Michigan Offers QB David Sills, DT Tim Settle
Two major recruiting questions were answered this past week when Michigan offered both DT Tim Settle and USC commitment QB David Sills. The latter has a connection to the program that I didn't know of before:
On the David Sills offer, he trains with Steve Clarkson who also trains Wilton Speight. Clarkson and Borges have known each other for years— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 6, 2013
Interesting. Sills attends Eastern Christian Academy with Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson; Brady Hoke was there to see all three on a visit:
Michigan has a legitimate shot at flipping Sills, who has been training to play quarterback since he was knee-high. It appears as if Clarkson and Borges have communicated about quarterback prospects before; I don't think Borges would pull the trigger on Sills if he didn't think he could get him to flip, and it's obvious that Clarkson would know a thing or two about that.
Tim Settle's offer is just an interesting. I didn't think it was the case before, but it looks like Michigan was waiting on the decision of Hjalte Froholdt before it would offer other defensive tackles. The two are very different players and could wind up playing different positions, so I didn't think the two recruiting stories were connected. Michigan offering Settle shortly after Froholdt dropped off most likely proves me wrong.
The Wolverines have a legitimate shot with Settle, too. He won't decide until close to the end of his cycle, and his visit to Ann Arbor a while back went very well. He wanted the offer and eventually received it; it's up to the coaching staff to work its way up his short list of schools.
Latest on Jabrill Peppers
Star Michigan commitment Jabrill Peppers scared Michigan fans when he said he would be taking some official visits following his season, which ended with another state championship. He spoke to Rivals about his situation($):
"Right now my only planned official visit is Michigan," Peppers said. "It might stay that way and it may not. My mom, my coach and I have more time now to talk about it.
"UCLA and Penn State are probably the main two candidates for visits if I take any," he said. "Penn State, Alabama, UCLA and some other schools along those lines have been reaching out. I haven't really been bombarded."
Brady Hoke, knowing that he still has work to do in Peppers' recruitment, flew out to see him:
It turns out that one of Hoke's most infamous recruits is trying to change Peppers' mind:
"Da'Shawn is trying to get me to flip but I think I'm going blue," Peppers told Rivals.
Gun to my head, Peppers is going to be a Michigan Wolverine. Hoke isn't going anywhere, and neither is Jabrill Peppers.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Michigan likes four-star ATH Brian Cole at both receiver and running back:
"They wanted me at receiver at first, but then Coach (Fred) Jackson told me that he likes me at running back," Cole Jr. said regarding the Wolverines. "The choice is mine pretty much. I just want to be used to the best of my ability, like Jeremy Gallon. I would want to be that person. I like their offense."
He has high praise for Michigan State, who is the other major contender for his services.
Michigan CB commitment Shaun Crawford has junior highlights up on Hudl. The Ohio product remains committed to the Wolverines and won't be flipping to Ohio State despite their recent offer.
Running backs coach Fred Jackson had to cancel a visit with Vic Enwere because of weather:
Just met with Coach Jackson from Muchigan he will not be able to make the home visit tomorrow change of plans #GoBlue— The Only .23 (@A1_Pericoo) December 6, 2013
Enwere still plans on seeing Michigan this upcoming weekend.
An interesting little note from the UM Compliance handle:
New Interp: Coaches may "follow" or "friend" (initiate or accept) prospects of any age on social networking websites.— Michigan Compliance (@umichcompliance) December 6, 2013
QUICK MAKE ALL OF THE FAKE ACCOUNTS MUAHAHA ALL YOUR COACHES ARE BELONG TO ME.
Finally, Jabrill Peppers has won his fourth straight state title in New Jersey. He won consecutive rings while attending Don Bosco Prep, transferred to Paramus Catholic and continued his dominance. Peppers is the rare exception to this tweet:
Great high school statistics translate less to college than great college stats translate to the League. Numbers don't project talent.— Anthony Mammel (@AnthonyFMammel) December 5, 2013
Bringing a title to every school you attend proves that you're about to do big things at the next level.