Michigan Football Recruiting: In The Line Of Fire

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Posted at 4:00pm — 4/28/2015

Michigan Football Recruiting: In The Line Of Fire

Loss is a burning thing, and it means no champion’s ring

Inspired by a new coach hire, and he sees our line is dire.

We hired a new OC named Doug Nussmeier, he went to towns, towns, towns

And line offers went higher, and it churns, churns, churns.

Doug Nussmeier 2Okay enough Johnny Cash, but anyone who has been watching the GBMWolverine board the last several days should see and understand that Coach Nuss is obviously concerned with quantity and quality of the personnel filling the offensive line ranks. There are currently 16 offensive linemen on the roster, of which only four are walk-ons, and the fact that we are hurt by the loss of Graham Glasgow a walk-on for a game because of his run-in with police while operating on happy juice is telling. It is also indicative of the line’s state when a true freshman Mason Cole is outshining the rest of the members who though young, and even with heir-apparent LT Erik Magnuson still nursing and injury, none of the others have stepped up.

Mind you the scholarship roster already is filled by approximately 18% with offensive linemen (For those keeping track at home the max scholarship players is 85) who number 14, none of which are seniors or will leave Michigan through a normal graduation process next year. A situation which makes my head hurt when thinking wolverine departed Dan O’Neill could be even be drafted this year.

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive line coach Darrell Funk on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive line coach Darrell Funk on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What are we doing with our players’ development? You will have to count me in the camp of not sold on Funk unless something happens this year, and the spring gamage (game and scrimmage or whatever it was) has not made me feel better.

In what can only be compared to an Oprah audience book of the month club giveaway, the Michigan staff went on a tear of offensive line offering; not that the offers were giveaways or the players offered aren’t talented – these players are good. However, the staff had previously offered 11 players in 2015 including commit Jon Runyan Jr. they increased the breadth of offers to 19 in one week adding William Sweet, Tyler Jordan, Abdul Bello, Zach Giella, Matthew Burrell, Keaton Sutherland, Patrick Allen, and Isaiah Prince.

Ben ClevelandThey also added to the eight offers in 2016, by adding two more in Ben Cleveland and Juan Williams. The problem is if Nuss cannot Get the Funk out of his current players, or better still his o-line assistant it may not matter if the staff gets shown the door – though I don’t believe this will happen because admitting staff failure is admitting self-failure by the athletic director.

You can see our entire recruiting list and profiles on the recruits Michigan is targeting from the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 recruiting offers on the message board that SKWDCOP has worked hard on to bring a list to the message board followers.

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Tags: Coach Brady Hoke Coach Doug Nussmeier Dan O’Neill Erik Magnuson Football Jon Runyan Jr. Michigan Football Michigan Wolverines Recruiting Western Michigan

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