In the top 100! What gives?
Thurday Recruitin' Feasts
After Jabrill Peppers announced his intention to take official visits, multiple outlets speculated that this brewing storm could very well blow over by the time Peppers has finished taking his official to Ann Arbor next weekend. According to Mike Farrell, that appears to be the case ($):
Paramus (N.J.) Paramus Catholic cornerback Jabrill Peppers made a huge splash last week when he tweeted that he was going to take official visits despite his commitment to Michigan. Now the word is that Peppers will take his official visit to Michigan on Dec. 13 with his mom and that will likely end the process. Alabama appeared to be the biggest threat to the Wolverines, but now I hear that most close to Peppers want him to stick to his word and play in Ann Arbor. Stanford was the only school everyone green lit and that apparently isn't going to happen this late. Michigan coaches will be on hand en force this Friday for Peppers' final game and then the following weekend I expect them to close things out on his official. Crisis averted barring a surprise.
Further corroboration comes from Peppers himself, who contemplated his future Michigan uniform number on Twitter yesterday:
— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) December 5, 2013
In this case, the (mis)use of "Big Blue" is completely forgiven. The important part is Peppers wanting to follow in Charles Woodson's footsteps.
THIS CALLS FOR A FEAST.
Coach Hoke had a nice feast with the Mone family last night for his in-home visit. pic.twitter.com/DaKu7m8S0q
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) December 4, 2013
Forks are for spread enthusiasts, anyway.
[Hit THE JUMP for the latest on Malik McDowell's top schools and visit plans, the 2014 running back situation, visit reactions from The Game, and more.]
Malik McDowell's Top 7, Visit Plans
Per Allen Trieu, Malik McDowell announced a top seven of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, and LSU yesterday. McDowell also received an in-home visit from Greg Mattison and Fred Jackson, who pitched the opportunity for immediate playing time, per Sam Webb ($):
“(Malik) is a key piece to what they want to do as far as having a pass rusher and him being that key piece,” said [Malik's father Greg] McDowell. “He is down to roughly close to 280. At the three-technique they want to put the kid from (the outside) last year (i.e. Chris Wormley) and move him to the middle… and then play Malik on the outside. They’re giving him that opportunity to compete for a starting position. They’re not talking about holding him back.”
The elder McDowell also passed along Malik's official visit plans: Alabama this weekend, Florida the next, with Florida State, Ohio State, and LSU also receiving visits; he doesn't need to use an official to see the two in-state schools, and he's already seen both several times. A decision won't come at the Army All-American Game, his original intention, but should come in January once he's done with his officials.
2014 Running Backs: Enwere Or Bust?
A second Michigan-related tidbit from that Mike Farrell column: four-star 2014 CO ATH Kalen Ballage will take his officials to Michigan State, Boise State, Nebraska, Washington and Arizona State, with the Spartans and Broncos considered to be his leaders. That leaves Michigan out of the picture.
However, that doesn't mean the Wolverines will necessarily strike out on running backs in this class. Three-star TX RB and Cal commit Vic Enwere will get an in-home visit from the coaches on Saturday, and he's already set up an official visit, per Tim Sullivan ($):
"I'm visiting Michigan December 13 on an official, and I'm probably going to go to Cal January 24," he added of his visit schedule. "I haven't been to Cal. This is going to be my first time going, but I've heard a lot about the school, there was enough for me to want to commit. I don't necessarily know what I'm looking for [on trips]. I want to see what the facilities look like, how the day-to-day lifestyle is there, climate, just what the players and students think of it, just the atmosphere."
It's very much worth noting that Enwere has yet to see the school he's currently committed to; he's still considering a handful of schools—including Mizzou, TCU, and UCLA—in addition to the two he's set to visit. He seems like a strong candidate to flip his commitment, and Michigan looks to be the top choice if he doesn't stick with Cal.
GBW has a litany of visit reactions from top 2015 prospects who attended The Game. A quick rundown:
- 2015 four-star OH LB Justin Hilliard said Michigan's commits were recruiting him "as much as the coaches," and the Wolverines will make the cut when he narrows his recruitment next month, per Sam Webb ($).
