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Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Rashan Gary's Mother Recaps USC Official Visit

In this edition, the nation's top prospect visits USC, David Long has set an announcement date and more.

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Rashan Gary Visits USC

Class of 2016 defensive tackle Rashan Gary (Paramus, New Jersey) took an official visit to the University of Southern California this weekend and it appears things went well.

Gary's mother, Jennifer Coney, spoke to Scout's Brian Dohn following the visit: (FREE)

"He could definitely go to USC," Coney said. "The visit was a game-changer."


"As usual when you go out to see these colleges, they put their best foot forward," Coney said. "It's a very nice staff. I like (coach) Clay Helton. He's a very nice guy. We met (defensive coordinator Clancy) Pendergast for about five minutes because he just came on campus (Saturday), and they have not named their defensive line coach, so that is something we need to know. You really can't make a decision if you don't have a defensive line coach.

Gary is a five-star prospect and the nation's top player, according to multiple recruiting outlets.

Where things stand today, it still appears to be a two-horse race between the Wolverines and Ole Miss for his services with just over two weeks before signing day. Michigan is still positioned to be the favorite here.

The Curious Case of Eddie McDoom

The wide receiver situation in Michigan's 2016 class just got a bit more interesting.

Three-star wide receiver Eddie McDoom decommitted from Oregon on Sunday night and told The Michigan Insider's Brice Marich that Michigan is now his leader and will visit this upcoming weekend.

So what does it mean for the wide receivers in the class?

The most likely scenario is that three-star commit Nate Johnson is the odd man out and that the Wolverines will bring in both Pie Young and McDoom to finish things out there.

The staff is very high on McDoom and he is absolutely a take should he decide to pull the trigger this weekend.

David Long Sets Decision Date

Four-star 2016 cornerback David Long (Los Angeles, California) has set his much-anticipated decision date, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

Long will commit to a school, likely Michigan or Washington, this Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPNU.

The Wolverines have been trending here and do look like they are the probable landing spot as of today, but things can be fluid this time of year. He took an official visit to Washington over the weekend, so they are certainly in the mix.

Jordan Elliott Trying to Flip a Rival Commit?

Class of 2016 defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (Houston, Texas) was visited by defensive line coach Greg Mattison last week and our own Brandon Justice was able to catch up with him afterwards. (FREE)

He gave us his thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff, but it was a comment he made about a prospect he's trying to flip that is committed to a rival school that stood out:

He is comfortable, but he's also trying to get people to come to Ann Arbor and be comfortable with him. His biggest want for the 2016 class is Michigan State commit Josh King, a four-star defensive end.

"We had a really good connection at the Army game," Elliott said. "I'm not saying he's going to flip, but it'd be real cool to play with him and I know Michigan coaches are pushing hard for him."

It is extremely unlikely that Michigan flips King or that he is even considering it, but notable that the staff is still pushing for him.

Hit the link above for the full interview, where he also discussed the Don Brown hiring as defensive coordinator and more.

2017 QB Talks Michigan Interest

Speaking of interviews, Justice also caught up with 2017 quarterback Dylan McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado) about his interest in Michigan and his brother Christian's input on his recruitment. (FREE)

"He wants what is best for me, and to take my own journey. If the best fit is Stanford, he'll tell me. If it's not, he'll tell me, and he'll support me," he said.

McCaffrey also hinted that a commitment could be coming in the near future.

With basketball taking up a lot of time, the dual sport star will likely take his visits in spring.

"I'll head out for visits after basketball season in the spring, if I haven't already committed," McCaffrey said.

"I thought I would wait a lot longer, but recent events will lead to me likely making my decision sooner rather than later."

McCaffrey is a four-star prospect and the second-ranked quarterback in the class of 2017, per the 247 Composite.