Michigan Football Notes: Herbstreit Prediction; Recruiting News

Nino Colla@TheTribeDailySenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2008

Michigan just can't stay out of the news this winter.

A Wolverine fan like myself isn't even used to it.

Finally though, we have some news that has nothing to do with Rich Rodriguez and his former stomping grounds in Morgantown.

A more true rivalry reared its head again, and it came in the form of ESPN employee Kirk Herbstreit.

"I think it's a six-win season for Michigan next year, I really do," Kirk told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.

Colin was asked by Kirk how many games Michigan would win; then promptly scoffed at the notion that they would win nine and then even eight games as Cowherd suggested.

I don't doubt the Big Ten. It’s certainly not a cakewalk. But it's still the University of Michigan and they are still a talented group of football players.

Not only that, their out-of-conference schedule is weak. Toledo and Utah won't be going into the Big House and pulling any sort of upset.

Of course there is no room to talk when you lose to Appalachian State. But there are no expectations this year, and there is no arrogance.

Will they have a quarterback?

David Cone and Steven Threet are the two main quarterbacks left on the roster.

Do they fit the Rodriguez system?

It doesn’t matter—like it was pointed out with Mallett, the Rodriguez system can adapt to the talent around it.

Michigan has talented backs and some stars such as Terrence Taylor and Brandon Graham coming back on defense. This team can ride some of their experienced talent to more than six wins.

They can also ride some of their incoming talent, which there is no shortage of.

The most recent commitment was the reassurance of outside linebacker Marcus Witherspoon saying he would be coming to Ann Arbor in 2008.

Witherspoon joins three other big time linebacker recruits that will be donning the winged helmet: Taylor Hill out of Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Ohio, Taylor Demens staying in-state, and another New Jersey prospect J.B. Fitzgerald.

As it stands now Michigan is ranked 13th in the nation according to rivals in 2008 recruitment. They do have the second most four star athletes in the nation, but have yet to lock down a five star prospect.

While UM is still in the mix for four-star defensive-end Nick Perry, the biggest get is still considering his future.

That would be Terrelle Pryor. The highly coveted dual-threat quarterback out of Pennsylvania.

Is Pryor that much of a priority just because Michigan doesn't have a quarterback in place?

I think he is a priority because of his talent. It doesn't come down to need. Who wouldn't want a talented kid like Pryor running the show from day one?

Will they survive without him? 

Most likely—as previously stated, there is no shortage of talent coming into Ann Arbor and currently in it. Michigan has survived plenty of years without him.

Four-star Boubacar Cissoko and Brandon Smith are two defensive backs committed to Michigan, and the Wolverines are still in the mix for defensive backs Charles Mitchell and Vaughn Telemaque.

Michigan will add a trio of giant offensive lineman, looking to replace Jake Long and team up with Steve Schilling to protect that quarterback yet to be named.

Darryl Stonum, Brandon Moore, Kevin Koger and stand out running back Sam McGuffie lead the offensive recruits. McGuffie is a you-tube favorite that will dazzle the fans with his quick and shifty moves.

So when it really does come down to it. Is Michigan in trouble if they don't get super recruit Terrelle Pryor? 

No, but it wouldn't hurt, especially if it keeps him away from Columbus.


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