Previously, I had heard Wilton and Michael would not be able to make it up this weekend to help recruit Da'Shawn Hand. But, I went to Wolverine Nation today and it's says on the home page that Wilton and Michael will be visiting. I don't have an insider account and I'm assuming it's on the mailbag. I'm just wondering if anyone else has information on this weekend? It would be awesome if Wilton and Michael could both get up there and help recruit, and it couldn't hurt for Michael to bring a Team 135 shirt!
Wilton Speight and Michael Ferns To Visit This Weekend?
I think that TE Nick Weishar (I think) rescheduled his visit to this weekend so 1) He could see how he fit in with the players and 2) So he could be there with Ferns. I think I remember him saying that.
This weekend's visitors list, from what I've gathered:
Thanks Magnus, you always provide top notch information and it's much appreciated. Do you think there's a chance Wilton will make it to campus this weekend or is that pretty much out of the question?
The kid's family has money to ship him to California for QB training and buy him some really fly khaki pants, so I wouldn't put it past him to get to campus. But I haven't heard any inkling that he'll be in Ann Arbor this coming weekend, and it would seem like a thing that he would put out there because it would help recruiting.
I just texted Wilton and he will not be in Ann Arbor this weekend.
Mangus, you're the mang.
According to Tom Beaver over at the Scout boards, Kyle Berger is also planning on visiting this weekend.
...Tell us what you really think.
Well it says on the front page that they're visiting, so I'm pretty sure that means they're visiting.
Understandable enough, I guess I was more so looking for confirmation. I haven't found anywhere else that states they'll be visiting this weekend. I also thought that Wilton had said he couldn't make it. It wouldn't be the first time ESPN was wrong about something, so I thought I would bring it to the board. I'm just skeptical since no one else has reported it, but I'd love to see another big weekend of visits, with Speight and Ferns there to help.
ESPN might be onto something. According to his twitter he is in California training with Steve Clarkson during his spring break.
Been a fun and productive trip...ready to finish this spring break in the 804!! ✈✈
— Wilton Speight (@WiltonSpeight) March 13, 2013
Questions: Would those two guys even be able to tag along with Hand the entire time? What is the format when recruits visit? Does each guy spend a great deal of time seeing the particular school of his desired major? Does he spend lots of time with his recruiter and/or position coach? Is there lots of 1-1 time with Mattison, Borges, or Hoke?
Given what I've read about Hand and his plan for doing his due diligence in his recruitment, I have to wonder how much of an influence Speight and Ferns would have. I mean, each school he visits would surely have other commits who are very passionate about the school/team, no? I guess what I am trying to say is that Hand seems to be one who won't be swayed by hype or cajoling by others.
However, it's awesome to see these guys making the effort to get on campus to see Hand. That, by itself, should send some sort of message to him - one that is more impactful than if they weren't there.
I would have to guess the sit down part where the recruit/family talk with the coaches are done privately.
My best guess: (not sure about the order)
1) Campus tour (incl. facilities and academic center)
2) Academic presentation (i think this is where recruits/family can ask questions about majors, classes, etc.)
3) Somewhere in there I think there is a presentation about general things about the school. (might be included in the academic portion)
4) One on one time with coaches. (I think this is the major reason why Hoke prefers his way over having "junior days")
5) After all the formal business is done, I think they hang out with their host/other recruits.
This can only be a good thing if they both are here when Hand and Weishar are on campus
well maybe Morris can adequately sub in for Speight...
If they could both make the trip it would be huge
I have an insider and it does say they will be making the trip up to help with Da'shawn
Hand, Berger and Harris are probably 3 of our 4 biggest recruits (McDowell) with serious interest and each would fill a key position hole for 2014.
We're due for a commit in the next few weeks to keep building momentum through spring practice ...
My money says Doles is next, but I wouldn't shocked to see Harris or Berger commit soon.
I would be surprised if Harris commits soon. He wants to take several visits, and unless Coach Hoke has changed "The Policy," I think the kid will take those visits. There's no real need for him to rush a decision. It's not like Michigan's going to run out of receiver spots anytime soon.