Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech linebacker Michael Oliver, a CMU commit, is visiting Michigan today. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #78 inside linebacker, and the #48 player in the state. Here are his highlights.
It's always cool to see MGoBlog mentioned in pieces by major sports outlets like ESPN and SI, but a full article is even better. Ace talks about the state of pre-Harbuagh recruiting, Harbuagh's first half class (2015) and his first full class (2016).
Also, importantly, the SI author (Martin Rickman) name drops the M00N game.
I wrote up a scouting report on Gainesville (GA) Gainesville cornerback Chris Williamson, who will be taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend. As far as pure athleticism goes, I think Williamson is perhaps the most exciting player Harbaugh has started recruiting, except for maybe Roquan Smith. Both these guys are potential game-changers, but Williamson could play several positions (CB, WR, S, PR, KR), whereas Smith is more limited (LB, maybe RB). I don't think Williamson would be a real game-breaker as a returner, but he would be a very solid corner whose basement might be James Rogers.
DE Reuben Jones tweets he has decommitted from Nebraska, visits Michigan this weekend.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 23, 2015
Not a surprise here, as Ace said in the recruiting roundup he doesn't really know the current coaching staff at Nebraska well (as he wasn't recruited by them). Could very well be the first recruiting pick up of Harbuagh era.
Several people had been asking about a scouting report on John Kelly, and since we know Harbaugh is recruiting him, I went ahead and wrote one up. I also thought it was interesting that Harbaugh reportedly told Kelly he's "the best athlete in the state," which may mean that he thinks Kelly is a better prospect than the early-enrolled Brian Cole. Anyway, here it is: