Recruiting Update: June 18, 2011

ADDED TO THE BOARD

Melbourne (FL) Holy Trinity safety Marcus Maye has been offered.  You likely won't see Maye leave the Sunshine State.  It's up to Florida, Florida State, and Miami to duke it out.

OFF THE BOARD

Missouri OG Evan Boehm committed to Missouri.

Florida C Ty Darlington committed to Oklahoma.  Despite being from the same high school as current Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon, Darlington never seriously considered the Wolverines.

Ohio OG Kyle Dodson committed to Wisconsin.  Dodson was always thought to be an Ohio State lean without a Buckeye offer.  Instead, he went where all massive offensive linemen seem to go - Madison.  He told MGoBlog's TomVH that Michigan finished second in the running for his services.

Georgia DE James Deloach and DT Jonathan Taylor, high school teammates from Millen, committed to the home state Bulldogs.  Michigan was never a player for either, and the duo always maintained a desire to stay down south.

Florida CB Brian Poole committed to Florida.

Texas WR Dominique Wheeler committed to Texas Tech.

Georgia WR JaQuay Williams committed to Auburn.  Michigan was never really in the running, but he grew up as an Ohio State fan and probably would have chosen the Buckeyes if not for Tatgate.  Instead, he chose a program with a squeaky clean image.

VISITORS

Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell Academy OG Blake Bars is visiting this weekend.  Bars is originally from the Great Lakes State and has more than a passing interest in playing in Ann Arbor.  He's got offers from some big-time programs (Florida, LSU) in the south, though, and no Tennessee product has chosen the Wolverines in about a decade.

Chicago (IL) Simeon OT Jordan Diamond visited Michigan on Wednesday and is visiting once again this weekend for the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp.  I'm not keeping an official stalker tally, but it sure seems that Diamond has visited Michigan more than any other school.  I think it would be quite an upset to see him pick anyone but the Wolverines.

Erie (PA) McDowell RB Greg Garmon visited Michigan on Monday.  North Carolina and Penn State seem to be ahead of Michigan, but I would probably slot the Wolverines in at #3.  Garmon is a solid top-200 prospect nationally and one of the top 15-20 running backs in the nation.

Salt Lake City (UT) Highland FB Sione Houma visited Michigan last weekend.  Fullback wouldn't be very high on my priority list for Michigan right now, but Houma and E.J. Fatu are both pretty interested in playing football in Ann Arbor.  Houma visited with both of his parents, which means they shelled out airfare for at least three round-trip tickets from Utah to Michigan.  He must be taking Brady Hoke's overtures seriously, but Utah remains his leader.

Argyle (TX) OG Trey Keenan is visiting Michigan this weekend.  He says it's his last trip of the summer, and my guess would be that he stays in the state of Texas.  But like Houma, paying his own way to fly halfway across the country shows serious interest.  It's not like the middle of Michigan is a popular destination where you can hit the beach, go to an amusement park, and then stop by the university as you're driving past.  He must like what he's hearing from the coaches.

Boyertown (PA) OT Chris Muller is visiting Michigan this weekend.  Rivals overrates him as the #69 player in the country, and the Wolverines are in on better prospects than Muller.  The coaches have lots of offensive line prospects and can afford to hold out for some of the top guys, in my opinion.

Tempe (AZ) Corona Del Sol OT Andrus Peat is visiting Michigan this weekend.  If Jesus had a high school all-star team, Peat would get one of the first invitations.  Like any top-notch prospect from Arizona, I expect him to stay in the south or west, perhaps as close as Nebraska.  But maybe Taylor Lewan can use his mustache tattoo to convince Peat that exciting things are happening in Michigan.

Cincinnati (OH) Taft WR Dwayne Stanford is NOT visiting Michigan this weekend.  His teammate, DE Adolphus Washington, was supposed to join Stanford on the visit.  However, Washington had a calendar conflict, and that seems to have kept both away this weekend.  They have interest in being a package deal and are best friends, so when one visits Ann Arbor, expect them to be together.

QUARTERBACK RECRUITING

Michigan currently has offers out to four uncommitted quarterbacks.  They are:

Columbus, Indiana's Gunner Kiel.  Rumors keep popping up that Kiel might drop soon, but those rumors haven't come to fruition yet.  And whenever Kiel does decide, I expect it to be for someone other than Michigan.  Early in the process, it looked as if Notre Dame might be the team to beat.  Lately it seems Alabama and Oklahoma are the two suitors foremost on his mind, and Kiel recently visited Alabama.  There's always a chance that persistent recruiting from Michigan gets the Wolverines back on his radar, but don't get too excited.  Kiel is from the same high school (Columbus East) as former Michigan and current Oakland Raiders safety Steve Brown.

Kenton, Ohio's Maty Mauk.  Mauk is a short-ish Tate Forcier type of quarterback with off-the-charts high school numbers.  Like Kiel it seemed to be Notre Dame and then everyone else earlier in the process, but neither one has committed to the Fighting Irish.  Mauk seemed to fall off the radar for a little while and Missouri seemed to be the destination du jour, but there's been a little buzz lately that he wants to visit Michigan again and get a better feel for what the future looks like in Ann Arbor.  I don't think Mauk has a particularly high ceiling, but wedged between Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, and Shane Morris, a quarterback in this class doesn't have to be an absolute stud.

Old Tappan, New Jersey's Devin Fuller.  Comparisons are bound to be made between Fuller and Denard Robinson, but Robinson is probably a little faster . . . and Fuller is probably a little better of a passer at the same stage in his career.  Fuller recently said that about 60% of teams are recruiting him as a quarterback, and 40% want him as an "athlete."  Michigan is one of the teams that has consistently talked to him about playing quarterback, and the offensive success (or failure) of Denard Robinson this fall might have an impact on where Fuller decides to go.  I think Brady Hoke and Al Borges have to show that they're willing and able to use an athletic quarterback's skills properly.

Plant City, Florida's Bennie Coney.  Coney said early on that Michigan was still recruiting him despite the fact that Coney had some serious disciplinary issues for his high school football team last year.  In recent weeks it sounds like Michigan has aimed its attention elsewhere.  At this point I would be very surprised to see Coney end up in Ann Arbor.

I still believe that any quarterback Michigan gets in the 2012 class will come from a new offer.  The Wolverines currently have three 4-star quarterbacks (assuming Shane Morris reaches that status, which I expect) and Russell Bellomy in the mix for the coming years.  North Canton, OH quarterback Austin Appleby just picked up his first Big Ten offer from Purdue, and Michigan has been keeping in contact with him.  Some Michigan fans were keeping an eye on Lima, OH quarterback Tyler O'Connor but he got an offer from Michigan State and committed to the Spartans a couple weeks ago.  Buffalo, NY quarterback Chad Kelly also was on Michigan fans' radar (although he didn't have an offer), but he up and committed to Clemson this week.  Detroit, MI quarterback Brian Blackburn is probably a MAC-level recruit, but the possibility exists that Michigan could toss out an offer to him late in the process if their other quarterback targets head elsewhere.

MagnusThunder is the author of Touch the Banner, a Michigan football blog.

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