Home Page............Twitter................2012 Commit List.............The 'Projected' Class..............2013 Commit List

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Exitlude (play the video...)

As you've probably noticed, I've been very inactive lately on the recruiting front, and this is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, my last semester of university has just started, and I need to work pretty hard to achieve my goals on that front, and secondly, if I'm being honest I've lost interest in the recruiting process over the last couple of months. Let's face it, its a completely flawed system.
Stars mean nothing, when you watch the NFL draft, check out what their high school rankings were, way too many flew under the radar for the scouting services to be proved accurate. So many 'top' prospects don't pan out, whether it be for off the field issues, or the fact that they just aren't good enough. I've come to the conclusion that its pretty pointless following the recruitment of a kid from March -> Signing day when: 1) there's a good chance he won't sign with you; and 2) there's a good chance that he won't be the player you hope he'll be.


So for these reasons, I'm sorry to say that this will be the last post on MGoRecruit.

I'd like to thank all of you for your continued support over the last two and a half years, I never really imagined that the site would become so popular - 6 million hits! I started the blog because I was bored over the summer and loved Michigan football; of course I still love Michigan football, but nowadays I just won't have the time to keep the blog running with high quality. So again, thank you so much for following the blog and putting up with my recruiting ramblings for so long!

Fortunately for you, as Michigan fans there are plenty of ways to get your recruiting fix. The godfather of UM recruiting is and always will be Sam Webb, and I can't recommend his morning radio show and/or podcasts enough. They really do cover all the important stories, and if anyone has an idea where a recruit is going, it's Sam. Then you have another great free source over at MGoBlog, which I'm sure you already know about, but its worth mentioning that Ace does a great job over there.

I haven't spoken much with SimplyComplex lately, but I'm sure he'll continue to work in the field of Michigan recruiting, so make sure you follow him here on twitter. I'd also like to thank him for the great contributions he's made to the site over the last month.

So yeah, that's it. Best of luck to all you in whatever you're up to the future, and thanks for everything.

Go Blue.

80 comments:

  1. Benji, thanks foe your hard work. I hardly ever commented but I check the page multiple times a day. You really have put together a special site and its obvious that you will go on to excel at whatever you put your hand to. Best of luck.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wish you well Benji and thanks for the insights. You are your site were truly the best ways to get accurate and up to date information on recruiting. Better than Sam Webb or anybody else available. So I guess you are doing the right thing by leaving on the top! Thanks for providing a need that I had in a high quality format!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just started following this site last month, and the news is a bit disconcerting....i feel like this is the end of an era

    ReplyDelete
  4. Best of luck, but why bring all these guys on if you were just going to leave?

    ReplyDelete
  5. http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    life after death!!!
    get there!

    ReplyDelete
  6. So long Benji.. Good luck in what ever future path you decide to explore...

    ReplyDelete
  7. http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. I have been a follower for about a year and a half, really enjoyed the site. It was nice not having to deal with "trolls". Thanks for what you did, and I will miss it.

    With that said, I sure hope you are able to make it to "The Big House" for a couple of games in the future. Nothing like a game in Ann Arbor. Maybe wait until 2013 when ND is back for a night game. That one was a blast!!

    Go Blue!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. So, let me get this straight. Last week you announce a new writer and this week you're hanging it up?

    ReplyDelete
  10. I feel like my girlfriend is breaking up with me lol. I will miss your insight, I didn't follow recruiting until I came across this site. Will simplycomplex and bb have access to the site to update us? I good the best for you benji, I say that from the bottom of my heart and I think I speak for everyone when I say that. Your a true Michigan man, focus on your studies and do what's best for you!!! For the last time and as always, GO BLUE!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I feel like my girlfriend is breaking up with me lol. I will miss your insight, I didn't follow recruiting until I came across this site. Will simplycomplex and bb have access to the site to update us? I good the best for you benji, I say that from the bottom of my heart and I think I speak for everyone when I say that. Your a true Michigan man, focus on your studies and do what's best for you!!! For the last time and as always, GO BLUE!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. For the traffic this site gets I'm really stunned by this decision. You got more writers, increased the technical abilities... and wasn't there talk a while back about moving this site over to a web-page and not Blogspot? It really seemed like you were expaning- not contracting your operations. With the traffic the site gets you could have made some $$$ selling ad space on your website too. This blog was about more than recruiting it was THE SOURCE for Michigan football news (accolades earned by coaches, and players | off the field issues with players); recruitment was just the focal point. And while it might be meaningless to assign stars and value to perspective players it's still exciting to find out/or fatasize who the next athletes to don the maze and blue are going to be. Best of luck with school.

