Wolverines get their 2016 QB in Peters
It was a pretty busy weekend in Ann Arbor that revolved around the Spring Game, but there were several visiting recruits and a few of them pledged their allegiance to Michigan.
The quarterback domino for the Wolverines has fallen. It took a few weeks to play out, but Michigan finally has found their 2016 quarterback in the form of four-star prospect Brandon Peters (Avon, Indiana).
He committed on Friday night.
Many see Peters as a consolation prize to KJ Costello, who committed to Stanford recently and was a Michigan target, but he is more than just that. He brings a skill set to the table that should translate very well to what Harbaugh and company want to do on offense.
After his commitment, we posted a brief scouting report on Peters and what he brings to the table.
At 6-5, 205 pounds, Peters has the size that you want in a pro-style quarterback and has a frame that should allow him to put on some good weight before getting to Ann Arbor.
He is a very smart player and makes good reads pre-snap. He has a quick release and is able to put the ball where only his receivers can get to it. He does not have elite arm strength at this point, but he has shown the ability on his film to make every type of throw.
He is not a scrambler by any means, but he is mobile enough to make plays with his feet and pick up a first down on his own if he has to. His footwork and mechanics could use a bit of work, but that will come in time. This is a player that still has another year of high school football left.
Reese commits, too
The second commitment of the weekend came in the form of 2016 linebacker/fullback David Reese (Farmington, Michigan), who was flipped from Louisville.
It sounds like Michigan has recruited him at fullback. We broke down his skill set, also.
The majority of his film is at linebacker, but he does look like a college fullback at his size (6-foot, 230 pounds). Reese packs a punch on both sides of the ball. As a shorter player, he is able to gain leverage by getting lower than everyone else and he keeps his feet moving on contact. He gets the occasional carry and looks comfortable when those opportunities present themselves.
What's apparent when watching Reese play on either side of the ball is that he looks like he loves contact. He will bring a tenacity to the position that should fit in really well with what Michigan wants to do in the run game.
Michigan is now up to four commitments in their 2016 class. Peters and Reese join offensive lineman Erik Swenson (Downers Grove, Illinois) and linebacker Dele Harding (Elkton, Maryland), both four-star prospects.
Fitzpatrick fools everyone on Easter
Many thought that by weekend's end, the Wolverines would have a third commitment in the form of a flip of three-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick (Farmington, Michigan) from Louisville, who is a teammate of Reese.
I'm told that Harbaugh was pushing hard for a commitment on Saturday, but it never came to fruition. With that being said, a flip seems almost inevitable.
On Sunday, Fitzpatrick took to Twitter to tweet out an announcement for later that night. Everyone, including myself, expected that to signify a commitment to Michigan was going to take place on Easter evening.
When 8 p.m. rolled around, Fitzpatrick tweeted out that his father would be appearing in a sitcom in a production in Detroit. That caught everyone off guard and it became apparent that a commitment would not be taking place.
April fools, I guess.
Fitzpatrick's tweets have since been deleted, but even with this gag, it still appears that he will end up at Michigan before it is all said and done.
A few scholarship offers went out over the weekend for the Wolverines
The first went out to 2016 offensive lineman Josh Sills (Byesville, Ohio), who is a three-star prospect.
The second went to a prospect with a familiar name in 2017 tight end Carter Dunaway (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan). Dunaway's brother, Jack, will be on campus this fall as a walk-on defensive end and his father played tight end for the Wolverines.
That's it for Monday. Check back in Wednesday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting.