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Delusional Florida Fan Post Wildly Inaccurate “Preview” Of The Michigan Game

This is why we can’t have nice things and why Florida fans shouldn’t have blogs.

Check out this “Michigan v. Florida preview” piece written by a Florida fan boi.  It’s inaccurate and embarrassing that he published this piece and hasn’t edited the mistakes.  The guy is entitled to write whatever he would like to write, but to have so many gross inaccuracies is bad, really bad.

Let’s start with the dumbest part of the article first and we’ll get to the less dumb stuff later.  Here’s a great one about the linebackers.

On the other hand, Michigan’s oldest linebacker this year will be sophomore Devin Bush. That is horrifying news for a defense that traditionally makes its living stopping the run. The situation there is so dire that Michigan had to plug sophomore safety Khaleke Hudson into the hybrid Viper position that Jabrill Peppers once occupied just to field a two deep. And while Hudson brings the physical upside of an aggressive safety, he’s also extremely raw.

Bush is Michigan’s oldest LB?  Huh?  Somehow this clown forgot that Michigan is returning a 5th year senior in Mike McCray and seniors Noah Furbush (you said furbush) and Mike Wroblewski to go along with Devin Bush. There are also plenty of guys who saw significant action at LB in 2016.  I’m not sure where this guy got the impression that the wolverines were “forced to plug Khaleke Hudson” into the viper position.  Hudson was recruited to play that position for Don Brown, he wasn’t “forced” into it.

Oh, but there is more….

 Talent has never been the issue with Jim Harbaugh, but the Wolverines are almost certain to take a step back in 2017 with a complete lack of experience across the board. How big of a step back is yet to be determined.

I don’t think that it’s a done deal that Michigan will take a “step back” at all, there is more than enough talent and returning contributors for Michigan to actually take a step forward!  Look, Ohio State got rocked by departures in 2016 and managed to plug in young kids and do pretty well last season, while Michigan isn’t at that level yet, the recruiting has been stellar, so Michigan doesn’t have to take a step back at all.  They obviously could slide a bit in 2017  but it is’t “certain” at all.  The schedule should help with Ohio State and Sparty at home.  Michigan will be favored to win in nine of its games, including the season opener with Florida.  They won’t be favored at Wisconsin, at Penn State and home against the Buckeyes.  I’m dubious that Michigan will lose to Penn State, I have my fraud detectors up on the Nittany Lions.  As you can see I think there are 9, 10 or even 11 wins in the cards for Michigan, I’m not quite certain how that is a “step back.”  Maybe I can’t count.

LOL….

But faced with filling virtually every possible hole a team could have to fill in an off-season will at the very least make for a rough September for Harbaugh.

Help me out, why is losing players to the NFL draft only a bad thing for schools playing against the school you root for?  A simple look at the NFL draft from April reveals that no less than five Florida defensive players were drafted in the first 78 spots.  Just a thought, but I’m guessing Jim McElwain isn’t thrilled to have to replace have of his defense either.

Um, no….

Yet, history has a funny way of being taken out of the equation when one team is significantly more experienced, bigger, faster, stronger, and better. 

Ok, I’m willing to give this guy the “experience” narrative but I’m not sold on the facts that Michigan is significantly more inexperienced than the gators, the Wolverines don’t have a ton of returning players but they do bring back a good amount of reps on the defensive side and I’m also convinced that the new wolverines are much more talented than the graduated wolverines.

The “Bigger, faster, stronger and better” line is hilarious and appears to be yanked out of this guys southern orifice. It’s a bit odd to use this line when you have been out recruited by Harbaugh and company since both coaches arrived at their new jobs….maybe Harbaugh is recruiting smaller, slower, weaker and worse players than Florida yet still ending up higher in the recruiting rankings.  Odd.

I could go on all day tearing this article to pieces but I think you get the point, this guy is a clueless fan boi who has no interest in writing a fair and balanced preview.  If you are looking for a more balanced analysis, click this one.

 



Looking ahead: Michigan recruiting needs in 2018

Jim Harbaugh and his staff reeled in the consensus No. 5 recruiting class int he nation in 2017, and Michigan coaches now are fully focused on the 2018 recruiting class.

On the heels of two massive classes, Michigan will look to be more selective as there will be 17 to 20 potential spots open in the 2018 recruiting cycle. Because the Wolverines have loaded up the roster with 56 players in the past two cycles, they can afford to swing for the fences with this class.

The three main areas of need for Michigan are running back, offensive line and tight end.

