Monday Recruiting Roundup Makes the Michigan Difference

Leon Halip

MRR updates you on the very latest Michigan football recruiting rumblings. Which freak athlete was offered this past week? Who plans on visiting Michigan in the spring? That and much more.

Michigan Offers Stud Outside Linebacker

Michigan has extended an offer to 2014 outside linebacker Sam Hubbard. Hubbard is a 6'6", 220-pound athlete capable of playing everything from tight end to safety. You can find his junior highlights here.

His game is solid, to say the least. First, Hubbard shows elite explosiveness for someone who's already big enough to play outside linebacker at the next level. He plays free safety for his high school team, making plays in the passing game and crushing kids in the run game by running to the line of scrimmage from fifteen yards away. He has great hips, allowing him to move laterally and make tackles in the open field on players who are much smaller than him. He's a raw player in terms of the linebacker position and will need to put on at least twenty pounds of muscle when he arrives to college, but his future is very bright. He's Jake Ryan plus two inches of height.

Hubbard is blowing up on the recruiting scene, recently being offered by the likes of Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Louisville. He's committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse, but I don't expect that commitment to hold; he has the potential to be a multimillionaire in the NFL down the line.

New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Full of Michigan Targets

The camp circuit is beginning to heat up again, and one of the biggest Midwest camps, NLA 7-on-7, was held at Youngstown University in Ohio. Tom Loy of 247 Sports brings you a list of the top performers. Notes on Michigan players:

1) K.J. Williams - Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty
Williams was easily the top player on the day and to be honest, it wasn't even close. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver was borderline unstoppable on Saturday and he showed why schools are coming after him so hard as of late. Williams has done a great job of molding his body into terrific shape and he has gotten much more physical than he was at the end of his junior season. He made plenty of acrobatic catches on the day and showed off outstanding leaping ability, especially in the red zone. He caught the ball well throughout the tournament and displayed impressive route running.

3) Michael Weber - Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical (Class of 2015)
It's not always easy for running backs to standout at a 7-on-7 competition, but that's exactly what Weber did at this event. Everyone knows that the 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back can get it done on Friday night under the lights, but on Saturday, Weber displayed clean route running, the ability to catch the football with ease and his agility made defenders look foolish at times.

4) Montae Nicholson - Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Smooth and effortless would be two ways to describe the play of Nicholson on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect played on both sides of the ball for "Team 412" and was both, one of the top receivers, as well as safety performers on the day. Nicholson was the only prospect to beat K.J. Williams on a deep ball, as he flew across the field and leaped over Williams for the interception. At receiver, he showed an ability to get off the jam with easy and his route running was one of the most impressive on the day.

Ohio State commitment Damon Webb also makes the list, but he suffered a tooth injury and had to leave the camp early. Michigan recently offered KJ Williams, and it's in solid position with Montae Nicholson.

I would recommend checking out the many short video clips posted by Tom VH on his Twitter account. I've never heard of this "Vine" thing, but it apparently doesn't allow embedding.

New 247 Rankings Released

New class of 2014 rankings have been release by 247 Sports, which updates its rankings far more often than any of the other major scouting services. Notable names, via TtB:

Michigan commitments in italics

1. Da'Shawn Hand - DE - Virginia
2. Leonard Fournette - RB - Louisiana
3. Lorenzo Carter - DE - Georgia
4. Andrew Brown - DT - Virginia
6. Cameron Robinson - OT - Louisiana
9. Jabrill Peppers - CB - New Jersey
10. Myles Garrett - DE - Texas
15. Damian Prince - OT - Maryland
19. John Smith - ATH - California
21. Adoree' Jackson - CB - California
28. Jalen Tabor - CB - Washington, DC
30. Malik McDowell - DE - Michigan
31. K.C. McDermott - OT - Florida
32. Lorenzo Featherston - DE - Georgia
33. Marshon Lattimore - CB - Ohio
36. Drake Harris - WR - Michigan
43. Jamarco Jones - OG - Illinois
48. Braden Smith - OG - Kansas
49. Khairi Clark - DT - Florida
51. Bryan Mone - DT - Utah (first appearance in 247 top list)
53. Nyles Morgan - LB - Illinois
63. Mark Andrews - WR - Arizona
72. Tyler Luatua - TE - California
75. Joe Mixon - RB - California
76. Bentley Spain - OT - North Carolina
83. Dante Booker - LB - Ohio
86. Jamal Adams - S - Texas
91. Roderick Johnson - OT - Missouri
93. Josh Malone - WR - Tennessee
103. Mason Cole - OG - Florida (drops 59 spots)
113. Garrett Dickerson - DE - New Jersey
114. Artavis Scott - WR - Florida
123. Nick Watkins - CB - Texas
124. Elijah Hood - ATH - North Carolina
125. Jalen Brown - WR - Arizona
127. Dexter Wideman - DT - South Carolina
131. Dwight Williams - LB - California
154. Wesley Green - CB - Georgia
163. K.J. Williams - WR - Pennsylvania
170. Otaro Alaka - LB - Texas
171. Parrker Westphal - CB - Illinois
174. Michael Ferns III - LB - Ohio (drops 76 spots)
175. D'Andre Payne - CB - Washington, D.C.
176. Kiy Hester - ATH - New Jersey
180. Demarre Kitt - WR - Georgia
182. Alex Bars - OT - Tennessee
184. Montae Nicholson - S - Pennsylvania
192. Andrew Williams - DE - Georgia
200. T'Kevian Rockwell - LB - Texas
205. Bryson Allen-Williams - LB - Georgia
206. Lawrence Marshall - DE - Michigan
210. Adarius Pickett - CB - California
212. Saeed Blacknall - WR - New Jersey
214. Kenny Young - LB - Louisiana
216. Steven Parker - S - Oklahoma
225. Nic Weishar - TE - Illinois
236. Juwann Winfree - ATH - New Jersey
238. Juwann Bushell-Beatty - OT - New Jersey
242. Brandon Simmons - S - Texas
245. Christian McCaffrey - RB - Colorado
246. Kyle Berger - LB - Ohio

Don't be alarmed by Cole and Ferns dropping, as both are committed, and committed players tend to drop. New players who were recently scouted also tend to jump players who haven't been out on the camp circuit. Also, don't say that I didn't call Mone's soar up the boards.

General Notes and Multimedia Items

Class of 2015 athlete Brian Cole has been offered by Ohio State. Cole attends Heritage High School in Saginaw, Michigan, which is about two hours north of Ann Arbor. He now holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State, so expect him to be a four-star by the time his recruiting cycle comes around.

Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers has some news:

Seeing Michigan's practice in person should help the Wolverines, who need an elite corner in this class. Peppers definitely fits that mold.

Yet another tweet providing evidence that Michigan is the clear leader for 2015 running back Damien Harris:

He might be a fan of Michigan. He's also a lock to be one of the top backs in his class. Just sayin'.

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