Darian Roseboro commits to Michigan
Michigan received it's 11th commitment of the 2015 class on Friday afternoon when four-star defensive end Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, NC) announced he will be attending the University of Michigan.
He committed to Michigan on over Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State. NC State was considered the biggest threat to the Wolverines for his services.
The 6-4, 285 Roseboro is the seventh ranked strong side defensive end in the class of 2015, according to the 247 Composite. He had both the size and speed combination that could make him a force along the defensive line.
It's an impressive get for Michigan, as they have brought in a guy who they can use a variety of ways during his time at the next level. He has the raw athleticism to play end and the power to play on the interior of the line. Not bad for their first defensive lineman during this cycle.
I did a brief scouting report on him for The Big House Report (FREE), where I took a closer look at what kind of player Michigan is bringing in.
Here's a brief excerpt:
While he is listed as a defensive end, he has the look of a tackle given his size. If he can pull his physical tools together and combine that with is nose for the football, he could be an absolute force in time. With all of this being said, there is a chance he could earn himself some early playing time.
His physical tools alone will give him the opportunity to stick early with the Wolverines, but it is going to take some time for him to develop. Michigan landed themselves a very good defensive line prospect with high upside in time.
On the defensive line side of recruiting in this class, the Wolverines will now turn their attention to five-star weak side defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA). It looks like he's going to let the whole process play out before making a decision, but Michigan's chances with him seem to be good as of now. UCLA is the biggest contender for his services.
Alex Malzone and Grant Perry have a big first week
A pair of 2015 prospects and teammates had a good showing in their first high school game of the season for Birmingham Brother Rice HS in a 40-34 win over Chicago Brother Rice.
Michigan's four-star quarterback Alex Malzone's (Bloomfield Hills, MI) arm was on showcase during the shootout, where he went 20 of 34 with 364 yards and four touchdowns. His teammate, three-star wide receiver Grant Perry (Bloomfield Hills, MI), caught eight passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Not a bad connection over there at Brother Rice.
Perry is an interesting name in this class. He had several good showings over the summer at camps and has received some interest from Michigan, but that has not materialized into an offer yet. I do feel that if he's offered, he will be a part of this class, especially if he keeps putting up numbers like Saturday.
So I'll utter the phrase that we see so often in this piece.
We'll see what happens.
Darrin Kirkland Jr. dominates in win
Another 2015 Michigan commit, four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN), absolutely dominated his game over the weekend in a loss to Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio).
Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports was on hand to see Kirkland play, which he recapped here. (FREE)
n a 28-21 loss to Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, the nation's No. 5 inside linebacker according to the 247Sports Composite in the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Kirkland racked up 17 tackles including four stops for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception where he showed great instincts jumping a pass over the middle and nearly returning the pigskin to paydirt.
That pretty much sums up the kind of player he has shown to be on tape. Kirkland has an excellent nose for the football and plays from sideline-to-sideline. He is looking at enrolling early in January.
I would not rule out early playing time for Kirkland, even with Michigan's depth at linebacker. He will have a chance to prove himself once Spring practice rolls around.
(Yet another) 2015 recruiting class prediction
With the commitment of Roseboro on Friday, I took the opportunity to update my 2015 recruiting class predictions for TBHR. (FREE)
There aren't many changes this week, but it's definitely interesting to see what the Wolverines have been able to build so far in this class.
That's it for Monday. Enjoy your Labor Day and check back in with us Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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