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MRR updates you on the latest Michigan football recruiting rumblings. How will the 2013 class finish? Which players ran through the playoffs on their way to a state title? That and more.
High school seasons finish
As many of you know, Detroit Cass Tech won yet another state championship. Michigan commitments and targets on their roster include 2013 CB Jourdan Lewis, 2014 ATH Damon Webb, 2014 LB Gary Hosey and 2015 QB Jayru Campbell. Tom Markowski of the Detroit News thinks Cass Tech is here to stay:
Talent is one reason Cass Tech will remain a power. Another is coaching stability. Malecki and line coach Paul Cochran came from Melvindale three years ago and Cass Tech reached the semifinals. The next two years Cass Tech won state titles. It's not quite that simple but those are the facts. Coach Thomas Wilcher was wise enough to delegate assignments and take much of the pressure and responsibilities away from him. This allowed Wilcher to manage the team more effectively.
"It just fits," Malecki said. "It's controlled chaos. There has always been talent at Cass Tech. It's coming into place."
Their roster is littered with BCS-level players every year, so Markowski is right when he says that CT will remain a power.
Other notable recruits to win state titles include WR Laquon Treadwell and DT Henry Poggi.
Clearing up the 2013 picture
Michigan's 2013 class has been close to finished for quite some time now. Michigan has 2-3 spots open, and these are the players who could fill those spots, along with my thoughts on if Michigan will actually land them.
WR Laquon Treadwell - I've said it before on MRR and I'll say it again: Michigan has fallen quickly for Treadwell. Why this happened is unclear, but as of now Michigan might not even get an official visit. If they don't it's all over for the Wolverines, who desperately need an elite receiver.
CB/S Leon McQuay III - McQuay had a great time during his visit to Ann Arbor and really likes what he sees from Michigan's music program. Florida State and USC are both still in the picture as well, and I suspect that the Wolverines are fighting an uphill battle here.
RB Derrick Green - Green was fed some ridiculous Kool-Aid by Gene Chizik and Auburn, being told that the coaching staff wasn't going anywhere. Chizik has since been fired, and Michigan's road to landing Green may have become a bit easier. Michigan is solidly in Green's top group, but when he'll make a decision is unknown. UPDATE: Green could decide sooner than expected. Denzel Ward asked Green when he'd be making a decision, and Green responded with "Soon". He has retweeted Michigan fans and also tweeted that the coach Jackson and Montgomery would be stopping by his house tonight, FWIW.
RB Ty Isaac - Sam Webb of Scout recently tweeted that the Michigan staff would be dropping in on Isaac at home. Isaac hasn't officially opened his recruitment back up, remaining committed to USC, but the struggles the Trojans are having could lead to Isaac rethinking his recruitment. Don't expect Isaac to flip instantaneously, but keep an eye on him in case he does decided to reopen his recruitment.
CB Gareon Conley - Conley remains committed to Michigan. Whether or not he visited Columbus remains unclear, but some claim that he did attend the game. The staff's no-visit policy would most likely lead to Conley moving on from the Wolverines. There are also reports of Conley warming back up to Michigan, so don't ask me if he'll be a Wolverine at the end of the day. It's a mystery. UPDATE:
Conley was in fact at the OSU game, but he didn't consider it a visit to Ohio State, rather a chance to see Michigan take on the Buckeyes. He didn't interact with OSU coaches or players and is still committed to Michigan. This could still change if Oregon comes through with a solid offer, but as of now the chances of Conley remaining a Wolverine are on the rise. DOUBLE UPDATE: Five minutes after typing the first update Tom VH breaks the news that Conley has officially decommitted from Michigan. He'll take an official visit to OSU and will most likely end up being a Buckeye.
Other names to keep an eye on include OL Na'Ty Rodgers, LB Jon Reschke (MSU commit), CB Reon Dawson and RB Godwin Igwebuike. If the staff loses out on all of its top targets (Green, McQuay, Treadwell, etc.) there's a good chance they move quickly to pick up a commitment from a little-known prospect that isn't listed. How the 2013 class will finish is a bit unclear, if you haven't already picked up on that.
Jus got offered by Michigan! Blessed— Kenny Lacy 7⃣6⃣ (@theREALklacy) November 27, 2012
He seems very excited about the offer. Keep an eye out for more on Lacy.
General Notes and Multimedia Stuffs
Highlight tapes are being released daily following the conclusion of high school football. Here's what future CB Ross Douglas did this year:
Fellow defensive back commitment Dymonte Thomas also had highlights released, but I don't think Hudl allows embedding so I'm forced to give you the LINK and be done.
UPDATE: Maurice Hurst Jr now has a highlight tape on Hudl as well.
The Ohio State game brought in a multitude of recruits for both schools, and Tremendous supplies us with a list. Included in that list is 2014 consensus #1 overall DE Da'Shawn Hand, who recently tweeted out his top ten:
Top ten Alabama Fsu Lsu Michigan UNC Notre Dame Ohio state Oklahoma South Carolina Va Tech— Da'shawn Hand (@TheHand54) November 23, 2012
It would be hard to make a top ten list more loaded than that, so don't expect Hand's recruitment to be over any time soon. He's a classy kid, so you can expect him to handle the attention with more maturity than 2013 DE Robert Nkemdiche has.