Swenson Chooses Michigan
A program desperately in need of any form of good news got it this week when future four-star tackle Erik Swenson chose Michigan over offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and others. He has known that he wanted to commit for quite some time and wasn't interested in the limelight:
Swenson decided he would commit to #Michigan during the week of The Game immediately after his visit for the ND game in September.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 25, 2013
Swenson was going to wait to commit, but his dad told me earlier today that he doesn't need the limelight and he was ready to commit.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 25, 2013
He's already busy recruiting for Michigan:
@inauta24 thanks man! Would love to see you here with me! #GoBlue— Erik Swenson (@Eiek77) November 25, 2013
..and has plenty of potential on the field:
Potential is important at the left tackle spot; both Taylor Lewan and Jake Long looked much like Swenson at his age, with long ways to go in terms of strength development but already possessing the athleticism needed to be successful. Swenson flashed that potential when he started for his high school football team as a freshman, putting older players on the ground with regularity:
Check out the rest of the New Blue post linked above for a much more on Swenson's game and recruitment.
Peppers to See Other Schools
Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers shocked the Michigan fan base Tuesday when he tweeted this:
Imma take a couple Officials after the season myself 🙌🙇— Breezy (@JabrillPeppers) November 26, 2013
Why? To keep his options open in case Brady Hoke loses his job:
"I am still 100% committed to the University of Michigan and that is the place where I want to go to college," Peppers said. "With the rumors about Coach Hoke possibly not being there I need to make sure that I have options and have seen other places in case the University of Michigan decides to go in a different direction. For the sake of my future I need to make sure I have other options. No need to look into it any further! Go Blue and beat TDS."
Where those visits will be to remains to be seen, although other academic powers like UCLA are already being mentioned.
Brady Hoke will not be fired following this season of Michigan football. Greg Mattison will remain in Ann Arbor with the rest of his defensive staff. Darrell Funk might get the ax; Al Borges could suffer the same fate. And in 2014, Jabrill Peppers will be enrolled at Michigan after giving his fans heart palpitations by publicly stating his want to see other schools. Don't fret over this too much, people.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Michigan commitment Michael Ferns is on the final list for the 2013 High School Butkus Award. Damien Harris already added some hardware:
Congrats to @Damien_D1Harris for once again being named the District Player Of The Year #Honored— Southern Football (@MadSouth_FB) November 26, 2013
They should probably give him two in preparation of the '14-'15 season.
Offensive tackle prospect Sterling Jenkins is ready for his visit to UM for The Game:
Quite the appropriate wallpaper I'd say pic.twitter.com/eVHpmWHy3S— Sterling Jenkins⚡™ (@S_Jenkins72) November 25, 2013
I'd say so, too.