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)

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