Chase Winovich Chooses Michigan
Three-star outside linebacker Chase Winovich chose Michigan after flipping back and forth between Ohio State and Pittsburgh (I flipped back and forth with him on my crystal ball). The Pennsylvania product is a long, wiry and athletic prospect who will challenge Mike McCray for the starting position when Jake Ryan inevitably graduates to play in the League. We can now safely project Michael Ferns to the inside of the defense.
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Linebacker Recruiting Not Finished
Michigan is still in pursuit of multiple SAM prospects, even after taking two linebackers capable of playing on the outside. Ferns will most likely slide inside to the MIKE position now that Winovich is on board, and the staff is looking to add one more beside Winovich.
Candidates for the second SAM spot include Darrion Owens and Dwight Williams, who are both more highly rated than Chase Winovich. Williams sent out an interesting tweet recently:
It's a blessing to have tons of offers but to several universities I will not be waisting your time including #USC thanks but no thanks.— Dwight Williams (@DW7_) June 1, 2013
It's never a bad thing when a recruit tells the Trojans to go away.
Anyway, the staff will go after these two prospects, and Michigan could have itself an even better class of linebackers.
Top Ten Lists Galore
Five-star class of 2015 wide receiver George Campbell has a top ten list:
...for now. It's very early for Campbell, so this list means next to nothing.
Five-star corner Adoree Jackson has one as well:
Top 10Here Yall Go ! Alphabetical Order :Florida Florida StIllinoisLSUMichigan Notre DameOklahoma StTennessee UCLA USC— SWEET PEA(@AdoreeKnows) June 3, 2013
USC leads for Jackson. Michigan making the list is an obvious positive, and it turns out that Jabrill Peppers' commitment to the Wolverines is actually helping in Jackson's recruitment.
Parrker Westphal doesn't have a top ten list:
I gotta get my top 10 list out there.— Parrker Westphal (@Megatron21HB) June 3, 2013
...but he needs to get one! Michigan is number one here by miles, so I'm not sure why he feels the need to make a list.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Da'Shawn Hand only has one official visit planned, that being to Michigan for the Under the Lights game against heated rival Notre Dame. This is a good thing, as is this:
"But my favorite coaching staff is Michigan," Hand said. "With Michigan, what you see if what you get. It's professional. With some, you feel like when you get to college it might change, but with Michigan, everyone says they're straight.
That sounds very close to what Jabrill Peppers said about the coaching staff, and we all know how that worked out.
Four-star offensive lineman Jamarco Jones plans on seeing Michigan, along with a few other Midwestern powers:
Jamarco Jones says he is still planning on visits to finalists Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State before the announcement— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 2, 2013
Ohio State is the leader here, but take comfort in knowing that Jones' mother is pulling for Michigan. There's a chance.
Artavis Scott killed it at his most recent high school scrimmage:
Still in the 2nd quarter and Artavis Scott scored his 3rd TD of the day.This one a 68 yard catch.— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) June 1, 2013
Plenty of national analysts now believe Michigan is the leader for Scott. The last receiver spot will go to one of K.J. Williams or Scott; I hope it goes to Scott. Five-star 2015 receiver George Campbell wants him to pull the trigger as well:
Peer pressure, man. It might only be a matter of time before Scott is blue.
Michigan target Malik McDowell might transfer to Southfield High School and play next to Michigan commitment Lawrence Marshall:
Top UM target switching schools? RT @jermaincrowell: McDowell to Southfield ? Newest gossip in the city! I wonder how true.— DG (@DGDestroys) June 2, 2013
This would be big for two reasons. First, Marshall has been recruiting McDowell to Michigan ever since he committed, so playing next to him could help Michigan even more. Second, that would be one hellish high school defensive line. Good luck to anyone who might have to face that combination.
Three-star tight end Ian Bunting made a big step toward earning his fourth star:
He'll show up in Oregon looking like the most intimidating receiver and receive his fourth star on the spot. He's also doing his best to bring Da'Shawn Hand to Michigan with he and linebacker Michael Ferns:
Let's make that happen.