Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dewayne Peace

South Grand Prairie, Texas, wide receiver/defensive back Dewayne Peace recently stated that he would have a decision in the near future. The choice for the The 6-0, 177-pounder came even quicker than expected, with an announcement this evening."I committed to Michigan," Peace said Tuesday evening. "I'm kind of glad the recruiting process is over with. Now I can focus on my senior year of football. My family is happy for me and everybody is happy with the decision."
Peace finalized his commitment to Michigan on Tuesday nightEarlier in the day Peace told he was nearing the decision and debating between three schools; Michigan, Kansas and Texas A&M. He came to that decision Tuesday evening, giving the coaching staff a call to inform them about the commitment soon after."First I called the recruiting coach for my area which is Jay Hopson. He said he was waiting for it and very happy that I made my decision," said Peace. "Then I talked to [Rich Rodriguez] and he was saying it's a great fit and he likes how I compete. He started going over some things he likes about me and how he can't wait for me to be up there. "From there I talked to the offensive coordinator and he was telling me how I am going to fit into the scheme and they really believe as a true freshman I can come in and play if I came in and worked hard."Just over a week ago Peace did not hold a Michigan offer and had never seen the campus, but his visit to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines' summer camp got both tasks accomplished."You go from Kansas really being the biggest (offer) and New Mexico State, Tulsa and schools like that," Peace said. "Then to grab the offer from Michigan, that was big."Now that his future will be with Michigan, Peace plans to help recruit other players to Ann Arbor and he is starting right on his own team."There's one right in my backyard from South Grand Prairie, Thomas Ferguson, and they are looking at him," Peace said. "Of course I am going to try to get him down there with me too."Peace is the Wolverines' 12th commitment to the recruiting class and the second prospect to declare in favor of the Maize and Blue today, joining linebacker Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead.

Monday, June 23, 2008


farewell it was fun while it lasted. we will keep it going. GO BLUE

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Travis Barker Remix Soulja Boy

had to put this up!!!! unreal go blue.....

Friday, June 20, 2008

comcast deal finally done!!!!!!

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)—Finally, the Big Ten Network and Comcast Corp. reached a deal.
The BTN and the Philadelphia-based cable carrier announced a multiyear agreement Thursday for programming that starts Aug. 15 on expanded basic cable in states with Big Ten schools: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Comcast doesn’t have any subscribers in Iowa, the eighth Big Ten state.
After the 2008-09 basketball season ends, Comcast has the option to shift the network to its digital service in Big Ten states. Outside of the region, Comcast has the option to not offer the channel at all, or to put it on its sports and entertainment package or other tiers of service.
BTN programming includes coverage of every men’s and women’s sport played in the conference, from football and basketball to soccer and track.
Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman praised Thursday’s deal.
“This agreement allows us to reach many more Big Ten fans with our programming because of the high concentration of Comcast subscribers in Big Ten states,” he said in an e-mail message. “With the Comcast deal now in place, the Big Ten Network will be available to more than two-thirds of all homes in Big Ten country.”
Comcast has agreed to pay about 70 cents per subscriber to the Big Ten, which had sought $1.10. It’s the first major cable operator to agree to carry the network.
The parties negotiated for more than a year. The Big Ten wanted to put the new network on Comcast’s basic level of service at a price the company wasn’t willing to pay.
In February, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo expressed frustration with the stalemate after being flooded with letters and calls from fans angry that they couldn’t see games they watched in the past.
“I think it has been a PR nightmare,” Izzo said at the time. “And I think it has hurt all of us.”
Comcast has about 5 million customers with basic cable and 4 million with digital in Big Ten states. The sports network is owned by the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.
AP Business Writer Deborah Yao in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

