Chatting With Woodley, Other Tidbits

Yours truly caught up with Saginaw, Mich. linebacker Lamarr Woodley last evening (Thursday). Also tidbits on La. defensive lineman Carnell Stewart and others.<br><br> **THREE NOON ADDITIONS**<br> Kelly Baraka has left school.<br> Carnell Stewart visit in serious doubt<br> Quinton McCoy decides to enroll in the fall

All-American linebacker Lamarr Woodley (Dec. 6 official visit, MSU Nike stats: 6-1 1/2, 250 lbs., 4.0 in the shuttle; 4.72 in the 40, 4.0 in the shuttle, 29-inch vertical jump, 315-lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA/16 ACT) from Saginaw, Mich.

"Hi Tom. Yes, Coach Carr and Coach Jackson will be visiting tomorrow."

We chatted a little bit, then I asked him if he was thinking about attending the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game Saturday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.

"Am I going to the Michigan/Michigan State game Sunday (at Crisler Arena)? No one has mentioned it to me ... so not as far as I know."

Coach Carr and Coach Jackson will be at Saginaw High School and at Lamarr's parents' today. Then Carr and Jackson will make an appearance at the Saginaw basketball game tonight.

In the past week Woodley has had his in-home visits from the MSU and USC head coaches, and he also made an unofficial visit to MSU Wednesday for their home basketball game. Coach Carr also attended Woodley's basketball game last Friday.

Now that USC and MSU have made their big 'pushes', had their in-home visits, etc. ... right now yours truly's 'cautiously optimistic' stance regarding Woodley has been changed to 'neutral', or maybe better said as 'wait and see' until after today.

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Other tidbits:

After telling Michigan two days ago that he'd be visiting Ann Arbor for the Jan. 31 weekend, there is a report last night that All-American defensive lineman Carnell Stewart (probable Jan. 24 or Jan. 31 official visit, 6-5, 290 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 415-lb. bench press, 2.8 GPA) from River Ridge, Louisiana, John Curtis Christian says he's visiting USC instead. This is not a surprise -- getting a visit from Carnell has always been an uphill battle. In this reporter's opinion this is a situation when Carnell had a list of schools he wanted to visit, and his head coach had a list as well. The two lists totaled seven schools ... and in the end Michigan seems to have been left off.

It looks as though cornerback Quinton McCoy (a Feb. 2002 signee who did not qualify academically) has gone on the record regarding his Michigan admission (coming in in May??), so I will go ahead and add what has been known (but kept off the record) for a month+ now. From what I understand, McCoy was offered the choice of enrolling in January 2003 as a 'partial qualifier', or waiting until the spring/summer/fall and coming in under the 'new qualifying rules' as a full qualifier. Had he entered school January he could have participated in spring practice, but (as a partial qualifier) would have been ineligible to play in games this coming fall (2003), resulting in three more years' eligibility (the 2004, 05, and 06 seasons). By waiting to come in in May as a 'full qualifier' he misses spring practice, but if redshirted in the fall (which is likely) he will have four more year's eligibility afterward (2004, 05, 06 and 07).
**ADDITION: I forgot to put into this report (sorry!) -- he is making his visit to Michigan this weekend.

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One more note: As of yesterday, we were told that running back Kelly Baraka is no longer in school at Michigan. The story is 'out' so we will report it as well. In the end, it was academic failings that did him in at Michigan.

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