Shaun Crawford Update and Brady Hoke's Visit Policy
2015 four-star defensive back commit Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, OH) and his recruitment look to be trending away from the Wolverines as of today. With a visit to Notre Dame, which is allegedly his dream offer, and trips to schools like Ohio State and Miami (FL) looming, he may be looking to reopen things and have a fresh start with the process.
Even after all of this, he is still currently verbally committed to the University of Michigan, but according to ESPN's Tom Van Haaren on Twitter, Crawford was planning on calling the Wolverines' coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon to update them on what is going on.
Looks like DB Shaun Crawford plans to call Michigan after school today. He did take his Notre Dame trip this past weekend.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) May 20, 2014
According to multiple reports floated out there, the Notre Dame visit went well, and it would not shock me at all to see Crawford decommit from Michigan very soon. It's hard to fault a kid for having a change of heart when his dream school is giving him a chance to play there.
Brady Hoke's recruiting policy is that if a commit chooses to visit another school, their spot is no longer fully-guaranteed, and the staff will begin looking elsewhere for guys to fill it, while still recruiting you. I don't necessarily agree with that, but it is what it is.
The thing that does bother me about this policy is that they're basically telling a kid who you've built a positive relationship with, enough for him to pledge his allegiance to your school, that his word no longer means anything to you.
I choose to look at this through the recruit's perspective, especially in terms of Michigan. This is a coach and a program that has lost 11 games over the last two seasons, and they are going to tell you that your spot is no longer guaranteed if you decide to visit a school like Alabama or Florida State?
Hoke has stated he would like to see an earlier signing and visiting period for recruits. I am not 100 percent sure what his reasoning for that is, but if the main concern is losing kids that commit early on, there really is only one solution: win more games on the field, and everything else will take care of itself.
By the time the weekend hits, I do not expect Shaun Crawford to be a part of the class officially. Whether or not he decides to keep Michigan close will be something worth watching, but ultimately it appears the Wolverines will lose another verbal commitment from their 2015 class.
Wolverines Check In With Damarkus Lodge
Michigan stopped in Tuesday afternoon to visit 2015 five-star receiver Damarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, TX), according to his high school coach.
247's Steve Lorenz gives us a brief look into the status of Lodge and his relationship with the Wolverines here. ($)
Lodge fits the bill of what the Wolverines seem to be looking for in their wide receivers going forward, giving their quarterbacks tall targets that have the ability to stretch the field.
He is one of the best wideouts in the class right now, and even though Michigan was in his ear early, it looks like it's going to take quite a push for them to become a legitimate threat to pull him out of the state of Texas.
According to 247's Crystal Ball, 59 percent of the poll believe that he ends up at Baylor, with LSU the next closest contender at 31 percent.
With any big-time recruit, the biggest thing is to get them on campus for a visit. If the Wolverines are able to do that, maybe they can creep back up into the top group for Lodge's services, but even with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, it will be extremely tough to pull that off.
As we've stated before, though, recruiting is extremely fluid and things can change quickly. We will have to wait this one out.
Michigan Offers Another 2015 Wide Receiver
Staying on the top of wide receivers in the 2015 recruiting class, word came out today that the Wolverines have extended a scholarship offer to three-star receiver A.D. Miller (Dallas, TX).
Just got offer #22 from Michigan !!!
— A.D. Miller (@admiller_9) May 20, 2014
Miller is another tall target that seems to fit in Nussmeier's offense. At 6-4, he would be one of the taller receivers on the field at all times.
He currently holds offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon, so he is a player that is being looked at by some of the elite programs in the country.
TBHR Recruiting Profiles
As many of you know, I am the managing editor of The Big House Report, a fan-run website dedicated to Michigan athletics. Over the last few months or so, we have really started to sink our teeth into recruiting.
In an effort to create more recruiting content to our website, we have developed profiles on several 2015 prospects that have been linked to Michigan so far.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in with us on Friday for the latest with Michigan football recruiting.
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