Wolverines Offer Four Linebackers, One Halfback
The commitments of Kyle Berger and Sam Hubbard to Ohio State have forced the staff to look elsewhere for help at the OLB spot; they appear to want another MIKE/WILL type as well.
Three Four offers to linebackers went out in the past week, with one going out to a halfback as well.
Pennsylvania OLB Chase Winovich (6'4", 215)
Winovich might be the longest OLB prospect left on Michigan's board, although he's extremely wiry and could use at least twenty pounds of muscle. He displays BCS-level speed and quickness to go with solid instincts and a nasty attitude on the field. Michigan has been involved with Winovich for quite some time, but the commitments of the staff's top OLB prospects forced them to finally extend an offer his way. He already held offers from Boston College, Florida State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and others.
Florida OLB Richard Yeargin III (6'3", 216)
Yeargin is definitely stronger than Winovich, and he looks a bit more explosive on film as well. He definitely has the length to play the SAM spot under Greg Mattison. He shows decent hand use and leverage when exploding into the backfield, but he doesn't have to deal with much contact and will probably need work in the run game. His combination of a long frame and great athleticism could make him a great pass rusher at the next level. Yeargin's offer sheet is impressive: Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Wisconsin and many others have extended offers his way.
Ohio OLB Noah Furbush (6'4", 230)
The offer to Noah was confirmed just as I was finishing this roundup. He's nearly unknown on the recruiting scene and doesn't hold any other offers. His tape shows a big, feisty linebacker who lacks the explosiveness to be a great pass rusher at the next level. I wouldn't be surprised if he committed to the Wolverines soon.
Illinois MLB Kyron Watson (6'1", 220)
Watson looks like, in the words of DGDestroys, a "poor man's James Ross." Watson makes more than a handful of plays in the passing game, so we know he's capable of playing the middle zone at the next level. He displays BCS-level strength for a linebacker, but he doesn't have the same amount of explosiveness as Ross. Watson also hasn't played much against power teams in high school; most of his highlight consists of him making plays on the edge against spread offenses. He's still a solid prospect for Michigan's MIKE/WILL spot, but he could use some reps in the Michigan drill.
Texas RB Vic Enwere (6'1", 210)
Vic looks like a future pro-style running back, despite him playing in a spread offense in high school. He doesn't have great speed, but he does display solid balance and slashing ability for a back who's over six feet tall. His hands are average at worst, making him an average BCS-level running back prospect. Enwere's best offers come from Michigan and Michigan State, with Wisconsin looking at him as well.
Spring Game Attracts Elite Recruits
The spring game is always a major event for recruits, and this year is no different. The quantity of recruits is a bit lower than usual; quality remains high. A quick rundown of recruits who will be in Ann Arbor this weekend:
WR George Campbell (2015) - Campbell is the teammate of Michigan commitment Mason Cole and four-star receiver Artavis Scott. The commitment of Cole to Michigan was big for the staff in their efforts to land Campbell, who seems to love Michigan more and more as time goes on. He was pulling for Trey Burke and company on Monday:
Trey Burke going to ball out tonight along with Tim Hardaway Jr.— George Campbell (@GeorgeCampbell0) April 8, 2013
He clearly wanted Michigan to win the tournament, even rooting for Michigan against in-state power Florida. His skill set is truly elite; he's likely to be a five-star prospect in the class of 2015. Don't expect him to pull the trigger this weekend.
WR Artavis Scott - I haven't heard much news on Scott, who seems to be playing it pretty close to the vest when it comes to his recruitment. He's a raw receiver who has more than enough physical ability to play at the next level, which is why he holds offers from a ton of elite programs. Having Cole on board helps here as well, obviously.
WR Drake Harris - The former Spartan commitment has been buzzing about Michigan for weeks now:
Can't wait for this Michigan spring game on Saturday!— Drake Harris™ (@drizzygetbusy01) April 9, 2013
He holds offers from everyone around the country. I thought he would look around for quite some time before deciding, but some believe that Michigan isn't too far off from gaining their fifth commitment in the class of 2014 from Harris. We'll see.
TE Daniel Helm - The four-star Helm recently received an offer from Michigan. His interest in the Wolverines seems to be high, although he does hold offers from a few other solid programs, so a commitment shouldn't be expected this weekend.
DE Malik McDowell - Many though that Notre Dame held the lead for this potential five-star defensive end, but many Wolverine insiders now believe that Michigan is pulling away. It's not likely that he commits this weekend, but keep an eye on McDowell in the coming weeks.
WR Maurice Ways - Moe is gaining some momentum in his recruitment, recently earning offers from Iowa, Kansas and Ohio. I think he eventually lands an offer from both Michigan and Michigan State, and a commitment would most likely come if the Wolverines come through.
Commits Mason Cole, Michael Ferns and Wilton Speight are expected to be in town as well. The three have already proven themselves as recruiters, and their presence probably makes it more likely for someone else to pull the trigger during the spring game.
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Consensus five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand has competition at the top. This is probably just Rivals trying to create some sort of rankings drama; Hand is easily the most talented player in this class.
Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers tweeted this days ago:
Michigan is the #12 ranked university in the world & Stanford is #6 academically. The Difference is playing in front of 30,000 or 118,000.
He deleted said tweet after fans started trolling the hell out of him. This recruitment is far from over, but Michigan could be the leader for Peppers right now.
Four-star receiver K.J. Williams makes it clear that Michigan leads for his services:
WR K.J. Williams says, "It will be really tough to beat the treatment I got (at Michigan) this weekend." es.pn/ZiuY2H— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) April 8, 2013
More offers are surely on the way for Williams, who is already off to a strong start on the camp scene.
Receiver Drake Harris, who was mentioned in the visitors list, has accepted an invitation to the Under Armour All-American game. The Army Bowl needs to hurry up and secure some commitments before the UA Game takes all of the elite talent.