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Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 6:07 p.m.

Michigan loses 3rd verbal commit after offensive lineman Caleb Stacey withdraws from class

By Kyle Meinke

The Michigan football team's acclaimed recruiting class suffered its third casualty Saturday when offensive lineman Caleb Stacey announced he has withdrawn his pledge.

The Cincinnati native revealed via Twitter that he intends to play for the hometown Bearcats.

"Before it gets out from anyone but me I have decided to decommitt from Michigan to stay home and play ball at the University of Cincinnati," Stacey tweeted to his more than 1,300 followers.

Stacey is the third verbal commit no longer in Michigan's class, joining tight end Pharaoh Brown, who was dropped after he took a visit to Oregon, and cornerback Anthony Standifer.

Michigan played this past season with only eight scholarship offensive linemen, and head coach Brady Hoke, ever mindful of line play, has expressed his desire to reload at that position. In this regard, Stacey's departure hurts the Wolverines.

But it shouldn't hurt much.

Michigan is stockpiled at offensive line in this class, with verbal commitments already in from five-star Kyle Kalis; four-stars Blake Bars and Erik Magnuson; and three-star Ben Braden. Three-star tight end pledge A.J. Williams also could play the position, and many project him to do so.

Related: Get to know Michigan's 2012 recruiting class

That group is one of the best in the country, rivaled only by Ohio State.

Now, the Wolverines appear to have room for two more offensive linemen. Their 2012 class currently stands at 23 commitments, and is expected to have room for up to 28. However, it's possible they will not max out this class, leaving more room for the 2013 cycle.

Michigan is courting several blue-chip offensive linemen, and is considered to be one of two frontrunners for Josh Garnett, the top recruit from the state of Washington. His other favorite is Stanford, where he recently took a visit.

Garnett is a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 3 guard, according to Scout. He is the No. 1 four-star according to Rivals.

Rivals' Tim Sullivan told that Stanford and Michigan remain close for Garnett, but gives the Wolverines an edge because of Garnett's emphasis on personal relationships in the recruiting process.

One of Garnett's best friends in football is Magnuson, who already is committed to Michigan.

"He has said the relationships will be the difference, and then he’ll say, 'My good friend Erik Magnuson...'" Sullivan said. "It’s almost like a hint sort of thing."

Other prospects eying Michigan include four-star Jordan Diamond of Chicago and Alex Kozan of Castle Rock, Colo.

It's important the Wolverines finish out their offensive line class strong not only for the sake of immediate depth, but also to counter Ohio State's spectacular defensive line class.

The Buckeyes already have verbal commitments from defensive linemen Noah Spence (No. 5 overall player in the country), Adolphus Washington (No. 10), Tommy Schutt (No. 48) and Se'Von Pittman (No. 58).

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. Recruits can sign letters of intent Feb. 1.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 2:18 a.m.

jeeeeeesh .....another one...why can't these guys find happiness with the Hoax... they could have been a "Michigan Man" for goodness sake


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

ohio fan seems lost. . . first, you have NO POINT except to smack talk. seconed, the only one bitter and concerned here is you! you are very concerned that MICHIGAN is back and you are very bitter that ohio got caught cheating for the last ten years ( loss of recruits, coach fired, star qb kicked off team, NO BOWL GAME and probation) boy thats going to leave a mark!!! i guess that would put any one in denial and thats why you have to come on a MICHIGAN site and thump your chest (look at us we are the greatest college football program in the universe)!!! again nothing but JIBBER-JABBER and flapping your wings. . . football games are won on the field not on your keyboard. . . talk is cheap and you are full of it!! OH walmart just called, your late again!!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

Umgoblue, well said. Do you know what bird I find to be the most obnoxious?? You guessed it, a PARROT! Lol

Blu n Tpa

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 1 p.m.

