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Monday, December 15, 2008 by Paul

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Taylor Lewan Goes Blue

Sunday, December 14, 2008 by Tim

Taylor Lewan, a 6-7, 280-lb offensive tackle from Scottsdale, Arizona. Lewan is a high school teammate of Michigan defensive end commit Craig Roh, and becomes the 21st commitment in Michigan's class of 2009.

Recruiting Notes
Lewan was unknown early in the recruiting season, but a solid senior year at a new position and a new school has given him the ability to pick from a virtual who's-who of colleges. Michigan offered him after the first few games of his final high school campaign, and when they landed Craig Roh, it greatly increased their chances to land Taylor. However, Lewan's father is a native Minnesotan, and attended the University in St. Paul. Because of his father's roots, Lewan has described himself as a displaced midwesterner. After a Minnesota visit, Lewan maintained that he would still take trips to Michigan and Oregon before making his decision. Taylor visited Ann Arbor the weekend of December 13th, and attended Michigan's basketball victory against Eastern Michigan. Shortly thereafter, he told Rich Rodriguez that he wished to be a Michigan Wolverine, and committed to the Maize and Blue.

Player Notes
In his junior year, Taylor Lewan was a little-known defensive end prospect from Cactus Shadows High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. A transfer to Chaparral High School (a more successful program) and a move to the offensive tackle position (at which he is a better physical fit) gave Lewan a new lease on football life. He has become one of the fastes-rising prospects in the country over the course of a few short months. Lewan is a true offensive tackle, and a four-star prospect to both recruiting sites. He plays with an edge to his game that sets him apart from other offensive linemen. New teammate Craig Roh had a mutually-beneficial relationship on the practice field with Lewan, and the pair helped each other improve. Roh has described Lewan as a gym rat that won't be outworked by anyone. Roh and Lewan also faced

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Sam McGuffie Leaves Michigan

Friday, December 12, 2008 by Tim

...and there was much sadness.

Freshman running back Sam McGuffie has announced his intentions to transfer from Michigan. McGuffie was Michigan's 2nd leading rusher on the year, but missed parts or all of several games with concussions. He received his unconditional release from Michigan this morning, according to both pay sites.

McGuffie-and-Michigan never was a perfect fit after the departure of Lloyd Carr and the pro-style system, and McGuffie will likely transfer somewhere closer to home that is a better fit for his skill set. His injury history and family issues are reported to be the reasons for his departure from Michigan.

Varsity Blue wishes McGuffie the best of luck with whatever he plans to do in the future. Scholarship count will be updated accordingly.

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Big Ten 2009 Recruiting Class Rankings 12-12-08

by Tim

Action since last rankings:
12-7-08 Notre Dame gains commitment from Jordan Cowart.
12-8-08 Michigan State gains commitment from Corey Freeman. Purdue gains commitment from Xavier Melton.
12-9-08 Indiana loses commitment from Kenny Watkins.
12-11-08 Michigan gains commitment from Cameron Gordon.

New Rankings:
#1 Ohio State - 24 commits
LB
*****
Dorian Bell
RB
****
Jaamal Berry
DE
****
Melvin Fellows
CB
****
CJ Barnett
WR
****
James Jackson
MLB
****
Storm Klein
MLB
****
Jordan Whiting
RB
****
Jordan Hall
OG
****
Corey Linsley
OT
****
Jack Mewhort
S
****
Jamie Wood
WR
****
Justin Green
RB
****
Carlos Hyde
CB
****
Corey Brown
WR
****
Chris Fields
CB
****
Dominic Clarke
WR
***
Duron Carter
DE
***
Jonathan Newsome
TE
***
Reid Fragel
DT
***
Adam Bellamy
FB
***
Adam Homan
LB
***
Zach Boren
OL
***
Sam Longo
DT
***
Johnny Simon


#2 Michigan - 21 commits
CB
****
Justin Turner
QB
****
Tate Forcier
QB
****
Shavodrick Beaver
RB
****
Fitzgerald Toussaint
S
****
Vladimir Emilien
WR
****
Jeremy Gallon
OL
****
Michael Schofield
DT
****
DeQuinta Jones
DE
****
Anthony LaLota
DE
****
Craig Roh
DT
****
Pearlie Graves
WR
****
Cameron Gordon
S
***
Isaiah Bell
WR
***
DeWayne Peace
RB
***
Teric Jones
LB
***
Jordan Barnes
S
***
Mike Jones
LB
***
Brandin Hawthorne
RB
***
Vincent Smith
S
***
Thomas Gordon
K
**
Brendan Gibbons


#3 Notre Dame - 18 commits
RB
*****
Cierre Wood
WR
****
Shaquelle Evans
OL
****
Chris Watt
RB
****
Theo Riddick
DT
****
Tyler Stockton
OL
****
Alex Bullard
CB
****
Marlon Pollard
LB
****
Dan Fox
OL
****
Zach Martin
LB
****
Zeke Motta
S
***
Nyshier Oliver
S
***
EJ Banks
TE
***
Tyler Eifert
MLB
***
Carlo Calabrese
P
***
Ben Turk
K
**
Nicholas Tausch
TE
**
Jake Golic
OL
*
Jordan Cowart


