One of the hallmarks of Brady Hoke's recruiting has been to go after the biggest of fish, regardless of circumstance or situation. Entering his fourth year as Michigan's head coach, Hoke doesn't appear to be hindered on the recruiting trail by a string of two so-so seasons.
He's still attracting the blue-chippers, although Team 134 finished 2013 with a 7-6 record. Cases in point: Torrance Gibson and Keisean Lucier-South, two of the top eligible recruits of 2015.
Gibson, a 5-star dual-threat out of American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recently tweeted his favorites, and Hoke's program was among them. The 6'4," 200-pounder is the No. 11 overall prospect of his class, per 247Sports.
Top 15 list pic.twitter.com/3t6vruiAhG— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) May 5, 2014
Lucier-South, an Orange Lutheran (Calif.) star, is set to visit this fall. And judging by his tweet, it appears that he likes to refer to himself in the third-person.
You can do that when you're 6'5," 225 pounds and hold offers from Texas, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC and Michigan, among others. According to 247Sports, he's the No. 2 WDE of his class and the No. 29 overall athlete.
It looks like KLS is goin to Ann Arbor on October 11th— Keisean South1⃣6⃣ (@KLSouth16) May 3, 2014
What it Means
The possibility of KLS joining Michigan is more interesting than Gibson doing so.
Why? Because Michigan already has Shane Morris and Wilton Speight; and despite the fact that they're always looking for the next best thing, the Wolverines have two solid quarterbacks waiting to lead the team into the future.
KLS is a dominant pass rusher with great length. He needs to work on tackling in space, but he's an effective pass-disrupter who'd fit in well with Mattison's four-on-the-floor defense.
The latest 247 Crystal Ball has him committing to UCLA. Conversely, the CB has Gibson to Ohio State, which makes a lot of sense when you look at it. There's no doubt that Urban Meyer is on the hunt for the next Braxton Miller, a player he called one of the most gifted quarterbacks he's ever mentored.
Don't hold your breath on Gibson. He's a Meyer/OSU quarterback if there ever was one. Plus, with Doug Nussmeier as the OC, it's doubtful that the Wolverines would adopt a spready offense to cater to Gibson's needs. KLS, though, could be impressed enough with the maize and blue's first B1G night game at The Big House to give a commitment on the spot.
Stranger things have happened, and a classic college environment and mood such as the one that should be present Oct. 11 at Michigan Stadium could cast a spell on anyone.
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