Today's recruiting roundup covers the latest on Derrick Green and Laquon Treadwell (this has been a recorded message), Cameron Hunt getting a little too hype, and more.
The current front page of The Wolverine teases a Mike Farrell video interview with VA RB Derrick Green, and the headline speaks for itself: "Green says Michigan has the edge". Lo and behold, that's exactly what he said($), confirming what most have presumed since Auburn and Tennessee fired their respective head coaches.
Green does, however, say that he's still open to other schools—and says recruiting is "picking up again," so it sounds like new schools are in contact with him—and his recruitment could stretch to signing day. That's a change from his earlier intentions to enroll early, and one that doesn't favor the Wolverines—Green's only visited Michigan, Auburn, and Tennessee, and would obviously be the favorite if he chose without seeing other schools.
Josh Helmholdt catches up with IL WR Laquon Treadwell, who says he still has Ole Miss out in front, followed by Oklahoma, then Oklahoma State and Michigan ($). Treadwell previously took an official to Ole Miss and will take his to Oklahoma this weekend; he hasn't scheduled any further officials but leaves open the possibility for the other two schools in his top four; he's eliminated any other schools from contention.
As you're probably well aware at this point, former Michigan commit Gareon Conley pledged to Ohio State last weekend during his official visit. The Wolverines will obviously keep pursuing Leon McQuay III, and it looks like they've already identified their backup plan for Conley: OH CB Reon Dawson, and Illinois commit who was offered last week.
[Hit THE JUMP for an update on Cameron Hunt, interest in a new '13 prospect, and more.]
Don't Let Me Get In My Zone
CA OL Cameron Hunt, still a Cal commit for now, was originally scheduled to take an official visit to Michigan this weekend, but that won't happen until January as his team advanced in the state playoffs. Scout's Greg Biggins has the latest on Hunt, who details a rather frightening incident from last weekend's playoff game ($) [emphasis mine]:
Hunt started to cramp in the second half and it got so bad, he had to leave the game and be taken to the hospital.
“I drank a ton of water and ate two banana’s [sic] before the game,” Hunt said. “It was kind of scary but my calf started to cramp and then my whole body cramped up, I couldn’t move. I went to the hospital and they said I had so much adrenaline in the 1st half, that in the 2nd half, my body couldn’t take it. My kidneys released some hormone for my body to stop and it made me cramp up and go in to shock.["]
Hunt was released from the hospital the next morning and says he's fine to play this weekend, so this was thankfully a temporary issue. He says he'll "for sure" visit Michigan in January, and he may not be a Cal commit by that time—he's waiting to hear if the Bears retain their OL coach, a decision that could come down as soon as today. If he's gone, Hunt likely is as well.
GBW's Kyle Bogenshutz reports that Michigan is in contact with another 2013 prospect committed to a school undergoing a coaching change, this time CT LB Marquis Little, a Boston College commitment ($). The article contains the likely explanation for why the Wolverines have begun pursuing linebacker recruits again [emphasis mine]:
“Apparently [Coach Mallory] told Marquis you’re our number one guy that we’re looking at and he mentioned that somebody had a knee injury on the team or a recruit and that opened the door for a scholarship,” said Pizzoferrato. “At that moment that he left here on a Tuesday he was going to get back to us later on that night and speak to Marquis’s mom about getting them out to Michigan.”
This is almost certainly not an issue with a current commit—Ben Gedeon and Mike McCray are just fine, thanks—but freshman Kaleb Ringer missed the 2012 season after undergoing knee surgery last August. His status hasn't been updated since the offseason.
As it stands, Little doesn't have an offer but could take a visit; like Hunt, he's waiting to see how many BC coaches are retained before making a decision on his commitment status.
Dawgman.com reports that MD OL Na'Ty Rodgers, one of Michigan's top targets on the offensive line, has a top three of Washington, Maryland, and South Carolina, in no particular order ($).
Tremendous gets an update with 2014 Florida prospects Mason Cole and Artavis Scott. Cole has Michigan and Notre Dame atop his list and would like to make his decision this summer. He and Scott maintain that they would like to attend the same school together.
Tremendous also has a primer on 2014 offensive line prospects.