bravo....i was thinking the same thing
Tuesday Recruitin' Shuts It Down
Starting With The Good...
It'll take, at most, four plays for you to yell "DO WANT."
2015 TN ILB Joshua McMillon visited Michigan back in April, and it apparently made quite the impression on him. McMillon told GBW's Josh Newkirk that the Wolverines "stand very high on the charts" in large part because of their focus on academics ($):
“They separate themselves from everybody else because they set their [academics] standards so high,” McMillon said. “So they actually expect their student-athletes to actually be students first instead of athlete-student. I love that about them. They make sure they get their work. They base their schedule around their major instead of around their athletics. Even though they are on athletic scholarship, they make sure they get an education.”
McMillon is planning a return trip to Ann Arbor with both his parents in tow—only his father was able to accompany him on the previous visit—and he spoke very highly about his rapport with the coaches, especially Greg Mattison (who, surprise!, busted out the Ray Lewis comparison). U-M is firmly in McMillon's top five as he nears an August decision, and they could very well be on top already while waiting for the all-important Mom Stamp of Approval. They've already got one from McMillon's dad, per 247's Steve Lorenz ($).
It's been a while since we've heard a major update on NY TE/DE Tyrone Wheatley Jr., and after Chris Clark's commitment there was concern it'd negatively affect Michigan's chances to land the son of the great U-M running back. Not so, says the younger Wheatley himself, per Sam Webb ($):
Many observers wonder if Clark’s presence in the Wolverines’ recruiting class will adversely affect their standing in Wheatley’s eyes.
“No,” he replied swiftly. “I actually know Clark. I’ve been talking to him for a while. He actually contacted me a while back. We’ve just been talking about the recruiting process and different schools. He had a lot of big schools as well.”
Wheatley named Michigan to his top five alongside Alabama, USC, UCLA, and Miami (YTM), and he plans to take official visits to all five schools.
The Wolverines are poised to make the top five for another top target, five-star CA WDE Keisean Lucier-South, per Tim Sullivan ($):
"Right now, I don't know who'll be in the top five yet, I'm still figuring it out. [UCLA and Michigan] probably," he admitted with a chuckle. "I think they're going to be in there. I know the coaches, they're good to me, and they're always talking to me, so they're probably going to be in that list. All the other schools are still talking to me too, so it's going to be really hard to see what my top five is going to be."
KLS will see Ann Arbor for the first time when he takes an official visit for the Penn State game, which should be a huge recruiting event.
Three-star FL WR/TE Auden Tate, whose ranking belies an excellent offer sheet, checks in at 6'4", 200 pounds and Michigan is recruiting him as a big wideout in the Devin Funchess mold. U-M's pitch that Tate could eventually replace Funchess looks to be working—he's planning a visit for this month's BBQ at the Big House, and Michigan is also in line to receive one of his officials despite an upcoming planned decision, per Scout's Amy Campbell ($):
Tate hopes to have his decision wrapped up in the next month, but he plans to take several officials this fall too.
“Florida State and Michigan will be official visits, I don’t know about the other three yet,” he said.
Florida State—the presumed team to beat—and Clemson should be the biggest competition here. Florida is also a factor.
...And Moving On To The Less Good
Three Midwest prospects who at one point or another have been top Michigan targets will their respective decisions tomorrow, and the outlook isn't good for U-M.
MN DL Jashon Cornell and OH LB Justin Hilliard are holding press conferences at the same time tomorrow morning (10 am ET), and it looks like Ohio State will be the ultimate destination for both of them. Michigan stopped pursuing Cornell recently after he bulked up to interior lineman size—U-M isn't taking a DT in this class—but Hilliard was their top target at outside linebacker, a position they've recruited heavily for 2015.
Michigan has a slightly better shot at landing IL WR Miles Boykin, but not by much—Notre Dame is the prohibitive favorite to get the commitment when Boykin announces on Twitter at an undetermined time tomorrow.
If a Hello post goes up tomorrow, it'll be written from scratch.
