Committed Texas Talent Talk U-M Interest
Eric Rutter and Jacob Nye from Scout.com recently posted an update ($) on four 2015 committed recruits in the state of Texas that hold some interest in the Wolverines. Safety Justin Dunning, defensive tackle Daylon Mack, athlete Blake Lynch and safety Jamile Johnson.
Four-star Dunning, a Texas A&M commit, considers TAMU the perfect school for him and holds a fairly firm pledge to the Aggies. However, in order to get Dunning's attention and interest, Michigan will need to offer him first.
"I would probably want to take a visit (if the Wolverines offered)," he said. "A couple of my coaches like some of the northern schools, so it's a possibility to go see them. Distance really wasn't a factor when I made my decision [to commit to A&M]."
Mack, a five-star and Texas A&M commit, currently does not have an offer but the coaching staff has shown some interest in the past. However, according to Mack, he is only focused on three schools: TAMU, Ohio State and Auburn.
Four-star Lynch, a Baylor commit, references Denard Robinson for the reason that he is interested in the Wolverines.
"I just remember him and how effective (Robinson) was there," said Lynch. "If I felt like Michigan was the place for me in Ann Arbor and I fit in their system... and if they gave me an offer and I liked it on an official I wouldn't have a problem going there."
Three-star Johnson, an Oklahoma commit, is not shutting down his recruitment process completely after committing to the Sooners. In order for Michigan to get a visit from him, he must get an offer from them.
"I would love to go to Michigan," said Johnson. "They are great and are a Big Ten team. I love the Big Ten, but it would take an offer for me to visit. They were close to offering me this spring, but they just need to look over my film some more."
Save for Mack, the general consensus is that Michigan would need to offer before their interest in Michigan increases, which is understandable. However, it will be very difficult to pull talent out of the state of Texas. With TAMU surging and Texas looking to rebound, they will be picking their state clean.
Steve Lorenz from 247Sports recently teased a big visitor on his latest Inside Michigan Recruiting ($) piece. It has already been confirmed that 2015 four-star corner back Garett Taylor will be visiting next week. But, according to Lorenz, this potential visitor is a pretty big deal.
"I want to get this out there in case we aren't the first to confirm it when it happens, but a rock solid source at Michigan has informed me that there is a potential "huge" visitor coming next weekend. I wasn't given a name yet because the player has not confirmed for sure yet, but it is a possibility... My belief is that it's an offensive player, and could be a quarterback of some kind. That's pure speculation at this point though."
As far as guesses go, I am not really sure. Fans will have to wait this one out until something more concrete emerges.
EDIT: Per Sam Webb, the visitor is 2015 three-start quarterback and USC commit David Sills. A pretty big deal.
Also mentioned in the post is that five-star defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. will visit Michigan sometime this spring.
In the mean time, below is a highlight tape from Taylor.
General Odds and Ends
Syracuse.com has a great article (FREE) on top Michigan target and legacy Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Wheatley's coach discusses Michigan interest briefly.
Most recruiting analysts believe Michigan is the team to beat, given the ties the family has to the school. Wheatley's father was a standout running back in Ann Arbor in the '90s before a long stint in the NFL with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Naturally, there's an attraction to following such a legacy, Hopkins said.
"Growing up in that household," he said, "you really can't not be a fan of Michigan."
247Sports' Clint Brewster listed some early favorites ($) for Michigan which features at least three Michigan targets with Crystal Ball predictions at 100% to Michigan.