Friday, December 9, 2016

Michigan Friday: A Big Recruiting Weekend

One of the questions in college football recruiting is:  Should we have an early signing period?  I think we should at it should be around 9/1.    With that said, we actually do have an early signing period and it's this month.    Kids that will enroll in January need to have their paperwork signed and ready to go this month.   The issue is kids can do that for a couple of schools they are considering, so it's not a given for recruit to turn in paperwork that they are 100% coming to Ann Arbor.

With the recruiting black out period approaching over the holidays.  This is a huge weekend for the Wolverines and their 2017 class.   Those expected in include:

Najee Harris - Is the #1 player in the nation and a 5 Star RB.   He is committed to Alabama but Michigan seems to be trending.   He will need to make a quick decision as he prefers to enroll early.

Donovan People-Jones - Is the #1 WR in the nation and top player in the state.  He of course is also a 5 Star WR.  He is taking his official visit to Ann Arbor and similar to above will need to make a quick decision.   This would be a huge loss if he goes elsewhere. 

LB Drew Singleton - 4 star LB from Peppers HS.  He blew out his ACL this year but it has healed quickly and will be ready to go next year.   I think he is a strong lean to A2.

LB Jordan Anthony - This IMG was just given a 5th star from Rivals.  Will announce this month and he is a maybe to visit.   Another strong lean to the good guys.

CB Ambry Thomas - Newest Wolverine commit.

DE Deron Irving Bey:  He is planning to announce at an all star game.  This is an MSU and Michigan race.  This is his last official visit.

Paris Ford:  Has a perfect Auto Dealership name and is planning a visit this weekend.   He is a 4 star safety commit to Pitt.   (Update: this visit has been cancelled as it seems Michigan wants Elijah Hicks or will just stay put with the current commits)

Commits in town for their visit include:  Dylan McCaffrey, AJ Dillon, O'Maury Samuels, James Hudson, J K-P, and JaRaymond Hall.

  • 4 Star OL Aaron Banks announces today.  He doesn't really talk to the services and it seems to be a complete roll of the dice on where he goes.  Best guess is between Michigan, ND and UCLA.   Update: It seems Michigan has told Banks that they are full on the offensive line.

  • Peppers of course will be in NYC this weekend.  There is a very small chance he wins, but congratulations on being a finalist and enjoy the weekend!

  • Surprise!  Major Applewhite gets the Houston job.   He was the OC and now will be the new head coach.   I guess they just couldn't get bye Lane Kiffin's baggage.


Scott K said...

Wow.... Everyone and his uncle was reporting Kiffin was a done deal. did herbstreit leak that rumor, he's been known to do such things.

Scott K said...

With Leatherwood, Wilson, Ruiz, Slaton and Filiaga still out there, I hope we don't wiff on guys we thought we had, and regret letting Banks go!

GoBlueGuy said...

It's very possible we have one or two silent commits on the Olivet from that group

Voice of Reason said...

I can't help but believe that when you combine what Sam Webb stated that there are "several silent commits" in this class, and you combine that with the probability that Aaron Banks was told that there are no more slots for the O-line, that those silent commits are "hopefully" that "Wall" that was spoken of a few weeks back. We will see. IMHO!!!