Peppers to Visit Michigan; Other Visits Postponed
Five-star Michigan commitment Jabrill Peppers will visit Michigan, and he might not be seeing anyone after that:
According to coach Partridge at PC only official visit Jabrill Peppers scheduled is #Michigan. Will determine if he wants others after that— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) November 30, 2013
Brady Hoke isn't going anywhere, and neither is Jabrill Peppers.
Hjalte Froholdt Chooses Arkansas
Michigan lost out on yet another elite defensive line prospect this week when four-star DT prospect Hjalte Froholdt chose Arkansas over Michigan and Florida State. This loss doesn't match that of five-star DE Da'Shawn Hand, and he still isn't a recruit of major need like Jhonathon Williams, but it's a big loss nonetheless. Froholdt was seen as a Michigan lean for months now, but he chose Arkansas because of their family atmosphere and coaching staff. Sounds like defensive lineman who were committing to the Wolverine just a year ago.
Some have asked if this will have an effect on the staff's decision to extend an offer to DT Tim Settle. The Virginia native will receive an in-home from the Michigan staff soon, so it's possible that losing Froholdt could help push them toward Settle. That being said, Froholdt is a 3T and Settle is a nose, so there might not be that much of an effect after all. Time will tell.
Brady Hoke Spoiled by Families of Recruits
Trips to the homes of DT Bryan Mone and QB Wilton Speight will make you jealous of Brady Hoke:
Coach Hoke had a nice feast with the Mone family last night for his in-home visit. pic.twitter.com/DaKu7m8S0q— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) December 4, 2013
Hoke is getting wined and dined, Wilton Speight says his in-home visit will have spiced beef tenderloin and this pic.twitter.com/0N051sNigP— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 5, 2013
Feed your kid with lavish feasts every night and he might become a monster defensive tackle.
McDowell Releases Top List
Four-star defensive line prospect Malik McDowell has named a top seven:
Southfield (Mich.) DT Malik McDowell names top 7 of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Alabama & LSU— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) December 4, 2013
That's an impressive top list. McDowell will pass on taking any more visits to UM and MSU to focus on his other top schools. I don't see the southern schools playing a major role, but every last one of them are legitimate powers capable of swaying a recruit their way; McDowell is far from a Michigan lock.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Michigan is down to four QB prospects according to Josh Helmholdt:
This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Michigan's coaching staff has been working on scouting and getting to know its 2015 QB prospects for quite some time now. Alex Malzone is almost certainly on that short list, and Josh Rosen and Kyle Kearns are my candidates for the other two spots. I don't think Kevin Dillman will ever see an offer from Michigan.
Michigan commitment Shaun Crawford recently received an offer from Ohio State. He's not wavering in his commitment:
Still committed and actively recruiting? He's not going anywhere.
As per usual, Cass Tech has another skill position prospect to keep an eye on in Donovan Peoples-Jones. The class of 2017(!) prospect is already receiving attention from Midwestern powers.
Okay, Ohio State:
Losing Damon Webb still hurts.
Surprise! Damien Harris is your Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year. He only rushed for 2,621 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Speaking of running backs, Brady Hoke will be in Vic Enwere's home this weekend:
Home visit schedule for saturday with Michigan #GoBlue— The Only .23 (@A1_Pericoo) December 5, 2013
I think Michigan has a legitimate shot here, but California has done a great job of selling its coaching staff to the young back. It's going to be a battle.
Wilton Speight's new senior highlights show a QB who isn't prone to turning the ball over. He sees the field much better than Shane Morris did at the same point in his career, leading me to believe that Speight will challenge Morris for the starting job once Devin Gardner graduates.
Finally, four-star linebacker commitment Michael Ferns accepts his Under Armour All-American jersey:
Michigan fans will have plenty of motivation to watch both All-American bowls this year.