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VIDEO: Iman Marshall Recruiting Teaser Video

This is just a little over the top.  First it was press conference with hats on the table, not it’s teaser videos.

 



Insight Into The Neal – Mattison Incident?

I’m only posting this because I think it’s fair to Greg Mattison to let people know more about Abraham Hoskins Jr, the recruits dad who “threw” Mattison out of his Omaha house Monday night.

This isn’t to say the kid’s dad is a dad person, but he did go on the radio and say “Michigan acted like we couldn’t afford or get him (Neal) academically eligible.”   I am of the opinion that his comments are a gross exaggeration of what likely actually happened.

If you check out Hoskin’s facebook page you will see that the guy clearly has a chip on his shoulder and was waiting to pounce on Mattison or any other coach at the first opportunity.

Look, Greg Mattison has been on the recruiting trail a long time, if you believe that he made some kind of out of line comment, I think you are dead wrong.  He’s not going to sit in front of a kid and insinuate what the kids dad says he heard.

I think this is a good deal for Michigan, sure you want a talented kid like Neal, but you definetly don’t want a dad like that around the program.  He would only be a problem down the road.

Here is his Facebook page, don’t post on it, just read what he’s about.



Michigan Loses 2016 QB Commit, Closes in on Replacement

The Michigan coaching staff was on the road Tuesday and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno made a very note-worthy stop in Ohio.  Drevno dropped in to check on 2015 safety commit Tyree Kinnel and 2016 quarterback commit Messiah deWeaver.

During Drevno’s conversation with deWeaver, the three-star quarterback was notified that the Wolverines would be recruiting an additional passer in the next recruiting cycle.  This news accelerated a recruitment that had been trending away from Michigan for quite some time.  In December, deWeaver took an unofficial visit to Michigan State.  Apart from the Spartans, Penn State, Kentucky and Duke were also courting deWeaver.

“After conversations with my family and God I am announcing that I will be reopening my recruitment from the University of Michigan,” deWeaver posted on Twitter.  “Thank you to everyone who supported me and still supports me through this decision.  #GodBluess.”

Without deWeaver in Michigan’s 2016 class, the Wolverines are looking to land another talented passer as soon as possible.  Four-star California quarterback K.J. Costello, who camped at Michigan last summer, is at or very near the top of Michigan’s recruiting board for 2016.

“Obviously [Harbaugh] has been busy with the 2015 class but he’s really been wanting to be in touch,” Costello told Kyle Bogenschutz of Scout.com. “He said he watched my film on Monday and wanted to make sure I knew the offer still stood at Michigan. And then we talked about some other things but it was a good conversation.”

Camping at Michigan last summer allowed Costello and Dylan Crawford, his four-star WR teammate, to experience Michigan football up close and personal.  Ever since this trip, Michigan has been a major factor in their recruitment.  Costello even tried to commit to Michigan while at camp before being told to slow down his process.

Still, Costello is very fond of Michigan and especially new head coach Jim Harbaugh.  So is Crawford, too.

“I could definitely see myself playing for him,” Crawford said of Harbaugh. “It was really great to meet him.”

Costello and Crawford compete in a passing league with three-star cornerback David Long who was offered by the Wolverines on Tuesday.  The three highly touted prospects are planning a group visit to Michigan soon—potentially as soon as next month.

“I could potentially take a visit within the next month with another ’16 guy, Dylan Crawford,” says Long.  “I’m really good friends with Dylan Crawford.”

A return trip from Costello would be huge for the Wolverines.  Harbaugh is making the quarterback position a priority moving forward and may be in line to land a commitment from Costello on this trip.

By: Bobby Pawlsun (recruiting writer for bighousenation.com)



PODCAST: Big House Nation Episode 2

Episode 2 of the Big House Nation podcast is up.

Today on the show I discuss the “enemy” narrative (MSU & OSU) on Harbaugh, recruiting tactics and I discuss who’s most likely to commit to the Wolverines this weekend in Ann Arbor.  Enjoy.

