Staff visiting prospect during bye week
The staff will see more than just Da'Shawn Hand and Jashon Cornell today. Some of the prospects receiving visits include WR Juval Mollette, QB Jack Beneventi, OLB Tanner Muse, DT Darian Roseboro, QB Anthony Ratliff, WR Carl Tucker and DE Clelin Ferrell, among others.
It's also interesting to note that Michigan stopped in on four-star 2014 ATH Kalen Ballage. Michigan wants him as a running back, but I don't see them landing him. In my opinion, the stop was just something to keep the door open.
Bye week visits aren't critical, but don't overlook their importance. Coaches actually get to see some players in action on the field, and others get the chance to speak with prospects' high school coaches in person, giving them some insight on whether or not they'd like to continue pursuing the kid. Any chance to put the block 'M' inside the mind of a coach or prospect is also important.
Mone signs early enrollment papers
Many recruiting followers wondered if Michigan commitment Bryan Mone would enroll early or not. He has indeed faxed in his papers for early enrollment, joining the original six from last week. Mone might be the second most important early enrollee, behind only Drake Harris. Many believe that Mone is an underrated interior prospect destined to start at Michigan for multiple years.
Take a second and imagine a starting defensive line of Mone, Hand, Cornell and some other lucky fourth member. I'm freaking out, man.
Hey you, DGDestroys...You stop that right this instant
Our very own DGDestroys takes us down a horrific path of Michigan's ex-recruits who went on to destroy the world elsewhere:
Sam Grant's a third-string TE for Oklahoma, looks like he's yet to make an impact— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
Devin Lucien has already almost matched his production total from last season.. http://t.co/OxM8MfGSbH— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
In case you didn't watch it, Dallas Crawford had a pretty big night against UNC Thursday after Duke Johnson went down http://t.co/tXbqLoJJEK— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
Kris Frost made his first start Saturday against A&M... http://t.co/TzkupKvp9M— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
Josh Garnett and Jordan Diamond are both backup Guards now, Alex Kozan is a starter— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
Former commit Jake Fisher is rated pretty highly on '15 NFL Draft Boards.. http://t.co/BGYvuvm7dP— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
Anthony Zettel has a sack and a *gulp* interception so far this year for PSU http://t.co/6i6yVQB8H5— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
This one really takes me back- Trey Depriest is a starting ILB for 'Bama, 4th on the team in tackles http://t.co/suCaUk4Exa— DG (@DGDestroys) October 21, 2013
I hear Sammy Watkins and Laquon Treadwell are decent football players, too.
My apologies. The pain ends here.
Michigan offers four-star CB John Reid
Michigan offered four-star corner John Reid out of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recognize that school name? That's because Michigan commitment Jon Runyan Jr. starts on the offensive line for that same team. Runyan is actively recruiting Reid to Michigan, but Penn State, Ohio State and others could get involved.
Check the 2015 Recruiting Board to see who else is on Michigan's radar at corner.
General notes and multimedia items
In case you want even more on Da'Shawn Hand, here he is talking to children about making sound decisions in life:
Elite talent? Check. Academic potential? Check. Works in the weight room and in the community? Check and check.
Tom VH of ESPN reports a little something interesting:
I was amazed, every Big Ten QB commit I spoke with is working, or will be working with, a separate QB coach: http://t.co/COnsvUQQu6— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) October 23, 2013
Wilton Speight included. Hopefully this helps the conference pass the ball a bit better down the line.