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Posted on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 7 a.m.

San Diego State recruit Stefan McClure paying visit to Brady Hoke Friday; Jake Fisher still considering U-M and more

By Kaleb Roedel

Due to the influence he had on a recruit while at San Diego State, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke has interest from Vista High School cornerback Stefan McClure, "the most coveted high school football recruit in San Diego County", according to Brian Hiro of the North County Times.

In fact, McClure is coming to Ann Arbor to visit Hoke on Friday, reports Hiro.

Hiro quotes McClure as saying of Hoke: "He called my high school coach on Thursday, and we set it up. Coach Hoke and I are pretty close. He first came by my school my junior year. Now that he's at Michigan, I'd have a chance to play for a school and in a conference with a lot of tradition.

"This late in the process, it would have been easy to say no, so this is not a courtesy visit."





Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 1:17 a.m.

@LW Thanks for having my back. In real life I love you initials. I do believe, without Koolaid. UM has a shot at #25. (from LW)


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 2:02 a.m.

I'm with Keith. Welcome to all of the incoming recruits, UM nation supports you! You all can be a part of the 'Hoke' era of reviving Michigan Football to it's rightful status at the top of the B10 and as a national powerhouse. Go Blue!!!


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 1:11 a.m.

Enough of the Kool Aid, we are running out of testers. We are drinking beer now...


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 1:04 a.m.

To all of the 2011 recruiting class, let me be the first to say welcome to the UofM GO BLUE, We Support You...

Larry Weisenthal

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 11:58 p.m.

To "rightmind," who said: >>M on January 19, 2011 Bluntpa, top 25? Thats drinking the kool-aid. If you go to rivals, UM is not even in the top 50. Not even on the board.<< Actually, as of today (Jan 19 2011) UM is #43, not so great, but ahead of the likes of Miami (FL), Arizona, Illinois, etc. Could still move up.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

It's good to see that excuses have gone from blaming Lloyd Carr to David Brandon, now. The one thing that I will not hear from Hoke, Mattison, et al is an excuse. The recruits hopefully will come this year, but you get the idea that they will coach the current team well and will make them tough. Maybe not as speedy as Theo wants, but smarter, which actually wins games.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:14 p.m.

Keep McClure and others away from the OSU fans / non-Michigan fans like Portage and they will come and do well under the excellent coaching at UM.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 7:39 p.m.

As for that Bryant award, Chizik should at the very least saw it in half and give half to OC Gus Malzahn.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 7:16 p.m.

Now, we get to see how much of a miracle worker Brady Hoke is. If he can undo the damage that David Brandon has done to this recruiting class, I will be very, very impressed.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

"Don't worry about me recruiting," Mattison said with a laugh. "Recruiting is all about where you're at. If you really believe in the school you're at … it's easy to sell a place like Michigan."

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 5:02 p.m.

rgthmind250 Not yet. Do you want to wait and see until Feb 2nd. They will be up close to it and with a late surge, Michigan can make it. No, I don't drink sugar drinks, Kool aid or otherwise. Thanks. Aren't you just a little encouraged by the reception and reaction to this coaching staff? Well, I have lots of company in my delusions. Maybe not getting as high as top 25 in recruiting but this team is on the upswing and the players are believing that due to improved communication and COACHING. You know, COACHING, maybe you've heard of it. Go Blue!

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 4:36 p.m.

Only one commenter is using words like "mean, nasty, UNFAITHFUL". Notice I didn't say "fan".


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 4:36 p.m.

Bluntpa, top 25? Thats drinking the kool-aid. If you go to rivals, UM is not even in the top 50. Not even on the board.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 4:03 p.m.

Keep young McClure away from the Mich. fans and Brady might land him. If the young man gets a sampling of these mean, nasty, unfaithful fans he will never come to Mich.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 3:28 p.m.

I like the recruiting philosophy right now: 1. Defense (most positions) 2. Special teams 3. Offense With another coach, 3 and 1 would have been switched and I wait in earnest for the return to the crystal in two years time!


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

You do realize that the recruits you see are almost all Rich Rod's recruits, right? The "philosophy" was to recruit mostly defense already, well before Rich Rod was fired. Brady is just continuing what Rich Rod started.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 2:56 p.m.

Who was cheated? He walked with $5 MILLION for his last year's work. Since you are a member of a "cult of personality", you can't acknowledge the last 3 games under the WCiMFH. Cheated? Where do I go to report a crime? Stealing is what that is! (Possibly extortion. Paying someone to leave you alone and go away is extortion. $2.5 MILLION) How much for you to leave?


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:58 p.m.

Was he cheated? Yes, indeed. Say good-bye To killer speed. Few short years, We're on a roll. Pizza, Outback, Then Citrus Bowl! Yesterday is here again!


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

Cheated ? No way ! He got to set a Michigan bowl record while he was here. And he set some new 3 year overall W-L records and BT W-L records, as well as some stat records for the D. He had a good run.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 6:18 p.m.

