Thompson Updates Timeline for Commitment, McMillon Announces Decision Date
Michigan is still looking to add linebackers to their 2015 recruiting class alongside Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) and one of the top candidates to fill one of those slots comes in the form of an in-state kid with a ton of regional interest.
Three-star linebacker Tyriq Thompson (Detroit, MI) is a guy many like to fill a spot in the 2015 cycle, and he tells 247's Evan Flood that a decision will likely come after the football season. (FREE)
"I probably won't be visiting anybody until the season," Thompson told Badger247. "I'll probably make my decision after my last official. I want to use all of them. It's too early to say which schools I'll visit."
Thompson looks like he wants to wait out the process and make a decision towards the end. With many Big Ten powers after his talents, it seems logical to wait things out before making a commitment.
He has Big Ten offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern, as well as garnering some interest from Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.
There are certainly more talented players on the Wolverines' board, but Thompson seems like a player they are very high on and one that has a good chance to land in Ann Arbor. I believe that this one comes down to Michigan and Michigan State with Wisconsin waiting in the weeds.
At least now we know the timeline in which he will narrow down his choices.
Speaking of 2015 linebackers, four-star prospect Josh McMillon (Memphis, TN) has announced he will make a college decision on Aug. 22, per 247's Barton Simmons. (FREE)
Many believe that Michigan is rising with McMillon and citing that the BBQ at the Big House will be huge for them in terms of making up ground on his top schools, but I am not convinced. Having him there on campus will help, but with Alabama in the mix and his likely destination, the Wolverines will be facing an uphill battle here.
I think that Michigan takes three linebackers in this cycle. With one spot already filled, I do believe they can find a way to land Thompson and either Osa Masina (Salt Lake City, UT) or Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN). Whatever happens, it looks like Michigan will have brought in a nice haul of linebackers in this cycle.
Alex Malzone Looking to Enroll Early
Michigan's 2015 quarterback commit, four-star prospect Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has been a rising star of sorts over the last few months since his pledge to the Wolverines. Many fans are anxious to see what he can bring once he gets on campus, and it appears he feels the same way.
Malzone isn't wasting any time beginning his career at Michigan, as he tells Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press that he is taking three online classes through the University of Missouri to meet his high school graduation requirements in order to enroll early in Ann Arbor in January. (FREE)
"I know a lot of hockey players and Olympic athletes that are able to finish high school, this is a program they’ve used," Malzone said. "I’m definitely excited about (enrolling early). I talked to a lot of people in Oregon about what they think of it, and they were all encouraging, and they were all talking about how they feel I can make an impact and compete for the job early, and that’s definitely what I’m planning to do."
You have to like the passion and anxiousness to be a member of the program, a trait that has no doubt endeared Malzone to the coaching staff and fans alike.
While he spent last week at The Opening in Oregon, he also told Snyder that he put his recruiting hat on as well, as expected.
"I made sure I found time to talk to the guys I needed to talk to," Malzone said. "I talked to (Detroit Cass Tech tailback) Mike Weber a lot, (Florida tight end) Auden Tate, Keisean Lucier-South from California, the defensive end, (Tennessee linebacker) Josh McMillon. I hung out with Mook Reynolds a lot. There was a variety of guys. It was just cool getting to see them and talk to them in person, seeing how they’re doing with the process and obviously watch them live on the field."
It looks like Michigan found another leader on and off the field.
BBQ Visitor Update
The BBQ at the Big House is a big event every year for the Michigan football program, as it is a chance to assemble some of the top talent in all of high school football and bring them to your campus, where they can mingle and build relationships with other players.
I'm not sure of the impact it will have on the 2015 guys, but it looks to be an event that will go a long way in planting the seeds for the 2016 class, where roster spots will be more open than the two cycles before that.
Per 247's Steve Lorenz, one in attendance is 2016 five-star offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (Hartland, WI), who is already one of the top ranked players in the class at the position. Michigan would love to pull a kid like this out of Badger country. (FREE)
Another player that will look to attend is 2016 defensive back Patrice Rene (Ontario, Canada), who is still looking to receive an offer from the Wolverines.
Rene spoke with Lorenz about the possible visit and more here. ($)
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in with us Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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