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Michigan Recruiting Board: 2015 QBs
When Doug Nussmeier was hired it became clear that multiple changes were on the horizon. One thing not changing: the offensinve coordinator will double as quarterbacks coach. Like his predecessor, Coach Nuss will work directly with the position group of which he used to be a member.
This also meant that the recruiting board would be reevaluated and adjusted to Coach Nussmeier’s liking. Some names have risen, some have fallen, some have been added, and some have been removed. As spring visits are starting to take place Michigan has offered four quarterbacks and there are five others who could be soon.
Blake Barnett – Santiago High School – Corona, CA
Barnett committed to Notre Dame way back in November and the Wolverines offered him on January 20, about two weeks after Coach Nussmeier was hired. Barnett doesn’t appear to be wavering on his commitment to the Irish. He’s not a possibility for Michigan.
Josh Rosen – St. John Bosco – Bellflower, CA
Rosen once told me that Michigan was “too f***ing cold.” and really had zero interest in the Wolverines. That sentiment seems to have changed and I believe Michigan is actually third on his list behind the home-state Bruins of UCLA and Cal. He’s partial to Stanford as well but doesn’t hold an offer from the Cardinal. He is making his decision on March 20th and Michigan may not be out of it just yet....
David Sills – Eastern Christian Academy – Elkton, MD
Sills rose to fame as the 8th grade phenom who committed to USC a few years ago. Today he’s still committed to USC but he will visit Michigan in a few days after being talked into it by current Wolverines and former teammates, Brandon Watson and Freddy Canteen. I asked Sills if a flip to Michigan was something he’d thought about and if they were option #2 behind USC at the moment and he responded in a politically correct fashion. “I’m keeping my options fairly open. Michigan is in the running.” His upcoming visit could be instrumental in securing a flip/commitment from him if that’s what the coaches prefer.
Jarret Stidham – Stephenville High School – Stephenville, TX
Stidham is the most athletic quarterbacks of the offered group and is a true dual-threat kind of talent. He was actually offered the same day that Blake Barnett was and when I originally spoke with him he seemed to like the idea of playing for a coach like Nussmeier. After that day though, his interest in Michigan seemed mild at best and Friday he committed to Texas Tech.
Nick Johns – Gonzaga Preparatory – Washington, DC
Nick Johns is a name that has been hanging around since Borges was still running the offense and Coach Nussmeier decided to keep him on the board. Johns speaks with Nussmeier two to three times a week and maintains high interest in the Wolverines. Coach Nussmeier plans to check Johns out in person some time in the next two weeks to watch him throw. Typically it is protocol for Nussmeier to see a quarterback throw in person before an offer is extended.
Kyle Kearns – Foothill High School – Pleasanton, CA
Kearns is another name that remains from the Borges board and he also continues regular contact with Nussmeier and feels like he is firmly in the mix when it comes to picking up an offer. Kearns told me that Nussmeier is giving the offered guys some time to make up their minds before the next wave of offers go out.
Alex Malzone – Brother Rice High School – Bloomfield Hills, MI
The only local product from the entire list, Alex Malzone has put in the effort to make sure the coaches know he’s around. He has visited multiple times, most recently last week, and stays in close contact with the staff. He says since the hiring of Nussmeier the coaches are showing a lot of interest and plan on watching him throw in person after the dead period.
Travis Waller – Servite High School – Anaheim, CA
A relatively new name on this board, Waller is the best athlete of the group. He’s listed as a dual-threat quarterback but also possesses good size at 6’3” and 190 lbs. and a very clean, natural throwing motion. He lit up when I asked him to give me an overview of what’s going on with Michigan.
I’ve been talking to them once a week. I’m building a pretty good relationship with Coach Nuss! He’s a great guy and I can relate to him a lot. Hopefully I get a chance to visit. They are coming down during our spring ball so I’m looking forward to that. What stands out to me was that he plans on doing some spread and pro-style offenses. It shocked me because most schools I have talked to are all spread. I like being under center a lot actually, which most schools don’t know about me. At Michigan I think I could really get prepared for playing QB at the next level.
Waller currently holds four offers from western universities (Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Washington) but says that Michigan is very high on his list. Waller also mentioned that Coach Nuss has to see him throw in person before an offer will be extended.
Coach Nuss said that they won’t offer a quarterback until they’ve seen them throw in person. He actually said he would offer me right now but he needs to see me in person first, which I respect 100%. I’m really looking forward to him coming out to see me throw!
Brandon Wimbush – St. Peters Prep – Jersey City, NJ
Wimbush is another name that has been off and on throughout the Borges regime and into the Nussmeier era. He was once thought to be a Buckeye lock, but the hiring of James Franklin at Penn State has put the Nittany Lions squarely in the mix. His relationship with Coach Nuss has also blossomed and Michigan may be right up there with their Big Ten brethren.
Not much is really new with Michigan, I’ve just been staying in touch with Coach Nuss, we talk about two or three times a week over Twitter. I hope that offer comes man, hopefully sometime in the spring it will. I have to meet Coach Nuss in person first. I’m sure that will go a long way towards an offer. I’m going to try my best to visit sometime this spring. Coach Manning also will be up to watch me throw soon too.
