It sure would be nice to get Harris back into the mix. I did see a picture of him on Twitter next to Oscar Meyer. Made me want to cringe.
Thursday Recruitin' Was Born A Linebacker
Damien Harris Visiting, U-M Still Leader
Next weekend's Michigan State game will double as a de facto Junior Day for the football team, and 247's Steve Lorenz confirmed a big-time visitor will be in attendance—one-time Michigan commit Damien Harris:
It will be Harris's first unofficial visit to Michigan since the Notre Dame game last fall, making it his first appearance since stepping back from his early commitment to the Wolverines. His mother has publicly stated that Michigan is still the top school for her son and that he just wants to re-evaluate his options.
Harris took an unofficial to Ohio State—his first visit anywhere in months—for the Michigan game and tweeted out some support for the home team. His coach, however, said U-M is still the team to beat:
Harris' high school coach at Madison Southern (Ky.), Jon Clark, told Rivals.com earlier this week that the Wolverines are still No. 1 on the list for the top running back in the class of 2015.
"Michigan is still his top school, but he wants to make sure," Clark told the site. "He's open to looking."
While Harris is still picking up offers—Auburn, Miami (YTM), and Wisconsin all entered the post-decommitment fray—this looks to be a classic Michigan-OSU battle with the Wolverines, at least for now, holding the edge.
[Hit THE JUMP for a rundown of new offers, weekend visitors, and more.]
Yup, More Offers
Brandon covered Michigan's three latest 2015 offers since the last roundup. They include VA WDE Clelin Ferrell, the #75 overall player on the 247 Composite...
Ferrell told me that he will definitely visit Michigan sometime in June but he has not set a date yet. He also says that he hopes Michigan stays aggressive while recruiting him in order to stay in the mix until the end of his recruitment.
...Texas speedster Ronald Jones II, a running back ranked #168 overall...
I’d call my interest right now medium or steady. I’m trying to learn a lot more about the program, I know about Denard Robinson and how he was on the cover of NCAA. I remember Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, Chad Henne, and that team. I know they got a lot of history. I know about Desmond Howard being on ESPN on Saturday’s. I actually know a lot about Michigan but it is far away and it might be an issue getting up there for like a junior day or a visit or something like that.
...and three-star IN LB Josh Barajas:
It’s a big decision so I think I’m going to wait a while before committing of course. I want to get a taste and a feel for a lot of colleges to make sure I really like the one I choose. I definitely think that Michigan will be in the mix throughout though.
Of the three, Barajas seems most likely to end up committing, while Ferrell and Jones look to be longshots, especially the latter. Much more on all three prospects can be found at the links.
While MSU serves as Junior Day, Sunday's Wisconsin game will be used as an "Underclassmen Day" with several visitors from the 2016 and (gulp) 2017 classes. Brandon has the full list, which he's updating as word comes in from prospective visitors. Big 2016 names confirmed for this weekend include commit Erik Swenson, OH QB Messiah DeWeaver, and OH DE Prince Sammons. Oh, and this:
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) February 12, 2014
When your name is TUF BORLAND, the linebacker distinction is downright redundant.
MnB's Eric Rutter interviews top 2015 tackle target Sterling Jenkins.
Offered 2016 FL DE Joseph Jackson, whose recruitment seems on the verge of blowing up, told Steve Lorenz that Michigan's offer was one he hoped to get ($):
"Michigan has always been one of those two or three schools that I really liked growing up," he said. "I am hoping that I will be able to come up there sometime this spring or summer to see what they're all about."
Lorenz also notes on the 247 Michigan board that, with the departure of DBs coach Taver Johnson to Purdue, top-75 2015 DT Hjalte Froholdt's primary recruiter, defensive coordinator, and position coach at Arkansas have all left since his commitment. Froholdt chose Arkansas over Michigan back in December; we'll see if all the staff changes will make him reconsider—the Wolverines are certainly still pursuing him.
SBNation released their All-Name Team for the 2015 class. Equanimeous St. Brown is a quite deserving headliner, though this is a personal favorite:
[NC OL] Emanuel McGirt is a top-flight name regardless of position, a combination of Biblical and Ol' Dirty Bastard. The name demands that he be nicknamed "Dirt," and yet, can someone named Emanuel really be nicknamed "Dirt"?
he was pretty adamant about it and argued with OSU fans saying things like 'real teams run power' and saying flat up he didn't want to play in a spread offense because that didn't fit his style. I guess he's changed his mind some on that.
Hoke's commitment policy doing its work. Looks good all the way around.
Man, glad we won the other night.
I always understood Borges did little recruiting, and yet his departure seemed to be the trigger that caused Harris to decommit. Were they really that tight, or was this more of a "wow, that offense was a train wreck this year, I need to think about this some more" situation? If it was really about Borges, how did that relationship develop, he just happened to go recruit the kid?
and I think Harris's coach used to work under Borges and spoke very highly of him. I think that's where the bond came from to start. It sounds like they actually were quite close despite tales of how little Borges recruits.
Yeah, he was a staffer at Auburn when Borges was there.
Harris is showing some proper respect to Borges by stepping back and reconsidering, but I do think he will wind up at Michigan.
The season took its toll
Is Tuf Borland related to the Borland at Wisconsin?
One of the best sitcoms ever.
Good question. Tuf's dad played at Wisconsin, but there's no relation (that I know of) to recent Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Chris is from Ohio, and Tuf is from Illinois.
But Devin Garner just posted on his Instagram that he was working out on an assisted treadmill and that it was his first time running in 3 months. Clearly this was more than just turf toe.
Broken foot suffered in the OSU game. Played through it but that will lay you up for a while.
those were some big holes he was running through. Not a crack on him, a compliment to the OL, and, well, you know...
So we're going after the Messiah, Prince, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and STERRRRLIIIING JENKIIIINS?
another "Ro Jo"
Lets hope this one works out better for Michigan.
Many buckeye honks think Ohio is now the leader after Harris' visit, which is laughable of course.
of the blue hair contingent of the m fan base rooting for a qb named messiah deweaver.
And when he announces his commitment on the tellie, much like Peppers, he'll sing his answer.....to the tune of Raspberry Beret....
"I'll wear the maaaaaize and blue helmet,
the kind you find
at Bo Schembechler's store...."