AM You're back! Great. How do you explain ohio, with all those great recruiting years lately losing to Michigan with their so-so classes over the same period? UM has never won a game vs Michigan and he never has beaten Coach Hoke. 0.000000 winning %. LIFETIME! How do you get some players to go to ohio? Great gifts, nice cars, non working jobs that pay well, and cheap tats. Man, haven't you been reading the papers? It's why you needed a new coach in the first place. And he loves ohio. It just took $20 million for him to find that "love". Now every time he leaves the state "lying eyes" fans will have to wonder; "Is he coming back?" Come back anytime AM. And remember games aren't won in the winter by Rivals or ESPN. 0.00000 winning % by the wandering Meyer over Coach Hoke. This is Michigan! And you are not. Go Blue!

Albee Macaw

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 4:48 a.m.

Umgoblue I understand your bitterness and concern. If our head coach was quoted like below that would also get my attention. Funny thing is G Joke even shows some concern and the average Michigan fan is in denial. TOSU has 8 remaining slots remaining and word it that at least 3 will be filled w/ 4 or 5 star kids. You really have to be ignorant if after getting blown by in recruiting it is not a concern. Again even Joke is showing concern and after hearing him during past interviews it is hard picturing this man walking and talking at the same time. Now talking and eating is very believable. The rest of the Big Ten coaches probably feel like Brady Hoke did when he was asked how he felt about the hire of Urban Meyer. "Not good"


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:46 a.m.

ohio fan just doese not get it. same old jibber-jabber, bla, bla, bla! your just like a PARROT that repeats the same old"we are better then you" that your post everytime! here's some fun facts, ohio had 2 players kicked off the football team, redshirt freshman fullback david durham is leaving ohio to transfer somewhere else, kyle kalis decommits ohio and commits to MICHIGAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH and iam sure there are more. these things happen every year at every college so what's your point? maybe durham and kalis dident like the fact that urbanblight was to much like your idol the vest? chest thumping and smack talk is all you got!! the game is the game again and i think you are worried! SEE YOU ON THE FIELD because thats where all the talking is done at! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! side note. . . i would never or have i ever gone onto another schools site, let alone talk smack (i guess this makes you feel good). the only thing i care about is MICHIGAN! you seem to spend more time on MICHIGAN sites then ohio sites. . . maybe you are not really an ohio fan and are really a closet MICHIGAN fan?

Albee Macaw

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:06 a.m.

At least Joke is not as stupid as he looks. michigan fan should be so bright. All this activity has elevated the OSU class from outside the Top 20 when Meyer was hired in late November, to No. 3 in the current Scout team rankings, (leap-frogging Michigan with these latest commits), and also No. 3 on the Rivals list. Remember this is the year that was supposed to be the "down" year for recruiting, when the Buckeye program would pay the price for their season of turmoil and NCAA sanctions. The rest of the Big Ten coaches probably feel like Brady Hoke did when he was asked how he felt about the hire of Urban Meyer. "Not good" It gets better by the day.

Albee Macaw

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 2:33 a.m.

Michigan fan just does not get it. The point of my post was the Urb blew by joke in recruiting in less then two month PLUS w/ a one year suspension. You have had practically more people bail on your program since Urb arrived then he has snagged. How in Gods name can a program that is on one year suspension, played 500 ball out recruit a team that won 10 plus games and was in a BCS game? That is what happens when top coaches like Harbaugh and Miles give your program the shaft and you have to settle for a 3rd rate coach like joke. Kids want to go w/ a proven winner like Orbs 2 National Championships and not a guy like joke that let his SDSU team know w/ a text that he is leaving. Classy. Urb has a 842 winning percentage and Jokes is 527 and was below 500 prior to this year. Can you say loser? Word is that Michigan let is grounds crew go as they let joke on the field once a week and he grazes it down to perfect playing length. If joke is the picture of a Michigan man Jenny Craig should relocate her corporate office from here in San Diego to Michigan. Geez Grady toss in a salad.

Laurie Miholer

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 3:07 a.m.

This post shows more about your inferiority complex than about either coach or school. Just pathetic.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

Boy, alot of people are saying "we", "our" and "us" when it comes to the UM football program. I had no idea so many Michigan football players posted on these forums.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:21 a.m.