    ReplyDelete
  13. My favorite site.... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Hahahaha, good luck to you Benji, it was a blast

    ReplyDelete
  14. So is the blog going to continue with simply complex and Coach Brown I believe his name is? Is someone going to step up and save the site and possibly expand? David Mickey is right the site is ever growing because I just got on here yesterday and to have the site disabled is disheartening to say the least. Hopefully this can still go on and be actually expanded to a webpage devoted to Michigan fans and recruiting. I know you don't want to hear it but, Ohio has a site called 11Warriors why can't we have something like that? Let this not be the end but, the beginning of a new webpage perhaps with even better and more expanded content. (Not to discount anything Benji did). Go Blue

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks, Benji, for all of your hard work and dedication. And thanks to all the regular commenters - I must say that in addition to teaching me so much about football and recruiting, one of the best parts about this blog has been the mutual respect that has always characterized the discussions here, and that is so rare elsewhere on the web. You folks certainly had your disagreements but generally resolved them with civility and class. Thanks again!

    I would further like to inform 3ydsandsomedust that I will not be visiting your blog, ever. It is one thing to attempt to poach a guy's readers to build your own readership, but using a guy's blog to do so, and to drop not-so-subtle insults to the blog while you are at it is quite another. And you were doing that before you knew the blog was shutting down. Have a little class, son. How about something like this: "Hello everyone, my name is 3yds... and I'd like to acknowledge all of Benji's hard work and devotion and we are sorry to see him leave the Wolverine blogging community. I know he has been serving you well, and if you'll give me a chance, I'd be honored to carry on Benji's torch over at my blog, and to serve this great readership base that he has built with his hard work and sacrifice. See ya'there! Thanks again, Benji and Go Blue!" Instead, you have been all crass self-promotion without even an attempt at class. And today you come on like someone hitting on a guy's wife at the guy's funeral. So good luck on your blog, but I, for one, will pass.

    Thanks again, Benji -- best of luck to you and all the readers.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My 1st post, although ive followed this blog for a little over a yr (when I really got into recruiting). Best of luck to u benji, and many thanks for your insight and hard work while your passion was still in it. I have been to 3yrds blog and absolutely love it, it has exactly what this has been missing recently. Not a dig at benji, he made it clear he just wasnt into it anymore, and I have no beef whatsoever. I'm humbly requesting SC and coach to check it out and maybe bring there knowledge over there. What dg62 sees ass lack of class, I percieve eagerness. Not the xact path I wouldve taken, which would b something inbetween his "eagerness" & dg's suggestion. Difference of opinion I guess. SIDENOTE-i would have no problem hitting on a mans wife when the man has moved out and moved on having already made his final goodbye. My wife would probly have an issue w it though!! Go Blue

    ReplyDelete
  17. life after death

    get your michigan recruiting/personnel fix!

    http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Show some class, you troll!! I could not have said it better than Dg62. As a huge Michigan fan and avid mgorecruit reader, you might have had yourself another follower. BUT you ruined that for me and most likely many others on here.

      Delete
  18. Hi Benji,

    My third attempt--I've never had success with blogspot logins. Anyway, so sorry to see you go. Darn, I wish it wasn't so final--maybe let others handle the day-to-day and maybe on occasion you'll have a change of heart?

