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Michigan Football Recruiting: Analyzing the Wolverines' 2015 QB Offers and Targets

Landing a 2015 QB may take some time, but Michigan remains in the mix for several big-armed prospects.

Brady Hoke and the Michigan coaching staff is on the hunt for a 2015 QB.
Brady Hoke and the Michigan coaching staff is on the hunt for a 2015 QB.
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Update: Per Sam Webb of the Detroit News/, Michigan is in pursuit of Brandon Wimbush, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback (No. 5 DTQB, per 247Sports).

Recruiting quarterbacks can get tricky.

Wide receivers are often referred to as "divas," but don't forget about the guys throwing the ball, especially when those guys tout 4- and 5-star rankings. They get their pick of the litter, call all the shots and play out the process until the very end--that's just how the game unfolds.

That being said, Michigan is flaking a few next-gen arms such as Josh Rosen, David Sills, Jarrett Stidham and Blake Barnett.

Per 247Sports, Rosen is weighing options, Sills is committed to USC, Stidham just gave a verbal to Texas Tech and Barnett is bound for Notre Dame... the moment.

Things change, and NSD 2015 is, for all intents and purposes, an eternity away--or about 11 months, if you so prefer.

Doug Nussmeier, the new offensive coordinator, is known for his work with quarterbacks. They flock to him in search of knowledge.

The guy is good. Now it's time to see who he can snag for Team 136.


Josh Rosen (decision March 20)

  • School: St. John Bosco (Calif.)
  • High-profiler: 5-star IncrediKid, No. 1-ranked pro-styler, No. 5 overall
  • Vitals: 6'4," 205 pounds
  • Fast: Runs a 4.7-second 40, per 247Sports

Rosen has been hyped beyond hyping. He has a world of potential, but he's not a once-a-decade type quarterback. However, he's definitely the type of athlete who can run an efficient, high-scoring offense and lead to a ton of wins.

Development will be key for the junior, who needs to work on his footwork and throwing from firm ground. Other than that, he's a prolific pocket-passer with enough arm to make you forget that he needs tuning.

The California Kid favors UCLA, Cal and Stanford.

But Nussmeier and Michigan are right there.

The following video should refresh your Rosen Memory.

Maize 'n Brew's own Joshua Henschke recently cast his line in the river of predictions.

Jarrett Stidham

  • School : Stephenville (Texas)
  • High-profiler: 5-star ranking, No. 2-ranked dual-threat
  • Vitals: 6'4," 190 pounds
  • Really fast: Runs a 4.57-second 40, per 247Sports

Stidham can run and throw, but his style may not fit the overall plans for the offense. However, considering his athleticism, it's not like Michigan would say "no thanks" if he were to change his mind.

At this time, the chances of the run-and-gun signal-caller making his way to Ann Arbor seem slim to none.

But he has an offer, so he's worth mentioning.

David Sills

  • School: Elkton Eastern Christian (Md.)
  • Kind-of-high-profiler: 3-star rating, No. 22 pro-styler of 2015
  • Vitals: 6'3," 180 pounds
  • The goods: Underrated?

He's given a verbal to USC, but Michigan has insiders: Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson, a pair of 2014 Elkton Eastern grads who played with Sills. This relationship could prove beneficial, or it could prove to be meaningless.

Sills may or may not care what his former teammates have to say, choosing to stay put with the Trojans rather than consider a jump to Ann Arbor.

He's scheduled to visit Thursday.

Blake Barnett

  • School: Corona Santiago (Calif.)
  • High-profiler: 4-star prospect, No. 3 pro-styler in the nation
  • Vitals: 6'4," 195 pounds
  • The goods: Recently received offer from Oregon

As is the case with every quarterback on this list, offers continue to roll in for Barnett, who committed in November to Notre Dame. Those super-early 2015 commits are bound to change, and Barnett could exercise that option.

Although a bit slight of build, Barnett possesses the ability to scramble and regroup. On-the-fly modification seems to be one of his many talents.

Solid but not overwhelming, his developing arm should increase power with further training and maturation.

It's been nearly two months since Nussmeier visited Barnett, who's yet to visit Michigan.

A quarterback commitment could be around the corner, especially since Rosen released his list of finalists. If Rosen chooses another school, that could prompt Michigan to turn up efforts on either one of three players featured in this piece.


  • Zach Gentry: 4-star, 6'6," 230 pounds, No. 10-ranked pro-styler in the land.
  • Kyle Kearns: 3-star, 6'3," No.13-ranked pro-styler.

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