Chris Clark Commits to Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines football program received some great news on Thursday afternoon when class of 2015 tight end Chris Clark (Avon, CT) announced via his Twitter account that he has committed to play football at the university.
It's official I'm gonna be a michigan wolverine blessed to have the opportunity it's been an unreal process #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/YM9QluPfuy— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) June 19, 2014
Clark is a four-star prospect and the nation's second-ranked prospect at the position, according to the 247 Composite rankings.
He is the eighth commit to Michigan's 2015 recruiting class and arguably the biggest name to be added to the list so far. Clark is one of the best prospects in all of high school football and is a perfect fit at Michigan in terms of what they are trying to bring at the position.
Clark is a perfect combination of a pass-catcher and blocking tight end prospect. He will be a great safety valve over the middle of the field for Wolverines quarterbacks for years to come.
This commitment was one that I thought the Wolverines would get eventually, but did not expect to see this early. He was scheduled to make his college announcement at Nike's The Opening event in early July, but after a visit to Ann Arbor on Thursday, he decided he was ready to pull the trigger.
Now Clark will head to The Opening as a member of the class to recruit some of the other big names still on the board. He has already received national attention for his commitment to Michigan, so don't think that this isn't a big get for the Wolverines.
It is encouraging to see the 2015 class finally start to take shape.
Wolverines Get Commitment from 2016 Quarterback deWeaver
It has been a busy couple of days for the Wolverines in recruiting. On Wednesday afternoon the program offered and quickly received a commitment from 2016 four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, OH).
deWeaver was present in Ann Arbor for a camp at Michigan and the staff apparently saw enough in him to extend a scholarship offer his way. Considering some of the prospects on the board in 2016 with Michigan interest and just how early it is in the process for players in this class, I am a bit surprised to see a commitment like this drop right now, but now the Wolverines have their quarterback for the class and can build around him.
He is very much a work in progress right now, which is to be expected considering he is only going into his junior year of high school. There is not much tape on him out there to this point, but the Wolverines are getting a player who physically show grow into his frame and has a fantastic feel for what is going on around him during game action at such a young age.
The arm strength isn't quite there yet, but will come in time. At 6-3, 202 pounds, he looks the part at the position and should be a solid addition to this team.
The link to deWeaver's sophomore highlights can be found here. (FREE)
Asmar Bilal Visiting Michigan on Friday
A huge visit will take place on Friday at the University of Michigan when four-star 2015 linebacker Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN) will be on campus to get a closer look at the program.
Notre Dame appears to be the team to beat for Bilal as things stand today, but this visit could go a long way into determining if Michigan can give the Fighting Irish a battle for one of their top linebacker targets still on the board.
According to 247's Steve Lorenz, the Wolverines will have help on campus with the recruitment of Bilal, as current safety commit Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, OH) will be in Ann Arbor on Friday as well. (FREE)
Michigan has been hot on the recruiting trail recently after months of little to no good news to report. I think having Bilal on campus, coupled with the fact that Darrin Kirkland Jr., also from Indianapolis, is in the fold, will be enough for the Wolverines to secure a commitment from him at some point.
I don't think Bilal is on commit watch because of a visit tomorrow, but I also had no idea the Wolverines would pick up Chris Clark and Messiah deWeaver in a two-day span, either, so like many things we touch on in here, we'll have to wait and see what happens.
Michigan Offers 2016 Offensive Tackle Michael Jordan
You can file this one under the "They offered who?!" category.
The Michigan Wolverines extended a scholarship offer to 2016 offensive tackle Michael Jordan (Canton, MI) on Thursday afternoon. He received the offer after a good showing at Michigan camp earlier this week.
You have to feel for the kid. He probably goes through things like this often:
"Why don't you just go by 'Mike' instead of 'Michael'?"
All jokes aside, it is interesting that an offer to him would go out considering that there isn't much out there on him right now, but they liked what they saw in camp, so I trust that far more than any recruiting rankings.
That's it for the Friday roundup. Have a great weekend and check back in with us Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news and notes.
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