In-State Prospect Receiving Attention
2015 linebacker Tyriq Thompson is preparing to see his recruitment process blow up according to 247Sports' Steve Lorenz. Lorenz has an excellent recruiting piece touching on various prospects ($.) In the post, he explains that Thompson may be close to being offered by Alabama. Which consequently could put other schools on watch. Alabama coach Nick Saban originally recruited Thompson's father Clarence, who played at Michigan, while he was coaching at Michigan State.
However, Bama may not be an offer that pique's Thompson's interests according to his football coach.
"Tyriq is different. The academics are REAL with him," coach said. "He takes that stuff very, very seriously. Alabama is recruiting him because Bobby (Williams) and Coach Saban recruited his father while they were at Michigan State."
According to Lorenz, he feels that this will be a battle between Michigan and Michigan State for Thompson. He also has been very deflective as whether playing in his fathers footsteps is something that's big for him.
I made a Crystal Ball prediction a few weeks ago that said that Tyriq Thompson will eventually choose Michigan as his school. Nothing has happened since that would make me change my mind.
SB Nation Profiles Two of Interest
SB Nation's recruiting analyst Bud Elliott has solid recruiting information on recruits from across the nation. Elliott has done scouting reports on three prospects, George Campbell, Josh Rosen and Tim Settle, have Michigan interest and also hold the interest of Michigan fans that would like to see them don the winged helmet.
What impresses Elliott the most about Campbell is his athleticism and size. There is plenty of potential to grow.
"Campbell is only 185 pounds, but I believe he has the frame to play at 210 pounds or more down the line. He has phenomenal athleticism. His top-end speed is excellent, but he has better acceleration than many would expect for a tall player. That's important because it suggests Campbell will have the ability to run better routes, and a greater variety of routes as he continues to develop -- not just deep balls."
Rosen caught Elliott's eye with his ability to throw when he doesn't have a perfect pocket.
"Rosen operates out of the spread, and consistently delivers a catchable ball, hitting his receivers in stride. Accuracy is the most important physical attribute for a quarterback to meet, provided he meets a certain baseline of arm strength (which Rosen does, though he does not have a cannon.) I also like Rosen's ability to throw when he doesn't have a perfect pocket, or is off balance. Some evaluators refer to this as throwing off platform."
According to Elliot, Settle is one of the best defensive tackles he has seen in the 2015 class.
"Settle is definitely one of the ten best defensive tackle recruits I have seen in the Class of 2015. I do think he is somewhat close to his ceiling weight wise, so most of his improvements will come from more experience, coaching and toning, as opposed to adding a ton of mass."
Although landing all three of these players will be unlikely, there is still a chance that Michigan could secure a commitment from Campbell. However, I would not hold my breath for one to happen. I do not see Campbell leaving the South.
General Odds and Ends
According to 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong, three-star quarterback Alex Malzone will visit Michigan this weekend.
2016 wide receiver Austin Mack is excited to visit Michigan this weekend. He talks with Lorenz about what he'd like to find out on his visit ($)
"I'd like to get to meet some of the players," he said. "I want to see how much they like the Michigan program and how much they enjoy themselves. I want to interact with the coaching staff as well and talk to them a little bit about how the program is run and what Michigan is all about. To be honest I don't know a ton about them at this point despite living in Indiana, but it's definitely one program I want to learn more about."
Scout.com's Eric Rutter spoke with 2016 lineback Tuf Borland about his visit to Michigan last weekend ($.)
According to Scout.com's Allen Triue, 2015 defensive back Brian Cole plans a return visit to Michigan.
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