The 2015 class: Who's next?
Ah, yes, the question that recruiting writers get several times a day. "Who is the next commit?" A lot of times that can be tough to answer since the recruiting process for many can be so fluid, but that did not stop me from trying.
Over the weekend, I took a look at two guys who could be next to pull the trigger and join Michigan football's 2015 recruiting class, who both happen to be on the defensive side of the ball.
You can view that entire piece here.
Malzone and Perry impressive again in abbreviated action
The pair of Bloomfield (Michigan) Brother Rice prospects was at it again this weekend, having an impressive showing in a 31-7 win over Toledo St. John's that was called after the first half due to inclement weather.
Michigan's 2015 quarterback commit Alex Malzone led the way for Brother Rice, going 7-for-9 with 119 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Grant Perry, who is a rising target in many people's eyes, had six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Through two games this year, this has already been a fun connection to follow and these two should only get better as the season goes on. By looking at some of the highlights, you can see that the work Malzone put in during the off-season to earn an offer from the Wolverines has really helped him take his game to another level.
Perry continues to be his favorite target and while his offer sheet is stuffed with MAC schools, I do think that it is just a matter of time before the Big Ten offers come, as well. Michigan does have interest in him and if he continues to put up the numbers he has to start the year, an offer could come from it. I like their chances with him if offered.
Malzone is 27-for-43 for 477 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions on the season. Perry has 14 catches for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
2016 QB commit deWeaver releases highlights from first two games
Michigan has already found their quarterback in the 2016 class in Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, Ohio), and he took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to release a highlight tape of his first two games of the year.
Maize n Brew's Anthony Mammel took a look at deWeaver's tape, and this is what he took away:
Scouts expect young quarterbacks to make noticeable steps from year to year in their high school campaign, and it looks like Messiah DeWeaver is making those steps. The first thing you notice in his most recent highlights is his size: Messiah is still growing and is definitely thicker and stronger than he was a year ago. He still has room to add another fifteen or twenty pounds of muscle, but you can't expect him to make the leap from lanky and awkward to ripped and smooth in a year. He'll get there eventually.
He's also improved on the field. His delivery as a sophomore was awkward and led to some inaccurate passes; although that delivery hasn't been completely overhauled, it has been improved. He's also standing in the pocket with more confidence and isn't wasting as much motion, which is almost always a sign of progress. Quarterbacks coaches often preach about being mechanical and repeatable, and DeWeaver is making strides to become just that.
deWeaver is a four-star prospect and the 16th ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.
Matt Falcon wants to visit this fall
One of 2016's rising stars is in-state running back Matt Falcon (Southfield, MI), who has bounced back nicely this year from a knee injury in 2013 that caused him to miss the season. He looks like he's put that in the rear-view mirror and schools are taking a hard look at what he could bring to the table.
Falcon told 247's Bill Kurelic that he has five schools in mind that he would like to visit this fall.
"I want to make it to games at Purdue and Northwestern in October," Falcon said. "And I’m planning to get to games at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State."
It looks like he is targeting the Under the Lights III game vs. Penn State for a visit, so we'll have to wait and see what happens there.
Falcon has yet to be offered by the Wolverines, but it really is just a matter of time. He is a four-star prospect and 25th ranked tailback in the nation for the class of 2016, according to 247's Composite rankings.
That's it for Monday. Check back in Wednesday for a roundup of the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.
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