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Acala (Ah-chuh-luh), known as Fudo-Myo-o in Japan. His fire is meant to burn away all klesas, meaning unhealthy cravings, fears, angers and ignorance. His rope is meant to tie up all your evil attachments and his sword cuts your link to them. He is essentially the essence of tough love ... and just looks cool
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when classes went online, there were all sorts of problems
especially depending on a family’s money – you may not have good, stable internet connections, you may not even have computers. In those cases sometimes kids can get to a library or some other place, but even all that was especially harder during the height of the pandemic, so many kids had no means to participate. Others had home and family issues to deal with that sometimes prevented class participation from home. There was a vast range of issues that prevented kids from participating in all the online classes last year, so really it is hard to say … but the way this kid’s former coach described, there did seem to be some bigger issues at play outside of his control and the UM coaches ended up trying to help him through, but it was too little too late.
unknown recruits sometimes get a small ratings boost for committing to a big school, but the ones I listed are all huge jumps and … going up almost 700 spots is an INSANE jump – never seen anything like that. and any jump into the top 200 or 300 tends to come more from increased scouting of a player (or the player’s development).
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sadly, it also seems it was largely pandemic related. He apparently didn’t keep his attendance up when classes went online and fell behind. Those kind of issues are sometimes the kids fault sometimes not, as was the case with many students the past year.
he was pretty consistently a very high 3 on 247’s regular rankings and a very low 4 on the composite
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appreciate what you did during your time with this site! Best wishes in your next venture
but on a side note, dang … back to back with Broome’s announcement not long ago (congrats to him moving to Rivals), that’s a farewell to 2 major contributors in a short span of time …
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quote apparently from a former coach of Trent:
Former player of mine. A lot of things going on here, and all added up to this commitment not happening. My former district really failed him academically; wasn’t enough time to turn it around … Without getting in to too much details, but when there is no grade checks, or attendance expectations for athletics from 6th grade on…it quickly can be junior year and you are in a deep hole but have never been taught the other expectations.
East Detroit last season had players who would miss weeks at a time and play. In one case they had a kid "enroll" on a Thursday and play Friday. So many students went virtual and did absolutely nothing. During the shut down there were 75% of HS students who never logged on once.
Tay did a lot last year at ED to try and catch up and Bellamy and Hart have a good relationship with Coach Oden at Harper Woods and they knew that he would be best to try and get everything squared away. It was known this was the most likely outcome but the coaches and Tay did do everything they could in the short amount of time
This was really unfortunate
It sounds like he still wanted to be in the class, but it wasn’t going to work out with admissions. Either way, I wish him the best and hope he finds a good place that helps him thrive.
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I think there are recruiting issues this year, but you are WAY over-estimating those problems.
The 1st issue is – liike I’ve commented on this site many times before – the rankings this year are totally out of wack, so its harder to tell what we got unless you are doing some really detailed self-scouting. …and guess what since scouting has openned up more this year, we are starting to see the results of that trickle in to the rankings. We now suddenly have several more top 300 guys under the 247 rankings (which is one of the better scouting services. Let’s look at a few examples:
- Colston Loveland: started out ranked #615 last year; now, up to #246, a 4-star and a top 10 TE in the nation on the 247 chart; other services haven’t updated him in a while which pulls down his composite
- Mason Graham was unranked last year, then was ranked in the 900s; you and others complained a ton when he committed. Now, 247 scouted him more and he shot up to #213, a 4 star and #31 DL in the nation
- Kevonte Henry was unranked last year, then was ranked in the 600s around April this year; people on this site complained a ton when he committed. Now, 247 scouted him more and he shot up to #200, a 4 star and #15 EDGE in the nation
- Kenneth Grant committed as already a high 3-star, but has since been upgraded to 4-star
Recent commits Damani Dent and Deuce Spurlock also ranked middling to low 3 stars as recent commits are suddenly getting scouted more and word is they will soar up the rankings too.
The recruit rankings over the past year have been almost worthless, because all the junior camps last year were canceled, along with many players’ seasons or part of them; or no fans allowed to see and lack of video footage. Coaches still get tape from players and coaches and see a lot more than we ever will. They’ve done their own scouting and it’s now only just starting to show some of them gems they may have pulled in.
All that being said, I do think we have 3 difficult issues:
1 – Something we always had. UM is a tough school academically. Trent is probably an example of someone who would like to go but might not have the grades; there are also other adminissions complications that UM is far more strict about than other D 1 schools. This has long been an issue and isn’t changing.
