Wolverine Commits React to Bama Loss

Several Michigan commits speak to GBW with their thoughts on the opening loss to Alabama, whether or not that has opened the door for other schools and more.

Dymonte Thomas :: Safety, Marlington (Ohio)
  On the game: “I was shocked that we got beat that bad.  I really thought we were going to stay close in the game and maybe beat them, but it's fine. We played Bama, one of the top teams in the nation." 

On how the loss impacts him: “I don’t know why people keep asking if I’m going to reconsider.  A lot of teams didn’t play well in their first game. I feel like if we would have played them later in the season it wouldn’t have been that bad.” 

Taco Charlton :: Defensive End, Pickerington Central (Ohio)
  On the game: “It was a hard fought game, but that first quarter kind of killed them.  After that they actually played a pretty good game… after the initial shock of it.  But it was a good learning experience.  Hopefully they bounce back from it."  

On how the loss impacts him:  "I can see how I could definitely help them out some and hopefully change the outcome. Other schools were saying they wanted to be back in consideration, but it’s all good.  I ain’t really looking around too much.  I’m just chilling, just waiting until I get there.”  

Wyatt Shallman :: Fullback/Halfback, Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.)
  On the game: "It was just, I just don't think Michigan came out full speed," said Shallman. "They made a lot more mental errors but that's going to happen especially in your first game so its good to get it out before you get into your in season schedule and stuff."

Other schools recruiting him: "I've gotten a couple calls and some letters from people but it doesn't really matter who."

Jaron Dukes :: Wide Receiver, Marion-Franklin (Ohio)
  On the game: "I got grief at school," said Dukes laughing. "I was at dinner with my family so I saw different parts of it and I was excited at first but then it kept slipping away. I rooted for them the whole time and stuck with them. I even wore my Michigan stuff on the Ohio State campus and I kept getting all kinds of grief and everything. They were like 'what the heck is wrong with you? Why are you wearing that? Do you know Michigan is getting their butt kicked?' I only responded to the people I knew like didn't y'all lose last year? Didn't you all lose to us last year?"

Other schools recruiting him: "I've been getting little emails and stuff like come to our game and this game. We have two tickets to come to this game from different places."

Jourdan Lewis :: Cornerback, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
  On the game: "I was kind of disappointed, but I know it was the first game. If everyone sticks together, they'll be alright."

True freshmen playing: "It gives me confidence. I know that I have to work my way up the depth chart, but if I do my best, I can get playing time early. Norfleet, he showed a lot of confidence and did his thing. One more block and he could have taken on to the house."

Does the loss affect him? : "Not at all. I'm 100% and always have been."

David Dawson :: Offensive Lineman, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
  On the game: "I know they didn't play Michigan football and there were a lot of mistakes that happened out there and I know Coach Hoke is going to fix them. It was just, they had a bad game."

True freshmen playing: The players I know and played with are out there already, Terry, Royce, Norfleet, Pipkins, so that definitely shows they're not scared to play freshmen as long as you go out there and work and show you belong on the field.

Does the loss affect him?: "No. I know a lot of people were saying that about the commits in the days since the game, but no, I'm still committed. It was just one game."

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