Scouting Report: 2017 Quarterbacks

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15Feb 2016
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Scouting Report: 2017 Quarterbacks

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Dylan McCaffrey (image via CHSAAnow)

Since quarterback is such a key position, each year I like to go in-depth with the quarterback position and rank the prospects that Michigan is pursing. At times Michigan has offered so few prospects by this point in the year that I have to throw in a few with Michigan interest, but the Wolverines have offered ten signal-callers at this point, so that’s plenty good to start. Below is a ranked list of those ten quarterbacks. I ranked them based on their fit with Michigan’s offensive system, so if I were looking at this list as an Ohio State fan, a Washington State fan, or an Oregon fan, I might rank them differently.

1.¬†Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Littleton (CO) Valor Christian: McCaffrey is a 6’5″, 200 lb. prospect who is uncommitted. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #2 pro-style quarterback, and #45 overall. As a junior in 2015, he completed 207/320 passes (64.7%) for 2,800 yards, 27 TDs, and 4 INTs; he also ran 128 times for 592 yards (4.6 yards/carry) and 13 TDs. He is the son of former Stanford and NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, as well as the brother of current Stanford running back – and Heisman finalist – Christian McCaffrey. In watching his junior year film, it became pretty clear why Michigan has him at or near the top of their board: he looks a great deal like Jake Rudock. McCaffrey is, of course, a couple inches taller than Rudock, but a lot of their mannerisms are very similar. McCaffrey is very balanced and unhurried in the pocket, and he does a nice job of standing tall and climbing in the pocket while waiting for the play to develop. He plays in a pro-style offense with dropbacks from under center, some shotgun passes, and an occasional designed run. He does good work with his ball handling and sees the field well. His anticipation is not on the same level as Bailey Hockman’s, but he makes good reads. McCaffrey is not a truly dynamic runner, but he is fast enough to escape and surprise some people with his speed. He has a nice over-the-top delivery, and with his height, that should prevent too many balls being batted down. NOTE: I scheduled this post for 6:30 a.m. on February 16th, and McCaffrey committed to Michigan on the evening of February 15th.

Hit the jump for the other nine quarterback targets.

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15Feb 2016
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Recruiting Update: February 15, 2016

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Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs OG Phillip Paea (image via Rivals)

Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

Kennedale (TX) Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning decommitted from Baylor. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC, among others. Michigan offered him a few weeks ago, and his brother Barry played cornerback for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. Baron is a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 outside linebacker, and #26 overall. I haven’t sat down and made one yet, but Browning would be at the top or near the top of my Most Wanted list.

Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs offensive guard Phillip Paea was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from BYU, Central Michigan, Michigan State, and Oregon. Currently unranked, Paea is a powerful offensive guard with good feet. He also plays some defensive end and defensive tackle, although he’s very raw and lacks instincts. I think he is a better prospect on offense.

Hit the jump for a new 2019 offer and some other bits.

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13Feb 2016
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Poll results: How do you check for comments/replies on TTB posts?

If you’re looking for an easy way to score a $35 gift card to Amazon, try picking the final score of today’s basketball game vs. Purdue (LINK).


A couple weeks ago, I posted a poll asking how people checked for comments and replies on posts. Surprisingly to me, 83% of of respondents said that they check posts repeatedly. I’ve wondered how people went about it, because some people get very involved in discussions, and others seem to make a comment and then leave the conversation alone. And most people simply don’t comment at all. Here were the results of the poll:

Manually by checking post repeatedly: 83%
If readers comment in a post/thread, it looks like most of them check back for responses simply by coming back to click on the thread.

Using sidebar widge for recent replies: 12%
A small-ish percentage check for replies using the sidebar widget for recent replies. Maybe some people haven’t looked or noticed, and maybe some people dont’ find it that helpful. But on the sidebar, there is a tool to check for recent comments. So in case you want to see who has been replying to you or commenting on other threads, check out that widget.

Other: 5%
I would be curious to know the “other” ways that 5% of people check for comments and replies.

Receive responses by e-mail: 0%
Only one voter mentioned using the option to receive replies by e-mail. That can also be an option if you’re using the Forum (LINK).

What comments or suggestions do you have about commenting or using different ways to follow discussions?

12Feb 2016
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Jeremiah Holloman, Ex-Wolverine

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Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman decommitted from Michigan on Friday. He originally committed to the Wolverines in December (LINK).¬†Holloman is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #117 wide receiver, and #822 overall. I liked him as a big outside receiver at 6’3″, 195 lbs.

National Signing Day is almost a year away, so the Wolverines have plenty of time to recover. What’s interesting is that Michigan has a commitment from teammate Kurt Taylor, a 2017 running back, and offered another teammate, linebacker Jaquan Henderson, who is committed to UCLA. There was a time when a lot of people thought Henderson would flip to Michigan in time, but this development potentially throws a bit of a hurdle in the way.

After suffering – and encouraging – a dozen decommitments in the 2016 class, this is the first rescinded pledge of 2017. This is the new way of the world. Michigan had 41 different players committed at different times last year. We’ll see if Michigan can top that number in the next recruiting cycle.

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