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
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
Wauseon (OH) OL Elliott Mealer was one of several Wolverine commits on hand for Saturday's loss to Oregon. Afterward, GoBlueWolverine was able to catch up with the 4-star commit to get his thoughts on the Wolverines' season thus far and how it has affected his recruitment.
Wauseon, OH OL Elliott Mealer on UM's early season struggles and how they've affected his commitment