Asmar Bilal trending towards Michigan?
Four-star 2015 linebacker Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN) should be deciding between Michigan and Notre Dame soon, but in the wake of recent events, it appears he may be trending the way of the Wolverines.
Over the weekend, news came out that the Fighting Irish may be caught up in an academic dishonesty scandal that could potentially rock the football program to its very core. This certainly could affect the status of head coach Brian Kelly and more going forward.
It is not certain how exactly this could impact Bilal's decision, but it certainly is not a good look for the program and it creates a scenario where Michigan should be able to swoop in and take charge of his recruitment.
Bilal did want to decide before his senior year, but it looks like he is just going to wait until it feels right to pull the trigger. He spoke with 247's Steve Wiltfong over the weekend to update the recruiting process. ($)
While he says that he is still torn between the Wolverines and Irish, the 247 Crystal Ball predictions took a big swing in the direction of Michigan in the last few days. 79 percent of the predictions now have Bilal headed to Ann Arbor.
I have felt pretty comfortable saying that Michigan looks like a likely landing spot for him for awhile, and the news of this scandal over the weekend solidifies that.
LaVert Hill visits Michigan
LaVert Hill (Detroit, MI), 2016 defensive back and brother of current Wolverine Delano Hill, visited the University of Michigan over the weekend with 2015 running back commit Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) for the scrimmage that took place at the Big House. Both are students and Cass Tech.
It was Hill's third visit to Michigan in about a month, with a fourth to follow on Aug. 30 for the opener against Appalachian State.
Hill had this to say to 247's Clint Brewster on the visit:
"It was a real cool visit," Hill said. "I got a lot of love from the crowd which really made me feel good. I didn't know they would even know who I was, but they did. I got to talk to the coaches too but only for a bit before the scrimmage."
Hill's Crystal Ball is entirely in favor of Michigan right now, but it is still early in the process and anything can happen. With his brother in tow and being a local product, though, he looks bound for Ann Arbor, at least for now.
Jon Runyan Jr. bulks up
Three-star 2015 offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia, PA) was one of Michigan's first commits in the 2015 class. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he is the son of former Wolverines offensive tackle Jon Runyan, who went on to have a lengthy NFL career.
Runyan has made big strides going into his senior year, bulking up nearly 30 pounds and becoming stronger. He has the frame to be a beast up front, but he needs some work fine tuning his game. He certainly has the pedigree to suggest he will get it done.
He spoke with Scout's Brian Dohn over the weekend following a scrimmage about his off-season and what he has changed going into this year. That can be found here. ($)
Taking a brief look at Keisean Lucier-South
Five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA) is one of the best players in the entire 2015 class and has strong interest in the University of Michigan. If there is one "must-get" player in this cycle for them, this is the guy. He is one of the best pure pass rushers in all of the country and is a very versatile player.
Some that do not follow recruiting that closely may not know much about him, though, so a long while back I decided to do a profile on him for The Big House Report. KLS' profile can be found here. (FREE)
That's it for Monday. Check back in with us on Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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