Keisean Lucier-South visit primer
Michigan's game on Saturday night against Penn State was shaping up to be their biggest shot to create an unforgettable experience at the Big House this season for fans, players and recruits alike. With their disappointing start to the 2014 season, the luster has worn off a bit from a weekend that was supposed to help solidify their recruiting classes.
Some players have decomitted, decided to reopen their recruiting processes or have flat out told Brady Hoke and staff that they are visiting other schools due to the uncertainties surrounding the staff. There have been a few players that were scheduled to take visits that won't, but their biggest target will still be in town this weekend.
The Wolverines will be visited by 2015 five-star pass rusher Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, California) this weekend, which will be his first opportunity to check out the campus.
I wrote yesterday on the visit could still give Michigan a fighting chance for the talented prospect even with their struggles to start the year, a piece that can be found in full here. (FREE)
The other day, he had this to say to Bleacher Report's Kynon Codrington about the visit, which we touched on in Wednesday's roundup:
"I want to see what's going to happen because that staff offered me, so if a new staff comes in I don't what's going to happen," said Lucier-South. "This weekend I want to see if the campus is going to fit me or not. I want to see how the academics are. I already know about the program. Academics are important because for the other nine months after you are by yourself, so I want to see if there's a fit for me."
He has also acknowledged to B/R's Tyler Donahue that the questions surrounding the coaching staff at Michigan don't exist at his other top schools, so it's an interesting situation to him.
Before Michigan's rough patch to start the year, I felt as if they had enough going for them to be able to convince Lucier-South to join them, but with schools like USC, Oklahoma and Oregon increasing their efforts to bring him in, it's going to take quite a turnaround from the Wolverines to get themselves back into the race.
Garrett Taylor taking other visits
As I stated above, the nightmarish year for Michigan football has had a rather large ripple effect on their perception by recruits nationwide and it starts with their currently committed players.
Four-star 2015 defensive back Garrett Taylor (Richmond, Virginia) still considers himself committed to the University of Michigan, but plans on taking other official visits, according to Rivals.com's Adam Friedman.
Taylor is currently out for the season after tearing his ACL over a month ago, but that is not stopping other schools from recruiting him and from him looking elsewhere at other programs as backup plans.
Taylor joins four-star tight end Chris Clark (Avon, Connecticut) as 2015 commits who have openly revealed that they will be taking official visits to other programs. Defensive lineman Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, North Carolina) has already revealed he has decommitted from the program and reopened his recruitment.
Doug Nussmeier visiting Donnie Corley's practice on Monday
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will be taking in a practice at Detroit Martin Luther King HS on Monday to check out 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley (Wyandotte, Michigan), among other prospects, according to King assistant coach Terel Patrick on Twitter.
Coach Nuss from Michigan will be at practice Monday to see multiple prospects including 2016 WR Donnie Corley and 2017 DB Ambry Thomas— Coach Terel Patrick (@KC_CoachTP) October 9, 2014
Corley is a four-star prospect and the 43rd-ranked wide receiver in the class of 2016, according to 247 Sports' Composite ranking system. He is the 6th-ranked player in the state of Michigan.
He does not yet hold an offer from the Wolverines, but he is a local product and has been on campus a few times, so I would not put much stock into that. He has had a very strong junior season and it would not shock me in the least bit if an offer comes out of his meeting with Nussmeier on Monday, but we will see what happens.
Corley was offered by MSU about a month ago, which appears to be the school to beat as of today for his services.
That's it for the Friday roundup. Check back in with us Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.
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