#4 Michigan State - 17 commits
RB
****
Edwin Baker
RB
****
Larry Caper
SLB
****
Chris Norman
OL
****
David Barrent
WR
****
Donald Spencer
DT
****
Blake Treadwell
QB
****
Andrew Maxwell
OL
****
Nate Klatt
WR
***
Dana Dixon
LB
***
Tyquan Hammock
OL
***
Micajah Reynolds
WR
***
Patrick White
DE
***
Dan France
LB
***
Denicos Allen
WR
***
Bennie Fowler
TE
**
Derek Hoebing
DE
*
Corey Freeman


#5 Illinois - 16 commits
WR
****
Kraig Appleton
DT
****
Lendell Buckner
OT
****
Leon Hill
QB
****
Nathan Scheelhaase
RB
****
Bud Golden
WR
****
Terry Hawthorne
DE
****
Craig Drummond
OL
***
Andrew Carter
FB
***
Greg Fuller
OL
***
Hugh Thornton
DT
***
Tank Carradine
WR
***
Steve Hull
S
**
Tommie Hopkins
CB
**
Joelil Thrash
OL
**
Jake Feldmeyer
LB
**
Darryl Lee


#6 Penn State - 20 commits
OT
****
Eric Shrive
CB
****
Darrell Givens
DE
****
Sean Stanley
S
****
Derrick Thomas
S
***
Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
S
***
Malcolm Willis
C
***
Ty Howle
CB
***
Stephon Morris
WR
***
Brandon Felder
OT
***
Adam Gress
OL
***
Nate Cadogan
RB
***
Curtis Dukes
LB
***
Glenn Carson
ATH
***
Devon Smith
K
***
Anthony Fera
QB
**
Curtis Drake
OG
**
Frank Figueroa
WR
**
Christian Kuntz
OT
**
Mark Arcidiacono
DE
**
Garry Gilliam


#7 Wisconsin - 17 commits
DT
****
Jared Kohout
DE
****
Shelby Harris
DE
****
David Gilbert
RB
****
Montee Ball
LB
***
Conor O'Neill
DE
***
Tyler Dippel
OG
***
Ryan Groy
QB
***
Jon Budmayr
OT
***
Zac Matthias
TE
***
Brian Wozniak
MLB
***
Chris Borland
OL
***
Travis Frederick
LB
***
AJ Fenton
WR
***
Jeff Duckworth
OL
**
Casey Dehn
S
**
Jason Peprah
CB
**
Darius Thomas


#8 Minnesota - 15 commits
RB
****
Hasan Lipscomb
WR
****
Hayo Carpenter
QB
***
Moses Alipate
C
***
Ed Olsen
OT
***
Josh Campion
WR
***
Victor Keise
OL
***
Brooks Michel
LB
***
Kendell Gregory-McGhee
DB
***
Kerry Lewis
TE
***
Ra'Shede Hageman
DT
***
Joey Searcy
DE
***
Matt Garin
CB
***
Daryl Robinson
DE
**
Nick Rengel
K
**
Dan Orseske
Up: Robinson (From 1)

#9 Indiana - 15 commits
LB
****
Jeremy Gainer
QB
***
Edward Wright-Baker
DT
***
Adam Replogle
WR
***
Jamonne Chester
WR
***
Duwyce Wilson
OL
***
Charles Chapman
QB
***
Dustin Kiel
OL
***
Colin Rodkey
CB
***
Lawrence Barnett
K
***
Mitch Ewald
S
***
Nick Zachery
S
***
Demetrius Carr
S
***
Ted Bolser
OL
***
Pat McShane
DE
**
Javon Cornley


#10 Northwestern - 15 commits
OL
****
Patrick Ward
QB
***
Evan Watkins
RB
***
Mike Trumpy
DE
***
Anthony Battle
LB
***
Will Studlien
OL
***
Taylor Paxton
DB
***
Davion Fleming
RB
***
Arby Fields
OL
**
Brian Smith
WR
**
Drew Moulton
LB
**
Tim Riley
LB
**
Tyler Scott
DE
**
John Plasencia
K
**
Jeff Budzein
S
*
Cooper Gerami


#11 Iowa - 12 commits
WR
****
Keenan Davis
RB
****
Brandon Wegher
WR
***
Jordan Cotton
FB
***
Brad Rogers
OL
**
Drew Clark
DT
**
Scott Covert
OL
**
Brett Van Sloten
TE
**
Anthony Schiavone
LB
**
Tyler Harrell
LB
**
Shane DiBona
LB
**
Martin Hopkins
CB
**
Joshua Brown


#12 Purdue - 12 commits
DT
***
Eric McDaniel
DE
***
Shayon Green
TE
***
Gabrison Holmes
WR
***
Xavier Reese
DT
**
Cody Davis
DE
**
Trevor Foy
S
**
Ishmael Aristide
WR
**
Gary Bush
QB
**
Rob Henry
WR
**
Josh Johnson
DT
**
Brandon Taylor
DB
*
Chris Quinn
DT
*
Xavier Melton

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Cameron Gordon Goes Blue

Thursday, December 11, 2008 by Tim

Wide receiver Cameron Gordon of Inkster, Michigan has given his word to sign with Michigan in February. Gordon is a 6-3, 210-lb player who has been measured at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. He is Michigan's 21st commit in the class of 2009.