- 2015 in-state four-star ATH Brian Cole said Fred Jackson "is like family already," and maintained that he has no top school so far, per Webb ($). Michigan is recruiting him as a receiver while MSU is looking at him as a defensive back.
- 2015 four-star PA OT Sterling Jenkins said he "would have a home there and a family," if he committed to Michigan, though he also had very high praise for Ohio State's coaching staff in an interview with... you guessed it, Sam Webb ($).
- The only one of these prospects without an offer, 2015 IN LB Darrin Kirkland, left campus hoping that one comes soon after discussing his potential role with Coach Smith ($).
Commit Shaun Crawford was also at the Big House and told Steve Lorenz he's "100% committed to Michigan," despite recently receiving an offer from Ohio State ($). He's planning to be on campus next weekend, as well—a big weekend for visits from current commits as well as uncommitted targets.
The 2014 Rivals250 was updated this week. Jabrill Peppers remains at #2 overall; he's now the only Michigan commit in the top 100 after Drake Harris—who sat out the year with a hamstring injury—fell from #62 to #106. Touch The Banner has the full rundown; Mason Cole, Bryan Mone, and Michael Ferns all dropped a relatively small number of spots.
One of Michigan's first 2016 offers, GA TE Isaac Nauta, has Florida State at the top of his list, per Scout's Chad Simmons ($).
If you missed it, Brandon caught up with 2015 QB targets Zach Gentry and Jimmy Fitzgerald.
Hand commited to Roll Tide
Drake Harris dropped due to not playing
Malik McDowell isn't part of the class yet (if ever).
So could have had 4. Still a possibility for a 2nd. And Drake's drop looks worse than it probably is.
Rivals is really underrating Bryan Mone.
247composite has him at 81.
247sports - 53
Scout - 90
ESPN - 75
Rivals - 185
Mone will be a monster I have little doubt about it.
Yes. That guy is a stud. I couldn't care any less about rankings, and trust the coaches to evaluate the talent over those sites. That said, how they can be that far off the rest is beyond me. Especially if they bothered to watch his video -- which is like, their job . . .
Is not coming imo. He would've done it already.
Maybe, but guys so dither sometimes before committing. Dawson jumps to mind
Rivals also underrates most of our recruits, in my opinion. Not all of them, but Lawrence Marshall should be at least a top 250 guy if not 100 and there's no reason for Bunting, Canteen and Ways to be left off the 250. The only reason those guys don't catch tons of balls is if there just aren't enough balls to go around. Balls.
MSU has had 0 in the top 100 for many years and continue to kick our ass. lets worry about these kids developing.
Wrong.. go back to the 2009 classes up til now and they have several very talented players in the 150 thru the years.. They recruited better overall defense talent by far during the RR years, and we don't have much the way of upper classmen that were big time recruits playing right now on our defense either.. Countess is the only consensus 4 star across the board and he was all conference..
Top 100. Read.
You're being pretty rude to be so wrong:
2009 - Edwin Baker #57 in the nation
2009 - David Barrent #85 in the nation
2010 - Will Gholston #21 in the nation
And, just beyond the Top 100, they had a number of additional players...and that's looking back just a few years.
Wondering if Peppers hurt his legs stopping that fast when he cut right to elude tacklers.....THAT IS NOT NORMAL.
It's a pity we need him in the secondary (more speed back there please) because I'd love to see him carry the ball.
If memory serves, Woodson only played offense, on a very limited basis, during his last season, the magic year of 1997.
Anybody, did Woodson return punts before his last season?
Actually had slightly more carries and receptions in 1996 than 1997, but more yards doing each in 1997. And while his punt return average was low before hitting the big one against OSU, he did have a few decent returns (a long of 31 in the awful bowl vs. Bama). That he has done so well returning INTs as a pro (16.2 ypr, with 11 TDs) is interesting, since he averaged <1 yard per INT return his senior season and only 4.5ypr for his Michigan career.
Woodson played offense in 1996 too.
at the Mone's dinner table.
Like he's trying to stay at playing weight.
BTW, who is folical challenged man on the right?
Dang. I like Ballage. Hopefully he doesn't end up at state.
I was thinking the same thing.
