother, brother, sister, and dog. Wow. I really don’t know what to say.
This is one of those stories that involves sports, but not really. I have no idea if he will ever return to playing basketball, or even walking for that matter, but who cares. This young man has known pain, both physical and emotional, that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. This is bigger than Michigan basketball.
So please keep Austin in your thoughts and prayers. I will update the story as much as possible going forward.
Michigan received their 17th verbal commitment of the 2012 class from Nashville, TN OL Blake Bars. Bars is the 4th Offensive lineman in the class, joining Caleb Stacey, Ben Braden, and Erik Magnuson. Stacey is the only prospect listed as a Guard or Center. There are also a few really good prospects that think highly of Michigan, so my guess is Bars and Braden switch to the interior at some point.
As for Bars, he is listed as the 34th best OT and a 4-star by Rivals.com, and the 38th best OT and a 3-star to Scout.com. His offer list is much more impressive than his rankings however. He turned down Florida, LSU, Penn State, and South Carolina in addition to lower level schools. He also comes from an athletic family. His father and uncle played at Notre Dame, his grandfather was a Spartan, and his brother is currently a DE at Penn State.
As I said earlier, this class is extraordinarily big for June. And there are a couple prospects that could commit at any second, so I’m guessing Bars wanted to secure his place in this class. Despite my beliefs that Michigan would only take 18-20, it is being said that the class will be around 26. That means there is more room for Hoke to stock up on OL and DL prospects. I will begin working on a new overview sometime this week.
Congrats Blake, and Go Blue!