2015 Prospects: Who is the Next to Commit?
It has been a very busy couple of weeks for Michigan football in the 2015 recruiting cycle, picking up commitments from four-stars Brian Cole (Saginaw, MI) and Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) who have helped solidify this group of recruits as some of the best that Brady Hoke has assembled in terms of stars and rankings
Things are coming along nicely for Michigan in this class, even though they have missed on some of their bigger targets. On offense, things look to be almost set, as they will probably take one receiver, tight end, and possibly an offensive lineman. They have done a good job of filling their needs over there.
Where work still needs to be done is on the defensive side of the ball, where the Wolverines are still looking to secure two defensive ends, another linebacker or two, and another cornerback. The good news for them is that some of their higher profile targets on defense look like they will be deciding sooner rather than later.
Readers always ask where the next commit will come from, and there are actually three possibilities here. The most likely looks to be four-star defensive end Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, NC), who will be making his college decision on Aug. 29. He looks to be a near-lock to end up in Ann Arbor.
Another very likely scenario would be the commitment of four-star athlete/cornerback Marcus Lewis (Washington, DC), who recently decommitted from Florida. I am not sure how soon a decision from him will be made, but he said himself that Michigan is the school to beat right now, so it looks like this one will fall in their favor, as well.
A third prospect that has the look of a guy who could end up in Ann Arbor is four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN). He reportedly wants to decide before Aug. 22, so a decision could be coming any time now. The Wolverines are in a battle with Notre Dame for him and it looks like they will be neck and neck until the end. At the end of the day, I believe Michigan has the goods to get this done and add another great defensive prospect to their 2015 class, but we will have to wait and see what happens.
Those would be the three names for now, but we all know how fluid recruiting is. Names could pop out of nowhere that we haven't even speculated yet, so do not ever think a class is set until signing day.
MnB Breaks Down Mike Weber
In the Friday roundup, I linked you guys the scouting report I did on Michigan's latest running back commitment, but a few of the staff members here decided to weigh on on what he brings as well.
Maize n Brew's Anthony Mammel and Space Cayote chimed in on Mike Weber's skill set and what he brings to the program. You can check that out here. (FREE)
Here's an excerpt of that piece, from Mammel:
I see Weber's film and immediately flash back to the days of Michael Hart breaking tackles two yards past the line of scrimmage, running into a safety and falling forward for a net gain of eight yards. Oh, and Hart did that behind a blocking scheme that was very similar to Nussmeier's.
Not a bad comparison.
Two 2016 Prospects Visit Over the Weekend
It's never too early to look towards 2016, as Michigan hosted two of their targets from that recruiting cycle for an official visit over the weekend.
The Wolverines welcomed in a pair of in-state kids on Friday in four-star defensive end Lawrence Gordon (Saginaw, MI) and three-star wide receiver Kalebb Perry (Mt. Pleasant, MI).
Both players seem high on the school, based on what's being floated out there. Neither has received an offer yet from the Wolverines, but they should come in time, especially for Gordon
Living in Mt. Pleasant during the school year means that hopefully I'll be able see Perry play in person and get a closer look at what he brings to the table. We'll see what the fall brings.
Chris Clark's Commitment is Strong
Four-star tight end Chris Clark (Avon, CT) is one of the best offensive prospects in the 2015 class, so it's no surprise that even after his commitment to Michigan that other schools are still after him.
Not just any schools. High profile schools, as evidenced by the Tweet below.
Official offer from bama came in today— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) August 5, 2014
Any player that receives an offer from Alabama generally means they can be regarded among the top ranked players in all of the country, but Clark maintains that he is a Michigan man.
He spoke with Scout's Sam Webb over the weekend to clear the air about his recruitment and let everyone know where he stands even after his commitment. (Hint: He's not going anywhere).
Webb's feature on Clark can be found here. ($)
That's it for Monday. Check back in Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.
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