Prediction recap (cont.)
Cliff Harris, CB, Edison (Fresno, Calif.)
Computer pick: Oregon
Morgan Moses, OL, Meadowbrook (Richmond, Va.)
Computer pick: Virginia
Patrick Patterson, WR, Noxubee County (Macon, Miss.)
Computer pick: Ole Miss
Tajh Boyd , QB, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
Computer pick: Oregon
Marcus Hall, OT, Glenville (Cleveland)
Computer pick: Ohio State
Marlon Brown, WR, Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.)
Computer pick: Tennessee
Tyrik Rollison, QB, Sulphur Springs (Texas)
Computer pick: Oklahoma State
Orson Charles, TE, Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
Computer pick: Florida
Xavier Su'a Filo, OL, Timpview (Provo, Utah)
Computer pick: Utah
Tana Patrick, LB, North Jackson (Stevenson, Ala.)
Computer pick: Alabama
Jarvis Jones, DE, Carver (Columbus, Ga.)
Computer pick: Georgia
I over-thought my predictions for Randle, Kennard, Patterson and Patrick. Had I only used common sense, as the computer did, I would have guessed correctly. In Te'o's case, I forgot one of the quirks in the data DuMond mentioned on multiple occasions. While distance from home is a key factor in most decisions, the importance of distance dissipates when the prospect is considering multiple schools more than 500 miles from home. Within 500 miles, driving distance matters. Beyond 500 miles, a flight is a flight.
Creating a competition
The rumors floating around Tuesday that Deerfield Beach, Fla., quarterback Denard Robinson might ditch Michigan and sign with Florida couldn't have sat well in Ann Arbor. Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez had planned to sign two dual-threat quarterbacks with the hope that a true competition between Robinson and fellow freshman Tate Forcier would help coaches find the quarterback of the future for their spread offense.
So when Robinson kept his word and signed with Michigan, Rodriguez likely breathed easier. Now, the two freshmen -- both of whom fit the offense -- can challenge each other and veterans Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan -- neither of whom possess ideal skill sets for the offense. "Obviously at quarterback, we need to create some competition," Rodriguez said Wednesday. "With Tate and Denard (Robinson) coming in, competing against Steve (Threet) and Nick (Sheridan) and the rest of the guys, we're going to have quality competition at quarterback."
Another one picks the Ivy League
Last year, we told you the story of Jonathan Meyers, who turned down scholarship offers from Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and others to attend Princeton. This year, another player followed a similar path.
Princeton, N.J., linebacker Brian Leffler chose Yale in spite of scholarship offers from Stanford, Syracuse, West Virginia and others. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships. "I know a lot of people will scratch their head, but I'm not the average high school recruit," Leffler told Rivals.com. "It feels great to have a decision and I couldn't be more excited."