Update 4/7: Video on FL OL Torrian Wilson. Articles on SC RB Marcus Lattimore, MD LB Josh Furman, GA RB Mack Brown, PA CB Cullen Christian, MI QB Devin Gardner, MN OL Seantrel Henderson, CA RB Brennan Clay, TX RB Stephen Hopkins, OH S LaTwan Anderson, FL S Marvin Robinson (more), FL OL Torrian Wilson (more($)), FL DE Delvin Jones, FL WR Chris Dunkley, SC QB Cornelius Jones, PA DT Sharif Floyd, FL RB Corvin Lamb($), FL DE Lynden Trail. Moved TX RB Stephen Hopkins to committed.
Removed NC OL Robert Crisp(NC State), MI LB Austin Gray(Iowa).
Added MD LB Troy Gloster($), MD WR Adrian Coxson($), FL CB Travis Williams($), TX QB Jeremy Johnson($), FL WR OJ Ross, CA LB Tony Jefferson($).
As always, some links from Varsity Blue.
Editorial Opinion: Recruiting board lives here.
Gentlemen exiting the board, or at least probably exiting the board soon:
- Michigan isn't in SC DE Brandon Willis' top five. He's bumped down to red and one confirming article away from the boot.
- NC OL Robert Crisp committed to NC State.
- I've left MI LB Austin Gray on the board in case Michigan offers down the road, but he committed to Iowa.
- USC, Oregon, and Florida lead($) for FL DE Delvin Jones. Michigan has no special connection here and he's likely to get dropped soon.
- Michigan isn't in GA RB Mack Brown's early top four.
Spring Game Payoff Part II
Part I was, of course, the commitment of TX RB Stephen Hopkins.
Part II: FL OL Torrian Wilson goes to Miami Northwestern. Northwestern is probably the most iconic feeder school in the country, shoving player after player into the clutches of the 'Canes, and the acting assumption is anyone from there with a Miami offer ends up at Miami. But Wilson was interested enough in Michigan to make the cross-country trip to the spring game. After it, he dropped a bomb of a quote:
"Michigan is number one – they're my top school."
"No, just Michigan."
You can tell by the header on their article that he told Rivals the same thing($). Hello?
Maybe. An eager Michigan fan ran over to SoFlaFootball.com to ask resident guru Luke Stampini, and Stampini echoed the conventional wisdom:
I just don't see that one happening. I think Torrian is Miami's. Crazier things have happened in recruiting though. … Torrian's text on his visit to Michigan "It was exciting. I had a lot of fun with the coaches and players."
We'll see if Wilson's interest holds up. Wilson already has a Miami offer, so the proclaimed Michigan lead isn't a ploy to get another school's interest up. In cases like this you can often tell how genuine the interest is within a couple weeks. Sometimes after the buzz of the trip wears off things return to an ante bellum state; sometimes the reconfiguration sticks. If Wilson's still listing Michigan first in a couple weeks they're the legitimate favorite.
Here's some AMP video on Wilson; his parents are pushing for the 'Canes:
Also note that Wilson is teammates with FL RB Corvin Lamb, a tiny speedster with a Michigan offer. Lamb says Michigan's in his top two($); the prospect of both guys coming up can't hurt.
Spring Game Payoff Part III
I'll admit some nervousness when FL S Marvin Robinson's commitment didn't go public during a visit last fall. A series of articles in which he claimed no leader from a leading group of four followed, and so forth and so on. If you're also in this camp, the aftermath of his spring game visit should reassure:
“It was wonderful,” Robinson said. “Basically I liked the whole thing. I liked the fans, I talked to different recruits and the coaches, and I talked to the players on the team. Everything was wonderful.” …
“Michigan right now is definitely my leader,” Robinson said. “After Michigan are Georgia and Alabama. Tennessee is next, then South Florida. I might decide during the spring. I could commit to Michigan in the next couple weeks.”
Nervousness dispelled. Expect Robinson to move into the committed category soon.
Half-make up your mind or something
CA RB Brennan Clay has made it clear he wants to stay on the West Coast in every interview he's given to non-Michigan sources, listing Michigan towards the trail end of an ordered top five and almost committing to Oregon and all that jazz. But this quote was gathered by a national recruiting sort:
"We are trying to figure everything out economically right now, but I'm really hoping I can make it there [to the spring game]," he said. "Michigan, it's been there from the get-go and it is in my top five. They are definitely going to have a fair shot at me, and I'll be able to visit out there sooner or later." …
"I'm open to going anywhere — West Coast, East Coast," he said. "It really isn't important. I just want to find a coach that will be real with me, on and off the field. That's what's important with this whole thing."
Clay did not make it out for Saturday's festivities, but that's a positive. If Clay makes it out Michigan and Forcier, his high school teammate, will have a chance to work their magic.
SC QB Cornelius Jones still maintains Michigan is his leader, though it might not be for quarterback exclusively:
ATH Cornelius Jones (6-2 185) may be headed to the Big Ten for his college football career. "Michigan is probably my top school." … he plans to visit Michigan this summer. He is being recruited as an athlete.
Michigan tossed Jones an offer, or at least waggled its eyebrows strongly in the direction of one, before his junior season and have retained a place of prominence in his recruiting since. If he's coming in as an athlete he could end up almost anywhere: receiver, quarterback, defensive back.
Meanwhile, Michigan's been the heavy leader for PA CB Cullen Christian for a while now. Christian's just put a number on it:
Christian likes the Wolverines so much he says there’s now an “85-percent chance” he’ll end up at Ann Arbor. “Distance doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I’d actually kind of like to get away and become my own man.
“I really like that they are showing me the most love,” he said. “I want to go where I feel that I’m wanted and needed and I get that feeling from Michigan. Plus, I know the coaches would get me in good shape to go to the next level.”
Instructions for the reader: tent fingers, emit Burnsian "excellllllent."
Dhani The Second
MD LB Josh Furman has his eight offers about equal at the moment, but this Allen Wallace article doesn't talk about Michigan much. Furman's planning visits but this did not happen, AFAIK:
“I really like both positions but I think I prefer running back,” he said. “I love having the ball in my hands and feel like I’m explosive enough to do a lot with it.”
In addition to going to the West Virginia practice next week, Furman also hopes to visit Michigan for their spring game. “They came out of the blue and offered me,” he said. “I hadn’t gotten any mail from them or anything and didn’t think they even knew who I was until they offered.”
He says the Wolverines want him on defense, as do both North Carolina and LSU.
I assume Furman will make it up sometime this summer. Furman's dad played for Maryland, FWIW.
Son of a…
I thought we were going to get one recruiting cycle without having to waste time on from Glenville that keeps listing Michigan even though he'd rather eat a landmine than actually sign with M, but OH S LaTwan Anderson's rumored destination has come to fruition: it's Ted Ginn Cash Money Academy.
Etc.: Michigan makes FL DE Lynden Trail's top ten; wouldn't get too excited about that. PA DE Kyle Baublitz seems like a big recruit; here's an article of the fluff variety.