In this version of our Michigan recruiting roundup, I wanted to open up the mailbag and answer some questions from the fans on a variety of storylines. There were some quality questions that came through, so let's address them, shall we?
Spring football predictions
@anthonytbroome when spring ball is said and done, do you think anything unexpected or shocking will happen?— Dustin grueshaber (@D_G30) February 26, 2015
In terms of the current team, the hope would be that a solid foundation is set for fall camp and that all players stay healthy, so we shall see how that progresses over the next month or so.
On the recruiting trail, it's possible a few commitments could drop between now and the spring game. It looks like the Wolverines will be getting a fair amount of visits to practice throughout spring camp. Whether or not that materializes into any verbal commitments remains to be seen.
I like their chances with guys like Matt Falcon, Desmond Fitzpatrick and Michael Onwenu. This in-state trio seems to be trending positively towards Michigan.
So, nothing particularly shocking, but we'll see what happens.
Another QB transfer?
@anthonytbroome any news on the Iowa QB coming?— 〽️ THE VICTORS 〽️ (@DOUGCZAR2) February 26, 2015
There are rumors out there on the boards right now about Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock possibly transferring to Michigan, but for now they are just that -- rumors.
This has not been reported or thrown out there by any of the major outlets, so for now it seems like a good idea to keep this in the "rumors" section. After bringing in two quarterbacks in its 2014 recruiting class and getting a transfer in John O'Korn, Michigan just does not seem likely to bring in one more.
But it is Harbaugh, and he loves his quarterbacks, so never say never.
Can the Wolverines bring in 2016's top QB?
@anthonytbroome do we have a shot at Jacob Eason?— Tyler Conrad (@TylerConrad2) February 27, 2015
Jacob Eason is a five-star prospect and the class of 2016's top quarterback. He is currently committed to Georgia, but Jim Harbaugh has been coming after him pretty hard. In fact, his high school coach will be in attendance at the coaches clinic at U-M in a few weeks, so it's possible Eason could tag along with him.
Based on what we know about the situation, Eason seems pretty solid in his commitment to the Bulldogs as of now, but with Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, anything is possible. If they are able to get him on campus, things will get interesting. But for now, KJ Costello looks like the more likely of the two to end up as the quarterback in the 2016 class.
Biggest needs in 2016
@anthonytbroome w/21 WR's being offered for 2016, and other than QB, what other position of need does M need to address?— Mark Kellogg (@markakellogg) February 27, 2015
I actually wrote about this not too long ago. My take on Michigan's needs and available scholarships for their 2016 class can be found here.
To keep it short, linebacker, cornerback, tight end and wide receiver would be where I would say their biggest needs are. The Wolverines were not able to do much to build depth on the defensive side of the ball in their 2015 class, so that will be a big priority this time around. They have solid depth on the defensive line, but things get thin at linebacker after this season.
So, WHAT COLORS ARE THE DRESS?!
When I asked for questions from readers on Thursday, this was by far the query I received the most.
@anthonytbroome What color is the dress?— Brennen Byrne (@YiggityYaaamp) February 27, 2015
@anthonytbroome What color do to the recruits think the dress is?— Clevellen (@EllenJohn24) February 27, 2015
@anthonytbroome what color is the dress— Corey (@CStrable) February 27, 2015
@anthonytbroome Seriously, what color is the dress? What star ranking would you give this puzzle?— Joshua Henschke (@JoshuaHenschke) February 27, 2015
If you have no idea what this is in reference too, an article on Buzzfeed on Thursday night profiled a dress that some people saw as being white and gold, while others saw it as blue and black.
I have no idea how this pertains to recruiting. Supposedly the dress actually is blue and black, but this is a recruiting roundup, not a science roundup, so I have no other response to this latest internet phenomena than to say, "what the hell?"
Thursday's headlines included net neutrality, a llama chase and a dress debate. Thank goodness for House of Cards season three being released this weekend.
By the way, the dress is totally blue and black. Moving on...
Matt Falcon visiting Friday
Michigan will be getting its second visit in as many weeks from in-state running back Matt Falcon (Southfield, Michigan) for practice on Friday, according to his Twitter account.
Many see Falcon as trending to the Wolverines, myself included, but this is not exactly a given. Tennessee is still very much alive here and it will be interesting to see what happens after he visits Knoxville. Still, I see Falcon as the favorite to be the running back for Michigan in this cycle.
The Wolverines have been offering defensive backs like crazy the last few weeks or so. On Thursday, they offered two of the best in the 2016 recruiting class.
The biggest of the two went to five-star Alabama cornerback commit Shyheim Carter (Kentwood, Louisiana). He is the nation's third ranked player at his position.
The other prospect offered was four-star cornerback Marcus Williamson (Westerville, Ohio). He is the sixth ranked corner in the class.
Both rankings come from 247's Composite.
Michigan also offered a pair of 2017 recruits on Thursday, both of which are among the best in the nation.
- Four-star cornerback Stanford Samuels (Hollywood, Florida)
- Five-star defensive end AJ Epenesa (Edwardsville, Illinois)