2 – a shitty last season with a coach on an unstable contract. If Harbs is staying longer, we might as well put the pen to the paper. He still has a short term contract that makes the program look unstable. Either move on from him (not happening after the results this year) or sign him to something longer-term that looks more stable. Cuz the thing he signed last year made it look like he’s half way out the door – other coaches pounce on that in recruiting
3 – This one is one UM really has to do something about and change: NIL opportunities. While other schools are lining up a bunch of money-making opportunities on the side for football players, UM’s angle is basicly ‘our degree is worth a lot, so you’ll make your money later.’ That doesn’t go over great with most kids, especially those coming from backgrounds that are not as fortunate. From current players’ comments, UM is making earning anything from NIL much more complicated with more hoops to jump through than other places. Recruits are getting deals straight from commitments at other places, so yeah – not great for recruiting, even though UM has a ton of resources to turn this complely around if it wants.
In sum, this recruiting class is not nearly as bad as you are saying it is and it might have many hidden gems because of the way recruiting went this year. However, it could still be much better and UM’s athletics, Harbs’ contract, and NIL policies are all partly at fault
either way, the main point was just that I'd be happy to see UM in the Rose Bowl to end the season
just to be clear, I’m not saying its impossible. I agree, there’s a better chance this year than the past few seasons. But as I wrote in comments elsewhere it still feels like something closer to a 1 in 3 shot (around 33-35% chance). OSU did look more vulnerable in their earlier games this season. But they are looking like a much more well-oiled machine now. I am pretty sure they would beat Oregon up pretty good in a later season rematch and stomp Minnesota. They had a young QB still adjusting early on, but he’s gained a ton of confidence with experience.
The OSU D is getting better, but still suspect. I think if we are able to sustain some drives and eat up a lot of clock running the ball, keeping it out of their hands, and not allowing them to find as much passing rhythm, that will be our best shot.
Again, just saying its not likely, but there is at least a chance.
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As much as I'd love to see UM make the CFP, I still have trouble believing it ... I find myself starting to think about next season already though
The team down south looks like it is on track again, but I think MSU and PSU are both winnable games, and would still be very happy and excited with a 11-1 season, facing ND in the Rose Bowl. That both makes for an fun year and some excitement building for the following season.
…Maybe this is looking too far ahead, and it depends on attrition, but next season could be quite a bit better than this one offensively. I think Cade will still finish this year at QB, and deservedly so without major shifts. But by next year, JJ’s development will likely put him ahead. We may lose a couple linemen, but we have enough tools there now to simply reload while our younger starters will be even better. We lose the thunder from the RB duo, but will still have 2 outstanding RBs and Donovan will be that much better next year. WRs all return with more strength and experience, and add Bell back in.
Losing Aiden will hurt defensively a lot, because he is the type of player that makes everyone else around him better. If Dax stays another year (big if) and we see good improvements from other players though, along with more comfort during a 2nd year in the system, we could still have a strong enough defense.
I may be biased growing up in Michigan, but, I saw the 50 pt game on TV along with a few others of Naz’s wolverines. She was one of the most fun players to watch last year. A little shorter than many of her opponents at center, but still bullied her way through and around with both power and finesse. Exciting to watch every time she touched the ball.
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He might be good, but it will take time ... especially considering his D and athletic limits
We have a fair amount of shooting already that will be ahead of Tchetter this year, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up for him as a frosh. Maybe he can be Duncan-esque in the long-term, but coach’s comments should be understood in context. He was complimenting all the freshman about their strengths in different ways. And the short quote listed above doesn’t include the line that followed: "Martelli added that it will be interesting to see how Tschetter measures up as a one-on-one defender" This was the main concern about him coming out of high school, where he struggled staying in front of kids even on that level. That was very visible on the tape. He may have a bright future, but I think he’s really going to have to work on his lower body and maximize what he can get out of it to hold up on the defensive end of the floor – that means this year he isn’t likely to see the floor much. Already too many proven players and uber-talented ones (Houstan/Diabate/Kobe were all McD all-Americans) in line for minutes, not to mention Sophs that had a year of camp Sanderson training and may be ready for a jump.
yeah, realistically speaking, if I were LSU, I’d certainly prefer someone with more of a track record.
agree with 8pt on this one – though I’d also add that MSU is in a similar boat. They haven’t really played anyone yet either. People thought the away win over northwestern to start the year was huge – uhh, nope. Miami? not any good either. Saturday will be a big test and measuring stick for both teams.
Of course, losing would be disappointing, but we still have all our real tests ahead of us.
huh - interesting. I saw the crystal ball but didn't notice anything like that
could’ve been somebody hearing the wrong news or an administrative error …. or maybe he was about to commit and had second thoughts? We’ll probably never know.
His good buddy Eugenio decommitted, but who knows, maybe we can still get Walker. He’d be great on either side of the line
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...and then after Saban retires in a few years, they hire Tucker away from LSU as his replacement lol
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might be, but at this point 11-1 seems very doable
MSU and PSU won’t be easy, but they are both beatable, especially with PSU so banged up right now
at least you remembered the appearance … I guess that would be tough to forget