4-Star 2021 QB J.J. McCarthy Is Focused On Michigan, Northwestern

first_imgA general view of Michigan's stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)There is a long time until he can sign with a school, but we may have a Big Ten showdown for 2021 signal caller J.J. McCarthy.The rising junior quarterback is starting to get serious hype as a prospect. While he doesn’t have ratings from every recruiting site yet, 247Sports‘ in-house rankings have him as a four-star player.He’s the No. 19 overall player in the country, and No. 2 among pro-style QBs, which means he could have a fifth star in his future as well. McCarthy is also the top player in Illinois.It sounds like he may stay relatively local for college, based on how things are going right now. A number of analysts see Michigan as J.J. McCarthy’s leader, but the Wolverines may get a run from Northwestern.He spoke to WolverinesWire about the two programs, and it is the academics that set them apart.He’s currently focused on Michigan and Northwestern, as academics are key in his opinion. The quarterback is still deciding between engineering and business for his undergraduate degree.“The coaches have been great at each school,” McCarthy told WolverinesWire. “I love both head coaches and the direction of their programs. Education is insane at both schools.”In a recent Chicago Tribune profile, he raved about the two competing coaches—Jim Harbaugh and Pat Fitzgerald—as well.“Asked which coaches have left an impression, he begins with Pat Fitzgerald, saying: ‘He is such a cool guy, such a family man and has been awesome, especially to my mom and dad. He is trying to build a powerhouse, which I love. I love his staff and his players, and it’s going to be an exciting year for them.’[…]‘You never know what you will get out of (Harbaugh),’ he says. ‘He doesn’t let the quarterbacks eat chicken because they are weak birds. I thought that was funny because I’m not a big fan of chicken. I like steak.’Harbaugh’s visit to Nazareth got canceled by the polar vortex. But McCarthy visited Ann Arbor last month for the Wolverines’ open spring practice and says he was impressed by how Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, interacted with his passers.‘And they’re in South Africa right now,’ McCarthy says of the team trip. ‘That is so cool.’”10 recruiting analysts have logged their predictions over at 247, and all 10 have him ending up a Wolverine. He’d follow a strong string of blue-chip quarterback recruits, in Dylan McCaffrey (2017), Joe Milton (2018), Cade McNamara (2019), and JD Johnson (2020). Toss in Ole Miss transfer and current starter Shea Patterson, and Harbaugh has done a great job of adding talent to the quarterback room. Now, he needs the results to follow.[WolverinesWire; Chicago Tribune]last_img read more

SKF introduces an online network developed to solve maintenance problems

first_imgSKF has launched the SKF Maintenance Network, a web site that enables maintenance professionals to connect with other maintenance experts globally and get their feedback on specific problems and find potential solutions. SKF says the “Maintenance Network is a unique, fun and rewarding way to solve problems. In today’s ever challenging business environment, increasing uptime in manufacturing operations can make the difference between staying competitive and struggling to survive. Consequently, maintenance departments play a crucial role in finding fast answers to equipment breakdowns and thereby minimising downtime.”“Every hour of downtime is costing a lot of money to the company and causes high stress levels. In many cases the fix is a partial solution that allows production to go on and the real problem is not tackled until the next maintenance shutdown. But then a more long lasting solution needs to be found, and it is here that the new SKF network service may be able to help.”The SKF Maintenance Network offers an incentive to the participation of solution providers by rewarding them with points. These points can be used to obtain various prizes at the network’s web store.The web site includes discussion rooms where people can discuss hot topics as well as specific problems and take advantage of the available expertise and solutions around one specific maintenance topic. SKF will regularly introduce different hot topics where maintenance experts can post their problems and/or help other peers. At the end of every such topic, top solution providers will be announced. The web site can be accessed at: www.mapro.skf.com/maintenancenetworklast_img read more