    I began following these sorts of things under the (failed) RR optimism. I've always liked your positive, enthusiastic approach. And no doubt you've become knowledgeable and a real expert; that has been fun to watch.

    Yes I suppose there is a ridiculous side to following recruiting so closely. As a reader and not a participant I'd say this is fun to watch. Personally the Diamond thing was an eye-opener: these kids who string it along and pretty blatantly want something. I mean, you'd think a few visits should tell you about the place, coaches, team, etc. Successful coaches kissing the rears of POTENTIAL 17 year-old players is pretty absurd. But again, as entertainment...

    Thanks for all of it, and I hope you're not gone for good!

    ReplyDelete
  19. COME ONE COME ALL. you won't regret it.

    VOICE YOUR PASSION FOR WOLVERINE FOOTBALL

    http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please go away. You're getting annoying and completely ignorant.

      Delete
    2. I agree. I am specifically not going to your blog just because you've been so annoying.

      As for the blog shutting down... I've been lurking around for 6 months or so, commenting a couple of times. I come here every day, at least a couple times. I am going to miss all the updates and the comments made by everybody. Thank you, benji, for everything you've done for so long, and good luck with everything.

      Also, davon, thanks for your help over the past month or so. We greatly appreciate it.

      Go blue.

      Delete
  20. Hello guys. I'd just like to thank Benji for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this site. I'm sss to see it go, but it's Benjis decision. I'd also like to say thank you all of you for reading and commenting on my updates/interviews. Thank you!!

    As for the site continuing without Benji. Thats a negative. Benji wants to delete the blog for good, so the blog is over. I won't be running the site either.

    I've gotten another job opportunity at another recruiting site, so I hope you check it out. Thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I have lurked for about a year now going to miss this blog. alot. thanks everyone.

    ReplyDelete
  22. What the hell? Somebody has got to be able to keep this site going. I vistit multiple times a day.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Benji,
    Thank you. For all the time and work you put in keeping us up to date on UM recruiting. But if your hearts not in it then it time to end it.

    Devon,
    Thank you as well for the work you put in. It was nice reading your post. I will follow you on twitter so keep us up to date on where you land.

    Brandon,
    Sorry man. I was looking forward to reading your post. Sorry you did not get the chance.

    To everyone else. It was nice sharing my love of Michigan football with you. I did not come to this site just for recruiting. I came here to interact with fellow Michigan fans. We had some heated disagreement here but in the end it was always about one thing a love of Michigan football. I really don't know where to go now. I enjoy reading other site but it's not the same. I like the interaction we have here. So I will miss reading everyone comments. and I will end it by saying GO BLUE!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

    http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/
    keep the passion going!!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow! I didn't see this coming. Well Benji thank you all the work you did for us. Please let us know if you ever come over for a game. If any of the other members want to stay in touch to chat look me up on twitter at rbrat10. Thanks again everyone! Go Blue

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow!! I can see wanting to quit, but the reasons sounded like a pissed off teenager. Someone called you a Michigan man? Please! Add writters because you can't find the time, then shut it down cause rankings are not 100% accurate? Of course players fly under the radar, of course 5*'s bust, that's the beauty of college football.

    Way to get more writers then shut it down like a cryin britt little girl!! Why not let true UM fans keep posting? You had at least two people ready to do your job for you.

    PUNK!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow!! I can see wanting to quit, but the reasons sounded like a pissed off teenager. Someone called you a Michigan man? Please! Add writters because you can't find the time, then shut it down cause rankings are not 100% accurate? Of course players fly under the radar, of course 5*'s bust, that's the beauty of college football.

    Way to get more writers then shut it down like a cryin britt little girl!! Why not let true UM fans keep posting? You had at least two people ready to do your job for you.

    PUNK!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I gotta agree with smokey on his post. A pretty sorry excuse to shut down a blog. You should be proud that you have over 6 million hits! I'm wondering if since SimplyComplex was posting great information with great interviews from his hard work and all of a sudden Benji wasn't getting all the credit... Benji got a lil mad? In America we call that a hater! Simply please let me know what site you will be posting so I can stay updated on U of M Recruiting. Dueces!

