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Funny how things change so quickly. Right around this time last year, Michigan was landing commitments left and right, something like 8 in one weekend. At that time we were giving virtual high fives to each other and getting recruiting boners. At the same time, OSU fans were saying we were filling up too early, wouldn't be able to take elite guys later on, etc. They even had a coach tweet something about recruiting being a marathon and not a sprint.
Fast forward to this year and the roles are reversed. We are hearing similar things from the opposite sides. It seemed to work of OK for both teams last recruiting cycle. Pretty sure both teams will fare well this time around too.
Michigan is going to have to have a damn fine season to close out the way OSU did this year. Or a bunch of SEC coaches are gonna have to get fired again.
Michigan doesn't have to close just like OSU did this year to have a great recruiting class. Had OSU not landed Clark and Bell, they still would have had a top 5 class. There is nothing to complain about if your team lands a top 5 class. I wouldn't complain about being anywhere in the top 10...maybe top 15. When you get that level of talent, you are basically splitting hairs.
The point is Michigan is going to have success recruiting this year, just like Hoke has the last two years. Doesn't matter if they commit in the first week in Feb, April, Sept, or next Jan...there will be plenty of highly rated prospects choosing Michigan this year.
We are having our unofficial junior day later this year (March 10). And we are going to have a much smaller class in 2014. We will get ours. Everyone just needs to chill and be patient.
It doesn't matter how you "start" or you "close". These are things for recruiting fans to obsess about. All that matters is meeting your needs. Both OSU and Mich did in 2013 with quality players...hence the high rankings.
This is crazy! We just ended 2013 and we are all ready for the recruiting wars for 2014! I vote for at least a 2 week break so we can both enjoy our 2013 top 10 classes! I would agree that stories change based on what our team is doing, there is no denying that, I think every fan base is guilty of that :)
I would say the big headline is the urban has made an early statement in coach Hokes backyard, I don't think it's getting the player as much as the message, everyone is getting caught up on the players, urban maybe forcing Hoke to focus more and spend more time In Areas he did not need to in the past, just a thought.
Who all is coming then?
Ive wondered the same. Who knows
With the size of the class Michigan will have, there isn't a need to fill it with in-state kids like the last couple cycles. This class is almost like a luxury class where Hoke can take the time to heavily recruit national kids in addition to the top in-state kids because of filling the glaring needs in the last few cycles.
No argument here about Damon Webb and Lawrence Marshall, both are good players and it sucks Michigan lost them, but it's extremely early and there are other targets Hoke can pursue.
No doubt. For all we know they will be achievable Hoke targets in 6 months. Theyll start flirting with other teams, go on visits with mass rumors swirling like basically every early commit does. Especially oos. So im not holding my breath on either of those 2 being there nsd. Christ, we lost at least 2 of our longest committed recruits in the last class. oos, of course
We'll have to wait and see, I feel like a big part of their decisions will come down to Michigan and OSU's success on the field, but I may be wrong.
Eh, Ole Miss didn't have much success, but look what happened.
I'm not gonna say it's all about recruiting rankings, it isn't, but it is about getting the guys you really want and that is reflected by rankings. How do we expect to compete on a level playing field with OSU if their coach goes "Yeah I'm disappointed we only got the #2 class, I wanted the #1 class" and we go "anything top 15 is pretty good"?
The reality is that OSU has been the superior program for the last 10+ years and if we settle for anything but the best, they will continue to be because Meyer won't settle for any less.
Quite honestly, I don't think there is a ton of difference between the #1 class and the #10 class. All recruiting sites are flawed and I never put a ton of faith into their evaluations. There is a reason that their scouts work for a recruiting web site and are not scouts for the NFL. I agree that talent is important, but I think when you look at the talent level Hoke has brought in the last two years and compare it to OSU's, there simply isn't a difference. It now comes down to coaching and player development.
If recruiting rankings were the end all, teams like Boise St would have no business beating teams like Georgia and Alabama.
Do you like having yours so late? I know I sure as hell am not a fan of having ours on the 23 of March. Most of the schools down south are about to have their second JR day while the schools up north won't have had 1.
We don't really have an official junior day. We do have have a BBQ though but it's pretty small.
This is why he can come into Michigan and take players without too much trouble. They've actually won something in the last decade. He had a perfect season in his first year in the big ten. We haven't had a perfect season in over a decade. If you don't want kids like Webb and Marshall going to Ohio State then you have to start winning. You can't get blown out by Alabama in the first quarter. You can't put up 6 points against Notre Dame with a half dozen turnovers. You can't lose at Nebraska because you don't have a viable backup quarterback. You can't get shutout in the second half of the Ohio State game. You can't let South Carolina march down the field with a minute left. You certainly can't do all of that in the same season. Winning creates excitement around your program.
All Hoke has to do is start winning. That's it.
And if he does start winning big time, then there is an extremely strong chance Michigan and OSU will have a double-header at the end of the season.
A split, at least, is very important.
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