Recruiting Notes
Gordon started the recruiting year as someone Michigan fans expected to likely end up in the Wolverines' recruiting class. However, it certainly ended up taking significantly longer than they expected (although he had always planned to take his time with a decision). At the end of his junior year, he announced that he would be transferring from Melvindale High School to Inkster, where he would have a better opportunity to excel athletically. During the summer, he attended Michigan's summer camp. The Wolverine coaches told him that they liked him more as a linebacker, and told him that he would receive an offer if he was willing to play at that position in college. With a noncommittal answer, Michigan's offer took significantly longer to arrive than Gordon would have otherwise liked. When he finally received his offer in November, Gordon took a visit to Iowa, who had been on him all along. However, the allure of the Michigan offer was too much to pass up, and he committed to Michigan today.

Player Notes
Gordon is a big, physical receiver, with large measurables for the position. He lacks elite speed, but is able to beat defenders, using his body well and catching it at the highest point with his biug hands. However, Michigan fans liked the physical play he could bring to a linebacker position at the next level. It will be interesting to see whether he remains at receiver when he gets to the next level, or at least be open to a potential position switch.

Etc.
This year, Gordon was catching passes thrown by 2010 dual-threat quarterback prospect Devin Gardner, who is certainly one of the top targets on Michigan's recruiting board. Securing a commitment from Gordon should go a long way to helping Michigan land his teammate in the next recruiting class.

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Programming Update: Dead Weekend

by Tim

We will not be posting this weekend, for several reasons:
  • Varsity Blue may or may not be moving venues starting on Monday. I'll let Paul fill in the gruesome details, since he's far more knowledgeable on the matter.
  • I currently believe that I am going to be unavailable most of the time (as I was last weekend, hence the inconsistency in posting).
  • With the season over, there is little to post about, and I think it's time to take a little break from scraping together content.

That said, the Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings that are typically posted on Saturdays will make their tomorrow afternoon. Friday Night Lights (the final substantive update of the year) will appear on Monday. There may be a post or two shuffled in today or tomorrow as well, but no guarantees.

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Recruiting Update 12-10-08

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Tim

All-conference performers in Southeastern Conference play include 2010 WR commit Jeremy Jackson of AA Huron and 2010 RB prospect Nick Hill from Chelsea.

2010 OH TE Greg Gainey has transferred from Trotwood-Madison to Thurgood Marshall. Without the pipeline advantage, and at a position of little need, will he remain a Michigan target? He stays on the board for now, but he's a candidate for removal.

2010 PA DE Dakota Royer was picked to his All-conference team on offense and defense. Stats? Stats.
56 catches for 1,099 yards (20 yards per grab) and five TDs. 132 tackles, 11 sacks.
He has offers from Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, and Maryland at this point.

Want some fluff on 2010 IL QB Detchauz Wray? It's your lucky day!
Junior quarterback Detchauz Wray completed 133 of 228 passes (58.3 percent) this season for 2,564 yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing only five turnovers. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound signal caller also rushed for 260 yards and five touchdowns...

Wray's impressive numbers have gained the attention of several Division I programs. The Flyers' standout has already received offers from Arizona and Kansas State, Sunkett said. Illinois and Kansas have also shown Wray interest.

Sunkett said East St. Louis' offense doesn't call for the quarterback to run often but that Wray has the ability to be a dual threat. However, Wray's stature may force him to change positions, possibly wide receiver or cornerback, at the next level.
For now, he'll remain at QB on the board, but he is a definite position-change candidate down the road.

Though Minnesota recently lost their OL coach, the new hire has already hit the road to recruit a few UM prospects:
Meanwhile, new Gophers running game coordinator-offensive line coach Tim Davis, who left No. 1 Alabama last week for Minnesota, spent Monday, his first day with the Gophers, in Phoenix recruiting 6-foot-6, 265-pound Taylor Lewan [2009], a nationally sought offensive lineman. Today, Davis plans to be at Cretin-Derham Hall, which has 6-8, 296-pound junior offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson [2010], who is among the country's elite prep players.
Lewan is heading to Ann Arbor this weekend for his official visit. Other prospects on the docket include:
NC CB Josh Hunter (North Carolina Commit).
FL S/LB Commit Mike Jones.
FL K Commit Brendan Gibbons.
Speaking of Gibbons, he's been selected to the Army All-American Bowl. He will be headed there instead of the ESPNU game, to which he was already committed.

From yesterday's WTKA Recruiting Roundup with Sam Webb:
  • Will Campbell enjoyed his Michigan official last weekend. Both parents want Will to go to Michigan, and have mentioned that recruiters have seemed... disingenuous... at some other schools, particularly in regards to treating Will's mother like an annoyance.
  • 2010 OH RB Erick Howard grew up liking Michigan, and the Wolverines would start at an advantage if he is recruited down the road.
  • 2009 MI TE Dion Sims has eliminated Michigan. I knew he was never really going to end up here, and I've been saying (even when he was still on the table) that he doesn't seem like a guy who likes football or has the necessary intensity to enjoy it in Rich Rodriguez's program. It's sad to lose another instate guy, but c'est la vie.
Another recruiting post sometime late this week or early next week.

