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How can you not LOVE this poster?! I might put this above my front door so I can get jacked up every morning before I leave for work (if that's even possible). I'm sure it's doing the same for the boys at Michigan before they enter the weight room.
OL commit Logan Tully-Tillman told Scout.com's Allen Trieu that he is down to 294 lbs.(!!) and is ready for the season. Got to love this news!! There was a lot of concern with Tully-Tillman's weight over the various summer camps he attended and he has slimmed down considerably. His shoulder injury didn't help him in this regard, but you have to be happy to see that the kid not only has a great work ethic, but it looks like he has traded in some muscle for unnecessary fat now that he is finally healthy.
DB commit Ross Douglas stated he will enroll early next season according to his twitter. Another commit, DB Channing Stribling, was named to the preseason All-Gridiron Team in North Carolina.
Rivals has been releasing a list of prospects who have improved their stock over the summer and breaking it down by position. A few interested in Michigan have made the list along with QB commit Shane Morris and TE commit Jake Butt. We will start off with what they had to say about what Morris was able to do at multiple camps over the summer:
QB Shane Morris, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle: Morris has a cannon of an arm and showed flashes of brilliance at The Opening, was very good on the field at the Elite 11 and had some great moments at Gridiron Kings. He was also one of the best on the field at the IMG 7-on-7 finals. His development is evident each time he hits the field.His rocket arm is once again mentioned as being very, very strong and is by far his top quality. The last sentence is the most important to me though. He never fails in showing some form of improvement each time he steps between the lines. His potential is just ceiling-less at this point.
TE Jake Butt showed off his impressive route running skills, which were a concern because of a his big stature, but he drew big praises from observers who had the pleasure to take in his performances over the summer:
Jake Butt, Pickerington (Ohio) North Pickerington: While it will be tough for the highly rated Butt to move up in the rankings, he justified his already lofty status with a terrific summer. Up against the best players in the nation at The Opening, the Michigan commit more than held his own, drawing strong reviews from observers and fellow campers.If your excitement level isn't going crazy over how good this kid can be in Al Borges' offense, then you must have a screw loose or two. Can't wait for him to get comfortable with Michigan's offensive scheme and he has the potential to have an immediate impact.
The two mentioned prospects who have been recruited heavily by Michigan both reside from the WR position. LaQuon Treadwell, arguably the biggest recruit left and the most unable to read as of late, was one who impressed many and could be in the running for the top spot of '13 for WR:
Laquon Treadwell, Crete-Monee (Ill.): The wide receiver rankings are likely to see as much movement as any position when they are updated later this month, and the potential for a new No. 1 emerging exists. After a consistently impressive summer, Treadwell has put himself in the conversation for that top spot. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound receiver impressed at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, The Opening, Gridiron Kings and the Illinois NIKE Camp.Treadwell also took part in a visit to Ole Miss this past weekend where he spent a couple days taking in the campus. It was evident he enjoyed himself and that Ole Miss made an impression.
Special Place, Special People, Great Visit.. Heading Home !Ole Miss Hotty ToddyAdd another factor in the way of Treadwell pulling the trigger to his leading school, Michigan. I think I would have a better time understanding the Spanish Channel then trying to predict what is going to happen here.
— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) August 3, 2012
FL WR Alvin Bailey was the second to make the list and was the first mentioned(!!) if that means anything. And after following his recruitment this summer, there is no reason why he shouldn't have been mentioned at the top:
Alvin Bailey, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: Bailey concluded his strong summer by leading his team to the Gridiron Kings title last weekend in Orlando. He was also a top performer at the IMG 7-on-7 Championships in June and was named one of the top three wide receivers at The Opening in July. Bailey was not afraid to put his skills on display anywhere in the country against any competition, and his stock is on the rise as a result.It'll be the surprise of the year if Bailey does not move up the rankings significantly. He showed off his athleticism very well and quieted all the haters who were questioning his paper skills (40 time, height, weight, vertical, etc.) Maybe more exciting news is that Bailey seems to be close to a decision.
Commitment Coming Soon!
