Isaac Nauta Reacts to Weekend Visit to Ann Arbor
This past weekend was extremely important in terms of recruit visits, headlined by the 2016 top-ranked tight end in the country paying Ann Arbor a visit. This was five-star prospect Isaac Nauta's (Buford, GA) second visit to Michigan, but the first with Coach Harbaugh.
Per Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($), Nauta considered this to be a very legitimate visit. He had high interest in Michigan prior to the hire of Coach Harbaugh, and after the coach announced his return to the Maize & Blue, Nauta's intrigue was intensified.
Current Michigan tight end Jake Butt played host to Nauta during his visit, during which the five-star prospect was able to speak with the coaching staff following the loss to Michigan State. He commented on the continuing rise of the program along with how the players reacted to the outcome of the game. Needless to say, Nauta was impressed with the current focus of the team.
Per Scout (FREE),
"This visit opened my eyes, Michigan moved up my list, and everything was great there. The football program is going in the right direction and a Michigan degree carries a lot of weight. I mean, if I get a degree from there, I will be set for life. There are so many successful alumni all over the country and I learned a lot this weekend. And it all was good."
Nauta is scheduled to take three more official visits this season to TCU, Alabama, and Ole Miss.
2016 Top100 ATH High on Michigan
Michigan is now in the lead to host the services of Top100 athlete Lamar Jackson (Elk Grove, CA), as reported by Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($). Jackson is currently ranked No. 5 at the safety position and 95th overall per the 247Composite.
The four-star prospect was in Ann Arbor for the game over the weekend, and in an interview following the matchup he spoke emphatically about the atmosphere of the Big House, Michigan's academic prowess, and the coaching of Coach Harbaugh.
He spoke of a conversation he had with defensive coordinator DJ Durkin during his visit, in which they discussed how Jackson would fit in nicely into Michigan's defensive schemes.
Jackson has already attended official visits at Utah, Arizona, and Arizona State, and is said to be interested in his hometown school of USC as well. He expects to make a decision regarding his future in January at the Under Armour All-American game.
Here is a highlight reel from Jackson's junior season, courtesy of Hudl:
247Sports Crystal Ball in Favor of 2016 Top100 WR to Michigan
On Tuesday, both Steve Lorenz and Steve Wiltfong of Wolverine247 ($) stated that they are in favor of 2016 Top100 WR Dylan Crawford committing to Michigan. Crawford (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 13 WR in his class.
He visited Ann Arbor this past weekend for the Michigan vs. Michigan State matchup. Per Rivals (FREE), his visit went well.
"I really like how it went," Crawford said. "I could see myself fitting in there. I feel like I could play there. I like the coaching staff and obviously the Michigan education is solid and the networking there is unreal. They don't really have a slot player who could take the fly sweep. They were showing me all the footage about how they have to bring Jabrill (Peppers) on offense to do the bubble screen routes and stuff like that. They said if I was there they wouldn't need to do that."
Crawford also holds offers from Miami (FL), Arizona State, UCLA, and Stanford, among others.
Decision for Kemp is Coming Soon
Four-star 2016 strong-side defensive end Carlo Kemp (Boulder, CO) is expected to enroll at a university in January, and is therefore expected to announce his decision shortly. Kemp is ranked No. 14 at his position and first in the state of Colorado. During his time Fairview, he has also played linebacker, tight end, and fullback.
Michigan is thought to be the leader in his top three, followed by Notre Dame and his hometown school of Colorado, per Adam Munsterteiger of Rivals ($). Kemp visited Ann Arbor in July for the BBQ and then again over the weekend of the BYU game.
The 247 Crystal Ball has Michigan in the top spot for Kemp's services, and it looks to remain that way unless Notre Dame makes a significant push here at the end.
Here are some highlights from Kemp's junior season, per Hudl:
Michigan Rescinds Football Scholarship from 2016 RB Commit
It was revealed on Monday that three-star running back Matt Falcon (Southfield, MI) will not become a member of the Michigan football team due to his second ACL tear of the same knee.
Coach Harbaugh spoke with Falcon's mother and stated that while Falcon will not be granted a football scholarship, he would be given a medical one in order to pursue academics at the university.
Per Falcon's Twitter, football is not out of the picture just yet. While other schools have been showing interest in him, as of now he is still committed to the Wolverines.
ICYMI: 2017 Class Adds Commit in RB Kurt Taylor
Over the weekend, three-star 2017 running back Kurt Taylor announced on Twitter his commitment to the Wolverines. Per the 247Composite, Taylor (Covington, GA) is the No. 35 running back in his class.
Read here to learn more about Michigan's newest commit and what he will bring to the table.