These posts are really all I look forward to nowadays.
Michigan's biggest official visit weekend, featuring nearly all of the 2014 commits plus running back target Vic Enwere, is now in the books, and it appears we can close the "Jabrill Peppers scares the bejeezus out of everybody" chapter. Peppers heard chants of his name at Crisler while cheering on the hoops squad, then tweeted out affirmation that he'll be in Ann Arbor next fall:
Ann Arbor it's been real, thanks for all the love, truly a memorable weekend! Team135 coming in with big plans! #GoBlizzyBlue
— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) December 15, 2013
“Jabrill said he is 100 percent solid. He and I had a conversation away from the rest of the group on Saturday,” [Wilton] Speight said. “He said all he was looking to do was have fun on a couple visits, but that he is not interested in playing anywhere besides Michigan.”
Speight also said that 2015 commit Shaun Crawford, who was also on campus, is in the same boat as Peppers and "isn't going anywhere"—Crawford had recently mentioned interest in visiting Ohio State, though he'd maintained throughout that he was 100% committed to Michigan.
[UPDATE: As I hit publish, TomVH drops an article in which Crawford reaffirms his Michigan pledge, saying "the only trip I’ll be making to Columbus is for the Columbus Touchdown banquet." Huzzah.]
Multiple crises averted? It sure looks that way.
[Hit THE JUMP for Vic Enwere's visit reaction, the latest on a couple underclassmen prospects, and more.]
The aforementioned Vic Enwere, three-star Texas running back and current Cal commit, came away from his Michigan official very impressed with the school and his potential classmates, per Steve Lorenz ($):
"I really enjoyed myself and had a great trip," Enwere said. "The guys who are already committed definitely made me feel like one of them and the atmosphere all weekend was amazing. I really liked what I saw out of Michigan."
Perhaps the best sign for Michigan is that Enwere said he's "pretty sure" that his only other official visit will be to Cal—he's never been to Berkeley despite being a Cal commit. Before the trip to Ann Arbor he'd considered taking additional officials to TCU and UCLA.
Enwere and Malik McDowell have emerged as the two primary targets for Michigan to round out the 2014 class, and the Wolverines look to be in good shape with both recruits; if I had to guess (oh, right, I can do that) I'd say both end up at Michigan, though with official visits left to go for both prospects that can always change.
It appears Michigan is continuing to expand their search for a second 2015 offensive lineman to join Jon Runyan Jr. in the class. Last Thursday's roundup included updates on Matthew Burrell and Grant Newsome; now consensus four-star PA OT Ryan Bates says Michigan is showing interest. Bates has Michigan among four schools standing out early, along with Notre Dame, Penn State, and South Carolina, per Scout's Brian Dohn ($). Penn State is considered the early favorite and they've already offered, as have the Gamecocks; the Wolverines and Irish could become serious contenders if they come through with an offer.
Elite 2016 NJ DT Rashan Gary is still very early in his recruiting process; he already holds a Michigan offer, however, and told Sam Webb that he's got a family connection to the Maize and Blue ($):
Michigan has always been a team I watched on Saturdays because I have family up there in Detroit. I have my mom’s side. There are some of her sisters and brothers up there. Everybody when I go up there is like all Michigan. So it’s a team that my family knows about and I know about. I just started paying attention to their games heavily though.
Gary has been in touch with Roy Manning—who stopped by his school last week—as well as fellow Jersey native Jabrill Peppers; he's looking to visit Ann Arbor for the first time, though a visit date isn't set yet.
Ohio State picked up a commitment from a high school freshman. As in the class of 2017. I was going to say something snarky about Urban Meyer being old when he's a senior but Meyer, despite being in the coaching business since 1985, is only 49 years old. DAMMIT.
Oh, and the Buckeyes also got a huge commitment from 2014 five-star LB Raekwon McMillian today. Televised commitments on NBCSN have really not been fun for Michigan fans.
These posts are really all I look forward to nowadays.
I'd like to see the weekly recruiting class rankings return as well - even though we're probably not #1, it's still interesting to monitor the rest of the conference.
I think these went away because the 247 Composite does essentially the same thing. Why do double work?
Between adding more football/basketball coverage, the fact that those spreadsheets took hours to update every Sunday (my one down day during football season, and even then we spend a couple hours recording the podcast), and the fact that 247 did the work for me, we decided the weekly recruiting rankings weren't worth the considerable time they take to put together. I'll probably do a Big Ten recruiting overview around/after Signing Day so we have something here; otherwise, 247 has it covered.
