Signed Up With The Wrong School
Now this is something that had me on the floor laughing. Hope you take it the same way...MSU commit WR Drake Harris received an interesting note from his HS office on Monday after Michigan's victory over the weekend:
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I don't know if this is even right. Adults sending a letter to one of their students semi-criticizing his college choice?! Questionable, but I still thought it was hysterical!!
S Dymonte Thomas if you haven't been able to tell, is the '13 commit I am most excited about and after watching this video feature on the talented top 50 prospect, it only raised my excitement level:
Some even better news...Thomas went to twitter and announced that he will be able to enroll early and attend Michigan in the spring. I don't think I can be anymore excited about this kid!
As if there wasn't enough questions about DB commit Gareon Conley and how strong his commitment is to the Maize and Blue, another curve-ball has been thrown in the mix. A new offer came in for Conley and it came from none-other-than arch rival Ohio. The panic meter has def. moved up a tad, but like I've been saying, until a visit is planned or a de-commitment is made, all is still good with Conley. Now check out his Under Armour All American presentation that took part in his school last week:
LB Mike McCray was also presented his Under Armour All-American jersey last week at his high school:
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Look who's back...WR LaQuon Treadwell, who has 900 yards and 13 TD's on the year, may slowly be slipping away from the Michigan staff; Or will he? This certainly doesn't help:
I Love Ole Miss GoodMorning Hotty Toddy WorldTreadwell was suppose to visit for the game last Saturday, but had to cancel the morning of. He also came out and told EdgyTim.com that he is done taking officials until the season is over. I found this interesting and feel torn on whether this was good or bad for the Wolverines chances. Gut feeling...seems good. Listen, the more campus' Treadwell see's the more he can be wowed. So less wowing is better (thanks Cpt. Obvious) especially since he has seen what AA has to offer multiple times.
— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) October 19, 2012
Now feast your eyes on S Leon McQuay III's senior season highlights. I know he may not be an option at this point, but a schollie has opened and you never know what can happen. Plus who doesn't like watching football highlights, especially from someone this talented:
The Sound Mind Sound Body Maximum Exposure media day took part last week in Detroit and many top MI prospects took part. Take a look at what the likes of DB Damon Webb, DL Malik McDowell, and QB Jayru Campbell had to say.
2014 News Commit Style
Saturday started off very well off the field before it ended even better on the field. Michigan picked up a commitment from OL Denzel Ward early Saturday afternoon, as I'm sure you know. I put together a few of my thoughts on the kid, but Steve Wiltfong also chimed in on what drove Ward to commit on his second visit in a row to the Big House:
Michigan received its second commitment in the 2014 class from Denzel Ward.
Ward, a 6-foot-9, 295-pound offensive tackle from Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan, chose Michigan over an offer from Purdue.
Several other schools in the region were showing interest in Ward including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Ward told 247Sports, “Tradition and organization” were the reasons he chose the Wolverines.
The massive offensive tackle visited Michigan last week for the Illinois game and was back on campus Saturday for the Michigan State game. He pulled the trigger, giving head coach Brady Hoke before kickoff.Still not much to report on this kid because of the small amount of time he has spent on the gridiron, but like I said, his potential is through the roof and he will be a top OL in this class.
Ward joins Saint Clairesville (Ohio) linebacker Michael Ferns as part of Michigan's 2014 recruiting class.
Your weekly LB Michael Ferns helmet update is here and getting very close to complete:
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Commits in Action
QB Shane Morris has been through a lot this season and Mike Farrell sheds light on how it has only made him stronger on and off the field. He helped his own case with an impressive performance in his team's 44-6 victory, throwing for one TD, but unfortunately it wasn't enough for his 5-4 Pilots to make the playoffs. Good news alert...the next time Morris takes the field, it will be in a winged helmet! (Well minus the UA All-American Bowl, of course...give me a break!) I've been waiting to say that for a looooooooooong time. Can't wait!
