Thursday, March 4, 2021

Alan Bowman, Wolverine

 

Alan Bowman (image via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Former Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Michigan.

Bowman was a product of Grapevine (TX) Grapevine in the 2018 class, ranked as a 3-star, the #37 pro-style quarterback, and #899 overall. (Note: Joe Milton was the #9 pro-style QB in that class.) Aside from Texas Tech, he also had offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, SMU, some Ivy League schools, etc.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Tay'shawn Trent, Wolverine

 

Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit WR Tay'shawn Trent (image via Freep)

Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit wide receiver Tay'shawn Trent committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Penn State, and West Virginia, among others.

Trent is listed at 6'4" and 205 lbs.

RANKINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #26 WR, #206 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #33 WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #63 WR

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Monday, March 1, 2021

2022 Recruiting Update: March 1, 2021

 

Demari and Ja'Cari Henderson (image via Orlando Sentinel)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2022

Joseph Adedire - DE - Arlington (TX) Mansfield Summit: Adedire is a 6'3", 250 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Colorado, and Indiana, among others. He's a 3-star, the #35 strongside end, and #525 overall. As a junior in 2020, he made 53 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.

Kyle Efford - LB - Dacula (GA) Dacula: Efford is a 6'1", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #32 inside linebacker, and #973 overall.

Mario Eugenio - DE - Clearwater (FL) Gaither: Eugenio is a 6'3", 230-pounder with offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #19 weakside end, and #366 overall.

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Will Johnson, Wolverine

 

Grosse Pointe (MI) South CB Will Johnson (image via SI)

Grosse Pointe (MI) South cornerback Will Johnson committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from LSU, Ohio State, USC, and a bunch of others.

Johnson is listed at 6'3" and 190 lbs. He's a

RANKINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 87 grade, #4 CB, #29 overall
Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #4 CB, #13 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #6 CB, #33 overall

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Review of 2008 Recruiting: Safety

 

Brandon Smith

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Reigniting the look at past recruiting classes, here's a gander back toward 2008. Remember that 2008 was Michigan's transition class between Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez. The roster had promising players at safety (Brandon Harrison, Stevie Brown, Michael Williams) but no real standouts.

It turned out that Michigan's best safety would come from the 2008 high school graduating class. But the great Jordan Kovacs would not join the team until 2009 as a walk-on.

THE ROSTER

  • Shakir Edwards (RS Sr.)
  • Charles Stewart (RS Sr.)
  • Brandon Harrison (Sr.)
  • Stevie Brown (Jr.)
  • Nick Koenigsknecht (RS So.)
  • Artis Chambers (So.)
  • Jordan Reilly (RS Fr.)
  • Karl Tech (RS Fr.)
  • Michael Williams (RS Fr.)
  • Floyd Simmons (Fr.)

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Ben VanSumeren, Spartan

 Normally I wouldn't devote a whole post to the commitment of a former Michigan Wolverine to another school, but this one is special. Because former Michigan fullback/running back/linebacker Ben VanSumeren committed to transfer to the Michigan State Spartans.

Is it okay to dislike VanSumeren now?

Yes. Yes, it is.

Sports are built around rivalries and competition, and VanSumeren could have gone to 127 other programs without much of an issue, anywhere except Michigan State or Ohio State. Instead, he chose to go to the in-state rival. It's understandable to an extent that an in-state kid (VanSumeren is from Garber High School in Essexville, MI) would want to stay close to home, but if you're truly a proponent of the University of Michigan, you don't transfer to Michigan State or Ohio State.

VanSumeren was a man without a position in Ann Arbor. He should have been a fullback, except Michigan basically got rid of that position with the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis in 2019. Michigan tried him at running back, but 9 carries for 20 yards and 1 touchdown didn't show much. Michigan tried him at linebacker (7 tackles in 2020), but he was lost. Maybe he would have been better if he hadn't played three different positions in three seasons.

I don't wish ill upon Ben VanSumeren or his family, but I do hope he loses every remaining game of his college career.

Friday, February 19, 2021

What I've Been Reading

 I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so here's a brief look at what I've been reading in the hopes that you'll share some of your latest interests, too.

Savage Son by Jack Carr

Savage Son by Jack Carr is the third book in a trilogy, which started with The Terminal List and then True Believer. I don't want to give away too much, but protagonist James Reece is a (former) Navy SEAL who takes matters into his own hands. You might have seen me post about Brad Thor's books, and Reece is very similar to Scot Harvath in those novels. Not surprisingly, Thor's long-running Harvath series inspired Carr to write his own books. Carr's books are a little darker and more technical, and they're pretty good thrillers.

Hit the jump for more.