Don't sleep on Boise State. They have turned out some pretty good running backs, and really stressed the running game this past year. Jay Ajayi had over 1,300 yards rushing, and freshman Aaron Baltazar was playing well before tearing his ACL.
That, and I sure as hell would rather be around Chris Petersen than Mark Dantonio (assuming Petersen doesn't end up at Washington next year).
has some turbulent times ahead. Less of a concern after yesterday now, but I hear what you're saying.
How do I get an invite to dinner at the Mone house?
One way is to become the headcoach of football at UM.
I shouldn't have looked at that picture right before dinner. That looks gooooooo-oooooood!!
Possibly of interest—Damien Harris named Gatorade's Kentucky Player of the Year—a nice honor as the Gatorade awards are based on more than just athletic achievement.
If Vic can make it here, he can make it Enwere.
+1 for i see what you did there
A worthy 3rd post of your mgoblog career.
Also I thought at one point we were leaders or near leaders for Ballage so I guess the period we "cooled on him" had him cool on us just the same.
Even if Wormley drops down to the 3-tech, where he'll be a part of a 4 player logjam of RS SO (gotta think Strobel would be locked in outside if it were the case), Michigan will have senior who is the returning starter, a RS Jr, who has been in heavy rotation for a year and a half, and a RS SO who apparently looked real good in fall camp.
95% chance he redshirts.
I doubt McDowell is scared of guys who have gone two years without seeing the field. Realistically if be between him, Heitzman and Beyer, and that's if Beyer can add the weight to be a 5-tech full time. Beyer must just as easily move back to SAM now that Gordon has graduated and there isn't another clear option after JMFR. That leaves Heitzman, McDowell and Godin/Strobel, both of whom haven't shown much at this point.
Enwere is going to look at Michigan in December and Cal a month later and he said he was looking at climate...
I don't know anybody that likes the cold.
I don't know about like the cold but 10 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners played their home games in outdoor stadiums in cold climates.
"Alabama appeared to be the biggest threat to the wolverines"= I pulled a rumor out of my ass with no evidence and you suckers ate it up. All the page clicks.
A wider shot of the dinner table at the Mone house seems like it would have looked something like this:
helpless laughter.. so glad i didn't see this at work
The Mone familiy can throw down at supper time.
haha. incredible post.
Hoke looks right at home in front of literally mounds of meat. Only way this photo would be better is if Hoke was captured mid-bite tearing into a giant turkey leg / lamb shank.
For the record it would be nice to see more national kids outside the midwest. Back in the good ole days we always had a fair amount of starters from places like TX, CA, FL, VA, etc. I know we've got a few kids sprinkled in here and there but I think we need more. I'm guessing we will have start seeing more on-field success before that trend happens. For now I'll take Green, Speight, Mone, Peppers, JBB, Campbell, Cole, and Harris because those are some great kids and this staff is doing great with recruiting. But, I wouldn't mind seeing those numbers double.
I live in DFW and OSU has rolled into the metroplex and scooped up a few elite recruits from this area the last two years and Urban is in on two of the top 2015 QBs from here as well.
I agree with you in that more athletes from better breeding grounds - South and West - would be good, let's not forget our greatest players came from nearby (Dez and Charles both came from Ohio)!
to offer Peppers the #2 jersey? Close the deal Coach Hoke!
I love the guy's enthusiasm, but, does anyone know if Hoke has ever changed his shirt? Man must have a closetful of those suckers. Makes sense.
And, yikes, only 1 player in the top 100. I know caveats apply, but, well, yikes. Hoke's recruiting has been his early strength & obviously Peppers was a ridiculous get, but we know what happens when recruiting starts to level off around here...
This is not a "weight joke," but, if eating sausage is what a head coach needs to do in order to get recruits, then I'm glad we've got Hoke.
And somewhere Borges cuts off another slice of Rum Ham.
Our final Rivals ranking will be anywhere from 17-25 I'd imagine. It's not going to be pretty. But they are the least appreciative of our class. 24/7 + ESPN should put us in the 8-15 range depending on McDowell, Enswere, and how our recruits perform in the all star games.
I was just going to post this. Was wondering why Michigan wasn't looking at him considering they have 2 of his teammates committed.
Because they are too committed to a bunch of kids who will/could change their committment at any giving moment.