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January 3, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chantel Jennings

Chantel
  (11:57 AM)

Hey everyone! We're about to get started so get those questions in and I'll get to as many as I can in the next hour!

Zeek (Rochester, NY)

are you at one of the all-american games?

Chantel
  (12:02 PM)

I am not, but we have lots of people on the ground at the Under Armour All-America Game and the Army game.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Even though you Cover Michigan College Football, What is your Favorite NFL Team?

Chantel
  (12:04 PM)

That's hard. I don't find myself watching a ton of the NFL (I really like college sports). But having grown up in Minnesota and going to games there as a kid, I keep my eye on the Vikings score. And living in Michigan now, I know how the Lions are doing. Outside of that, I'm really not an NFL junkie.

Eric (Dearborn)

What will the depth chart look like at RB to start next season?

Chantel
  (12:05 PM)

Unsure at this point -- a lot of that depends on Derrick Green. He could come in and battle for the top spot. Otherwise, you've kind of got a jumble of guys. Don't count out Deveon Smith either. Because of all this stuff with Green people are kind of forgetting about Smith, who's a super talented back out of Ohio. He's one to keep track of.

GBK (Lincoln Park)

Chantel, do you think that Derrick Green was watching the Outback Bowl with the other Michigan recruits and thinking he could carry the ball 25 times a game next year?

Chantel
  (12:06 PM)

I think every recruit sees themselves in the games, or at least where they'd fit. I haven't spoken with Derrick since the Outback Bowl, but your assumption might not be too far off.

Luke (BGSU)

What do you think are the chances of McQuay? Seems to me that he is Vandy bound. We obviously need someone to replace Kovacs.

Chantel
  (12:08 PM)

I think Jarrod Wilson will be a playmaker for the Wolverines. We haven't seen that yet, but he has the speed, size and athleticism. Outside of him, you've got guys like Dymonte Thomas coming in that could be a threat. As far as McQuay, he has been really quiet. He's announcing tomorrow and he has kept it about as quiet as it get. Can we call that Jabari Parker status?

Matt (Toledo)

Whats the latest on the Poggi to visit Alabama rumors?

Chantel
  (12:11 PM)

This is from our message boards via TomVH via our guys at the UA game: "Poggi told them that he is 100 percent committed to Michigan and not looking anywhere else. He had a quote that I can't use because of the language, but according to our guys he was pretty strong about the reports being untrue."

SteveMcQueen (Austin)

Is Norfleet going to stay on D? And if so ... why?

Chantel
  (12:16 PM)

He was apparently running a bit at RB during the early bowl season practices. I think it depends how Toussaint rehabs, how this season's back ups look during spring ball, whether Green commits and if Smith can be an automatic weapon.

Todd (Vero Beach)

Where is Michigan's best chance to pick up another top recruit or playmaker?

Chantel
  (12:16 PM)

Derrick Green - so that would currently be the state of texas.

Nick [via mobile]

How do you see the overrated Robinson panning out in the NFL

Chantel
  (12:17 PM)

I'm not sure if he's overrated considering he can play so many different spots on the field. Need a kick returner? Robinson. Need a back? Robinson. Need a wildcat QB? Robinson. How many other guys in the draft this season can be that versatile?

SteveMcQueen (Austin)

Think Hardaway plays tonight?

Chantel
  (12:20 PM)

Not sure. As of yesterday before their practice he hadn't run through drills. If I were a coach, I'd hold him tonight. You don't want to play one of your top guys when he's not 100-percent. But, he might be 100 percent as of tonight.

Tim (Toledo, Ohio)

how long will michigan go before the team suffers a loss in basketball?

Chantel
  (12:23 PM)

At Ohio State and at Minnesota back-to-back should be an interesting stretch for this team. They're young and both environments will be difficult to go in to. I would imagine their first loss will come on the road, and that could be it.

Rob (West of A2)

With Gardner starting at QB next season, do you think they will red shirt Morris? Keep Bellomy in the back up spot?

Chantel
  (12:24 PM)

That would make sense. As Tom and I have said from the beginning of Morris' recruitment, it's never the best idea to have a true freshman starting at QB.

Rob (West of A2)

What do you think the chances of a Lewan return are?

Chantel
  (12:25 PM)

I would imagine he leaves, but at the end of the day it's Lewan who never fails to surprise.

Tim (Toledo, Ohio)

any news on fitz injury? what was the actual injury? how long is recovery, if he can even play again. if he cant who do you think has the "stuff" to replace him?

Chantel
  (12:28 PM)

Oh injury questions... Well, we never get legitimate injury reports. At the Outback Bowl he was in a boot, walking without crutches which is probably a good sign. So injury? Don't know. Recovery? I don't know. If he doesn't return to full strength, I think Michigan fans should hope that Green commits or that Rawls/Hayes/Smith can step up immediately.

Matt (Toledo, Ohio)

When do we find out if Devin Gardner gets a red shirt?

Chantel
  (12:30 PM)

Well, they put the request in a while ago and it normally doesn't take the board too long to decide. I would imagine that we'll be getting an answer sometime in the near future.

Tim (Toledo, Ohio)

how many freshman will be starting on the offensive line for michigan next year? with the highly recruited group coming in do you see an all freshman o line as a problem with a cake schedule in the early parts of the year? or a hindrance because they wont be able to develop fast enough for big games at the end of year.

