U-M Offer: Thompson's Station (Tenn.) 2016 Wide Receiver
It took a late season push for Nate Johnson to receive a number of high profile offers from the Power 5. With 23 offers on the table, over half are from the FCS or lower-tier, including Army and Appalachian State.
Two days following Johnson's offer from Tennessee, his third from the SEC, along with South Carolina and Vanderbilt, Michigan also became the third Big Ten team to offer the No. 8 ranked senior recruit in the state of Tennessee by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Johnson will officially visit Ann Arbor on Friday, his first of four scheduled, before traveling to Miami, Vandy and Northwestern.
U-M Top 10 In Easiest Recruiting Jobs
ESPN's Recruiting Nation experts ranked all 65 Power 5 conference jobs for recruiting, basing their judgement off geography, budget, facilities, pro potential, and other intangibles such as tradition and academic considerations.
Michigan topped the list at No. 9, behind four SEC schools, Ohio State (No. 2), Texas (No. 3), Southern Cal (No. 4) and Florida State (No. 8).
Michigan State and Penn State also cracked the Top 25 at 23 and 18, respectively.
The Wolverines have a highly visible brand that resonates with recruits, have a huge fan base and play in one of the all-time iconic venues in sports. Drawbacks to overcome include less in-state talent than chief rival Ohio State, as well as some academic considerations that present the occasional hurdle in attracting top recruits.
U-M Loses Two Commits This Week
In the wake of three-star athlete Victor Viramontes’ decommitment from the Wolverines on Monday, three-star linebacker David Reese announced on Wednesday that he has also decommitted in order to pursue early enrollment options at other schools, which wasn't on Michigan's agenda.
The No. 16 ranked senior inside linebacker by Rivals.com has other notable offers from Florida, Louisville, Nebraska, Texas and TCU. Reese will take his fourth official visit to Austin on Saturday, four days after Charlie Strong visited Reese's home in Farmington (Mich.).
Michigan now has 20 commitments in its 2016 class.
U-M QB Commit Named 2015 Indiana Mr. Football
The Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday that Brandon Peters was named this year's Indiana Mr. Football, voted on by a panel of in-state coaches.
Of the 60 possible first place votes, Peters received 27, 17 more than the second-place finishers.
It's Peter's second award received this season, along with Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year. He's also in the running for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, competing with five other finalists, including Michigan target Donnie Corley (Detroit King).
Kareem Walker To Announce Decision Next Week
December 17 is the date in which the No. 1 ranked running back in the country by Scout.com will announce his verbal commitment.