The team Morris took on was none other than Chandler Park Academy which featured future WR target C'sonte York. While his team fell short, York put up decent numbers in the first half accounting for 38 yards on 3 catches for 1 TD.
Prospects in Action
'13 RB Derrick Green put up a nice performance on the eve of his visit for the MSU game. In just one half, he was able to accumulate 130 yards and 2 TD's. Sam Webb was able to speak with Green about what he is looking to get out of his upcoming visit reaction below):
"Academics and definitely early playing time, no question. I'm not going anywhere where I'm going to sit on the bench. I want to go somewhere where I'm going to be an impact player, get some early playing time, and definitely the school where I've got the best relationship with the coaching staff."'13 WR Da'Mario Jones may just be the fall back if LaQuon Treadwell decides to go elsewhere. And he had a very nice game on Friday. He had an 80 yard TD run and added a 36 yard TD catch later on in the game. He is committed to CMU at the moment, but if a Michigan offer comes his way, he will surely switch over. If you haven't seen Jones in action, Allen Trieu assists you with a highlight tape of his senior year.
'14 ATH Jabril Peppers has been impressive all season long and is turning into the top player in the '14 class. He was named The Record Male Athlete of the Week after rushing for 360 yards and 4 TD's and listen to the high praise recruiting analyst Mike Quick gives to Peppers:
PC's @jabrillpeppers performance in Sat's victory over St.Joes is one of best ive seen in 25 years of covering HS Sports. Special talent
— Mike Quick(@Quick60) October 22, 2012
Now that's saying something. Something else was said, by Peppers himself, that shows his unselfishness and also how much of a team player this kid is:
Athlete of the Week Baby!! Hope when they draw my picture, my O-Line better in it, cause they had me running through TUNNELS!!This kid WILL be special and Michigan seems to have a good shot at pulling him n.
— Jabrill Peppers (@JabrillPeppers) October 21, 2012
'15 RB Damien Harris kept up his torrid season rushing for 109 yards and 2 TD's. These stats of course were only for one half of football as Harris didn't see the field in the 2nd half (surprise surprise).
'15 RB Mike Weber was a big part of Cass Tech's 26-2 victory over the weekend. He racked up 200 yards and 3 TD's, stealing the show.
Lil' Bro Visit Reactions
QB Shane Morris with younger brother Brent on the left.
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'13 RB Derrick Green
Duces✌ #A2... Visit was #A1... On my way! Back to VA ✈
— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) October 22, 2012
Derrick Green responded one word on how visit is going so far at #Michigan -- "great"
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) October 21, 2012
'13 WR DaMario Jones - Tremendous
'14 TE Ethan Wolf - Tremendous
'14 WR Kendric Mallory (teammate of LB Mike McCray)
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'14 QB Tyler Wiegers - Tremendous
'14 OL Mason Cole - Tremendous Here's a few tweets from Cole regarding the visit. The first is something you don't hear much from well...anyone:
i cant wait for the michigan weather!
— Mason Cole (@MasonCole52) October 17, 2012
On the way to the airport... really enjoyed my time here in AA #GoBlue
— Mason Cole (@MasonCole52) October 21, 2012
'14 WR Artavis Scott - Tremendous
Had fun at the michigan game lastnight'14 LB Dorian Hendrix - Tremendous
— Tay scott (@ArtavisScott7) October 21, 2012
'14 DL Kenny Finley - Tremendous
'15 RB Damien Harris
I still can't believe how hype it was at Michigan tonight. Unreal.'15 QB Jayru Campbell
— Damien Harris(@Damien_D1Harris) October 21, 2012
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'15 RB Mike Weber - Tremendous
'13 WR Devon Allen was an intriguing 4-star prospect and could've (at one point) been the fall back if the spot reserved for Treadwell became vacant. But that ship has sailed. Allen has announced a top 3 of UCLA, Stanford, and Oregon. Best of luck to the kid.