Rest well, little Princess Lacey.
Note: We'll start off with the top three offensive prospects with this post and follow up with the top three defensive recruits this weekend.
Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting--it's like that's all we ever seem to discuss these days when it comes to Michigan football.
Part of that reason is simple: Brady Hoke can recruit, and so can his staff. The latter part to the equation is this: The Wolverines haven't played great ball under Hoke, so talking about guys who can improve the program is all the rage.
And rightfully so. Team 135 has a few doozies on its newcomers list. Team 136 looks sharp, too. Hoke's brought in major athletes during the past three years--eventually, those players will contribute to wins and meaningful advancement.
That being said, let's talk recruiting. Actually, more specifically, let's talk about some of the top offensive targets for 2015. After that, feel free to ponder the possibilities--Shane Morris or Wilton Speight throwing to George Campbell, for instance.
We all know that Mike Weber, a 4-star, and Damien Harris, a 5-star, are of high priority for offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who may prove to be "insane" when it comes to directing his ball-carriers. He had a pretty good two-year run in Tuscaloosa; he's probably expecting something similar in Ann Arbor.
Goods on Weber
Ht./Wt..: 5'10"/205 pounds (No. 12 RB of 2015, per 247Sports)
High school: Detroit Cass Tech
Strengths: Tough style, Detroit attitude--Cass Tech product.
That says it all.
#Michigan remains "warm" for Top75 RB Mike Weber, who visits #Vols this weekend: http://t.co/NIMrt9bPmx— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) February 25, 2014
Goods on Harris
Ht./Wt:.: 5'11"/205 pounds (No. 1 RB of 2015, runs a 4.40-second 40)
High School: Madison Southern (Berea, Ky.)
Strengths: Speed isn't a problem. He's shifty. He bounces off tacklers, who have a difficult time corralling the workhorse.
It's been some time since we've heard major updates on either, but, if Hoke correctly plays his hand, Michigan will snag two top-tier running backs in the same class.
Of course, that was the norm for Nuss at 'Bama. And really, in 2013, Hoke pulled the trick by getting Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith, each of whom were top-15 RBs of their class.
Interesting dynamic building with Michigan and Mike Weber and Damien Harris. Room for two in this class but how it plays out is intriguing— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) March 9, 2014
Hit TVH's Twitter page, and you'll see tweets about Harris' mother, who carries influence in her son's recruitment. Personal comfort is one thing, but Harris has said that he wants his mother to be happy as well.
What a good kid he is. So far, so good. According to recent reports, Mom approves and Hoke's program remains in the running for Harris, who has high interest from Florida, Kentucky, Auburn and Ohio State, among others.
Let's Play Catch
Paging George Campbell...paging George Campbell...
A perfect-for-the-position prospect, he would complement an already buff load of receivers. That's a position that Michigan has recruited well--and one that's only getting better.
When Campbell committed, I wasn't surprised. But then he backed out and reopened his options, just as Harris did.
And I wasn't surprised then, either.
Goods on Campbell
Ht.:/Wt.: 6'3"/184 pounds (No. 1 WR of 2015)
High school: East Lake Tarpon Springs (Fla.)
Interest: Cool (icey?!)
Strengths: Incredibly athletic, let's make that clear. Campbell possesses a long stride and reliable hands. Those are ingredients for a great receiver. And, in all honesty, he's probably better than anyone Michigan has recruited under Hoke.
If not the best, he's very close. Campbell is destined for a prolific three-year NCAA career.
Hoke and Jeff Hecklinski have been keeping tabs on the sure-handed Sunshine Stater, who's been mum on Michigan lately. Be on the lookout for future developments.
From last night, George Campbell talks with @KippLAdams about #Michigan; he's been staying in contact (FREE): http://t.co/KiFJJvZaMc— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) March 16, 2014
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