Monday, July 28, 2014

Michigan Weekend Rewind: USC, Michigan, Ohio State, and Siena Heights make moves

In what is arguably the final week of "recruiting season" in the 2013-2014 offseason, offers and commits were plentiful in the Great Lakes State.  It wasn't a weekend that was just limited to Seniors / Class of 2015 instead players from the Class of 2016, 2017, and 2018 were out competing at camps.  We will recap what went down starting from latest to most up-to date information.

Daelin Hayes makes the headline after turning down all of the local schools after he committed to USC after being offered by the Trojans.  


Ohio State University was hosting their Friday Night Lights camp.  An event that Urban Meyer held at Florida and consistently was used to make an impact on recruits.  That was no different this Friday as Ohio State reportedly brought in a lot of talent around the region, from our scope plenty of elite prospects from Michigan drove to Columbus for the experience.  The camp featured high-end media services who were there to soak in the camp and interview players following the camp, etc.

From our scope, only 2 offers were extended offers and the biggest news of the camp occurred. Midwest Analyst - Josh Helmholdt who was in Columbus on Friday tweeted, "Josh Alabi had actually just finished up his reps (was working OT and DE) then immediately announced his commitment."  Alabi of course announced it as well saying, "Officially committed to the University of Ohio State," on Twitter.

Josh Alabi told us his primary position was Defensive Tackle and that he also played, Defensive End and Left Offensive Tackle.  The 6'5" 285 lbs Lineman is a huge boost to Ohio State's recruiting class regardless of which position he plays.  Alabi who seemed to be favoring the Miami Hurricanes crushed the Hurricanes hopes of landing him just like Ohio State did to Miami in the 2003 BCS National Championship Game / Fiesta Bowl.

One other angle of this commitment is the school that Josh Alabi attends, Cass Tech.  Cass Tech is coached by Thomas Wilcher a former University of Michigan player and has been a Wolverine pipeline up until the past year.  Last signing class was the first class since 2010 where Michigan failed to get a signature on Signing Day from a Cass Tech prospect.  Now the only pipeline that Cass Tech has is to all of the colleges in America, as the school will continue to produce elite prospects and Michigan hasn't displayed making a priority early for several Cass prospects in the Class of 2016 and 2017, while schools in the South and Ohio State have.  Ohio State received a commitment from Damon Webb in the Class of 2014 to be the only Michigan prospect on their roster for this upcoming season.  Will Webb and Alabi be the two that break down the walls of Ohio State recruiting Michigan more?

- Learn more about Josh Alabi

What is your Cass Tech to Michigan Pipeline reaction? free polls 

Ohio State would extend an offer to Plymouth 2016 Offensive Tackle, Michael Jordan.  The 2016 Lineman dominated all night in position drills and left with an offer.  The D Zone's Evan Paputa was the first to break his Ohio State offer as well as his Michigan offer which occurred at Michigan's camp in June.  An unknown player by the media up until the first offer now is being discussed as possible 4 star prospect by several media groups.  Jordan who lives approximately 20 miles from Ann Arbor isn't expected to make a decision soon, as the 6'6" 280 lbs stock will continue to rise.  Michael Jordan 1 day later returned to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit / BBQ on Sunday.

Will Michigan offering Jordan first make a major impact? free polls 

LaVert Hill has been labeled by Cass Tech Defensive Coordinator - Jermain Crowell as the best best DB to come out of Cass Tech.  Although its early for the 2016 prospect who will have a bigger role as a Junior and Senior.  Hill was impressive this offseason and landed offers from: Illinois, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Miami Hurricanes, Temple, Penn State, and Michigan.  Following his workout at Ohio State, the Buckeyes became the 8th school to offer Hill.  LaVert's older brother, Delano Hill is a DB on Michigan's roster so that will likely play an impact on his recruiting.  LaVert Hill also unofficially visited Michigan on Sunday.