That's an old bit dude. Let the people be part of the deal. Don't stress over this type of thing. When fans go to games and buy apparel and follow MI stories and tune in every week during the season, it is THEIR team. I have no issue with this.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

so playing ohio is going to be just like the last decade? the vest cheated for the last decade so what your saying is urbyboy is going to do the same thing? thanks for the heads up, iam sure the NCAA will be interested in that!! i can see why kyle kalis decommited from ohio and chose MICHIGAN, the urbanblight that has become c-bus will linger for at least three or four years!! you should be more worried about your bowl game next season. . . oh thats right your not going to a bowl game. . . see cheaters do finish last!!! so keep thumping your chest if thats all it takes to make you feel real good. now get back to walmart young man and sell those PARROTS because something with a lot of color and little substance is all you have got!!!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 2:55 p.m.

Michigan is looking at a RB from Wadsworth Ohio, Jack Snowball. NE Ohio offensive player of the year, the kid has the second effort that is comparable to Mike Hart, ran a 4.3 at OSU camp last year. This would be great grab for the Maize and Blue.

Albee Macaw

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 7:49 a.m.

Read it and weep michigan fan. It took the Urbanator less then two months to blow past michigan in all of the recruiting polls. Currently #3 on Rivals in the country. They should finish strong w/ Diamond and a few other blue chippers. This is only the beginning of your view of looking up and finishing below OSU. So who has Joke landed since that big cowl win? Uh no one but recruits have departed. It is going to be just like the past decade. Years more of the same nightmare. BIG TEN+ RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS RANK SCHOOL # COMMITS RIVALS AVG SCOUT AVG ESPN AVG 24/7 AVG AVG AVG^ 1 Ohio State 23 3.70 3.74 3.43 3.61 3.62 2 Michigan 23 3.57 3.65 3.39 3.57 3.54 3 Notre Dame 17 3.53 3.76 3.53 3.59 3.60 4 Wisconsin 12 3.33 3.33 3.17 3.50 3.33 5 Penn State 14 3.07 3.14 3.07 3.21 3.13 6 Michigan State 14 3.14 3.14 3.00 3.07 3.09 7 Iowa 18 3.00 2.94 2.83* 2.83 2.90 8 Nebraska 12 3.41 2.92 2.90* 3.33 3.14 9 Purdue 25 2.92 2.48 2.72* 2.76 2.72 10 Northwestern 20 2.75 2.65 2.55 2.65 2.65 11 Indiana 23 2.65 2.48 2.38* 2.43 2.49 12 Illinois 14 2.71 2.71 2.50 2.57 2.63 13 Minnesota 28 2.68 2.29 1.92* 2.25 2.28


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 6:11 a.m.

Your insecurity is showing Albee. Hoke 1 buckeyes 0


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

Thanks MRunner, I realize I'm just waisting my breath, or in this case, my time and typing effort, but it's tough to ignore baseless/rediculous comments.

Blu n Tpa

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 8:28 p.m.

"weep" Like that ohio fan with useless nuts around his neck hugging a couple of total strangers at JT's going away party? AM You're back and welcome. How would you compare Michigan's classes over the last 3-4 years to ohio's? And yet Coach Hoke smoked the "lying eyes" first time out. The only guys leaving Michigan are guys who want to play elsewhere. Guys can't leave ohio because they can't afford the pay cut and well, let's just say their study habits need some work. As always, AM, nice of you to drop by. "We" love hearing your stories and can't wait for your non-fiction stuff. I heard that UM might have indigestion. Hope it's not the water down in C bus. He might have to take some time off for his health. I hope I don't start a rumor.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 8:12 p.m.

GoBigBlue: very good counter points. You can add 10 more but ohio fans like this will never be swayed. I am glad they are setting the bar so high. It will be a sorry day when ohio losses a game or two before Michigan comes to town in 2012, and loses.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

Do you honestly think the difference between 2 top 5 classes really means that much?? Wake up! Florida had 4 top 7 classes on a row when they played Michigan in FLORIDA with Urban coaching a defending national championship team with the Heisman trophy winner at qb and how did that end up?? It's about coaching and executing on game day. How do you think Boise has been able to beat Oklahoma and others in BCS games? Wake up man.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 6:17 a.m.