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Blogpoll Final Ballot: Week 15

by Tim

RankTeamDelta
1 Oklahoma --
2 Florida --
3 Texas --
4 Penn State --
5 Southern Cal --
6 Alabama --
7 Texas Tech --
8 Utah --
9 Ohio State --
10 Boise State --
11 TCU --
12 Georgia Tech --
13 Georgia --
14 Cincinnati --
15 Oklahoma State --
16 Missouri --
17 Michigan State --
18 Virginia Tech --
19 Iowa --
20 Brigham Young --
21 Pittsburgh --
22 Oregon --
23 Boston College --
24 Northwestern --
25 Oregon State 1

Dropped Out: Ball State (#25).

With no comments on the draft ballot, everything remains as it was. Again, the deltas are inaccurate, so pay them no mind.

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The Path to the NCAA Tournament

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 by Tim

With Michigan's basketball team attaining a new standard of relevance, it's easy to see how Wolverines fans are already prognosticating a run to the NCAA tournament. Wins over UCLA and Duke are certainly a stepping stone towards achieving that goal, but there is still work to be done. Let's see what Michigan has to do to make it into the Big Dance. Sagarin Ratings are little more than a rough draft at this point, but they give us some idea of the relative strengths of the teams.

Completed Schedule
DateOpponent
Sagarin
Result
Record
11-11-08
Michigan Tech
(DII)
77-55
1-0
11-12-08
Northeastern
151
76-56
2-0
11-20-08
(n) UCLA
20
55-52
3-0
11-21-08
(n) Duke
4
56-71
3-1
11-25-08
Norfolk State
321
83-49
4-1
11-29-08
Savannah State
230
66-64
5-1
12-3-08
@Maryland
39
70-75
5-2
12-6-08
Duke
4
81-73
6-2

The wins over UCLA and Duke were certainly not expected, and one could easily maintain that Michigan has done better through the first part of its schedule than could possibly have been expected. Salvaging the win over Savannah State was key. Had Michigan been able to top Maryland on the road (and, in all honesty, they should have), we'd be looking at a pretty highly-ranked team right now.

Remaining Non-conference Schedule
DateOpponent
Sagarin
Projection
12-13-08
Eastern Michigan
261
W
12-20-08
Oakland
124
W
12-22-08
Florida Gulf Coast
317
W
12-29-08
NC Central
345
W
2-7-08
@ UConn
7
L

The remaining four games before the start of the conference schedule are all must-wins. Even with some good victories under their belt, the Wolverines would be devastated by a loss to any of these teams. The mid-year tilt with UConn looks like a loss this early in the year, but who knows where the teams will be come February?

Conference Schedule
DateOpponent
Sagarin
Projection
12-31-08
Wisconsin
31
W
1-4-09
Illinois
25
T
1-7-09
@ Indiana
146
W
1-11-09
Iowa
65
W
1-14-09
@ Illinois
25
L
1-17-09
Ohio State
5
L
1-20-09
@ Penn State
80
W
1-24-09
Northwestern
36
W
1-28-09
@ Ohio State
5
L
1-31-09
@ Purdue
33
L
2-5-09
Penn State
80
W
2-10-09
Michigan State
37
T
2-15-09
@ Northwestern
36
T
2-19-09
Minnesota
57
W
2-22-09
@ Iowa
65
T
2-26-09
Purdue
33
T
3-1-09
@ Wisconsin
31
L
3-7-09
@ Minnesota
57
T

Going into the conference schedule, it loks like Michigan will have a 10-2 record (and will and with a 10-3 non-conference record overall). The conference predictions are little more than guesses at this point, because it's hard to tell this early in the season exactly how good all these teams are. Regardless, I project Michigan to be 17-8 (7-5) with 6 in-conference toss-ups. They would likely need to win at least two of those toss-ups, but preferably three to bring them to 20-11 (10-8). This would nearly assure them a bid to the NCAA tournament, especially if combined with a win or two in the Big Ten Tourney. 19-12 (9-9) would likely necessitate a couple wins in the Big Ten Tournament to warrant an NCAA bid.

Of course, Michigan will overachieve at times, and likely underachieve at others. The key is to minimize bad losses, and win most of the games that they should. Combined with the possibility for an upset or two, they should be able to make the tournament.

Another key will be closing the season strong. Unlike college football, finishing the regular season strong is an established criterion for selection to the NCAA tournament. With a likely loss and three tossups in the final four regular-season games, Michigan will have to find a way to win a couple of those tossups to warrant strong consideration.

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Iowa v. Northwestern

by Tim

With Michigan idle during the bowl season, I'll take a little closer of a look at the rest of the Big Ten. Let's start today with Iowa v. Northwestern.

