Michigan No Longer Recruiting Jashon Cornell
In a bit of surprising news, it came out this weekend that the Michigan Wolverines are no longer recruiting five-star defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, MN).
The news was broken by Scout.com's Sam Webb over the weekend following the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Detroit.
The reason given was that Michigan now views the 6-4, 260 pound Cornell as an interior defensive lineman, a position that they will not be recruiting in the 2015 cycle.
This was an unexpected development to me, personally. Whether or not they viewed him as a defensive end or defensive tackle, talent is talent, and the goal during the recruiting process is to assemble as much of that as they can. Cornell has the skill set to be versatile along a defensive line, so for them to drop out on their own in the process is a bit odd to me.
At the end of the day, I do not believe Cornell was coming to Michigan anyways. The buzz around SMSB was that he had been trending away from the Wolverines at that Ohio State and Michigan State could be the two schools to beat. In my opinion, this looks like a mutual parting of the ways and a way for both parties to leave on good terms.
As far as the defensive ends go, I expect Michigan to crank up the heat on five-star Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA) and four-star Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, NC) in the wake of this development.
Mike Weber Says Michigan Still in Top Five, But Mind is Constantly Changing
While I was at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, I was able to catch up with four-star 2015 running back Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) to chat with him about where he is at in the recruiting process and where the Wolverines sit in his top schools.
My full interview with Weber can be found over at The Big House Report. (FREE)
He reiterated the claim that the Wolverines are still firmly in his top five and should be towards the end, though his mind changes on his top schools nearly every day.
He also talked about the impact that Doug Nussmeier has had on the process and if Michigan's message to him has changed since the transfer of former USC running back Ty Isaac.
I do believe that Michigan sits pretty well with Weber and that he is a good fit in what they are trying to do at the position. He was getting attention from a lot of coaches during the camp, and deservedly so. The biggest threat to the Wolverines in my opinion is Ohio State, who was present at the camp.
Not that it means much, but I did witness a conversation between him and a member of the Buckeyes coaching staff, which isn't exactly a bold statement, but in evaluating the situation, they seem high on him.
Keep in mind Michigan still has Damien Harris (Berea, KY) and Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek, FL) on the board as well, so if they lose out on Weber, they still have other good options at the position.
Grant Perry to Camp at Michigan, Wants Offer from Wolverines
One of the best performances to come out of SMSB was what 2015 wide receiver Grant Perry (Bloomfield Hills, MI) was able to do against some of the best prospects in the Midwest over the weekend.
Some coaches referred to Perry as "one of the most technically sound" receivers that they have seen at this level of football and that they were very impressed with what they saw.
He also spoke about his high school teammate, Michigan quarterback commit Alex Malzone, and broke down what kind of player the Wolverines are getting in him.
Perry is a local kid and has been busting his rear-end on the recruiting trail to earn an offer from Michigan. He will have his chance to do that in person this week, much like 2014 wide receiver commit Freddy Canteen did last summer in front of the coaching staff.
Michigan Offers 2016 Linebacker Dele Harding
Speaking of Freddy Canteen, Michigan has offered one of his high school teammates in 2016 linebacker Dele Harding (Elkton, MD).
Harding is a three-star prospect and the 25th-ranked outside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to the 247 Composite. He earned his offer from the Wolverines following a strong showing at SMSB.
I spoke briefly to Harding shortly after he received the offer. He said via text message:
It's been a real blessing honestly and (the offer) is very exciting to receive. Something I've been waiting on for awhile.
If things stay as they are now, Harding will be a member of the 2016 class. Everything is pointing in that direction. Now, he is only entering his junior year, so it's possible he could blow up a bit and receive more interest, but he seems very pleased with his offer from Michigan.
A Non-Recruiting Tidbit
Something cool that I came across while at SMSB was running into LSU head coach Les Miles, and I figured I'd take the opportunity to ask him about his time at Michigan and his thoughts on the new College Football Playoff. You can check that interview out here. (FREE)
That's it for the Monday version. Come back Wednesday for the latest with Michigan football recruiting news and notes.
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