Commits in Action
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Not much to report this week as a lot of players have already been knocked out of playoff contention, including Maurice Ways of Country Day (MI), who lost in a very controversial way. Take a look:
Catch or no catch?? Very tough call. I honestly think the refs were out of position to make a fair call, but one had to be made and high school obviously has no replay.
Damien Harris and Madisonville HS (KY) have moved on to the next round of the playoffs due in large part to Harris' dominant performance. This may be his best stat line of the season:
2015 RB @Damien_D1Harris w 341 yards, 21 carries & 6 TD's last night. Gives him 2,469 yards, 200 carries & 39 TD's through 11 gamesHOLY SNIKEYS!!!! And to add to the awe, this came against the top defense in the entire state of Kentucky!! Analyst have taken notice Damien, welcome to the top spot (you'll see below).
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 16, 2013
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Wilton Speight led his team all the way to the Virginia State Titie game, but fell short of winning his final high school football game. Next up...The Under Armour All-American Game (above) and a winged helmet. Speight was very impressive this season, throwing for over 2900 yards, 40 total TD's (6 rushing) and 11 int's. He also earned Viriginia Player of the Year, which may be the biggest thing to take away from Speight's performance this season. Virginia is rich in talent this year, so taking these honors is MAJOR. Each day that goes by, looks like Coach Hoke and co. made the right QB decision.
Adding more salt to the wounds by simply bringing it up, Michigan lost out on Da'Shawn Hand, yada yada yada. The staff wasted no time in identifying who the back-up plan is going to be, in-state DE Jhonny Williams. Williams attends Berrien Springs HS and has been committed to Missouri for a few months now. He has great size for a DE at 6'6 237, similar to that of current freshman Taco Charlton.
Williams' best offers now include ND, where he will visit this weekend and of course, Michigan. Over the years, Michigan has had a great track record of offering these mid-tier (3-stars) in-state prospects late in the process and coming away with a commitment. This one may not be much different. Not sure when he will visit but...
DE Jhonny Williams says he will "most likely" visit Michigan as well, but nothing set up yet.Another offer is out; this one with not much to do with losing on Hand (STOP IT ALREADY), but maybe less confidence in landing CO RB Kalen Ballage. The recipient here is current Cal commit TX RB Vic Enwere, who finished his senior season rushing for 2,266 and 32 TD's. Very impressive numbers against one the country's most competitive football states.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 20, 2013
The coaches have shown interest in Enwere for most the season and he's been the logical choice for a back-up-last-resort plan at the RB position. This one seems more of a longshot than the above, and I just don't see a RB taking one of the final two or three spots left in the '14 class, save a surprise commit from Ballage. That also doesn't look good.
Malik McDowell Update
In-state DE Malik McDowell is the top player in the state of Michigan and teammate of commit Lawrence Marshall. It's believed that Michigan is at the top of his list, and after Hand chose elsewhere (WE GET IT), this recruitment just got a-million-times more important for Hoke and co.
McDowell and Southfield HS (MI) saw their season end not to long ago, but the big-time DE still has something to look forward to writes 247's Steve Wiltfong:
Awarded his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey on Friday during a presentation at his school, the nation’s No. 3 ranked strong-side defensive end is fired up to play in the 14th annual game down in San Antonio, Texas inside the Alamo Dome. NBC has the broadcast.
McDowell also shared some thoughts on where Michigan stands, and no surprise, they are encouraging:
Gotta like what your reading and these aren't the first comments that have reflected major interest in Michigan. If the coaching staff loses this one, it may be even tougher to take than the loss of Hand (QUIT IT).
No Need to Panic (Yet?)
An offer has gone out from a certain school that none of us like to a kid who all of us really like (EVERYONE FREAK OUT). I'm talking about '15 commit Shaun Crawford being offered from OSU. The offer came yesterday morning from head coach Urban Meyer. Crawford is a top player in the state of Ohio so an offer was inevitable.
What does this mean moving forward? Crawford committed to Michigan back in August and no school seemed to even be close to the level that Michigan is on. I don't see much coming from this based on Crawford's early commitment and the way he spoke highly of Michigan. It will be something to keep an eye on as signing day is still over a year away.
We Made the Cut
Tom VH reports that Michigan makes '15's top player DE Jashon Cornell's final 15. Not breaking news. His colleague, Jared Shanker, believes FSU may be team to beat. Cornell remains the only WDE offer for the '15 class but this all may change in the near future due to the miss on Hand (ARE YOU DONE YET). And -- more than likely -- the prospect is one you've heard of in CA DE Keisean Lucier-South. Lucier-South has said for a while now that Michigan is an offer he "dreams of." I would be shocked if an offer were never extended.
Another big time defensive line prospect, Hjalte Froholdt (I cannot believe I spelled this right on the first try) narrowed his list to three last week. Michigan is in the fold along side Arkansas and Florida State. Tom VH believes a decision could be in the near future now that the talented out-of-country -- huh? -- prospect has his top schools in mind. This one is hard to read since Froholdt doesn't live in the US and isn't in contact with reporters often; but he has visited Michigan and had high praise for the Maize and Blue.
The newest edition of "Fourth and One" features Tom VH discussing what's next for Michigan after missing out on Hand (MAKE IT STOP). Guess who the new #1 RB is for the '15 class is? Our boy and fellow KY athlete Damien Harris. Coach of Lawrence Marshall thinks he can make an early impact on the field for the Wolverines. I have to agree. Teammates Mason Cole and George Campbell aren't wavering their commitments to Michigan one bit. '15 TE/DT Anthony Rush is a new name to watch for according to MGoBlog's Brandon Brown. Jersey Sports Now has a great article and video spotlighting Jabrill Peppers' four TD performance. He's a turnover creating machine!
DE Da'Shawn Hand committed to....screw it, I'm done.