It's been said before a lot on here about how The Opening seems to have so little to do with actual football, and the RB vs LB 1-on1s video is shows it. The RBs that impress are the ones that can get by with 1 or 2 cuts at the most. The ones juking back and forth 3, 4 times and going backwards just to get by would be lit up by a trailing DL from the side. Then they showboat when the LB actually did his job.
Monday Recruitin' Doesn't Want To Miss Out
Promising Quote Is Promising
Is four-star LB Josh McMillon looking blue? [photo via 247]
It's no secret that Michigan's scholarship availability for the 2015 class is dwindling. Per Sam Webb, that fact is not lost on four-star TN LB Josh McMillon, who's spoken very highly of the Wolverines lately ($):
One of the topics of discussion in recent weeks has been Michigan’s dwindling scholarship availability. McMillon is well aware that there is only one scholarship left for a linebacker, but he has made it a point to not let it affect his recruitment.
“They said I was number one on their boards, so I feel like if they did take someone it would be my loss rather than theirs,” he stated.
Well, hello there.
McMillon will visit for the BBQ at the Big House on July 27th, and he's also got trips planned to Alabama (July 12th) and Auburn (TBD) before a decision he'll make either in August or September. McMillon spoke in glowing terms about his last visit to Ann Arbor—when he was the first recruit to see the new Schembechler Hall renovations—from both a football and academic standpoint, as well as his close relationship with Chris Singletary.
A potential commitment from McMillon could leave four-star UT OLB Osa Masina, who named Michigan to his top five on Thursday, out of a spot—he doesn't plan to decide until the Army AA Game, per 247's Evan Flood ($). This is what we call a good problem.
Prospects are looking up on the defensive line, as well. Four-star NC SDE Darian Roseboro has Michigan as the only non-ACC/SEC school in his top six thanks to the connection he and his family have made with the coaching staff, especially Roy Manning, per Webb's latest DetNews article:
“I like the coaching staff,” said Roseboro to Scout.com. “They’re all down to earth and I have a real good relationship with them. I also enjoyed being around the players when I visited and I like the environment.”
His connection with Michigan assistant Roy Manning served as the catalyst for his initial interest. During the visit that bond quickly expanded to also include Roseboro’s parents.
“We got along perfect,” Roseboro’s father Johnny said. “(Manning) was like someone I have known for years. We just clicked and I liked that. He didn’t try to be anybody else. They are themselves. What you see is what you get. I like that.
Webb confirms that Roseboro will be in attendance at the BBQ, which gives U-M the chance to make another strong impression before he makes his college choice on August 29th. The whole article is well worth your time; notably, both Roseboro's mother and father made sure to note that distance won't play a factor, which is excellent news for Michigan given the other finalists. There's a very good chance the Wolverines add two highly touted defenders to the 2015 class before football season begins.
Obligatory 2015 Running Backs Update
While Damien Harris, Jacques Patrick, and Ray-Ray McCloud were also in attendance, the 2015 running back creating the most Michigan recruiting buzz at The Opening was Mike Weber, who showed up rocking the Maize and Blue, something both Alex Malzone and Darrin Kirkland were eager to point out. Whether on their own volition or by instruction from the coaches, Michigan's current commits have made Weber their top recruiting priority at the position, per GBW's Josh Newkirk ($):
“I’d probably say Mikey (Weber),” Malzone said, when asked which running back he wanted this years class. “I talk to Mikey a lot. I’ve known him from Cass Tech, Michigan native.
“Mike Weber, we’re getting him to go blue.”
With Malzone and Nussmeier both making Weber their No. 1 priority, Weber has no choice but to choose Michigan, right?
“Alex [Malzone] has just been saying come down there and have a good time with him,” Weber said on conversation with Malzone. “Hopefully that will affect my decision.”
Weber's recruitment has increasingly looked like an in-state battle; according to Newkirk, one-time contender Tennessee has backed off lately in their efforts to land Weber, potentially eliminating one of his top five schools.