Click here to listen



Michigan Recruiting Update: Familiar Targets Reemerge on U-M Recruiting Board

The Michigan recruiting freight train is travelling as quickly as ever as several big time prospects jumped to the forefront in the last 24 hours.  As alluded to in yesterday’s post, Michigan is indeed looking for a second quarterback in the 2015 class.  As pointed out, that QB is Texas commit Zach Gentry.

A four-star prospect out of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Eldorado High School, Gentry committed to the Longhorns last May over offers from Alabama, Tennessee, TCU and others.  Gentry was once considered a top prospect on Michigan’s board while Al Borges was in charge of U-M’s offense.  After Borges was fired, Doug Nussmeier made a trip down to New Mexico for a throwing session with Gentry, but an offer was never extended.

This time around, head coach Jim Harbaugh stopped in on Gentry this Monday to gauge interest from highly sought after passer.  This big news here is that Harbaugh was able to secure an official visit from Gentry.  Now, Michigan has not offered Gentry yet, but that will likely change on his official visit.

Texas still has a visit scheduled with Gentry before his plane leaves for Michigan on Friday morning, but his commitment to Texas is up in the air as he removed the words “Texas commit” from his Twitter page yesterday.  Texas is also openly recruiting quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kai Locksley, further jeopardizing Gentry’s status with the Longhorns.

Those close to the Gentry’s camp believe that Michigan is the only team capable of flipping his commitment.  The Wolverines will receive his full attention this weekend and his decision will likely be known after an in-home with Charlie Strong next week.

Apart from Gentry, Michigan also made a run at Alabama linebacker commit Josh McMillon.  Before McMillion pledged to the Crimson Tide, Michigan was openly declared as his number two school and finished second in his recruitment.  Early yesterday, McMillon announced that he would take an official visit to Michigan this weekend.

That notion was short lived as McMillon later tweeted that his U-M official visit would not happen and that he is solid to Alabama.  For now.

Four-star athlete Tyrone Wheatley Jr. also had been high on Michigan throughout the recruiting process early on but has cooled on the Maize & Blue lately.  His dad was recently hired at RB coach and Michigan is trying to bring back the younger Wheatley as well.

Yesterday Wheatley Jr. was visited by his father, tight end coach Jay Harbaugh, and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.  The Michigan contingent lobbied for another trip to Ann Arbor, but his plan is still undetermined.

Another prospect that mirrors Wheatley Jr.’s potential at defensive end or tight end is Jake Pickard, a three-star prospect out of New Jersey.  Pickard was very high on Michigan early on, enough so to name Michigan as the original favorite for much of 2013.

Since that time, Pickard has committed to Wisconsin as a defensive end.  Wisconsin lost its head coach this year and Pickard is exploring his potential options at Michigan.  Pickard was offered by Michigan Wednesday and quickly cancelled his official visit at Oregon to visit Ann Arbor this weekend.

If Gentry and Pickard do not flip to Michigan this weekend, look for a potential commitment from former Nebraska defensive end commit Reuben Jones.  Earlier in the week, Jim Harbaugh, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Greg Mattison held an in-home visit with Jones.  Subsequently, Jones decommitted from Nebraska just one day before he arrives at Michigan on an official visit.  His recruitment has been trending in Michigan’s direction for much of the past week and the Wolverines might be able to secure a commitment this weekend.

 



HUGE Michigan Recruiting Update.

Since Jim Harbaugh took the helm as Michigan’s head coach, the Wolverines have acted swiftly in devising a recruiting board and attacking the 2015 class’ remaining top prospects.  With about ten scholarships to use in this cycle, Michigan is aiming for a high-quality finish, extending efforts deep into Florida, Texas and California—traditional recruiting hotbeds.

Last weekend was a huge recruiting period for Michigan with four uncommitted prospects on campus.  Avon Old Farms, Conn. five-star tight end Chris Clark took his long awaited official visit to Michigan, and the Wolverines delivered a memorable trip.  With Harbaugh’s staff officially assembled, Clark had the opportunity to meet with his potential position coach in college, Jay Harbaugh, for the first time.