Fair enough. Thanks for the reply.
Its just a darn shame that those rankings couldn't include Notre Dame...it was such an interesting comparison.
The Hell with Notre Dame.
I was going to suggest the B1G recruiting recap idea before i saw you're already on top of it. It's easy enough to look at the numbers from 24/7 Composite, but a little more analysis would be much appreciated! Perhaps even a little blurb on the class from the mgoblog-counterpart website contributors for each respective team if they are willing, sort of like VEQ...
In case folks be wonderin' - the Touchdown Banquet is an annual awards dinner for top high school talent in Ohio held every February. FWIW (though I would imagine those who do not know may be, you know, wonderin')
I wonder if anyone know for certain if this is considered a recruiting violation. Or, are coaches welcome to "mingle" at these events?
Thanks for your wisdom!
during his UM career to KICK OHIO STATES ASS!
Am I the only one who doesn't know what blizzy blue is?
And Urban *eyer will just happen to bump into Crawford at the Touchdown Banquet.
he'll end up on his arse.
Since Danny Clark can't drive, did they give the Vette, er 350z, er Challenger, er Denali to his parents?
Yes, Ohio has been taking notes from the NCAA and its diligence pursuit of Auburn. Best to deal with the parents.
How about you don't be bitter over OSU signing an in-state kid who just watched OSU go 24-1 the last two seasons, and has lost to Michigan a total of 4 or 5 times in his life.
How about you don't get bent out of shape about an OSU joke on a Michigan blog?
It's just a bit cliche and over-used at this point, wouldn't you say? Especially about an in-state high school Freshman.
Now if this is a 5 star that Michigan and Ohio St. are battling for, I am all for the jabs. It just seems petty and insecure to take shots at this point.
I don't entirely disagree, but then it's not about bitterness, is it? It's about originality.
Regardless, it's rare that high school freshmen commit to our bitter football rival, so I don't think a joke about him being an under-age driver needing a non-motor vehicle is that overdone.
Does OSU picking up another commitment eliminate them from Lattimore and Smith or do they still have room for one (or both)?
Both. Raekwon has been semi expected so his spot has nothing to do with Smith or Shon. Plays a different position as well.
OSU scholies are like Biblical wine. They never seem to run out. Weren't they supposed to be down a few because of sanctions?
And Ferns, and the rest of the class as well. These are the type of people that make Michigan different. Our stellar athletes are great people, too.
I can't wait to have this young man on campus!
EDIT: Wonder what Coach Hoke's record is for flipping Cal commits while at SDSU? He had a reputation as a terrific recruiter while coaching the Aztecs.
Bummer to read about Raekwon McMillan. I was hoping he would stay in ESS EEE SEE Country.
Jon Runyan Jr.'s team high school team won the PA state championship for his group, so little Jon must be doing something right!
It will be interesting to see how PSU's recruiting handles the potential departure of O'Brien. He was basically the anti Kiffin; keeping then competitive during sanctions but probably not a long term solution.
I'm bored with the 2014 class. When will the 2015 class be complete? With how Hoke recruits, Dec., Jan. and Feb. get pretty boring.
If the 2015 class isn't filled by April, I think Dave Brandon should be fired.
T.J. Wheatley is one I am most keen on committing for the 2015 class.
I like Brian Cole a lot as well
I know it's unlikely, but it would be great if those two were signing day surprises for Michigan.
Good. Now let's DEVELOP the damn talent! No excuses in 2014.
Hopefully Peppers will end all speculations on other visits.
I be like dang.
than ever that we can and should beat up Urban Meyer and his 5 star crews. Look no further than EL (I know, I know). Every year Dantonio gets his 3 star mafia (and a couple 4 stars here and there) and beat OSU SOLIDLY. No tricks, no lucky plays, beat them plain and simple.
I hope Hoke and Co. can spend a bit more time developing all these higher ranked recruits (higher than Sparty, at least). Game planning around the team's strength and weakness, not just a scheme here and there, and beat OSU and Sparty consistently.
I don't understand all these comments about a lack of development. Who exactly isn't developing? What player(s) didn't improve from last year to this year, or from the beginning of 2013 until the end? I can think of a couple guys who stayed stagnant (Washington, who was injured; Thomas Gordon, who was decent but didn't improve), but I think you'll find that on every team.