Michigan Football Recruiting Roundup!
- Bleacher Report takes a look at why Michigan is a better fit for mega tight end Chris Clark than UCLA
- MGOFISH Reports that Michigan has offer an Iowa RB commit
- MGOBLOG wraps up the week in recruiting for the Wolverines
- Anthony Broome from Maize n’ Brew with a great roundup for the week, updating on Clark & Marshall
- Maizenbluenation with a look at National Signing Day
- Jim Callihan from Bleacher Report projects Michigan’s offensive starters in 2015. I disagree with Malzone and Weber!
Michigan Offers Grad Student Transfer A Scholarship….
Michigan has offered Weber State Grad Blake O’Neill a scholarship to fill it’s punting vacancy in 2015. Check out Mgofish for more details.
PODCAST: Big House Nation Podcast 1-30-2015
Today on the Big House Nation podcast I talk with Bo’s last Captain, JJ Grant about the state of Michigan football and what to expect when the Harbaugh coached Wolverines take the field. JJ also talks recruiting and player development.
JJ was a highly recruited linebacker out of Liverpool, NY who served as Bo’s last defensive captain along with Derrick Walked, who was the offensive captain. JJ has some great Bo stories, check out the podcast and enjoy.
Two Michigan Players Transfer
Michigan lost two players today as Senior QB Russell Bellomy and converted TE Keith Heitzman ask Head Coach Jim Harbaugh for grad transfer status. Both are immediately eligible to transfer to any school not on Michigan’s 2015 schedule, that offer a grad degree that Michigan does not offer.
To those of you that know me well, I always try my hardest never to get emotional; however, I write… http://t.co/RkjaacIGEK
— Russell Bellomy (@RussBell8) January 30, 2015
PICTURE: Jay Harbaugh Sends Hand Written Note To Recruit, Spells Adidas Wrong
— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) January 30, 2015
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.
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.