Harbaugh has big praise for 2016's QB commit
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh received the first 2016 commit since taking the job when four-star quarterback Brandon Peters (Avon, Indiana) pulled the trigger on the Wolverines.
Peters spoke with Bleacher Report's Tyler Donahue (FREE) about the details of how his commitment went down and some of the things the staff had to say to him.
He know that he was ready to commit when he arrived in Ann Arbor last week. It was at a dinner with his family, Jedd Fisch and Jim and Jack Harbaugh that the moment we thought was coming for awhile finally took place.
"It's really special. And getting to do it personally with Harbaugh was great," Peters said. "We were just sitting at dinner, talking about Michigan football, and he brought up my recruitment. He asked, 'How'd you like to come play for us?' I told him I'd love to."
Harbaugh did secure a commitment in February from four-star 2015 quarterback Zach Gentry (Albuquerque, New Mexico), but 2016 is his first full cycle to recruit with the Wolverines. In his first full cycle with Stanford back in 2008, a player by the name of Andrew Luck was the only quarterback taken in that class.
Harbaugh draws that comparison with Peters:
"He compared me to Andrew Luck," Peters explained. "It's a similar situation to what he had at Stanford, with Luck being the first quarterback recruit he brought in [with a full cycle]. He thinks I'm a really good fit for him at Michigan like Luck was for him there."
"Luck has a big arm and accuracy, and I think that's what I've got too," he said. "He's also an underrated runner. I think I have that athleticism. I'm not as strong as him yet, but I hope to get there someday."
Peters told Donahue that he enjoyed the Spring Game visit and is eager to play in his future home:
"It was a crazy environment. The stadium is just so big and a ton of people showed up for the game," Peters said. "There were some fans who knew who I was, and took pictures with me. I got to sign autographs for a few kids. It was awesome. I love Michigan fans."
We will see what ends up happening with Peters in his time at Michigan. Just for comparison's sake, both Peters and Luck's high school film can be found below.
Davis commits to Michigan
Peters was the big prize of the last week or so for the Wolverines, but on Monday they received a commitment from three-star 2016 running back Kingston Davis (Prattville, Alabama), who they plucked right out of the heart of SEC country.
Davis (6-1, 230 pounds) is teammates with 2015 cornerback signee Keith Washington. Both were on campus over the weekend for the Spring Game.
After his commitment, we took a brief look at what Davis brings to the Wolverines: (FREE)
At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Davis is a big, powerful runner that is deceptively fast given his size. He is a very good mixture of power, size and speed. He is shifty, changes direction with ease and has excellent vision.
Michigan is looking for running backs that have the above traits and Davis fits that mold extremely well.
While Michigan has recruited him at tailback, I would not completely rule out seeing him at fullback in some capacity. He has the ability to play either and there are some aspects to his game that would suggest he could have a similar impact to what BJ Askew did while at Michigan.
Falcon has Michigan in his top five
Davis may not be the only running back that Michigan takes in the 2016 cycle.
Four-star prospect Matt Falcon (Southfield, Michigan) released his top five schools via his Twitter account on Monday, where the Wolverines made the cut.
Blessed to announce my #fab5!! pic.twitter.com/a63GoUAU6u— Matt Falcon (@mfalcon21) April 6, 2015
Of those five schools, Michigan and Tennessee appear to be the teams to beat but it looks like we are still far away from a commitment taking place.
We will monitor this recruitment closely. A one-two punch of Falcon and Davis would be a nice haul for 2016.
Wolverines offer four-star offensive lineman
Michigan extended a scholarship offer to 2016 offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wisconsin) on Tuesday, according to his Twitter account.
Proud to announce I have just received an offer from the University of Michigan!! #Wolverines pic.twitter.com/cur3BOXPUg— Cole Van Lanen (@colevanlanen5) April 7, 2015
Van Lanen is a four-star prospect and the 27th-ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2016, per the 247 Composite.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in Friday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news and more.