After Harbaugh greeted Clark at the airport, the Michigan headman took the prized recruit to the Michigan vs. Northwestern basketball game.  Clark said “I got to sit in with Coach Drevno, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Jay Harbaugh and we talked about the type of offense they’re looking to run and how it would suit my game,” Clark told Steve Lorenz of 247sports.com.  “I’d say that my game under the new staff is an even better fit than it was under Coach Hoke. I know Coach Harbaugh has had a lot of success with the tight end position at both Stanford and in the pros, and it speaks for itself there.”

In addition to the tight end development under Harbaugh, Clark was vividly reminded of how integral the tight end position has been in Harbaugh’s offense previously.  All of these points were well received by Clark, who also hit it off with the younger Harbaugh.

Jay Harbaugh also visited Clark at his school on Wednesday.  Clark will officially visit UCLA this coming weekend and he will decide between the two schools on February 4th.

Ranking in the top 100 nationally, linebacker Roquan Smith also visited Ann Arbor last weekend to check out what the Maize & Blue has to offer.  Once D.J. Durkin was hired as Michigan’s defensive coordinator, the Wolverines immediately shot up Smith’s board.

Smith recently named a top three of Georgia, Michigan and UCLA, but the prevailing notion is that it’s a toss-up between the Bulldogs and the Wolverines right now.  Another school to watch is Texas A&M as the Aggies may attempt to secure a visit shortly.

Also on the defensive side of the board is Damon Arnette, a 6-foot-2, 185 lb. three-star cornerback from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida.  Although Arnette is currently committed to South Carolina (since July 8, 2014), he is a soft commit and took a strong look at U-M over the weekend.

On his visit, Arnette was hosted by newly minted safety Jabrill Peppers.  In conjunction with the energetic redshirt freshman, the Michigan coaching staff took the recruits out for a night of bowling.  Harbaugh also visited Arnette for an in-home today.

Senior defensive end Shelton Johnson (offers from Florida St., Miami (FL.), Virginia Tech, etc.) also visited, but Michigan is not believed to be a factor anymore.  UM also hosted commits Tyree Kinnel and Andrew David.

Sandwiched in between the past recruiting weekend and the next recruiting weekend was an official visit from possibly the cycle’s largest target– five-star defensive back Iman Marshall.

Right after officially visiting Florida State, Marshall made his way up to Michigan for a long-debated official visit.  Although Marshall’s father could not attend, the blue chip prospect had a great time in Michigan with the new coaching staff.

Marshall donned both the No. 8 and No. 2 jerseys while on his visit, sprinting onto the field of Michigan Stadium on both occasions.  At another time on his visit, the staff took Marshall to Yost Ice Arena where he met hockey head coach Red Berenson before trying his hand on the ice.

Wide receiver Freddy Canteen was Marshall’s host on this trip.  The two trained together out in California previously, and the topic was explored again on Marshall’s visit.  Another big time influence is Jabrill Peppers.  With Peppers’ move to safety, this opens up an opportunity for Marshall for early playing time at corner.

Marshall is clearly a kid who appreciates the tradition that Michigan has to offer, as it is a location that has intrigued him since his former teammate Juju Smith began showing interest in the Wolverines.

Michigan has another chance to make a strong push for Marshall on an in-home visit with he and his father this Monday.

This weekend, too, is going to be pivotal for Michigan in terms of shaping its 2015 recruiting class.  There are six prospects, all holding Michigan offers, slated to be in Ann Arbor on officials this weekend: tight end Matt Snyder, defensive end Reuben Jones, athlete Chris Williamson, defensive back Will Lockett, fullback / outside linebacker Reagan Williams and offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio.

Snyder and Jones are both currently committed to Nebraska, Lockett is a UCLA verbal pledge, Williams is a Stanford Cardinal commit and Ulizio is committed to UCONN.  Williamson is uncommitted at this point.

