New 2013 Offers and Interest
The 2013 class is all but finished, with the coaching staff holding guaranteed spots for Laquon Treadwell, Derrick Green and Leon McQuay III. Michigan almost certainly won't get all three of these players, but they all have a spot if they want one.
The Wolverines have offered Michigan State commitment Jon Reschke. The in-state linebacker was highly rated long before the season began, causing many to wonder why Michigan never came through with an offer until now. Don't expect Reschke to flip.
Michigan fans should keep the names Na'Ty Rodgers (OL, Maryland), Reon Dawson (CB, Ohio) and Godwin Igwebuike (HB, Ohio) in mind. Dawson could be a backup plan if Conley jumps ship, and Igwebuike was recently offered after playing well beside teammate Jake Butt all season long. Tremendous also believes that Jaleel Hytchye (CB, Ohio) could be offered should things fall through with Leon McQuay.
Maryland's Move to B1G Applauded By Recruits
Rivals took the time to speak with a handful of Maryland recruits, one of which was the formerly mentioned Na'Ty Rodgers. He had this to say:
Uncommitted four-star offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers from Pomfret (Md.) McDonough seemed very happy with Maryland's decision.
"That's really good for them," the 6-foot-5, 278-pound Rodgers said. "The ACC does not get a lot of respect for football, and for them to make a move like that will excite a lot of recruits and, I'm sure, the players there. "
The Terrapins have made Rodgers one of their top targets in the 2013 class, and they are one of two teams still in play for him.
Some people have come out and stated that the move will hurt teams like Michigan and Ohio State on the eastern coast in terms of recruiting. I doubt it actually hurts Big Ten powerhouses in the end, but it definitely isn't hurting Maryland.
General Notes and Multimedia Stuffs
Cass Tech and Detroit Catholic Central have both advanced to the Michigan state finals, so be prepared to watch the game on FSN at 1pm this Saturday. I don't see Catholic Central beating Cass Tech, mostly because the Technicians have enough talent to fill half of a D1 college football roster.
2014 DE/OLB Joseph Henderson recently visited Michigan and spoke to Tremendous about it. The coaching staff isn't sure if they'd rather have him play the SAM spot or WDE, but expect an offer to come either way.
Laquon Treadwell on Twitter:
Big News Coming Thursday Everyone Be Looking Out For It...— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) November 19, 2012
I'm not sure what this refers to but keep it in mind. As stated last week, Michigan is falling down Treadwell's list, but they're still very much involved in his recruitment. Rivals broke down Treadwell this week in their ROTW series:
He really is talented enough to be Michigan's best receiver the moment he steps on campus, so if the Wolverines lose out on him it will hurt that much more.
Five-star running back Derrick Green spoke to Rivals about his recruitment after receiving his Army All-American jersey:
"The recruiting process is going well," he said. "Right now, I'm slowing the process down because I'm just starting playoffs but the everything is going well. I just took an official visit to Auburn and Miami is back on the list after I took Virginia Tech off." Green and his family are taking a much more detailed and analytical approach to the recruiting process than many other recruits.
"I still don't know where I want to be but I'm taking some visits and I will sit down with my parents and weigh the pros and cons," he said. "I'm just taking my time with it. Most guys rush the process and commit on the spot and that's not what I'm doing. I'm weighing my options and making sure I make the best decision for my as far as education, playtime and all of that.
"Like I said, I'm taking the process really slow and doing what I have to do to make sure I go to the best school for me," he said. "That's where I'm at with all of the recruiting stuff."
Earlier in the process Green excited Michigan fans by claiming that his recruitment could end in October. That obviously didn't happen, but the Wolverines are still in good position.
2013 TE commitment Khalid Hill will play for team USA in the International Bowl on February 5th.
2013 S commitment Dymonte Thomas was named Stark County Player of the Year.
Earlier in the week I tweeted that 2014 four-star WR Austin Roberts of Carmel, Indiana, would be visiting Michigan. He would go on to cancel that visit, but he should still make it back to Ann Arbor. His film is impressive:
I've been waiting and waiting for Michigan to grab a receiver that can stretch a defense and win physical routes, and I really believe that Roberts can be that player. He's raw, but at the same time he shows great explosiveness off of the line and an innate ability to block for his backs. Let's hope that Hoke and company put the press on this kid.
Speaking of raw and explosive, 2013 DE commitment Taco Charlton released season highlights:
It's safe to say that Charlton balls pretty hard. He's one of the more raw defensive lineman to commit to Michigan in the last three classes, but he also has one of the highest ceilings.
Finally, 2013 DL commitment Henry Poggi and his family were the subject of a Baltimore Sun article. Henry's father is also his coach, but that doesn't me that he received special treatment:
"It's very, very hard to coach your own child," Biff Poggi said. "When I started coaching Sam, I was mostly concerned about how he would be perceived, whether any success he had would be perceived as being because of me as his father putting him in that position. Sometimes people can be a little mean-spirited and that's really hard, because you want to make sure, of course, that you're fair to every kid, but you also want to be fair to your own kid."
Gilman senior Miles Norris, who has been friends with Henry since first grade, said he has never seen the coach treat Henry any differently than any other player.
"You would think maybe he might put a little more pressure on him or he treats his son special, but I think he treats us all special." Norris said. "He's taught us all so much and we can all say he's a father figure."
It's a nice read if you have a few minutes.