The Ever-Evolving 2013 Class
Stephen Hopkins has left the program, leaving the staff with 23 guaranteed open spots before attrition. Departures are a near guarantee, so expect the amount of commitments to stop around 25.
Two weeks ago I said that CB Gareon Conley would end up being a Buckeye. I changed my mind a week later, predicting that Michigan would get him to recommit after reading multiple reports that Michigan was still very much in the picture. Conley has since committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State. The Wolverines have a need at corner and Conley has huge upside, making him a major loss. They'll wait for Leon McQuay III; if he doesn't commit I wouldn't be surprised to see a small wave of new offers go out, much like they did for offensive lineman.
Speaking of offensive lineman, Michigan is still in heavy pursuit of Detroit Cass Tech OL David Dawson. He recently tweeted this:
Get to go up w/ my bros next sat and fool.. #goblue— David Dawson (@D3_FutureLegend) December 8, 2012
He's still in contact with many of the Michigan commitments, so I expect him to recommit despite scheduling visits to Ohio State and Alabama.
The staff is still after WR Laquon Treadwell, who now has Ole Miss on top:
Ole Miss number 1 on my list #HottyToddy no doubt in my mind that they are..— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) December 4, 2012
The amount of Michigan fans expecting Treadwell to end up in Ann Arbor shrinks by the day. Michigan hasn't done anything flashy with their receivers and will soon be a power team, making the Wolverines less attractive to a player who would love to play in the spread.
WR Eldridge Massington has decommitted from USC. He tore his ACL in the spring, and there are rumors that USC didn't mind him dropping from the class. Michigan could get involved if they wanted to, but don't expect it.
Two of the newest Michigan offers are MSU commit OT Dennis Finley and Illinois commit CB Reon Dawson. Both will most likely remain committed to their respective schools.
Michigan has offered Florida DT Jaynard Bostwick, but they're late to the party and he has offers from everyone and their mother in the south. The Wolverines also offered Nebraska commitment OG Dan Samuelson, but he will remain committed to the Cornhuskers.
What's the theme of many of these new offers? Too little, too late. Michigan's staff will continue to look for players who are under the radar and offer players they believe would flip late. There's still a need for one offensive lineman, another defensive back, and one of Derrick Green or an elite receiver. The coaching carousal has come and gone, so any players who could have shown new found interest in Michigan probably would have done so by now. With Conley out of the picture I think the Wolverines pull in Dawson, Green and a defensive back not named Leon McQuay.
General Notes and Multimedia Stuffs
Ohio State extended an offer to 2014 Michigan commitment Denzel Ward. He's not going to flip.
Michigan has offered 2014 RB Joe Mixon. The California native has highlights up on Hudl.
Maurice Hurst Jr. now has senior highlights available on Youtube:
MnB author DGDestroys predicts that Hurst will be Michigan's most productive DL in the 2013 class. I'm placing my chips on Taco Charlton in the long run, but I wouldn't put it past Hurst to develop into a monster.
Jake Butt has highlights up as well:
I'll say it for the thousandth time: Michigan is going to be lethal when it lines up with Butt and Funchess on the line. Don't waste all of this talent, Borges.
Lastly, check out 2015 QB Alex Malzone's highlights:
He shows solid footwork and nice touch for a young quarterback. The Michigan staff is selective with their QB offers, but Malzone will be in the conversation for an offer when his recruiting cycle comes around.