The other day, Aquaman commented that Michigan fans should not assume Laquon Treadwell is in the bag. Rather, his recruitment will be a long, hard slog. Over at Eleven Warriors, they have an interview (LINK:) catching up with Laquon Treadwell. Here is how Laquon responded th their question about Michigan:
Some people say Michigan is the leader for you. Is that true and if not who is your leader or top schools right now?
That is not true about Michigan. I did like it up there but I have no favorites right now. I really liked all of the schools I visited already, but I still have a lot of schools to see before I narrow down my choices at all.
Of course, when you know you're talking to an Ohio blog, and are asked a leading question, it is easy to give the answer you know they want to hear. Regardless of where Treadwell ends up, it is clear that Michigan and Ohio will be duking it out for a number of recruits. We will win some (Kalis,) Ohio will win some (Dunn.) We will win others (Dymonte Thomas,) Ohio will win others (Armani Reeves.)
I'm absolutely thrilled that Michigan has done so well on the Offensive Line for both 2012 & 2013. The big uglies make a huge difference, and too often go unnoticed. But the recruiting battles are far from over, and getting in first or having a lead doesn't guarantee anything.
I will say, I really want to see Michigan stomp Ohio in head to head recruiting battles. Right now, I see the following as being critical direct competition for recruits:
- WR Laquon Treadwell
- WR Robert Foster
- RB Ty Isaac
- LB Ben Gedeon
- CB Kendall Fuller
- CB Vernon Hargreaves
- S Sua Cravens
- DE Joey Bosa
- DT Henry Poggi
If we get 4 - 5 of these guys, 2 - 3 go to Ohio, and 2 - 3 go elsewhere, that would be awesome, and would be what I'd consider a victory. Given Hoke & Mattison, and the offense we'll be running and the defense Mattison will be leading, I think that Isaac, Gedeon, Cravens, and Poggi would fit better at Michigan. But what do I know?
In the above list, while I would love all of them, I'd particularly like Gedeon, Cravens, Poggi, Isaac, and either of the two wide receivers. But it is clear that this is a battle, and neither Hoke nor Meyer will yield.