Michigan Offers Thompson
Michigan extended somewhat of a random offer to inside linebacker prospect Tryiq Thompson this week. Michigan has been involved with Thompson for months, but it remained unclear if the staff would ever come through with an offer. He's excited to finally have it in hand:
Blessed to have received my 9th offer from the University of Michigan! 🙏🏈— Clark Kent™ (@Tyriq_Thomp17) January 17, 2014
Michigan State looked like the leader for his services before this offer; the Wolverines are now atop the leader board. Thompson is a legacy recruit and was clearly excited to receive the offer, so I will be switching my pick from MSU to UM.
What kind of football player would Michigan get should Thompson pull the trigger? His highlights show an explosive straight-ahead linebacker who isn't afraid to lower his shoulder into oncoming blockers. He needs to add muscle to his six-foot frame if he wishes to remain a powerful linebacker in college, but his athleticism and instincts make him a solid offer. The fact that Michigan State came through with an offer should ease some minds.
Check Tyriq's new Prospect Profile for a thorough breakdown of his game.
Harris Looking Shaky
Our very own Eric Rutter spoke with Michigan safety commitment Tryee Kinnel, who informed Eric that Damien Harris is bound to spurn Michigan:
"I just know that, well basically everyone knows, that he's on the edge," said Kinnel. "I think honestly he'll decommit pretty soon just based on conversations I had with him. Hopefully we can keep him here at Michigan. Even if he does go through something like George is, but hopefully we can get him back to 100% Michigan."
That isn't exactly optimistic. Harris had been rumored to be looking elsewhere around the time that George Campbell decommitted. Al Borges was fired not long after, and the Harris decommitment clock began to tick.
Will the hiring of Doug Nussmeier be enough to keep Harris on board? That's unclear, but the Nuss is already doing his best to keep Harris from jumping ship:
If anything, Harris should be enthused by Nussmeier, who runs a zone system that Harris would definitely shine in. Hopefully Kinnel is wrong and UM keeps the five-star talent in its 2015 class.
QB Situation Looks Promising
Michigan is actively recruiting or in contact with a great crop of passers in the class of 2015, including five-star talents Ricky Town and Josh Rosen. Town is committed to Alabama but could listen to Michigan if Doug Nussmeier comes calling. Nussmeier was an integral part of Town's recruitment and could get Town to see Ann Arbor.
I'm a bit more optimistic about Michigan's chances with Josh Rosen. The other five-star California signal caller has a stack of academic powerhouses atop his list of schools, leading me to believe that Michigan should be able to get him to the Midwest for a visit. The Nussmeier hire will help here.
Even if Town and Rosen end up elsewhere–both will almost certainly end up playing outside of the Big Ten–Michigan is still in fantastic position with Kyle Kearns, Alex Malzone and many other quality quarterbacks who would all consider committing to the Wolverines if they came through with an offer. The takeaway is this: Michigan can recruit the hell out of two truly elite talents knowing that it has multiple fallback options, and it now has an elite quarterbacks coach and proven recruiter to lead the way. Yes, this is a promising situation.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
I recently predicted that five-star cornerback and Michigan commitment Jabrill Peppers would end up as the top overall player in the composite rankings. Peppers is now fourth-best 247 Sports, second-best to ESPN and third-best to Scout; taking the top overall spot no longer remains a possibility, even if Rivals were to tank him as the best prospect. Leonard Fournette, who is headed to LSU, will take the crown home in the class of 2014. He still isn't ever coming to Michigan.
Michigan could get back in the game for DT Hjalte Froholdt because of some Arkansas staff changes:
ESPN Jr 300 Hjalte Froholdt just found out about DC Chris Ash leaving Arkansas so as of now doesn't affect his commitment to Razorbacks— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 15, 2014
Froholdt is in a unique situation since he lives over seas, so we'll see what he and his family decide to do. They can't just take visits— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 15, 2014
Tom makes a valid point about Froholdt's location and its effects on his recruitment. Don't get your hopes up here.
St. Joseph, Michigan defensive end prospect Corey Malone-Hatcher already looks like a man among boys, except that he's supposed to look like a freshman playing among juniors and seniors:
He looks like a future SDE to me. Keep the name in mind down the road.
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