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February 14, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chantel Jennings

Chantel
  (11:58 AM)

Hey everyone! We're a few minutes away from the start of the chat, so get your questions in early and often. Excited to be spending my Valentine's Day lunch with you all!

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who will be the Starting Quarterback for Michigan in 2013?

Chantel
  (12:03 PM)

Barring anything insane... Devin Gardner, which should surprise no one.

samba (ny)

when is michigans junior day?. and do you know who will be there

Chantel
  (12:04 PM)

Michigan doesn't do the "junior days" that most people think of. They're more about smaller events. But the Wolverines will be having quite a few high profile visitors in town next weekend for the Illinois game. Michigan commits Wilton Speight and Michael Ferns will be there, and will have their recruiting games on.

Chantel
  (12:05 PM)

Michigan doesn't do the "junior days" that most people think of. They're more about smaller events. But the Wolverines will be having quite a few high profile visitors in town next weekend for the Illinois game. Michigan commits Wilton Speight and Michael Ferns will be there, and will have their recruiting games on.

Michael (Lexington)

Does Derrick Green have a shot to be the starting runningback for us ?

Chantel
  (12:07 PM)

I think it's possible. Fitzgerald Toussaint isn't participating in spring ball, which isn't a great sign. And since neither Justice Hayes nor Thomas Rawls really blew me away last year, I feel like the door is open and it'll come down to a Green/Toussaint battle. But they have a lot of options. I think Wyatt Shallman could tote the ball a bit, as they'll be able to use his size and "I want to hit everyone as hard as I can" mentality.

steve (flint)

can i ask a question?

Chantel
  (12:08 PM)

That is the general idea behind the "chat" format.

Matt (Ann Arbor)

What is with all the in state 2014 recruits commiting to schools other than MI. I thought hoke wanted to win the state of Michigan more than focusing elsewhere. With Marshall decommiting days after "commiting" to osu, is he one that Michigan would pick up..or do we focus more on McDowell and Hand?

Chantel
  (12:10 PM)

So far it's just Damon Webb -- which was still a bit of a surprise. I think the Wolverines have a shot with Lawrence Marshall for sure. Getting him, Tommy Doles, Drake Harris and Malik McDowell would be important. Dominating in-state recruiting is obviously something Hoke wants to do. So far, he hasn't had incredible success there.

Matt (Detroit)

Why is the length of spring practice so different for Big Ten teams? Ex. Northwester starts Feb. 27 and game on April 13 and Michigan is March 16-April 13.

Chantel
  (12:11 PM)

It depends on how teams space their practices. Teams get 15 practices, so if they want to do it every other day then it can be about two weeks. If they space out the practices more, it could be 3-4 weeks.

Davis (Chicago)

Any chance we hang it on MSU March 2nd the way they did us on Tuesday?

Chantel
  (12:14 PM)

I don't know about that. Michigan struggled in the paint, and while they shouldn't miss than many layups (ever) again, they'll still be undersized against MSU. But I don't expect Michigan to struggle in as many different facets as they did in East Lansing. It'll be a closer game for sure. I don't expect them to hang it on them though unless MSU plays as poorly as the Wolverines did this week.

brach (bay city MI)

Being that it appears we will only have 17 to 20 scholorships availble for 2014. Do you think hoke and co are more likely to be very selective on who they offer?? ie more blue chip players!! Or will it not really have an effect on how they recruit?

Chantel
  (12:17 PM)

You can read a bit more about this in Tom's recruiting story from today (http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/colleges/michigan/post?id=10224) but I think they're selective every year. You see the early offers right now are to the guys who will likely end their recruiting cycles with 30+ offers, but they're not going to (and never will) offers guys that they're only sort of interested in.

Matt (Ann Arbor)

I have heard a lot about RB Mike Weber of 2015 class. Is he going to be one of the Elite 5 star or high 4 star RB for the class or do I hear about him because he is local? A lot of time for things to change between now and then but where does U of M stand with him?

