Wolverines Make First Cut For Lucier-South
Five-star defensive end target Keisean Lucier-South (Lutheran HS, Orange, CA) has narrowed down his list of schools to 16, which he revealed on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
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— Keisean South1⃣6⃣ (@KLSouth16) May 8, 2014
It is still way early in the process to make a definite prediction on where Lucier-South will end up landing, but in an offseason where Michigan fans are looking for any silver lining they can get their hands on, especially in the recruiting world, the fact that they are still in the mix for this elite 2015 prospect is at the very least encouraging news.
We talked in the roundup earlier this week about when he wants to make a decision, which appears to be 2015's National Signing Day. As things stand right now, I expect the Wolverines to still be a possible landing spot for him when that day rolls around. UCLA and Michigan seem to be the two leaders for Lucier-South right now, but as the summer goes on and he plays through his senior year, the entire nation will continue to take notice and his recruitment will only heat up.
On a weekend that sees many college stars realizing their dreams of entering the NFL, it's hard not to make an Anthony Barr comparison when watching him on film. He has the size, frame and athleticism to be one of the best pure pass-rushers in the land when he gets to a college campus.
When Barr was selected ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings, Adam Gorney of Rivals seemed to echo that sentiment on Twitter.
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) May 9, 2014
Wolverines Offer 2015 OL Throckmorton
Scholarship offers continue to roll out to offensive lineman, this time in the form of one sent to 2015 offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton (Newport HS, Newport, WA).
Throckmorton is a three-star prospect and the 58th-ranked offensive tackle in the class, according to the 247 composite rankings. He has a large frame at 6-foot-5, but definitely has room to grow, weighing in at only 265 pounds. That will surely improve in time.
Prior to Michigan, Throckmorton had received offers from the likes of Arkansas, Oregon and Washington. He seems destined to stick on the West Coast, but you never know.
He talked to 247's Clint Brewster about the offer from the Wolverines. ($)
"I feel very honored to be thought of so highly by a program like Michigan. I hope to visit Michigan in the summer."
Throckmorton says that all schools remain even for his services at this time. "I'm staying open minded and objective right now."
I would venture to guess that Throckmorton will not end up being a part of this class. To this point, there hasn't been much chatter linking him to the Wolverines. With a decision date looming in August, we shall see what happens.
Nussmeier Checks in With Another 2016 Quarterback
Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been busy on the quarterback recruiting trail lately. He checked in with 2016 quarterback Brennen Wooten (Marble Falls HS, Marble Falls, TX) on Wednesday afternoon to let him know that the Wolverines will be keeping an eye on him.
Wooten spoke to 247's Steve Lorenz about the visit from Nussmeier. ($)
"Coach let my coaches know that they're looking to fill the 2015 QB slot in the near future, but that they really like me as a potential option in the 2016 class," Wooten said. "Michigan is a school I'd be very interested in."
Wooten is not currently rated on any of the major recruiting services yet, but the early buzz on him is that he could be one of the better quarterback prospects in the 2016 class. Heading into his junior year of high school, there is still a ton of evaluation to be done, but the fact that he has Nussmeier's attention is a testament to the skill set he posses.
He currently holds offers from Akron and Clemson.
You can check out Wooten's most recent film here.
Michigan Offer Has 2015 Running Back Reconsidering Decision Timetable
Anytime a scholarship offer comes from the University of Michigan, it's hard not to take a step back and reevaluate things.
This appears to be the case for 2015 running back Alec Murphy (Nixa HS, Nixa, MO), who recently received an offer from the Wolverines.
A three-star prospect according to the 247 composite, Murphy is the 63rd-ranked running back in the 2015 class. He is a bigger back at 6-foot-1 and 222 lbs, which seems to fit the power-run scheme that Michigan would like to run more of in their offense.
While Murphy himself proclaimed earlier on in the process that Iowa and Mississippi State were the teams to beat for his services, he told Rivals.com's Rob Cassidy that he is beginning to be more open-minded with his recruitment and that there is interest in Michigan. ($)
"With Michigan, I know all the fun facts. They have the biggest stadium and the most overall wins. The recruiter is a super nice guy. He had a bonding session with my coach. They talked forever. He showed me his Sugar Bowl ring. It was cool. A lot of guys in our weight room were in love with that thing."
Michigan is in the early stages of evaluating Murphy, but a scholarship offer means that they are doing more than just seeing what the kid has. There is solid interest here, and time will tell what they decide to do at running back in the 2015 class, where it appears they will take two players at this position.
The favorites to nab these two spots still seem to be five-star Damien Harris(Madison Southern HS, Berea, KY) and four-star Mike Weber (Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI), but with things moving so fluidly in the recruiting world, you always have to have a backup plan.
That's it for Friday. We'll be back Monday with the latest recruiting news from the weekend.
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