Seems to me that Stacey wanted a better shot at some playing time. Maybe the fact that UM was loaded with O line talent for the incoming class scared him off to a lesser school. Either way, good luck to him, but I dont think UM is going to be missing him...Especially if they land one of these other OL recruits their still after.


Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 6:08 a.m.

Its not like the kid was going to a school on the opposite side of country.. Its a few hours away. He was mostly likely going to be buried on the depth chart. Do you think that he didnt consider that?

Stevie Welles

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Typical fan response. Someone left? Oh, he must either not be good enough, worried about playing time, having academic issues, etc. Why can't you take the kid at his word? He wants to play closer to home. End of story.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 11:41 p.m.

Albee (pls call me Dear Abby) McLiar, Facts of life: Hoke > The Myth (Urban) Michigan > O-h-i-o Michigan fans > O-h-i-o zombies, car dealers, tattoists TiM = This is Michigan GO BLUE!

Lorain Steelmen

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 9:14 p.m.

Here's my take on all this. .....Caleb Stacey, 'don't let the door hit you in the keester on the way out'. By freeing up another spot, Hoke can go after BOTH, Garnet AND Diamond, and IF he can land both, then UM is much BETTER off. Note to Hoke; Buddie, you also still need to go after another ligit DT. ........We are VERY thin there. The next two weeks will prove to be very interesting!...Go Blue!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

this just in. . . there is a fire sale on PARROT'S at all walmart stores nation wide. . . seems nobody is buying it!! on a side note, best of luck to caleb and his decommit opens the door for sam grant who decommited from BC and who looks to GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

Albee, with your brilliant insights and skills, I am really surprised that you are not employed by SI or ESPN. You really should be on College Game Day, and in the booth instead of Kirk Herbstreit.

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

C-Bob, ohio hasn't beaten Michigan since Nov 2009 so it's like 781 days since the cheaters from C bus won over the Wolverines. ohio has already been eliminated from the 2012 Big Ten Championship game and WILL NOT be going to a bowl this year. What I can't wait for is the book that TP is going to (co)-write when he gets cut this year. That will shine the light all over the garbage dump ohio calls the Ath. Dept. He will need the money when the IRS gets done with him for not filing correct 1040s for the last several years. Michigan has beaten the new liar everytime it's played him. If ohio doens't cheat, and with their program already under double secret probation they can't, Michigan will enjoy playing with a level field, where Coach Hoke has taken UM to the woodshed every time. So keep on posting here if it makes you feel better. You could be the shining star on "lying eyes" websites because you serve up lots of drivel, nicely. Remember games that don't count, DON'T COUNT! And ohio still hasn't beaten a SEC team. This is Michigan! Go Blue!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

I have no clue why any of jt's victories would stand in the opinion of any educated person. It was 1999 or 2000 since tsio won a game as far as I count


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

416 days since ohio state beat Michigan, and counting.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

That was the day the mean ol' evil Tressel could have hung 100 points on the amazing blue becuase they quit half way through the first quarter. Say what you want about the vest, but at least he had the decency to pull his starters before the end of the first half.

Albee Macaw

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 7:31 a.m.

towny at 1:02 AM on January 22, 2012 Really. Cheaters always finish last. I guess that is why michigan did so poorly all those years when they were exceeding the practice scedule limitaions? And I assume you are refering to the Urbanizor and those TWO National Championships he posseses?

Bruce Kennedy

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 7:56 p.m.

I'd really only count 1 Nat. Championship. Because one of those championships was against OSUcks. That's was really no contest. Because everyone knows OSUcks can not beat an SEC team. Michigan, on the other hand, beat Fla. when they played them, between their two Nat. Championships. There is no way Urban Meyer is going to win another Nat. Championship because he doesn't get the luxury of playing OSUcks for the title. I will give you one thing, Meyer's initials are excellent. Just have to make his middle name, "of".