Chantel
  (12:19 PM)

He's definitely one of the players I was most impressed with -- regardless of class -- this season. I think if he continues to progress like he has over the last year, we could see him as a top running back recruit nationally when he's a senior. The kid doesn't look like a sophomore. He broke tackles like it was no big deal. He has speed. He wants to learn. And he comes from a program that understands the recruiting process and how that fits in to their lives. So, I think he has the opportunity to be a top guy. Whether that happens depends on what he does.

Yanai (Royal Oak)

Michigan seems to have a good chance with a lot of DE, what is the max they would take considering they don't have a lot of spots available this year? I mean if they already had 3/4, I assume they would still take McDowell and Hand.

Chantel
  (12:22 PM)

I think they'll take 3-4 defensive linemen. They already have Mone committed and McDowell and Hand will be two of their biggest targets that they'll try to get on campus early and often. Outside of that group, Lawrence Marshall will be a big recruit, as will Andrew Brown.

Peter (Columbia, Maryland)

When will the official announcement on Gardner's medical redshirt be made?

Chantel
  (12:24 PM)

Don't have any answers on that yet. Today Notre Dame announced that Jamoris Slaughter didn't get his sixth year. Now, Gardner's medical redshirt is up to the Big Ten, so I don't know if the times will coordinate or not, but some of those decisions are being made. I would imagine by the end of spring ball we could/should have an answer.

Cory (NY)

Who do you think will be in the conversation for the next commitment or commitments

Chantel
  (12:25 PM)

Tommy Doles is a guy who wants to make a decision sooner rather than later. Michigan is high on his board. The Wolverines will have a lot of top guys on campus next weekend, so that could be something to watch.

Matt (Detroit)

Why is it that people are always excited to see a rematch of teams in the Big Ten Tournament for basketball but a rematch in the Big Ten Title game for football is a negative thing?

Chantel
  (12:26 PM)

I think it just comes down to the number of games these teams play. When the football team only plays eight conference games (meaning they don't even play every single team) and then you have a rematch in the championship, it's like "OK, we've seen this before." But with basketball, since you play everyone at least once, you kind of get used to rematches. But that happens when you're playing so many more conference games.

Bruce (Grand Rapids)

Won't make you comment on current players, but which former players were your best interviews/best stories, and why?

Chantel
  (12:28 PM)

I have quite a few favorite interviews but the one that comes to mind first is when I wrote my story about Patrick Omameh and his 6-year-old friend (Faith Falzon) who was a patient at CS Mott Children's Hospital, I set up a time to meet them both in person at the hospital. It was pretty amazing/heart warming/incredible to see them both together. It just gave me such a better understanding for their situation and seeing them interact allowed me to be more true to the story.

Matty (Detroit)

Chantel, thanks for doing this. Two questions:First, in your opinion, what is the one area Michigan basketball must fix in order to get back on track? Second, will you be my valentine?

Chantel
  (12:31 PM)

1) Michigan needs to establish an interior game. It will open up the outside for Stauskas and Robinson. How they go about establishing that game at this point? I'm not really sure. If Morgan is healthy enough to play and they can at least threaten an interior presence, that's a good thing. McGary and Bielfeldt seemed to get knocked around pretty easily against MSU though. 2) Nope.

chris (trenton)

a few weeks ago you wrote an article about guys who would be huge gets for michigan in the 2014 class. In that article you listed Mone from salt lak but I cant remember why? Why is he a big deal?

Chantel
  (12:37 PM)

It's nice to pick up early commitments on the lines. Michigan wants to transform its play starting there, so early commitments allow them to form even better relationships with the players and coaches before they get on campus. On top of that, he's outside of Michigan 3-5 hour recruiting radius, so it's a big national get for them. And then on top of that, he's a big, nasty, physical player.

Jake (HOTH)

Do you like football or basketball more

Chantel
  (12:39 PM)

I like both sports a lot. I understand the nuances of basketball more, since I played high school/AAU and I coached for a few years. But, I also studied a ton of game film and have read quite a few books about football schemes and the technical side of things. I'm currently reading Al Borges' book about coaching QB's, and I must say, my three step drop is getting very, very good.

Matt (Ann Arbor)

We have 3 top 100 basketball recruits coming in next year..and possibly 3 starters leaving for the NBA after this year. (Although Robinson lately looks like he should stay). How will next years bball team compare to this years?