Yes, RR was cheated out from further glorification rites bestowed upon him from your keystrokes. Go forth and comfort your king now by telling him how many 'crystals' opportunities were denied him by the 'evil' Necromancer (Brandon).


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 2:34 p.m.

I get it now! When we say "Michigan," you're thinking we're talking about Central Michigan, as they've gone to the Pizza Bowl three times in the past five years. See, Michigan has never gone to the Pizza Bowl (formerly the Motor City Bowl). If you want to be more correct in your negativity, if Lloyd Carr represents "yesterday," it should be Outback (1-1), Capital One, formerly Citrus (2-1), then Rose Bowl (1-4) in your poem, I guess you could point out that they lost most of the Rose Bowls if you want to be Debbie Downer. Aw, heck, lets throw the Orange Bowl (1-0) win over Alabama in there for good measure. But I got your back, bro. Go Chippewas!

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:52 p.m.

To finish my previous post I add this conversation from the not-so-distance future. "Hey, didn't you play football at Michigan?" "Yes sir." "What years were you there?" "Sir, I jointed the team in Coach Hoke's first year, 2011." "Wow, that was the start of the turnaround, getting Michigan back to it's winning tradition. You must be very proud of that." "Sir, you have no idea!" Go Blue!

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

While I'm not sure about there being a "must" sign right now, there is a need to have some high level successes with this class to set the tone for future years. Given all of the positives so far with Coach Hoke; keeping and energizing the current players, adding great position coaches and coordinators to the staff, and starting to unite various factions of the Michigan fan base, getting some players this year would be amazing. Not only is the coaching staff experienced with their individual assigned tasks, but their recruiting web is national, with ties to the greater midwest, California, Florida, and Texas. It appears we have two coaches who have extensive backgrounds as recruiting coordinators for their past teams and someone that appears to be a great recruiter and closer in Coach Hoke. I think this year's class could sneak into the top 25 with some last minute signings. Go Blue!


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

Well put, Blu. It would great if they could salvage Fisher's recruitment. Coming down the stretch, I'm hoping for some recruiting surprises the next two weeks. In no way am I counting on it happening but, with the majority of the coaching staff in place, I'm hoping they can persuade some talent to come to Ann Arbor. Here's hoping for an exciting and fruitful two weeks of recruiting! Go Blue!

Jim Nazium

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:27 p.m.

Aww come on now king, we gonna get a 'hunka hunka burnin' love' kinda momentum goin' here in the next few weeks. Things are moving along under the circumstances and hopefully the late push in recruiting will nab us some decent talent. I know how you feel regarding "we'll never know what if...." regarding the old regime but we gotta Viva Las Vegas here and use any good news to heal the last 10 years of under under-performing. So just be patient and let Hoke "do it his way". :)


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:24 p.m.

I agree. We've been underperforming for at least the last 7 seasons. And how can you argue otherwise? the NFL talent we had on the team from 2004-2007 was insane, and we managed zero wins against OSU, a loss to app state, and one of the most talented teams Michigan has had in 30 years followed the best season of the 4 (2006) by being crushed by USC in the Rose Bowl. Underperforming, to me, is not performing as well as can reasonably be expected given the talent. Did that not happen in the last 7 years? (except maybe 2008. That team was atrocious and had injuries in many areas where they were decent).


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

Blu-n-Tpa, come on give JN a break ... at least he got 3/10 of that last part right.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

Jim, last 10 years? All 10 years were "under-performing"? That's an amazing comment. Care to back that up or was this your way of masking reality? I assume '"we'll never know what if'" deals with the WCiMFH and the "old regime" bears no responsibility with the outcome of the last 3 games. No need to respond. I know. It was someone else's fault.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:16 p.m.

Keeping Jake Fisher will be a key for Hoke and Michigan. We're a little thin on tackles to begin with, and we'll be in a world of hurt in a few years if we don't get at least one in this class. Also, this McClure kid would be a HUGE get for Michigan if we can convince him to come here. This is another big benefit in having Brady Hoke as coach - his California recruiting ties. He helped bring in Leon Hall some years back (from the same high school as McClure) who ended up being one of our very best defensive backs in the last decade. From the day Hall stepped on the field at the Big House, you could tell he had a nose for the ball - playing as a true freshman. If McClure is anything like Hall, he's a MUST sign. Go Blue!


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.

Citrus Bowl, here we come! Defense and a slow, plodding offense might get us to an upcoming Citrus Bowl. I hope we can earn a Citrus Bowl bid. Gee whiz.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

Let's see if you can work in the famous line, "Three yards and a cloud of dust" into your daily musings.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

A Citrus Bowl bid would mean a high finish in the Big Ten next season. Wouldn't you want "your" team to have a successful first year under Coach Hoke? I read somewhere that the last coach didn't go to a bowl game until his third year, so wouldn't this be an improvement? (By the way, it's been the Capital One bowl for years. Don't you remember, Coach Lloyd Carr beat Florida there four seasons ago. Michigan's last bowl victory.)