    ReplyDelete
  29. You can't jump all over a guy for making a decision for his own life this is AMERICA. He has the the right to quit for any reason he wants. I came to the site several times a day and loved it but i won't act like an idiot and direspect somebody for deciding to not offer a FREE service anymore. As my mom always said suck it up buttercup life goes on find other ways to keep up on U of M like the site simplycomplex will be working for. Thank you Benji for all of the hard work many other sites charge for services like this you did a great job.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Smokey420 and Jaylee714 - What the hell is your problem nobody held a gun to your head and made you come to this site... If Benji wants to shut it down then let him its his blogspot and if you dont like it then dont post anything plus there is other recruiting site you pigs... Again good luck in your future paths Benji.... #GoBlue...

    P.S. if anyone wants to follow me feel free to.. It's Coach_Ackley..

    ReplyDelete
  31. Lmao what does me coming to this sight have to do with him being a puss?? Who said he couldn't shut the site down? If you couldn't tell by his post he's obviously got sand in his vagina. Just don't post on it, and let the other two post, it's that simple, but noo, close it because you're mad Garnett didn't commit.

    This is america, which is why I can say what I want. What does America have to do with a britt's site on the World wide web anyway? Not everyones gonna wish him the best of luck, deal with it buttercup. Seems how bitch boys shutting down it don't matter anyway.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dude your missing the POINT.. Do you even have a brain oh its that 420 bullshit ain't it.. That's what I thought.. Still if he wants to shut it down so be it IT'S HIS BLOGSPOT and if he needs to shut it down to finish his schooling than thats the best for it.. Davon will go on to another site and have success and after being here he'll know how to make us Michigan fans happy.. So really dude just drop it.. It's really that easy.....

      Delete
  32. Thanks Benji for all of your hard work. This was the #1 site I would go to for all of Michigan Football recruiting news. Great job and good luck in the future! You will be missed! Go BLUE!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Guys, Simply and I are planning on continuing a blog somehow...it may be a different site, but the idea will be similar. We will let you know once we make a decision. Stay strong!! haha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I would be thankful.

      Delete
    2. Here it is: Everyone check it out! http://uofmich.blogspot.com/

      Delete
  34. Thanks Benji, enjoyed the blog and good luck to you in all your future endeavors, thanks for being a Brit M Fan....Go Blue!!!!

    How can we find out if Davon and Coach Brown start a blog, please advise?

    ReplyDelete
  35. http://uofmich.blogspot.com/ Let's get the traffic flowing!!! It might take a little time to get it exactly where we want it, but it will get there!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Benji...thanks for all your hard work. I have never commented but I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last year. I respect your decision and good luck to you. God Bless ..... Go Blue!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Benji - Thanks for all the hard work and insight. Good luck to you in the future. I've read this blog a lot but didn't really comment too much. Occasionally I was tempted to respond to bonehead comments by some but refrained. Couldn't this time. Try to ignore smokey and jaylee, a couple who probably wrote those comments while in bed together wearing satin panties. Maybe they could start their own blog but probably couldn't figure out how to do it on their own.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Td, it really sounds as if your dreaming of you and benji together in satin panties lmao try to ignore that homo lol

    ReplyDelete
  39. I ment everything I said, but I didn't say how much I love his site, and how often I come to it. Still say you were prolly to drunk when you made that decision. Lol. I guess now you can post on the other blog like the rest of us, make a guest apperance. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wait I wonder if Ohio paid Benji to stop the site because they couldn't match it's quality. I know that is what they did when they couldn't match Michigan's quality on the field they just payed players hmmmm.

      Delete
  40. I'm embarrassed to call some of you UM fans....... Good luck Benji have enjoyed it hope you change your mind but if not I wish you the best in your education and life.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is just too bad you feel that way. Life goes on, buckle up pal...

