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Speight Impressive Through 5 Weeks
Damien Harris takes the cake for best statistics on a weekly basis, but Wilton Speight is doing more to make Wolverine fans and recruiting gurus into believers. The young passer has been throwing it past defenses for five straight weeks now:
Speight makes college-level throws throughout the highlights, standing tall in the pocket to find targets down the field. His statistics are solid:
Michigan QB commit Wilton Speight was 39-67, 297 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT. He has 18 TD's and 4 INT's on the season now.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) October 4, 2013
Yes, Speight's completion percentage wasn't anything special this week, but an 18/4 TD/INT ratio on the season is very impressive. Speight will have a fighter's chance against Shane Morris whenever Devin Gardner leaves the program, which looks like it might not be for another year.
Michigan commitments have been working hard on the field:
Michigan 2015 commit Shaun Crawford had 184 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries this weekend.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) October 6, 2013
#Michigan commit Chase Winovich forced four fumbles tonight. Also had six tackles and two sacks. His monster season continues.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) October 5, 2013
Cass Tech – Michigan's biggest pipeline school in recent years – won its game by 69 points behind the efforts of Michigan targets Mike Weber and Joshua Alabi, among others.
Who gets the Gold Star of the Week? Let's just say that I'm going to rename it the Who Was Close to Damien Harris Star of the Week. Shaun Crawford earns this week's WWCtDHSotW.
New 247 2015 Rankings Out
247 Sports released its new class of 2015 rankings this past week. Outside linebacker target Justin Hilliard got his fifth star, as did running back Damien Harris. Shaun Crawford jumped into the top 80, and WR target and All-Name team member Equanimeous St. Brown sits just behind him at 82nd overall.
The company also released a few notes on the rankings, noting that the Midwest might be down a bit in the class:
While the Midwest has several outstanding prospects, including recently-minted five-star Justin Hilliard and elite athlete/safety defensive back Brian Cole, it's not as deep of a cycle in Ohio or Illinois at this point. Those states are somewhat top-heavy with elite prospects like Hilliard and Jerome Baker in Ohio and defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. in Illinois. Perhaps there are prospects who will emerge, but it's not like 2014 in either of place. Good news is that there are plenty of 2016 prospects in the Buckeye State and Land of Lincoln that seem to be popping up daily, so this is more than likely an aberration rather than a trend.
Sure, there might not be as much depth in general in the Midwest for the class of 2015, but it won't have any effects on Michigan or Ohio State, who will both get plenty enough talent from the region. Michigan's class will also be smaller and could have much more of a national feel to it than recent classes, so don't fret about the region's lack of insane talent
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Michigan DT commitment Bryan Mone received his Under Armour All-American jersey at his high school on Friday. Mone has a chance to shine on national television and prove to many that he really is an explosive, underrated defender.
Commitments Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty plan on seeing Michigan in December, but the OSU game remains a possibility. I would prefer to get Peppers to campus when OSU comes to town, as this would give the Wolverines another elite recruiting presence in the stands during what should be Michigan's second-biggest recruiting weekend of the year.
Quarterback prospect Alex Malzone is one of many being looked at for the second QB offer in the class of 2015. He visited Michigan for the Minnesota game and liked what he saw:
2015 QB Alex Malzone on Michigan visit: "Loved it. Talked to pretty much every coach, it was great."— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) October 5, 2013
Tom VH also reported that Malzone is invited back for the coming home games. I don't see him getting the next offer when Michigan is in perfect position for Kevin Dillman, but this wouldn't be the first time Borges offered a QB who wasn't necessarily the most talented on his board.
Da'Shawn Hand's team continues its season without one of its team members, as shown in this emotional episode of First and 17.
Finally, four-star receiver Desean Holmes is a name to keep an eye on in 2015. Michigan has been in touch($) and could offer somewhere down the road.