Recruitaholics: Your Bye Week Fix

This Week's Dose: Your '14 Early Enrollees, Commits in Action, Bye Week Bonanza, and OT

Your '14 Early Enrollees

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Wilton Speight making it official along side his parents.  Image
Committing to colleges early these days is the new fad, and Michigan may be most beneficial from it.  Hoke's no visit policy has a lot to do with the success Michigan has re: early commitments. The even better news, there is an early signing period now which allows kids to make it official before signing day in February.  And next year seven kids will be enrolling at Michigan for the spring semester.  They include Bryan Mone, Wilton Speight, Drake Harris, Michael Ferns, Mason Cole, and teammates Brandon Watson and Freddy Canteen.  
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Canteen and Watson signing the dotted line.  Image

Most important thing to note re: recruiting numbers: These scholarships can be dated back to last year, which can free a few more spots for next year' class.  Congratulations boys!

Commits in Action
As always, check out our 2014 and 2015 recruiting boards to see latest rankings and profiles

Bryan Mone 
The Utah big-man-in-the-middle saw his season come to an end last week.  His numbers on the season -- 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks -- are pretty solid for the often double teamed defensive tackle.  Mone's next game will be in the big house.  I feel so bad for the kid...

Moe Ways 
Haven't heard much about Ways this season, but boy did he end his regular season with a bang.   Ways scored two touchdown's, breaking a school record in a victory Friday night, sending Country Day (MI) to the playoffs, completing a major turn around after last years disappointing season. 

Lawrence Marshall
No stats, highlights, or news, just this:

Annihilated? Annihilated.  That's a word you love to hear, preceding quarterback, in a sentence, describing a defensive end.  Suck it buckeyes!

Jared Wangler 
How about some mid-season highlights from the legacy commit:

Damien Harris
The man amongst boys was back at is again, proving his #1 running back status, racking up 8 carries, 191 yards and 4 TD's (TomVH). Scary to think what comparisons were going through his future coach Fred Jackson's mind as he took in the dominant performance.  That gives Harris  173 carries for 2,073 yards and 32 total TD's...through nine games; most of which he's only played one half.  Get excited folks.  This video game-like 227yards/game, 11.8yards/carry will be a reality soon enough.

George Campbell
East Lake HS (FL) is loaded this year and Campbell is holding his own leading the team with 334 receiving yards.  But don't forget that Campbell is a force on defense at the DE spot, leading the team with 5 sacks.  

Bye Week Bonanza

This coaching staff is racking up the frequent flyer miles this week, heading all over the country to check-in on the talented youngsters atop their recruiting board.  The second bye week of the season comes at a crucial time in the recruiting process as kids are still considering official visits and what not.  And the staff is not messin' around ladies and gentlemen; There are plenty of big names below. 

'14 Da'Shawn Hand
The saga continues for the top remaining target on the '14 board, and the momentum still looks to be on Michigan's side as of now according to "The Godfather" Mike Farrell:
The next tweet from Farrell caused a little concern.  He mentions that Florida is the wild card hear and that you can never count out 'Bama, where Hand is as we type taking in an official visit. These last two visits will be huge in swaying away Hand from Michigan, the perceived  favorite.  But don't worry, the coaching staff is doing all they can to not let that happen, sending Hand's primary recruiter, LB coach Roy Manning Jr., down to see the top 5 talent.  Manning also dropped in on many others (listed below) including future signal caller Wilton Speight. 

A few more installment's of The Washington Post's documentary "First and 17" aired over the last week or so.  In the eighth installment, Hand is referred to as "kind of a nerd" and his team prepares for the playoffs.  The ninth (second below) focus' on Hand already doing his part to help the community.

'15 QB Alex Malzone
The in-state prospect had an important phone call over the weekend via Brandon Brown:
Malzone spoke with Coach Borges for about 10 minutes on Wednesday to talk about his recruitment moving forward and possible visits.
"It went great. He said he watched my highlight tape today and was very impressed. He said that I'm definitely on their radar. They aren't ready to offer anyone yet though, they are still waiting on that.
The article later mentions the frequency in which Malzone is in contact Borges, which is something to keep an eye on as he is a sure lock to be the backup plan at the QB position in '15.

'15 QB Tyree Jackson
Jackson visited for the IU game last weekend.  Here's his reaction via MGoBlog:
It went really good! I had a great time! The fans were crazy! When I walked through the tunnel they were yelling my name and stuff. It really felt cool. It was awesome. (Laughs)
'15 DL Hjalte Froholdt - also visited last weekend's IU game.
'15 DE Jashon Cornell (offer)
'15 OLB Tanner Muse (offer)
'15 DT Darian Roseboro (offer)
'15 DE Clein Farrell
'15 WR Juwan Johnson
'15 WR Juval Mollette
'15 WR Irvin Charles
'15 QB Kyle Kearns
'15 DB Daivon Ellison
'15 ATH Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (offer)
'15 ATH Anthony Rush  - two talks with coaching staff since visit Monday (Steve Lorenz)
'15 WR Carl Tucker
'16 RB Elijah Holyfield - I'm sure you recognize the name and yes you're correct, he is the son of former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.  Steve Lorenze has a great breakdown, including a future visit in mind.
'16 OL Erik Swenson (offer)

Here's a tweet referring to East Lake's (FL) D1 prospects and their future.  Something very heart-warming to end on folk's:

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