another 4 star

Orland Park (Ill.) Sandburg offensive tackle Michael Schofield is one of the most heavily recruited offensive line prospects in the Midwest with 20 scholarship offers to his credit. The top 250 prospect has looked closely at his recruitment in the last couple weeks and now has a decision."I just committed to Michigan, so I'm feeling pretty good about it right now," Schofield said. "I felt pretty good about Michigan for awhile now. Ever since I made my first visit there last month I felt really good about them. I was thinking about some other schools too for a little bit there, but decided Michigan was the best place to go."
Schofield committed to Michigan on MondayMichigan's coaches are in the midst of their summer football camp, but were around to receive the call when Schofield placed it."I called Coach (Scott) Shafer, my recruiting coach, and he passed the phone around to a bunch of people," Schofield said. "I talked to Coach (Greg) Frey, the o-line coach, the offensive coordinator and then Coach (Rich) Rodriguez as well. Rodriguez was pretty happy."In the past several weeks leading up to the start of his team's summer camp, Schofield took trips to Notre Dame, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan. His trip to Ann Arbor occurred last week Tuesday and was a catalyst for the decision."That really got me. After I visited I was really excited about Michigan," he said. "The whole time I was there I felt really comfortable. I felt like I fit in. They are really nice coaches and the strength coach is somebody I want to work with because he's just so intense. They do lifts that, of all the colleges I've been to so far, no one does lifts like that. They do pre-hab so no one gets hurt and no one else does that."Another aspect of Schofield's visit that intrigued him about Michigan was the introduction to Michigan's education."Academics is the reason why you actually go to college and Michigan has some of the best academics in the country," Schofield said. "It's exciting that you have some of the best football in the country and the academics – it's the perfect fit."Schofield had always planned to announce his decision before the start of his senior season, but that it came this early in the process is somewhat of a surprise."When you find the right school, why wait? That was the school I wanted to go to so I didn't wait any longer," Schofield said. "It just takes away a lot of distractions. I don't have to worry about calling a bunch of coaches and it allows me to focus. I feel relaxed, excited and just happy I got it done with and picked the right school." ranks the 6-7, 292-pound Schofield as the No. 197 player in the country, the No. 16 offensive tackle and a four-star prospect.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Darius Winston decommits from Arkansas

When Darius Winston committed to Arkansas back in February, he was well known within the Natural State as one of the best prospects in the area. Five months later how things have changed. Winston has since been named a five-star prospect, the second best cornerback in the nation and has picked up scholarship offers from around the country. Due to the national status of his recruitment, Arkansas fans knew that they would have to sweat out his commitment.
Darius Winston has Michigan on top of his list.On Friday, Arkansas' fears were realized and Winston decommitted from the Razorbacks."I decided to decommit to Arkansas," Winston said Friday afternoon. "I've been thinking about it the past couple days. A couple of schools are on the rise. I like a couple of other schools better right now."While Winston confirmed that he is still considering the Razorbacks, clearly a few other programs have made a stronger impression on him to this point. "I'm considering them right now," he said. "They've kind of moved down. They're probably in my top six. I'm liking so many schools and I was committed so I felt like I needed to decommit."So who is on top for the 6-foot-0 180-pounder? "Michigan is at the top," he said firmly. "Michigan, Clemson, Texas and there's a couple of other schools but those are my top three right now."Winston's change of heart has come following a spring evaluation period that saw a multitude of coaches come through in an attempt to recruit the physical cornerback. The relationships he has built with some of the assistants has been crucial in the new leaders for his services. "Ever since Michigan started recruiting me a couple of months ago I've liked them," he said. "Arkansas has always been on top but I've been calling coach Hopson and I've been getting to like him. I really like their coaches a lot."I love Clemson's coaches. I like coach Vic Koenning. I met him during the evaluation period and I called him a couple times. At Texas I love the coaches too."Winston has tentative plans to visit Texas this summer where he hopes to receive an official written offer. He also hopes to get to Michigan either in the summer or the fall for a visit.Winston also expanded on the schools that he is interested in at this point. "Michigan, Texas, Clemson, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida State and Miami, LSU too. LSU is in the top six," he said. "So now I'm down to a top ten schools. I want a top ten. I gave you eight, I'm still exercising the other two."While recruiting is playing a big role in his summer, Winston's primary focus currently is getting a good score on his upcoming ACT test.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

rich rods last interview with wv president

An expanded, exclusive, one-on-one interview with Rich Rodriguez.
Who is the most hated, despised man in all of West Virginia? If you said former West Virginia University head football coach Rich Rodriguez, you would probably be correct. On a very special, expanded edition of Decision Makers, host Bray Cary sits down with Rodriguez to discuss why and how he left and what life is like at the University of Michigan. If you want to know what everyone will be talking about next Monday, be sure to watch this weekend's edition of Decision Makers. Here's a sneak peak of what you'll see this weekend.
Rich Rodriguez on his final meeting with WVU President Mike Garrison

