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Thursday, November 01, 2007

It's been a while. Sorry.

Update 10/30: Linked to articles on PA CB Jared Holley, PA KR/WR Cameron Saddler, CA S Vaughn Telemaque, PA WR Vaughn Carraway, PA DE Shayne Hale, TX S Keanon Cooper. video of NC S Spencer Adams. Removed AZ RB Ray Polk (committed somewhere), CO LB Jon Major(CU), MN WR Michael Floyd(ND), PA DT Chris Henderson(not recruiting). Added CA DT Jurrell Casey.

Editorial Opinion: No one who went off the board was really considered much of a possibility except maybe Major, and Michigan already has three linebackers committed in this class. At this point they're looking for a wideout or two (if one happens to be a dynamic kick returner like Cameron Saddler), maybe another offensive lineman, a defensive end or two, and guys in the secondary.

The news is mostly good this, uh, week. The one addition to the board is Jurrell Casey, a teammate of safety recruit Vaughn Telemaque and freshman cornerback Donovan Warren; header of a recent GBW article:

Michigan has been one of the schools showing an increased interest and the versatile lineman hopes to trip to Ann Arbor with good friend Vaughn Telemaque in the very near future. Three schools were identified as the standouts on his list. Did the Wolverines make the cut?
Given he's visiting... uh, yeah. Michigan shut down defensive tackle recruiting as soon as Mike Martin said yes and still hasn't extended an offer to Casey.

Telemaque, meanwhile, has asserted a Michigan lead:

Telemaque, ranked as the No. 16 safety in the country by, still favors Michigan slightly over USC and North Carolina and those three lead solidly over Oregon, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Boise State. All of his favorites have offered.

Although it isn't official yet, Telemaque says he'd like to visit Michigan for the Ohio State game on Nov. 17. "I figured Michigan would come back," he said regarding the Wolverines two losses to start he season. "They had a few tough games early, but they are always a national championship contender and are now playing like one. They have a great team and I think they'll be able to beat a lot of teams this year. They'll finish the year with a bang. I'm really looking forward to the Ohio State game."

Not surprising after previous articles from Casey in which he said Telemaque was pushing him to Michigan; hopefully English can reel this guy in.

Meanwhile, TX S Keanon Cooper now says Michigan leads:
Although Cooper remains very open, he says he now favors Michigan slightly over Minnesota, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. All of his favorites have offered.

"Michigan started out slow, but have been on a roll since then," he said. "They are a winning program and have great tradition. They lost two games and didn't let that discourage them. Oregon is a legitimate team so losing to them isn't really that bad. I think they've got a good chance to still win the Big Ten."

Odd timing for that, since a couple weeks ago he canceled a scheduled official visit because of a lack of contact from the Michigan coaches and went to Kansas State instead. He still hasn't made it to campus.

Both PA KR/WR Cameron Saddler and PA DE Shayne Hale have announced somewhat surprising leaders: Virginia for Saddler and West Virginia for Hale; both leads are "slight". Michigan will get a chance to host both:
Hale will also be visiting Michigan on Nov. 17. "I'm really excited to see a game there," he said. "I've heard it's a crazy night and that the city basically shuts down when they play. The stadium holds like over 100,000 people so that's got to be insane. I can't wait."
(Uh... not sure how accurate that portrayal of Ann Arbor is, but whatever.) I believe Saddler will be joining him. Saddler continues to tear up his high school league; at this point I badly want a guy who can be Steve Breaston, no offense to Greg Mathews and Brandon Minor.

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