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Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Casual Monday

It’s been a little slow on the recruiting front lately, but we’ve got you covered with the past week or so of action.

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More good vibes (?) for Rick Sandidge

Things are still going very well with regard to Rick Sandidge, who’s a mid-four-star and would be the third-highest commit according to 247Sports’ Composite in the ‘18 class.

Sandidge spoke to Scout this past Wednesday and had this to say ($).

“I feel the same way about Michigan,” Sandidge said. “I feel like I’m going to always have that connection with Michigan.”

That’s not to say that Michigan is in the driver seat, though, necessarily. Other teams are in the mix as well, from Louisville, LSU, South Carolina, USC, and Penn State.

“I like all the (teams) in my top 11 to be honest,” he said.

Offer Roundup: Meet Jordan Whittington

It’s been a quiet couple weeks on the offer front, with no offers going out last week and only one going out this past week - with that one in the form of high-four-star Texas receiver Jordan Whittington. Michigan is getting in the game late, and signs are currently pointing toward Texas A&M. Whittingham is the 43rd offer in the 2018-20 classes out of the state of Texas, compared to 29 for California, 17 for Ohio, and 11 for Michigan.

Shayne Simon update

As we’ve said before, Shayne Simon is a Notre Dame/Michigan battle at linebacker, and he said last week he’ll be deciding soon ($).

“Probably before the season,” he said.

“Coach Harbaugh, Coach Partridge, and Coach Brown… I like their system and they have a lot of New Jersey guys that feel comfortable in the system,” said Simon. “That is something I would like to be a part of."

“The last trip I did kind of solidified things about them, so I just take it back to my family and make a decision.”

Friendly vibes with the Australian giant

You’re also probably familiar with 6’8”, 400-pound 2018 offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, who hails from Australia but will be taking his first season of American high school football at IMG Academy this fall. He said this is all a new experience for him ($).

“It’s definitely overwhelming,” he said, who made the move to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy this year for his first fall of American football. “I’m just trying to take every opportunity to get better and just learn the game of football.”

And, of course, Faalele still has a fondness for Michigan.

“I do like Michigan but I’m just trying to find where I feel comfortable at,” he said.

Best wishes to him as he transitions to playing in the States and playing some stiffer competition down in Florida.

Other News & Notes

Steve Lorenz has an interesting piece on 2019 offensive line recruiting ($).

Also, 2019 four-star linebacker Nakobe Dean had some interesting things to say about Harbaugh ($).

"Michigan was always a school I looked into when I was younger," he said to Scout’s Evan Petzold. "I always thought it would be cool to play for Coach Harbaugh. I want to meet him."