Elliott Mealer, Christian Wilson, Mike Cox, Boubacar Cissoko and Kevin Koger all walked through the tunnel on Saturday as they exited Michigan Stadium after watching the Wolverines fall to the Oregon Ducks, 39-7. Though still a year away from actually donning the winged helmet themselves, they couldn’t help but feel the loss personally.
“I think most the recruits were just disappointed,” Mealer confessed. “I can't speak for all of us, but I think that we all felt that we had just gotten beat too. It was a hard one to swallow, but we will find out what they are made of and see how they bounce back.”
Mealer was the Wolverines’ third verbal on the year and has been committed since April. As a result, he has been able to visit campus, take in practices, and watch the first two games. All of those experiences have given him confidence that all is not lost.
“I’m not a part of the team yet, so I'm not one to judge,” he said of the team’s early struggles. “I can tell you that I have been to spring practices and I know that both the coaches and the players are HARD workers.”
That hard work and perseverance is something the youngster sees as the key to this turning a disappointing start the 2007 season into a successful finish.
“I’m not one to judge and I don't think anyone outside of the team is either,” Mealer reiterated. “I only know that they will continue to work harder and harder to get the season the way they want it. I believe it will turn around for them.”
Then there is the question of his commitment itself. With the Maize & Blue’s
tough start to the season, the possibility exists for college coaches from around
the country to get in the ears of the Michigan commits and try to sway them
from their verbals. For Mealer though, this has not been an issue and it shouldn’t
“No schools have contacted me,” he responded. “The early season has not affected my commitment status at all. I am still 100% behind Michigan and I believe they will turn the season around and it can still be a great one for them.”