Air Force Visitors
This past weekend wasn't the biggest in terms of recruiting but a few commitments and prospects did manage to make it out. According to Twitter the commitments on hand were Mike McCray, Khalid Hill, Jake Butt, and Csont'e York. Wide receiver target Laquon Treadwell was supposed to make an unofficial visit but had to cancel. For more visitors check Tremendous' list.
Commitments Shane Morris and David Dawson both had Under Armour visit their respective schools to hand out All-American jerseys.
ESPN's Tom VanHaaren caught up with Morris:
"It's awesome," he said. "It's a huge honor and a blessing and really exciting to be able to get the honor and privilege to play [in the game]. All the people that have played in them before me, Julio Jones, amazing people like that who go on and have great careers in the NFL. To be considered in that realm of possibly having a career like them is awesome."
Morris says this game has always been a goal of his, starting at a young age. He watched on TV and knew if he put in the effort he would get his shot, and says he doesn't take this invitation lightly.
Follow the link for his video interview. Morris isn't the type to show up ill-prepared so I expect him to show why he's a five-star signal caller at the game. Tom also managed to snap a few pictures, one of which can be found here.
David Dawson's jersey showing was done at one of his varsity games and Tom VH also caught pictures there. Dawson apparently blocked someone into the ground with one arm(!) during the course of the game. No surprise there, as his power base and balance might be the best of any lineman in Michigan's class.
Commitments and Prospects Continue Regular Season
Virginia product Derrick Green has been impressive so far, as his highlights show:
Green wants to decide around October, and with Aurburn looking poor Michigan's chances remain solid.
TTB has a handy recruit tracker list of all Michigan recruits. The most impressive commitments so far are Jourdan Lewis, Henry Poggi, Channing Stribling and DeVeon Smith. Smith played through a shoulder injury to amass a mere 183 yards. Once again, if Michigan fails to land Derrick Green they'll be fine with Smith in the backfield. Lewis is busy doing things like this:
Excuse me. Lewis just made a ridiculous catch in the corner of the end zone for two. 22-0. Wow— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 7, 2012
That Tim Tebow motion doesn't bode well for his chances of playing QB in the pros. I kid, I kid.
Both he and teammate Damon Webb are playing well, especially the latter. Webb is much of the reason why Cass Tech remains undefeated, causing turnovers and killing teams at receiver every weekend. People love Lewis' potential at both receiver and corner but Webb could very well end up being the better of the two, possessing more strength and just as much explosiveness. Damon has Michigan, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan State atop his list at the moment, but his offer sheet will certainly expand so don't look into the top group too much.
ESPN's Michigan page has an "insider" article that allows us all to read the majority of the piece. Included are bits about 2014 cornerback Jabrill Peppers and 2015 running back Damien Harris. Peppers had this to say:
The talented junior says he grew up a Michigan fan, but not from watching the Wolverines on Saturdays.
"When I was younger my cousin and I used to play NCAA football a lot. He used to always pick Notre Dame and Michigan was the only team that really matched up with them," he said. "They had Mike Hart, [Mario] Manningham and I started looking more into them."
That's how I became a fan of Utah. And San Diego State. And any other team that people would underestimate.
Anyway, Michigan should be a factor for both prospects, especially Harris. His coach thinks he's a rare athlete:
"I'd say he's an every 10 to 20 years type of kid. I've had multiple college coaches say the same thing," Madison Southern Coach Jon Clark said. "He had 254 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries for us in our first game, and he only played two quarters. He averaged over 12 yards in just six games as a freshman on varsity last year, so we knew he was special."
His highlights agree with all of the above. When you stand at 5'11", 200, run a 4.4 forty-yard dash and have elite coordination as a sophomore in high school the "rare athlete" label tends to make its way onto you. His recruitment is years from being over but it would be nice to see him in the maize and blue.