2016 OL speaks about his weekend visit to Michigan
One of the prospects in attendance for Michigan's 26-10 loss to Utah on Saturday afternoon was 2016 center Nik Urban (Willoughby, Ohio), which was his first trip to Ann Arbor since attending a camp back in June.
I spoke with him Saturday night after his visit, which sounds like it was a positive experience for him.
"It was really good! I had coaches coming up left and right talking to me," Urban said. "They really made me feel welcomed."
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who has been his primary recruiter, and offensive line coach Darrell Funk were among the coaches he spoke to on the visit.
It was not the greatest atmosphere for visiting recruits given the circumstances and end result of the game, but it does not sound like it changed Urban's mind on where the Wolverines sit right now.
I like Michigan. If an offer comes maybe I'll feel a little more stronger," he said. "But Duke is still my number-one."
The 6-4, 280 pound junior is not currently ranked by any of the major recruiting services.
Malzone helps Brother Rice stay undefeated
Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), Michigan's quarterback commit for the class of 2015 did his part on Friday night in leading Brother Rice to a 40-34 victory over Warren De La Salle and keeping his team undefeated at 4-0 to start the year.
The senior quarterback was 14-for-20 for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Three-star wideout Grant Perry led Brother Rice in receiving with seven catches for 105 yards.
Malzone isn't exactly setting the world on fire with his stat line this year, but he has done a very nice job after an offseason of hard work at camps and improving his mechanics. In four games this year, he has thrown for 1018 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions while completing just over 60 percent of his passes.
Ferns has big impact on both sides of the ball in latest game
Linebacker prospect Brendan Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio) was making plays everywhere on Friday night in a 21-14 win for St. Clairsville HS over previously undefeated Martins Ferry, according to 247's Bill Kurelic. (FREE)
Ferns, who's brother Michael is a true freshman linebacker at Michigan, had 12 tackles, forced a fumble and blocked an extra point on defense in the win. He also rushed for 167 yards on 21 carries and with touchdown.
At 6-3, 223 pounds, Ferns is a four-star prospect and looks like one of the better linebackers in the class right now. Ohio State has 71 percent of the predictions in their favor in 247's Crystal Ball. Michigan holds 12 percent of the picks.
Holyfield has another huge day in blowout win
247's Keith Niebuhr took a look at running back Elijah Holyfield (Atlanta, Georgia), had a fantastic showing in a blowout win for his school this week. (FREE)
Holyfield's first touch of the game was a 97-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. He only played the first half of the game, but finished with eight carries for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He has run for over 700 yards in the first four games of the year combined.
Holyfield is a four-star prospect and the 20th-ranked running back in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite. He is the son of famous boxer Evander Holyfield.
Andrew David boots an impressive field goal on Friday
Say what you will about having kickers and punters on scholarships, but the Wolverines look like they've brought a good one in to their 2015 recruiting class.
Kicker commit Andrew David (Massilon, Ohio) set a school record on Friday when he booted a 58-yard field goal. He spoke to 247's Steve Lorenz about the record-setting kick: (FREE)
"I knew it was good immediately after contact," David said. "It felt amazing. I actually had a little bit too much loft underneath it, but it was really awesome to make it."
With Matt Wile graduating this year, David figures to have a shot to play for Michigan from day one. He certainly looks ready.
That's it for Monday. Check back in with us Wednesday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.
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