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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Dennis Norfleet - The signing day surprise


Dennis Norfleet, an in state RB previously committed to Cincinnati has flipped his commitment to Michigan, becoming the 25th member of the class on signing day. Norfleet is a four star on scout, rivals and 247Sports. ESPN doesn't like him too much, what do they know eh? :P

This was the signing day surprise everyone was talking about yesterday. A full commitment post, as well as Willie Henry's one will be posted later today. Until then, enjoy Norfleet's highlight reel, here.

36 comments:

  1. Re-posted this to make it go above the Willie Henry post, apologies to the comment that got deleted in the process. In response to the query, yes this was the one, and more than likely, only signing day surprise. Allen Trieu tweeted yesterday that he expected 25 LOI's in for Michigan, Norfleet + 24 original commits.

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  2. Norfleet's reel looks great. Reminds me of Fred Russell from Iowa.

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  3. This is an interesting addition. He doesn't fit the mold that Hoke was looking for in a back, but he could be an excellent change of pace. I'm thinking we will focus on adding one super stud back in the 13 class

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  4. a redshirt and 10 pounds gained would make this man very dangerous. he's surprisingly good between the tackles.

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  5. Good pickup. Lists him with 4.3 40 speed. Did not really notice on the highlights his speed. He is really fast though and wow can he make people miss with his cuts. I wonder where they plan on playing him? Running back, corner back, or kick returns.

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  6. Seems tough in his pic on rivals.com. I'll gladly take a recruit from the state of Michigan for a number of reasons: they understand the important of U of M vs OSU, they understand the importance of U of M vs MSU, they've played in cold weather, and there is always a little "pride" when you stay home and play. I can't wait until all our recruits are signed. Go Blue!!!!!

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  7. Kozan still considering Michigan according to Sam Webb. Could be another NSD miracle.

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    1. The Heisman finalists this year and most had 2x3* 1x4* and 2x5*. I do not think we have really lost any momentum. We just have less spots to fill with our early on success. I could be wrong but I remember what Darren Sproules and Garrett Wolfe did in college and this kid reminds me a lot of those two.

      As for Kozan I hope it is true. I think he'd be much better here than at Iowa.

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  8. Maybe this kid contributes, maybe he doesn't. The fact remains that Ohio is oversubscribed with 4-5* recruits and we're last-minute scrapping for middling prospects. I hope Hoke & Co. gain some momentum with the 2013 class because these last few months have been an absolute disaster.

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  9. yet we are so quick to forget about the monster months we had early on...........

    Allen Treiu also now reporting that Alex Kozan might sign with Auburn or UM

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  10. @michrecr If we hadn't had so many early commits and then all of our big names surfaced more in the last 3 months would you feel the same. You'd probably be praising the staff for all of the momentum we have now. Geez!

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  11. The last few months haven't been a disaster at all Michrecr? The fact that Michigan is about to sign a top 5 or top 10 class is GREAT news. I'm so pumped right now. We still have a shot at Diamond and now there are rumours that we might pull Kozan away from Iowa. What did we really miss out on besides Garnett? Reeves is a good player but we won't miss him.

    As far as Dennis Norfleet goes, have you looked at his film? The guy is bad ass. His stats are off the chart with over 2,500 rushing yards LAST YEAR. check his stats and get back with me on how "bad" our last few months have been. Hope you canchange your mind about how awesome this class is

    ESPN: 3-star, #81 RB
    Rivals: 4-star, #5 all-purpose back, #206 overall
    Scout: 4-star, #19 RB
    247 Sports: 4-star, #7 all-purpose back, #169 overall, 95 grade

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  12. ^^^^^^^^LIKE^^^^^^^^^

    I almost want Kozan more than Diamond. We have a real need for interior linemen and Kozan could play center or OG.

    Also good to see Blake Bars finally send in his LOI, i was worried that he might make a flip. A lot of OT talent with this class and currently at UM.

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  13. Obviously we have a good overall class. I'm just disappointed that we were owning The Cheaters for awhile and all of a sudden, they snatch up a bunch of great athletes.

