Messiah deWeaver Improving His Game
There was not much drama or speculation involved with Michigan's recruitment of the quarterback position in the 2016 class. The name may have been surprising, but the skill set he brings seems to fit right in with what the Wolverines want out of the quarterback position.
Of course I am referring to four-star commit Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, OH) who joined Michigan's 2016 recruiting class back in June.
deWeaver busted his butt this offseason to earn an offer from the Wolverines and after opening up fall camp for his high school team and taking part in a scrimmage, he is already seeing the fruits of his labor.
He spoke with 247's Steve Lorenz about the scrimmage and what he has seen improve in his game. (FREE)
"I was able to make more plays with my feet when I needed to," he said. "We were going up against some legit competition, so I felt good about how I performed. My decision making was better, I felt faster on my feet and I was able to complete a wide variety of throws. It's still early, and there's work to do for me, but I definitely felt like we got off to a good start tonight."
It will be quite awhile before deWeaver hits campus, seeing as he is only heading into his junior year of high school, but this will also be his third year starting as his school, so he has a ton of experience and should only continue to get better in time.
Some believe that for the second consecutive class that Michigan may have settled for their signal-caller. That is not the case at all. According to many, deWeaver is a rising prospect who could see his recruitment explode with a big junior year. The offers were not exactly there yet, but he has worked hard to make things happen for himself and they should come in time.
For now, I do not believe you are going to see Michigan bring in five-star guys that can start right away at that position, at least not for now. The plan appears to be to take one quarterback in each class. With depth refreshing itself at that position every year, they can afford to take guys who are projects and develop them.
Doug Nussmeier has to be given the benefit of the doubt with is recruitment of that position based on his track record. The list of quarterbacks he has developed has been impressive, and that should continue while he is at Michigan.
I've seen the comparisons of deWeaver to Sam Bradford and AJ McCarron, which sounds about right, to be honest. He is a kid that won't exactly wow you with his arm, at least not yet, but he does get the job done and is a sound game manager.
There's a lot of development still to go and if his commitment holds up, which it should, we likely will not see him in game action for at least another four to five years. Patience, folks.
Andrew David Shows Off Leg in Scrimmage
Speaking of prospects who have taken part in scrimmages as of late, Michigan's kicking specialist of the 2015 cycle, three-star Andrew David, had an impressive showing on Tuesday night.
David spoke with 247's Lorenz about how his scrimmage went. (FREE)
"It went great," he said. "I am kicking the ball off the ground college-style and made every ball except for one from 57 yards that missed left. I had 7 kicks and made six of them. I also had six punts including one that was in the air for over five seconds that went 56 yards in the air from the line of scrimmage. I thought overall it was a solid day for me to begin the season."
I know. How boring of me to throw a kicker into this roundup. This is Michigan's first player at that position to be offered a scholarship under Brady Hoke, so it is still newsworthy, right?
All jokes aside, this kid has a hell of a leg on him. The Wolverines recruited him as a place kicker, but he can punt and do it effectively, as well.
Starting in 2015, Michigan fans can sleep well knowing they will have one of the most talented legs in the country for the next four years.
Updates on 2017 Prospects
It's three years away, but 2017 is a recruiting cycle that is already underway and has a lot of big names that are interested in the University of Michigan.
First, the Wolverines have offered five-star wide receiver Jeff Thomas (East St. Louis, IL), who already looks like one of the best prospects in the entire class. There is a lot of recruiting to go before 2017's signing day, but Michigan looks like they are in good shape with him. The 247 Crystal Ball has 50 percent of the predictions sending him to Ann Arbor. Texas A&M and Missouri come in next with 25 percent a piece.
As far as in-state kids go, another wide receiver prospect has been named the top player in the state of Michigan, according to 247's first 2017 recruiting rankings.
Five-star Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit, MI) is the number-one guy in the state and a teammate of 2015 running back commit Mike Weber. His recruitment looks like it will come down to the Wolverines and their two rivals, Ohio State and Michigan State.
Lastly, it looks like Michigan will be getting a visit from a five-star offensive lineman this fall in Josh Myers (Miamisburg, OH). He spoke with 247's Steve Wiltfong about when that could take place here. ($)
That'll wrap it up for Wednesday. Check back in with us Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.
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