What’s on the wall this week? Michigan pulling tons of talent out of Ohio and Kalis’ move ‘a slap in the face to Buckeye nation‘; Missouri fans jacked to get Maty Mauk; Top 200 shake-up; one-year wonder and more…
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*Michigan Dominating Ohio Recruiting?…If there were any questions as to whether or not new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and his staff were going to be able to score big-time recruits in Ohio the answer has been a resounding “Yes.” Hoke and his staff currently have commitments from nine Ohio players (and just seven Michigan players).
So what’s they key to Michigan’s success? We asked one of those Michigan-bound Ohio guys and here’s what he said: “I definitely think it’s Hoke and the whole coaching staff. They’re really selling Michigan and what Michigan was in past years with Big Ten titles and National Titles. They want the ‘Old’ Michigan back and I think that’s what they’re going to bring back to the Big Ten.”
Michigan’s latest coup came in the form of Lakewood St. Edward lineman Kyle Kalis. Thought by many to be the best 2012 prospect in Ohio, Kalis committed to Ohio State last year. Following Jim Tressel’s departure, Kalis re-opened his recruiting and selected Michigan this past weekend.
How do Ohio’s 2012 Buckeye recruits feel about losing a potential classmate to their school’s most hated rival? We asked a couple and this is what they said.
– “It is crazy. He made it a big dramatic incident. It wasn’t necessary. Actually, it was a slap in the face to Buckeye nation. But I’ve moved on.”
– “I think what he did was right for him. I don’t like it one bit but it’s where he feels comfortable. I tried telling him all the coaches were going to be here just not Tress and they’re still going to be O State. His friend [Tom] Strobel talked him to Michigan. I guess I don’t mind giving him four loses against OSU.”
The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry keeps getting better…
*Why Mauk Went to Missouri…So why did Kenton’s record-setting senior QB Maty Mauk choose Missouri? Playing time. According to one insider, Mauk “could start this year” for Missouri. And Missouri is ecstatic to have him.
According to another insider associated with the Mizzou program, people in Columbia are jacked because the last Ohio QB the Tigers got was Brad Smith. Smith, who was a two-time All-Ohioan at Youngstown Chaney, was a four-year starter at Mizzou and holds numerous school and Big 12 records (for now). Smith is currently a member of the New York Jets.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the entire Mauk recruitment is that Ohio State seems to have been his No. 2. Despite not holding a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, Mauk seriously considered going there. The issue with OSU though was that there’s a logjam at QB. Freshman Braxton Miller is expected to challenge for the starting job this fall and 2011 Glenville grad Cardale Jones is going to attend a prep school and then redshirt, meaning OSU should be covered at QB for the next 5-6 years.
*Top 200 coming out next week…The highly anticipated JJHuddle Top 200 senior prospects of 2012 list will be unveiled next week with the release of the MVP Ohio High School Football Preview on JJHuddle. Expect the unexpected. There will be some MAJOR shake-ups to previously released lists and several other recruiting pundits might take issue with where we have some guys listed. That being said, it’s our list and the most comprehensive. Trust us, our No. 1 will shock a lot of people. In fact, our Top 10 will create a lot of debate.
*One year is all it takes…In recent years several quarterbacks have made a name for themselves and earned college scholarships despite being a one-year starter (as a senior). The name Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ball State) comes immediately to mind. If you’re looking for a QB that fits that mold this year, one to keep an eye on is Valley View senior Patrick Boyle (6-4, 176). Boyle has spent the last three years backing up former Spartans QB Kyle Pohl who earned a full ride to Akron. Boyle has camped at Ohio State, Toledo and Northwestern.