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Recruitaholics: Buzzin' On Some Highlights

This Week:  Commits in Action, Prospects in Action, 2013 News, 2014 (2015, 2016) News, Iowa Visitor Reactions, and the always dreaded, Sayonara Suckas

I hope you guys don't have your beer goggles on and can see clearly...cuz I've got highlights for days for you guys to watch.  Enjoy!


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From last week's Iowa game.  Our future looks bright with these two (Morris, Thomas) Image via here


Commits in Action

DB Jourdan Lewis and Cass Tech advanced to the state final for the 2nd year in a row beating Lake Orion.  They will take on FB Wyatt Shallman and Catholic Central for the second year in a row at Ford Field.  Pickerington North and TE Jake Butt (made All-District) have advanced to the state semi-finals.  LB Mike McCray, named AP Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year, helped clinch a semi-final birth over the weekend.  Trotwood-Madison will take on New Albany in the semis.  New Albany knocked out Marion Franklin, home of WR Jaron Dukes. 

DB Gareon Conley (Massillon HS) and DB Ross Douglas (Avon HS) were knocked out of the playoffs this past weekend.  We'll see ya in the winged helmet soon young fellas.


St. Clairsville (OH) and LB Michael Ferns have remained undefeated on the season with a 37-29 victory over Johnstown-Monroe.  They now face Creston Norwayne, the only team in the way of Ferns advancing to the state finals.



Prospects in Action

WR LaQuon Treadwell did what he does best in helping Crete-Monee HS (IL) advance to the state final: Dominate.  Treadwell ended his second-to-last game as a high school stand-out with a 10 reception, 138 yard, 1 TD performance on Saturday.  As a result, LaQuon won Rivals.com Recruit of the Week according to Josh Helmholdt, who breaks down his game and talks about Treadwell's list of top schools:

Treadwell also went to twitter and posted another very interesting quote:

Now, we all know that he hasn't been shy about saying what's on his mind, and here's another case.  Could this be a commitment?  It would make sense (I don't know what else he would have big news about) and if this were the case, not sure how Michigan isn't his choice.  Reasoning...Treadwell hasn't made an official visit to Oklahoma or Okla. St. yet like he intended to after his season is over.  And the only other school I see even being close to Michigan is Ole Miss where he has made a few visits.  So take it how you want, but if this is about a commitment, I see the Maize and Blue fan base being in awe come Turkey Day.
*UPDATE* Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports talked to the Crete-Monee coaching staff yesterday and they had this to say:
In talking to the coaching staff at Crete (Ill.) Monee, I'm told it's not recruiting related.
Ole Miss and Oklahoma currently at the top for Treadwell. Still a long way to go in his recruitment. He plans to take all five official visits before deciding. Plays in the state championship this coming weekend. Other schools in the mix includes Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
Well that's a double debbie downer.  It's not recruiting related and Michigan is no longer at the top.  It may be time to start drinking...
S Leon McQuay was the ball hawk he has been all season recording an interception and blocked field goal to get Armwood HS (FL) into the next round of playoffs.  He and family then traveled to Nashville to visit Vandy on Saturday.  Not sure how the visit went, but another visit to Vandy doesn't help UM's chances.  But the biggest news came this past week when The University of Michigan decided to upgrade it's music program.  Now this WILL help UM's chances.


RB Derrick Green
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Green and his teammates were able to move on the next round of the playoffs over the weekend.  This comes to a surprise after looking at Green's stat-line: 51 yards and 2 TD's.  So let's just say this was a perfect ending to a big weekend.  As you can see above, he was presented with his Army All American jersey at his high school in Virginia.  Adam Friedman of Rivals.com caught up with Green after the presentation, who hit on what an honor it is to take part in this game and even called one visit "top notch":


'14 MI DE Malik McDowell provided a couple sacks in helping Loyola HS (MI) advance further into the playoffs.

'14 FL OL Mason Cole and WR Artavis Scott have began their journey to the Florida state championship with a first round win.  Remember, Cole has Michigan at the top of his list and Scott was offered by Hoke and company last week.  They have stated that a joint commitment could be in store, so keep your fingers crossed.


