McDowell Releases Top Four
Five-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell's recruitment has been very a very up-and-down experience for Michigan, which made McDowell's latest cut:
My top 4 colleges! Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Ohio State.— FAT LEEK (@D1_LEEK) January 28, 2014
Michigan fans ran through the streets yelling, "MICHIGAN IS FIRST FOR MALIK MDOW–"
Not in order I don't have a order!— FAT LEEK (@D1_LEEK) January 28, 2014
Why doesn't this excite me? At very best, Michigan is even with the Big Ten runner-up, the Big Ten and Rose Bow champion, and the national champion. Michigan State is at a serious disadvantage with Malik's parents, who would like to see him attend Michigan; it looks as if Florida State will be the beneficiary should Malik listen to his parents and turn down the Spartans.
Mcdowell plans on deciding on signing day, although those plans could change:
At this point, McDowell plans to make a Signing Day decision in a press conference at Southfield High School. However, if he's not 100% settled on his decision at that time, a delay is possible. That would put a post-Signing Day choice on the table.
My chips are on the Seminoles.
Coaching Staff Still Hard at Work on the Trail
Michigan's coaching staff has been busy in the past month. How busy? Really fu***** busy:
Damn you, Hans Blix. Damn you. Eric and I get to keep up with this recruiting news by sorting through which players have been contacted and which hold new offers, keeping us plenty busy as well. Expect a 2015 board update very soon.
Anyway, I've veered off course. Michigan extended offers to 2015s WR Devante Peete, TE Hale Hentges and TE Chris Clark; it's obvious that the staff wants to add a sizable tight end in every single class. Class of 2016 prospects DE Joseph Jackson and DT Ed Oliver have also been offered.
The action doesn't stop there. Outside of the visit with Malik McDowell, the staff saw or will see countless other 2015 and 2016 prospects. I've never seen a sophomore class receive this amount of attention so early on in the process. More on this later.
Roseboro Interested In Michigan
Our Eric Rutter spoke with felite 2015 defensive end prospect Darian Roseboro, who is one of the many prospects who received an offer from Michigan within the past few weeks. He's excited by the offer:
"I'm going to get there in the Spring and take a visit," said Roseboro. "I really like Michigan. They have a lot of tradition and a great atmosphere. They have produced some great players and they get some big time recruits."
Roseboro is highly coveted and won't be easy to pull out of the Carolinas. He recently tweeted that he would like to make a decision in April, which means that Michigan visit might not ever happen.
Michigan 75 - Purdue 66 : Spitting Fire
Michigan continues a torrid offensive pace despite early hiccups and extends its Big Ten record to 8-0.
The Wolverines need to stay in contention for Roseboro and the rest of their top defensive end prospects, which includes five-star Jashon Cornell and four-star Keisean Lucier-South. Offers to multiple weak-side players suggests that Michigan isn't as confident with Cornell as it once was, so expect them to turn the heat up on Roseboro and Lucier-South; KLS looks very blue at this point.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
I really wish I would have read the Michigan Daily more often during my time in Ann Arbor, because they put together some fantastic pieces on recruiting, football, campus life and anything else related to Michigan. They recently published a piece on Sioune Houma and Bryan Mone, who are extremely close friends:
"Sione is an older brother to me," Mone said. "He tells me what I need to do and keeps my head straight, and helps me out a lot whether it be the recruiting process or in the classroom."
In high school, the two hung out in the hallways between classes, walked out together after practices or a game and attended church together on a weekly basis. During Mone's senior year, he attended a church retreat on a spiritual trip to Sacramento, Calif. It was this trip that finally put him over the edge to make a verbal commit to Michigan.
I recommend reading the rest.
Michigan early enrollee Drake Harris makes 247 Sports' list of most impactful EEs. I would be surprised if he doesn't start by the middle of the season, if not sooner.
Finally, Eric covers some of the options Michigan has to close out the class of 2014.