Monday Michigan Football Recruiting Roundup Isn't Fooling Anyone

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MRR updates you on the very latest Michigan football recruiting rumblings. Which class of 2014 prospects fell off of the board during the Army All-American game? Will Michigan be able to add another running back? That and more.

Early Enrollees Arriving In Ann Arbor

Seven players will begin their Michigan careers a few months early, moving into dorms in Ann Arbor to start taking classes and lift weights with the training staff before participating in spring ball. Freddy Canteen, Brandon Watson, Wilton Speight, Bryan Mone, Drake Harris, Mason Cole and Michael Ferns make up this year's early enrollees. They're excited to get started:

All seven are going through one of the most exciting processes of their lives. They're also about to be rocked by something known as Michigan academics, so we wish them the best of luck.

Michigan Offers Jeff Jones

Minnesota commitment Jeff Jones has turned himself into one of the hotter running back names in the country after playing well all week long at the Under Armour All-American practices. Florida offered before Michigan and already has the four-star locked in for an official visit, but Michigan should get its chance to impress him.

It would be a big coup for Michigan if it can lure Jones away from Minnesota, Florida and other programs that are bound to come out and offer the rising back. He has good vision, ball skills and speed, to go with a nasty ability to use jump-cuts and cutbacks.

Lattimore, Smith Choose Buckeyes

Despite the efforts of many in and around the Michigan fan base to stir up one false rumor after another, both Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith chose Ohio State over Michigan and many other offers during the Army All-American broadcast. This comes as a surprise to no one.

Michigan was never really in it with either of these prospects. Lattimore is an elite talent with the skill set to play high-level football at corner, safety, wide receiver and even running back, and he probably wouldn't have chosen Michigan even if he spurned Ohio State. Smith, who is a solid safety prospect with above average coverage skills for his position, wasn't ever going to be squeezed out of Ohio State's class like some believed. You don't turn down a four-star talent who is all but a silent commitment to your school.

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