Chantel
  (12:41 PM)

It's not like these things are one-for-one exchanges. Because at the end of the day, if Burke goes to the NBA, you'll have a first-year PG in Walton or Albrecht. Doesn't matter quite how amazing they play, there will be some kind of transition the team goes through and they won't be as adept as Burke was this year. They just won't. Next years team could be even more physical and developed inside, the outside shooting could be even better, and the freshmen this year (who have contributed so much) will have another year under their belts. But so much hinges on that PG position.

Cody (Corbin, KY)

where do you see Dennis Norfleet playing next year, is he at corner now? if so what are his chances of playing?

Chantel
  (12:42 PM)

I really don't see him playing CB. They're recruiting all these tall rangy guys, and Norfleet isn't that. I see him primarily on kick and punt returns.

Cory (NY)

Who do you think we have the best chance to get at CB in 2014

Chantel
  (12:45 PM)

Well, Michigan is still going really hard after Damon Webb. Outside of him, I think the Wolverines have a decent chance with Parrker Westphal. He's a kid who wouldn't mind staying closer to home (Illinois) and his DB coach is a Michigan grad, so he has that in his ear all the time.

Joe (Newark)

Now that Michigan has Derrick Green, it seems that WR is there biggest need for 2014. What top WR's are considering U of M?

Chantel
  (12:47 PM)

They have eight offers out to WR's right now. Corey Holmes is a name that jumps out because he grew up a huuuuge Michigan fan (for absolutely no reason, either). But he loves the Wolverines and was at camp last year. Artavis Scott is a possibility. He's the teammate of OL recruit Mason Cole. Saaed Blacknall was thrilled with his recent offer.

Alex (MLPS)

How much harder do you think it is for basketball players during this era to focus than, say, the fab five players? Anyone on the team can log onto the computer, read ESPN.com or the blogs and soak in their praise/criticisms so easily (and anyone who says they don't check the blogs are lyin'). Does this have an on-court affect?

Chantel
  (12:50 PM)

I'm not really sure. This is something that I think we'll really see the affects of down the road. I once had a player turn me down for an interview because of something I wrote about him in the college newspaper. Even though what I wrote was true, he was upset that I had pointed it out. He didn't play worse though, he just refused to talk to me. So I'm not sure if what is written about a person has a direct on-court affect. I think it could affect ego which affects attitude which affects on-court play. But as far as it being a "X-Y" correlation, I doubt it.

Django (Mississippi)

Besides D. Green, any other skill position players from this class that may end up starting or at least getting a lot of playing time??

Chantel
  (12:51 PM)

Green seems to be the most likely candidate for early playing time. Though, I think Wyatt Shallman could be in that group, too. Outside of him, maybe Jourdan Lewis or Delano Hill, defensively.

Rob (Dayton Ohio)

Michigan...national championship contender....in 3 years or less or 3 years or more?

Chantel
  (12:52 PM)

Give it more than three years. Baby steps. I would stay it's another two years or so before the Rose Bowl. Especially when you consider the fact that the Wolverines will be going through a QB change as well.

Ryan (miami , fl)

Is any for our freshman going to start at WR , we already have Jermey Gallon ?

Chantel
  (12:56 PM)

I would assume that Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh would be in front of any true freshmen.

hokey (meeechigan)

Who do u think is a sure bet to redshirt next year

Chantel
  (12:57 PM)

Probably the offensive linemen, especially since all the O-linemen did this year. I would guess the WR's as well, since as I said before, you have those rangy, speedy guys in Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh as well as the currently rostered ones who got some playing time last year (Jackson, Gallon, Dileo).

Josh (Louisville)

Do you think michigan will be a top-5 recruiting class for next year ?

Chantel
  (12:59 PM)

Too early to say at this point, since they only have three commits. They are in on a lot of top guys though. And even more important than the rankings, they seem to be focused on filling holes, which is vital.

Chantel
  (1:01 PM)

Alright guys, it's about 1 PM. Have a great Valentines Day and a wonderful weekend! If you have any more questions, send them to me on Twitter (@chanteljennings) and I'll try to answer them today. Otherwise, Mike will be chatting next week! See ya!