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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Michigan Update

Al Montoya signed with the Rangers ending his Michigan career. I say good for him and we'll move on. I don't think he ever really improved over the course of his career, he just pretty much stayed the same, sometimes even got worse. It was always the will he stay or will he go question so I'm glad it's over so we can bring in one of the two goalies we got commitments for early this year and go from there. For all he did we never got the NC that we expected him to carry us after his freshman year. With that out of the way we can concentrate on who will be playing for Michigan this next year as Tambellini is staying, after a few rumors that floated around that he was leaving early as well, along with the new incoming freshmen which include Jack Johnson who is supposed to go in the top 5 of the NHL draft this year and Andrew Cogliano who is pegged in the last third of the first round as well. Should be another exciting year of hockey, and it's been too long since we took home an NC considering all the talent we have year in and year out at Yost.

On to Football recruiting and this year we definitely need DB's badly, especially at safety considering we had a silent commitment from Nic Harris who decided to go to Oklahoma at the last minute. Good news is on its way as Steve Brown the #65 ranked player in the country according to Rivals and the #4 corner, although he will most likely play safety, in the country is set to announce on Monday August 1st and it is down to Michigan and Notre Dame. Most people are expecting him to announce for the Maize and Blue so we shall wait and see although considering the sources it is from I'd be shocked if we didn't see him in a winged helmet. Also Taylor Mays was out for an unofficial, he is the #2 athlete and #6 player in the country overall, from Seattle. He had a great visit and there are two sets of rumors in which one is it's down to Michigan and Washington, his home school as well as the school that his dad went to, or it is another Michigan and USC battle which we have not been winning many lately but if so hope this is one. DB recruiting is looking good as in addition to them Antwine Perez is still looking at Michigan, LSU and USC and with him being from New Jersey I like our chances, and also Darrin Walls, the #1 CB in the country from Woodland Hills High School in Pennsylvania, the same school as our own Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy which bodes very well for us, it is shaping up to another Michigan - Notre Dame battle with Florida also in there as well. Myron Rolle is still out there but I don't think we get him. Not sure about Mays since it is so far from home but I don't think we have to worry about our DB recruiting this year.

Now with Basketball, DeShawn Sims tore it up in Vegas and hopefully he announces for us as soon as Tory Jackson should within another few weeks. We need one of the dominoes to fall and we can get started as we are all just sitting around and waiting after the K'len Morris commitment last year. We have offered another combo guard Will Walker from Chicago and he apparently outplayed Tory in Vegas. There is also another big man from Oklahoma who we are on the top of his list but we have yet to offer Epke Udoh in case Herzog doesn't work out. As much as I would like to see Jackson, Sim and Herzog to go along with Morris to make an all state of Michigan class and show ourselves to be back in the state I don't think it will happen. I just don't have a good feeling about Herzog so Udoh, if the coaches like him enough I would like to see aboard, he's 6'9 but very thin at 220 so if he can fill out it wouldn't be a bad backup plan. Good to know the staff has backup plans in mind after the Crawford/Hairston fiasco from last year. I believe in Tommy and co. and this is the year we make our mark back on the national map.

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