Is Alex Malzone THE guy?
Well, it happened. 2015 4-star in-state QB Alex Malzone FINALLY had a throwing session with Michigan's offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier recently. From one guy in particular who's thoughts mean a lot in regards to Michigan recruiting, Scout's Sam Webb, had this to say on Twitter:
I'm hearing that @alexmalzone KILLED it in his throwing session this morning! Crisp, accurate... very few balls hit the ground— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) April 28, 2014
Typically, when a throwing session went as well as Webb hints it to be, the kid is going to be in pretty good shape in getting an offer. Think of Wilton Speight's situation, wanted that Michigan interest, impressed the hell out of the Michigan coaching staff after a throwing session and was offered. The rest, they say, is history.
It doesn't end there, which leads me to believe an offer is incoming in the near future.
Malzone plans to visit Michigan again ($) "soon".
"The throwing session went really well," Malzone said. "I talked to Coach Nussmeier last night too. He's going to watch a couple other guys throw this week and stay in touch. He had a lot of really encouraging things to say so I'm excited to see where things go from here. I'll be visiting Michigan either this weekend or really early next week."
With that being said, there are no guarantees that Michigan will extend an offer to Malzone this weekend. But, you have to think the odds are in Malzone's favor right now. You have a kid who is a little undersized for a pro-style quarterback, but has a ton of talent and in a position to grow into a position that has definite depth right now. It's a win-win for both sides.
I don't think he is a "commit on the spot" type of player, but it wouldn't surprise me if that happened IF he receives an offer. At the very least, the decision should come within a few days after the offer was made. If you think about it, unless someone like an Alabama comes knocking, Michigan is the most attractive destination.
Michigan State was once a legitimate threat to land him, but now that they have Brian Lewerke in this class and Jayru Campbell's scholarship spot in this class in flux, that pretty much takes them out of the race as I don't think they will be taking a third quarterback here.
Regardless, it makes sense that Malzone is very likely to receive an offer and eventually become a member of this recruiting class. Michigan could have a chance to snag a Brandon Wimbush type of player, but a Malzone-to-Michigan storyline is looking more like a sure thing with every passing day.
Stay tuned for more on Malzone once the visit to Michigan happens.
KLS Visit Plans
Plucking a kid out of California if you're Michigan is not the easiest of tasks.
However for the Wolverines, there is a possibility that might happen in the 2015 class.
2015 4-star DE Keisean Lucier-South has been highly publicized as a "lifelong Wolverine fan" who considered his offer from Michigan a "dream." The next step in making this dream become a reality is getting him on campus.
While it has been assumed that he would use one of his officials on a trip to Michigan, Rivals' Adam Gorney confirmed the fact earlier this week on Twitter.
Getting him to visit once is nice, but twice is even better. Which could be the case for the Wolverines ($) this summer.
"I hope the official is not my only visit to Michigan," he said. "I'm really trying to get out there sometime this summer still and I'm hoping something can get figured out."
Sure, that quote doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, it could be something as simple as blowing smoke. But, getting Lucier-South on campus would be a big deal. Michigan and UCLA are the supposed (but not confirmed) leaders for KLS, but Michigan could make a serious run if he does end up visiting twice.
Don't count out Notre Dame here as well. They will also be receiving an official from him this summer and could make up some ground in his recruitment as well.
This recruitment doesn't really seem to have an end in sight so we will see what happens here. However you look at it, Michigan is still in great shape in this one.
- It appears that Michigan leads ($) for "elite" 2017 WR Jeff Thomas. Yes, I know it's 2017 and it'll probably change next week, but anything with the word "elite" attached to it will make your ears perk up.
Got word today from a great source that Michigan is the early leader for elite 2017 East St. Louis receiver Jeff Thomas.
Michigan was his first major offer and I was told that went a long way for Thomas. It's still really early in the process for Thomas but I'm going to go ahead and crystal ball him to Michigan, that's how good I feel about this source.
- Jon Runyan Jr. still exists and is fully committed to the Wolverines ($).
"I still get letters from schools, but I usually just don't open them," he said. "I'm 100 percent to Michigan and I'm excited to see what the offense can do this year, with the quarterback battle between Devin Gardner and Shane Morris. I'm also interested in what's going on with the offensive line and also who is going to start at running back.
- 2016 OL Thiyo Lukusa visited Michigan over the weekend ($).
"I took a tour of the new facilities at Schembechler Hall," Lukusa said. "It's crazy nice in there. It was so awesome to check out. Coach Ferrigno also stopped by to check in on me yesterday as well."
- A certain 2015 OL Michigan recently offered is a relatively soft verbal to their school ($). Can Michigan flip him?
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