Do you think the offer to Dexter Williams signals anything about the staff's thoughts on Weber?
Thursday Recruitin' Makes Surprise Visit
T-Minus Six Days
As we reach the last week before Signing Day, Jim Harbaugh and Co. don't seem to be sleeping, and they're being sustained by meals eaten on in-home visits. (Sorry, guys, but Bryan Mone is already on the roster.) Steve Lorenz published a free rundown of everything that happened just in the last 24 hours, and it was necessary.
I'll start with the latest round of offers. Michigan went after a trio of committed running backs, and while two—Texas Tech pledge Corey Dauphine and future Arizona Wildcat Orlando Bradford—politely declined to take official visits, Wisconsin commit Titus Booker will be on campus this weekend. Booker is one of the few prospects whose 40 time contains no FAKEs; he ran a 10.68 100-meter dash to finish second in the state of Illinois last year. He's a solid all-around athlete, as well—the Badgers recruited him as a cornerback.
Michigan also convinced two committed receivers to take officials this weekend. Four-star TN WR Van Jefferson received interest from the previous staff, and while he's an Ole Miss commit now, the Wolverines aren't as unlikely of a choice as one might expect from a recruit with his profile—Jefferson is a Detroit native who didn't leave the area until his junior year, per Lorenz. The coaches also offered CA WR Deontay Burnett, a Washington State commit. Given what he told Rivals' Adam Gorney, Burnett may be harder to convince to flip than Jefferson ($):
It could be tough to pull Burnett away from Washington State especially since he likes the pass-happy offense so much and that he's been committed for months. The three-star sees a lot of opportunities in Pullman so a late push even by Michigan might not be enough.
"I love the offense there," Burnett said. "As a receiver it's pretty attractive that their offense throws the ball a lot."
Finally, M also offered three-star AL CB Keith Washington, who committed to Cal just four days ago. I haven't seen any indication regarding whether he'll visit.
[Hit THE JUMP for news on Ty Wheatley Jr. Chris Clark, Iman Marshall, Mike Weber, and more.]
Other Visitors, Past And Future
L to R: Tim Drevno, Jay Harbaugh, Moe Ways, and Ty Wheatley Jr. [Fuller]
Tyrone Wheatley Jr. has been very quiet about his intentions with Michigan, so it was both surprising and not that he appeared on campus Tuesday for an official visit that lasted all the way until this morning. I can confirm that, from a distance, he appeared to be having a good time at the Nebraska game Tuesday night with player host Moe Ways. There should be a lot more optimism on this front now that Wheatley has made it to Ann Arbor.
Michigan will host three-star FL CB Jarius Adams for an official this weekend. Adams took an official to Rutgers, where he's currently committed, last weekend, and while he told NJ.com that "as of now" he plans to sign there, he also admitted that Michigan has long been a school he'd like to go to:
"I just wanted to check [Michigan] out since it was pretty much a dream school growing up," Adams said. "I just want to check out the stuff that I've never seen. That's pretty much it."
We'll see if that's enough to overcome his current commitment.
The coaches are still making the rounds for in-home visits, too. Michigan's top two remaining targets on the board, Chris Clark and Iman Marshall, both met with Harbaugh this week. Clark told TomVH he's still very much up in the air after officials to both Michigan and UCLA ($):
“I guess I’m just going to follow my heart and go where it wants me to be,” he said. “Either school would be a good decision, so that will give me peace with my decision. I can’t really tell you what it will take to sway me, but I have to decide soon.”
Marshall, who's expected by just about everyone to ultimately choose USC, cleared an important hurdle for a surprise commitment to Michigan, per Lorenz ($):
"The visit with Michigan went great," [Marshall's father] said. "It was very informative and enlightening. I do feel comfortable with them as a staff now. You can tell they're first class coaches, but more importantly they're first class men and fathers. I would have no issues sending my son to Michigan and attending that program because I know they have his best interest both on and off the field."
Marshall still has one more official visit left; he'll see Oregon this weekend.
Back In It With Weber?
I buried the lede a bit here, as arguably the biggest recruiting news this week is that Jim Harbaugh met with Cass Tech RB Mike Weber and his HS coach, Thomas Wilcher, on Wednesday, per GBW's Sam Webb ($). While Weber has stopped talking to reporters about his recruitment, both Webb and Lorenz are cautiously optimistic about Michigan's chances to pluck Weber away from Ohio State. A visit would be a very good sign; even if he doesn't take one, he's seen campus enough times that the bigger key was getting him face-to-face with the new coaching staff.
