Michigan Offers a 2016 OL
Wisconsin native and 2016 OL Ben Bredeson visited Michigan over the weekend and picked up an offer from the Wolverines in the process. Currently unranked, Bredeson has a long way to go in his recruitment. Currently earning four offers from teams like Iowa State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and obviously Michigan.
Considering he is a lineman from Wisconsin, and you know how much the Badgers covet their lineman especially those from Wisconsin, they are considered a legitimate threat to Michigan. That's saying if they stand a chance at all right now. However, Bredeson did say some positive things about the coaching staff ($) during his visit to 247's Steve Wiltfong.
"There's a real difference with the way Michigan treats each other inside their program compared to other schools. I was impressed with how personable all of the coaches were and how much they cared for their players."
I would think Michigan stands a fairly good chance with Bredeson here. We will be able to get a better grasp on where the Badgers stand with the young offensive lineman when he unofficially visits Wisconsin on April 12th.
Sophomore highlights for the offensive lineman can be found, here.
Michigan (FINALLY) Offers Kirkland
With a decision date of May 30 looming, the chances to land talented 2015 4-star LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. were fading fast without an offer. That changed late Friday afternoon when the Wolverines finally extended Kirkland an offer, something Kirkland has been working hard to earn for months now. With the decision date so close and scholarship numbers are so tight, it was logical for Michigan to extend an offer now as there is mutual interest between the two schools.
Kirkland spoke with Wiltfong on Friday and seemed genuinely excited ($) about the offer.
"From Coach Hoke to Singletary, to Mattison to Mallory to Coach Smith, all of them," Kirkland said. "They were just telling me they're happy I stayed patient with them and always kept them in my thoughts, and they were extremely excited to offer me a scholarship and they're excited for me to be part of it.
"It's just a testament to my hard work. I feel really blessed an honored to say I received a scholarship from Michigan today."
Kirkland also took to Twitter to share his excitement as well:
I'm truly blessed and honored to say I have been offered a scholarship by The University of Michigan!! #GoBlue 🔵〽️🔵〽️🙌🙌— Darrin Kirkland Jr. (@_KIRKjunior) April 4, 2014
He apparently was watching the spring game as well:
Watching the Michigan Spring Game #GoBlue— Darrin Kirkland Jr. (@_KIRKjunior) April 5, 2014
Now, the big question remains: What are Michigan's chances?
Michigan has always had an excellent shot with Kirkland and were once considered a legitimate landing place for him. But, with Penn State offering early and him setting a decision date, the chances that he was going to Michigan were fading fast with each passing down without an offer. However, this is a brand new ball game now. With morthan a month to go, Kirkland has plenty of time to see campus again and make his mind up on where he wants to go. I think Michigan really shoots up his list now and is a serious contender for him. Kirkland has loved Michigan, has spent the weekend here and is extremely familiar with the coaching staff. With a need for linebackers in the 2015 class, Kirkland fits the mold with that the coaches are looking for.
This is a recruitment to watch out for in the coming weeks. There is a chance Michigan receives some more good news.
Michigan Offers Another LB
The 2015 LB offers have been busy lately. The coaching staff completed the Indiana LB trifecta by offering 4-star LB Asmar Bilal. Remember the top three talent in the state of Indiana that included Josh Barajas (Penn State commit) and Kirkland? Bilal is the last remaining piece to be offered. I stand by my thoughts on Michigan having a great shot with all three, even though Barajas is a Nittany Lion commit.
This one is a little more difficult to predict. He is high on Michigan and it appears that Notre Dame offered shortly after the Wolverines did. Bilal has been interested in the Irish for a while now, and it makes sense considering they are the in-state school. It looks like it's going to come down to a Michigan vs. the in-state school. Usually an in-state school wins the battle but I think Michigan has done enough to justify me saying that he will end up at Michigan.
How does this affect scholarship numbers? Not really sure. I'd assume Michigan wants to take two LBs in this class. However, the exception could be made for three if 5-star Justin Hilliard wants to commit to Michigan. A scholarship would be held for him regardless. Who are the combinations for the LBs? That's the interesting part of it. Assuming Kirkland is in, this could be a Bilal-Tyriq Thompson race to the finish. Until more scholarship holes are filled, the situation will become more clear.