2015 Linebacker Kirkland Commits to Michigan
After not having much recruiting news to latch onto in terms of commitments recently, the second such pledge to the Wolverines dropped on Sunday afternoon, as four-star 2015 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) verbally committed to the Michigan football program.
Kirkland is the top rated player in the state of Indiana and was one of Michigan's top defensive targets on the board.
With the commitment of Kirkland, the Wolverines have received two verbals to the program for the 2015 class in the last week or so. In the last few days, Michigan recruiting news has been dominated by negative headlines, such as defensive back commit Shaun Crawford visiting other schools and his status being up in the air.
Kirkland shows a lot of positive things on film. He has been a two-way player in high school, getting some reps at wide receiver as well. As a linebacker, he has some work to do, but he projects out as a very good prospect in time.
For a detailed scouting report of Kirkland, here is a pretty thorough one from ESPN. ($)
Malzone Has Been Active in Recruiting Since His Commitment
Since 2015 three-star quarterback Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, MI) committed to Michigan last week, he has taken steps to making this cycle for the Wolverines the best it can possibly be.
Malzone spoke here to 247's Steve Lorenz about some of the big names that he has contacted since his commitment. ($)
He definitely isn't being shy, as some of the names he dropped are among the top ranked players in high school football. Malzone busted his bust to earn his offer from the Wolverines, and now that he can call himself a part of the class, it appears as if he will keep working hard to help improve his team.
Comparing the quarterback commits from the last two classes as recruiters, Malzone seems to be a bit more Shane Morris than Wilton Speight. Morris was very influential in bringing in some of the guys in the 2013 class, whereas Speight was a bit more laid back.
At the end of the day, perhaps the most excited a player can get about a school is what they hear other players saying about it. With social media and technology today, positive experiences on campus can spread like wildfire.
Michigan fans are hoping that Malzone can help get the ball rolling a bit more and have some of the elite players in the 2015 class be a part of the program.
Kinnel Firm in Commitment to Michigan
Four-star prospect Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, OH) is a safety that committed to Michigan back in August and one of my favorite players in the 2015 class.
His recruitment nationwide has started to pick up, with schools like Alabama and Ohio State still showing a ton of interest in him, but he continues to reiterate that as of now, he is completely committed to Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.
Check out this interview with Scout's Dave Berk, where he echoes the above statement. ($)
People often ask why the Wolverines offer players early on in the process, and the recruitment of Kinnel is a perfect example of why they choose to do that.
Kinnel has built a strong relationship with players, coaches and recruits associated with the University of Michigan, and it seems as if it would take a lot for him to sway from that.
I have had the chance to speak with Kinnel and I definitely get the vibe from him that he is sticking with the Wolverines, and just in listening to what he had to say, I think fans are going to love this kid by the time he hits campus and throughout his Michigan career.
He is not cocky by any means, but he does have a bit of an edge to him, which is a personal favorite trait of mine when it comes to defensive players.
The interview I did with him for The Big House Report can be found here. (FREE)
Wolverines Offer Four-Star 2015 Defensive End
Michigan has offered 2015 four-star defensive end Arden Key, according to his Twitter account.
Michigan offered blessed— WALKING LEGEND ‼️ (@ArdenKey) May 18, 2014
Key told 247 Sports' Kipp Adams the offer came from coach Jeff Hecklinski. ($)
Key is the tenth-ranked weak side defensive end in the class, according to the 247 composite. At 6-5, he has the frame to be a monster along the line, but is extremely lanky at only 200 pounds.
Still, he is a prospect that has garnered a ton of interest from schools in SEC country.
247's Crystal Ball currently has him as 53 percent in favor of ending up at South Carolina.
That's it for Monday. We'll be back Wednesday with the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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