A war of words began late last week when Michigan’ newest offensive tackle commit, 2021 three-star offensive lineman Tristan Bounds told The Wolverine.
“After I take a couple days to take it in and realize what I really just did, and that’s commit to one of the best universities in the country as well as a football powerhouse, I’m definitely going to get on the recruiting trail hard,” Bounds said, “I’ve been pretty adamant about this. I don’t want to lose any games. I want to win national championships. I want to kick the shit out of Ohio State. Those are my goals. The best class that we can get is going to help us do that.”
Recruiting success for Michigan has been really impressive lately, earning six commitments in the last 30 days. Three of those six come in the form of four-star recruits. A relentless pursuit by Jim Harbaugh has pushed the Wolverines to the No. 6 class in the country.
In what is surely an idealistic scenario described Bounds, and one that is sure to pump up the fan base, it's also important to remember Ohio State has the No. 1 class in 2021, and have continuously brought in the elite talent in recent years. Talent the Wolverines have lost their last eight bouts to while being thoroughly embarrassed the last two seasons.
The 2021 class for the Buckeyes already has four five-star commitments and 14 players currently ranked in the top 200. One of those commits is quarterback Kyle McCord who is the No. 26 recruit in the country and the No. 3 rated pro-style quarterback. He responded to Bound’s comments in a short but strong message on Twitter:
Of course, this is just simple Twitter beef. But in recent history Michigan hasn’t had much to stand on in this rivalry. An attitude change like this one from recruits is certainly a good thing, but they have a long way to go to catch an Ohio State program that has been the front-runner in the Big Ten for nearly a decade.
Spike Albrecht joins Louisville coaching staff
Former Michigan point guard and folk hero in the 2012-13 National Championship for the Wolverines, Spike Albrecht, has now joined the enemy. Well, not a big enemy, but the team that squandered the maize and blue’s title hopes that season, the Louisville Cardinals.
Albrecht scored 17 points on for of five shooting from deep in the title game against the Cardinals, But the Wolverines would fall short losing 82-76.
Seven years later, Albrecht will join the Louisville coaching staff as a grad assistant:
He’s a Cardinal! #NMHalum & former #NMH asst coach Spike Albrecht ‘12 has joined the coaching staff at the University of #Louisville as a Grad Asst! #UpNext #GoCards #NMHcoachingtree #GoNMH @SpikeAlbrecht @LouisvilleMBB pic.twitter.com/PCdcnKV9Nw— NMHbasketball (@NMHbasketball) June 7, 2020
Three-star offensive lineman Thomas Cole keeps Michigan in top 5
According to 247Sports, 2021 three-star offensive lineman Thomas Cole cut his list to five schools. The schools on his list are Oregon State, Michigan, Arizona, Cal and UCLA. He also held offers from schools like Michigan State, Arizona State, Colorado and Baylor.
When asked why he still had interest in Michigan, Cole spoke highly of one Michigan coach. “I have really enjoyed connecting with coach (Ed) Warinner. It doesn’t get any better than the Big House and I really want to try and get out there for a visit.”
He is 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds with a history of playing both the tight end and tackle positions.
Hopefully he can find his way from California to Ann Arbor amid the pandemic and the Wolverines can seal the deal on another highly coveted prospect.
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