Wolverines Offer Top 2016 Dual-threat Quarterback
The Michigan Wolverines continue their spree of 2016 scholarship offers, this time extending one to the top dual threat quarterback in the class, Malik Henry (Thousand Oaks, CA).
Henry is a five-star prospect and 13th-ranked player in the class of 2016, according to 247's composite rankings. He earned the offer after throwing in front of Doug Nussmeier on Wednesday afternoon.
He is considered one of the best prospects in the 2016 recruiting cycle and has already gathered a ton of interest from schools around the nation, including Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC, among others.
It's always an uphill battle pulling big name prospects from the West Coast, but it would be foolish to count out the Wolverines with Nussmeier putting together the pieces on the offensive side of the ball. Just based on his resume, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt that the guys he chooses to offer are ones that he can develop into great quarterbacks for the program.
I haven't had a ton of time to look at all of Henry's tape yet, but from the snippets that I have seen, he looks to be a very polished passer and one that doesn't fall in love with scrambling around the field.
Michigan is switching to a more pro-style approach under Nussmeier, so while people may assume the days of the dual-threat quarterback in Ann Arbor are over, that doesn't seem to be the case. It boils down to if the kid can play or not, and by all accounts, he can.
Brian Cole Updates Recruitment
2015 athlete Brian Cole (Saginaw, MI) is one of the most buzzed about prospects in the Midwest in this class.
He plays both wide receiver and cornerback, and his stock continues to rise with every camp he attends. The Wolverines would love to add him to their recruiting class, but it appears they have some stiff competition in-state and around the Midwest.
Guys like Tyree Kinnel and Alex Malzone have been in Cole's ear about joining this group of Wolverine recruits, but he wants to take his time and see what the nation has to offer him.
Cole spoke to Scout's Josh Newkirk and updated everyone on where he is at in the recruiting process. You can find that article here. ($)
Most in the industry have Cole going to the Michigan State Spartans, with 70 percent of 247's Crystal Ball predictions sending the four-star athlete to East Lansing.
Michigan has work to do to close the gap and beat out the Spartans for his services, but with the current commits in his ear, we will have to wait and see what happens.
Miles Boykin Has Michigan in Top Ten Schools, Planning on Visiting
Four-star 2015 wide receiver Miles Boykin (New Lenox, IL) released his top ten schools on Monday and the Michigan Wolverines were included.
This is my top 10! pic.twitter.com/FJ7rjabnEw— miles boykin (@MBoykin814) May 26, 2014
No real surprises there, as Boykin has been one of their top wide receiver targets in this cycle so far. He is another one of those prospects that all of the Midwest powers are in on. Michigan has competition from Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and others for him.
I personally like Michigan's chances with Boykin, but the nation's experts do not seem to agree.
247's Crystal Ball has Boykin as a 69 percent favorite to land with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The next closest school is Michigan State at 31 percent.
247's Steve Wiltfong shed some light on his status with Michigan on May 22. ($)
2016 Four-star Receiver Offered by Michigan
Michigan continues to place emphasis on offering playmakers on the offensive side of the football, and their latest wide receiver to be offered is no exception.
Four-star 2016 wide receiver Steven Smothers (Reisterstown, MD), who looks to be a good slot prospect, got an offer from the Wolverines on Wednesday afternoon.
It came from defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who called Smother's coach to inform him of the offer.
Scout's Josh Newkirk spoke with Smothers shortly after his offer, which can be found here. ($)
It appears that the offer throws Michigan right into the mix for Smothers, who is the godbrother of St. Louis Ram and former West Virginia star Tavon Austin.
While he isn't quite as explosive as Austin was, Smothers looks to be a great athlete and solid receiver prospect. He is the 9th-ranked player at his position and 62nd overall in the class, according to 247.
As far as where Smothers would fit in Michigan's offense, he looks to be in the mold of the great slot receivers that all great passing offenses has. In the last few classes, the Wolverines have put an emphasis on getting taller targets for their quarterbacks on the outside.
At 5-9, that definitely isn't Smothers, but he could be a dangerous threat in the middle of the field.
The 247 Crystal Ball currently has Smothers going to Ohio State with over two-thirds of the picks being made in favor of the Buckeyes.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back with us on Friday for the latest news and notes on Michigan football recruiting.
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