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Friday Recruitin' Just Ponders For Now
Today's recruiting roundup covers the latest on Gareon Conley, highlight videos of Derrick Green and Channing Stribling, a couple 2014 visits, and more.
Gone-ley? /Slaps Knee
It's been a week since Gareon Conley stated after a game that he intended to take visits, and as of this moment, at least, he's still a Michigan commit. 247's Bill Kurelic reports that may not last long at all, however, as Conley's step-mother says he'll "definitely [take] his visits," with plans to check out Ohio State and Oregon ($):
Angel [Conley] said her son is planning to make official visits to Ohio State and Oregon.
“Ohio State will be an official visit in the next month or so,” she said. “Ohio State and Oregon will be official visits.”
Nothing has been set up yet, at least, and Sam Webb noted on Scout's board($) that Conley has spoken with the coaches and knows his spot in the class is at stake—Webb also said Conley is still pondering visits, of course. In my opinion, it's tough at this point to see a scenario in which he doesn't take a look around.
If there's good news for Michigan, it's that they have one of Conley's closest confidants in their corner: his father, per Scout's Kyle Bogenschutz ($):
“Everything just seemed real good up there. I love Michigan and I’m pushing him to go to Michigan. But at the end of the day it’s still his decision. I’m rooting for Michigan.”
“As far as Oregon and Ohio State, those are all good schools too. I can’t put any of them down, but I root for Michigan. At the end of the day, like I said, this is all up to him. If he wants to go see them, I’m behind him, whatever school he goes to.”
Clearly, Mr. Conley is going to let Gareon make his own choice, but it can't hurt to have him pulling for the Wolverines. The longer this process is drawn out, the better it probably is for Michigan—few expected him to make it this far in the first place after last Friday's news.
[Hit THE JUMP for highlights of Channing Stribling and Derrick Green, news on a few 2014 recruits, and more.]
Watching Channing Stribling Running
247 compiled senior year highlights of Channing Stribling, and it's not hard to see why he pulled an offer:
We don't get to see too much of him in coverage, so we'll wait for a verdict on his coverage skills, but that's one rangy playmaker—doesn't look afraid to lay a hit, either.
Also at 247, Clint Brewster evaluates new commit Da'Mario Jones's tape; it's a largely positive take, though he does outline a few areas for improvement ($):
Jones is not the shiftiest player and needs to do a better job at making defenders miss after the catch and not running into contact. He can improve by using his hands to get off of man-coverage better and to get more separation. Jones is explosive coming off the football but needs to show that same explosiveness when coming out of his breaks.
Overall, Jones looks like an underrated prospect and has the tools to be a highly productive player at wide receiver or even on defense at safety.
Fox Sports Next has game film of Derrick Green; he put up great numbers, shows off solid speed, and runs well downhill, but I'd like to see him break a few more tackles in the secondary—he doesn't quite look like a five-star talent on film, though of course he'd still be a great pickup for Michigan.
Rivals has a free feature on Chris Fox, who recently received his Army All-American jersey, and there's also a local news article about Fox being a self-described "teddy bear" ... except when he's on the field:
"I have no friends when I play football," Fox said with a smile.
2014 IL CB Parrker Westphal has been to campus multiple times and tells Scout that Michigan currently stands out for him ($):
Josh Newkirk: What are some schools right now that are standing out to you in particular?
Parrker Weestphal: “Well the school that set the bar for my standard to compare other schools to is Michigan.”
Josh Newkirk: What is about the Wolverines that stands out?
Parrker Westphal: “Just the facilities, the program, the tradition around there is amazing.”
Westphal's father also had high praise for Michigan—they'd have to be the favorite for the four-star right now.
Another four-star junior DB, VA S Quin Blanding, named Michigan to his top ten, though Mike Farrell believes that Virginia holds the edge with Florida State the next biggest threat to land him ($).
A pair of four-star junior wideouts are planning visits to Ann Arbor in the near future: OH WR Derek Kief, who's also planning to visit West Virginia, Indiana, and Northwestern($), and IN WR Austin Roberts, who's set to visit for the Iowa game ($). Neither have offers but both are very much in the running for one.
If you haven't yet, run, don't walk, to Chantel Jennings's story on Michael Ferns and Logan Thompson, which has tear-inducing details that weren't available when the story first emerged a couple weeks ago.