2015 Top247 Updated
247 updated their 2015 rankings, and they featured rises from Darrin Kirkland and Alex Malzone. Kirkland slotted just inside the top 200 after impressing on the camp trail:
Darrin Kirkland Jr. – Michigan is getting a good one in Kirkland. Checking in at No. 199 overall, Kirkland was arguably the top linebacker in attendance at the Ohio Nike Camp and he’ll be looking to raise his stock even more at The Opening.
While Malzone didn't quite get his fourth star on 247, he improved his standing and closed the gap between his ranking and that of Ohio State QB commit Joe Burrow:
Heading into the Elite 11 in Columbus, Michigan commit Alex Malzone was rated as 3-star with an 86 grade. Ohio State commit Joe Burrow was a four-star with a grade of 90. After watching them workout side by side at the event, we’ve moved the two to the same grade of 88. Burrow has more physical and athletic upside and we like we he does with his feet on film but after watching him throw in person for the first time, he’s still got some work to do in his consistency as a passer. Malzone on the other hand is a little bit undersized but has outstanding feet in the pocket and a really live arm. He doesn’t have the ceiling of Burrow but he’s the more college ready player right now.
That boosted Malzone's score enough to be a four-star, ranked #300 overall and #10 among pro-style quarterbacks, on the 247 Composite.
Michigan's other commits in the Top247:
- Garrett Taylor is the team's highest-ranked commit at #77 overall (#10 CB), up two spots from when he committed.
- 247 remains the least bullish on Chris Clark, also moving him up two spots to #189 (#5 TE).
- Grant Newsome held steady at #192 overall (#23 OT).
Sam Webb's latest at the Detroit News is a feature on 2016 Eastern Christian Academy OLB Dele' Harding, whose high opinion of U-M in the wake his recent offer hasn't changed. Harding's father said Dele' was "elated" upon receiving the offer, and Dele' himself said the presence of his two former high school teammates will be a factor when he considers U-M:
Said Harding: “I would probably say (Canteen and Watson being at Michigan) helps just for the simple fact that they are my coolest teammates and talk to me almost every day. So I would say it would probably be a plus.”
Harding has tentative plans to make a decision after his upcoming junior season. USC seems to be the main competition among schools that have offered, though Harding noted that he's not nearly as familiar with the new Trojan coaching staff as he was with the Kiffin regime. While it's still early, U-M looks to be in very good position for him.
Michigan offered 2016 TX S Brandon Jones, the top-ranked safety in the class, last Thursday, per Jones himself. As you'd expect, Jones has a very impressive offer sheet, and so far all 13 picks on the 247 Crystal Ball have him heading to Texas A&M.
After a recent visit and Michigan offer, four-star PA RB Miles Sanders has Michigan in his top three, per Sam Webb ($):
Miles Sanders: “Right now I have Penn State first and Michigan and Michigan State tied.”
Sanders has a Michigan connection, as he attends the same high school (Woodland Hills in Pittsburgh) that produced Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy, both of whom have talked to Sanders while stopping by their old school.
Michigan is one of six schools standing out for behemoth four-star guard Richard Merritt, per 247's Ross Martin:
"I don't have any favorites right now, " the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Washington D.C. product said. "but the schools that are standing out are Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech."
Offensive lineman highlights aren't always the most interesting watch, but you're gonna want to click play on the reel embedded above. Merritt is ranked as the #53 overall player and #2 guard in the early composite rankings.
Four-star NC RB Robert Washington told GBW's Josh Newkirk that Fred Jackson informed him an offer should come within the next week ($).
This has nothing to do with Michigan, in all likelihood, but it must be posted here. 2017 FL WR Emmanuel Greene already holds offers from Clemson and Miami, and this video gives you a pretty good idea why:
If this was the And1 tour, Greene would've just chucked the ball out of bounds after the third juke, and the entire camp would've ended at that moment. Life should be more like the And1 tour.
Dear #3 in the yellow jersey on the sidelines in the Emmanuel Greene video,
You are my spirit animal.
It'll take, at most, four plays for you to yell "DO WANT."
Nope, just took one.
