Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 4:01 p.m. UTC May 31, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. Michigan football has offered its second eighth-grader of 2018. Does this seem OK or a little too far? Can something be completely absurd and no big deal at the same time? If so, this is at the top of the list. I have the same reaction that everyone else does when they see a headline about an eighth grader getting a scholarship offer. It’s ridiculous. These boys have barely entered puberty and they’re already being told how great they are and how big of an impact they can have at a university like Michigan. But let’s be clear. This is not a Michigan thing. This is not a Jim … [Read more...] about Michigan football recruiting eighth-graders is absurd, nauseating
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Brendan C. Hall USA TODAY High School Sports Published 3:00 p.m. UTC May 25, 2018 As Division 1 college scholarship offers for sub-high school players are becoming the new normal across some of the country’s most fertile areas of football talent, this one sticks out for its location in the lightly-recruited New England region. Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham, Browne & Nichols eighth-grader Tyler Martin announced on his Twitter account on Thursday that he received an offer from Michigan football: Already standing at 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds before his freshman year of high school, Martin started every game this past season for the Knights as a tight end and linebacker, leading the team in tackles with over 100. The Knights have seen their fair share of talent come through the program on coach Mike Willey’s watch, including Stanford signee Jay Symonds this past season. But asked to recall the last time he’s had someone this physically gifted this early, Willey … [Read more...] about Michigan football offers 8th-grader Tyler Martin a scholarship
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 2:25 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh went on the Dan Patrick Show in February and talked about how impressed he was by the Philadelphia Eagles’ use of the run-pass option on their way to winning Super Bowl LII. Fans hear buzz phrases and begin to link terms: Harbaugh. RPO. Super Bowl. Michigan. Add Shea Patterson’s name in there and you have a high-octane fuel choice for the Wolverines' annual offseason hype train. Read more: Michigan ranked fifth in Athlon's top 25: Why that's too high Woodson eager to see QB Patterson, loves Michigan defense It has been one of the more common questions asked over the past few months: How much RPO is Michigan going to run? Is this the greatest thing of all-time? Will this change everything? Let's dissect the basics of the RPO and analyze how Michigan might apply it this season. Listen to The Michigan Rant podcast, with Nick Baumgardner … [Read more...] about Michigan football, Shea Patterson and the RPO: What’s it all mean?
Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 10:11 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 The Michigan football team stumbled to an 8-5 record in 2017, dropping games to both major rivals and losing the final three games of the season. But that hasn’t stopped college football prognosticators from predicting big things for the Wolverines, who were among the youngest teams in the nation last year and return the bulk of their starters on both sides of the ball. Paul Myerberg of USA TODAY ranked Michigan 13th. CBS Sports slotted U-M in at No. 15. ESPN has the Wolverines 10th. And the Sporting News ranked Michigan 12th. But Athlon, which released an updated preseason top 25 on Monday, has the brightest outlook on U-M. The magazine ranked Michigan at No. 5 — behind Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State. Preseason rankings have zero bearing on the regular season. They’re mostly educated guesses. But Athlon's ranking is lofty for a team that finished fourth in its own division. It's a … [Read more...] about Michigan football ranked fifth in Athlon’s top 25: Why that’s too high
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 2:52 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Jim Harbaugh says Michigan football is headed to South Africa next year for its spring trip. Speaking with WTKA-AM (1050) in Ann Arbor on Monday morning, Harbaugh said the team has found its destination for next year's foreign trip. "We're going to (South) Africa," he said. "We're going to Johannesburg and Cape Town and we're going to do a safari. How about that? How about a safari? "I'm looking forward to it." More: Charles Woodson: Michigan football hasn't emphasized Ohio State enough Harbaugh had said the Wolverines would consider South Africa along with a few other destinations: Cuba, Spain, Greece and others. But, apparently, South Africa is the spot. U-M's past two trips to Italy and France have been covered by donations from donors Bobby Kotick and Don Graham. It cost roughly $800,000 to send Michigan to Italy in 2017. The school does not have a firm number on what last … [Read more...] about Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh: Team going to South Africa next year