1. Offensive line: Michigan missed on “big-body” tackles in 2017, so it is a need for the class of 2018. Michigan will lose Patrick Kugler and Mason Cole following the 2017 season, so expect the Wolverines to take up to six offensive linemen in 2018. Top targets include 6-9, 390-pound OT Daniel Faalele, whom the Wolverines discovered at their satellite camp in Australia. In-state targets include four-star G Marquan McCall (Oak Park), the state’s top-ranked prospect, and three-star OT Antwan Reed (Muskegon).

2. Running back: Michigan is loaded at running back for the time being, but the Wolverines need to add at least one high-level running back in 2018. Michigan loses only Ty Issac to graduation after the 2017 season, but that won’t stop Harbaugh and Co. from swinging for the fences as they have set five-star prospect T.J. Pledger as their top target. Pledger is from the Los Angeles area, but will play his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

3. Tight end: The Wolverines signed zero tight ends in the 2017 cycle, so look for the Wolverines to add two or three in 2018. Losing Jake Butt to graduation and a potential transfer of Devin Asiasi makes this a big area of need for the Wolverines. Top targets include four-star prospect Will Mallory of Jacksonville Providence School (his dad, Mike, was a Michigan defensive tackle) and four-star recruit Brevin Jordan of powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Jordan could be a package deal with another top Michigan target, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson. And four-star TE Jeremy Ruckert of Lindenhurst (N.J.) High is shaping up as a Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer cage match.

 




 

Is This Michigan Football’s Best Recruiting Class Ever?

The 2017 Michigan recruiting class could go down as arguably the best one in school history.

While the overall class is deep and balanced, the crown jewels are the wide receivers. Michigan wanted three receivers in this class and they did themselves one better with the addition of 2016 re-recruit Brad Hawkins, who was in last year’s class but took a prep school year to get his academics in order. The wide receiver class is led by five-star Donovan Peoples-Jones – a big, physical player billed as the next great Michigan receiver. In addition to Hawkins and Peoples-Jones, Michigan also signed four-stars Tarik Black and late addition Oliver Martin. Four-star wide receiver Nico Collins is still a potential commitment for Michigan’s receivers group.

The defensive back group is strong and should provide some immediate help for the Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh and Co. went big after local kids and came up aces, landing four-star defensive backs Ambry Thomas and Jaylen Kelly-Powell. Alabama three-star defensive back J’Marick Woods has already made his way north as an early enrollee and four-star Benjamin St-Juste has made his way down from Montreal.

Others expected to have a strong impact early are four-star center Cesar Ruiz, five-star linebacker Jordan Anthony and four-star Pennsylvania defensive lineman Donovan Jeter.

The disappointment – if there is one for a top-five class – is that Michigan missed on elite running back Najee Harris, who stuck with his original commitment to Alabama. Michigan isn’t without running backs in this class, but there was a late push for Harris who some thought would flip to the Wolverines.

Marquee recruit: DT Aubrey Solomon. He was a Michigan commitment until he rescinded it after receiving a thank-you note from Michigan for visiting an event that he never attended. His name was also misspelled multiple times in the note. His re-commitment this morning was a huge get at a position of need for the Wolverines. It was also another head-to-head recruiting win for Michigan over Alabama.

The one who got away: OT Isaiah Wilson. A massive offensive tackle who was a strong Michigan lean for most of the recruiting cycle, but ultimately decided to sign with Georgia. The Wilson loss was especially tough for the Wolverines not only because he was considered a lock for most of the year, but he was also an important player at a position of need. Michigan thought of him as a player who could contribute immediately.

Position of strength: Wide receiver. Michigan’s wide receiver depth chart is loaded. With four highly rated recruits in this class and one more potentially on the way, the Wolverines should have plenty of star power and depth in the years ahead. In addition to highly rated sophomores Kekoa Crawford and Eddie McDoom, the Wolverines have loaded up on wide receiver talent in the 2017 recruiting cycle with Peoples-Jones, Black, Martin and Hawkins.

Position of worry: Running back. Michigan lost out on Harris, but they still landed a couple of running backs who could contribute in a crowded, young backfield. Kurt Taylor and O’Maury Samuels are the only two running back commitments in the class, but neither is a top 300 player. The good news for Michigan is the sophomore class is loaded and should be able to produce while Michigan searches for a feature back in the 2018 cycle.

Recruits to watch this spring: Michigan has eleven early enrollees, with none more important than center Cesar Ruiz. Michigan lost three offensive linemen to graduation and a revamped offensive line in 2017 is the most important area of need. The offensive line will be young, but more athletic than the last 10 years. It is imperative that Ruiz play early to give Michigan the flexibility to move Mason Cole to tackle of needed. Ruiz is one of the few “true” centers to come out of high school; he has the ability and the body to be an important early contributor on an line that must come together quickly.

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