what happened to joe mathis?
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Today's recruiting roundup covers last weekend's visitors, Laquon Treadwell's top three, and more.
Michigan's big recruiting weekend delivered as expected, with Cass Tech teammates David Dawson and Delano Hill becoming the 23rd and 24th members of the class of 2013. Dawson is very much a known commodity, Hill less so—Josh Helmholdt caught up to the latter to get some clarity on his future position ($):
"Their plans for me are I am going to start off playing corner," Hill said. "If I don't like playing corner, I can always go back to playing safety. I think I can play all positions in the secondary, so it doesn't matter to me."
Hill played safety in high school but has also displayed impressive cover skills on the camp circuit; at 6'1", he'd give Michigan a bigger corner to line up on the outside.
The Wolverines hosted a surprise visitor last weekend in IN OL Dan Samuelson, a Nebraska commit who recently received a Michigan offer, per Allen Trieu ($). While Samuelson played it coy about his interest in Michigan, a Scout article from last week indicates that he took a big step by making this visit ($) [emphasis mine]:
“I truly didn’t go and look for another offer though. [Michigan] came to me. There is very little interest from me to Michigan. I really don’t think that I will take a visit there. Nebraska said that they would view that as a decommitment. I don’t want to do that. I believe that is where that will stay.”
I doubt the situation changed from Nebraska's end in the span of a few days; it seems likely that Samuelson has given up his spot in their class to see Ann Arbor. And now, 247's Todd Worly reported today that Samuelson's situation could be resolved imminently ($):
Looks like the Wolverines have made an impression and Samuelson plans on having everything figured out by Monday evening.
"I'm going to start calling everyone around 5 (p.m. EST), after I talk to Nebraska and figure things out with them," Samuelson said.
With the recent rumblings that Michigan could take a sixth offensive lineman, plus the above chronology, well... stay tuned.
Michigan also made an impression on another visitor committed to a Big Ten school, linebacker recruit and Wisconsin pledge Marcus Ball. Ball told Todd Worly that Michigan is "a great place," though he's waiting to see who the Badgers hire to replace Bret Bielema before making any decisions about his status with the Badgers ($). For what it's worth, Dymonte Thomas—one of many Michigan commits taking his official visit last weekend—tells Sam Webb that he thinks Ball will make the switch ($):
“I just met [Ball] this weekend, but I think he is going to commit to Michigan too,” said Thomas. “I’m not 100% sure, but I think he really liked us. We’ll see what happens.”
Man, Bielema is going to flip out about that gentleman's agree-- oh, right.
[Hit THE JUMP for the latest on Laquon Treadwell and more.]
IL WR Laquon Treadwell visited Oklahoma over the weekend and left with a slightly smaller list of schools, per this free article from Josh Helmholdt:
With National Signing Day drawing closer, Treadwell has continued to pare his list. Michigan was listed in his top four in recent weeks, but Treadwell said the Wolverines have been eliminated and he is down to three schools. Oklahoma State remains in the mix and the Cowboys are set to receive his next official visit.
"Oklahoma State (will receive a visit) for sure, but that's about it," Treadwell said. "I think that is going to be Jan. 11th."
While it's certainly disappointing that Michigan won't land Treadwell, at least now we can finally move on from his recruitment...
— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) December 16, 2012
Patrick Kugler's North Allegheny squad captured their second state title in three years in convincing fashion, beating Coatesville 63-28. Kugler reportedly dominated despite playing with a torn labrum, which Scout's Brian Dohn says will require surgery after the Under Armour All-American game ($). Kugler should fully recover before arriving on campus in the fall.
CA OL Cameron Hunt, a Cal commit, is now hearing from Ohio State in addition to Michigan and considering an official visit to Columbus ($). This quote is destined for the pages of my upcoming book College Football Recruiting And The Malleability Of The Word 'Commitment':
"I don't know if [Cal is] my leader anymore. I'm just looking at every school. They're definitely not out of the competition. I do consider myself committed but I do feel like it's opened up a lot."
I'm committed to writing that book, but it currently trails "taking a nap and never writing a book" on my to-do list leaderboard. An official visit to my couch is planned for 3 pm.
2014 GA OL Orlando Brown Jr. named Michigan to his early top eight along with Oregon, South Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio State, Florida, and Georgia (in no particular order).
what happened to joe mathis?
Nothing. He is going to stay out west.
Michigan stopped recruiting him.
It seems like Treadwell has been building speed on deck for 4 months in preparation to jump off the USS Michigan [the gif is awesome].
Do you think Da'Mario was added when the coaches considered Treadwell a long shot?
Any rumblings of the staff chasing a new target since 50% of the top 25 are still uncommitted?
It's every bit as possible that Michigan moved in another direction from Treadwell, as Treadwell doing the same from Michigan. The only thing we have to go on is Treadwell's numerous interviews.
The one thing we all recall hearing was "Michigan not showing [Treadwell] as much attention" during the fall, and there could be a number of reasons for that development.
No rumblings of any new 2013 receivers. Another DB might give someone like Lewis or Stribling a chance to play offense. Otherwise, it looks like the coaches will just look for some elites in 2014.
elites boil down to a 9 names including Holmes, Malone, Lattimore and Scott. Harris to MSU is painful.
My Christmas list is Scott and Lattimore for 2014 - speed to complement 2012/13 size.
There are some rumors that Harris might open things up, so the battle for his services isn't quite over.
does Samuelson even have a committable offer from Michigan?
I have literally no idea what the plan is with Treadwell. I presume he is just stopping by because he wants to see the school one last time, maybe tell the coaches officially, but at this point I would believe anything with his recruitment.
If Treadwell indeed visits Michigan again, I doubt it's just to "officially" tell the coaches that he's not coming here. You can do that on the phone or through Facebook. Driving several hours (or flying) and spending a night or two in Ann Arbor would be kind of a waste of time just to break up with someone.
Yeah I don't see Treadwell pulling a David Boston...
I'd feel kinda guilty taking Samuelson away from Nebraska. He looks just like Herbie Husker's younger brother.