Thursday Recruitin' Pays The Cab Driver In Full
Today's recruiting roundup has the latest on the Green/Treadwell/McQuay triumvirate, the status of Shane Morris, and much more.
Morris Done For The Year?
This isn't at all how Shane Morris expected to finish out his high school career—the Freep's Mick McCabe reports that Morris will miss this weekend's game with mono, and his coach doesn't expect him back for the rest of the season. If you doubt the kid's toughness, read this paragraph...
“He had a sore throat and took some medicine and took it easy at practice but didn’t feel any better," Verska said. “Friday morning, he had a blood test and found out right before the game he had mono. He said he wanted to play, and the doctor said it was OK, because it wasn’t in his spleen. And Mom and Dad said it was OK. He tried, but he ran out of gas in the second quarter.’’
...and then see where he ended up a couple days later:
Shane Morris sent me a text saying he is hospitalized for the night with mono, and they're not yet sure what will happen with his season.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 19, 2012
The biggest priority for Morris will be getting back on his feet and caught up in the classroom—no easy feat with mono—and I hope you'll join me in wishing him a swift recovery, because mono really, really sucks.
[Hit THE JUMP for upcoming official visit plans of McQuay, Green, and Treadwell, plus much more.]
Updates on Leon McQuay III, Derrick Green, and Laquon Treadwell? I know, you're shocked. It's like Michigan only has a couple spots remaining and a handful of prospects in the running or something.
McQuay has finalized official visits to Michigan (vs. Michigan State, Oct. 20) and Vanderbilt (vs. Florida, Oct. 13), and is also considering visits to USC and Oregon, according to the Tampa Bay Times. McQuay's father also revealed that his son's timeline could move up due to the scholarship situations at USC—the probable leader—and Michigan:
Leon Jr. said he and his son had talked about the younger McQuay announcing his college decision at the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in early January. Now, they aren't sure if they'll be able to hold out that long.
"USC and Michigan are pretty close to their (scholarship) limit," Leon Jr. said. "We're just letting it play out and trying not to make a bad decision. You don't want to commit to something if there's nothing to commit to."
While the Trojans have the edge in McQuay's recruitment, they may not have any room to take him—due to NCAA sanctions, USC had 18 scholarships to give out in the class, and currently sit at 18 commits, four of those defensive backs. Unless there's attrition, I don't see a spot for McQuay, which would leave an opening for Michigan, Vandy, and potentially Oregon and Florida State.
Green took his first official visit to Tennessee last weekend, and the Vols now appear to be a real player in his recruitment, via VolQuest.com ($):
Asked if the Vols would be in it until the end, he left no doubt in his answer.
"No question about it," Green said. "They have the coaching staff, the academics and the atmosphere. They have the offense I'm looking for and I really liked what I saw. They were getting the ball to their backs. They didn't get the W like they were hoping for but they battled to the end."
The good news for Michigan fans: Green only has one other official visit set, and that's for the Michigan-MSU game in Ann Arbor. Green was also the subject of a YouTube video produced by American Family Insurance in which we learn that he was nicknamed "Boomer" as a youth football lineman and he's coached by Patrick Kane (NTPK), with bonus OMG shirtless action:
Given Auburn's rough start to the season and Green's visit schedule, Michigan appears to be right in the thick of things to land the nation's top running back.
Treadwell, meanwhile, continues to set up official visits—he previously scheduled his first for Oklahoma, and has now added two more schools, according to Scout's Beth Long ($):
That leaves two remaining official visits for Treadwell to reach the max number of five. So which schools are competing for the last two visits?
I'll reiterate that Michigan fans shouldn't be concerned that the Wolverines aren't on that list, as Treadwell has already visited campus more than a half-dozen times and doesn't need to use an official on a school that's within driving distance—better to save travel costs on flights into Big 12/SEC country.
