Thursday, May 23, 2013
By Tom VanHaaren, Michael Rothstein & Chantel Jennings
Every Thursday our writers sit down and chat about three topics relating (somewhat) to Michigan sports. Today they check out wide receivers, recruiting surprises and the Twittersphere.
1. Which player or commit do you think could be the next to wear the No. 21 jersey?
Chantel Jennings: That depends whether it’s an every season thing. Personally, I think the jersey should be saved for your All-American type guys, in which case, I’m not sure this roster really holds one.
Michael Rothstein: The obvious answer is Jeremy Gallon, but I'm going to look away from him to Amara Darboh. I think Michigan is going to look to him as a potential impact receiver down the road, so it will give it to him. Whether he gets it after a year of Gallon or not is another story, but I think he'll wear it at some point before his Michigan career concludes.
Tom VanHaaren: That's an interesting question because there is the No. 21 and the No. 1 jersey, so which one is worth more, or does the 21 eventually start to carry more weight than the 1? I don't know the answer to that, but I would probably say Gallon would be the next to wear it based off of his seniority and leadership.
2. What has been the biggest surprise for you in recruiting so far this year?
Jennings: I’ve been caught off guard by some of the commitments -- not necessarily where the prospect committed, but when they committed. For example, I didn’t think Michigan was No. 1 for Alex Bars (Nashville/Montgomery Bell Academy), but his commitment coming last week was still earlier than I expected. Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) committing incredibly early to Ohio State caught me off guard. And a decision coming on Sunday from Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) is earlier than I would’ve expected for the No. 2 player in the nation.
Rothstein: I've long learned that nothing surprises me in recruiting. Ever. But if I had to pick something, I guess it would be Michigan's East Coast push with this class. For a coaching staff which has professed to recruit Midwest kids, it has gone to Virginia and New Jersey a good amount to try and pull players. Doesn't mean they will get all of them, but look for those two states to become focal points for the Wolverines in the future -- especially with Rutgers and Maryland joining the Big Ten.
VanHaaren: I had said a while ago that I thought the 2014 recruiting class was going to be very good, but I don't think I imagined it had the potential to be this good. With Peppers' decision looming, Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) holding Michigan in his top group and a few other ESPN 150 prospects still listing Michigan as a favorite, this class could be Michigan's best ever. That’s surprising.
3. What is your "must follow" twitter account?
Jennings: My favorite “oh my gosh, that’s not a parody account!” account would be the Michigan compliance account, tweeting out such gems as, “An individual retains "booster" status FOREVER ... once a booster, always a booster.” But on a more serious note, I think Michael Ferns (@M_Ferns10) posts pretty funny photos and videos from time to time.
Rothstein:Devin Gardner (@dg1two). He tweets a decent amount and usually has something interesting or funny to say. If comedy writers such as Chris Farah endorse the guy, I'm going to stick with that.
VanHaaren: Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) is usually a pretty good follow. I don't really have a must follow, though.