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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: 2016 QB picture becoming clearer

In this edition, a major 2016 quarterback domino has dropped, several in-state prospects were on campus Thursday for a photo shoot, and more offers.

Costello chooses Stanford, all eyes on Peters now

Class of 2016 quarterback KJ Costello (Santa Margarita, California) ended his recruitment on Thursday afternoon when he announced that he has committed to Stanford University over USC and Michigan.

The move was not a big surprise for Michigan. They had been trying to get him on campus the last few weeks or so and it just did not work out. The new staff was recruiting him pretty hard, but now they will have to look elsewhere.

We have talked about the 2016 quarterback situation at nauseum in these roundups, but Michigan does have other options, and they are not just "plan B" type guys. There are still some really good signal-callers on the board for the Wolverines and that spot could be filled sooner rather than later.

The question that has been asked the most is, "If not Costello, then who?"

Brandon Peters is the leader in the clubhouse for that quarterback spot now. Since his offer last month, Michigan has shot right to the top of his list and it really does look like just a matter of time before he pulls the trigger on the Wolverines.

He will be in town visiting next weekend for the Spring Game and it would not be a surprise at all to see a commitment drop during his visit. Once that domino falls, commitments should start coming in a little more frequently.

Peters would by no means be a consolation prize. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, he has a lot of room to still grow and fill out and he fits the bill of what Michigan is looking for at quarterback. He is a four-star prospect and the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class, per the 247 Composite.

Other options could be Dwayne Haskins or Logan Byrd, but I would call them longshots at this point.

Local stars come to Michigan for Lemming shoot

Every year, CBS Sports' Tom Lemming does regional photo shoots at different universities with some of the state's top talent. On Thursday, it was Michigan's turn, as some of the top in-state players were in Ann Arbor for a photo shoot at the Big House.

The big names that were in attendance include wide receivers Donnie Corley, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Desmond Fitzpatrick, defensive end Khalid Kareem and many more.

It was interesting seeing pictures of some of the state's talent all assembled together. We'll see how many of them end up playing together in the Big House.

Visit updates

Class of 2016 linebacker Sidney Willis (Nashville, Tennessee) tweeted out his plans for visiting Michigan, which will take place this summer.

Willis is currently unranked by the major services.

A 2017 prospect that is looking to visit next weekend is linebacker/safety Jared Payton (Columbus, Ohio), he told me last night.

Payton also said that even though he is from Columbus, his interest in Michigan is very high and he is a big fan of the Jim Harbaugh hire. He is planning to either visit Michigan or Cincinnati next weekend.

He is currently unranked, as well.

More offers

The biggest 2016 offer to come out of the week so far in terms of going out to an elite talent is five-star linebacker Ben Davis (Gordo, Alabama) on Wednesday.

Four-star 2016 offensive lineman Cohl Cabral pulled in an offer from the Wolverines, as well, which was extended to him by offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

Class of 2018 offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor (Indianapolis, Indiana) was also offered by Michigan during his visit yesterday.

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