"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Let this serve as your regular reminder that breathlessly hanging onto every word in a recruit's twitter feed is a terrible way to live.
In more relevant news on current commits, I'll be attending the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Southfield on Wednesday and Thursday, which features a lengthy list of Michigan commits and targets. Shane Morris, Khalid Hill, David Dawson, Csont'e York, and Jourdan Lewis are the commits expected to attend, as is uncommitted CA DE Joe Mathis. There will also be the usual Cass Tech contingent as well as top 2014 in-state DE target Malik McDowell. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to write up this week, as I'm taking a vacation starting Friday morning and the camp runs all day, but I'll be updating on Twitter frequently.
Rivals released their 2013 rankings for the state of Michigan, and the Wolverines unsurprisingly dominate, taking four of the top five spots. Morris tops the list, followed by Notre Dame commit Steve Elmer, Lewis, Dawson, and Wyatt Shallman. York comes in at #8, one spot behind MSU commit Jon Reschke, and Hill sits at #23. Hill's placement strikes me as unusually low, especially since he comes in three spots behind a fellow tight end from Howell whose only offers are from Air Force, Bowling Green, and Western Michigan.
Kendall Fuller Update, Lists, and Visits
Fox Sports/Scout reporter Kristen Kenney caught up with five-star MD CB Kendall Fuller to get the latest on his recruitment in the following video, which strangely is stuck behind a paywall despite having embedding enabled:
Fuller mentions Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Michigan as the four schools making the strongest push for him. He's got current or former teammates at all four: Stefon Diggs at Maryland, his older brothers at VT, Dorian O'Daniel at Clemson, and Blake Countess at Michigan. According to Fuller, a decision could come before the season if he's 100% sure of the school he'd like to attend. Fuller's fellow Good Counsel defensive back, Kirk Garner, also has the Wolverines in his top six.
Tremendous dropped off an intriguing tidbit in their notes column as FL CB Leon McQuay III says he's trying to set up a visit to Ann Arbor with teammate WR Alvin Bailey for some time in the next couple weeks. Getting Bailey on campus would be big, and in my opinion the prospect of McQuay making multiple visits in a matter of weeks is even bigger. Click through on the link to see Bailey's outstanding high-top fade in action.
Several prospects are narrowing down their lists as the season approaches. CA ATH Darren Carrington, one of Michigan's most recent offers, told 247's Clint Brewster that the Wolverines "in the top couple schools" that he's considering ($). Carrington appears to be waiting on some potential big-time offers, but also says that he'll try to camp at Michigan and plans to use one of his officials to see Ann Arbor. CA ATH Elijah Qualls, who Michigan is recruiting as a DT, has the Wolverines in his top seven ($). VA DE Wyatt Teller has his eye on four schools($): Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, and Notre Dame, though the two in-state schools appear to have a distinct edge.
Quickly: CA WR Sebastian Larue earned a USC offer this week, and he tells Rivals's Adam Gorney that he's spending the next few days pondering an early commitment ($). If he drops this weekend, it won't be to Michigan. GBW initially reported this week that Michigan offered OH ATH Caleb Day, but that report has been refuted by Rivals and later retracted by GBW. Happy trails to OH WR Kevin Gladney, who committed to Nebraska.
Brief 2014 Updates
...are very brief this week.
Tremendous gets a visit reaction from IN LB Brandon Lee, who checked out campus on Friday and enjoyed the trip.
Five-star AL ATH Bo Scarbrough will visit Ann Arbor later this month ($, info in header). Scarbrough is being recruited by all of the major powers, and while it's a tall task to get a recruit from Tuscaloosa, getting him on campus is a good start.
2013 commit Kyle Bosch has a younger brother in the class of 2015 who just picked up his first offer($) from Illinois. His name? Brennan Bosch. That won't get confusing at all for the Tigers fans among us.
It's nice to see that he's getting himself back into shape after that shoulder injury. I'm pretty sure he knows where he fits best in college, and that's at tackle. If he wants to play TE for Core 6, I don't see an issue with that.
Fuller didn't sound like as big of a VT lean in that convo. when well "blondy" (don't know who she is) asked about VTs defence, he seemed to skirt around trying not to offend, but didn't sound like he liked the fit.
looks. She has a pretty decent resume, and was also a D1 athlete at Miami (YTM). She will also be representing Fox at the London olympics. I thought the interview was better than most recruiting interviews. I wouldn't mind seeing more football coverage from her.
Fuller is supposedly 5-11. Kenney is supposedly 5-4. Not sure what's going on here, but she sure looks quite a bit more than 7 inches shorter than he is. She should go to the Doug Karsch school of making-yourself-look-very-tall-during-interviews.
Everyone says he is an Alabama lock (lean at least), but I haven't seen that from him any where. You never really know, maybe he WANTS to get out of T-town, amybe he doesn't gel with the coaches (who have probably been recruiting him for 2 years already). Plenty of recruits have done stranger things.
If he wants to see M on his own dime, I would consider his interest very legit and we have just as good a shot as anyone else.
I know everyone dismisses this kid because of how excited he gets about each place he visits, but, for a California guy, he is sure making an effort to camp in Michigan. Isn't this his second camp in Michigan... and he was going to do another recently, but couldn't because of summer school or something?
It's good to hear that LTT is getting in shape. I think he took the undersized thing to heart and really tried to bulk up, now he's realizing there is such a thing as bad weight, even for linemen. He made a..what... 40-50 pound jump in a couple of months? Never healthy
But seriously... I know there's blind optimism within every fan base, but the OSU talk of how they don't need to worry about 2013 LB recruiting any more because their 2014 LB class is going to make up for it... wow. 2014 NSD is like 600+ days away.
If Michigan wanted another Tight End they should offer Pete Cender, the tight end ranke ahead of Hill. He did really well at the best of midwest camp and was second team tight end for the army combine this year
To me, LTT showing he's willing to put in work to drop 15 lbs is more meaningful than what our commits do at camps, let alone who is watching said camps. But if you're worried about internet (over)reaction to things, I could see dismissing this tidbit of news.