Crawford to Take Notre Dame Visit, Possibly Ohio State
Michigan 2015 defensive back commit Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, OH) has pledged his allegiance to the maize and blue since late August, but it may not be as firm a commitment as previously thought.
Crawford will reportedly take an official visit to Notre Dame, according to 247's Tom Loy. ($)
I've confirmed with a source in Crawford's camp, who gave the green light to report this information at this time, that Shaun, accompanied by his father, brother and a close friend, will take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Sunday. They will arrive early in the morning, stay for most of the day, and then head home Sunday evening.
Brady Hoke and staff have a policy on verbal commits that take visits after they pledge to Michigan, and MLive's Nick Baumgartner reminds us of that policy.
And as we've all reported/wrote a million times: Hoke's "policy" says if you visit elsewhere, they'll start recruiting your spot again
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 15, 2014
That's not to say that the Wolverines will say no to him if he still decides that Michigan is the school for him. In layman's terms, if Crawford is visiting other schools, Michigan will look elsewhere to fill that spot, but it is still his to take if he wants it.
In Loy's article, he also stated he is hearing a possible visit to Ohio State may take place as well, but nothing is set in stone.
Crawford has been part of a class of defensive backs that has included fellow four-star recruits Tyree Kinnel and Garrett Taylor. If he decides to reopen his recruitment, look for Michigan to make a hard push for Brian Cole (Saginaw, MI), who is already high on their priority list.
Crawford is still firm in his commitment to the Wolverines for now, but will it stay that way? We will have to wait and see.
Michigan Checks In On Keisean Lucier-South
Anyone who has followed the 2015 recruiting cycle knows that five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA) is arguably the most coveted player on Michigan's board in this class. They've been keeping a close eye on him, and seemed to offer him right around the time he started to become a national treasure.
According to Lucier-South's Twitter account, the Wolverines were in to check in on him Thursday.
Michigan came by today 〽️ #GoBlue
— Keisean South1⃣6⃣ (@KLSouth16) May 15, 2014
As we've mentioned before in these roundups, Lucier-South is skyrocketing up recruiting rankings and has placed his name in the ranks of the elite for the 2015 class. It's not a huge surprise that Michigan is going after him hard, especially after missing out on big name defensive line recruits like Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell in the 2014 cycle.
Lucier-South is a freak athlete and pure pass-rusher much in the mold of a Jason Taylor, Dion Jordan or Anthony Barr. He could play rush linebacker, as well as getting in a three-point stance on the line of scrimmage. This versatility is among the many reasons why he is one of the more sought-after prospects in football.
Michigan Interested in Four-Star 2016 Wide Receiver
Michigan has placed a ton of stock into surrounding their quarterbacks with elite playmakers at the wide receiverposition, and it does not appear that will change under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Four-star 2016 wide reciever Austin Mack (Fort Wayne, IN) talked to Scout's Josh Newkirk, where he said he has talked to coach Curt Mallory during an in-school visit, where they firmed up some summer plans. ($)
"He wanted to make sure I had all of his information and that I was for sure going to be able to come up to the camp," Mack said, who stars for Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Lauers. "He also wanted to see if I could come to (Michigan’s annual barbecue at the Big House) for some of their elite athletes coming up this summer. It was pretty good visit, we were able to catch up a little bit, too."
Mack had visited for a basketball game this past season, and it appears he is very interested in the school. Academics is his top priority, so Michigan should fare well in that department.
An invite to the annual barbecue on campus is usually a big deal for recruits, as this has been a huge event for the Wolverines in the past.
Michigan Offers 2016 Defensive Tackle
Scholarship offers for players in the trenches on both sides of the ball continue to roll out from the staff in Ann Arbor, the latest of which goes to 2016 defensive tackle Michael Williams (Fort Worth, TX).
Williams is not currently rated, but his stock has risen over the last week or so, as he has picked up six scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa and UCLA since May 8.
Some schools have also shown interest in him has an offensive line prospect.
That's it for this edition. Enjoy your weekend, and come back Monday morning for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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