Chantel
  (12:34 PM)

I think Kalis, Braden and Magnuson (redshirt freshmen) all have a chance to be starters -- which is pretty insane. I think Jack Miller will be the starting center though.

SteveMcQueen (Austin)

Why in the H-E-double hockey sticks didn't Borges use both QBs in the Ohio game like he did in the bowl game??

Chantel
  (12:37 PM)

Michigan had weeks to get ready for SC and a few days to get ready for OSU. And when you look at it, it's not just "why couldn't Borges do that" it was getting the entire offense and all of their players used to it, because what good would it be to play Gardner and Robinson if the line wasn't sure exactly how to play with it? Or if the receivers weren't 100-percent comfortable with it? Then the question would be "Why didn't Borges get the offense together???"

Corey (Columbus)

Based on what you hear and see from recruits, how is Michigan's inability to beat top tier competition affecting their recruiting efforts?

Chantel
  (12:41 PM)

That's always a toss up. Not beating top tier competition means your record isn't as good but some recruits see that as an opportunity to play early.

Neel (Geneva, IL)

Are you surprised with the relative lack of success of WR recruiting? Looking at D-line, O-line, LB, Secondary, QB/RB, it's the wide receivers that have been rated the lowest in the recruiting classes so far. I don't want to slight Darboh, Chesson, York, Jones, and all, but it seems a little strange given the success at recruiting all other positions

Chantel
  (12:43 PM)

They haven't picked up those top skill positions yet, but I think they've gotten guys who will work for their system. Next year if Darboh and Chesson have huge seasons, it'll be "Wow, the Michigan coaches were so smart to pick up these guys!"

Matt (Toledo, Ohio)

Who do you see starting at WR next year along with Gallon?

Chantel
  (12:45 PM)

I think Darboh will take Roundtree's spot.

Billy (Atlanta)

Generally speaking, college football coaches are way more coy about injuries than college basketball coaches, the latter of which usually disclose the particular injury and recovery time. Why the stark difference? Do you find it a bit self-centered/power trip-ish that football coaches act this way?

Chantel
  (12:46 PM)

I have noticed this with Hoke vs. Beilein. But I don't think it's a power trip thing, I just think it's how certain coaches operate (and I'm not sure if that line is split down basketball and football lines).

Bob (Indiana)

Where do you think Michigan will be ranked preseason next year?

Chantel
  (12:50 PM)

Well, it's hard to be ranked incredibly high when you have an inexperienced PG and that's probably what Michigan will be facing with Derrick Walton and Spike Albrecht. They should be ranked as long as not too many people leave, but don't expect it to be a top-5 situation.

Tony (Denver,CO)

I saw Richardson's name being thrown around as a playmaker, not only as DB, but as a returner. Any truth to this. Haven't seen much of the Freshman, yet.

Chantel
  (12:52 PM)

Just wait -- he had to gain some weight. He came in a bit undersized but speedy. You should see him on the field some next year.

Luke (BGSU)

Any chance of Michigan going after a smaller, speedier, receiver like Sebastian Larue?

Chantel
  (12:52 PM)

He would have to show some interest in Michigan first, I think.

Eric (Ohio)

Besides Derrick Green, do you think Michigan can pick up another top recruit at a skill position in 2013?

Chantel
  (12:54 PM)

With recruiting, it's not like a huge, uncommitted four-star or five star is going to say "Hey, it's a month til signing day, why don't I look at Michigan?" Outside of Treadwell and McQuay, Green is really the last big big name the Wolverines are close on. Four-star OT Cameron Hunt does come to mind though.

hector (chicago)

do u think hoke's policy of recruits not being able to visit other campus once they commit is the reason why other elite recruits dont consider UM. i think the campus visits are the biggest perks

Chantel
  (12:56 PM)

Tom and I have an anonymous survey coming out near signing day that addresses this fact. But overall, I don't know if that policy is necessarily why Michigan is getting top top recruits to visit. There are plenty of other factors -- conference, weather, NFL prospects etc.

Ben (Jackson, Michigan)

Based on bowl loses for LSU, Mississippi St and Florida, and narrow victories for South Carolina and Georgia, do you think it proves the SEC is over-hyped pr is their another explanation?

Chantel
  (12:58 PM)

I don't know if it means they're overhyped or the other conferences are becoming more competitive. It all depends on how you look at it.

Nick (detroit)

Who in the 2013 class has a good chance to compete for a starting job or key role including green and mqquay

Chantel
  (12:59 PM)

Green or McQuay, if they commit. JD Lewis and Dymonte Thomas -- secondary spots.

Tim (Toledo, Ohio)

do you see Michigan winning the big regular season and tournament? how far do you predict, if they stay healthy, in ncaa tourney.

Chantel
  (1:01 PM)

Tournament play is so different sometimes, that being said I'm really excited to see this young team play in the tournament. They could definitely win the regular season and the BT tournament.

Chantel
  (1:02 PM)

So much of their success will depend on Tim Hardaway Jr. staying healthy and consistent though.

Chantel
  (1:02 PM)

Alright everyone, it's just past one so I have to run, but thanks for stopping by! Mike will be on the chat next week, so stop by to chat some more. Hope everyone had a great start to 2013.