Six Sign Early Enrollment Papers
A moderate chunk of Michigan's 2014 class signed their papers to enroll early, including WR Freddy Canteen, OG Mason Cole, CB Brandon Watson, LB Michael Ferns, QB Wilton Speight and WR Drake Harris. Pictures:
This is big for Michigan. Canteen and Harris cannot get to campus fast enough – both will have a chance to contribute early and make up for the loss of Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo. The rest of the players on the list will give Michigan more depth to play around with come spring football. More time to learn the college system and weight train is always a good thing.
Hjalte Froholdt Headlines Indiana Visitors
Four-star defensive tackle prospect Hjalte Froholdt will be in Ann Arbor this weekend. The massive young man has built solid relationships with both Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison and is assumed to be a Michigan lean. He'll see Michigan before making visits to his other top schools, including Ohio State. The Buckeyes look like Michigan's main competition here, although yesterday's offer from Alabama could also cause problems.
The rest of the visitors list for this weekend's game is short and not too impressive($). Games against Nebraska and Ohio State will draw bigger crowds of recruits.
Greg Mattison Can Close
ESPN's Tom Luginbill explains why Greg Mattison is the best closer in the Big Ten:
Luginbill hit the nail on the head. Mattison is a down-to-Earth guy who can walk into the home of a recruit and make parents feel comfortable about leaving their son under his supervision for the next four years. He doesn't come across as intrusive or demanding, but instead as an old, wise defensive coordinator who can turn your son into the next Ed Reed. And that's why Greg Mattison is the closer.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Four-star running back prospect Mike Weber received another impressive offer:
Just got my 8th offer from Nebraska #blessed— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) October 17, 2013
Big Ten teams are noticing his ability and trying to jump into the fold, but I still see this one coming down to Michigan and Michigan State. Tennessee and Ohio State look like teams that could jump into serious contention.
Michigan remains the favorite for four-star defensive end Malik McDowell:
Michigan remains the heavy favorite for Southfield (Mich.) High Top50 defensive lineman Malik McDowell, with Michigan State and Ohio State still trying to make a push. McDowell was expected in East Lansing last weekend and the Buckeyes recently made a stop to see McDowell. McDowell has talked for a while about getting down to Columbus for a visit but that hasn't happened yet. Expected to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, McDowell is still considering a few schools outside the Big Ten but the Wolverines will be tough to beat when it's all said and done.
McDowell will end up in the maize and blue if his parents have any say in the matter. Follow the link to see more on Michigan's inevitable loss to Ohio State in the recruitment of Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore.
In case you think Jabrill Peppers enjoys the limelight a bit too much:
@ShawnBRivals completely agree with you!— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) October 17, 2013
He has a strong relationship with his mother and maintains a nearly flawless GPA:
Peppers is going to be a special player.