2015 Quarterbacks: The Overview
Kevin Dillman (L) and Kyle Kearns (R)
The most pressing question regarding the 2015 class is which quarterback Michigan will offer next; our own Brandon Brown posted a detailed overview of the candidates on Sunday, and since we had a lot of content over the weekend I'd like to highlight it again. Here's the upshot, though you're strongly encouraged to check out the whole thing:
As the high schools seasons near and pass the midway point, evaluations are beginning to take shape and I heard Sam Webb say that he expects an offer or offers to be dealt within the next month or two to a 2015 quarterback prospect. I believe it will be to someone on this list and I’d rank these prospects as follows:
I think Dillman should be priority #1 based on his film. He’s a gamer and has a toughness and a quality about him you like to see at the quarterback position.
We've reached something of an MGoConsensus in wanting Dillman to get the next offer.
There's a lot of local support for Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone, and while he doesn't appear to be in line for the next offer or two right now, he'll get a chance to prove himself in front of the coaches, per Scout's Allen Trieu ($):
"Coach Borges said I'm definitely on their radar and that I'm having a great year. He wants to see me throw live, so I think they're going to try to come to the Catholic League Championship Game on October 26th since it's their bye week."
Malzone was at Saturday's game and said he "loved the visit." If offered, he's probably a lock to commit. With Michigan's very limited 2015 class size, they'll take only one quarterback in the cycle—with Malzone in their backyard, the coaches can wait to offer him while evaluating all of their potential options and guaging their interest.
Rivals released an unordered list of the top ten "out of state steals" for the 2014 class, and the obvious choice is obvious:
DB Jabrill Peppers, Paramus (N.J.) Paramus Catholic
Peppers is the type of player that can fill that Charles Woodson/Patrick Peterson role for Michigan. It was very impressive that the Wolverines' staff was able to go out to the East Coast, away from their traditional recruiting grounds, and grab one of the top players in the country. In addition to his abilities on the field, Peppers' character and leadership attributes are something that coach Brady Hoke and company really like.
Damon Webb also makes the list; if you feel sad about that at all, look up.
Speaking of Peppers, he's at #3 in the latest 2014 Top247. Michigan's commits all stayed in essentially the same place; you can see the full rundown at Touch The Banner.
[Hit THE JUMP for the latest Wolverine commit to get an All-American invite and a roundup of the top statistical performances from last weekend.]
Commit Stat Roundup: Harris, Crawford Star Again
Damien Harris hitting the open field, a common sight this year (photo via)
You'll never believe this, but Damien Harris playing against a winless team is a receipe for ... actually, a pretty normal Damien Harris stat line:
On offense, junior tailback Damien Harris had another big game, rushing 28 times for 274 yards and four touchdowns.
Once again, however, Harris was outdone by 2015 CB commit Shaun Crawford, who did a little bit of everything for St. Edward in a 41-14 win over Cardinal Mooney:
Crawford had seven carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns, intercepted a pass on defense and returned a punt 51 yards to set up another score. But his 73-yard sprint through the Mooney defense set the tone for another big night for the Eagles, who had 483 yards of total offense.
That 73-yard TD run came on the first play from scrimmage; that'll help a guy average 26 yards per carry.
While his numbers weren't as stellar, 2014 QB Wilton Speight gets credit for finding the bright side after a 24-14 loss to Woodberry Forest:
Speight, an explosive passer who has committed to the University of Michigan, completed 28 of 68 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. While he might have earned more yards in the air than Stone, he struggled throughout the afternoon as the Tigers kept up an intense pressure that frequently forced him to throw early and that caught him in the backfield for three sacks.
Maintaining all four limbs is always a positive.
Moe Ways hauled in three catches for 49 yards and scored on a 19-yard run; Tim Sullivan came away impressed with another aspect of his play in a 63-6 victory for Country Day ($):
He showed solid route running, good hands, and perhaps most importantly, no frustration when the ball didn't head his way. He was not just a capable blocker, but went the extra mile to take pride in his blocking in the run game. He has developed physically and should be a devastating player on the edge at the college level.
Bryan Mone recorded two TFLs among his six solo tackles in a losing effort for Highland. While his team suffered a loss, Mone earned a major individual accolade, receiving an invitation to the Under Armour All-American Game.
George Campbell caught just one pass for 14 yards, comprising half of East Lake's receptions in a 51-13 win over Seminole; despite his team sticking to the ground offensively, he still managed to make a major impact, returning a kickoff 61 yards for a touchdown.
I can't find stats for Noah Furbush, but a YouTube user uploaded a few videos of him making big plays in Kenton's 52-16 triumph over Wapakoneta, including him reading play-action and coming away with a sack:
There are also clips of a nice TFL after chasing down the play from the backside and a hit on the quarterback to ensure he couldn't recover a bad snap.
Michael Ferns sat out St. Clairsville's victory this weekend with a shoulder injury; you can see highlights of his first six games of the season on Hudl.
2015 Northville OL David Moorman has been on the radar as a potential offer recipient; for now, the coaches are waiting on the current offered linemen, per Trieu ($):
"Michigan stopped by last week Monday and Tuesday was Michigan State. I know Michigan is only taking two offensive linemen, so that's tough, but they have said that if anything happens with the guys they've offered, I'm one of the next to get offered.["]
The latest 1st and 17 is an emotional one as Da'Shawn Hand and his Woodbridge teammates deal with the loss of one of their own.