I'm aware that the coaching staff isn't interested in taking a DT in this class. The first time I heard this was a few weeks ago with Cornell.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the staff was pursuing Hjalte Froholdt pretty heavily, at least, up until he committed to Arkansas. I know the class size is an issue, but why the change in direction between then and now? Do they just feel that good about the depth, now, with Henry being a pleasant surprise, Mone, and Pallante being a part of the '14 class, in addition to Pipkins, Poggi, et al, or is it a "We want Player X or no one?"
our coaches are probably comfortable with what we have now... and I don't think Cornell was coming here anyway.
If you want me to believe that we would turn down a five start DT (or at least someone our coaches see as an exceptional talent sans 'issues) in July I'm gonna need some time to buy that explanation...
There is nobody closer to the inner picture on U-M's recruiting than Sam Webb, and he said well over a month ago that the coaching staff had determined Cornell was destined to end up as an interior DL, which isn't a recruiting need.
If you've got evidence to counter that, go ahead and present it. Otherwise, I'm going to rely on Sam's extensive recruiting contacts with players and the UM staff rather than your opinion.
Jashon Cornell: 247 Composite 4-star, #3 WDE, #37 overall.
but shouldn't you always take top tier talent (outside of QB) no matter who else you already have?
I mean is there a team that couldn't use another high level talent at the DT position?
That said I think back to Westphal and I am sure some other examples, wherein our staff has been happy with what they have and not pursued beyond their needs...
ps. Don, I am being honest saying that it is taking some time to wrap my head around that conclusion. This doesn't mean I doubt any one else's word, rather I personally don't understand it but I am trying to because it is being presented (with a fair amount of validity) as reality.
He visited in October and I don't think another DT has been pursued since.
Tim Settle was offered in December. Du'Vonta Lampkin was offered in January. The coaches kept in touch with Terry Beckner, Jr., who I believe will also be a DT in college.
So the coaches have definitely been recruiting defensive tackles. Maybe they just don't think Cornell can make the move from a weakside end prospect to a DT.
I really like seeing quotes like the one from McMillon. He seems to fit the mold of many other UM recruits (great athlete but also values academics and an education). His recruitment seems to be trending very positive.
"Four-star NC RB Robert Washington told GBW's Josh Newkirk that Fred Jackson informed him an offer should come within the next week ($)."
Why do they do that? Why not just offer him once you realize that you want to? "I'm going to offer you sometime next month"
Sometimes it's because they're waiting for transcripts.
Nuss is out of town. Which it states right in the article.
He really cut the shit out of those kids in that video. If he does that regularly, Michigan should definitely watch him.
Doesn't even have us on the crystal ball list for McMillon. Would be a great pick up though!
Plans to have his decision wrapped up by the end of the month, but then will take OVs. Looks like a nice prospect, but if you're visiting other schools you aren't committed.
I am waiting for weekly updates about guys like Iman Marshall and Marcus Lewis. I want to hear all the good things they say about michigan because i wear maize goggles sometimes and want to believe athat everyone wants to go to michigan as much as i would love to go there.
aka Ace IKm looking at you to get on that and contact them to get their thoughts
Will be true Michigan men with a lot of others looking in at
a great University. Who is next looking in from the outside? Name a RB and WR. Sorry, it all works out for the best.
I saw that you, and a number of others, recently picked that Roseboro would be going to Michigan. Why the uptick in Michigan votes for Roseboro?
Sam Webb has been VERY bullish on Roseboro ending up in this class.
Just a guess but maybe a lot them were thinking he would pick UNC. Now that the academic investigation is being reopened they expect Michigan. My pure speculation.
time. It's not something new. Since North Carolina is another school he is considering and academics are very important to him and his family, I think this coming up again can only help Michigan.
official or not? After his last long visit went extremely well, if he scheduled another one for this summer, even if not announced yet, that would be a very good sign and get a lot crystal ball votes this way.
and Hilliard/Cornell pick osu. I feel poopy.
I expected it. If you want to be an elite team, you have to beat the best. I want to beat the best team OSU can put on the field.
It was expected and can't deny beating them is good for us when they're at their best. But to hear that your rival picked up two 5* recruits still makes me feel poopy. Can't help it.