Positive news for Michigan State could also be positive news for Michigan in this case. The Spartans pulled a recruiting coup on Friday, landing four-star OH RB LJ Scott in a head-to-head win over Ohio State. The Only Colors is projecting a relatively small class for MSU, and it's quite possible the Spartans are done with running back recruiting for 2015. That'd leave Ohio State, Wisconsin, and possibly Miami (YTM) as Michigan's competition for Weber, and the Wolverines would likely be out in front of that group. We should find out more when he's on campus for the BBQ.
That's good news on its own, and better still since U-M is on the outside looking in for their other top running back targets. Four-star FL RB Jacques Patrick told Scout that while Michigan is staying in regular contact with him, Florida State and Alabama are his top two schools ($). With an announcement already planned for October 27th, it looks unlikely U-M will climb back into contention.
Same goes for four-star FL ATH/RB Ray-Ray McCloud, who told Rivals' Adam Krohn that he'll decide on July 28th, and he already has his mind made up ($):
"I know the school I'm choosing," he said. "It felt right for me every time I went on campus, and the relationships I have with the coaches."
Florida is the overwhelming favorite. McCloud hasn't made it to Michigan's campus and doesn't plan to before his decision, so it's about time to wish him happy trails.
U-M isn't entirely out of quality options if Weber ends up elsewhere, however. There's always the chance Damien Harris re-commits, though that's not my expectation, and GBW reports that four-star Florida back and current soft Miami commit Dexter Williams will take official visits to Michigan, USC, and possibly Notre Dame ($).
In 2016 running back news, Michigan could be in on another ex-North Carolina commit after previously reeling in 2015 TE Chris Clark after his decommitment from the Tar Heels. The coach of four-star NC RB Antonio Williams told 247's Steve Lorenz that Michigan is "absolutely under consideration" after Williams decommitted from UNC over the weekend ($). Once again, it's Roy Manning making a major impact in that area:
"I know [Williams and Manning] had a great relationship for a long time," [Williams' coach] said. "We had always been led to believe that Michigan was going to make Antonio the first RB offer in their class, but they backed off a bit after he made his commitment to North Carolina. Antonio really likes Michigan a lot and always have. We are going to sit down in the very near future and discuss what his next moves are going to be as far as visits go."
Williams himself said he's looking to talk to Manning "as soon as he can," presumably to set up a visit. If he gets on campus, an offer is likely to follow for the nation's #8-ranked running back on the 247 Composite.
Kirkland, deWeaver Impress At Camps
While I can't find anything on Alex Malzone that isn't recruiting-related, Darrin Kirkland's performance at The Opening earned positive reviews, impressing Scout's national scouting guru over the course of the three-day event, per Newkirk ($):
“Kirkland stood out early in footwork drills and then showed his change of direction and straight ahead speed in one-on-one drills,” said Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn, on Kirkland’s Tuesday performance. “He moved fast but remained patient. He was able to beat the running back to the point of attack on several drills and used his length well.”
Kirkland also took the opportunity to pitch Michigan to Weber, Harris, Patrick, and Masina. 247's Clint Brewster listed him as one of five Michigan commits or targets who look primed for a ratings bump after The Opening; Weber also made the cut after showing some impressive receiving ability out the backfield.
Meanwhile, 2016 QB commit Messiah deWeaver participated in the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge on Saturday, and Josh Helmholdt ranked him as the fourth-best signal-caller in attendance ($):
DeWeaver came to Jacksonville on a run of outstanding off-season performances, and he continued that momentum on Saturday. A year ago, the Ohio native had real loose mechanics and struggled with consistency, but he has developed into one of the more well-rounded quarterbacks in the 2016 class with clean mechanics and good footwork. The recent Michigan commit made some of his best throws during one-on-one play, fitting passes into tight windows and varying his trajectory well.
At the same event, 2016 Orchard Lake St. Mary's four-star Daelin Hayes won positional MVP honors among linebackers ($). He picked up a Notre Dame offer after a standout performance at their camp last month, adding to a list that already includes U-M, OSU, MSU, PSU, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. While this is a Midwest battle in the early going, and Michigan should be in good position to land him, expect more big-time competition to appear—he's looking like one of the top LB prospects in the class regardless of region.
Yes. That drill seemed worthless is many respects other than having something that looks interesting on film. Being able to juke is vaulable, but showing the leverage to be able to run over/through someone seems better for a RB.
