The last week wasn't the wildest week in recent memory but important news is always surfacing in the world of recruiting. A commitment watch is still on for that one receiver we all like to talk about, and Shane Morris still has a rocket launcher attached to his left shoulder. If you're wondering why we thank Ray Lewis you'll just have to keep on reading.
Shane Morris and Confusing Elite 11 Rankings
We all knew that Morris is strong but his athleticism might be a bit underrated:
Other top shuttle times - Shane Morris (4.25), Zach Greenlee (4.28), Zach Allen (4.28), DeVante Kincade (4.30) #Elite11— Brian Stumpf (@BrianStumpfESPN) July 18, 2012
Based on other tweets Morris checked in at second in the shuttle.
And then there were the actual performances. In Morris' first E11 showing he struggled to throw a ball that didn't break the sound barrier but that no longer seems to be the case:
Shane Morris is really starting to show some ball speed changeups. #michigan— Tom Luginbill (@TomLuginbill) July 19, 2012
He's making very noticeable refinements to his play. After the first session on the second day he was awarded the golden gun shirt, beating all of his competition in an accuracy competition while showing off the strongest arm at the camp (and that's including the college counselors). Positive reports continued to surface and most of the rankings released by scouts had Morris in the top two, if not number one.
Then the leader of the camp, Trent Dilfer, decided that the player who showed the strongest arm while winning an accuracy challenge wasn't qualified enough to be in the final group. I assume that Dilfer put the most weight on a QB's ability to watch his defense win the game for him.
2013 News and Notes
With Jalen Ramsey to USC, you have to think the Trojans are done at defensive back, meaning it is likely a M/Vandy battle for McQuay— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) July 16, 2012
Ramsey is a cornerback out of Tennessee. You have to believe that Vanderbilt is in the driver's seat for McQuay if USC truly is out of the picture, mostly because of warm weather. We'll see if McQuay can find his way up to Ann Arbor again.
Thanks to @S_Morris12 I got back in contact with Michigan ! Hopefully I can get up for a visit soon !— Vernon Hargreaves (@VHargreaves24) July 18, 2012
The five-star wanted to visit Michigan but it's no longer going to happen. Consider that your tease for the week.
David Dawson loves to stir the recruiting pot whenever possible and tweeted about a possible commitment or commitments in the near future. The obvious answer would be Laquon Treadwell, who also loves the attention that comes with the recruiting process, naming Clemson to his top group after visiting. It's still just a matter of when he commits to Michigan, but this could be dragged out for quite some time.
Finally, watch as TE commitment Khalid Hill does work at the IMG Championships:
I'm very excited to see what Borges does with the allotment of tight ends he'll have at his disposal.
Expected Departures and Missed Cuts
Maryland receiver Paul Harris has committed to Tennessee. He's cut from the same mold as Csont'e York, which makes this news easy to push aside.
Tennessee running back Jordan Wilkins has committed to Auburn. This is no surprise, and with Derrick Green remaining on the board it also isn't worth worrying about.
2014 News and Notes
The coaching staff continues to reach out to 2014 prospects, offering a few and beginning the process with others.
Desmond Branch is the younger brother of former Michigan star Alan Branch and he's looking into visiting Michigan. He's 6'3", 240 as of now but will probably end up on the inside given the fact that he still has at least two more years of growth ahead. Alan Branch was an animal so getting in his younger brother's ear early can't hurt.
Tremendous also got in touch with '14 OL Kyle Trout. He's also looking to visit Ann Arbor but when you're 6'8", 280 your phone tends to ring off the hook.
Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb recently landed himself an offer from LSU, making him one of the hottest 2014 cornerbacks available. I still feel as if his physicality at the position is underrated.
To finish off the '14 news make sure to check out Rivals' list of top 2014 Ohio prospects. Names that immediately pop out as Michigan targets include (#2) LB Michael Ferns and (#9) WR Derek Kief, among many others. Ohio might be the state of the enemy but they play some damn fine football at the high school level.
By the Time He Has An Offer . .
He's a Michigan fan, one to watch RT @core6athletes 2016 OL Erik Swenson 6'5 275 will start at LT on Downers Grove South varsity team.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 17, 2012
. . there will be flying cars and other astronomically advanced pieces of technology in the world. Technological growth is exponential and apparently Swenson's is as well.