Michigan May Still Have A Chance With Campbell
Ever since his decommitment following the 2013 season, five-star 2015 receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, FL) had seemed to be trending further and further away from the Wolverines. It appears that they still may have a fighting chance to bring the nation's top pass catcher back into the fold.
In a post for Go Blue Wolverine, Scout.com's Sam Webb says that Campbell will use one of his official visits at Michigan, in addition to other tidbits of information on his status with the program. ($)
I have been on the record saying that as of now, I do not believe that Campbell will be a part of this class, and that he will likely stay in the state of Florida with either the Gators or Florida State Seminoles.
With a prospect as talented as Campbell still on the board, many top programs from across the nation are coming at him with interest, so it does not appear that a decision from him will be coming anytime soon.
This bodes well for Michigan because if they come out firing on all cylinders and have a great 2014 season, bringing back guys like Campbell and five-star running back Damien Harris will be less of an uphill battle. Win games and keep your big guns. It's as simple as that.
Cornell to Visit Michigan Next Weekend
Five-star 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, MN) is set to make his college decision on August 28 and it appears that Michigan has positioned itself nicely to have a chance to be the school he picks when that date comes around.
It does appear that a new leader has emerged for Cornell, though. After being in the area for the Nike Football Training Camp in Ohio, he took a visit to Columbus to see coach Urban Meyer, and the Buckeyes are reportedly the team to beat for him.
247's Steve Wiltfong details this latest development here. ($)
Cornell will be in Michigan area next weekend for the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp at Chandler Park Academy in Detroit. He is expected to take visits to both Michigan and Michigan State while he is here, which will likely be the last on-campus pitch for the two schools before he makes his decision.
Things have been trending away a bit from the Wolverines in recent months, but they still are in his top three schools, so we'll see what happens. The nation will not have to wait much longer to see what happens with this talented defensive line recruit.
Wolverines Have Work To Do With Top 2015 Running Backs
Michigan is looking to take two running backs in the 2015 recruiting cycle, and while on paper it seems they have a great chance to land some of the better prospects in the nation, there is still a lot of ground to cover to separate themselves from some of the other top programs in the nation.
Updates on both five-star Damien Harris (Berea, KY) and four-star Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) came over the weekend.
Starting with Harris, 247's Steve Wiltfong talked to him over the weekend, where he revealed that Michigan, Ohio State, and Kentucky are the schools recruiting him the hardest. ($)
One of the main reasons for Harris' decommitment from the Wolverines months back was the release of former offensive coordinator Al Borges, who he had built a very good relationship with. Doug Nussmeier has continued to keep in contact and make him a priority, but from an outside perspective, there was nothing wrong with taking a step back and exploring other options, especially with his name starting to blow up.
Even current commits are getting in his ear about potentially becoming a part of this class again.
Michigan commit Tyree Kinnel was just recruiting RB Damien Harris on the sidelines. #OSUNFTC— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 1, 2014
In the case of Weber, he seems to have become more of a priority since Harris decided to look elsewhere, being an in-state kid and a guy that seems to fit what the Wolverines are looking for in their running backs.
While Nussmeier has built a pretty good relationship with Weber since he was hired, Michigan still has their work cut out for them, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.
RB Mike Weber told me he does have a top 3 within his top 5. Ohio State, MSU, Wisconsin but Michigan and Tennessee still in it.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 1, 2014
The Wolverines will have to fight off other Big Ten powers to get a pledge from him, along with an SEC school that is on the rise. They are still in his top five, which is encouraging, but it is not a certainty they will get their guy just yet.
I am by no means a recruiting clairvoyant, but I do think when it's said and done, Michigan will find a way to land Weber. It will have to be preempted by success on the field, though, which is the case with many other big names still on the boards.
Boykin Reacts to Michigan Visit
Four-star 2015 wide receiver Miles Boykin (New Lenox, IL) was in Ann Arbor for a visit over the weekend, and it appears it went well.
Boykin talked to 247's Steve Wiltfong about the trip and which coaches he spoke with. ($)
Michigan is sitting well with him right now, but they do have competition from some of the Midwest's best programs, such as Notre Dame and Michigan State.
He is set to make a college decision in August. The 247 Crystal Ball currently has 69 percent of the predictions sending him to the Fighting Irish, with the other 31 percent saying he will end up with the Spartans.
That's all for Monday. Come back Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news and notes.
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