Signing Day Completely Uneventful for Michigan
Michigan, on the craziest and most eventful day of the year in recruiting, managed to have absolutely nothing happen. I woke up at 7:30 am to prepare for my first class of the day, which ends at 9:50; Michigan had every last one of its letters of intent in by the time I was able to get to my computer. No one flipped, no one wavered and no one received a last-minute offer that turned into a Michigan signing.
What gives? First of all, we should be thankful that Michigan got the entire class to ink without any drama. Any rumors surrounding Jabrill Peppers, Bryan Mone or anyone else in the class are now officially dead. Still, that doesn't change the blandness of signing day for Michigan fans this year.
Malik McDowell Still Needs Mom's Signature
So Michigan may have had a small bit of drama on signing day, but it all depends on how you look at it. We all know Malik McDowell would choose Michigan State over Michigan if he had the choice, but it turns out that he really doesn't:
"I'm not legally able to do it because I'm not the custodial parent," Greg told The Detroit News, noting that Malik is only 17. "She has to sign it and I have to sign it, too. I don't know when it will happen. Malik has to handle that with his Mom. I'm willing to do whatever my son wants. It's been a long process and an uneasy process.
Malik McDowell, his heart set on going to Michigan State, isn't allowed to sign because his mother would like him to go elsewhere. This could stretch on for days and isn't likely to end with him signing with Michigan; I think he ends up attending Michigan State after convincing mom to sign it, or could end up at Florida State if that's not a possibility and he says something along the lines of "Hey ma I know you hate Michigan State but I would still like to attend college for free so could you sign this document saying I can attend Florida State?"
Signing Day Review: Good, Could Have Been Better
At one point, the Wolverines were leaders or favorites for at least two five-star prospects. Both committed elsewhere.
Michigan Makes Stidham's Top Ten
Michigan recently offered elite dual-threat passer Jarrett Stidham. That offer has paid off, with the Wolverines making his initial list of ten schools:
TOP 10 pic.twitter.com/OIZLELpedn
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) February 7, 2014
The battle is now on for Stidham's next cut, which will essentially be for a chance to receive an official visit. Michigan really needs to get him to fly up north for a weekend if it wants any chance at all, but I think Doug Nussmeier gives the Wolverines a great chance at doing just that.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
New Michigan Wolverine Drake Harris has already put on some solid muscle since arriving on campus:
Coach Hecklinski: "Drake Harris has put on 10lbs since arriving on campus."
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) February 5, 2014
Strength was Harris' only true weakness before he arrived on campus, but it looks like he's doing everything in his power to turn that into a strong point. Look for him to turn heads in the spring and contribute right away.
Michigan has offered four-star lock and potential five-star class of 2016 offensive tackle Gregory Little. He isn't little, coming in at 6'6" and just under 300 pounds. Don't expect him to end up at Michigan.
Five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield is intrigued by Michigan and might have Jabrill Peppers to thank for it($):
"Coach told me a lot about the tradition that Michigan has to offer," Sheffield said. "Michigan was a pretty big offer for me. I know they have Jabrill Peppers coming in this year, so it's definitely a place I'd like to check out."
Again, Michigan needs to get him on campus if it wants any chance. It does sound like he's legitimately interested.