Commit dominoes could start dropping this weekend
The weekend that has been circled on the calendars of Michigan football fans is finally upon us, with the Spring Game on Saturday at the Big House and a decent amount of visitors scheduled to be in Ann Arbor this weekend.
This weekend could very well provide the answers to the popular question "Who will be Harbaugh's first 2016 commits?"
I'm told there are three names to keep an eye on this weekend: quarterback Brandon Peters (Avon, Indiana), along with wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick and linebacker David Reese, who are teammates from Farmington, Michigan.
Peters is the name right at the top of that list. He has reportedly favored Michigan since his offer was extended back in February. A commitment could have come a lot sooner, but the Wolverines chose to wait on the decision of KJ Costello, who ultimately ended up choosing Stanford.
If he does not choose Michigan while on his visit, it should come soon after barring any unforseen developments. Peters, a four-star prospect and the 10th-ranked pro-style QB, seems poised to be the signal-caller of this class.
Fitzpatrick and Reese's situation is interesting. Both are currently committed to Louisville, but were recently offered by Jim Harbaugh and the new staff. A flip scenario looks likely here, whether it is this weekend or not. They appear to be a packaged deal, so we'll keep an eye on what happens with them this weekend.
As far as out-of-left field commits go, keep an eye on offensive/defensive lineman Michael Onwenu (Detroit, Michigan). Things have been trending the way of the Wolverines recently and he has been on campus a few times since Harbaugh was hired. Tim Drevno has made him a big priority, so maybe he decides to pull the trigger here. A few people I've talked to say there's a chance, but not to bank on anything.
This is the biggest recruiting weekend for Michigan since Zach Gentry, Reuben Jones and Nolan Ulizio committed weeks before the 2015 class came to an end. We will see how many players decide to drop, if any.
Once the first one does commit, especially if it is an in-state kid, expect the snowball effect to occur.
Donovan Peoples-Jones hops out of the gym
Four-star 2017 wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit, Michigan) is one of the best athletes in the country, and he showed it during a dunk contest at his school.
This video needs no further introduction. See for yourself:
Peoples-Jones has all the tools to end up being fantastic at the next level, which has made him one of the most coveted prospects in the 2017 cycle early on.
He will also be in town Saturday for the Spring Game.
EJ Price commits to Georgia
Class of 2016 offensive tackle EJ Price (Lawrenceville, Georgia) has committed to Georgia, according to his Twitter account.
Price said recently that Michigan led for his services, so a commitment now is a bit of surprise, but that does not mean the staff will stop working on him.
He is a four-star prospect and the 10th-ranked offensive tackle in the class, per the 247 Composite.
Pair of offers go out Thursday
Michigan offered a pair of 2016 prospects on Thursday in athlete Donovan Duvernay (Sachse, Texas) and defensive end Patrick Bethel (Vero Beach, Florida).
Duvernay is a three-star prospect and the 69th ranked athlete in the class, per the 247 Composite, while Bethel is a four-star and the 18th ranked strong side defensive end.
That's it for Friday. Check back in with us throughout the busy weekend and on Monday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news.