- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
Michigan recently offered 2013 offensive lineman Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), and it looks like Lacy might visit Ann Arbor.
The coaching staff is also aware of Lacy’s 2014 teammates athlete Jalen Brown and offensive lineman Natrell Curtis. Brown has started to pick up big-time offers and is becoming a wanted prospect across the country.
“I didn’t expect this all to happen so fast. I was told I would get some big offers, but I didn’t think it would happen like this,” Brown said. “I never had a list or favorite schools. I always wanted to wait for the process to happen and see where I would go from there.”
Brown has been a varsity starter at safety and receiver for three years, and while most schools are recruiting him as a receiver, some say he can play either spot. He prefers offense but would be willing to do anything to help the team, even if that means playing safety.
Since the Wolverines are recruiting his teammate, Brown does know a little bit about Michigan. He’s still in the information gathering stage, but Ann Arbor is a place he would like to check out.
“They’re another school I’m interested in and I was told they’re coming by the school some time this week,” he said. “I would like to visit schools like Michigan and Ohio State, because it would be a good experience since it’s totally different than where I am now.”
Distance won’t be an issue for Brown, as he’s just looking for the best program no matter the location.
His father, Chuck Levy, played football at the University of Arizona and eventually in the NFL as a running back, and his teammates are going through the process, so Brown has plenty of help along the way.
It’s still early for him, but he is going to be one of the more sought-after prospects in the country.
Michigan undoubtedly will be looking for running backs in the 2014 class, and Mikel Horton (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) is a good one.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound back describes himself as a work horse, LeVeon Bell type. He knows he isn’t the fastest guy out there, but he’s quick and can make people miss.
He already has an offer from Indiana and is starting to hear from more and more schools.
“Michigan has sent me a lot of mail and I’m going to visit there real soon. I think I’ll visit when they have their junior day,” he said. “My top five right now is Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia and West Virginia.”
Horton could be an option for the Wolverines in the 2014 class. He says he wants to take his time with a decision, but would like to have it done before his senior year.
There seems to be a plethora of talent in the Midwest for the 2015 class, and defensive end Kyonta Stallworth (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) is on the list.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound prospect played both ways for his team this season but would like to play rush end at the college level.
“That’s the position I’m trying to work at a lot,” Stallworth said. “I like the rush end, but I can contain the outside. I don’t give up the edge.”
Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and UCLA have all shown interest so far, and the sophomore attended games this fall in both Ann Arbor and East Lansing.
“The Michigan game was really nice,” Stallworth said. “It was like a backyard rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State. All the college players from Detroit that I knew were playing.”
Stallworth said Michigan is leading for him right now and that he really enjoyed watching linebacker Jake Ryan as a pass rusher. However, Stallworth’s other favorite college player is Spartans defensive end William Gholston.
He likes Michigan’s 4-3 formation, but Stallworth also has experience playing in a 3-4. He said he could see himself playing in either scheme at the next level.
As you have seen by the offers and recent news, Michigan is seriously looking for an offensive lineman to fillup one of the spots in the 2013 class.
New names have popped up in the past few weeks and new offers have gone out. There is still potential for a few more, as we pointed out, Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) could be a name to watch.
He plays multiple positions, is a four-star and from what I have heard is being evaluated. We’ll see how far that goes, but it could be something to watch.
Remember this coaching staff doesn’t like signing day surprises, so some of these offers aren’t too surprising. If Michigan can secure some of the top targets left on the board, that’s the ideal situation. If not, they have some very good options whom they already have contacted.
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