Michigan officially has its new defensive coordinator in former Boston College DC Don Brown, who has had proven success at this position. However, now the question remains: how are the Michigan commits and targets reacting to this new hire? The answer is overall very positive, per articles from both Tim Sullivan and Brandon Brown of Rivals (FREE) and Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($).
A few notable athletes who commented on the hiring were four-star target David Long and three-star commit Rashad Weaver. Long called the move a "big hire" while Weaver sympathized for the offenses who are pitted against Michigan in the future. Three-star OLB Jonathan Jones, who is a top target for Michigan, stated that this was a "great pickup."
Most athletes appear to be excited by the hiring, including four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson and four-star commit Devin Bush Jr. Said Bush Jr., "I can't wait to play for Brown."
Nordin to Take Official Visit to Michigan in January
The number one-ranked kicker in the 2016 class announced on Twitter Sunday night that he will take three official visits in January, with one of them being to Michigan. Per Allen Trieu of Scout, he will visit Ann Arbor on the 15th, Penn State on the 22nd, and then Baylor on the 29th.
The 247 Crystal Ball is currently set for Michigan being the ones to flip Nordin. The Wolverines will be in need of a kicker for the 2016-17 season, as current PK Kenny Allen is a senior.
Wolverines Make Top Lists for Three 4* 2016 Targets
Recruits have been busy this week, as three more have narrowed down their list of suitors. Four-star 2016 wide receiver Dylan Crawford (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) released his final six on Friday via Twitter, and Michigan made the cut. Along with the Wolverines, Crawford included Washington, Miami, UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon.
Coach Harbaugh went in-home with Crawford earlier in December, prior to the dead period. He is ranked 20th overall at the WR position in 2016 cycle.
Take a look at his junior year highlights here, per Hudl:
Additionally, four-star 2016 defensive end Levi Onwuzurike (Allen, TX) listed Michigan in his top four via Twitter alongside Washington, Baylor, and Arizona State.
Have a look at his highlight reel here:
Jean Delance, (Mesquite, TX) the 10th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2016 cycle, released his top three on Monday night, and Michigan was included in the list alongside LSU and Texas. Delance took his official visit to Michigan back on December 11.
The 247 Crystal Ball is currently in favor of Texas landing his services.
Ex-Texas Lineman Schedules Michigan Visit
Earlier this month, former Texas lineman Jake Raulerson announced that he would transfer elsewhere and finish his playing career at a different university. Per Clint Brewster of Wolverine247 (FREE), Raulerson has scheduled an official visit to Michigan for January 15.
A 2014 Academic All-Big 12 choice, he was a prospective starting center for the Longhorns in 2016. Once he transfers, Raulerson will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Wolverines Offer 3* 2016 DE
Per Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com and Rivals (FREE), Michigan has extended an offer to three-star 2016 defensive end Joshua Uche (Miami, FL).
He is ranked at No. 46 in the class at his position. Uche also holds offers from Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina, among others.
Jonathan Jones Gives Latest on Recruitment
Three-star 2016 outside linebacker Jonathan Jones recently spoke with Andrew Ivins of Rivals ($) about his impending decision as to which university he will attend come next season. Per the 247 Crystal Ball, Jones' recruitment has come down to Michigan and Notre Dame, with the Wolverines having the edge.
When asked about the Wolverines, Jones mentioned that he does not foresee the change at defensive coordinator swaying his decision, and that he plans on speaking with Don Brown in the near future. Coach Patridge has been Jones' main source of contact within the university, as he went in-home with the athlete recently.
Jones is set to announce on signing day.
ICYMI: Michigan Cracks Final Three for Nauta
On Sunday night via his Twitter page, the top-ranked tight end in the 2016 class in Isaac Nauta released his final three. To no one's surprise, Michigan cracked the list, accompanied by Alabama and Georgia. Nauta is ranked No. 9 overall in his class and third in the state of Georgia.
Nauta is set to announce his decision on January 9 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and then enroll early at the chosen university, per Kipp Adams of Wolverine247 (FREE). The 247 Crystal Ball is currently in favor of Georgia landing Nauta's services.