Friday's Future Huddle Gets Photoshopped

The coaching staff reached out to multiple 2016 recruits this past week. Who did they contact? Which two prospects received scholarship offers this week? Which 2015 commit tweeted that they'd like to take two visits? Which recruits with interest from Michigan and Notre Dame will be in South Bend this weekend? Find out in this Friday's version of "The Future Huddle" 

The Coaching Staff Reaches Out to Multiple 2016 Recruits
You may have noticed in the past week that there seems to be a lot of photo-shopped pictures being sent to recruits from the coaching staff. Well, on Monday at noon, coaches were officially allowed to contact 2016 prospects via social media. In my opinion, the coaching staff knocked the ball out of the park with the photographs, especially with Levonta Taylor's, and Janarius Robinson's. Although sending a picture won't win over a recruit, it definitely let's the recruit know their wanted.  
2016 CB Levonta Taylor
2016 WR Justin Layne
2016 WR Josh Imatorbhebhe
2016 DE Janarius Robinson
2016 OL Richard Merritt
2016 RB Kentrail Moran

Rahshaun Smith Receives a Scholarship Offer
2016 DE Rahshaun Smith received a scholarship offer on Monday morning.
Rahshaun is a very intriguing prospect.  Watching his highlight film, it’s easy to see that Rahshaun is one of the best players on the field at any given moment. He’s extremely strong for his age, and possesses a very quick burst off the line of scrimmage.  Smith, who also saw playing time as an Outside Linebacker in his sophomore year, is a tackling machine. There is no better way to put it then; if he gets his hands on you, your going down to the turf.  At 6’3 225 lbs, he fits the exact mold of what the Michigan coaching staff looks for in defensive ends.

Our friend Garrett Fishaw, over at caught up with Rahshaun earlier this week to talk about his scholarship offer, telling Garret that he is “very excited” about the offer.

Rahshaun is currently ranked as the #15 overall prospect in 2016, and the #1 WDE according to Rivals.

Demetris Robertson Also Receives a Scholarship Offer
2016 ATH Demetris Robertson was offered a scholarship on Wednesday afternoon.  Robertson, who is currently committed to the Crimson Tide, is ranked as the #1 ATH, and #5 overall prospect in 2016 according to Rivals. Robertson boasts a very impressive scholarship offer list from many of the top schools in the nation including; Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.  I believe Michigan faces an uphill battle in Robertson’s recruitment and, all signs point to him staying committed to Alabama for the long haul.

Robertson also received offers from North Carolina and Miami on Thursday. 

Chris Clark Blows up Twitter
Shortly after Michigan had put the finishing touches on Appalachian State, 2015 TE commit Chris Clark took to twitter to announce he would like to take two visits. Where would these two visits would take place? I would have to make the guess North Carolina, and perhaps Alabama.  Although nothing is concrete right now, Clark is still a member of the 2015 recruiting class and will be until further noted. 

Sam Webb from and, WTKA The Michigan Insider talked about Chris’s decision to tweet about the visits (which have since been deleted), and it seems that Chris was unaware of the no-visit policy that the Michigan coaching staff has in place. After Chris and Sam exchanged a few text messages with each other, it seems that Chris is unsure if he will end up taking those two visits. Hopefully after a conversation with Tight Ends coach Dan Ferrigno on Tuesday night, Clark will have a change of heart about the visits.

As of right now, I think Chris will still remain a Wolverine come National Signing Day. 

Kareem Walker
The 2016 recruiting cycle features many high quality running backs such as; Miles Sanders, Antonio Williams, Kentrail Moran, and Elijah Holyfield. The one running back that sticks out the most to me is Kareem Walker.
Walker, who is ranked as the #2 RB according to 247, has high interest in Michigan and, has already taken a trip to Ann Arbor in August.  Earlier this week, 247’s Ryan Bartow spoke with Kareem about his recruitment and his relationship with Cornerbacks coach Roy Manning saying; 

“We can talk an hour, hour and a half and probably the first 10 minutes will be about football,” Walker said. “It can be about anything.”

“It was comfortable,” Walker said of Michigan. “I felt comfortable there. It was cool and relaxed. Just real comfortable.”

Although 2016 National Signing Day is light years away at this point, look for Michigan to be a major factor in his recruitment.
Kareem’s next visit will be to Piscataway on September 13th, when Rutgers takes on Penn State.

Michigan-Notre Dame Visitors
With Michigan facing Notre Dame for the last time in the foreseeable future, it’s the last time recruits will get the chance to watch these two storied programs play against each other. With South Bend only a mere three hours drive away, both schools tend to recruit a lot of the same kids. This year is no exception as many recruits that Michigan is pursing will be in attendance this weekend including;

DE Josh King
WR Austin Mack
DT Michael Onwenu
CB Lavert Hill
OL Ben Bredeson
LB David Reece

OL Josh Myers
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
DE Corey Malone-Hatcher

Other Notes:
2015 CB Iman Marshall has accepted an offer to play in the Under Armour All American game this upcoming January.

2015 K commit Andrew David continues to impress with his kicking ability.
2015 DE Target Keisean Lucier-South tweeted out earlier this week that he received a phone call from the coaching staff. Keisean is arguably Michigan’s top remaining target left on the recruiting board. KLS will be heading to Ann Arbor for an official visit when the Wolverines take on Penn State in October.

Former commit George Campbell committed to Florida State on Friday afternoon. Michigan was left off his Top 5 list earlier in the year. 

For up to the minute recruitment news, you can follow Travis Cooper on Twitter @MaizenBlueCoop. You can also follow Maize & Blue Nation on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr

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