HUGE Surprise Over the Weekend
File this one under the unexpected category, word broke over the weekend that five-star quarterback Josh Rosen was on campus visiting. Seeing as though Rosen is deciding on the 20th, getting him on campus is absolute huge news for the Michigan coaching staff. As of right now, it is speculated that UCLA is the presumed leader and that won't change much even with a positive Michigan experience.
Rivals Adam Gorney has the latest ($) on Rosen's visit:
"It was awesome," Rosen said. "I was sort of hoping to go there and not like it and have my decision cut out but definitely coach (Doug) Nuss(meier) and coach (Brady) Hoke made it a lot harder. Ultimately, I had fun going there and it was a good experience.
"The visit was a no-strings-attached kind of thing, just get out there, I told them my intentions. I'm terrible at keeping my cards close to my chest. They just wanted to show me what Michigan was all about and they definitely did a good job."
Is UCLA (again, the presumed leader) in trouble? Did Michigan do just enough to potentially secure a commitment? We'll let Rosen discuss that:
"I'm going to step back and think a little bit. I'm pretty positive, I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with who I originally thought of, but it makes the decision harder."
Steve Lorenz from 247Sports adds a little more to the Rosen story ($), but his sentiments are about what you would expect:
At the end of the day, it was great for the coaching staff to host one of the best quarterbacks in this class. It shows that Michigan can bring in the top talent, but they're not at the point of landing them on a consistent basis. Unless something dramatic happens from now until the 20th, it's UCLA's to lose.
Greg Biggins, from Scout, also has more ($) on the Rosen visit.
Here are some highlights from Rosen:
Malzone Visits Again, meets Nussmeier
2015 in-state quarterback Alex Malzone has visited campus more than a few times over the past months. It is obvious that he is looking for an offer from Michigan. Malzone was on campus over the weekend to watch a spring practice and finally got to meet to his potential position coach, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Malzone spoke with (FREE) Lorenz about his visit.
On spring practice:
"This was the first Michigan practice I got to watch," Malzone said. "It was fun to watch and it was fun to get a chance to watch the coaches coach. That was the major purpose of me going on this visit. It was about football this time, and I enjoyed that. I really learned a lot about what Michigan is all about."
Sitting down on a quarterback meeting:
"I got to sit in on a quarterbacks meeting with Coach Nussmeier," Malzone said. "He's really energetic and is really working hard to get the most out of not just the quarterbacks, but the offense as a whole. The players were moving around the entire time and the practice had a really nice pace to it."
On meeting Nussmeier:
"It was a really productive talk and I'm glad to know where things stand right now," he said. "Coach told me that they are definitely interested in me and that they like what I have to offer. He said they've narrowed down their quarterback board considerably and that I'm one of the guys they like. Once the dead period is over, he is going to come up to Brother Rice and watch me throw so he can give me a full evaluation. I think I'll know the full story after that."
If Michigan decides to offer Malzone, you have to believe that Michigan is in great shape to land him. Of course, we will find out more once Nussmeier observes the throwing session.
Michigan hosted some visitors over the weekend. Most notable were quarterback David Sills and defensive back Garrett Taylor. Here are the highlights:
What y'all think? pic.twitter.com/YDekGN6fTp— David Sills V (@DS5_) March 15, 2014
General Odds and Ends
Michigan makes the cut ($) for 2015 four-star running back Jacques Patrick.
Darrin Kirkland Jr. has made his visit to Michigan set in stone ($). He will be visiting Tuesday, according to 247Sports Steve Wiltfong. Will he receive that elusive offer he wants so badly from the Wolverines? We'll see. It will be a big deal if that happens.
Former Michigan commit George Campbell was invited to The Opening over the weekend. 247Sports' Kipp Adams caught up with Campbell (FREE) to discuss the process. Currently, Campbell does not have any leaders but it still talking to Michigan.
"I am still talking to coach Jeff Hecklinski and Doug Nussmeier and I am trying to build on my relationship with them," Campbell said. "They are still recruiting me the same as before."
Camp Pride hosted by Star Studded Elite assembled some local talent at Northwood University over the weekend. Some Michigan targets were also in attendance including Desmond Fitzpatrick (did not participate), Brian Cole (did not participate) and Lawrence Gordon. Scout's Eric Rutter has a lot of great content on the camp on his Twitter feed. Here are some highlights from the camp:
Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill had two talented underclassmen compete in 2016 DE Lawrence Gordon and 2017 TE/DE Willie Rodgers.— Eric Rutter (@EricRutterScout) March 16, 2014
Joining Jawuan Taylor and Obbie Jackson as Defensive MVPs is 2016 Farmington (Mich.) DE / LB David Reese.— Eric Rutter (@EricRutterScout) March 16, 2014
Obbie Jackson led a strong showing from a deep DB group at Camp Pride. Jackson regularly locked down WRs in 1-on-1s, had several breakups— Eric Rutter (@EricRutterScout) March 16, 2014
So much for an official visit to Michigan, 2015 four-star wide receiver Juwan Johnson commits to (FREE) Penn State.
Michigan also loses another player. 2015 tight end Chris Clark has committed to UNC over Twitter. Clark, who saw his recruitment blow up over the past few months, is going to be a good one for the Tarheels.
I am proud to say I have officially committed to North Carolina had to go with my heart this place feels like home pic.twitter.com/0ohEkYB2T2— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) March 16, 2014