2017 4* WR Jeremiah Holloman plans to visit Michigan

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Class of 2017 four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman has told Maize n Brew that he plans to visit Michigan before he commits to a program.

"Michigan still holds value to me because I understand what they are capable of doing due to their past and the recruiting classes they are bringing in," Holloman said. "I plan on trying to work out a visit."

Holloman has offers to play for Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tulane, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Troy, UAB, and UNLV.

Regarding the ability to play for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout said, "It would be big especially due to the fact that he played there himself."

Holloman is ranked as the 220th overall player in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports. He is in the 28th best at his position and 24th highest rated player in the state of Georgia.

"I do not have a top anything nor do I have a leader," the wide receiver mentioned. "I will commit whenever I feel the time is right."

2017 4* PG Brad Davison gets Michigan offer

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After his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan offered 2017 four-star point guard Brad Davison from Maple Grove High School in Osseo, Minnesota. The news was reported by Ryan James of Rivals.

Davison is the 89th ranked player from the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the 20th overall point guard and the third-best player from the state of Minnesota.

Along with Michigan, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard has offers from Stanford, Wisconsin, Buffalo, Dayton, Elon, Furman, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Pacific, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wofford.

The point guard has taken an official visit to Stanford and unofficial visits to Michigan, Northern Iowa, Butler, Dayton, and Northwestern. He will visit Wisconsin on June 29th.

Davison is averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring. In 16 games, he shot 44 percent from downtown and 51 percent from the entire field, including 87 percent from the free throw line. Davison averages just 1.4 turnovers per game on the circuit.

2017 QB Jackson Gibbs on Dylan McCaffrey: "If I commit, it would be a competition"

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The recently-offered QB knows what he is getting into if he were to choose Michigan.

If he commits to Michigan, 2017 pro-style quarterback Jackson Gibbs believes he could compete with 2017 five-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey for the starting job. Gibbs was offered by Michigan on June 20th.

"I respect the heck out of [Dylan McCaffrey] as a player," Gibbs said to Maize n Brew. "I have seen his film and I think he is one of the best, but from my standpoint, that just means competition for me. I do not think coach Jim Harbaugh would have recruited me if he did not think [I could compete]. I do believe if I commit, it would be a competition for sure. It means a lot for a past professional quarterback and professional head coach in Harbaugh to recognize my talents. I have grown up with having to compete with others to win the job."

McCaffrey is the second-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation for the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the best player in Colorado and the 22nd overall player in his class. The only better pro-style signal caller is Hunter Johnson, who is committed to Clemson.

Gibbs told Maize n Brew that he believes Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Kentucky will offer soon, but continually mentioned that he has a strong interest in Michigan with coach Harbaugh and coach Jedd Fisch.

"I have talked to other schools that show strong interest in me and I feel like is a good place for me," the quarterback said. "And I am talking to a few other schools (Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Kentucky) that are going to lead to an offer soon."

When asked about being the grandson of Joe Gibbs, the 2017 graduate said, "I get this one a lot. It really is special because of how he is to me. He is obviously very well known, but around me, he is just a loving grandpa who wants the best for me."

Gibbs told Maize n Brew that he is planning to commit before the start of his senior season.

Tuesday Morning Brews: A Perfect Match

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Hitting the Links Is Still Two Feet Tall

Harbaugh, Don Brown, & Jabrill Are A Perfect Match

This talks a lot about the Michigan playbook with a good, everyman tone that’s easy to absorb.

Brad Hawkins Not Currently Enrolled

Hawkins has flown under the radar since his commitment, but as the descriptor “four-star prospect” suggests, he is a fine young player. I am looking forward to watching him play, and hopefully he’s able to get enrolled and take classes.

Best Guess Recruiting Class: 6/26/16

Six. That’s the number of five-star players on this list from Garrett Fishaw.

PFF Ranks The Top 101 Players In College Football

Jourdan Lewis ahead of Dalvin Cook. Jabrill Peppers paced by Derwin James. Maurice Hurst sandwiched in between two Alabama linebackers, and Wormley just beating out Saquon Barkley. This list was a lot of fun to explore.

