MIchigan offers 2016 OL Stephen Spanellis

Submitted by Lakeyale13 on January 1st, 2016 at 2:18 AM
Thinking this is not a good sign. Could mean that Michigan feels they might miss out on Delance and Davis. Crystal Balls have been all Maryland for Davis and Rivals just put their bet on Texas being the pick for Delance. Hope this isn't the case.

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BlueCube

January 1st, 2016 at 2:59 AM ^

case both Delance and Davis go elsewhere. I'd rather have contingency plans than to have us put all the eggs in one basket like with Hand.

This is nothing until signing day. Harbaugh is not giving up on the other two until then. That's in no way meaning he may not be a rising recruit. He's probably not Delance or Davis.

chatster

January 1st, 2016 at 5:58 AM ^

Note that Stephen Spanellis plays for The Gilman School of Baltimore, coached by Henry Poggi's father, Biff Poggi who's now probably familiar to both Jim Harbaugh and his brother John. Gilman was 10-1 this past season. One of those wins was against Rashan Gary's Paramus Catholic team (41-17 on September 19.)

Perhaps some film of Spanellis going against Rashan Gary has convinced Michigan's coaches that, as a backup plan in case Delance and Davis go elsewhere, Spanellis might be worth an offer.

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cbs650

January 1st, 2016 at 7:18 AM ^

Michigan has a committed recruit in the class from Gilman and so they are probably familiar with him and probably have been recruiting him all along but just now extending an offer.

team126

January 1st, 2016 at 7:31 AM ^

Still remember Hoke had to tell Ethan Pocic "don't bother" since he already took 6. Look how many of those 4 stars have contributed.

In Harbaugh we trust. Besides, this is probably more a contigence plan in case some top guys (not just OL) commit elsewhere.

Maul

January 1st, 2016 at 12:31 PM ^

Still don't understand the Pocic recruitment, maybe Hoke and staff changed its mind on OL numbers.  They already had 5 including Dawson, and stopped recruiting Pocic.  Dawson de-committed, M had to scramble, and then he re-committed.  But the staff added a 6th OL in Samuelson late in the process...  Of course by then the ship with Pocic had sailed.

Magnus

January 1st, 2016 at 8:23 AM ^

This is...interesting. According to a couple of the sites, Spanellis has had an offer from Michigan for a long time. Therefore, I've had him listed as having an offer since my November 18, 2014 post. Maybe Michigan just got back in touch with him after a post-commitment hiatus? Or maybe it was faulty information in the first place? He committed to Virginia over the summer.

Gentleman Squirrels

January 1st, 2016 at 8:33 AM ^

I have a question about Dele Harding. While most sites have removed him as a committ, his twitter page and Scout still have him in the 2016 class. Can anyone clear out if he is indeed a decommit?

Lakeyale13

January 1st, 2016 at 9:34 AM ^

Also, about 4 "Crystal Balls" have just gone up on 247 for Delance to Texas. All signs seem to be pointing to this being a contingency plan that will be put into place. But isn't that what all good leaders do? You work your butt off and hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

BlueCube

January 1st, 2016 at 10:22 AM ^

have him closer to home. Until they talk and the final outcome is decided it's speculation. However, it would be very foolish for Michigan to assume they have Delance or Davis and end up with nothing if they feel they have to get another offensive lineman. This is nothing but a contingency plan. I'm no sure what is so telling to you.

ChicagoBigHouse

January 1st, 2016 at 10:58 AM ^

It is telling to me because it is tangible evidence that the coaches feel like the player they covet the most might be going elsewhere.  I think several weeks ago, 'contingency' offers went out to other tight ends, which was consistent with Isaac Nauta likely going to UGA.  

When we were waiting on Devin Bush Jr to declare, posters pointed to the fact that other linebacker offers didn't go out, supporting the confidence the coaches had in Devin Bush Jr's commitment.  

Now, granted, if Delance isn't telling ANYONE whats going on, and the Michigan coaches are making an additional offer on no additional information, then it is a contingency plan.  

My conclusion is that the most 'telling' or informative thing the coaches can do when considering a desired recruit that is about to declare within a week or so, is to send out other offers.  It is more informative than listening to the recruiting experts as we have all seen with the Bush Jr recruitment.   

BlueCube

January 1st, 2016 at 11:16 AM ^

Almost everyone except the Texas mods at 247sports thinks it could go either way. Therefore, Michigan would be foolish to not make contingency plans.

What may have changed is any chance at Terrance Davis as a backup plan due to Durkin getting hired at Maryland.

Section6

January 1st, 2016 at 10:47 AM ^

I thought Hamilton seemed like a LT. Long arms, pretty good feet, good quickness, not the best pad level...Not an ideal fit at LT but considering our lack of ability to move the LOS, and our ABILITY to pass block extremely well even this year with non-elite athletes, makes me take a road grading guard over another T. In Harbaugh I trust, though.

I like Ulizo a lot from last year, the kid we snatched from UConn late, maybe this kid ends up better than Delance, who knows!?

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