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Michael Senior Writer

Talk about it in The FortRick Darlington had a plan. He would line four-star athlete Jeremy Gallon under center and turn his feet loose. Only occasionally would he opt for the pass. But Gallon surprised him, completing 65 percent of his attempts without a pick in 2007 …"When we put him at quarterback, we had no idea he could throw the football," said Darlington, his coach at Apopka (Fla.) High School. "He's too small to play that position in college but he doesn't care. He's excited about becoming a slot guy for Michigan. He's very quick, fast and quick, and it's hard to get a handle on him." The 5-8, 165-pounder with 4.40 speed – according to Darilington – projects like West Virginia sophomore back Noel Devine. That's becoming a common trend amongst U-M's recruits as the Michigan coaches seek elusive athletes that cannot be caught from behind.
Newest recruit Jeremy Gallon will be a star, if he qualifies. Quarterbacks coach Rod Smith gets credit for snagging Gallon, establishing a relationship even though Gallon has yet to visit Ann Arbor. "The important thing with Coach Smith was sharing how Jeremy could receive an education," Darlington said. "It wasn't all football with them. They've got a great support staff in place and Jeremy is confident that if he goes up there to Michigan he will succeed in the classroom."Qualifying, however, might be a concern, Darlington admitted. Florida's three big in-state schools backed off of Gallon because of poor grades. The four-star recruit, ranked the No. 79 player nationally by, just recently took the ACT and will take the SAT Saturday. "If he was a guy that was an absolute green light he'd have a lot more offers because he's special," Darlington said. "After he committed, we sat down with his parents and his guidance counselor and outlined a plan. I think he will put in maximum effort because he really wants to be a Wolverine, and with me, Coach Smith and his parents pushing him he's going to have a lot of external motivation."A freak athlete, Gallon is bigger than his listed size. In offseason conditioning, he posted the highest weight-lifting numbers (proportion to body weight) in six of eight exercises. He power cleans 310 pounds, runs a 3.88 shuttle and has clocked a career-best 4.38 40-yard dash. "People think because he's small, he's weak, but that's definitely not true," his coach said. "Just try to bring him down with an arm tackle – he'll run right through you."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

2008 stanley cup champions!!!!!!!!

fitzgerald ready

New Jersey linebacker and Michigan four-star signee J.B. Fitzgerald has been anticipating his collegiate career for months, and now it's only a few weeks from becoming reality. The Princeton Junction West Windsor Plainsboro South star is planning to contribute this fall, and he's taking steps to ensure he'll be in good position.
J.B. Fitzgerald"Absolutely," Fitzgerald said when asked if he hoped to play early. "I take that in when I'm training, running or anything, that I'm really working toward playing. I realize there is an opportunity for me and I don't want to waste it, for sure. "Back when [Lloyd Carr's staff] started recruiting me, I got an idea what the situation looked like and realized there would be an opportunity to come in and play as a freshman, to see what I could do. I'm preparing for the opportunity and want to be ready when it comes."Like most of the other freshmen, Fitzgerald plans to move to Ann Arbor around the weekend of June 20. That's the day of his graduation, and with his party slated for a day later he's made June 22 his target arrival date. He'll room with freshman defensive tackle Mike Martin, the two having spoken frequently about "stuff to get ready for the room." "I'm pretty excited about it," he said. "I'll have a good summer up there with some of the guys there."Fitzgerald is initially slated to wear No. 42 because fellow linebacker Jonas Mouton already has the No. 8, his first choice. He's not sure which of the three linebacker positions he'll play initially, but is willing to try anything to see the field early.For months now, he's been working with a performance trainer in an effort to get stronger, faster and more agile, preparing for what awaits him in Ann Arbor. "I'm getting ready for next month … or I should say, getting ready for [strength] Coach [Mike] Barwis, doing what I can," said Fitzgerald with a laugh. "It's not stories anymore [about Barwis] … now it's the truth coming out. I've heard he'll work you real hard, but he'll want to make you work hard for him. It's a give and take kind of thing, but the guys are definitely happy with the results they see after working out with him."

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ohio State Sucks