One of the busier recruiting weekends of the year came this weekend with the end of the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, a multitude of visitors in Ann Arbor and a pair of commitments to bring the total of commits in Michigan's 2016 class up to twelve players.
The Wolverines received a pledge from three-star 2016 cornerback Antwaine Richardson (Delray Beach, Florida), who is a teammate of 2015 defensive end signee Shelton Johnson, on Friday.
He was in attendance at Michigan's Miami satellite camp stop. He spoke to 247's Steve Lorenz following his commitment on some of the reasons he decided to pull the trigger.
"It's big that Shelton will be there," he said. "Michigan is a good school and having someone you know go there makes it a lot more comfortable when it's far away. I had a lot of fun at the camp too. I got to play the style of defense that Michigan wants to play, and talked with Coach Harbaugh. He's a really cool guy. I'm hoping to come up on one of my bye weeks this season, but I'm not sure when those dates are."
Following his commitment, I did a brief analysis on what he brings to the program.
Richardson has good size at 6-foot and room to add to his 165 pound frame. He is extremely athletic and his skill set gives him a chance to win jump balls against taller and more talented receivers.
He looks like he plays pretty physical and should be solid in press coverage, which is something that Michigan is looking to add in its secondary moving forward. Richardson still has quite a bit of room to grow as a player, but appears to be a good corner prospect.
Richardson was not the only prospect from Florida to pull the trigger on Michigan this weekend, as 2016 two-star defensive end/tight end Rashad Weaver (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) pledged on Sunday.
I have not had much of a chance to check out Weaver's game, but the staff is extremely high on his upside and likes what he could bring to the table.
Weaver told me following his commitment that Michigan was the fit he was looking for both academically and on the field. Jim Harbaugh and staff see him as a defensive end in their program.
Look for a quick analysis on him in the next few days.
David Reese still working on Desmond Fitzpatrick
MnB had the chance to catch up with 2016 fullback commit David Reese (Farmington, Michigan) at SMSB, where he told us that there are a few big names he is working on bringing with him to Michigan.
"Big Khalid Kareem (2016 Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end)," Reese said. "He’s at a camp right now, hopefully I’ll hit him up after that and see what he’s thinking."
Kareem is expected to announce his commitment June 24. He took unofficial visits to Michigan on May 30 and Alabama on Saturday, according to 247sports.
Another player Reese is attempting to flip to Michigan is his teammate, 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is committed to Louisville, but many have speculated that he would follow Reese to the Wolverines.
"Yeah, (I'm still working to flip Desmond)," Reese said. "But you seen him today in all his Louisville stuff."
Cass Tech's Wilcher talks pipelines and more
We also spoke with Detroit Cass Tech HS head football coach Thomas Wilcher at the event and asked about the pipeline of talent at his school and if there is enough room for the Big Ten's big three (MSU, U-M, OSU) recruiting his hallways.
"There’s a school for everybody," he said. "Who knows where a kid might want to go? He might want to Florida or USC. We have kids at LSU. We have kids going to different places.
"I just want the kids to go wherever they are happy and wherever they can find peace and where families can say ‘Hey, I’m glad he’s going there.’"
We also asked him if anything at Michigan has changed since Harbaugh was hired in December:
"There’s no difference. Michigan is Michigan," he said. "There are kids growing up loving Michigan and wanting to be at Michigan. If Harbaugh is coach, they want to go to Michigan. When Brady Hoke was the coach, they wanted to go to Michigan. When (Rich Rodriguez) was the coach, they wanted to go to Michigan.
"All I’m trying to say is that kids still love Michigan because it is a hometown school. Kids love the schools in Michigan, period. They love Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. They love Ferris State and Grand Valley. They love our Michigan schools and it’s good that our kids want to stay at home and be here and be seen by their parents.
"But if it all doesn’t work out, it’s great when your kids can go somewhere else and be peaceful and joyous and feel good about themselves and their parents do not mind traveling to see their kids. It’s great to see that happening, also."
Donnie Corley stays in touch with Jedd Fisch
As far how how things are going on the recruiting trail, Corley does not seem like he is in a rush to make a decision anytime in the near future. He said he does not have any official visit plans set in stone for the fall, but would like to make trips to Michigan State and Tennessee during the season. He also said that he will be in East Lansing for an unofficial on Saturday.
In terms of where he stands with Michigan, it sounds like there is still a fair amount of contact between the two. Corley said that he speaks to passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch, who has been his primary recruiter.
SMSB excited Harbaugh as much as the Super Bowl
"To have a day in football for all of us to be together, to interact on this stage, how good is it, do you measure it? You can’t. Just personally, (I’ve) coached and played in some big games, including (the) Super Bowl, including NFC championships, etcetera., I was excited about this day and getting out there on the field as I was going into those days. Just as excited."
For other tidbits from the Friday session of SMSB, check out our day two recap here.
Tarik Black visiting June 19
Four-star 2017 wide receiver Tarik Black (Cheshire, Connecticut) will be visiting Michigan this weekend, per his Twitter account.
Michigan offers 2018 OL Marquan McCall
Michigan offered 2018 offensive lineman Marquan McCall (Oak Park, Michigan) over the weekend, according to Allen Trieu of Scout.
I spoke briefly to McCall, who was one of the breakout performers of the Sound Mind Sound Body camp. He said the offer came from offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and that coaches said he "was a beast and so aggressive" during the camp.
McCall, a teammate of 2017 OL target JaRaymond Hall, is currently unranked.