More Official Visit Reactions
GBW has a couple more reactions from last weekend's slew of official visits that didn't make it into Monday's roundup. Three-star DE Jake Pickard's dad told Webb that the visit got the best of his emotions ($):
Harbaugh laughed because he saw me walking on the sideline. He said, ‘what’s wrong Pickard?’ And I turned around and I had tears streaming down my eyes. He goes, ‘what’s wrong with you?’ I said, I just can’t believe that my son is going to have a chance to play on this field and maybe one day help Michigan win a championship. It’s a true story. You can’t make that (stuff) up.
Pickard held off on a commitment until he hosted Syracuse and Wisconsin—where he's committed, but looking around in the wake of Gary Andersen's departure—earlier this week for in-home visits; now we wait, though things certainly look promising.
Three-star CA TE Matt Snyder, a Nebraska commit, is weighing his options, per GBW's Josh Newkirk ($):
“I could see myself attending [Michigan],” Snyder admitted. “It’s just a matter of figuring it out and talking it over with my parents. And will talk with coach [Jim] Harbaugh again [Monday]. We’ll see, I’m interested.”
Snyder said he's like to get his decision over with "as soon as possible," so we should get word any day now.
Michigan did miss out on one visitor from last weekend: OH FB Reagan Williams reaffirmed his commitment to Stanford.
For those that missed yesterday's mailbag, 2016 four-star OH QB Messiah deWeaver decommitted from Michigan late Tuesday night. There's more on his prospective replacements in the mailbag. DeWeaver didn't indicate what prompted the decommitment—though it may have to do with Harbaugh's continued pursuit of other quarterbacks—or whether he'll consider Michigan down the road.
Michigan offered three-star CA ATH David Long, a CB/WR prospect whose offer sheet indicates he's due for a bump in the rankings. Long told Scout's Eric Rutter that he may see Michigan soon—and he may be accompanied by some highly ranked friends ($):
Now that Michigan has come forth with a scholarship offer, Long is looking at scheduling an official visit to Ann Arbor. Joining Long on his trip would be two other members of his passing league—four-star quarterback K.J. Costello and four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford.
“Actually I could potentially take a visit within the next month with another ’16 guy, Dylan Crawford,” says Long. “I’m really good friends with Dylan Crawford.”
Long says that both Crawford and Costello are “really big” on Michigan.
Finally, Michigan is running second for top-100 GA OT EJ Price:
This is the final TOP 10...in order!!!! pic.twitter.com/lCvAzDUBgp
— Ej Price (@Ej_Price77) January 27, 2015
As Lorenz notes, this is especially good news for Michigan given how much they've contacted Price compared to Auburn; Price has been to Auburn three times already, while he's yet to see Ann Arbor ($). That could put the Wolverines in position to jump to the top of his list.
Hard to say. They might just be offering top rated guys to see if there is any interest.
In the case of Williams it seems like he has basically shut down his recruitment and will sign with ND on NSD.
I would say there is not much to this offer unless he shows up on campus for an official visit.
I'd feel better about Weber if he didn't wear an Ohio shirt to school the day after meeting with Harbaugh...
Come on Costello, Crawford and Long! Bring all of Cali with you!
That is pretty much the closer in the sales process when your potential client cries tears of joy over what you are offering.
ABC - Always Be Crying
Crying is for closers.
I can't blame his dad for crying. Just imagining my own son playing for Jim Harbaugh would make me weep like a baby.
It might make some guys do that too.
Hell, I've stood on the field before and been misty eyed just imagining 110K+ in the stands. I can only imagine what it feels like to have your flesh and blood have that opportunity.
For a few hands of poker.
Is Long 2015?
It's about 365 days.
2016 Long is.
Truly. 366 days.
Exactly. 366 days.
It's an Int.
Via twitter it seemed that he was visiting Weber and Clark at the same time in two different time zones.... No doubt Harbaugh has created some worm hole that makes this possible.
I'd say you were onto something, if MI and CT were not in fact in the same timezone.
Hooray Eastern Standard Time!
This time of the year is way more exciting than it's been in a few years. Well probably since Hoke was trying to put together a close like Harbaugh. If the 2015 class doesn't get all these guys at the end, 2016 still looks like it will be a great recruiting class.
Has anyone (looking at you alum96) put together a spread of a player's starz & his commitment date vs his eventual grade at the end of his M career?
The comment above that signing day hasn't been this interesting in some time (who's the last big signing day pull for M - where no one was sure where he was going til the letter came thru the fax machine - Lamar Woodley?) made me start to ruminate that maybe so many early commiters is not the best possible way to go?!
