Damien Harris Names Top Five Schools, Wolverines Absent
If you didn't follow recruiting over the weekend, well, a bit of shocking news went down, as five-star 2015 running back Damien Harris (Berea, KY) named his top five schools via his Twitter account.
Again, thanks to every coach that's recruited me. It's been a true blessing #RollTide #GoGators #BBN #Bucks #Aggies pic.twitter.com/RxrN6apglo— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) August 1, 2014
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Michigan is nowhere to be found on this list, officially ending the relationship between Harris and the Wolverines. It is no surprise that he won't be landing with the Wolverines are decommitting from the program back in January, but many thought that they had the goods to stay in the race until the end.
The biggest surprise may be the inclusion of Texas A&M, who had extended him a scholarship offer shortly before he released his list. They must have really made an impression for that to happen.
With Harris off the board, their top target will be four-star Mike Weber (Detroit, MI). There is not much chatter of there being any other serious contenders for that running back spot in the class, so it appears it may be Weber or bust for the Wolverines, who have trended upward for his services as of late.
Highly rated recruits like to pick schools where the depth chart is in favor of them receiving early playing time in most cases. Regardless of what a player tells people, they are always looking at who would be in front of them as they hit campus, and it really does appear that Harris wants an early shot, and that is totally okay.
The transfer of former USC running back Ty Isaac created a stable of backs where obtaining early playing time would appear difficult. Weber told me that does not affect his recruitment and that he knows he'll have to fight for time wherever he goes.
So, we bid Harris adieu. He is going to be a fantastic college player that is fun to watch in the future. Michigan will be fine one way or another.
Brian Cole Talks Michigan Commitment
In more positive news, we are all aware of 2015 athlete Brian Cole's (Saginaw, MI) commitment to Michigan, but now we get to hear him speak for the first time since then.
In a cool feature with Saginaw Sports Extra's Evan Beach, Cole talked about the recruiting process and how he ended up at Michigan.
You can check that out here or watch below.
Cole seems dead-set on the program. I wouldn't worry about him getting flipped. He is a Michigan Man.
Patrick Allen to Take Official Visit vs. Minnesota
A prospect who's name has not really come up much during the 2015 cycle is four-star guard Patrick Allen (Reisterstown, MD).
Allen told Wolverine 247 that he will use one of his official visits on the University of Michigan on September 27th for their game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. (FREE)
The Battle for the Little Brown Jug could be Michigan's chance to nab this talented offensive line prospect. The Wolverines were named to his top three schools as of now, along with Georgia and Oklahoma.
The Georgia Bulldogs look like the overwhelming favorite to land him as of now, with 81 percent of the 247 Crystal Ball predictions sending him to Athens. We'll see what Michigan is able to do with him once he is on campus.
Zach Robertson Talks Michigan Offer
Saturday night, the Wolverines extended a scholarship offer to 2015 four-star offensive lineman Zach Robertson (Bellflower, CA).
He spoke briefly with 247's Clint Brewster after the offer came in. That tidbit can be found here. (FREE)
Robertson has an impressive offer sheet which includes the likes of UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and more.
That's it for the Monday roundup. Join us again Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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