Harris Gets High Praise
Drake Harris was named the top prospect in the state of Michigan for the '14 class, even though he missed most the season with a hamstring injury. 247's Kipp Adams believes Harris will live up to his potential #1 ranking, naming him to the watch list as someone who could make an instant impact in their freshman campaign:
Michigan graduates four of the top five receivers, including Jeremy Gallon, so two returning wideouts combining for 21 catches, there will be plenty of opportunities for Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), who missed his senior season with a hamstring injury, to step right in and make plays.Adams hits the spot here. Harris is going to get an opportunity right away mainly due to the fact that he may just be Michigan's most talented WR as an incoming freshman (I know, scary thought). That all depends on the recovery of Amara Darboh from his foot injury.
McDowell Narrows It Down (Finally)
MI DE Malik McDowell is the last piece Michigan needs to complete the puzzle after missing out on other prospects at the DE position in the '14 class. Hoke and co. moved one step closer yesterday:
My top 4 colleges! Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Ohio State.Now let's not get out hopes up here. Michigan St. is the perceived leader with Florida St. closing the gap after his official a few weekend's ago. MSU received one last week and McDowell enjoyed himself (even though he saw Michigan whoop up on MSU at the Breslin Center); this weekend, he will take his final official to Ohio St and a great visit could change it all in the Buckeyes favor. So, yes, Michigan not receiving an official is, well....not good.
— FAT LEEK (@D1_LEEK) January 28, 2014
The Offer Train Never Stops
More offers have been handed out, one in particular has been a long time coming and could speed up the process for CA DE Keisean Lucier-South. KLS has called Michigan his "dream school" in the past. The staff was hesitant to offer due to the fact that DE Jashon Cornell thought being the only offer at the WDE position was important. The jets have cooled on that front and KLS finally got his offer.
He is a very impressive prospect (6'5 220) with plenty of room to bulk up once he hits a college campus. I've even heard some comparison's to '14 #1 overall DE Myles Garrett who burst on to the scene late in the process. That's some high praise; and while it may be a bit far fetched, I can see where the comparison comes from. Just watch. The kid has a quick burst off the line and possesses impressive quickness. Michigan is a major player here and I'd be surprised if he didn't end up in the class.
-The fourth QB offer of the class is out and it belongs to TX QB Jared Stidham. He is listed as a dual-threat QB and ranks in the top 2 at the position (247). This kid is more than a running QB though; he's got a big arm and possesses size similar to Shane Morris. He currently sits at #2 on my '15 QB list behind Josh Rosen. I love his game and his elusiveness along with his accuracy downfield. He will cause havoc on opposing defenses at the next level. Mark that down! A big plus with Stidham...He's great friends with former commit Damien Harris. So, that doesn't hurt either. Jr. highlights
-DT Du'Vonta Lampkin is a current Oklahoma commit, but expressed interest in Michigan as of late. This offer came as a surprise, but Lampkin is a large kid and we all know Michigan is trying to bulk up the middle of the defense. He has long arms and does a great job of keeping them extended, allowing him to shed blockers with ease and make a play. Here's his JR. season highlights:
-Two Georgia teammates, '15 LB Aldonis Thomas and '16 OT EJ Price were offered according to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton. I like Thomas' combo of size (6'4 215) and speed a lot; reminds me of current commit Chase Winovich. He has an impressive offer list up to this point as well; OSU, Florida, and FSU to name a few. There's not much out there on Price, but his offer list speaks for itself. Almost every top school is interested in the sophomore and many have already offered. Thomas' jr. highlights. Price sophomore highlights.
-TX WR Damarkus Lodge got an offer last week says William Wilkerson. Lodge is a highly ranked WR who looks to be more of a big, possession receiver at the next level. He has great size (6'2 190), but doesn't possess elite speed. I think Michigan may be a bit late here as Lodge's major interests all sit in the southwest. Still a long way to go though and never know what can happen with OC Nussmeier on board now. Jr. highlights
-NC RB Johnny Frasier was offered over a week ago, confirmed by MGoBlog's Brandon Brown. This is an interesting offer, to say the least. 247 doesn't even have him ranked, but he's a 3-star according to the 247 composite. He does hold a nice offer list with OSU, Georgia, and Georgia Tech sitting above the others. He's a little back (5'11 200), which isn't Hoke and co's forte, but man is he quick and shifty. Jr. highlights
-This one comes from Scout's Sam Webb, as Michigan offered '16 TX TE Kaden Smith. Smith will undoubtedly be one of the top two TE's in the '16 class (offeree Isaac Nauta will be the other), and now Michigan is in early on both. It's clear what the staff's plans are in the future for this offense; a ground and pound offense with a lot of play action getting the big TE's involved in both facets. FINALLY!!
Traveling Machines (And I'm Not Talking About the Plane)
FL WR George Campbell - this marks the third visit from a member of the coaching staff in the last three weeks. Hoke this week
MI ATH Brian Cole
PA OT Sterling Jenkins
VA DT Tim Settle
TN LB Joshua McMillon - received an offer last week
FL RB Jaquez Patrick
IN LB Darrin Kirkland, Jr.
MD QB David Sills
FL OL Jake Fruhmorgen
CA DB Iman Marshall
OH ATH Jerome Baker
RB Soso Jamabo
TX LB Landis Durham
CT TE Chris Clark
TX DE Charles Omenihu
DC DE Darius Fullwood
DC DB Marcus Lewis
DC OL Richie Pettibon
DC QB Nick Johns
TN TE Jackson Harris
CA LB Cameron Smith
GA TE Isaac Nauta
OH QB Messiah DeWeaver
IL OT Sean Foster
Possibly the best news of the update comes from Rival's Adam Gorney who is reporting that 5-star CA QB Josh Rosen is "seriously considering" an unofficial visit to Michigan. MLive's Nick Baumgardner has the story. Rosen is the top prospect on Michigan's QB board (and first offered). This is HUGE news; three or four months ago, Rosen had zero interest in Michigan. Que: The Nussmeier Effect. Sam Webb gives his insight on whether or not Michigan can pull back in one-time-commits WR George Campbell and RB Damien Harris. '15 commit Shaun Crawford made the '14 DB The Opening Watchlist.