We'll be bringing you recruiting roundups every Monday after this oddly-timed premier so make sure to come on back. Today's is short and sweet. Anyway...
ALL OF YOUR IN-STATERS ARE BELONG TO US
Rivals recently came out with their state rankings and Michigan is dominating its territory.
The Wolverines have landed prospects from seven states, including the top player in two of them. Only in the pipeline states of Michigan and Ohio (where the coaches are more familiar with the talent, and where most of the commitments from from) does Michigan have a player who is not rated in the top ten in his state.
The Wolverines hold commitments from four of the top five players in Michigan and six of the top 25 players in Ohio, continuing to back the promises that Hoke made when he was introduced as head coach.
A New Offer, Visits and More
Even though Michigan sits with 21 verbal commitments in the middle of June the staff is still finding players worth offering, most recently California receiver Darren Carrington. Watch him rise and pluck the ball with one hand:
His athleticism is apparent, and his skill set only reaffirms the notion that the staff wants big receivers with sure hands. They're holding a spot for Laquon Treadwell, so an offer to another receiver probably means they're not afraid to take four pass catchers in the same class. Considering how thin the Michigan receiving corps is taking four receivers might not be a terrible idea.
Class of 2014 offensive lineman Jamarco Jones is expected to visit Michigan Friday. He goes to school at Chicago De La Salle and should be one of the best midwestern lineman available. His highlights are fairly impressive.
Tremendous has interviews with Sebastian LaRue, Mason Cole and Jake Khoury. LaRue seems less and less likely to be a real option.
Other news in the form of tweets:
2014 OL Jon Baker has #BC, #UConn #Umass offers, visit #UNC tomorrow, #UVA this weekend, #Michigan #OhioState in July - ow.ly/btSO0— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) June 10, 2012
Hilliard Darby (Ohio) CB Caleb Day gives @RyanEasterling a top 3 of #Michigan #OhioState & #Illinois all 3 have offered recruiting.scout.com/2/1193471.html— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) June 9, 2012
That last one is interesting, as Day had been rumored to hold an offer only for those rumors to end recently. He might still be someone to keep an eye on.
Logan Tuley-Tillman Keeps Us Amused
Logan Tuley-Tillman recently decided to heat things up when he informed the world that big news was on the horizon. Possibly a new commitment? Another burning of a rival school's recruiting letter? No, this:
ik everybody wants to know & it's that Ilost like 15 pounds and am going to try out for TE with #core6 no promises thou lol #goblue— Logan Tuley-Tillman (@LoganTillman) June 12, 2012
Not exactly groundbreaking news. Still, it's good news as LTT had been nursing a shoulder injury and the fact that he's dropping weight can only mean he's back to his old ways. His efforts on the camp scene resulted in him receiving an invite to The Opening, an event run by Nike that gathers the top talent in the nation. He'll be one of seven Michigan commitments at the camp.
Michigan Commitments, Targets Continue Camping Circuit
The Sound Mind Sound Body camp is sponsored by Adidas and will be full of future Wolverines. Those planning to attend include Shane Morris, David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis, Khalid Hill and Csont'e York. Defensive end Joe Mathis will be there, as will class of 2014 defensive end Malik McDowell and Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb. I wouldn't be surprised if McDowell dominates, and thankfully he's assumed to be a heavy Michigan lean. Ace from MGoBlog promises to keep us all updated on all things Michigan at the camp.
Things could get interesting with Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke and Mark Dantonio all expected to make speaking appearances at the camp. I would pay to hear the words being muttered in this conversation.
More Money, More Problems? Probably Not
ESPN did research to find out the amount of money schools are spending on recruiting, and Michigan leads the Big Ten in the category. The article makes for an interesting read, explaining how the unique positions of schools can affect the amount of cash dropped on recruiting. Michigan spent a cool $577,663 on recruiting in 2011, in case you were wondering. Money well spent? I'd say so. Your national leader is Tennessee, who thought $1,479,099 was just the right amount.
Make sure to check back in on Monday. If you haven't already, read Sarah's post on finishing the 2013 class to help you kill time between now and then.