James Franklin Seeking Coaching Stability

Remember a year ago, when everyone was haggling over Michigan State and OSU at the top of the East, with Penn State usually projected as the third-best team in the division? It’s only getting harder now for Franklin, who has to deal with Meyer and Dantonio, Harbaugh, and two hungry, upstart programs that it had been pushing around for a Big Ten minute.

Also: Penn State just scheduled a home-and-home with Auburn for 2021 and ‘22. Auburn has a very similar situation regarding coaching stability.

Northwestern Quarterback Position Preview

Yes, it’s that time of year again. While we’re talking quarterbacks, let me throw in this update about NFL rookie and truly unbelievable football talent, Christian Hackenberg:

Right now, he looks like a typical rookie. His passes are fluttering, his footwork is robotic and he tends to miss high when he misses a receiver. In last Wednesday's practice, he sailed two consecutive 15-yard passes over the head of a tight end -- against air. That's right, there was no defense. He had a couple of nice moments later in a two-minute drill, but it wasn't a great practice.

"Right now I expect him to look sloppy because he’s seeing a whole boat load of defenses that are coming at him daily, and there’s going to be a growth period," said Bowles, adding that he expects Hackenberg to be more comfortable in training camp.

This is disappointing. You may not have heard this, but he has the prototype body and arm strength of an elite QB.

The Latest Adventures of My Favorite DBs Coach

Earlier in the off-season, I occasionally voiced skepticism over Rutgers’ assistant coaching experience. However, this influx of youth at least produced an entertaining interview with the world’s smoothest football coach, 20-something Aaron Henry.

Well, it turns out Aaron Henry took his cornerback group out to the movies, and the stars of that movie tweeted back at the team. That’s pretty smooth there, Henry.

On Ohio State’s 2017 Recruiting Class

No comment. Actually, here is my comment.

Get To Know Bryson Spinner

I enjoyed this article about one of the people behind the growth of Dwayne Haskins.

The 12 Most Viewed Games of 2015

Ohio State got viewed a lot last season. There’s a chance Michigan might crack the list a little more often next year, with Michigan State, Ohio State, and of course the Big Ten Championship Game they’ll be attending. Also, fans around the country seem to be hating us more for some reason, so that will bring in a lot of lovely folks.

Michigan offers 2018 4* DB Aashari Crosswell

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Michigan offers another from Hawkins High in LA.

Class of 2018 four-star safety Aashari Crosswell from Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, California announced that he has received an offer from Michigan.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety is the 102nd ranked player in the nation for the class of 2018, according to 247Sports. He is the 10th-best safety and is the 10th-highest rated player in the state of California. In a few years, Crosswell could find himself in the 6-foot-2, 210-pound range. He is good in coverage and has impressive top end speed. Crosswell is a physical player and has a ton of upside.

Along with Michigan, Crosswell has offers from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Ball State, Boise State, Boston College, Brigham Young, California, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Memphis, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee, UNLV, Washington and Washington State. Crosswell took an unofficial visit to Michigan on April 15th and was offered on June 16th.

"I am just going through the process," Crosswell said to Greg Biggins of Scout regarding the possibility of committing to a school early in his recruitment process. "I am going to wait until the right moment."

Michigan offers 2019 ATH DeGabriel Floyd

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Michigan has extended an offer to a 2019 prospect from the west coast.

DeGabriel Floyd, a 2019 athlete from Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, California, has announced that he has received an offer from Michigan.

Floyd has offers from Michigan, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Tennessee. Floyd moves well and will continue to grow for three more years before he makes his way to the college stage. The development in his growth could be the biggest factor to determine which position he will take on in college. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound stud is listed as an athlete, but primarily plays running back and outside linebacker.

When asked by Greg Biggins of Scout if he was being recruited on one side of the ball more than the other, Floyd said, "Not really. I do not really know."

The athlete has an interest in Notre Dame and USC. The offer from Michigan was Floyd's fifth offer. However, he will surely see more come his way in the next few years.

"I have always liked college football," Floyd said. "All schools and all divisions, so I do not really have a favorite one right now. I am looking for a comfortable environment for my mom to be comfortable with all the coaches on the staff, I want to feel like I am at home with the people that I play with and the coaches that I am surrounded by."

