Didn't Justin Hilliard just announce that he is making his decision known in early July now? Is there a perceived favorite among the 5 finalists?
Monday Recruitin' Goes For Two
Five-Star Planning Visit, Maybe Two?
2015 five-star CA CB Iman Marshall has mentioned Michigan as one of his planned official visit destinations. According to 247's Steve Lorenz, that's not the only visit to Ann Arbor in the works for the nation's #2 corner ($):
Yesterday, 247Sports National Analyst Ryan Bartow reported that Michigan is expected to receive an official visit from Long Beach (CA) Poly 2015 five-star cornerback Iman Marshall. Per his father, that will not be the only visit he will make to Ann Arbor as they are planning a late July visit.
"Yes, it's looking that way," the elder Marshall said. "It'll be a dead period between school and football after the Opening. That will be a perfect time for us to visit Ann Arbor."
Marshall is reportedly in frequent contact with freshman receiver Freddy Canteen; they worked out together during the offseason and struck up a friendship. It's obviously huge news that Marshall plans to pay his own way to visit campus next month.
In looking at Bartow's original report($) and a free Scout article on Marshall posted on Saturday, however, I'm a little skeptical the original planned official is set to go—when asked about which schools he plans to use officials on, he mentioned Florida State and Notre Dame, but not Michigan. That's not to say he doesn't plan on taking one, just that it isn't set in stone yet. Regardless, the planned July unofficial is a big deal.
The Latest On KLS
Five-star CA WDE Keisean Lucier-South released a top 11 over the weekend; as expected, Michigan made the cut. KLS told Lorenz that he talks to Michigan "almost every day," and he's already hearing the U-M recruiting pitch from their latest 2015 commit ($):
"I hear from Alex (Malzone) and Darrin (Kirkland) almost every day," he said. "Chris Clark got in touch with me only a couple hours after he committed. I hear from Garrett Taylor quite a bit too. I know most of their guys will be at the Opening, so I'm looking forward to meeting them in a few weeks. We'll also all be taking our official visit the week of the Penn State game, so I'll get to spend some time with them then as well."
Clark wasn't kidding about wanting to get a jump start on recruiting before The Opening.
While KLS has called Michigan his "dream school" at times in his recruitment, UCLA is thought to be the team to beat, and after a recent trip to that other school in Los Angeles, another in-state threat looms, per Rivals' Adam Gorney ($):
"I'm starting to like SC a lot," Lucier-South said. "I'm feeling the vibe. It's kind of like the old SC when Pete Carroll was there.
"I think coach Sark is doing a really good job with the program and I especially like the d-line coach, coach Wilson. He's a great guy and he used to coach in Georgia and do big things so I really like SC right now."
While KLS told Lorenz that U-M "will be in it the entire way," it won't be easy to pull him from his home state.
Other 2015 Updates: Michigan, ND "Neck And Neck" For Bilal
Four-star IN LB Asmar Bilal entered his weekend unofficial to Michigan with Notre Dame at the top of his list. Per 247's Steve Wiltfong, he left with Notre Dame in the same position, but with new company ($):
The decision-making process just got more difficult for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bilal, who would like to have his mind made up before the fall.
He says Michigan is neck and neck with the Irish moving forward.
“They’re both, I’m juggling with both right now,” Bilal said. “They both have a good academic program and good football program.
Bilal wants to make a decision before the fall, and he doesn't have any other visits scheduled right now, so this looks like a two-team battle, and U-M may have the momentum.
Michigan made a top group of six schools for four-star TX WR AD Miller, but they've got work to do to land an eventual commitment, per Rivals' Jason Howell ($):
"I'm favoring Miami, Arizona State, Cal, Michigan, Ohio State, and Illinois, and I'm leaning towards those schools because they all give me an opportunity to play early, they all have great coaching staffs, and I get along with all the coaches, and I feel like all the academic standards are at a high level," Miller said. "They're good programs."
Three of those programs have begun to separate from the others.
"Yeah schools starting to take that lead are probably Miami, Illinois, and Cal," Miller said.
Yes, I also did a double-take at "Illinois".
Per TomVH, four-star Washington (DC) Gonzaga athlete Marcus Lewis, a Florida commit, plans to visit Michigan next month. He's listed in various places as a wideout, corner, and safety—I assume U-M would want him at corner to replace Shaun Crawford.
