Final Top 247 for 2017 released

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18Jan 2017
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Final Top 247 for 2017 released

Donovan Peoples-Jones

247 Sports released its final Top 247 for 2017 (LINK). Here’s what it looked like initially back in April of 2015 (LINK).

Movement for Michigan commits since then:

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones fell from #13 to #26
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell jumped from #180 to #156
  • Josh Ross fell from #111 to #202
  • Dylan McCaffrey fell from #46 to #204
  • Ja’Raymond Hall fell from #81 to off the list
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher fell from #183 to off the list

Hit the jump for the remainder of the Michigan targets.

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18Jan 2017
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Michigan’s Offensive Line Issues: How did we get here?

(image via GBMWolverine)

SITE NEWS: I have installed CloudFlare to help offload some of the demands on the site, which hopefully will help with some of the downtime TTB has experienced recently. Depending on how much this helps, I may not need to employ a new hosting service just yet. I appreciate everyone’s suggestions and help, which I will keep filed away for when I need to grow the site. A special thanks to Dan for the suggestion and info about CloudFlare.

The Orange Bowl was yet another example of a Michigan offensive line that has been underperforming for years. The 2011 offensive line wasn’t a completely dominant one, but it did have some NFL players and guys who worked cohesively as a unit. Since that time, there have been some good individual players (Taylor Lewan, Michael Schofield, Mason Cole, etc.), but not much development as a unit. Michigan expected some improvement from last season to this season, even with the loss of Detroit Lions draft pick Graham Glasgow (who started several games at center and guard for the Lions this past season). A unit that included three fifth year seniors would reasonably be expected to perform well. However, the Wolverines did not do well this year, gashed some weak opponents, and got handled by the tough defenses.

Hit the jump for a journey through the travails of Michigan’s offensive line.

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17Jan 2017
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Final Rivals 250 for 2017 released

Dylan McCaffrey

Yesterday I put up a post about the final Rivals 100 (LINK). Today the final Rivals 250 was released (LINK). Here’s a link to the initial Rivals 100 (LINK) and 250 (LINK) for a reference point. Movement for Michigan commits:

  • Dylan McCaffrey dropped from #100 to #131
  • Ambry Thomas dropped from #133 to #146
  • Chuck Filiaga appears at #175
  • Joshua Ross dropped from #166 to #222
  • Benjamin St-Juste appears at #229
  • James Hudson appears at #240
  • Kai-Leon Herbert appears at #250
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher dropped from #223 to off the list

Hit the jump for the rest of Michigan’s targets.

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16Jan 2017
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Tyrone Wheatley, Sr., Ex-Wolverine

Tyrone Wheatley and Jim Harbaugh (image via Freep)

Running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, Sr. has reportedly accepted a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where his former boss Doug Marrone has been hired as the head coach. Wheatley coached with Marrone at Syracuse from 2010-2012 and then with the Buffalo Bills in 2013-2014.

Wheatley was an All-American and a former 1st round pick from the University of Michigan, and he went to high school in Dearborn. After playing stints with the Giants and Raiders, he also coached in Dearborn before moving on to college. He was hired at Michigan in 2015 when Jim Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor, and he did a solid job coaching the position. At the time of his departure, he ranks as the #6 recruiter in the country, according to 247 Sports. He was the primary recruiter in the Detroit area and had a big hand in landing Donovan Peoples-Jones and Ambry Thomas. He was also credited with mending some broken fences with Detroit (MI) Martin Luther King, which helped reel in Thomas and 2016 signee Lavert Hill.

Michigan is in somewhat of a bind at this point. With some early enrollees already on campus (including Peoples-Jones and Thomas), nothing can be affected there. However, Michigan continues to recruit running backs, including O’Maury Samuels and Kurt Taylor. The departure could affect their recruitments, and the Wolverines need a difference-maker at running back. With some potential targets already off the board (Eno Benjamin, Najee Harris, Cam Akers, etc.), this shortens the list of potential late additions or replacements.

Hit the jump for some thoughts on his departure.

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