Floyd could be the next big-time recruit out of Hawkins High School. He will visit Tennessee in July.

Michigan Football Film Room: New Commit ’17 3* OL Andrew Stueber

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The Darien (CT) product may be ranked lower, but his game stands out.

Andrew Stueber, the 786th ranked player in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, committed to Michigan over the weekend. The 3* tackle had offers from Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, among others, but a an offer from the University of Michigan was too much to pass up.

Stueber earned that offer the old fashioned way: by coming to Ann Arbor and competing on campus at the Michigan Big Man Camp. It had been reported by 247 that Michigan was on the fence on offering Stueber based on his junior year film, but he didn't want to leave that to chance. Anytime a kid takes an unofficial visit on his own dime, it's noteworthy, and Stueber coming to Ann Arbor for the camp and a chance to compete for a scholarship definitely opened the coaches eyes.

When it comes to his film, he immediately sticks out as the biggest and tallest guy on the field. Listed at 6'6 and 285 pounds with hardly any bad weight, he has the exact kind of frame you want in a guy who is most likely going to play tackle. However, he has a tendency to play a little too upright at times, and it's something that the Michigan coaches will certainly address. That does not limit his ability on the field right now, as his film is mostly him pancaking smaller defenders.

That is the best part about his film. It seems as if the first half of his film are all of his big-time impact blocks, and about 75% of the tape ends up with him throwing dudes to the ground. He plays with very good technique and does a good job of keeping his hands inside and maintaining leverage. His run blocking is very impressive, and once he gets coached up by Tim Drevno and Co., he should be a mauler in the run game.

There was not too much to go off with game film as far as his pass-pro goes, but there is some Nike camp stuff out there showing Stueber go up against some very good pass rushers, and he at least held his own. There's a lot of room for him to grow, but he seemed to be able to at least split the reps that were shown. He went up against fellow Michigan commit 4* DE Luiji Vilain, and won a couple reps. Impressive, to say the least, for someone pushing 300 pounds to keep up with the much smaller Vilain.

One thing that stands out about Michigan recruiting is the offer sheets of some of the lower-end prospects in the class. It seems they almost always have big-time academic institutions who have offered, and Stueber is no different. He holds offers from Harvard and Yale. Stueber fits the mold of that traditional, hard-nosed offensive lineman that Jim Harbaugh loved at Stanford and is starting to bring to Michigan. Guys who are smart and can adapt to Michigan's offense quickly.

As far as things go for Stueber when he arrives in Ann Arbor, a red-shirt is a certainty, with opportunity for playing time up for grabs. With Michigan looking to take 6 offensive linemen, and being in on highly sought after guys like TJ Slaton and Isaiah Wilson, it all depends on what that depth chart looks like. He will also be competing with JaRaymond Hall, who has been committed to Michigan since December. He looks like a right tackle, but that could change once he gets to Michigan.

Based on his film, and the Michigan coaches offering after getting hands-on with him, it's a good bet that he ends up being a contributor at some point in his Michigan career.

Michigan QB John O’Korn ranked No. 7 among 2016 quarterback transfers

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The Michigan transfer is expected to have a big impact this season.

Michigan redshirt junior quarterback John O'Korn has been ranked No. 7 among the Top 30 quarterback transfers for the 2016 season by Steven Lassan of Athlon Sports. The signal callers were ranked by "expected impact." O'Korn transferred from Houston in February of 2015 and ran the scout team for the Maize and Blue last season.

"Jim Harbaugh had a lot of success with a transfer quarterback (Jake Rudock) last season," Lassan writes. "Could the same formula work once again for the Wolverines in 2016? O’Korn had a promising start to his career at Houston, throwing for 3,117 yards and 28 scores in 2013. However, O’Korn struggled in 2014 and was benched in favor of Greg Ward after tossing eight interceptions through the first five games.

"The Florida native should benefit from a change of scenery and the opportunity to work under Harbaugh."

O'Korn will continue in a heated battle with redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight for the starting quarterback job. Even redshirt senior Shane Morris is spending more time with the first unit, so he could be a possibility under center as well.

