Which 2016 prospect released their Top 5 list this week that included Michigan? Which 2016 target trimmed removed Ohio State from their top list? The coaching staff spread out across the country again this week and offered several prospects. Who were they? Find out in this Fridays version of “The Future Huddle.”
Naquan Jones Names a Top 5
On Thursday, 2016 4* Defensive Tackle Naquan Jones (Evanston, IL) released his top 5 schools via Twitter.
First I would like to say thanks to everyone who has taken their time to recruit me. Top 5 NO ORDER @CarolinaXposure pic.twitter.com/QBoOVrO6zx— Almighty Nay (@thealmightynay) May 7, 2015
Naquan is a big bodied strong defensive tackle that is constantly bringing in double teams. He possesses a solid burst off the line of scrimmage and gets into the backfield in a hurry. Hits gaps extremely well. Naquan is exceptionally good at shedding blocks along the offensive line and causes the quarterback to make off timing throws. Standing at 6’4” and weighing around 285 pounds, Naquan has the ideal size to play defensive tackle at the next level. A little raw right now with techniques, but with a senior year of football still left in front of him, he has ample time to adjust. Good speed once in the backfield and is able to chase down the ball carrier. Possesses solid strength and routinely pushes back the offensive guard/center. Above average footwork and plays with a high motor. A solid tackler, who does an excellent job of getting low on his man and wrapping up. Overall Naquan is a very solid looking prospect who will definitely be a force at the college level.
At this point in his recruitment, I would guess that Michigan is trailing to land the 4* DT and Michigan State looks to be in prime position to gain his commitment.
Auston Robertson Trims His List
On Wednesday, 2016 4* DE/TE target Auston Robertson (Fort Wayne, IN) shortened his top schools list by eliminating Ohio State. Speaking with ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, Auston said;
“I don’t really have a relationship like that with Ohio State anymore, so why keep them in the top three,” he said. “So now it’s Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan."
Robertson, who visited Ann Arbor last week with fellow high school teammate Austin Mack, also went into detail about how his visit went and what effective Jim Harbaugh had on him, stating;
“I had dinner with Coach Harbaugh and he seems like a pretty good guy. He was explaining to me that if I committed to Michigan and they won a national championship that I would be remembered as a player who helped turn Michigan around,” he said. “I want to put myself in history and be remembered as a football player, so that really stood out.”
At this point in his recruitment, I’d say that Michigan State/Notre Dame are in the driver’s seat to land the talented defensive end, but anything could happen and with Jim Harbaugh explaining how Auston could be immortalized by the Wolverine fan base, it may work in favor of Michigan climbing into Auston’s top school.
Robertson and Mack will both announce their college choice on June 7th at the R.A.S football camp in Indiana.
Offered a Scholarship This Week
2016 WR Deondre Overton (Greensboro, NC)
2016 WR Devaughn Cooper (Harbor City, CA)
2016 WR Michael Irvin Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2016 WDE Jimmie Taylor (Jacksonville, NC)
2016 DT Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, FL)
2016 CB Byron Murphy (Scottsdale, AZ)
2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers (Roseville, CA)
2017 RB Trey Sermon (Marietta, GA)
2017 CB William Poole (Atlanta, GA)
2017 OT Andrew Thomas (Atlanta, GA)
2017 ILB Nate McBride (Vidalia, GA)
2017 QB Shawn Robinson (Denton, TX)
2017 WR KJ Hamler (Farmington, MI)
2017 CB/WR Jaylon Redd (Rancho Cucamonga,CA)
2017 RB Kyshaun Bryan (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2017 OT Micah Clark (Holmdel, NJ)
2017 OT Austin Deculus (Cypress, TX)
2017 OT Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2017 DT Breyon Gaddy (Norfolk, VA)
2017 RB/CB Allen Stritzinger (Warren, MI)
2017 OT Austin Jackson (Phoenix, AZ)
2017 OG Kayden Lyles (Scottsdale, AZ)
2017 WR Leroy Henley (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2018 WR Will Mallory (Jacksonville, FL)
2019 ATH Owen Pappoe (Loganville, GA)
2016 4* OT Michael Jordan (Plymouth, MI) committed to Ohio State on Thursday
2016 4* CB John Broussard (Phenix City, AL) committed to Auburn on Thursday morning.
2016 4* OT target Terrance Davis (Hyattsville, MD) was invited to the Rivals 5* Challenge that will take place this upcoming summer.
2016 RB commit Kingston Davis (Prattville, AL) picked up offers from Florida and LSU this week.
2016 S target Craig Watts Jr. (St.Petersburg, FL) announced via Twitter that he will be committing on July 14th. At this point Michigan looks to be out of the picture and Craig will likely end up playing his collegiate career in Tallahassee.