Malzone Commits to Michigan
It happened. It finally happened. Three-star 2015 quarterback Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, MI) earned an offer from the Michigan Wolverines on Monday afternoon during a campus visit and committed on the spot. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
— Alex Malzone (@AlexMalzone) May 12, 2014
New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier nabs his first quarterback since joining Michigan in Malzone, who reportedly lit it up during a throwing session in front of him recently.
There are those out there who are saying that Michigan settled for Malzone after missing on their top targets for this class, and while there may be some truth to that, they are by no means getting a slouch of a quarterback with this commitment.
According to 247's Composite, Malzone is the thirteenth-ranked pro-style passer in the 2015 class, but look for that ranking to rise a bit as the summer goes on and into his senior season. He displays many of the traits that are ideal for a quarterback in this system, but needs to polish up a few things.
At the very least, I expect Malzone to be a steady player at the quarterback position. Whether that means he's a future starter or not, we'll see. Even after Nussmeier may have missed on some better prospects, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in terms of working with what he has. Malzone has a good future ahead of him.
Roseboro to Release Top Ten Schools This Evening
2015 four-star defensive end Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, NC) announced on his Twitter account that he will narrow down his list of school choices to ten at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.
2015 four-star DL target RT @DarianRoseboro Top 10 coming out tomorrow at 8pm
— Clint Brewster (@clintbrew247) May 13, 2014
Roseboro is a defensive lineman that the Wolverines would love to get their hands on. He is the eighth-ranked strong side defensive end in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings.
He's a physical player and one that has garnered a ton of attention from around college football, but with some improvements to his technique, he could be a dominant force at the college level.
Right now, it's looking like Michigan and North Carolina State are the two teams to beat for him, but he does have interest from schools like Auburn, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Wolverines Pursuing Miami (FL) Running Back Commit
Michigan has shown interest in four-star 2015 running back Dexter Williams (Orlando, FL), according to 247's Steve Lorenz.
Williams told Lorenz that Nussmeier visited him on Tuesday. ($)
"Michigan has been recruiting me very hard," Williams said. "They want me to take a visit and show me what Michigan is all about. I definitely plan on visiting."
Williams committed to Miami (FL) on April 12, but he was offered by the Wolverines on April 22. As you may know, a verbal commitment means virtually nothing until National Signing Day in February. Williams likely sticks with the Hurricanes, but nothing is official until they sign on the dotted line.
Is the link between Michigan and Williams strong enough to flip him? I doubt it, but this is a staff that likes to keep its options open, especially with the Wolverines likely taking two running backs in the 2015 class.
Michigan is not the only school trying to flip him, though, as it appears Florida, Ohio State and Notre Dame have all shown interest in the tailback.
Wolverines Offer 2016 Wide Receiver
Michigan has thrown its name into the mix as the fifth scholarship offer for 2016 four-star wide receiver Justin Layne (Cleveland, OH).
In an article by Scout.com's Bill Greene, Layne talks about the offer and his interest in Michigan. ($)
"They wanted me to visit and I thought they might offer at that time, so this was a surprise," he added. "I'm going to the Michigan basketball camp on June 7, so I'm going to stop by and see the football coaches while I'm there."
"This offer means a lot to me, and I could see myself going there," he continued. "They are definitely up there as one of my favorites. They have a great atmosphere and their coaches are great, so I'm very interested in Michigan."
Layne stated in the same article that the offer was extended to him by defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who was present at the school to watch him lift weights.
In addition to his recent Michigan offer, Layne has received ones from Michigan State, Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Florida.
That's it for now. We'll be back Friday with the latest on Michigan football recruiting.
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