Lake the Posts, poster-blog for "hey give us respect, guys!" posting, has yet another issue with not getting what the Cats "deserve." 8-4 Iowa has been selected to the Outback Bowl over the 9-3 Wildcats, who also hold a head-to-head victory on the season. Well, for once there may be a legitimate gripe here. Let's take a look at the resumes:

Resumes
Team#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10
#11
#12
Iowa
24-23 PSU
55-0 Minn
38-16 Wisc
FIU 42-0
IU 45-9Purdue 22-17IaSt 17-5
Maine 46-3
21-20 Pitt
16-13 MSU
22-17 NU
27-24 Ill
Northwestern
Minn 24-17
Iowa 22-17
Ill 27-10
Duke 24-20Purdue 48-26
Mich 21-14
Ohio 16-8
Syr 30-10
SIU 33-7
45-10 OSU
37-20 MSU
21-19 IU

Neither resume is particularly impressive, and they're fairly hard to differentiate at this point (aside form the head-to-head win). Let's break it down further.

Resume Breakdown

Common Opponents
Non-conference
Other
GameMinn
Purdue
IU
Ill
MSU
#1
#2
#3
#4
#1
#2
Iowa
55-0
22-17
45-9
27-24
16-13
42-0 FIU
17-5 IaSt
46-3 Maine
21-20 Pitt
24-23 PSU
38-16 Wisc
Northwestern
24-17
48-26
21-19
27-10
37-20
24-20 Duke
30-10 Syr
16-8 Ohio33-7 SIU
21-14 Mich
45-10 OSU
EdgeIowa
NU
Iowa
NU
Iowa
NU
Push
Iowa
NU
Iowa
Iowa

Northwestern gets the non-conference nod, though it's slightly skewed because they didn't lose a non-conference game, whereas Iowa lost to the only legit opponent either team played. Northwestern's crappy non-con schedule gets a bump of one spot at each position. If you were to sort just by quality of opposition, ignoring win/loss record, Iowa's slate would take Northwestern's behind the woodshed.

Overall, the resumes are very similar, but Iowa's seems to be better on the whole, despite the head-to-head loss and the slightly worse record. The common opponents occupy a high slot on Northwestern's resume, and their wins were either comparable or not as impressive. In loss, Iowa was competitive in every game they played (and let's not even get into how they should have beaten both Michigan State and Pitt), whereas Northwestern was either getting blown out by good teams, or losing to Indiana, of all teams.

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Recruiting Update 12-8-08

Monday, December 08, 2008 by Tim

Lots of recruiting stuff came out over the past few days, so expect another update coming soon.

Recruiting Boards:
2009 Class & 2010 Class.

In case you thought he didn't recruit, The Freep's Mark Snyder confirms that Rich Rodriguez has indeed been on the road:
Nonetheless, Michigan’s football coach has been covering the country as part of his recruiting plan. He said he started in Detroit, was in Chicago on Wednesday and will hit California, Texas, Florida and Ohio this month before he’s off the road.
You can guess who he's visiting in each place. Snyder also reports that Rodriguez expects 8 early-enrolling recruits from the class of '09. Those would be Tate Forcier, Shavodrick Beaver, Vincent Smith, William Campbell if he re-commits, Anthony LaLota, Brandin Hawthorne, Mike Jones, and Vlad Emilien.

Added to the 2009 Board: LA DE Bennie Logan, who has been offered (info in header).
Added to the 2010 Board: NE DB Darius Evans. He grew up in Ohio and likes the Big Ten (info in header).

There's been something of a minor inter-freakout among the Michigan fanbase over a comment posted by DandyDon.com about 2009 MI DT William Campbell.
As for William Campbell, I list him at 60-40 because he has told an LSU commitment more than once that he was going to sign with LSU.
Not to besmirch the honor of Dandy Don, but regardless of his source, I don't think the information is correct. All reports on Campbell's LSU visit have indicated he was less-than-enthused, and barring a sea-change in his sentiments, I think Michigan is still the leader, especially after he stormed the court following the hoops upset over Duke. Also storming the court after the upset over the Blue Devils? 2010 DE William Gholston, pictured below in the lovely purple T-Shirt, along with Brandon Graham in the black jacket.


2009 SC OL Quinton Washington. He's receiving his in-home visits, including one from his Michigan recruiter. He'll go on a couple visits of his own following his participation in the Shrine bowl.

Still (somewhat surprisingly, given the lack of information about him relating to Michigan) considering the Wolverines is 2009 GA CB Darren Myles. Michigan appears to be in his de facto top 6, along with Alabama, LSU, West Virginia, Purdue, and Georgia Tech.

2009 FL CB Jayron Hosley plans to take an official to Ann Arbor the weekend of January 16.

2009 MD LB Jelani Jenkins is a finalist for the high school edition of the Butkus Award. Other notable finalists: MSU Commit Chris Norman, OSU commit Dorian Bell, AL LB Tana Patrick.

Though I thought he was planning to make a commitment a couple weeks back, 2009 MD RB Tavon Austin now says he'll wait until signing day. West Virginia is his current leader, followed by Maryland, UNC, and Michigan.

2010 OH OL Matt James. He has now been offered by Notre Dame (info in header). They seemed to be right in the thick of things before they offered, I'd now assume they are an early leader.

