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.