— a.Bailey™ (@HawkStarAB) August 6, 2012
RB Derrick Green announced his top 6 (yes 6, odd I know) and Michigan, as we all expected, has made the cut. They join Auburn, Oregon, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee (random order). Rivals Mike Farrell thinks Michigan is still on top:
Still feel very good aboutGreen also announced that he really wants to enroll early where ever he decides to attend school next year and will also be making a return visit (his 3rd) to Ann Arbor for the MSU game on October 20th. I also like our chances more than ever and think he is Michigan's to lose now. I can't see this staff not saving a spot for him and he could even take Treadwell's saved spot in the end.
#Michigan with Green, #Auburn is my guess at No. 2 still
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) August 2, 2012
Not sure if you heard the news regarding one the top LB prospects in E.J. Levenberry, but supposedly his Dad contacted Michigan about making an official visit to campus in the fall. This was short lived with the coaches telling Mr. Levenberry that there is no room left. MGoBlog has much more on the story and how it all went down in their Friday Recruitin' breakdown.
'14 TN ATH Jalen Hurd is going to be on of the top athletes in the country by the time he sets foot on any campus. At 6'3 210 lbs. he is already ranked in the top 50 and as the #1 All-purpose back for the '14 class (247Sports) and has room to improve.
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The big news of the week came when Hurd released his top 5 and Barton Simmons of 247Sports reported who made the cut:
At 6-3, 210 pounds, the possibilities seem endless for what Hurd is capable of on the football field at the next level and he’s accumulated all kinds of offers and attention. Currently five schools sit atop his list. “I named a top five of Alabama, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Michigan,” Hurd said. “Alabama is still ahead right now but everyone is really close because it’s so early in the recruiting process and I’ve got plenty of time.” That group of five is listed in order preference and the Crimson Tide sit on top after a recent camp visit by Hurd to Tuscaloosa. Hurd sees himself as a running back on the next level and Alabama sees him at whatever position he names.Hurd is a freak athlete. He also states in the article that Alabama is recruiting him as an Athlete, but he seems to be a better fit on the offensive side at either RB or WR in my opinion. He also had this to say about some upcoming visits he may make in the future:
Along with the southeastern programs, two Big Ten rivals also are staying in the mix in the early going for Hurd and he hopes to visit both this fall. “I definitely want to get up to Ohio State,” he said. “I might get to the Ohio State Michigan game. I know that’s towards the end of the season. I definitely want to get up to Ohio State and get up to Michigan and I’ll probably visit Vandy a little bit too.This one could turn into an old fashioned Michigan-OSU battle. But as of now, without making any visits up north and already seeing Alabama's campus, they are the team to beat, but still a long time this one is done and over with.
IL DB Parker Westphal, who has Michigan very high on his list and was in attendance for the BBQ last weekend, is becoming one of the top DB's in the country. He has offers from every major program throughout the country and stands 6'1" 190 lbs. with exceptional athleticism, so it's not hard to see why. Sam Webb has more on the talented secondary player from the Detroit News.
Another DB/S prospect who has Michigan high on his list, and seems to hold a slight lead, is Montae Nicholson. He was also in attendance at last weekend's BBQ and had a conversation with Tremendous about how it went down.
The Bleacher Report puts together a good look at the top talent the Wolverines are in on for the '14 recruiting class.
'14 WI OL Jaden Gault is gigantic. He stands 6'7" 275 lbs and showed off his impressive size on Michigan's campus yesterday for the first time. Mark from MichiganTremendous was able to catch up with the talented lineman and got his initial thoughts on the visit.
"I didn't get an offer (he wasn't expecting one coming in), but it was a good visit. The campus was very impressive to me". He also noted that his father thought Michigan was impressive.Gault is very, very raw at this point and there is some concern with this kids strength and ability and could be the reason no offer was extended during his visit. He may not be the best prospect on paper as of right now, but remember he still has plenty of time left to pick up some weight and strength; Plus his film isn't to shabby:
'14 MI QB Chance Stewart committed to Wisconsin. Stewart had made about 4 or so visits to Wisc. so far, but this still came as a surprise. Michigan, along with many other top schools, had yet to offer so we will see if this one sticks. Kind of surprising for Wisconsin to get a QB commit who will have more than one year to play for them huh?