Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Recruiting Update: September 2, 2014

Darian Roseboro
COMMITMENT
Lincolnton (NC) Lincolnton defensive end Darian Roseboro committed to Michigan (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2016
Towson (MD) St. Frances Academy defensive end Rahshaun Smith was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'3", 225 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #3 weakside end, and #50 overall. Smith has excellent get-off, long arms, and good change of direction, but he's raw and needs to learn to play with leverage and using his hands. He appears to be wide open, has visited several schools, and could end up anywhere.


OFF THE BOARD

Memphis (TN) Whitehaven linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to Alabama. He was down to Michigan and the Crimson Tide, but when he decided not to visit for the late July BBQ at the Big House, the writing was on the wall.

MISCELLANEOUS
Richmond (VA) St. Christopher's cornerback Garrett Taylor tore his ACL in pre-season practice, so he will miss the 2014 season. Taylor, in case you didn't know, is a 2015 Michigan commit. With the way ACL recoveries go, he should be ready to play by his freshman year in college.

Here's a list of visitors for the Appalachian State game (LINK).

The recruit tracker tag (LINK) has updates on Michigan commits' high school seasons, including Alex Malzone and Darrin Kirkland, Jr.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thanks for reading!

I would like to thank you guys (and girls?) once again for reading. The month of August saw an 18% increase in traffic over July, which was the high-water mark up to that point. The site and readership continue to grow.

I have been receiving more and more e-mails lately asking questions, asking for favors, etc. I am happy to oblige whenever possible (for example, a post here may/may not have helped the whole Muskegon Mona Shores varsity team attend last weekend's game). If I do not respond in a timely manner, I apologize. At this point I am usually posting 2-4 times a day, all of which is generated by myself. I'll almost always get back to you, but sometimes it just takes a while.

If you hit the jump, my way of thanks is showing you some pictures of some great looking women.

MLive: Nussmeier's energy, organization rubs off on Michigan

Nick Baumgardner has a piece on Doug Nussmeier's effect on Michigan's offense (LINK).

Hit the jump for some good looking women.

Highlights: Michigan 52, Appalachian State 14

Michigan vs. Appalachian State Awards

Jehu Chesson, Devin Gardner, and Devin Funchess combined for a great day on Saturday.
Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . Dennis Norfleet. It's not so much that Norfleet himself was a huge threat. He's dangerous with the ball, but we've learned that he can easily get flung around because of his slight stature. No, the nice thing is that Michigan was spreading the ball laterally and getting it to people like Norfleet in the slot. Norfleet caught 3 passes for 30 yards, and Funchess was also a target on some quick screens. Those plays are going to help open up the middle of the field for the running game.

Let's see less of this guy on offense . . . Joey Burzynski. Burzynski's start was like a gold star for his efforts over the last several seasons, including fall camp. He tore his ACL last year, and he was filling in for the partly injured Kyle Kalis on Saturday. Kalis took over for Burzynski shortly after the game began, and the fifth year walk-on is less likely to play when Graham Glasgow returns next Saturday. Thanks for your efforts, Joey, but Michigan needs bigger and better linemen in there if they want to compete with the big boys.

Let's see more of this guy on defense . . . Desmond Morgan. There have been hints that Morgan will be relegated to the bench in favor of Joe Bolden, but I still see Morgan as the superior player. He did a good job on Saturday and needs to see a majority of the snaps at either MIKE or WILL linebacker.

Let's see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody. Michigan didn't get any takeaways, but they put pressure on the quarterback and generally tackled well. Late in the game, Appalachian State bled the clock by running up the middle over and over again, but that mercifully allowed the game to end quicker. If they insisted on passing, Michigan would have hurt the quarterback(s), picked off some passes, and scored more points.

Play of the game . . . Ben Gedeon's return of a blocked punt for a touchdown. There were so many big plays from Devin Funchess, Devin Gardner, Derrick Green, and De'Veon Smith, but those blocked punt returns are always exciting to watch. Linebacker Mike McCray tipped the punt, and Gedeon fielded it in mid-air. As soon as I saw #42 fielding the punt, I said to myself, "This is gonna be a touchdown." Gedeon was an excellent high school running back and could probably play that position in college for some teams. He did a nice job of weaving, tiptoeing down the sideline, and diving to stretch the ball across the front edge of the goal line for a 32-yard touchdown return.

Player of the game . . . Devin Gardner. Gardner was 13/14 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus he rushed 5 times for 9 yards. Best of all, he made good decisions, put appropriate helpings of mustard on his passes, and put the balls where only his receiver could catch them. His one misfire was a crossing route where the receiver was wide open, but it's tough to argue with those numbers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grantland: Predicting the NFL's Unpredictable

Bill Barnwell predicts the up-and-down performances of the 2014 season (LINK).

Hit the jump for a few pictures of pretty women, including a bouncy gif.

Recruit Tracker: Darrin Kirkland, Jr.

Darrin Kirkland, Jr. (image via 247Sports.com)
August 30, 2014: Kirkland, Jr. had 17 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception in a 28-21 loss to Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius. He now has 26 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass breakup, and 1 quarterback hurry on the year. Lawrence Central is now 0-2.

August 22, 2014: Kirkland, Jr. started off his senior year with 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, and 1 quarterback hurry in Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central's 38-31 loss to Avon (OH) Avon. Lawrence Central is 0-1.