2013 Landscape Changing Quickly
Things get interesting down the stretch in recruiting cycles, and this year is no different. The Michigan staff is now targeting a few new offensive lineman and linebackers, to go with the big names they were after before. The rundown:
Linebackers: The staff has offered both MSU commitment Jon Reschke and Virginia Tech commitment Jamieon Moss. Reschke is believed to have played his way into an offer, while the Moss offer is most likely the result of the staff seeing a hole at the SAM spot in the future. Michigan does have Mike McCray secured, to go with 2014 commitment Michael Ferns, but Ferns could end up at WDE or MLB.
Offensive lineman: Michigan still has major depth issues on the offensive line, so it's imperative to pick up a solid lineman to replace the departed David Dawson. Funny thing, because the Wolverines are looking to replace him with... David Dawson? The mammoth offensive guard from Cass Tech had a "heart to heart" with coach Brady Hoke and was extended an offer once again, and I expect him to rejoin the class. Michigan is also in the fold for Cameron Hunt and Kenny Lacy, just in case Dawson decides that Michigan isn't his choice once and for all.
Everyone else: The staff is still pursuing Derrick Green, Leon McQuay III and Laquon Treadwell, and all three have a guaranteed spot if they want it. Gareon Conley is also an option, as the staff is still pursuing him despite his decision to decommit. Other names to keep an eye on include DB James Crawford and DE Tashawn Bower. Crawford is the nephew of one Charles Woodson; he should be offered if McQuay decides to go elsewhere.
Who do I think Michigan lands? If you put a gun to my head right now I'd say David Dawson, Derrick Green and Gareon Conley. McQuay remains a possibility but I still have a gut feeling that he'd like to stay in warm weather, and Treadwell has been cooling on Michigan for quite some time now. He has tweeted about the coaches visiting, so we know he's still being pursued heavily FWIW.
New Rankings, Awards and All-State Teams
"Coming out of the summer, Treadwell had clearly established himself as the nation's top receiver in the 2013 class. This fall, though, he took his game to the next level and turned in one of the most impressive high school seasons we have seen in the Midwest in some time," Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said. "He is so big, so fast, so powerful and so fundamentally sound, he could help out a college team right now."
Treadwell moved all the way up to the #10 spot overall, and he's now the only five-star wide receiver.
The state of Ohio has released their POY awards, along with all-state teams by division. Michigan commitments are dominating:
- Gareon Conley, Jake Butt and Taco Charlton are all first team all-state DI.
- Ross Douglas, Mike McCray and Deveon Smith were all first team all-state DII. Smith is the DII offensive POY, and McCray is the state's DII defensive POY. Smith also received Trumbull county POY, to the surprise of no one.
General News and Notes
Tremendous updates us on 2014 LB Kyle Berger. Berger says that the staff likens him to a young Jake Ryan. Ryan has apparently replaced Ray Lewis as the gold standard of linebackers used for recruiting purposes, which means he's pretty good at football.
Michigan has offered 2014 WDE Lawrence Marshall. Marshall is an explosive defensive lineman who should shoot up the 2014 rankings before all is said and done.
The Wolverines have also extended offers to 2014 prospects ILB Nyles Morgan and TE/DE Garrett Dickerson. Morgan is the teammate of Laquon Treadwell. Dickerson is capable of playing on both sides of the ball; Michigan likes him at the tight end spot.
Scatback Berkley Edwards, younger brother of former Michigan star receiver Braylon Edwards, has committed to Minnesota. Braylon turned to Twitter to voice his anger over Michigan's failure to come through with an offer, which in turn made him look like an ass. Stop making yourself look like an ass, Braylon. Michigan already has Dennis Norfleet to fill the role of halfback who returns kicks and comes in for special plays.
Lastly, make sure to check out DGDestroys' piece on the 2014 defensive tackles. Definitely worth your time.