Hoke and staff on the recruiting trail Monday
Saturday may very well have been the last game that Brady Hoke coaches at the University of Michigan after a 5-7 season, but it certainly appears that will not stop him from doing his job until it is made known that it is no longer his to have.
Hoke's firing seems all but inevitable, but he and his staff are planning to hit the recruiting trail Monday, according to 247's Steve Lorenz. (FREE)
Lorenz says the staff is planning on meeting with Alex Malzone, Brian Cole, Mike Weber and Auden Tate in what looks to be an affirmation of commitment from the first two and a last-ditch effort to make a pitch for the university for Weber and Tate.
Some have asked if this means that the "rumors" of Hoke keeping his job are true, to which I say, "no way."
Hoke is the type of guy who will do what he's been paid to do until the job is no longer his, something that he has made clear all season. While his uncertain status may have been in the minds of players this year, it has never really appeared to bother him.
If/when Hoke is actually fired, I believe there will at least be one more decommitment in the 2015 class, but overall it looks like the core guys are still pretty firm at this point. We'll see what happens.
I've also been asked if it's possible Hoke is kept on a recruiting coordinator. Go ahead and file that one in the "extreme longshot, less than zero percent chance of happening" folder.
Garrett Taylor commits to Penn State
Speaking of decommitments, four-star defensive back and former Wolverine 2015 commit Garrett Taylor (Richmond, Virginia) announced via Twitter that he has committed to Penn State and James Franklin.
I have officially committed to Penn State!!! #WeAre #PSUnrivaled— Garrett Taylor (@gtaychillin) November 30, 2014
Taylor decommitted from Michigan at the end of October. He took an official visit to Penn State this weekend for their game against Michigan State and it looks like that was enough to convince him to be a Nittany Lion.
Michael Jordan talks Ohio State visit
Four-star 2016 in-state offensive line prospect Michael Jordan (Canton, Michigan) was in Columbus this past weekend for the latest edition of "The Game" between Michigan and Ohio State and it appears he came away impressed with the atmosphere.
He spoke with 247's Bill Kurelic about the visit and members of the OSU coaching staff he spoke with. (FREE)
“I thought it was amazing,” Jordan said. “The atmosphere at Ohio State was amazing. The fans were crazy. I went with my mom and dad, my whole family. I thought Ohio State had a great game.”
“I talked to the coaches,” Jordan said. “I talked to Urban Meyer, coach Ed Warinner, and coach (Kerry) Coombs. It went good.”
Jordan says that right now Michigan, OSU and MSU are his top three in no order.
Marcus Lewis taking official visit to Kentucky
Four-star 2015 defensive back Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C.) has added an official visit to Kentucky to his list, which will take place Dec. 13, according to 247's Ryan Bartow.
Lewis also has officials lined up to Ole Miss (Jan. 25) and Miami (FL (Jan. 30).
Michigan at one point was considered the heavy favorite for the former Florida commit, but talk of that has cooled off recently. They still appear to be in the mix, though.
That's it for the Monday edition. Check back in Friday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news and notes.