Maybe this is just a fauty impression born from so many early commits during the Hoke years, and so few players meeting or exceeding expectations. By exceeding expectations I'm talking Mike Hart/Jeremy Gallon/Jake Ryan...
Does anyone share this impression? Should we encourage more players to take their time, so as not to end up with guys who wanted to commit early but then ended up with only offers from Vandy or Indiana or something? Seems one of the guys that was encouraged to take his time this year is in that boat? or do you just end up risking losing out on some good players that way?
Double post :-(
Tennessee added another recruit today (their 29th), a few days after telling Marques Ford that they wouldn't honor his months-old commitment because they found some dudes they like better. I wonder who gets booted next.
We should all take a moment to be grateful that we didn't hire Butch Jones.
Jesus Christ. Seems like every other day Tennessee gets a commitment. Plus they sign like 30 something kids each year Jones has been coach.
Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!
And yet kids keep signing there. But I'm happy the NCAA is keeping an eye out for the important stuff: coaches buying kids sandwiches and players signing autographs and then selling them.
Cool Story about Jake Pickards Dad. Hes a big boy and would be a nice signing for Michigan. Being in the conversation with top players like Marshall, Wheatley Jr, Weber, Clark and Smith is so exciting. Next Wednesday will be the funnest signing day since? Who knows, but CANT WAIT (Bart Scott Voice)
Or the worst signing day ever.....
class? With so much activity in this last week, I really don't a good idea how it will shape up. Seems like a bunch of names for a few spots. Has anyone put odds on how it will close out?
I really like what I see in his highlights. Obviously hard to judge speed from HS film, but he has deceptive speed as judged by the bad angles the defenders take, and as importantly, has very smooth changes of gear to avoid tackles, as well as good strength to stay upright. I'd love to see him at UM. Reminds me of Tony Boles more than any UM back since... well, Tony Boles. Long smooth strides that make him faster than he looks.
So, this was from an LSU fan, but how many grains of salt should I apply to a comment saying Marshall's recruitment is down to a 3 way race: USC, LSU and FSU? Is Michigan even in it?
No grains of salt, and I'd actually throw some pepper on the table instead just to spite this lsu fan.
All the grains.
I think this "LSU fan" is Les Miles like:
Marshall has lots of family in Louisiana. Other than that I have no clue.
Any word on whether Doug Karsch & Co. will have an NSD special live stream this year? IIRC, last year it went from around 7:00 to 9:30 AM. Was pretty interesting watching the tally of FAX'd LOI's as they came in. Interesting coach perspectives on the commits, once they were officially in the books. Only drawback, Dave Brandon showed up for a bit.
Hypothetical: if we can only get one of Marshall, Weber, Wheatley Jr., Clark who's the one that makes the biggest splash?
If they play up to expectations I'd say Marshall. Nothing like a shut down corner to take away 1/3rd of the field.
Considering we have Lewis on the other side and Peppers at S and a SR at the other S and Blake as a nickel that would be a sick secondary if Marshall is ready to play as a frosh.
And Lewis, Peppers, Marshall would be here of course 2016 as well.
We already have a stud TE in Butt... Wheatley would probably RS as a DE (or as a TE) as we have Butt and Khalid Hill, and Clark would get on the field but again its not like we are lacking a TE. We are lacking a corner to oppose Lewis if Peppers is on the move (I consider Blake a nickel)
Weber - again we have backs, in theory Green, Drake, and Isaac would all be ahead of him this year.
...his Oregon visit for this weekend (according to Baumgartner: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/01/iman_marshall_cancels_oregon_v.html )
I can see the case for Marshall or Clark as "bigger splashes," and they play key positions (esp. Clark for what Harbaugh wants to do on offense). But to me, getting Weber back to UM would be an important first punch in Urban/OSU's nose from Harbaugh. Messages sent:
* The best players in Michigan go to Michigan, dammit.
* It sucked losing Damon Webb to OSU -- getting Weber back says we aren't going to let Meyer maintain a recruiting beachhead at one of our most important feeder programs. We're keeping the best Michigan players, and we're coming after the best players in Ohio.
I think it's important to score an early victory on the recruiting trail against Meyer, and this is Harbaugh's best chance to do it in the short timeframe he has for the 2015 class, since the kid had already committed to us earlier. (Not to mention, beyond the Green/Smith/Isaac/Johnson quartet, our RB cupboard needs stocking, and Weber looks like a special talent.)
Is a prudent move by the staff. I'm a big fan of Mike Weber but Williams looks pretty legit too. Harbaugh. 'Nuff said.