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Dorian Thompson-Robinson's mother fires back on navel gazing over Michigan QB coach's departure

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: Bishop Gorman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushes for a touchdown against the Liberty Patriots in the second half of the NIAA class 4A championship game on December 03, 2016, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Gorman defeated Liberty 84-8. (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) ORG XMIT: 274672 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Bishop Gorman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson rushes for a touchdown against Liberty in the state championship game (Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of the nation’s top junior quarterback prospects, despite spending his junior season sitting on the bench at Las Vegas power Bishop Gorman. Of course, there was a good reason for that: The four-star prospect was behind another four-star, future Ohio State passer Tate Martell.

Regardless, it will be up to Thompson-Robinson to lead the Gaels’ quest for a fourth consecutive USA TODAY Sports Super 25 title in 2017, and that — and his natural talent — makes him one of America’s top junior prospects.

Thompson-Robinson holds scholarship offers from 17 of the nation’s top programs, and is reportedly high on Michigan, Oregon and UCLA, among other teams. He’s expected to commit to a school this summer, which makes the recent move of Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch to UCLA particularly intriguing. Fisch will be the new offensive coordinator for the Bruins, and he certainly won’t stop recruiting Thompson-Robinson now.

However, as others have jumped on Fisch’s recent decision as a harbinger of Thompson-Robinson’s direction, the prospect’s own mother was quick to warn not to read into what her own son might think about the coaching change.

Mom, by the way, is a professor at UNLV and the director of the Center for Health Disparities Research in the university’s School of Community Health Sciences.

Does any of this mean that Michigan has a significant advantage now, or would with Fisch still in tow? No.

But it does mean that there’s someone who is looking out for his future far beyond football. Both Michigan and UCLA are strong academic institutions, and both have terrific coaching staffs. One now has Fisch leading the entire offense where he has left a quarterbacks coaching-sized hole in the other.

Read into that what you will as the murky wheel of recruiting gossip turns.

2 comments
AndrewMetinko
AndrewMetinko

If only there was someone else on Michigan's staff who could fill the "void" left by Jedd Fisch....someone who had played QB in college and the NFL, someone who had served as QB coach to Rich Gannon during his super bowl year, someone who had mentored and developed QBs like Andrew Luck in college, helped Colin Kapernick develop into a Super Bowl level QB, or turned grad transfer Jake Rudock into an NFL draft pick. Perhaps, if Michigan could find such a coach, their situation would not be so dire as portrayed.

Oh, wait a second.....