Michigan to visit Iman Marshall in-home on Monday
The Michigan Wolverines will have a chance to make a big impression one of 2015's top prospects next week via an in-home visit with five-star cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, California).
He took his official visit to Ann Arbor earlier this week and it by all accounts went really well, as he was able to meet Jim Harbaugh's new staff for the first time, along with hockey coach Red Berenson and go ice skating at Yost Arena. He was hosted on the trip by wide receiver Freddy Canteen and also spent time with Jabrill Peppers and secondary coach Greg Jackson
Multiple reports indicate that the visit was a big success, but Marshall made the trip by himself after taking his official visit to Florida State a few days before. He and his father are very close and USC seems to be the overwhelming favorite for his services, but a great visit at home from Michigan's staff could make his recruitment very interesting to follow heading into signing day.
As each day passes without any concrete news, Michigan's chances look decent. With a big impression on Monday, they could be a threat to bring him in come National Signing Day. All things considered, the chance for early playing time along with the coaching staff he could play for makes the Wolverines a viable option. Again, he seems bound for USC until something suggests otherwise, but don't rule out Harbaugh and company here.
Zach Gentry taking official visit this weekend
Texas 2015 quarterback commit Zach Gentry (Albuquerque, New Mexico) will visit Michigan this weekend, according Chris Balas of The Wolverine.
Gentry, a four-star prospect and the eighth ranked pro-style quarterback in the class, has been committed to the Longhorns since May and effectively shut down his recruitment afterwards.
Shortly after news of the visit broke, Gentry removed the phrase "Texas commit" from his Twitter bio, which doesn't mean a whole lot, but we've seen that make a difference in the past.
Jim Harbaugh appears to be making a huge play to try and bring in a second 2015 quarterback to pair with Alex Malzone. Texas will visit him Friday before his official visit to Ann Arbor in an attempt to keep him from flipping to the Wolverines.
Throughout the process, Gentry has been firmly committed to the Longhorns, but the chance to play for Harbaugh has made Michigan a legitimate option here. The fact that he is taking an official this close to signing day means their chances of flipping him could be pretty good. We'll monitor this throughout the weekend.
Official visit news
2015 defensive back Markel Bush (Delray Beach, Florida) can be added to the list of official visitors this weekend, according to his Twitter account.
Official Visit to the University Of Michigan this weekend #GoBlue #Wolverines— Ⓜ️A®KEL BUSH (@Markelbush20) January 21, 2015
Bush is currently unranked by the major recruiting services and is a teammate of defensive end Shelton Johnson, who officially visited Ann Arbor last weekend.
In negative news regarding the official visit list this weekend, four-star Alabama linebacker commit Josh McMillon (Memphis, Tennessee) was planning on taking his official to Ann Arbor over the weekend, but he tweeted out late Thursday night that would no longer be the case.
I Am Solid On Alabama pic.twitter.com/NDw4hJAUSk— Joshua McMillon (@Joshua_McMillon) January 23, 2015
Michigan has a solid list of visitors this weekend and I would not be surprised if a few commitments did not drop. Stay tuned for our coverage of those updates throughout the weekend.
2016 offers continue to go out
Michigan is busy scrambling to finish out their 2015 recruiting class, but they are already planting seeds with some of the top prospects in 2016 and many of them have already been offered.
The new staff in Arbor arguably the nation's top prospect Wednesday in five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary (Paramus, New Jersey).
Congrats to #ParamusCatholic 2016 DL Rashan Gary (@RashanGary33) on his offer from #Michigan pic.twitter.com/RF7scOXlph— Paramus Catholic (@PCFB_LIVE) January 21, 2015
Michigan's new coaching staff also offered 2016 wide receiver Theo Howard (Thousand Oaks, California), according to his Twitter account.
Howard, a three-star prospect, was previously offered by Brady Hoke's staff in September.
Got offered by the new 〽️ichigan coaching staff today! #michigan #GoBigBlue— theo howard (@theohoward2) January 21, 2015
Michigan has offered 2016 offensive lineman Alex Akingbulu (Harbor City, California), according to Brandon Huffman from Rivals.
Akingbulu, 6-6, 265 pounds, is currently unranked by the major recruiting services and has also had contact with USC and UCLA.
I'll be speaking to Akingbulu on Friday evening and hopefully we'll have more of an update on him over the weekend.
Michigan has offered Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 2016 offensive lineman Alex Akingbulu: http://t.co/GuELN6Zld2— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 21, 2015
A pair of secondary offers have also gone out in the form of four-star safety Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas) and four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen (Pompano Beach, Florida).
That's it for Friday. Check back in with us over the weekend for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.