Thanks Tom for the update. Do you have a quick list of who we are in good position with, in your mind? Just curious.
TVH Weekly: Vince Biegel, Allen Gant, and More
This past weekend saw a few visitors on campus including LB Vince Biegel, DT Sheldon Day, and TE Devin Funchess. Visit reactions were minimal as they usually are this early in the process. This was the start of many, many visit weekends for Michigan though, so here's a look at some reactions, future visits, and other notes.
6'3", 210 lbs.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Biegel and his father got a chance to take in Ann Arbor for the first time this weekend and it made a impression on the two.
We got there Friday, got to see the facilities and meet Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison. It was a good visit. We went over schemes with Coach Mattison, and he was showing us Ravens film. He showed me where I would fit in and where he thought I could play at linebacker.
Vince has a top three of Wisconsin, Michigan, and BYU. This visit helped Michigan's case... to a certain extent.
Wisconsin is probably still ahead of Michigan, but I will say that Michigan is definitely in my top three. I really liked Michigan and one thing that stood out was Coach Hoke. He's just a really good guy and a down to earth guy. I'm not really a big facility guy either but I was pretty impressed with Michigan's facilities.
He and his father both said they enjoyed the visit and had fun catching up with Coach Mattison, who recruited the elder Biegel out of high school as well. Vince's plan now is to visit BYU and take in a few spring practices. He said he will likely make it to a Michigan practice and then make his decision. I do think it will be hard to take over Wisconsin's spot at the top.
6'1", 182 lbs
The Michigan legacy was on campus on Thursday hoping to get an offer, but unfortunately came away empty handed. Gant wasn't offered but the coaches did tell him how they feel.
We basically talked about coming back up there for a junior day, so I'll be back up there on [March] 26th. I'm most likely going to their camp too. They were just telling me that they're really interested and that they see me playing at safety for them.
Gant took in the visit with his father, Tony, who played under Bo Schembechler in 1982.
[My dad] enjoyed himself and he thinks Michigan will be back the way it used to be. We got to talk to Coach Mallory, Mattison, and Hoke about everything. I feel a lot more comfortable now that I got to sit down and talk with all of them.
The Wolverines are making ground with Gant but still want to see him perform in person before extending the offer. He'll likely have to wait until his camp performance to hear anything new.
6'3", 290 lbs
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Boehm received an offer from Michigan this past week, which was followed shortly by offers from Auburn and Stanford. The offensive lineman-slash-wrestler was excited about all the new attention.
I just won a state wrestling championship and I was offered by Michigan, Auburn, and Stanford on Sunday so things are going well. I definitely want to get up to Ann Arbor for a visit, I've heard it's beautiful. I just need to talk to my dad about when we can take it.
Boehm's dad also happens to be his football coach which is probably the cause of some of Evan's success. No timeline or top list has been set yet and Boehm plans on taking some time to make his decision.
March 19th Visitors:
Here's the names that I have confirmed so far that will be in Ann Arbor this coming weekend.
Ohio OL Kyle Dodson (6'6", 315 lbs): Michigan is making up lots of ground with Dodson. He says that the history and the coaches have him excited.
Mass LB Camren Williams (6'2", 215 lbs): Making his decision in June so this visit will be big for Michigan.
Mass ATH Armani Reeves (5'11", 185 lbs): Teammate of Camren Williams, very excited about the visit.
Michigan LB Royce Jenkins-Stone (6'2", 215 lbs): This is good for Michigan to get Royce back on campus. He's seen his recruitment take off offer-wise and Michigan needs to solidify their position.
Ohio DE Pharaoh Brown (6'6", 220 lbs): It will be good to get Brown on campus this early. He could end up being a key prospect down the road.
Maybe Ohio TE AJ Williams (6'6", 260 lbs): Williams was trying to make it in this past weekend but couldn't. He's now trying to reschedule for the 19th, but doesn't have anything set in stone yet.
- Illinois OL Dan Voltz will be making his final decision tomorrow [Tuesday]. Since he didn't end up visiting, I'm sure you can draw your own conclusion from there.
ARGH Tom why are you always so cryptic?!? Do you think Dan Voltz is leaning toward Michigan?
for both the optimists and pessimists among us, with the resulting waiting for proof that one camp was correct.
Part of the "Freedom of Response Act" of 2011.
I'm guessing Voltz will be a ND commit. A good start to another top class for a team that continues to have sub-par results. Hmmmmmm...........
I completely agree. I can't understand how ND manages to pull top-name recruits when they really haven't performed to expectations (despite OMGBRIANKELLY!) and after that kid just died. I mean sure, it was an accident, but you'd think that would still leave a stain on the program.
Surprised Gant has not been offered yet. I thought the RR group were high on him as a recruit and since he is a legacy with ties to Bo ... I like how he is sticking with Michigan and will come back for Junior Days.
EDIT: IIRC Gant was a watch list recruit and a big time recruit in OH - that is why I am surprised (since 100+ offers have been handed out already)
He's not in the Rivals 250 to watch. And his offer list isn't extremely impressive yet. Other than Stanford and WVU, it's pretty ho-hum. And even those two schools are pretty ho-hum. For the most part, Michigan is only offering elite athletes at this point. Offers will trickle down at some point.
Is it because Gant lacks the elite speed that some of the more higly recruited safety prospects have?
Also that news about Dan Voltz sucks, but luckily there are more OL prospects out there that we can turn our attention to.
Let me put it this way:
If he weren't the son of a former Michigan player, I don't think Michigan fans would be that interested in him.
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Another great post Tom. Hey are you going to provide updates during the spring practice this year also?
Is that the consensus?
That's my gut feeling.
Any news to go with Sheldon Days experience?
I don't know if Tom has any more to add yet, but he supposedly thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I have a feeling that Michigan might be hard to beat for Day right now.
Man i was really hoping for voltz, but a kyle dodson will ease my pain
Common knowledge he is going to Wisconsin
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