Hitting the Links Learns The Hard Way
Urban Meyer got a commitment from a four-star receiver this past week; Eleven Warriors breaks down what it means.
My favorite part about this is that, not only does Michigan get to scout players, they get to coach them, too. Dytarious Johnson left camp having learned a lot more about how to be successful. Mark Dantonio has used this kind of communication to great success as a way to build up lower-rated recruits.
Their offensive line is nicknamed the Slobs, by the way.
Williams is not enrolled currently, but that's not necessarily indicative of anything. Also, Michigan State now has 17 commits for 2016, which is most in the Big Ten.
Mississippi State has a plan in place to educate student-athletes on money management, which is honestly a great resource for any student to have.
This is one of the reasons why Jim Harbaugh's Youth Impact Program is such an inspired, phenomenal idea. Developing Michigan players will help the football program decades down the road.
In short order, Harbaugh has captured commitments from twice as many southern players as Brady Hoke was able to get. For all the oohing and ahhing the fan base did over Hoke's recruiting, things are probably going to get more eye-popping in the next few years.
Eleven Warriors is good at making X's and O's posts with clarity. One of the take-aways from this piece is the importance of finding someone who can stretch a defense horizontally.
They say off-season news is always bad news. (Jim Harbaugh is tearing this apart, of course.) Going into the off-season, Maryland's glaring question mark was how well they could handle losing the entire starting front seven and switching to a 4-3 scheme. As the off-season heads into the final stretch, they are also looking at a roster without enough play-makers as they transition to a more statuesque quarterback.
Another interesting thing about Ohio State is that three incoming linebackers - two high-four-stars and a mid-four-star - give them better depth at that position than they've ever had under Urban Meyer.
The Big Ten Championship Game is four years old. Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have participated seven times. The only other team to even appear, Nebraska, got crunched into another galaxy.
Paul Chryst may not be the perfect coach, but he is the perfect fit to solve Wisconsin's problems through the air. To roughly translate The Dark Knight, he's who Wisconsin needs right now.
A disparity definitely exists within the Big Ten, and a good example is with satellite camps. Michigan has made a lot of noise, Penn State did last year and Ohio State is jumping on the band wagon. And yet there's been no noise from Darrell Hazell, Tim Beckman, Pat Fitzgerald, Mark Dantonio, or Paul Chryst.
Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Michigan State are notable in that they've sustained their program for a few years now with recruiting in the south, but they have chosen to stay out of the headlines. In the case of a handful of these schools, athletic directors are not giving their coaches a lot of money to hire top assistants, let alone do national recruiting.
Mike Leach and Rich Rodriguez are two of the more innovative offensive minds in the game today. When they took over a pair of 4-8 programs in 2012, it was certain they would provide a shot in the arm to the conference and help dictate how to win in the Pac-12.
Alabama's tight end had 269 yards his first year and 260 his second. He'll be poised for a breakout season.