in town for free camps
You'd be excused if you missed four-star NC DL Darian Roseboro's commitment post as Friday's content avalanche swept posts off the front page at an alarming rate; if you're among that number, click here for the full post. Scout's Michael Clark caught up with Roseboro's coach in the wake of the commitment:
According to the Lincolnton coach, Roseboro’s relationship with [Roy] Manning played pivotal role in his commitment.
”I feel like coach Manning really connected with Darian,” Cloninger said. “Darian felt very comfortable with him. And I know Darian and his family went up there a few times, and they all felt very comfortable and enjoyed the coaching staff. If anything, coach Manning was the connector for Michigan and that was a big part of it.”
Manning has been Michigan's best recruiter on the road, and on this staff that's quite the accomplishment.
While U-M isn't going to compete for a team recruiting "title" due to the small size of the class, they're now second in star average behind only Alabama on the 247 Composite. Only two of the 11 commits aren't composite four-stars, and one of those is a kicker; the 2015 class may not have a lot of quantity, but it sure has quality.
I'll have a lot more on a one Michigan commit and several current and potential targets in the grand return of Future Blue Originals, as I was at Wayne State—along with our helpful right-hand man Dave, who handled camera duties—to take in Southfield/OLSM and Cass Tech/Oak Park. Scouting and video will be up on those games tomorrow.
247's Steve Lorenz posted a comprehensive, free roundup of Michigan's commit stats from last week, which makes my life a whole lot easier. The standout is Brian Cole, who you can see doing hilarious things to Saginaw Arthur Hill in the above video. Cole carried the ball 11 times for 91 yards and a long touchdown after fielding a low snap at punter (yes, he punts), caught three passes for 71 yards and a TD, and brought back an interception to the house to account for all three TDs in a 24-6 Heritage victory.
Mike Weber rushed for 142 yards and three TDs on 22 carries for Cass Tech, breaking a 70-yarder up the gut with impressive burst to open the scoring for the Technicians. Again, much more on his performance coming tomorrow.
Alex Malzone connected on 20 of 34 passes for 363 yards and four TDs in Brother Rice's season opener against... Brother Rice (Chicago). The top defensive standouts among U-M commits were Darrin Kirkland Jr., who had 17 tackles, four TFLs, a fumble recovery, and a pick, and Roseboro, who added 100 yards rushing and two TDs to his ten-tackle effort on the other side of the ball (highlights here). Hit the link above for the rest of the commit stats.
[Hit THE JUMP for a hopefully irrelevant update on Chris Clark, a quick overview of last weekend's visitors, and more.]
In the waning moments of Michigan's win over Appalachian State, I noticed a tweet from TE commit Chris Clark go across my feed. While Clark later deleted it, the internet doesn't miss much:
— Kyle Bogenschutz (@KyleBogie) August 30, 2014
Taking official visits to Not Michigan would obviously throw Clark's commitment status into question, so we'll see if anything develops here. Just the day before he was tweeting about winning championships at Michigan with Roseboro, so there's a good chance nothing comes of this. However you decide to react to this news, please don't express that reaction to Clark.
The Wolverine's Brandon Brown compiled a list of the recruits who made it to Saturday's game. Some notable visitors from a relatively light recruiting weekend:
A bit more on Hamler; he told Lorenz after his visit that he's got a strong bond with Devin Funchess:
"I've known Devin my whole life," he said. "I've been training with him since I was eight years old because I've always tried to train with the older guys to make myself better. I look at him as a big brother. He's always giving me tips and helping me out and I have a lot of love for him. I think his success at Michigan will mean something to me (in his recruitment). I love to see someone that I've known for a long time do well at a big school. We haven't talked specifically about his experience at Michigan, but I'm sure we will at some point."
Hamler hadn't played a varsity snap until last week; despite that, he already holds early offers from Michigan State, Cincinnati, and Toledo after an excellent summer on the camp circuit.
2015 four-star IN LB Asmar Bilal expects to take official visits to both Michigan and Notre Dame before deciding between the two, per 247's Steve Wiltfong ($):
The Irish and Wolverines have been at the top of the U.S. Army All-American’s list for months.
“Exactly, I think I’m going to try and make officials to both of the colleges and see how it goes,” Bilal said shortly after helping Ben Davis roll past Avon 57-27.
Bilal hasn't pinned down dates yet; he's "not sure" if he'll be at the game on Saturday.
Five-star 2016 OH OT Liam Eichenberg told Wiltfong that Michigan is discussing early playing time with him:
Michigan was another school that really impressed Eichenberg when he visited.
“I love Michigan a lot,” he said. “It’s pretty much like Ignatius.
“I know I can probably play early at Michigan. I’ve heard coaches tell me that. It will just come down to my family, how far they want to go stuff like that.”
Michigan is in an early top three for Eichenberg alongside Notre Dame and Ohio State.
I'm never not.
lets hope that we are just builidng up Eichenburg... cause if we are really going to be starting another young tackle I would consider that a problem..
but what do I know?
when USC was at its peak in the 00's they were unafraid to play freshmen if they were the best option, and they played a lot of them. I have to assume that's the message being conveyed.
doesn't usually mean as a true freshman. Braden will be a RS SR his freshman year. So will Magnuson and Kalis. Multiple spots are likely to be open when 2016 recruits are RS freshmen. That's an ideal situation for them.
KLS? Havent seen much lately
If there's relevant news on KLS, I will post it. With football season starting, recruiting news tends to slow down for a little bit.
Right now he's in the same spot he's been in for a long time. UCLA and Michigan are getting the most buzz, he'll visit officially for the PSU game, and he's also got officials set up to Oregon and Oklahoma.
Word is O Lu plays Corona Centennial Saturday at noon.
Peoples-Jones lacks an offer? A 6'1 soph with good speed and UM legacy from a local school seems like a very good candidate.
2017 is an eternity, but Ross has an offer so clearly the coaches are willing.
He's one game into his sophomore season. I bet he'll get an offer. I also bet the coaches would like to look at a few of their 2017 WR options before throwing that offer out there.
a 7th grader. Uh oh, that might give Saban ideas.
The point is fair, although it's odd to see Ross with the "offered" tag for 2017 - maybe he is just that much better than the other LB options.
doesn't mean all coaches should start offering HS freshmen.
The biggest development this week isn't even discussed. When you click on the Hudl page for Roseboro, you can also click on the highlights for a guy named Zoauntarious Brunt. Apparently class of 2014, which means UM passed up a guy who would have given us the definitive lead for Best Names In College Football.
name of Zoroaster. Does some magical things on the field.
I heard somewhere Holyfield's kid scored 7 TDs in his HS game this past week. Dont know the level of competition but it is in georgia so I assume it has to be pretty solid. I dont hear much about UM and Holyfield but I do believe he was here for the BBQ?
I think he named a top three of Michigan, Ohio, and Louisville. Michigan is high on the list of several top 2016 RBs so it could be a first come first serve situation.
that's better than Al Bundy's game his senior year.