2016 Quarterback Costello to Visit Wolverines
Michigan just recently offered 2016 four-star quarterback KJ Costello (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), and it appears that they will be able to get him on campus for a visit sooner rather than later.
In an interview with Scout's Greg Biggins. Costello stated that he will be visiting the Wolverines on June 15. ($)
Costello is a kid that I've been watching a lot of film on lately, and I believe as the process moves along, he will be rated as a five-star talent. His upside is enormous, and I think he would be a great fit in Doug Nussmeier's pro-style offense.
When I look at Costello on film, the first that that pops out is just how strong of an arm he has at such a young age. There is a rocket attached to his right arm, and often times he is able to throw the ball downfield with ease. His accuracy leaves a little bit to be desired, but that is something that will come in time. At a young age, he already displays comfort and leadership qualities you look for from the quarterback position.
Costello and Malik Henry are the two most talented quarterbacks that the Wolverines have offered in the 2016 class. They both have contrasting traits, but they could both definitely make an impact on the offensive side of the ball.
If Michigan is able to land either one of them, they will have brought in a very talented signal caller that will be a factor in the offense for years to come.
The Younger Ferns Visits Michigan
The Wolverines brought in a very good linebacker prospect in the form of Michael Ferns in their 2014 recruiting cycle, but the apple does not fall far from the tree in terms of talented linebackers in that family.
Michigan is currently in the ear of his younger brother, Brendan Ferns (St. Clairsville, OH), who is a four-star prospect in the class of 2016.
Ferns visited Michigan on Thursday afternoon, which was detailed by 247's Steve Lorenz here. ($)
It would be easy to pencil in Ferns as a member of the 2016 recruiting class, but he has a lot more on his plate than just the offer from the Wolverines.
Ferns has been in contact with schools all around the Big Ten, including Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State. While I do think he will be a member of Michigan's 2016 class in time, he does have quite a variety of schools to choose from.
247's Crystal Ball seems to agree with me, with 60 percent of the predictions being made sending Ferns to the Wolverines.
2015 Running Back Target Set to Trim School List
When referencing the running back targets slated to land with the Michigan Wolverines in the class of 2015, the names you mostly hear are five-star Damien Harris and four-star Mike Weber, but there is another target to keep your eyes on.
In an interview with Scout's Sam Webb, four-star running back Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek, FL) stated that he may narrow down his list of schools soon and that he still is in contact with the Wolverines. That piece can be found here. ($)
Personally, I have always liked what Patrick has brought to the table and was hoping that we would hear more news about him linking to the Wolverines as a part of this current class, but there hasn't been much out there.
There are a ton of big name schools after him, such as Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, and more. When Harris decommitted, Patrick seemed to me as a candidate to fill that void.
A lot of things have changed since then, and I believe it will be tough to get him out of the state of Florida, but as we like to mention, recruiting is so incredibly fluid. So many things can change in a short amount of time, and it appears he has a ton of respect for running backs coach Fred Jackson and Nussmeier, so we'll see what happens.
247's Crystal Ball has Patrick as an overwhelming favorite to land with the Seminoles, garnering over 97 percent of the predictions to FSU.
Four-star 2016 Defensive End to Visit
Four-star 2016 defensive end Janarius Robinson (Panama City, FL) will visit Michigan on June 20, according to 247's Steve Lorenz. ($)
The Wolverines continued their trend of scholarship offers to 2016 prospects with their offer to Robinson on Thursday. He is the fourth-ranked weak side defensive end in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings.
Robinson has received offers from Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee and Clemson, just to name a few. Many are already calling him one of the best defensive lineman in the 2016 class, so Michigan is choosing to go the route of offering him early and building a relationship.
As is the case with many prospects in the state of Florida, it will be tough to get him to take his talents to the Midwest, but Michigan has the potential to be a school that does.
Nine predictions have been made on Robinson for 247's Crystal Ball, and they all have him heading to Florida State. It's still early, so we'll have to wait and see where his recruitment goes from here.
That's all for Friday. Enjoy your weekend and join us here again Monday for the latest news and notes on Michigan football recruiting.