Jason Suchomel of OrangeBloods.com reports that another school has entered the mix($) for Treadwell: Texas, which first contacted him this week to gauge interest. It may be late in the game to generate serious interest—or at least to overtake Michigan—but with a school like Texas it's always worth monitoring. Also, here's your reminder that we're dealing with the perspective of high school kids [emphasis mine]:
"It's Texas. What's not to like about Texas? It's been a great program for a long time, since Vince Young was there," Treadwell said. "They're high in the ranks of great programs. That's kind of big on my mind. They usually don't recruit out of state out Texas, so that's big for me."
Ricky Williams would take offense, but he's too busy just staring at the sky, man, and really diggin' these Flamin' Hot Funyuns.
Speaking of Treadwell, Justin of Maize & Go Blue saw him in action last weekend and came away impressed with his seven-catch, 181-yard, two-touchdown performance (well, yeah):
For a high school senior, he has perfect size, good hands, and enough shiftiness to turn a crossing route into a 75-yard touchdown. I was skeptical prior to the game. After all, how good can this kid be? But I was impressed. I guess that’s why the kid has offers from nearly every school in the country.
Special teams action may not be in his future, however:
Treadwell also plays safety and kicker for the Warriors. At safety, he seemed to shy away from contact, and the one time he tried to make a big hit, he whiffed on the receiver who then ran untouched for an 84-yard touchdown. But that doesn’t take away from Treadwell’s receiving skills as he’s clearly a receiver first and foremost.
/GERG tries to recruit Treadwell to his team as a free safety before remembering he neither recruits nor has a team.
Tim Sullivan was on hand to see Cass Tech—quickly becoming the world's most heavily-scouted high school football team—last weekend, and he's got free highlights of Jourdan Lewis and 2015 RB prospect Mikey Weber. He also has a more extensive scouting report on the Technician prospects, including commit David Dawson, whose mean streak may have been too mean ($):
The run game was dominant on Friday, so it's no surprise that offensive lineman David Dawson had a good game. He drew a couple unnecessary roughness penalties, but in all honesty, they were quick-whistle calls that wouldn't be made in most high school games. He was simply blocking to and through the whistle. Dawson is still susceptible to stopping his feet and reaching for the defensive lineman, which can hinder his ability to block with power, but it didn't hurt him protecting the edges in this game. The rushing numbers speak for themselves in that aspect of the offense.
Dawson played a big part in 2014 RB Gary Hosey—now being recruited as a fullback by Michigan—rushing for 172 yards a two touchdowns.
Tremendous reports that 2014 IN WR Dominique Booth will visit for the Michigan State game. The Wolverines appear to have some ground to cover to catch up to schools like Iowa, MSU, and Cal, and according to Allen Trieu they may not have much time to do so ($) [emphasis mine]:
"I'm going to a lot of games. I want to make a decision at the end of the season, so I want to go to a lot of games this season. I'm going to Notre Dame this weekend and the weekend after that, I'm going [back] to Illinois."
Michigan has yet to offer Booth, though with reported interest from Alabama and Ohio State, he's of the caliber where you'd expect one down the road.
2015 KY RB Damien Harris is one of the top sophomore prospects in the country—he's already 5'11", 201 pounds, and has recorded 200+ yards rushing in each game he's played this season. 247's Steve Wiltfong has a free article on Harris that mentions a planned visit to Ann Arbor for the Michigan State game—big visit weekend, that—and states that the Wolverines may have impressed him the most over the summer. There's a long, long way to go, of course, but Michigan may have an early edge for one of 2015's best backs.
WolverineNation's Chantel Jennings details the pressure on high school prospects to put together a strong highlight reel from the first four games of their junior year in the hopes of earning offers ($). Many athletes—including 2013 commits Logan Tuley-Tillman and Kyle Bosch—go so far as to hire professionals to compile and edit their game film. Expect several more 2014 offers to go out in the coming weeks as the coaching staff begins to receive early-season highlight tapes from junior prospects.
Not Michigan-related, but GA S Vonn Bell has a very interesting way of narrowing down his list of top schools.