The Decision We've All Been Waiting For
'13 RB Derrick Green has been the hottest commodity for the Wolverines coaches as we near National Signing Day. And the day we've all been waiting for is only a few week away. Green announced Saturday on Twitter the day he will decide:
I have decided to make my college announcement on january 26 at 4:00pm #truly blessed!! 🙏Green is hosting Hoke today for a final in-home visit and one last shot to pitch AA to the #1 running back of the '13 class. Green also narrowed his list to a final 3 of Michigan, Auburn, and Tennessee. Seeing this, I have to believe he will commit to Hoke and co. on the 26th after he cancelled a visit to AU last week and unless TN blew him away in their in-home visit over the weekend, all signs point to him choosing the Maize N Blue.
— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) January 12, 2013
Big Visit Week
'13 OL Cameron Hunt, as I touched on in last night's Dan Samuelson Incoming post, was on campus this weekend visiting AA for the first time. Hunt is a Cal commit, but is making rounds to OSU (currently) with Oregon and Cal coming up. Greg Biggins gives us a reaction from Hunt:
SoCal OL Cameron Hunt said he loved his visit to #Michigan and is now on an official visit to #OhioState, returns home Monday nightWith the staff stating that a possible 7 OL may be taken in this class, it doesn't seem that Hunt is scared of the competition he may face if he does pledge to Michigan. From the looks of it, the possibility of him ending up blue are strong and wouldn't be a surprise if he did become a member of team 134.
— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) January 14, 2013
'13 OH DB Reon Dawson is currently committed to Illinois, but was also on campus this weekend seeing what AA has to offer. Michigan impressed Dawson and definitely made up for lost time with him and looks to be announcing on Wednesday between UM and ILL according to ESPN's Jared Shanker. This one could be a tossup, but I see him joining fellow commit and teammate Mike McCray in a few days (my downfall is life has always been my optimism).
'13 MI K J.J. McGrath met with Coach Hoke and Ferigno on Friday. McGrath will make a decision sometime this week with Michigan in good standing. He doesn't have a scholarship offer but does have a preferred walk-on offer. McGrath has a big leg and would be a good successor to Gibbons and Wile.
'14 OL Sam Mustipher of Good Counsel (MD), former school of Blake Countess, was visited by the UM coaches today. Mustipher is high on Michigan and the feeling is mutual from the coaching staff.
Hoke and co. were also out to visit '14 DE DeShawn Hand, who will more than likely be the top prospect in the '14 class. Hand also released a top 5 this week of 'Bama, Michigan, UNC, South Carolina, and Va. Tech. Hearing this news, I wasn't surprised to see the staff make an appearance at his school in VA to sway him to go blue. Pulling Hand in has got to be at the top of the priority list for the Michigan staff regarding the '14 class and there is no doubt as to why. Here's Mike Farrell's take on where each school ranks in his eyes for Hand:
Da'Shawn Hand doesn't have a leader but if I had to handicap (guess) them I'd say 1) #Hokies 2) #UNC 3) #Alabama 4) #Gamecocks 5) #Michigan
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 9, 2013
#Gamecocks and #Michigan 4 and 5 for Da'Shawn Hand because he hasn't visited either yet.The fact that Michigan has even made his top 5 without a visit says a lot about his interest.
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 9, 2013
Detroit Country Day (MI) will also receive a visit from the staff this week, mainly to talk to ATH Jalen Embry and LB Carl Fuller according to their coach.
A Big Offer
'14 GA WR Demarre Kitt will be one of the top WR's in the '14 class. He already holds offers from a lot of big time D1 schools and Michigan has joined in on the party. Take a look for yourself, kid has lots of talent and big play ability:
This one features '14 S/WR Nick Watkins (TX) in his junior season. He does hold an offer.
In some shocking news yesterday, Cass Tech '14 DB Damon Webb committed to OSU. Webb was being recruited hard by the Michigan coaching staff and seemed to have a lot of interest. Still a long way to go, but it's not looking good in terms of flipping him before next years signing day. Also makes you sick to your stomach to think that Urban Meyer has invaded Michigan, and more importantly put a roadblock in Michigan #1 pipeline school.