Did McMillon visit Alabama after leaving The Opening? Was there any feedback on the trip? Or is that July 12th date inaccurate?
And FWIW, he's called Alabama his dream school. So I don't know if I'd go writting that Hello post quite yet.
...it looks like he's attending Alabama's camp, which started yesterday. The GBW guys (read: Sam Webb) seem to feel strongly that he'll end up at Michigan, or at least that U-M had the best shot heading into this round of visits (same goes for Roseboro, FWIW). Likewise for the 247 crew, and while Alabama insiders also seem relatively confident, that seems like a holdover from his past comments about them. The Tide are certainly a threat, and I wouldn't rule out Auburn either, but Michigan looks quite good here.
Are the coaches projecting Roseboro as an SDE and would they take both him and KLS?
Roseboro is a SDE and KLS a WDE. they would absolutely take both.
Thanks, just wasn't sure if there was room for both since it's such a small class. It seems like UM has the least depth at WDE, assuming Charlton moves down to SDE next year and Ojemudia stays at WDE. Then, it seems like just Marshall backing up at WDE and a bunch of DE/DT hybrid types backing up Charlton at SDE (Wormley, Poggi, Godin, Strobel, etc.).
Charlton is backing up Beyer at SDE this year.
The depth at WDE appears to be Ojemudia, then Marshall, then someone else (Furbush?) for 2015.
I was thinking Furbush too, but he came in as our slimmest LB so I'm starting to change my tune on that one.
Weren't you (among others) the one that said Charlton is not an SDE when I suggested they move him over from WDE?
Roy Manning is a recruiting asset. I hope he remains on the staff for quite some time.
For understatement of the week. You do know you are on the internet....right?
Agreed. Was going to make the same comment. I know we love Mattison for his swag but for a lot of these kids seeing someone closer to their age and who grew up in similar circumstances probably is going to help them build an early bond a lot easier. I wish we could get our DL coach back from Oklahoma but we at least made some lemonaid of our lemons.
Any idea how many QBs were at the event deWeaver was at? Being the 4th best doesn't tell much unless we know how many their were. Being 4th best out of 5 isn't as cool as being 4th best out of 25.
How many and which ones. For the same reasons you said.
Sure, but since it was the Rivals250 Underclassman Challenge, it's probably safe to assume that all of them were good. But yes, if there were 50 QBs there, but only 3 of them were 4-star caliber guys, then the quantity isn't all that important.
And I am still confused
“They said I was number one on their boards, so I feel like if they did take someone it would be my loss rather than theirs,” he stated.
someone lower on the list may commit, so he'd be losing his chance while Michigan has other guys on the list that they must like or they wouldn't have offered.
Yes, it doesn't exactly follow, logically. If he is out #1 (and we aren't his) then it would be more of our loss.
However, I think I know what he meant. He should have added "but even" after the comma. He could also be implying that we are the only school that has him as their #1, so it would be his loss to choose a school where he might be option #2 or #3, for example.
A less optimistic reading - but my best guess - is that he meant "their loss rather than mine." But that obviously could be wrong. My conclusion was to not make much of this line.
this interpretation makes the most sense.
Garning all type of accolades this spring/summer from different camps. Sure hope M can land him with many suitors seeking him...his recuritment should be quite interesting.
MSU would not continue to recruit Weber! A cass Tech kid who's family is reportedly extremely close to Blackwell.
It depends on their other needs and how many scholarship they have left to fill those. They already have a very good RB in this class and they took 2 RBs and a FB in 2014. That lends itself to both MSU not needing Weber and to Weber not being too psyched about MSU.
Do you think Dantonio and MSU are in a position to turn down a highly rated recruit from Cass Tech, a traditional UM pipeline school? The MSU coaches have worked extremely hard to get a foot in the door at CT. Even with Scott commited they are not recruiting very well as their class is ranked 44th and is filled with projects. Dantonio would never concede a highly ranked recruit to UM, it's very personal with him. The Blackwell hire was in no small part due to his connections to the Weber family. No way MSU turns down Weber! The commitment of Scott may have an impact on Weber's decision making but not the other way around.