It seems that throughout the fall, the main factor, maybe even the only factor, holding back a Rawls offer was academics. This was even the case when D Hart was committed and Justice was set to play the slot.
But now, are grades REALLY the sole factor? Consider they we are down to maybe 5 scholarships. That leaves 5 spots for Bryant, WIllingham, Clark, Fisher, Barnett, Cooper, and Rawls.
This is not to say that all 7 will commit. But I think Rawls is near the bottom of the priority list. While I think he would be a very solid pickup, I wonder if Michigan simply will not have room for Rawls even if he qualifies. Conversely, something to watch is if Rawls is not offered this weekend, but delays his decision to wait and see what happens to other Michigan recruits. I wonder if adding Rawls would force us to not bring in one of these other 7.
Rawls scouting report is also a factor. Local people say that he is clearly the most underrated player in Michigan (maybe one of the top in the midwest) while most services have him as an average 3-star. My guess is Fred Jackson's presence, son, and hyperboles will resolve that.
Let me know your insight on this.