      Delete
    2. your post makes no sense chucky, buckling up is what the people crying about Benji quitting need to do.

      Delete
  41. Thanks benji was an awesome site. Hope you change your mind. Best of luck to you. Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I just heard from a reliable source that benji is an undercover Ohio fan and he has a crush on austin powers.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I havent posted much on here but have been following the site for quite some time. I appreciate all the work you put in for us and wish you the best. As for everyone else SimplyComplex and CoachBrown's new site is uofmich.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  44. BENJI....what a bad time to hang it up. We just got 4 new commits today. COMEBACK

    ReplyDelete
  45. Benji, We love you MAN!!!!!!!!!! Come Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Benji, we have all conferred and decided that you quitting the blog is just not going to work for us. We are sorry, we know you have a life and all, but we really need this blog, so you are just going to have to figure out how to make it happen. We took a vote and it was unanimous, except for 3ydsansmdust, who was the sole vote against. So it's settled then. Welcome back.

    ReplyDelete
  47. I've followed this blog since it's beginning, but have never commented until now. Benji, while recruiting is far from perfect, I follow it because I love Michigan football. I want to know the type of character the young men are that will be playing for my team for at least the next few years. Regardless of their collective athletic quality, I follow it because I want to be proud of Michigan. Sure, it sucks that Michigan missed out on several recruits around Signing day, but Michigan already had a great class.

    And then there were days like yesterday, Michigan beat OSU in basketball while hosting College GameDay, and then landed 6 recruits. Benji, it would be great to have a breakdown of all 6 of these guys, from you or SimplyComplex.

    Nothing great is ever easy. Please, don't give up now when Michigan is on the verge of something special.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Preach my friend, preach. Couldn't agree more.

      Delete
  48. 6 pickups this weekend? ARE YOU SERIOUS? Hoke and Co are dominating recruiting. Everybody talking about Meyer getting a head start on 2013, HA!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Check out this article on recruiting.. thoughts? http://detroitsports360.com/u-of-m-crazy-recruiting-story/

    ReplyDelete
  50. make it 8 pickups! Go Blue!

    ReplyDelete
  51. What a terrible time to hang up the cleats Benji... thanks for everything though

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. http://wolverineforce.blogspot.com/

      the cleats have just been put laced up

      Delete
  52. wolverineforce.blogspot.com

    live after death

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thankyou! And, all the best Benji!

    Happy trails, and Go Blue!

    ReplyDelete
  54. maizedaysrecruiting.wordpress.com

    Opened in December, started back up. Check it out fellas.

    ReplyDelete
  55. We'll miss you. Always really enjoyed reading your stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Thanks Benji. I always enjoyed reading your posts. Hope you still follow Meeeechigan football!

    ReplyDelete
  57. What the EFFF dude? You are going to come back you just didn't want to be like ace over at mgoblog and get carpel tunnel writing all of the commit posts on 13 commits for '13. Its cool though! We will see you in April after Hoke already has '13 cleaned up and ready for '14.

    ReplyDelete
  58. wolverineforce.blogspot.com

    because you need a place to go

    ReplyDelete
  59. http://uofmich.blogspot.com

    SimplyComplex and myself have really got our site rollin! It is setup a lot like this one was....if you want to still have a place to go....come to "The M Block"!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi

      I like this post:

      You create good material for community.

      Please keep posting.

      Let me introduce other material that may be good for net community.

      Source: College teacher interview questions

      Best rgs
      Peter

      Delete
  60. I piggy-backed off of this site right after I was brought on to write here...check my site out

    www.uofmich.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  61. This is certainly one of the most valuable posts. Great tips from beginning till end. Lots of suggestions for me and for people. Superb work
    College Recruiting

    ReplyDelete
  62. Totally according with you Benji.. I just like the site. It is very interesting and I wish you good luck.http://www.priceperhead.com/

    ReplyDelete
  63. as I said before that is one nice video, and I think I will share it with some friends or posted on Hostpph.com if you do not mind, do you??

    ReplyDelete