"It’s to be determined still," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said to Max Cohen of the Detroit Free Press. "It means a lot to all of them. You can tell the way they play, just continuing to be able to play loose but play smart, continue to get repetition, continue to get looks, learn. That’s what they need to see right now."

The top spot on the list was claimed by Davis Webb (California), then Kenny Hill (TCU), Trevor Knight (Texas A&M), Dakota Prukop (Oregon), Luke Del Rio (Florida) and Mike White (WKU) at the sixth slot. The last quarterback on the list is Zach Kline at No. 30. Zach Allen, who transferred from TCU to Rutgers, is at No. 16 as the only other Big Ten Conference quarterback on the list.

2017 4* OC Cesar Ruiz puts Michigan in Top 8

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One of the nation's top offensive line recruits still has the Wolverines in the mix.

Cesar Ruiz, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound four-star center from the Class of 2017, released his Top 8, which includes Michigan.

Along with Michigan, the list includes LSU, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Florida State, North Carolina, and Auburn.

The center is the No. 134 player in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the top overall center and the 27th-best player in the state of Florida.

Ruiz has offers to play for Michigan, Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Temple, Arizona State, Baylor, Buffalo, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Missouri, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Ruiz told Maize n Brew that his Top 8 list is not in order.

The Maize and Blue have been highly active in the attempt to bring Ruiz to Ann Arbor. He was recruited to play for the Wolverines by Chris Partridge and Tim Drevno. Ruiz visited the program on June 24, 2015, and was offered the following day. Since then, he visited Michigan on April 1st. Don Brown and Jedd Fisch from Michigan visited Ruiz on May 16th.

21st century education

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Someone asked me for my ideas on what should the Governor’s new 21st Century Education Commission recommend. And to do it with no more than four recommendations. Difficult assignment.

Before getting to the two lists I did, a bit of context. I start with two pillars in thinking about education whether it is just k-12 as the commission is tasked with or more broadly from early childhood through higher education:

The first is that all kids deserve the same education no matter who their parents are. Without that we cannot live up to the core American value of equal opportunity for all. We are on the opposite track at the moment as both a country and a state. The education that is delivered to affluent kids is designed and executed differently than it is for non affluent kids. One system delivering a broad college prep (dare I say liberal arts) education, the other increasingly delivering a narrow education built around building discipline and what is on the test or now going back to narrowly preparing others’ children for a first job.

The second is that none of us have a clue what the jobs and occupations of the future will be. Today’s job are not a good indicator of what jobs will be when today’s k-12 students finish their careers in the 2050s or 2060s. We simply don’t know how smarter and smarter machines are going to change labor markets. So the purpose of K-12 education (maybe even K-16) is to build foundation skills that allow all Michigan children to have the agility and ability to constantly switch occupations. Our analogy: preparing rock climbers rather than ladder climbers in a world where known and linear career ladders are rapidly disappearing.

I answered the question with two lists of four recommendations. The first are the principles that matter most. I think this is the most important and impactful of the two lists.  The second four specifics.

My principles are:

  • The goal of K-12 for all kids, not just affluent kids, is a broad education that prepares them for good paying 40 year careers (unpredictable and nonlinear) anywhere on the planet
  • To do that non affluent kids need an education that is, at least as, focused on non cognitive skills and the rigorous 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) as the content specific cognitive skills that are on the test.
  • Non affluent kids need/deserve more funding than affluent kids
  • Unregulated markets lower, not raise, student outcomes. We need choice+regulation with high student outcomes standards.

Build an education system around those four pillars and all kids have the best chance to enjoy middle class and above careers. If not you end up with the education caste system that we increasingly have today. Where kids growing up in affluent households are prepared to succeed in the 21st century and other kids overwhelmingly are not.

My four high leverage specifics:

  • Organize schooling around the 4Cs, not what is on the test. And use assessments that are aligned to the 4Cs.
  • Increase funding for all non affluent kids by $5,000 per year from birth through high school.
  • Make MDOE the only authorizer a la Massachusetts (the state with the best student achievement by far)
  • Measure K-12 schools by post secondary success of their graduates, not tests. (You need a better data system to do that. Florida and others are way ahead of us on that. If you don’t have a high school––which all charters should be required to do––still hold them accountable for the post secondary success of their 8th graders.)


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