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Blogpoll Preliminary Ballot: Week 15

by Tim

RankTeamDelta
1 Oklahoma --
2 Florida --
3 Texas --
4 Penn State --
5 Southern Cal --
6 Alabama --
7 Texas Tech --
8 Utah --
9 Ohio State --
10 Boise State --
11 TCU --
12 Georgia Tech --
13 Georgia --
14 Cincinnati --
15 Oklahoma State --
16 Missouri --
17 Michigan State --
18 Virginia Tech --
19 Iowa --
20 Brigham Young --
21 Pittsburgh --
22 Oregon --
23 Boston College --
24 Northwestern --
25 Oregon State 1

Dropped Out: Ball State (#25).

Update: Deltas "fixed," by which I mean they are now wrong, because they are deltas from what I originally submitted this morning.

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Friday Night Lights 2009: December 7

Sunday, December 07, 2008 by Tim

If you know of an article that can help out, let me know. I'll fill in the remaining game articles/stats as I find the articles. 2010 updates will come in the form of a year-end wrapup.

Still Playing
CA QB Tate Forcier
This Week: Scripps Ranch v. Oceanside in round 3 of the playoffs. Scripps loses 49-14.
Forcier, averaging 303 yards per game in the air and 86 on the ground, was sacked seven times and finished with no yards rushing on 16 carries and was 9-of-23 for 106 yards and two interceptions.
Ouch.
After a one-hour, 52-minute delay, the game resumed and the Falcons (8-4) took advantage of the break in Oceanside's momentum, scoring on a 7-yard Forcier run on the last play of the first quarter, and again on a 6-yard Forcier run with 32 seconds left in the first half to tie it.
The article sounds like his offensive line killed him in this game, and an MGoBlog diarist who was there corroborates it.
Season Totals: Scripps Ranch 7-3. Lost in the third round of the playoffs.
Tate Forcier 2008
GameComp
Att
%
Yds
TD
Int
Yds/Att
Rush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Poway
19
32
59.38
269
1
1
8.41
8
81
10.13
3
West Hills162955.172341
0
8.07---0
Morse101283.332675022.25-
-
-
0
Serra15
20
75.00
228
2
2
11.40
4
28
7.00
2
University City
18
25
72.00
348
3
0
13.92
3
48
16.00
1
St. Augustine
18
33
54.55
321
1
1
9.73
14
121
8.64
3
Henry19
27
70.37
524
4
2
19.41
4
37
9.25
0
Lincoln
13
18
72.22
237
0
2
13.17
13
218
16.77
2
Mira Mesa
23
32
71.88
267
0
1
8.34
13
73
5.62
0
Cathedral
21
36
58.33
295
4
1
8.11
8
93
11.63
0
Regular Season
172
264
65.15
2990
21
10
11.33
67
699
10.43
10
Westview
27
39
69.23
328
2
3
8.41
9
84
9.11
0
Oceanside
9
23
39.13
106
0
2
4.61
16
0
0.00
2
Playoffs
36
62
58.06
434
2
5
7.00
25
84
3.36
2
Totals
208
326
63.80
3424
23
15
10.50
92
783
8.51
12
Forcier photo by John R. McCutcheon of the Union Tribune.

FL RB Vincent Smith
This Week: Pahokee v. Frostproof in round 3 of the playoffs. Pahokee wins 30-0. Article 2.

Smith carried the ball six times for 50 yards on the ensuing 11-play drive, capping it off with a 7-yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the first quarter.

It was the first of three touchdown runs for Smith.

"He's a stud," Thompson said.

Article 3.
Smith, who will sign with the University of Michigan in February, could have had more. He had an 85-yard touchdown run called back in the fourth quarter for a block in the back.
For the record, he will not sign in February, because he's planning to enroll early.
Season Totals: Pahokee 8-3. Into the state championship game.
Vincent Smith 2008
GameRush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Olive Branch
17
135
7.94
2
PB Gardens
12
73
6.08
2
King's
12
81
6.75
2
PB Lakes
19
241
12.68
3
Jupiter
16
156
9.75
2
Byrnes
17
65
3.82
0
Melbourne CC
17
182
10.71
3
John Carroll
20
195
9.75
3
Cardinal Newman
9
178
19.78
2
Vero Beach
16
212
13.25
2
Glades Central
29
136
4.69
1
Regular Season
184
1654
8.99
22
Parkway
19
163
8.58
2
University
16
126
7.88
2
Frostproof
25
204
8.16
3
Playoffs
60
493
8.23
7
Totals
244
2147
8.80
29
Smith photo by Cindy Skop of The Ledger.

