Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

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24Dec 2016
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Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

Dylan McCaffrey (image via Colorado Sports Network)

The second annual Polynesian Bowl will be played in Honolulu, HI in January of 2018. Here are the Michigan players scheduled to participate:

2018
Emil Ekiyor, OG – Indianapolis, IN*

2017
Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE – St. Joseph, MI**
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO*
Phillip Paea, DT – Berrien Springs, MI*
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI*
Kurt Taylor, RB – Loganville, GA*

*Scheduled to play in the upcoming game

**Selected but not participating due to early enrollment

23Dec 2016
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Drew Singleton, Wolverine

Paramus (NJ) Catholic LB Drew Singleton (image via North Jersey)

Paramus (NJ) Catholic linebacker Drew Singleton committed to Michigan on Friday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia. LSU, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers, among others.

Singleton is 6’2″, 215 lbs. and was selected to the Under Armour All-American Game before he tore his ACL early in his senior season.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #3 ILB, #162 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #4 OLB, #51 overall
Scout: 4-star, #4 OLB, #72 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #5 OLB, #79 overall

Hit the jump for more on Singleton’s commitment to Michigan.

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22Dec 2016
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Jordan Anthony, Wolverine




Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy LB Jordan Anthony

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy linebacker Jordan Anthony committed to Michigan on Thursday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, and Tennessee, among others.

Anthony is listed at 6’1″, 226 lbs. and claims a 4.73 forty with a 36″ vertical.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 83 grade, #9 ATH, #123 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #1 ILB, #26 overall
Scout: 4-star, #13 OLB, #185 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 92 grade, #12 OLB, #208 overall

Hit the jump for more on Anthony.

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22Dec 2016
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What I’ve Been Reading: Swing Your Sword

Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach and Bruce Feldman is somewhat an autobiography of Mike Leach, the current coach at Washington State. It’s also a big f*** you to Texas Tech, a school that he badmouths repeatedly, including the higher-ups. Of course, we all know by now that Leach was fired by the Red Raiders for reasons that were, well, questionable. Much of it revolves around his treatment of the son of Craig James, but Leach makes the point that it might have been financially driven, too.

The book flows smoothly from chapter to chapter, and it doesn’t get bogged down too much in the politics of coaching at Texas Tech. I think it was partly a vehicle for Leach to repair his reputation, partly a way for him to get back at the administration in Lubbock, and partly a way for Bruce Feldman to tell a very interesting story about modern college football. Leach is a bit of an odd duck, but I really respect him as a coach because he does pretty well with some so-so talent. I wish there was a little more X’s and O’s in here, but he does devote a chapter to X’s and O’s stuff, and he also talks frequently about the logistics of coaching. The book almost beats you over the head with the question “Why?” Why run these plays? Why run these drills? Why build your offense this way? Why have these rules? I have seen coaches doing drills, setting rules, etc. that don’t seem to have practical reasons, and it ends up wasting time or energy that could be put toward more useful things.

I thought it was a very good book for someone like me to read. As coaches, we need to be eclectic and take a couple things from various places that we can apply to our own teams and lives. This gave me a couple tools that I can use going forward, and it was entertaining in the meantime. I don’t follow Leach much now that he’s in the Pacific Northwest at Washington State, but he is coming to a clinic near me that I’m going to try to attend this off-season. I’m looking forward to that opportunity if I can make it happen.

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