Monday Recruiting Roundup updates you on the latest Michigan recruiting rumblings. How did recruits react to the Northwestern game? What's the latest on Derrick Green and Laquon Treadwell? Which 2014 recruit is about to blow up? That and more.
Michigan Dropping for Treadwell
The ever-evolving recruitment of Laquon Treadwell has taken yet another turn, and this time it isn't good for Michigan. He reported to Rivals that Notre Dame is now rising and Michigan is now falling. Treadwell's recruitment has become comical, as his status changes daily with his boxer briefs. Michigan is no longer his leader, but they're still involved in his recruitment.
Northwestern Game Visitors Impressed
Check out this link to Tremendous for a full list of visitors.
One name everyone needs to get familiar with is Bryan Mone. The 2014 defensive tackle is going to fly up college boards, mostly because he's now close to 6'4", 315 lbs. He's a high school teammate of current Michigan fullback Sione Houma. Tremendous caught up with the young man following his visit to Ann Arbor. Michigan leads.
Tremendous also spoke with 2014 defensive back Parrker Westphal. Michigan continues to "set the standard" for the Illinois athlete.
Shane Morris did his best to persuade Leon McQuay III during his visit. It sounds like they had a good time:
Leon McQuay and Shane Morris were both going crazy in the stands after that catch.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 10, 2012
More on McQuay in the general notes section.
And 2014 QB Andrew Ford's reaction via Tremendous' Twitter account:
2014 QB Andrew Ford: "I couldn't have asked for a better day"— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 10, 2012
Close games generate more energy within stadiums and ultimately help recruiting. The Northwestern game was no exception.
General Notes and Multimedia Stuffs
Detroit Cass Technical and Detroit Catholic Central have both advanced to Michigan's semifinal round in the playoffs, meaning we could see a title game full of Michigan commitments and prospects should the two schools win this week. Let's hope for that.
Five-star running back Derrick Green has added Miami to his list of top schools. He also reported that Auburn's coaching staff "isn't going anywhere", which, umm.... would they tell you they're about to be fired? Answer: no.
A few different people reported something along these lines regarding 2013 ATH Trevell Dixon:
Per @mikecoppage, Michigan has offered 2013 ATH (S/WR) Trevell Dixon (Baldwin, LA/West St. Mary's). 4* - Rivals, 3* Scout/247— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 7, 2012
Only for Tom VH to come out and ruin the fun:
For the record, 2013 DB Trevell Dixon hasn't been offered by Michigan yet.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 8, 2012
Dixon is a fine athlete who's capable of playing both safety and receiver. Expect Michigan to turn up the heat, especially if they're sure that the Conley ship is sailing (and it probably is).
Beast 2014 defensive end Malik McDowell has been visited by both the Ohio State and Michigan State coaches at school, per his Twitter account.
Derek Kief has released season highlights:
His tape mirrors that of every other Michigan receiver commitment, using physicality and a huge catch radius to beat smaller defenders. I like his game but Michigan needs to find a true #1 who can stretch the field and beat smaller corners with physicality. Sadly, Laquon Treadwell was supposed to be that option.
Elite 2013 safety/cornerback prospect Leon McQuay III was in Ann Arbor for the Northwestern game, but he talked to Sam Webb before his official visit to Michigan. His father loves what Jack Kennedy has done at Michigan:
"We're doing this for the music, we're not doing it for the football," Mr. McQuay insisted. "Football is the vehicle to get him where he's trying to get, and that's something that myself and Jerry have always kept in mind. I think that may be the difference. (The Michigan coaches) know that it's not just football."
"When we went through that little mishap (regarding running out of room), remembering his time with Jack kind of got (McQuay III) through it. That's all he talked about after the visit -- Jack Kennedy -- 'the President.' That's what they call him. They spent like 4 1/2 hours at Jack's crib just bouncing off tracks. So to see Jack have more success -- they sent me the last YouTube video -- it's wild, man. What those guys are doing is impressive. Leon is one of those kids like them that just likes music. He digs music and that's the biggest thing."
Michigan still has ground to make up, but the Wolverines are still in the thick of it for McQuay's services. He's an extremely rare talent, so if Michigan can coax him away from a team like USC it would be huge.
2013 Michigan cornerback commitment Ross Douglas:
West Shore Conference Offensive MVP!! S/o to my squad couldn't do it without ya— Ross Douglas (@RDouglas_21) November 6, 2012
Douglas is an explosive high school running back, but he's still destined to play a nickel corner role in Ann Arbor.
Rivals released their 2014 Rivals 250 watch list. Important Michigan recruits on the list include WR Dominique Booth, OL Alex Bars, OL Mason Cole, LB commit Michael Ferns, OL Jamarco Jones, DE Malik McDowell, LB Nyles Morgan, DT Bryan Mone, ATH Damon Webb and CB Parrker Westphal.
Rivals also named the first five-star players for the class of 2014. The players named that Michigan fans should keep an eye on include CB Jabrill Peppers, S Quin Blanding, RB Leonard Fournette, and monster DE Da'Shawn Hand. It's far too early to tell if Michigan will be a serious player for any of them, but these are the offered five-stars who have reciprocated some sort of interest.