2016 Updates: Leads Don't Always Last
The last recruiting roundup contained the encouraging news that blue-chip 2016 OH OT Liam Eichenberg named Michigan as his leader after camping in Ann Arbor. That lead turned out to be short-lived:
2016 OT Liam Eichenberg just told ISD that after camping at #notredame yesterday, the Irish are his new leader. The reason? Harry Hiestand.
— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) June 22, 2014
Hiestand is ND's O-line coach, FWIW.
Per Steve Lorenz, Michigan is set to host a four-star receiver whose name I'm just gonna copy-and-paste, if you don't mind:
Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett 2016 four-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe has set a visit date to see Michigan, he tells me.
"I am planning on visiting on the 24th of June right now," he said. "I will be visiting with my brother and mother."
Imatorbhebhe received an offer back in May.
247 updated their 2016 rankings. Tackle commit Erik Swenson moved up two spots to #231, while Messiah deWeaver climbed five spots to #238.
Happy trails to the nation's #1 overall 2016 recruit, TX OT Greg Little, who committed to Texas A&M.
Seems to be OSU at this point, maybe ND. Michigan is very unlikely.
I'll take a stab at pronouncing the Georgia kid's name: "I'm a tore bay bay"
today USC announced that they're offering 4 year scholarships. iman marshall called that a "game changer" for his recruitment.
B1G is "against" oversigning anyways - I don't see why they don't adopt this policy conference-wide.
n'western does it.
Do you mean football or across the entire Atheltic Department? Most if not all of the B1G football programs already provide 4 year scholarships.
is accurate. Didn't know it was this many teams:
Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Northwestern have confirmed to ESPN.com that they have also awarded four-year grants to recruits. Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana are still offering the one-year, renewable scholarship.
I thought when KLS mentioned the old SC, he was talking about John McKay and Anthony Davis, not Pete Carroll.
As I recall, Bo seemed to have a good relationship with Coach Robinson.
I know most of their guys will be at the Opening, so I'm looking forward to meeting them in a few weeks.
This has to be a help to recruiting. Let's hope those guys do a great sell job. The other thing I think will be big is when he comes to campus and Peppers talks to him.
sure it could not hurt, nor would those commits performing very well and standing out among elite peers. unfortunately none of it likely matters as much as UM improving drastically on the field this fall. id love to see truly elite DL prospects heading to AA as much as anyone but it will be tough sell as expected if the current DL simply plays to expectations this fall and team turns in another questionable season. hopefully they really surprise everyone though and get it done on the field so they can pick up momentum on recruiting trail rather than lose it
Compare Michigan's recruiting for 2015 with Michigan State's. Compare us to Arizona who some people are talking about. There has been no drop off in recruiting.
It takes time for young players to develop. Luckily the young men Michigan is talking to understand this. If Michigan isn't any better in the next couple of years it may be a problem but there are no signs it's true now.
as an acceptable replacement for Crawford in this class. If we get him on campus, who knows?
Even more impressive that our ranking is that high considering one of our 8 commits is a kicker.
AD Miller's got game. If you haven't seen his tape yet, check it out.
Iman Marshall wanting to visit maybe even on his own dime is big because it shows true interest in coming to michigan. On another note the fact that marcus lewis and marshal are both planning to visit shows that the coaches arent wasting any time to replace shaun crawford. even though shaun was a decent player but they are going after the top players in the country at the position and not settling.
Eh, we don't want a Little OT anyway.
. . . this is one of those ironic last names, isn't it?
Roddy white being black, bud black being white, and aj green not being an environmentalist
Or a fuckin tree, for that matter.
So we already have a Messiah and possibly a Belial. We need a Solomon or Moses up in here.
Wouldn't having Messiah and Lucier on the same team create chemistry problems?
Just put two big chairs in the chemistry classroom, rather than one. Chemistry problem: solved!
Boy, we could really use a pass rushing WDE. I haven't heard any other names besides Cornell and KLS. I know Cornell is not in the mix anymore. Is UM hanging their hat on KLS? I know they have a shot, but it seems like a tough pull out of CA with UCLA and USC both really high on him too. Are any other DE names out there that have any interest? Hopefully Marshall can RS this year since we have plenty of bodies for 2014 at DE.