2013 News
  
S Dymonte Thomas was named Stark County Player of the Year on Thursday.  DT Maurice Hurst was awarded Defensive MVP of his conference.  Do Work boys!

DE commit Taco Charlton (who made All-District) has released a senior season highlight tape.  Kid is tall, fast, and disrupts offensive backfields in his sleep!:



TomVH put together a weekly update for all of us Michigan Recruitaholics and also caught up, via web chat, with DB Channing Stribling to discuss his season, his rising stock, and what he expected from his official visit to AA last weekend.

An interesting offer was sent out over the weekend and it's a name you may be familiar with.  LB Jon Reschke attends Brother Rice (MI) and has been committed to "Little Brother" for quite some time now.  So why the offer?  Not quite sure.  Don't get me wrong, Reschke is very talented (consensus 4-star) and if this '13 class hadn't taken so many LB commits early in the season, an offer would've come sooner.  Will anything happen here?  Doubt it, but this could make signing day interesting if Michigan still has an open spot.

So now there's this question...Is there a current LB or defensive commit that is wavering his commitment?  It doesn't seem so.  LB Mike McCray was rumored to be considering a de-committment, but that has been put to rest.  LB Ben Gedeon is still all blue and I haven't heard of anyone else even considering (minus DB Conley) looking else where.  So we will just chalk this up Hoke and company using some of RichRod's snake oil and trying to steal one from East Lansing. 


2014 (2015, 2016) News

OL commit Denzel Ward - you know the story here.  Kid hadn't played a down of football in his life before this past season and well...here's his highlight film, you be the judge (I was impressed by the way):


OL Tommy Doles is another '14 OL who has Michigan near the top of his list, if not at the top.  He's got a mean streak that can't be taught, as you'll see in his junior highlights:



ATH Dareian Watkins was on hand for Michigan's game against Northwestern (reaction here) and will be one of the more coveted prospects in the state of Ohio when all is said and done.  Watkins has released his junior year highlights where you will see his rare combination of size and speed:


WR Dominique Booth came onto the scene early in the season and he has caught Michigan's eye.  No offer has been extended his way yet, but after seeing his highlights (and offer list), one has to believe that one will come his way soon:



KY QB Drew Barker has some interest in Michigan.  Barker is an intriguing prospect due to his size and speed at the QB position.  His junior highlights are below:


MI LB Carl Fuller - is a new name to Recruitaholics.  Fuller attends Detroit King HS and is gaining some interest from the Michigan staff.  Here's some highlights to give you an idea of the type of player Fuller is:



'14 OL Orlando Brown can only be described with one word:  Massive.  Kid (if I can really call him a kid) stands 6'8" and weighs 360 lbs!!  And as you'll see in his junior season highlights below, his opponents have no shot:



A big high school event is going down in a few weeks at the Pontiac Silverdome.   The Maximum Exposure Adidas Showcase gives these young and talented athletes a chance to do just that, showcase.  With talent coming from all over the midwest, of course there will be plenty of kids from the state of Michigan or with interest in Michigan.  Names like QB Tyler Wiegers, RB Mike Weber, WR Dariean Watkins, DL Malik McDowell and DB Damon Webb are just a small sample of the talent (including from the class of '16) that will be in attendance.  Allen Trieu breakdowns the rest for ya.


Iowa Visitor Reactions

'13 DB Ron Dawson (teammate of Mike McCray; no offer) - Andre Barthwell
'14 QB Shelby SpenceTremendous, Chantel Jennings video interview, Season highlight video:

'14 LB Joe Henderson - Tremendous , also told TomVH of Wolverine Nation that the visit "definitely boosts Michigan."  Henderson came away with no offer.


Sayonara Suckas

'14 TX OL Demetrius Knox has narrowed his list down to Texas, Ohio, 'Bama, and TCU and will decide on Nov. 26th.  Michigan had offered, but no surprise here as Knox has been big on Texas and Ohio all along.