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

minor violations aren't cheating, they're expected based on the vast complexity of the NCAA rulebook, anything else you need our far superior football program to educate you on let us know.....


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

come on cheaters what the heck do you think osu is. gee michigan did not get a bowl ban. michigan was not even close to what osu got. so write what is fair. sounds just like you are writing just to write something. go read the osu paper. let the game this year fall on the field . when michigan goes to a bowl osu can watch it on tv.

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:05 p.m.

At a school that's almost 1000 miles away from where he is now. You do know that right? UM, (got to love that monogram), has yet to win a thing in C bus so let your imagination soar. Reality isn't really your strong suit is it? Go Blue TiM

Albee Macaw

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 6:09 a.m.

NC Wolverine 20 at 12:15 AM on January 22, 2012 We'll just have to wait and see how well Urban does at OSU. One thing is certain, however, Michigan can always "fall back" on being one of planet Earth's premier universities. OSU is, on the other hand, one of the best universities in central Ohio. Apparently Les Miles and Jim Harbaugh have different feelings given how they rejected michigan and are alums. Settling for B Joke is a great indicator of how far michigan football has fallen since Bo. Top coaches in the land get in line for the OSU job and michigan settles for a 3rd rate coach that was at 500 prior to last year. Funny how all of the posts I read from michigan fan after hiring joke they were furious. Joke will go back to his 500 winning percentage and Meyers will get better then his 819 winning percentage. Gees I wonder who is a better coach from recruiting to Xs and Os to motivating?

Laurie Miholer

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

No one wants to be Ohio. Hoke bleeds Maize and Blue. Meyer is just visiting at Ohio- he'll leave for better as soon as he feels like it. He has no loyalty for Ohio. Hoke dies for Michigan- think that doesn't matter to the team and their success? Think again. GO BLUE!!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

Well UM's 3rd rate coach won 11 games this year. He also beat your buckeyes. He is also bringing in a top five recruiting class for 2012, and already has one of the best QBs in the country coming from the 2013 class. Hoke has no problems motivating players obviously. And guess who urban called the best recruiter in the country is. That would be Mr. Greg Mattison. Your insecurity shows as you attempt to down play what you see happening in AA.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:47 p.m.

wow best in central ohio. have you checked the national ratings. i do not see the best in central ohio ahead of michigan.

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

The new liar's winning percentage over Michigan 0.00% The new liar's winning percentage over Coach Hoke 0.00% So you can take his .817 record and stick it on the shelf. And that's no "Joke"! I don't have to "wonder who is a better coach", zero (that's 0.000000) is as low as he can go. Go Blue!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 6 a.m.

Those who leave will not be champions. Leaves room for even better.

Albee Macaw

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5 a.m.

Don Az Brilliant. Insightful. Bravo. Not bad for a 12 year old. The truth hurts.

Albee Macaw

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 3:04 a.m.

Geez the michigan recruiting class is dropping like flies. Ohio State would welcome some but out scrimmage squad is already full. Sure these kids do not want to end their college careers w/ 4 losses to OSU so they are bailing on the Jokester. They must have been talking to some past michigan players that lost all 4 of their career games to the Vest. So while OSU climbs the recruiting ranks michigans falls. Going to be brutal for michigan during the Urbanators run. Well at least you have a shot at basketball. Oh forgot you lost at Arkansas today and Sully is just getting acquainted w/ the freshman young teammates. Guess you always can fall back on women's softball.

Kal Kelley

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

Michigan softball rules!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

sounds great but who won the last game. stop living in the past. your clock is runing on days since you lost?


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 6:02 a.m.

Really. Cheaters always finish last.

NC Wolverine 20

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5:15 a.m.

We'll just have to wait and see how well Urban does at OSU. One thing is certain, however, Michigan can always "fall back" on being one of planet Earth's premier universities. OSU is, on the other hand, one of the best universities in central Ohio.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:53 a.m.

Brilliant. Insightful. Bravo. Not bad for a 12 year old.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 2:34 a.m.

