A Top 5 and a Top 15
2015 DE Keisean Lucier-South tweeted out his Top 5 earlier this week.
There You Go pic.twitter.com/LjkTG4eLiMNo surprise that Michigan makes the cut here. The coaching staff has already made the pass-rusher a priority for 2015. Although that it’s no surprise that Michigan is on the list, it is surprising that neither USC nor Notre Dame made his Top 5. I firmly believe that KLS’s recruitment will come down to a battle of UCLA and Michigan.
— Keisean South1⃣6⃣ (@KLSouth16) July 28, 2014
2016 WR Benjimin Victor released his Top 15 on Monday.
TOP 15 NO ORDER!!! 👌👌👌👌👌💰💰🙏 pic.twitter.com/JGT4WtctkKThe 2016 wide receivers recruitment has been hard to read lately. He’s been real quiet on twitter, but has visited multiple schools over the past month including; Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, and Tennessee. As of right now, I would consider Victor a bit of a pipe-dream, as he is likely to end up playing his collegiate career in the SEC.
— BEN #9⃣ (@BinjimenVictor) July 29, 2014
Goodbye Damien Harris
Former Michigan commit Damien Harris released his long awaited Top 5 on Friday afternoon, and it didn't go quite as expected for Michigan fans. Again, thanks to every coach that's recruited me. It's been a true blessing
Again, thanks to every coach that's recruited me. It's been a true blessing 🙏 #RollTide #GoGators #BBN #Bucks #Aggies pic.twitter.com/RxrN6apglo
— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) August 1, 2014
And just like that, all hopes of a Damien Harris reunion are squashed. Personally, I was kind of shocked Michigan didn't even make the list. Although it's rare to have a recruit re-commit, the feeling around most Michigan fans was that they would at least still have a shot at landing the five star prospect. Harris who seems like an Ohio State lean as of right now, will make his college decision on December 13th.
So who does the coaching staff turn to now for a running back? Mike Weber seems like the most likely target right now. Weber, who visited for the Big House BBQ last weekend has had a whirlwind recruitment. At times Michigan looked to be out of the running to land the Cass Tech product, and at other times looked to be leading for his services. USC has recently came in to the picture, when Weber took part in a unoffical visit two weeks ago, landing a scholarship offer in the process
Although I like Michigan's chances of landing Weber, if he was to commit to a different school, the running back situation for 2015 looks bleak. Most of the offered running backs have committed elsewhere, and other than Kirk Merritt and Jacques Patrick, there isn't many prospects with interest in Michigan. Michigan could also choose to not take a running back in 2015, and take two for 2016.
Kareem Walker Visit
The Wolverines will be getting a visit from a major target next weekend in 2016 running back Kareem Walker. The 5 star running back from Wayne, New Jersey already boasts a very impressive scholarship offer list from many top programs across the nation including; Alabama, Penn State, Auburn, Florida State, and Ohio State. Although this is Kareem’s first visit to Ann Arbor, look for current Wolverine and New Jersey native Jabrill Peppers to accompany Walker on his visit.
Kareem is currently ranked as the #1 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com, and was the first running back Michigan offered in the 2016 recruiting cycle. He is currently being recruited by Roy Manning.
Highlights are below
The 2016 Initial Player Rankings
Rivals.com released their 2016 football player rankings earlier this week. Both 2016 Michigan commits made the list, as did many of their top targets.
#70 OL Erik Swenson
#210 QB Messiah DeWeaver
Targets with Offers:
#4 DT Dexter Lawrence
#8 DT Rashan Gary
#11 RB Kareem Walker
#14 CB Levonta Taylor
#31 DE Janarius Robinson
#32 S Brandon Jones
#33 TE Jake Hausmann
#36 OL Ben Bredeson
#50 DE Josh King
#51 OL E.J Price
#53 Kendell Jones
#54 TE Naseir Upshur
#55 OL Willie Allen
#59 WR Dylan Crawford
#63 TE Isaac Nuata
#74 WR Tavares Chase
#80 ATH Ahmir Mitchell
#92 OL Jauan Williams
#109 DE Joseph Jackson
#115 WR Binjimen Victor
#130 RB Elijah Holyfield
#134 WR Brad Hawkins Jr.
#136 DE Kyree Campbell
#145 OL Michal Menet
#146 WR Justin Layne
#147 DT Michael Onwenu
#157 RB Antonio Williams
#165 TE Luke Farrell
#170 WR Austin Mack
#182 RB Kentrail Moran
#186 LB Dele Harding
#197 TE Kaden Smith
#204 OL Richard Merritt
#213 RB Robert Washington
#216 DE Auston Robertson
#219 DE Jordan Woods
#222 CB Lavert Hill
Players with offers, not included in list
OL Liam Eichenberg
OL Clark Yarbrough
OL Thiyo Lukusa
OL Michael Jordan
DT Michael Williams
CB Malek Young
2015 CB Marcus Lewis has officially decommited from Florida. Marcus took to twitter to make the announcement on Monday afternoon.
I am officially announcing my decommitment from the University of Florida. I am grateful for the opportunity the university granted me.Lewis was at the Big House BBQ, and really enjoyed his visit. Speaking with 24/7’s Ryan Bartow, Marcus had this to say about his visit to Ann Arbor;
— Marcus Lewis (@THE_NUMERO_UNO) July 28, 2014
“It was a great experience,” Lewis said. “They have the best of both worlds. Great education and really good football. I talked with Jabril Peppers. He said he loves it there and loves the vibe. Its truly a family there. I’ve built a good relationship. Its a great place.”
His 24/7 crystal ball now reads at 79% Michigan, 18% Florida and, 3% Ohio State. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Marcus will fill the void left by Shaun Crawford, and become the last CB taken for Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class. Lewis will take an official visit to Ann Arbor when the regular season starts. He’s also scheduled to visit Oregon and Miami on an official visit
2016 OL Auston Robertson was offered a scholarship after attending the BBQ last weekend.
2016 WR Cam Chambers picked Michigan State over Michigan on Friday afternoon. This is a great pick-up for the Spartans. Chambers, who was at the Big House BBQ last weekend, is ranked the #7 WR in the Nation according to Rivals.com. So where does Michigan turn to now? Austin Mack, Dylan Crawford, Justin Layne, Josh Imatorbhebhe are all high quality receivers that have high interest in Michigan.
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