Would you want to play with your older brother, when he's a key contributor for team? free polls 


Earlier in the week 2 of Michigan's elite RB's traveled to the University of Southern California (USC).  Cass Tech 2015 RB Mike Weber and Orchard Lake Saint Mary's 2016 RB/OLB "ATH" Daelin Hayes both took a flight out to enjoy the always nice California weather.  Weber immediately announced USC made his top 5 and he didn't even hold an offer at the time.  Daelin Hayes and Mike Weber left to USC on Wednesday and the Trojans didn't wait long to make an impression.  On Saturday a few days into their visit, USC waited to offer both Daelin Hayes and Mike Weber as their visits were winding down. Weber gladly accepted the offer as reports indicate he'll announce his commitment at the Army All American Game in January while Daelin Hayes was offered and committed to USC.

One thing people may forget about this visit was that 2 weeks ago, 247Sports put in their system that Mike Weber had committed to USC.  The problem was USC had yet to really recruit Weber, so apparently the trip was planned and the rest as you can say was history!

Hayes missed parts of last season due to an injury but once teams caught wind of his off-season highlights they couldn't hold off and offered Hayes. Hayes has torn apart mostly camp and event he has attended, the big ones being: Sound Mind Sound Body and Rivals camps.  The 6'2" and 217 lbs RB/OLB could play several different positions in college.  Hayes possesses the skills to do it all on defense, with his figure he could bulk up to play DE also the coverage ability and mobility to play in the secondary. Hayes brings all those skills to play OLB with his measureables and strength to make an elite OLB.  That was apparent to as they released their top 2016 players and listed Hayes as the #17 player, Hayes was issued a 4* and Josh Helmholdt explained why he was the #1 4* - "Need to see him on the field before considering five-stars."

Michigan has sent 2 players in recent years to USC. 1. Ronald Johnson from Muskegon, although it was a huge addition at the time for the WR, USC didn't really fit Johnson's abilities like Florida did and he really never clicked the way he was expected to, Johnson's best year was his Senior year when he caught 64 passes for 692 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Johnson was drafted in the 6th round by San Francisco in 2011 and currently isn't on a NFL roster.  USC struck gold with LB Nick Perry from Detroit King however, where he was a sack machine and 1st round pick for the Green Bay Packers.  Hayes will surely be taking a similar route to the top, much like Perry did.

- More on commitment by Evan Paputa

Will Daelin Hayes be a player to help Steve Sarkisian bring USC back to National Prominence? free polls 

Brian Cole of Saginaw Heritage who is regarded by many as the best prospect in Michigan's Class of 2015 committed to Michigan.  Brian Cole drove a few miles south on Friday night stayed the night in Ann Arbor and continued his visit on Saturday.  Brian Cole seemingly made up of his decision ahead of time as he had a professional photograph / photoshopped image that he tweeted out saying, "I'm staying home."

To solidify his decision, Brother Rice 2015 QB and Michigan commit, Alex Malzone made a short drive to Ann Arbor as well to form a better relationship with Cole.  Malzone would tweet #MalzoneToCole but it would turn out to be a confirmation of great recruiting news for Michigan faithful on Twitter.  Michigan CB Coach Roy Manning who attended Saginaw High School tweeted, "The Saginaw legacy continues," following the commitment.

Brian Cole played both RB and DB while in High School until an injury knocked him out for the season.  Prior to the football season, Cole held offers from: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Illinois.  Brian Cole however will come into Michigan at WR, where he has been unstoppable during 7 on 7's since he's recovered from his injury.  Cole is up there in terms of one of the most talented players that Michigan has brought in.

- Evan Paputa looks into Cole playing WR

Is Brian Cole the most valuable commit Michigan has in the Class of 2015? free polls 

Siena Heights hosted their annual #SienaSelect camp on Saturday and a handful of talented prospects were on hand for the invite only camp from around Michigan.  Siena Heights plays in the NAIA, which isn't a part of the NCAA. Last year Siena Heights brought in top 100 prospect, Alec Stevens from Ogemaw Heights who also held a Division 1 FCS offer and a lot of Division 1 interest. The only two players who informed us of their offers were:

Would you travel to attend an NAIA game? free polls 


The Michigan Wolverines hosted their BBQ event on Sunday that brought in a list of players Michigan is interested in, including commits, etc.  Brian Cole committed one day earlier to steal the storyline for Wolverine writers and from our scope only 1 other player was offered during the visit.  Cass Tech 2016 OL/DL Michael Onwenu received his 5th offer from Michigan yesterday.