Williamson has exploded in the past three weeks, pulling in over a dozen division one offers from top programs across the country.  Michigan can offer early playing time for an athlete of his caliber and that is a big factor in his recruitment.

Jones was visited by a contingent of Michigan coaches this week as Harbaugh, Durkin and defensive line coach Greg Mattison dropped by Lakeland, Florida for an in-home visit with the highly coveted defensive end.

The Wolverines are also working on adding another quarterback to the 2015 class to compliment Brother Rice commit Alex Malzone.  Harbaugh has expressed interest in McLane Carter out of Gilmer, Tx.  Carter is in search of his first offer, but is reportedly hearing from other big time schools and is a name to watch.

Another prospect that appears higher on the Wolverines’ board is Texas QB commit Zach Gentry.  The New Mexico product stands at 6-foot-6 and 240 lbs. and is mobile with strong pocket presence.  Gentry may schedule an official visit for this weekend.  If that does materialize, look for Michigan to have a good chance in flipping Gentry with Kyler Murray in the Longhorns’ sights at quarterback.

Taking two quarterbacks in the same class is not uncommon for a Harbaugh-led team.  While at Stanford, Harbaugh had dual quarterback commits in three out of four seasons.  This looks to be a theme that will continue into 2016 as the Wolverines are recruiting another highly skilled passer to go with Messiah deWeaver.

K.J. Costello camped at Michigan over the summer and was very close to committing to U-M while on his camp trip.  Michigan backed off, but the Wolverine are back in it as Harbaugh reaffirmed Costello’s scholarship offer shortly after taking the job.

Costello is also teammates with four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford, who camped with Costello at Michigan and also sports an offer.  Both are highly interested in Michigan.

With UM legend Tyrone Wheatley signed on to coach running backs at Michigan, the Wolverines also look to make a strong late charge in earning a recommitment from Cass Tech’s Mike Weber.

After committing to Ohio State in the Brady Hoke fallout, Weber has become an absolute priority for the new Michigan staff.  Wheatley has been in Cass Tech and is strongly pushing for an official visit.  If this happens, which is likely, Michigan has a shot to flip Weber.

Wheatley is also in pursuit of Oak Park athlete John Kelly, who Harbaugh said could play on either side of the ball at Michigan.  Add four-star Detroit King junior wide receiver Donnie Corley and King junior cornerback Lavert Hill to the list of players from Southeastern Michigan receiving visits from Wheatley so far.

With so many cornerbacks receiving offers from Michigan lately, it is also clear that UM will look to take multiple corners in this cycle as well.  One intriguing prospect that netted an offer is three-star Nate Dalton out of Houston, Tx.  Dalton had an official visit scheduled to Michigan for this weekend, but cancelled the visit after an in-home meeting with Harbaugh.

With Dalton out of the picture, one prospect that does have a shot to make Michigan’s ’15 class is Rutgers commit Jarius Adams.  Durkin offered Adams last week and he will officially visit on January 30th.

 



PODCAST: Check Out My New Michigan Podcast!

Today I started a new podcast for Wolverine Sports radio!  I love the concept and jumped at the chance to get involved with this new venture.  Today was the first “Big House Nation” show, I’m a tad rusty, but it went well.

I talked to Dan Henson (Drew’s dad), former D1 Coach about the new Michigan Coaching staff.  He broke it down pretty well.  I also chatted with Anthony Broome from Maize n’ Brew about last weekend’s big recruiting weekend in Ann Arbor.

Check out the show here

PICTURE: Five Star CB Poses With Woodson Picture

This is a good picture, but Blake Countess isn’t going to like it.  2 and 5 at CB could be pretty sweet, but Iman Marshall is a long shot at this point in the recruiting game.

 



 



VIDEO: Michigan “Hype” Video For 2015!

This should hold you over for a while.

 




Twitter Erupts With Michigan Recruiting News (OPEN THREAD)