Iman Marshall will take official visit to Michigan
Iman Marshall (Long Beach, CA) is a five-star prospect and one of the best players in the this recruiting cycle. On Thursday, it was announced that Michigan will get an official visit from 2015's top cornerback this fall, according to his Twitter account.
Had To Put A Twist To It #HereYouGo pic.twitter.com/9Lc6TN0sU9— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) August 21, 2014
He did add an interesting wrinkle to the process by having fans try and influence his final official visit school, but fortunately for the Wolverines, their spot in this list is not in limbo. Marshall's official visit to Ann Arbor will reportedly take place Oct. 10 against Penn State under the lights of Michigan Stadium.
Iman Marshall's official visit to #Michigan will be for the Penn State game on October 10th. No surprise there either.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) August 21, 2014
Even though they will not receive an official visit from him, USC looks like the school to beat as of right now. However, I would not count out the Wolverines here. Marshall is good friends with wide receiver Freddy Canteen and has stated that he is intrigued at the possibility of playing alongside Jabrill Peppers, 2014's top corner.
Hypothetically, if Michigan did land Marshall at some point, their secondary haul over the last few seasons would feature several fantastic players that should make that position group a unit of strength going forward.
Four-star 2015 defensive back commits Tyree Kinnel and Garrett Taylor may not come with the hype, but both are very talented players that will also make an impact going forward.
Under the Lights III is shaping up to be a huge recruiting weekend for the Wolverines, with many of their top prospects still on the board reportedly taking official visits, including five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA).
Darrin Kirkland Jr. will enroll early
One of Michigan's top defensive commits from this class will be enrolling early this January.
Four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) has submitted the financial aid paperwork and will be on campus at the University of Michigan for the winter semester, where he will be able to participate in spring practice, according to 247 Sports' Steve Lorenz. ($)
He has looked to do this since his commitment.
Kirkland not only has the skill set to be an impact player for the Wolverines, but he also has the look of a future leader and a guy that fans will latch onto. His positive attitude and work ethic will give him the chance to see some early playing time with the program, regardless of the depth at the linebacker position.
Josh McMillon announcing college decision Friday
Four-star 2015 linebacker Josh McMillon (Memphis, TN) will be committing to a college program on Friday.
He is one of Michigan's top targets at the position, but Alabama appears to be in the driver's seat for his services. It would be very shocking if he was to choose anyone but the Crimson Tide.
McMillon likely is not going blue, but what his decision will do is narrow down their top linebacker targets to two: four-stars Osa Masina (Salt Lake City, UT) and Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN). Of the two, Bilal looks like the most likely to commit to Michigan and a decision could come from him anytime now.
We will see what happens going forward, but with one-to-two more linebackers being taken in the 2015 class, Michigan seems to have a decent shot at landing a highly regarded player at the position, something they have had no issues doing on the defensive side of the football.
deWeaver making strides heading into junior season
Unlike 2015, it did not take long for Michigan to find its quarterback for the 2016 recruiting cycle.
Back in June, the Wolverines received a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, OH), who was offered at a camp at Michigan and pulled the trigger almost instantly.
After his sophomore year of high school, deWeaver was still pretty raw as a passer, but after an off-season of hard work, it appears he has a made some improvements heading into his junior year.
He posted highlights on his Hudl account of a scrimmage from last week, which 247's Clint Brewster briefly analyzed. (FREE)
Here is what Brewster had to say:
I think deWeaver has continued to improve from his sophomore year as well. Throws more decisive and you can see he's more confident. deWeaver shows better anticipation and his footwork is smoother. He's also continued to fill out. Looks good physically. I'd still like to see him speed up his footwork and mechanics- getting the ball out quicker but he's got good velocity and can push the ball downfield. I think his ceiling is pretty high and he will continue to get better. Like his game!
deWeaver should be a good player in time, fans just need to be patient and let him grow. His offer sheet prior to his commitment did not feature many power conference schools, but those will come with a strong two seasons to finish out his high school career.
That's it for Friday. Check back in with us Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.
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