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  14. Wayne Morgan is still sitting out there uncommitted. If we have space do you think the coaches may reach out to him? Wouldn't hurt to have another db in the class.

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  15. Morgan has already sent his loi to the Cuse. That ship sailed in 2009....

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  16. I read an article on one of the Detroit papers web sites where Norfleet said he loves to play defense and loves to hit people. Hoke and co. have said in the past that they like to recruit at least a couple of RB's in each class because RB's are athletic and are usually more versatile when it comes to switching positions. Perhaps they see Norfleet flipping to CB at some point. What do you guys think?

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  17. Kind of short for a cb... i guess we will see

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  18. Big Dog left in play - Jordan Diamond. This is how I see it ...

    Kyle Dodson spurns ohio & goes to Badger Land.

    - Jordan has been to UM's campus so many times, + the secret wild card - Chris Bryant. Diamond to Michigan.

    Let's hope I am not wrong...

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  19. Well never mind Dodson to ohio.

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  20. F ohio and their oversigning!

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  21. First, I'm happy that we have Norfleet. He's a great surprise signing and will bring another dimension to the offense. Imagine Robinson, Gardner, and Norfleet on the field; I foresee many headaches for defensive coordinators. Second, I thought Ohio State lost four scholarships a year allowing them to sign a maximum of 24 players? With 24 players signed, how are they still in the running for many players? By now, they may have signed over 24 players. If they do, that's like a big F*ck You to NCAA Football..

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  22. Can any one tell why two kids from MI haven't sent in their LOI yet? Is Mario Ojemudia and Ben Braden having 2nd thoughts?

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  23. According to MGoBlue they have sent them in. Everyone that was supposed to sign has signed.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Ohio State only graduate like 9 seniors this year? I thought they were already supposed to have an undersized class? If someone has the actual numbers on where they are at right now scholarship wise it would be interesting to see.

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  24. Rgr, just saw it on Fox sports, they are all signed. looking forward to Friday(Diamond's announcement)

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  25. Urban is over recruiting. He will run some kids out of the program and ask others to play without scholarships. Its the SEC way of doing things.

    Allen Treiu reporting Kozan to sign with Iowa. That ship has officially sailed.

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  26. So has Kozan signed or not? According to Scout he still has not signed his LOI.

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    1. He has not, and is supposedly not with the rest of his classmates who are signing their letters.

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  27. He has not signed his LOI yet. According to a few rumours on twitter, Iowa's class is now full and he missed the boat if he was going to sign with them. He was a NO SHOW for the signing ceremony. I'm hearing it's down to Michigan and Auburn with Auburn being slightly ahead. I guarantee Hoke is putting on the full court press now...

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  28. I wonder what changed for him. I'm not sure what you mean about Iowa being full. Haven't you heard? Urban Meyer brought over signing to the B1G this year.

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  29. From www.hawkeyenation.com "As of this writing (2:00p central) Kozan had yet to make his decision and he was also a ‘no show’ at his high schools signing day gathering, according a Denver reporter who sent the info out on twitter.
    Perhaps Iowa knows where it lies here, as they offered a scholarship just last night to Reid Sealby from Byron, Illinois. He verbally committed to the Hawkeyes and then faxed in his letter of intent Wednesday morning, so he is in the fold. Iowa lists him at 6-5/250.
    Does the fact Iowa offered an offensive lineman at literally the 11th hour tell us anything about Kozan’s decision? That would be a safe assumption, then again Sealby could also play on the defensive line, too."

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  30. Also from www.hawkeyenation.com "Iowa signed every player it had received a public verbal commitment from. (Kozan was never on record saying he had committed to Iowa, but numerous news outlets, including ESPN, reported the commitment as if it had been given)."

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  31. Could this Kozan news be related to Hoke being concerned about not getting Diamond?

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  32. oh yeah I had read on a Host Pay per Head site that Dennis Norfleet was going to Michigan and I did not believe it and now I do

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