This whole thing of committing, decommitting, etc is crazy. I don't understand why football doesn't have what college basketball has, with 2 signing periods. At the same time, I feel for the high school kids who may not know exactly where they want to go or should go as juniors or early seniors. It is a hard life-changing decision and if there is indecision, it is understandable. And since coaches can up and leave (read: Todd Graham) or get fired (lots of them), the players better be sure of the university. AT the same time, if they are not ready, they should just wait on the decision. Competition for position by future signed recruits should not really affect them, in my opinion, because if they are not good enough to attend university X, the coaches likely would not have offered. If it does scare them off, then better that they renege on the commitment. But after reading the article in the NY Times today about what a huge business college sports is (required reading everybody), it is just eye opening to say the least and maybe we ALL ought to take a step back and not fret so much.

jeff blue

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:34 a.m.

We will be fine. So much of college football is "coaching up" the young guys. Look at Wisconsin -- most of their recruits are not so highly rated and they have gone to two straight Rose Bowls. I am worried about Urban Meyer at OSU, as he will be incredibly tough to beat. Expect both both PSU and NEB to begin a "fade". These teams always appear to be so good -- then they start to play 8 Big Ten games per year and they find out. Here is who I expect to be very tough Big Ten teams in 2012 and beyond: 1. OSU 2. UM 3. MSU 4. Wiscy 5. Toss-up: NEB, PSU, Iowa, Then we have some weak programs: Minny, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, ILL. I wish that I could place UM above OSU!!!! JEFF

Bruce Kennedy

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

Wishful thinking Albee. You sound like a bitter SDSU fan instead of an OSUcks fan.

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

Well he didn't have anything else to do.

Albee Macaw

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

Nice to see a realistic michigan fan. All OSU fans were very worried when word was that Miles or Harbaugh were headed there, After they landed Hoke there was and is no worries. I live in San Diego and witnessed Hokes act close up. He deserted his players and notified them that he was leaving via a text. That says it all. Meyers will make him look like the Vest made RR look. Actually worse as Meyers is a much better recruiter then the vest and has proven that in 7 weeks,

Terry Star21

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 2:04 a.m.

urban meyer 0-3 against Michigan.....hang on, your wish comes true !


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:29 a.m.

Yes- I wondered why a lesser recruit would stay when there were 4 bigger and higher ranked guys ahead of him. I don't think we lose anything. You can only start 4 guards and tackles at a time. 5 or 6 guards and tackles recruited in one class seems like a lot.

Stevie Welles

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

He was recruited to play center. There aren't 4 guys ahead of him at that position.

Chad Williams

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:57 a.m.

I say they need to stock up on the d line. There is a lot of unproven players returning at defensive tackle. Campbell and hopefully Pipkins make some kind of impact. Having some more help on that side of the ball is greatly needed. The offensive line will very good but I still believe championships are being won with a dominant front four.

Terry Star21

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

Our recruiting class is going to be fine.....we have three real holes to fill now and those are OL, CB and TE - and the three words that spell relief are; Garnett, Reeves and Grant. MgoBlueForTim.....current recruiting class + three


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

I'd say the biggest hole is actually at DT.


Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 11:29 p.m.

I'm very interested to see UM's 2012 offensive line class battle OSU's defensive line class. If these classes live up to hype their getting now, I'd say were all in for some great games. The rivalry is live and well now that UM has a real coach again.


Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.

I had a feeling one of the lesser rated OL would de-commit, hopefully We can get Either Garnett or Diamond and I'd definitely like to get Kozan because we are recruiting him at Center. Good luck to you Caleb, hope you have a fine career and I think you made a good decision for yourself, he was probably going to get lost in the shuffle at the position.

Stevie Welles

Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 5:25 p.m.

Well, I appreciate the positive outlook, this hurts more than anyone seems to be willing to admit. He was recruited to play C. A position of significant need. It hurts, and he didn't leave because he would "get lost in the shuffle". Why can't you take the kid at his word? He left because he wanted to play closer to home.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 6:25 p.m.

Going from the U of M to Cincinnati tells you that he isn't that much of a loss to the football team. Hopefully he'll do well at Cincinnati and further his education and football career there.