FL Slot Jeremy Gallon
This Week: Apopka v. Seminole in round 3 of the playoffs. Apopka loses 28-7.
Counting an 11-yard loss on an errant pitchout, Gallon netted 51 yards on 26 rushing attempts.
Without that bad pitch, he would have been 25 for 62, still a crappy day.
Season Totals: Apopka 8-2. Lost in 3rd round of the playoffs.
Jeremy Gallon 2008

Passing
Rushing
Receiving
GameComp
Att
%
Yds
TD
Int
Yds/Att
Rush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Rec
Yds
Yds/Rec
TD
Lake Brantley
2
3
66.67
70
1
0
23.33
27
138
5.11
0
3
33
16.50
1
Freedom
1
3
33.00
5
0
0
1.67
15
134
8.93
2
1
6
6.00
0
South Panola
5
8
62.50
132
2
0
16.50
21
168
8.001
0
0
-
0
Ocoee
1
2
50.00
5
0
0
2.50
12
214
17.33
4
0
0
-
0
Edgewater
0
0
-
0
0
0
-
20
100
5.00
2
0
0
-
0
Wekiva
3
7
42.86
48
1
0
6.86
20
311
15.55
5
0
0
-
0
Winter Park
3
6
50.00
81
1
1
13.50
18
93
5.17
2
0
0
-
0
Olympia



1
0

31
240
7.742
0
0
-
0
East Ridge
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
3
-3
-1.00
0
0
0
-
0
West Orange
DNP (Injury)
Regular Season
15+
29+
51.72
341+
6+
1
11.76
167
1395
8.35
18
4
39
9.75
1
Timber Creek








137

1
0
0
-
0
East Ridge




2



276

4




Seminole







26
51
1.96
1




Playoffs




2



454

6
0
0
-
0
Totals11
20
55.00
245
8+
0
8.41
149+
1808
8.74
24
2
33
16.50
1
Also, 1 KO return TD.


LA DT DeQuinta Jones
This Week: Bastrop v. Belle Chasse in round 4 of the playoffs (state semifinal). Bastrop loses 35-34.
Season Totals: Bastrop 9-1. Lost in 4th round of the playoffs.
DeQuinta Jones 2008
GameTackleSack
FumRec
Dollarway
4
0
2
Richwood
6
1
0
E St. John
8
0
0
Rayville
7
0
0
Franklin
7
0
0
Evangel Christian
7
0
0
Neville
5
1
0
West Ouachita
8
0
0
Carroll
3
0
0
Regular Season
55
2
2
LaGrange
0
0
0
Cox
2
1
0
Zachary
1
0
1
Belle Chasse



Playoffs
3
1
1
Totals
58
3
3


AZ DE Craig Roh
This Week: Chaparral v. Saguaro in the state championship game. Chaparral loses 38-0. Article 2.
Season Totals: Chaparral 9-1. Lost in the state finals.
Craig Roh 2008
GameTackle
Sack
Safety
Int
Yds
Fum
Def TD
Rec
Yds
2Pt
Marana
13
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
Cienega
13
2.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Prescott
6
2.5
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
Copper Canyon
7
2
0
1
60
0
1
0
0
0
Apache Junction
13
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
McClintock
10
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Saguaro
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Shadow Mountain
DNP (ankle, leg)
Paradise Valley
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cactus Shadows
9
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Regular Season
86
11.5
1
1
60
2
1
2
6
2
Agua Fria
7
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cienega
7
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Canyon Del Oro
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Saguaro










Playoffs
23
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals109
14.5
2
1
60
2
1
2
6
2


FL LB Brandin Hawthorne
This Week: Pahokee v. Frostproof in round 3 of the playoffs. Pahokee wins 30-0. Article 2. Article 3.


Seasons Over
TX QB Shavodrick Beaver
Season Totals: Rider 7-3. Lost in 2nd round of playoffs.
Shavodrick Beaver 2008
GameComp
Att
%
Yds
TD
Int
Yds/Att
Rush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Cedar Hill182572.002721
0
10.88141037.362
Sulphur Springs213363.64249227.5518844.670
Tyler132650.00105104.048556.881
Ryan9
18
50.00
123
0
0
6.837
27
3.86
2
Guyer13
24
54.17
139
2
0
5.79
2
18
9.00
0
Colony
DNP (shoulder)
Denton
DNP (shoulder)
Lake Dallas
DNP (shoulder)
Little Elm
DNP (shoulder)
Wichita Falls
DNP (shoulder)
Springtown
DNP (shoulder)
Stephenville
DNP (shoulder)
Totals74
126
58.73
888
6
2
7.04
49
287
5.86
5

MI RB Teric Jones
Season Totals: Cass 7-2. Lost in 2nd Round of the playoffs.
Teric Jones 2008
GameRushYdsYds/AttTD
Central18
157
8.72
2
Pershing




Crockett

(200+)


Denby
7
124
17.71
2
King
9
103
11.44
1
Southeastern




Chadsey




Cody

161

2
Southeastern
21
97
4.62
1
Reg Season
55+
842+
8.75
8+
Mott
18
165
9.17
0
Southeastern




Seaon Totals
73+
1007+
8.85
8+

OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint
Season Totals: Liberty 8-2, lost in first round of playoffs.
Fitzgerld Toussaint 2008
GameRush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Rec
Yds
Yds/Rec
TD
Brookfield
19
115
6.05
1
1
48
48.00
1
Niles1520913.934
-
---
Campbell15
261
17.40
4
-
-
-
-
Struthers19
258
13.58
4
-
-
-
-
Salem
13
246
18.92
4
-
-
-
-
Champion
14
282
20.14
5
-
-
-
-
Lakeview
32
253
7.91
2
-
-
-
-
Hubbard
33
250
7.58
2
-
-
-
-
Howland
30
124
4.13
0
0
0
0
0
Girard26
219
8.42
2




Reg Season
216
2217
10.26
24
1
48
48.00
1
Chagrin Falls
21
26
1.24
0
-
-
-
-
Season Final
237
2243
9.46
24
1
48
48.00
1

IL OL Michael Schofield
Season Totals: Sandburg 6-3. Lost in first round of playoffs.

