Sunday, October 14, 2012

Replacement for Dawson?

Since the news broke today that 2013 OL David Dawson is no longer committed to the University of Michigan a lot of opinions, thoughts, and suggestions have been swirling about what to do with the new scholarship opening. 

I was informed that current commit Logan Tuley-Tillman may have a connection with somebody that could potentially fill the spot.  I contacted Logan and he talked with me for a bit but would not give up the name of the player.  Tillman stated "He's a committed kid and it wouldn't be right."  I immediately begin to comb through my mind and recruit files to connect some dots and figure out just who that mystery player might be. 

Ethan Pocic - current LSU verbal commit
The most logical conclusion was fellow Illinois lineman and Core6 participant Ethan Pocic.  Pocic once held Michigan in extremely high regard but dropped them quickly when Michigan told him they were full on the offensive line which he told me back in April when we last chatted.  Since Michigan isn't full on the O-Line anymore Pocic would be a more than worthy replacement for Dawson and perhaps even an upgrade.  I contacted Ethan with the standard, "Ethan, I'd like to talk with you if possible." and he wasted no time responding with "I'm committed to LSU and that's the only official visit I will be taking."  Pocic went on to tell me that Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk did call him today to talk with him about the new open scholarship but Ethan stood firm on his verbal commitment to the Tigers.  Pocic also admitted to speaking to Tuley-Tillman about the situation which may mean he was the player Logan had in mind or it might just be another possible option.  Any way you slice it Michigan lost an extremely talented interior offensive lineman in Dawson from Team 134 and replacing him would probably be a good idea; just how they plan to do that remains a bit of a mystery.   

22 comments:

  1. I think Pocic is a huge possibility. Of course he's not gonna say anything right now to potentially endanger his spot in LSU"s class. If I remember correctly, Pocic was big on UM before they filled up so soon so I wouldn't be surprised if he made it up to UM at some point.

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  2. I can't blame Pocic for sticking with LSU. UM miss handled his recruitment at the end. I hear LTT is much closer to McGovern then then Pocic.

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  3. Yeah, McGovern is my other thought but I have never talked with him so I don't know if he'd be very receptive to me at this point but I'm trying. The fact that Coach Funk called Pocic today leads me to believe that he is a little bit of a chance.

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  4. Yeah UM did burn some bridges with Pocic at the end there but if his heart was with UM, and it seemed like it was, I could see him visiting at least. Does anybody know what LSU's commitment criteria are? Can you still visit other schools if you are committed to them?

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  5. Yeah good point CB, if Funk called him so quickly it seems like the coaches believe there is some chance.

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  6. CB3,
    Keep LTT # handy. I get the feeling things are going to heat up. Just a feeling.

    The guys over at Tremendous threw out a few names today. Names like Dennis Finley from Cass. Tech. and Scott Quessenberry from Cal. he is very good friends with Magnuson. I was also thinking about that kid that de-committed from PSU. I think his last name is Dorial from Canton, Ohio. not sure. See what you guys think.

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  7. What about the OL from Michigan, Cameron Dillard?

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  8. Personally tho I don't think we need another OL with as many as we took in 2012 and already having 3 in 2013. I would like to see John Reschke from BHBR he looks like a beast. Poet Thomas is another option

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  9. Or Lovell Peterson from Huber Heights, OH, or Laremy Tunsil?

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  10. Who in the hell are these guys you are talking about. Look. It's pretty simple. Michigan has already said it WILL replace Dawson. That means that they are definitely going to get another OL in the 2013 class. Obviously they will go after the big names that were interested first to test the waters. If that doesn't work I'm sure they will find someone. Trust these coaches. Just because we don't know the kid or we didn't know Michigan was even looking into a certain kid doesn't mean he is a bad choice. Remember NSD and picking up Norfleet. Who saw that shit coming. None of us. And that is obviously working out just fine. You can't say we have enough OL. We are so thin at that position already and not one of those guys in the 2012 class has played a down yet. What if they end up being no good. We know nothing yet. We had one of the best OL classes in America until today. I'd like to see us get another OL as well. Besides that I don't know all these ridiculous names people are throwning out. We still only have 2 scholarships. Our three guys are still the same and if they fall through I'm sure the coaches have a backup plan. It will all be fine in the end.

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  11. Lovell Peterson is the #13 OG in the nation and a four-star by Rivals and Cameron Dillard is the #20 OG by Rivals. And Laremy Tunsil is a top 10 overall players, John Reschke is a four-star DE from Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, and Poet Thomas is a 3-star OL from Detroit Country day, they're not nobodies

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  12. Coach Brown, any chance you can contact Dorian Johnson?? He has Ohio in his top 2 after the de-commit, and I would love to poach him. I would just like to know if there is any interest and if the coaches have contacted him....thanks!!

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  13. Lmao. Good work. I didn't know. I guess I just meant. Who are they in terms of...are you guys just pulling names outta thin air that you would like to have. Or are these people even being seriously considered by Michigan. No shit though. Idk BBR Had a 4 star de. That's cool. I pay attention to UM recruiting. Every once in a while I will venture away and check out other teams, but not usually until NSD. So if we haven't talked much about them on here or if I haven't seen them discussed in the same sentences as Michigan then I most likely don't know who they are. Thanks for the info.

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    1. No problem, pulling a name out of thin air would be like- Bartholomew Abdelkader lol

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  14. And yes I know all about Tunsil. I wasn't speaking of him.

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  15. Obviously I trust the coaches whatever they decide to do but I'm not sure I'd say we are thin at OL. This year we are, but we had a good haul the last two years. I don't think we need to get 5 OL every year, they already have addressed the depth issue taking so many last year, and the ones we have this year are still very good. I'd approach it like the NFL draft, and take the best players availible. Just my opinion.

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  16. I also recall about a month or so ago, some rumors that EJ Levenberry wanted to take an official to Michigan. That was publically shot down, but there may be something to that. If there isn't a quality OL to take the 5th OL spot, I would much rather see it go to best player available than just a filler OL. I wouldn't be too upset with a DT/DE either.

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  17. Does anybody know anything about Dennis Finley? He has a nice not great offer sheet.

    Caleb,
    I would love to see UM take another D linemen in this class. But it is UM needs depth at O line.

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  18. OL is a very important position obviously but I think there are more needs on this team besides the OL. I'd really like to get another DT, a stud DE or a big CB. I think everywhere the holes were filled nicely but a guy at one of the positions could really put the D over the top. At this point I would only be disappointed if we add another special teams guy or an average RB. Every other spot could use a little more depth.

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  19. I think UM is all in on Derrick Green with no RB as a back up plan.

    Michigan is obviously all over LaQuon Treadwell, but UM has been talking to other WR prospects still.

    Leon McQuay appears to be the longest shot of the three and he would possibly be the best player in the 2013 class. Landing McQuay would be amazing!

    Conley and Lewis at corner, Douglas at the nickel, Dymonte Thomas at SS and McQuay at FS! That is a nice group of ballhawks and a thumper in the secondary!

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  20. Caleb the funny part of your statement is that your proposed secondary is all this years class. Imagine all the other top recruits we've gotten at those spots in other classes filling in or starting. The secondary is going to be SICK in a few years. Can't wait for those day!

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