Morris injury concerns likely won't affect recruiting
The question of player safety and the way the Michigan coaching staff handled the concussion and leg injury of quarterback Shane Morris on Saturday is something that has been a black eye for the university the last few days, but it may be the least of their concerns in terms of recruiting, at least according to Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press.
McCabe spoke with some high school coaches across the state of Michigan (FREE), who defended Brady Hoke and U-M.
"I absolutely would not be concerned,'' said Farmington Hills Harrison coach John Herrington, who has had several former players attend U-M, including current receiver Devin Funchess. "Michigan's got great staff of doctors and people on the sideline.''
Herrington, who said he likes Brady personally, said too much attention is being put on Hoke.
"They keep blaming Brady, but you do what the doctors tell you what you can do,'' he said. "Now, some parents out there might look at it and say: 'Oh, well, he didn't care.' But Brady's not that type of person. My opinion is that it's up to the doctors, if they said he could go back in that's the way it is.''
Another coach that he spoke with was Birmingham Brother Rice's Dave Sofran, who coaches 2015 quarterback commit Alex Malzone:
"Absolutely there's no question with all that's going on the field, there's things that you'll miss seeing,'' he said. "When we watch our own high school film you'll say: 'Gosh, I didn't even see that happen.' That definitely can happen. I feel bad its blown up so much and the TV showed the staggering onto a lineman and that made it more blatant, but maybe the coach didn't see that, either.''
"I would say that the coaching staff _ if there's a kid that's injured on our team, I would hope that I would be aware of it,'' he said. "If I missed it I would hope one of our staff members -- from the press box even -- would say: 'Hey, did you see so-and-so get dinged, his ankle is hurt.''
Sofran understands how Morris wound up back on the field -- he told Hoke he was fine.
"The kids that play on that level are never going to want to come off the field,'' he said. "On our level, if they're injured they're going to say they want to play and that's when you have to jump in and say in the best interest of the kid this is the decision we're making. At Michigan they get paid a lot of money to make hard decisions like that and that's why it's blown up like this. It's disappointing, but it does happen.''
Hoke and staff messed this one up, plain and simple. The problem is that this has become a PR nightmare that continues to snowball each day.
I do believe Hoke cares for the welfare of his players, but they botched this.
Darian Roseboro decommits from Michigan
Four-star defensive end prospect Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, North Carolina) made it official on Monday evening when he announced via his Twitter account that he has decommitted from Michigan's 2015 football recruiting class.
It is not much of a surprise considering over the weekend, he took an official visit to North Carolina State, which was long considered the school just behind Michigan when he committed. With the early struggles in Ann Arbor this year in addition to receiving interest from multiple programs nationwide, he decided to open things back up.
Roseboro also received an offer from Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.
Steve Lorenz of 247 chimed in on a few schools he is hearing that are in the mix now for Roseboro.
Lorenz also touched on a few other players that could begin looking elsewhere. You can check that article out here. ($)
Grant Perry updates his recruitment
I spoke with 2015 three-star wide receiver Grant Perry (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) the other night to check in with where he was at in the recruiting process in terms of his contact with the Wolverines.
He told me not much has changed since he camped there over the summer. Michigan has yet to extend him a scholarship offer.
Perry, a teammate of Alex Malzone, says that right now, Ball State is a school that is really sticking out to him and he has interest in a number of other Big Ten programs.
He has had a very good start to his senior season, so more offers should continue to roll in with time.
I also asked him about Michigan's struggles to start the year, to which he replied, "wins and losses are part of the game."
Matt Falcon picks up an offer from Iowa
Four-star 2016 running back Matt Falcon (Southfield, Michigan) tweeted on Tuesday that he has received his ninth scholarship offer from Iowa.
He is a four-star prospect and the 25th-ranked running back in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.
Falcon has yet to receive an offer from Michigan, but is a definite target. He has been recruited by running backs coach Fred Jackson.
That's it for Wednesday's roundup. Check back in Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
Be sure to follow Maize n Brew Recruiting Reporter Anthony Broome on Twitter, @anthonytbroome.