Weekend Visit Reactions
While the big-name 2016 visitors from last weekend haven't yet gone on the record with reactions, 247's Steve Lorenz—who'll be a guest this afternoon on MGoRadio—has compiled some insider notes on how things went.
The general feeling with five-star CA OLB Caleb Kelly is Michigan's visit went well but might not be enough to overcome Oklahoma's lead ($). Unless Kelly surprisingly declares Michigan his leader this week, that's to be expected—he still has four more official visits to go, including one to Norman. Michigan may in fact have a better chance of landing the weekend's other official visitor, three-star FL DT and USC commit Keyshon Camp, who reportedly spent a lot of time with his former high school teammate, freshman DE Reuben Jones.
The Wolverines are also hanging around for four-star Detroit King WR Donnie Corley, who made a somewhat surprising unofficial visit for the UNLV game. Here's what Steve is hearing about where his recruitment currently stands ($):
In sharing messages with [M commit David] Reese, Corley's interest in the Wolverines appears to be more legitimate than has been led on publicly.
At the same time, we talked to one source who said Michigan remains in the thick of the race for Corley's services, but that one unofficial visit doesn't likely upset the status quo, which is with Michigan State and Ohio State currently appearing to be in better shape for his services, if he was to decide today. However, the good news is that it would be a major surprise if Corley did not take an official visit to Ann Arbor at some point during the season, with the Michigan State game on October 17th being a solid possibility.
Not much has changed here: Michigan is in the mix much more than they were before but are still likely a little behind their rivals—the longer this plays out, the better it bodes for M's chances. One factor that could play into their favor: M is showing interest in three-star King ATH Armani Posey, who visited with Corley and doesn't yet hold an offer from anyone despite being one of the best players on one of the best teams in the state. Lorenz says Posey and Corley are close; if M makes a push for Posey, it could help them land the state's top senior wideout.
Michigan also hosted four-star 2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers, who told Lorenz after the visit that the coaching staff made a big impression on him ($):
"Everyone is all football all of the time and it really shows and rubs off on you," he said. "I got to talk to Jay, Jack and Jim Harbaugh for a solid 30 minutes yesterday and then today I talked to Jay again and we were with him after the game too. Their staff is phenomenal as a whole. It really stood out a lot to me."
Jaggers is showing high interest and he's one of M's top targets to join Carter Dunaway at tight end in the '17 class.
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Commit Updates: Vicious Vic Plays Defense
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— Victor viramontes (@Vicious_Vic10) September 20, 2015
Victor Viramontes is also putting up solid numbers at quarterback, though he was limited last weekend by a Mission Viejo defense designed to stop him.
The Wolverine's Brandon Brown has the rest of the commit stat roundup ($). Some notables:
- QB Brandon Peters went a mere 11/15 for 198 yards a three touchdowns in a 34-0 Avon victory. He's got 19 touchdowns against two interceptions—each the fault of his receiver, I can say from seeing both—so far this season.
- RB Kingston Davis had over 200 total yards and a 58-yard rushing TD in a Prattville loss.
- ATH Kiante Enis rushed 20 times for 196 yards and a TD, caught two passes for 80 yards and another TD, tallied three tackles and a pick, and returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. He is somewhat better than his competition.
WR Ahmir Mitchell also had a nice week, scoring twice—highlights can be found here.
M Maintains Lead For Top-50 2017 OL
2017 FL OT Tedarrell Slaton, the #33 overall prospect on the 247 Composite, told 247's Ryan Bartow that Michigan still holds the lead for him ($):
"The coaching staff. That's what keeps them on top," Slaton said of Michigan. "I want the chance to play in that stadium one day."
He said hopes to visit Michigan next spring or summer.
Landing him, in my expert opinion, would be pretty nice.