- Evan Paputa talked with Onwenu to see which side of the ball he was recruited at

Other players who attended the BBQ were:

To close out the day, Western Michigan commit - Junior McMullen an 2015 OLB from Oak Park was offered by Western Michigan.   Also 2016 WR Donnie Corley was offered by Eastern Michigan on a visit.

Fleck and Creighton have brought a lot of excitement to their programs in short time as Head Coaches, what do you think about their work so far? free polls 

Joeviair Kennedy - Muskegon - WR - Class of 2015 Player Profile

  • High School:
    •  Muskegon
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2015
  • Primary Position:
    •  WR
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 6'3"
  • Weight:
    • 190 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • Rockford because i got my first varsity touchdown and got a big hit
  • Pre-game Traditions:
    • Listen to music and get taped
  • Post-game Traditions:
    • Go bond with my teammates
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • My brother Jessie York
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 2 years of Varsity
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Offseason Goal (s):
    • Get stronger and a faster 40 time
  • Stats:
    • Varsity jr stats 18 rec 356 yards 4 TDs
  • College Offers:
    • Ferris State
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • MSU 
    • UofM 
    • FSU 
    • Cincinnati
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • FSU 
    • Michigan State 
    • Michigan 
    • Cincinnati  
    • Ball State 
    • Eastern Michigan 
    • Central Michigan 
    • Toledo
  • Intangibles:
    • I go hard every down
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, fast, physical, coachable, hard hitter, mad

HUDL Highlights

Byron Center Bulldogs 2014 Football Preview

2014 ScheduleSchedule
School Mascot Name: Bulldogs
2013 Record: 8-4
Conference/Division: Ottawa-Kent Conference - Green
2014's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 3
Record last 3 season: 17-13
Record last 10 seasons: 50-47

Head Coach: Marc Cisco
Head Coaching Experience: 2014 will be my 6th year as the Head Coach at Byron Center.
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Bill Allan - DB
Dave Brillhart - OL
Ken Cash - OLB
Lee Hackley - SE
Tim Hartson - RB
Doub Jacobi - DL
Brady Lake - LB
Mike Maurice - OL/TE
Jason Tolbert - DB
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 5
Returning Starters on Defense: 4
Returning Key Players:
Travis Baker - RB/QB/DB - 2015
Jarod Rodgers - RB/LB - 2015
Hunter DeWindt - PK/SE - 2015
Jake Bylsma - QB - 2015
Jaxon Smith - LB - 2015
Chase Oberlin - LB - 2015
Nate Visser - OL - 2015
Coby Babbs - SE/LB - 2015
Upcoming Players:
Tyler Porter - OL - 2015
Collin Stein - OL - 2015
Isaac Ambrose - SE/RB/LB - 2016
Trevor Hoffman - OL - 2016
Christian Shride - OL - 2016
Ryan Vasbinder - LB - 2017
Brayden Smith - SE - 2017
Team Strength(s) for 2014:
A large group of skill players return as well as an outstanding placekicker.  Athleticism at a lot of positions.  Team has shown great chemistry throughout the summer.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2014:
Graduated All-Conf players on defense in each position group who really built our team through their mental preparation, toughness, and selflessness.  Must replace four seniors on our offensive line as well.
2014 Season Outlook:
Our goal is always to be in a position to affect the Conference title.  Hopefully our senior led playoff run last year will rub off on the entire program.  We don't have players with a great physical presence but as a team we have a number of them who move well for their positions.  At first glance, we return a lot of offensive yards and points but we lost the nucleus of a solid OL.  Defensively, we really need to do a great job replacing our entire DL and the majority of our secondary.  We have a number of kids who played roles at LB but did not have to be defensive leaders last year.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Zeeland West will remain the team to beat but there were no comfortable games for us last year. Unity Christian returns outstanding linemen and adds a very physical JV group. Holland Christian is always physical and athletic.  Holland and Hamilton will be in their second year under new coaches so their kids will be far more comfortable in their schemes making them more dangerous.

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