Ballage Chooses ASU; Enwere Anticipates UM Visit
Four-star Colorado running back Kalen Ballage has committed to Arizona State, leaving Michigan with one true running back option in the class of 2014 in Texas product Vic Enwere. Ballage was offered by Michigan long ago and mentioned the Wolverines more than once in interviews, but the interest never really led to anything more.
Enwere is still very much on Michigan's board:
Coach Jackson from Michigan just left my house very good visit great guy #GoBlue— The Only .23 (@A1_Pericoo) December 12, 2013
He'll see Michigan this weekend. We'll know more about the Wolverines' chances then, but I got the feeling that he is giving Michigan a hard look when I spoke to him over the phone.
Settle and Manning Bonding
Five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle was recently offered by Michigan after a long waiting period. His main recruiter, outside linebackers coach Roy Manning, was the same man who recruited Da'Shawn Hand. The two don't talk as much football as you might think($):
"Coach Manning is the man," he said. "We don't really talk about recruiting a lot when I talk to him, which is great. He's a really funny dude that always makes me laugh. We talk about the most random stuff."
As was already mentioned, Settle has already visited Michigan before and he enjoyed the experience immensely.
"My favorite part was the participation and enthusiasm of the crowd during the game," he said. "The atmosphere there was unbelievable. I know they struggled a bit on the field this year but they're going to be fine. I liked the food a lot too. We ate at Quickie Burger and that really hit the spot for me. That might be the first place I go when I come back up again."
Settle is aware that Michigan really wants him to play defensive in Ann Arbor; he knows every school in the country would like that to happen. Manning getting such high praise for everyday conversation is a good start, and I'm beginning to think that he's one of the better recruiters on the staff despite being so young and missing out on Da'Shawn.
Settle's visit to see Michigan take on Notre Dame under the lights obviously went about as well as it could have. The fact that he's already talking about a return visit bodes well for Michigan, which should shoot into his top list by the time spring rolls around.
Massive 2016 Name to Remember
Extreme adjectives describing young football players are thrown around far too often, but Prince Sammons is a rare player who warrants every adjective in the book that's synonymous with 'massive'. Residing in Cincinnati, Sammons stands at 6'8" and already weighs a solid 260 pounds -- and he's a freaking sophomore in high school. We thought Erik Swenson was the largest kid on the planet, and we were wrong.
Sammons' Hudl highlights show an over-sized defensive end or super long defensive tackle; the fact that he's only a sophomore only guarantees that he'll push 290 pounds or more by the time he reaches college, but that doesn't mean much when you're pushing seven feet tall. He's raw, gifted and will be a boom/bust player who could destroy worlds. Michigan is considered the early favorite.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Ohio State has offered mutual prospect Iman Marshall. Get the rest on the recruiting of MSU and OSU right here.
Steve Lorenz of 247 Sports tweeted out an early list of Michigan's 2016 offers. The Wolverines have only offered 5 sophomore prospects; OL commitment Erik Swenson and DE/TE prospect Isaac Nauta are the two Michigan has been most involved with.
Tennessee picked up four-star DT Charles Mosley this week. He and his hair are excited to play for the Volunteers:
Impressive. Any Michigan commits out there looking to have a set of maize wings etched into their head? I'm kidding, please don't do that.