I asked Brandon about the Buckeyes and any other school that is standing out to him and he played it close to the vest saying he has no leader, just all top schools right now. Ohio State did offer him early, but now that a lot of other schools are showing heavy interest he has definitely slowed down and evened out a bit.
Of the quarterbacks that already hold offers Sills and Rosen are both possibilities for a commitment at this point and one of them is technically committed elsewhere. Sills' verbal pledge to USC is viewed as soft at best and Ricky Town is now also a member of the Trojan recruiting class making Sills’s decommitment seem inevitable. His upcoming visit to Ann Arbor looms large as an integral cog in his recruitment.
Each of the unoffered targets all seem to be offer-worthy according to the coaches based on the effort being put forth to stay in contact with them, visit them, and set up throwing sessions for each of them. With each prospect being in regular contact and all showing similar interest it really is difficult to say who the lead dog is right now for a potential offer. The way things have heated up so quickly with Waller and Wimbush leads me to believe that Nussmeier favors them, but he’s made it a point to remain in close contact and keep the other three on the board as well. The Sills visit is the first domino in the series of events involving quarterback recruiting for the 2015 class.
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I think it's hilarious what Rosen said about the weather.
Hard to disagree with him, even after living in the midwest my whole life.
I actually wrote this up last Sunday and there are a couple new developments that need to be noted. Everyone seems to know that Josh Rosen is visiting even though it wasn't supposed to leak.
Also, Torrance Gibson has been aggressively targeted and told me that he may visit next week.
How can you leave Gibson off this list? Time will show that he'll be one of few listed, that are serious considerations.
How can you leave Gibson off this list? Time will show that he'll be one of few listed, that are serious considerations.
Don't forget "the girl next door." Alex Malzone was impressive in the Class A finals.
Solid player and I feel for him because you know he'd commit on the spot if offered and he wants it. But, probably a Plan B or C guy.
Sometimes it difficult to get excited about recruits because it's getting very stock and vanilla with all the "top whatever" lists and "yeah, they're in the mix" stuff.
but we are after hotter prospects right now. When it gets closer to 2:00 a.m. we will look more closely at him
Your post really cleared up the QB recruiting. Great post!
It looks as if Rosen may be the secret 5* visit?
I hope we get a qb who is not a statue. And if he is a statue he better have a NFL arm.
Are pretty resilient. They are impervious to most destructive elements including water, rain, snow, sleet, defensive tackles and pigeon poop. They don't move fast because they don't have to.
looking at that pic of Devin. I didn't know there were Legends in practice.
Practice? N...n...not a game... But practice??
I really like that Nuss won't issue offers until he actually sees a guy in person.
I'm fairly 100% certain Rosen is on campus as we speak
Dumb question: who was the QB coach before Nussmeier was hired? Heck?
Borges was the QB coach; he and Nussmeier hold the exact same duties.
What's the feeling on Sills as a player? It seems like there was the splash when he committed to USC all those years ago, but has he actually developed into a good QB? Somehow I'm guessing 8th grade performance might not be the best indicator of college ability.
he's a high floor, low ceiling kind of guy.
He's pretty polished already, but has little room for growth and sounds unlikely to grow into a game changer. Pretty much sounds like the perfect backup QB, a guy who can pick up concepts easily and understand multiple offenses with little error, but without the natural gifts to be great.
Not to be that guy, but......
I remember similar things being said about Mr. World by the balls.
Not to say.... You know....
Extrapolating way too much from a couple quotes here, but Waller sounds like a really great kid.
Thanks for the post! Do you mind adding stars / composite rankings next to each name for future similar posts?
It would seem that since USC has a QB in their 2015 class already Sills would be the most likely to step up and pledge to Michigan this weekend.
Why would he be likely to commit THIS weekend? If it's because Rosen is visiting, he probably just found that out with the rest of us (assuming he reads MGoBlog).
I think the coaches like bring these QB's in around the same time so they get one to jump first because we're only taking one QB for 2015. This of course is only an opinion but the writing in on the wall for Sills at USC so why not grab your spot now before you get locked out by one of the other QB's. I really wonder why Rosen is even looking around?
It would have been from Borges most likely, but he's just now meeting with Nuss and Nuss may not be as high on him.
Whoa... Torrance Gibson is a lefty ? Awesome.. love southpaws... maybe with Morris and the team gonna be suited to him a bit, maybe this affects Gibson's decision, albeit small.
what are the chances that we wind up with 2 QBs in this class?
I have read that Michigan takes one QB in 2015.
It's already a small class, so no reason to take two QBs. That second scholarship could be used elsewhere.
I want football now.
"Rosen once told me that Michigan was “too f***ing cold.” and really had zero interest in the Wolverines."
Thankfully we had a balmy winter.
p.s. I wonder if there was a change of heart to at least consider the school AFTER Borges was deposed.
CB3 do you think more offers will go out after Rosen makes his decision?
I am hoping Wimbush gets offered. He has a lot of upside.