OK DT Pearlie Graves
Season Totals: East Central 10-0. Lost in 3rd round of playoffs (state semifinal).
Graves: 61 Tackles, 4.0 Sacks, 2 fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

NJ DE Anthony LaLota
Season Totals: Hun 4-4. Missed the playoffs.
Anthony LaLota 2008

Defense
Offense
GameTackle
Sack
Team Rush
Wyoming Seminary
-
-
-
Mercersburg5
2406
Penn Charter



Lawrenceville


252
Blair



Peddie



Sayreville



Hill



Totals5
2
658

IN LB Jordan Barnes
Season Totals: Homestead 8-1, lost in first round of playoffs.
Jordan Barnes 2008
GameTackle
Sack
INT
Huntington
8
0
0
Warsaw11
0
0
East Noble
8
0
0
Columbia
5
1
0
Bellmont
8
0
0
DeKalb
7
0
0
Carroll
4
0
2
Norwell
7
0
0
New Haven
-
-
-
Snider
-
-
-
Totals58+
1+
2+

FL LB Mike Jones
Season Totals: Edgewater 5-5. Missed the playoffs.

OH S Isaiah Bell
Season Totals: Liberty 8-2, lost in first round of playoffs.

FL S Vladimir Emilien
Season Totals: Plantation 6-4, lost in first round of playoffs.
Emilien missed the entire year with knee ligament damage.

MI S Thomas Gordon
Season Totals: Cass 7-2. Lost in 2nd Round of the playoffs.
Thomas Gordon 2008
GameComp
Att
%
Yds
TD
Int
Yds/Att
Rush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Central










Pershing










Crockett










Denby10
16
62.50
163
3
0
10.19




King1
1
100
3
(2pt)
0
3.00
14
98
7.00
0
Southeastern









1
Chadsey









1
Cody







146

2
Southeastern









1
Reg Season
11+
17+

166+
3+

9.76
14+
244+
7.00
5+
Mott


105




105


Southeastern











Playoffs










Obviously Gordon's stats are woefully incomplete at this point. If you can help out, leave a message in the comments.

OH CB/S Justin Turner
Season Totals: Washington 6-4. Lost in first round of playoffs.
Justin Turner 2008
GameRush
Yds
Yds/Att
TD
Rec
Yds
Yds/Rec
TD
Int
Yds
TD
Tkl
KOR
Avg
TD
Buchtel
22
140
6.36
0
2
7
3.50
0
0
0
0
0
0
-
0
Jordan
23
128
5.57
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
4
3
18.33
0
Normandy23
156
6.78
3
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
4
0
-
0
Ursuline12
25
2.08
0
3
42
14.00
1
0
0
0
3.5
1
17.00
0
Garfield22
192
8.73
2
0
0
-
0
1
46
1
1
1
10.00
0
St. Ignatius
10
27
2.70
0
0
0
-
0
1
60
1
1.5
5
24.60
0
Brantford
3
65
21.67
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Harding
20
213
10.65
2
3
57
19.00
0
1
64
0
1.5
0
0
0
Mentor
30
179
5.97
0
1
10
10.00
0
0
0
0
0
2
2.0
0
McKinley28
208
7.43
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
5
1
31.00
0
Reg. Season193
1333
6.91
10
9
116
12.89
1
3
170
2
20.5
13
18.46
0
Hoover14
47
3.36
1
0
0
-
0
0
0
0
2.5
0
0
0
Season Totals
207
1380
6.67
11
9
116
12.89
1
3
170
2
23
13
18.46
0

TX CB/WR DeWayne Peace
Season Totals: SGP 7-3. Lost in 1st round of playoffs.
DeWayne Peace 2008
GameRec
Yds
Yds/Rec
TD
Rush
Yds
Yds/Rush
TD
Berkner
6
76
12.67
0
1
-7
-7.00
0
Martin5
80
16.00
3
1
10
10.00
0
Summit6
170
28.33
2
3
14
4.67
0
Northwest5
66
13.20
2
2
63
31.50
1
Nimitz5
65
13.00
0
5
40
8.00
2
Cedar Hill
6
49
8.17
0
4
21
5.25
0
Irving
5
36
7.20
1
6
9
1.50
0
Duncanville6
27
4.50
0
10
45
4.50
0
MacArthur1
21
21.00
0
0
0
0
0
Grand Prairie
5
70
14.00
1
0
0
0
0
Allen
2
27
13.5
0
0
0
0
0
Totals52
687
13.21
9
32
195
6.09
3
Peace must have been hurt near the end of the year, because his production dropped off completely, and they stopped trying to get him the ball in the run game.

FL K Brendan Gibbons
Season Totals: Cardinal Newman 2-8, missed the playoffs.

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