Friday, January 30, 2009

Bright Spot

Like all Michigan fans I had never been happier to see the football season this past fall come to an end. It was a feeling that I never want to experience again for as long as I live. Watching our "national powerhouse" football team stumble to an abysmal record setting 3-9 season. Highlighted by losing to a MAC team for the first time in school history, losing to all 3 of our hated rivals by a painful average deficit of 22.3 points between the 3, including a 35 point loss to the Fuckeyes to finish off the season. Some people blame it on the O-line, some on the QB, others like to direct their anger toward the coaching staff. Now that the pain has lightened and a couple of top 5 victories by our surprise basketball team acting like morphine for a harshly wounded ego of most die hard Wolverines, we can feel comfort knowing that one maize and blue tradition has held up as we move into this new chapter of Michigan football. That's right, there is a part of our program that is still among the nation's best and it comes in the form of recruitment and hope for the future. With signing day so close you can smell it Michigan finds themselves with a number 7 ranking for the incoming 2009 class. Highlighted by an all-that-is man bulldozer of a human in William Campbell and our Tim Tebowesk "savior" of a quarterback in Tate Forcier. Accompanied with a quick, shifty, athletic group of receivers, running backs, and D-backs makes this class exactly what the doctor ordered. So for those of you still grieving from our "Big House" size kick to the loins this fall, find comfort in knowing that help is on the way. As stated above, signing day is next week and there is still plenty of action for Michigan fans to keep their eyes on. There will be that beautiful block "M" on many top recruit's hats around the country. Some of the big names still out there interested in the Wolverines are Florida high school teammates Denard Robinson and Adrian Witty. Robinson, a 6 foot 180 lbs 4-star ATH with a scorching 4.4 forty is being recruited as a QB. Witty, a 2-star corner that has kind of fallen off the map with an injury plagued senior season, will likely be a package deal with Robinson as they are best friends off the field and hope to room together wherever they choose to play. Other names to keep an eye on is ex-Tennessee commit WR Ja'Ron Stokes who turned heads at the Army All-American game and recently took an official to Ann Arbor, a pair of DT in Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones, and a long shot in top ranked corner Dre Kirkpatrick who has yet to commit and still has the Wolverines on his short list. With a good singing day for the maize and blue next week they can easily retain their #7 class rank and maybe make a push to break into the top 5. So if your looking for a sense of hope in these dark times of Michigan football tune in next week and meet the young men that we will be puting our emotions, pride, and dreams on the line with each Saturday for the next four years.

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