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Monday, February 04, 2008

Update 2/4: Moved FL QB Justin Feagin to committed. Then moved him back to uncommitted. Moved TX WR Terrence Robinson to committed. Removed PA HB Christian Wilson. Linked to some more Feagin video, Robinson commit video. Added FL WR Onterrio McCalebb, FL OL Ricky Barnum, removed FL WR Martavious Odoms.

Pryor: one.

Editorial Opinion: As expected, Christian Wilson is officially going elsewhere.

Okay. Feagin appears on Michigan's commitment list on Scout but not on Rivals. Rivals is more reliable, so we go with them. Even so, given the presence of Feagin on the Michigan commit list at Scout and the tone of the Rivals article header ("Feagin wowed by Michigan experience" ($)) are separate indicators that the difference here is likely to be academic and by Wednesday at the latest Feagin will be in the fold. I've removed him from the commit list but left his indicator blue.

Embeddable Feagin for those uninclined to go through the cumbersome download-and-observe process, this from the IA state championship game:

(Love the kid coming out for his first field goal attempt of the year. No pressure, dude.)

Yes, Feagin is the guy doing the scoring for the white team and the guy getting torched by Melvin Ray, an Alabama commitment. If Feagin doesn't work out at QB he'll likely find a home in the secondary or at WR.

Meanwhile, Michigan picked up an actual official commit from Terrence Robinson last night. I've sort of blown the ol' wad already on Robinson, what with the "dream shake" and all that, but here it is one more time:

Mmmmm, football recruiting porn.

His announcement:

Seems like a nice kid, and I get inordinately excited about little darty fast guys, especially when they're named the best player in the Klein area over teammate, Texas commit, and national top-100 player Deshawn Hales. Robinson is a four-star to both Scout (#16 RB) and Rivals (#9 All-purpose back, actually higher rated than McGuffie) and gets an excellent 80 rating from ESPN. ESPN:

Quick-footed athlete, he is extremely slippery to bring down in the open field. Flashes loose hips and great stop-start cutting ability; does not lose much in his transition. Slighter frame but is not afraid to stick it up hard between the tackles.
Negatives according to the WWL: only "adequate" hands and a lack of true top-end speed.

Robinson is a perfect fit in the slot, a major need in the new offense, and picking up his commitment after being nowhere is a minor coup for Rodriguez and Co.

Pryor! has evidently decided to scrap the Oregon visit and will decide on Signing Day as originally planned. Probably.
Decision day will be at noon Wednesday for Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor, star quarterback at Jeannette High School, said today he is "80 to 90 percent sure" he will announce his choice at a news conference Wednesday. He had been considering pushing back his decision a week or so, and possibly visiting the University of Oregon.

But Pryor said he will not visit Oregon and the Ducks are out of the picture.

Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State remain.

Status. Wilson and Robinson cancel out; with Morales on both sites commit lists now it's clear he's a scholarship player. That leaves Michigan at 19 kids with a likely commit from Feagin bringing them to 20.

The five spots:
  • One additional QB. If it's not Pryor, probably Dominick Britt from Trotwood-Madison.
  • Hopefully MI DE Nick Perry.
  • A fifth offensive lineman, either current Cinci commit Patrick Omameh or current Florida commit Ricky Barnum.
  • One more slot/RB type: Penn State commit Michael Shaw, Auburn commit Onterrio McCalebb, or Purdue commit Roy Roundtree.
  • Super fairy surprise.
The class will likely end up at 23 or 24, IMO.