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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Updates on a pair of 2016 prospects

The FRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, the Wolverines offer 2016 wide receiver Theo Howard, Donnie Corley is receiving interest from teams as a defensive back and more.

Gregory Shamus

Wolverines offer 2016 wide receiver

Michigan added to their list of 2016 scholarship offers on Thursday when they extended one to wide receiver prospect Theo Howard (Thousand Oaks, California).

Howard has called Michigan his "dream school," so this offer could be a significant one for him in the recruiting process. Many scouts have him as a rising prospect. Of course, it helps a lot when the ball is being thrown to you by five-star 2016 quarterback Malik Henry.

You can check out his sophomore season highlights below.

Right now, Howard is three-star prospect and the 77th-ranked wide receiver in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.

Donnie Corley being recruited as a defensive back?

Four-star 2016 wide receiver Donnie Corley (Wyandotte, Michigan) received an offer from North Carolina State on Thursday, according to one of his coaches.

The interesting thing about this offer is that they are recruiting him to play defensive back, which is definitely a new wrinkle to the recruiting process for him so far.

Corley has shown a lot of good things at the wide receiver position thus far, so I don't see him playing defensive back at the next level, but never say never. He certainly is athletic enough to do so.

The Wolverines do have interest in him as a wideout, but they have not yet extended a scholarship offer to him. He should get one in time, but right now it appears that Michigan State is the team to beat.

He's been looking for an offer from the Spartans for awhile, and once he received one a few weeks back, that appeared to have cleared things up a bit.

Answering a few reader questions

It's been a slow week in terms of football recruiting news, so I figured I would take to Twitter and see what was on the mind of Michigan fans that follow prospect news and notes.

The first comes from Dustin, who inquired about the possibility of adding players to the trenches in the 2015 cycle.


RIght now, I think the Wolverines are set in this cycle with four-star Grant Newsome and legacy commit Jon Runyan Jr. It's an abbreviated class so those two are looking like the only ones along the front line to be a part of the 2015 class.

With that being said, there are a few possibilities to bring in a few players still on their board.

Four-star offensive guard Zach Robertson (Bellflower, California) will be taking an official visit to Michigan for the Under the Lights III game against Penn State on Oct. 11. He doesn't exactly look like a prospect the Wolverines will be able to bring in from out west, but an official to the school could change things. We'll have to see what happens there.

Another four-star offensive lineman visiting for UTL3 is William Sweet (Jacksonville, Florida), who is currently committed to North Carolina. I do not think he is a candidate to be flipped, but again, we'll see what happens.

On to the next question:


I'm not sure exactly how that loss will affect recruits with both Notre Dame and Michigan offers, but I will say that there were a lot of those guys in attendance at the game and the Fighting Irish clearly came out on top in every aspect of that game.

If we're looking at an instant impact, you can look no further than four-star 2015 linebacker Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, Indiana), I have felt all along that Michigan had what it took to bring him in as a member of this class, but that doesn't seem so certain anymore.

Bilal has been quiet about his recruitment, but he has mentioned that he is looking at more than just football when making his college choice. With that being said, a lot of recruiting analysts have flipped their Crystal Ball predictions on 247 Sports from the Wolverines to the Irish. With uncertainties surrounding the coaching staff at Michigan, it's a definite toss-up.

I'd like to do a weekly mailbag for Maize n Brew, so please send your recruiting questions in the comments below, on social media or through email.

That's it for the Friday roundup. Check back in with us Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.

Be sure to follow MnB's Recruiting Reporter Anthony Broome on Twitter, @anthonytbroome.