- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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As you remember, former Michigan commit Pharaoh Brown decided to take a visit to Oregon, which is why he is now a former commit. The coaching staff doesn’t allow visits from committed players, so they are now looking to replace that spot.
Towards the end of his commitment, Brown was asked if he would be willing to play tight end. It now seems as though the coaching staff would like to fill that spot with another tight end.
The coaches were recruiting Taylor McNamara (San Diego/Westview), and tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno was on an in-home visit with McNamara a week ago. However, his recruitment changed and McNamara is no longer considering Michigan.
He wanted to graduate early and wouldn’t be able to do so with Michigan, so he dropped the Wolverines.
That decision probably had something to do with why the coaching staff recently offered tight end Sam Grant (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward). A teammate of current Michigan commit Kyle Kalis, Grant is currently committed to Boston College.
Kalis tells me, however, that Grant is likely going to take an official visit to Michigan this weekend with Kalis.
With his teammate on board, Michigan might be able to convince the 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end to flip his decision like they did with Kalis.
Michigan coaches also dropped in on recent Penn State decommit J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh/Shaler), whom I mentioned in last week’s Update.
I have mentioned before that there could be a chance current Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett will decide to transfer from the Vols’ program.
Charlie Baggett was one of the main reasons Arnett chose Tennessee, and now that the wide receivers coach has left the program it has changed a lot for Arnett.
Michigan was heavily involved with his recruitment, and one of the big hangups for Arnett was the spread offense that Rich Rodriguez ran. That problem no longer exists now that Brady Hoke has entered the picture and wants to run a pro-style offense.
The numbers, however, are now going to come into play for his recruitment. Will Michigan will have a scholarship available and can itfit Arnett on the roster?
If the coaches can make room then there is definite interest from Arnett, and interest from the Wolverines.
As I wrote in my blog post, Yuri Wright (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) has Michigan in his top list of schools. He has maintained that Michigan is one of his favorite schools, and that he would like to visit Ann Arbor.
That visit sounds like it finally might come to fruition as Wright told me he would like to schedule his official visit to Michigan, and it will likely be his third official after Colorado and Notre Dame.
Michigan has a real opportunity to give Wright a lot of personal attention. He’ll also most likely get a chance to check out a practice session as Michigan prepares for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
This visit will probably determine if Michigan makes it in his next top list, so it will be a big deal to see how he feels after the visit happens.
Michigan coach Jeff Hecklinski was recently out to see wide receiver Jehu Chesson (Chesterfield, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins). As I wrote in my update Chesson is down to Michigan, Northwestern and Iowa.
What most people don’t know is that Chesson is being very methodical in his recruitment. He has a spreadsheet listing the pro’s and con’s of each school, and will likely decide by weighing all of the lists side by side.
I believe that Michigan and Northwestern currently have an edge over Iowa, but he is visiting Iowa on the 16th. He has lined up the schools side by side so far, and Michigan might have the slight edge over the other two. This last visit to Iowa will be very important in his decision. Nothing is set in stone yet, so we’ll see how that visit plays out.
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