Recruits and commitments have carried on in spite of that nightmare of a game on Saturday. Don't expect it to have much of an effect on recruiting, as most of these recruits are well informed on what it takes to build a team that competes with the nation's elite. Michigan isn't quite there, especially in the trenches, and the recruits know it.
As far as the updates go, things should pick up when Michigan plays teams like Notre Dame and Michigan State, drawing recruits to big games and possibly seeing a commitment on the way.
High School Play Continues
Commitments and major targets continue to play well, as expected. Your average high-level D1 recruit will put up gaudy numbers throughout the course of a season.
Wide receiver commitment Csont'e York has recorded 5 catches for 73 yards and a score to go with his 4 stops and an interception on defense. As a taller receiver the fact that he's playing corner and recording INTs should stand out.
2014 LB Michael Ferns is playing well and still looks huge on film. You can see his first touchdown and a few nice tackles of his here. Halfway through the clip he trucks through a guard like he's not there and wraps up the ball carrier's legs. He's impressive.
Signal caller Shane Morris struggled big time in his second game of the year, throwing only 9 completions on 22 attempts to go with two interceptions. The good news is that it came against the best team in Ohio, St. Ignatius, and his team was never expected to compete. My gut tells me he'll be fine once he's throwing behind massive lineman to 6'4" receivers. Just a hunch.
Receiver Laquon Treadwell did this for an encore to his previous catch:
He's beginning to remind me of a longer Justin Blackmon.
Scout has a list of week one Midwest top performers that could be of interest. Ohio State's Jalin Marshall tops everyone and Cass Tech '14 target Damon Webb steps in at the third spot.
General notes like visits and recruiting rumors will be bunched here until things begin to pick up. This includes 2013 commitments and targets, 2014 targets and possible 2015(!) options.
Speaking of 2015 options, Michigan has only offered RB Damien Harris from Kentucky. He plans to visit Ann Arbor when Michigan takes on MSU. 2014 WR/CB Artavis Scott and OL teammate Mason Cole will visit Michigan on that date as well.
2013 WR target Alvin Bailey has committed to Florida. Michigan was involved early but fell off after Bailey admitted that he'd like to stay in the south. Bailey's teammate, CB/S Leon McQuay III, still likes Michigan. It's still unclear if the staff is still truly recruiting McQuay or if his father is just assuming that the door is still open.
Michigan commitment Gareon Conley is being pursued by bigger programs now that he's getting more exposure and might want to visit other schools. This would obviously be against Hoke's no visit policy, so that's a situation to keep and eye on. He has great potential at corner and could easily play receiver at the next level as well.
2014 RB Mikale Wilbon is a good looking athlete who's receiving some attention from Michigan. The Wolverines will be definite contenders should they extend an offer his way.
Other news via Twitter:
'14 RB Bo Scarbrough says Georgia, Clemson, Bama, and Florida stick out at the moment... youtube.com/watch?v=ZQy8kX…— DG (@DGDestroys) August 27, 2012
As of Now.1.) Stanford 2.) USC 3.) Michigan 4.) Notre Dame 5.) Ohio State 6.) LSU 7.) Miami 8.) Florida 9). Rutgers10.) Georgia— Jabrill Peppers (@JabrillPeppers) August 30, 2012
Jabrill outran an entire team on his own. Michigan will be heavily involved in his recruitment.