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Friday, January 20, 2006

Minor: major power. Ha!
I always thought Major Major Major Major should have had a little brother named Minor Major.

Er... anyway.

Virginia runningback Brandon Minor has committed to Michigan. Rivals rates him a four-star and the #1 fullback in the country, though Michigan accepted him at tailback. Informative update coming.

... but for now, fun padding
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Informative Update: An early bloomer, Minor rushed for 209 yards in his varsity debut as a sophomore and had a monster junior year (2,032 yards and 34 touchdowns). As a result, he garnered attention from a lot of schools very early. Michigan, Miami, Tennesee, and Virginia Tech were his final four--impressive, and everyone who was after him offered him early. Witness this article from The Sabre from April:
6-0, 205-pound tailback Brandon Minor picked up an offer last week from the University of Georgia earlier this week according to Varina assistant coach Blanda Wolfe. Georgia joins Florida and Tennessee as SEC schools that have offered the talented back. Other programs to offer include Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

In a March 28th update, Minor listed Miami, Florida, Michigan and Nebraska as his favorites. Virginia, Clemson and Georgia are his most recent offers.
UGA offered before all the summer camps--and they were late to the party. Why the gap between the early offers from premier schools and Minor's guru ratings? Two reasons:
  • A hip flexor injury kept him out for much of his senior year, removing him from the spotlight.
  • Gurus are concerned about a lack of high-end speed inhibiting him, thus the rating at fullback.
Various Things Said

Some guy with a migrane-inducing website sums up the resume:
3.Brandon Minor 6-1 205 RB Varina High School (As a junior, rushed for 2,091 yards for a 10-1 team, despite his team's efforts to keep the score down during many of the second halves of games by keeping him on the bench. Did not even make 2nd-team All-State, possibly because of his team's upset loss in the regional playoffs. Second-team All-Central Region as a sophomore. Second-team All-Metro as a sophomore: during his team's 9-1 regular season, he ran for 9.0 yards-per-carry, rushing 168 times for 1,505 yards, and scored 20 touchdowns.)
Rivals recruiting honcho Mike Farrell on Minor:
"A big, tough running back with good size, a low center of gravity and toughness. Can wear a defense down. Doesn't have burning speed, but can get outside and has the potential to rattle off some 30- and 40-yarders in college. A workhorse."
Minor on car safety:
Added Varina High School junior Brandon Minor, "I didn't know you could lose so much control of a car."
Now that President Palmer is dead, look for Minor to pop up in Allstate commercials.

Editorial Opinion: Can he play tackle?

No? Damn. Despite that, the Minor acquisition is a good one. A guy who can smash face is always welcome and his offers--which are definitely genuine and came very early--are impressive, especially the Michigan one. Faced with what was looking like a very small class and a (then) extremely young, crowded backfield, Michigan saw fit to offer him immediately after signing day. That spells legit. Despite the whole not-a-tackle thing, hurray.