Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Weekly Update: Recruiting notes
By Tom VanHaaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
Despite his recruiter, Jerry Montgomery, leaving for Oklahoma, safety C.J. Reavis (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) says he is still very interested in Michigan. He hasn't yet been offered by the Wolverines, but Reavis believes an offer is possible in the very near future.
"I know before Coach Montgomery left he said they were going to offer me," Reavis said. "Since he left I've talked to a few coaches from Michigan, and I've talked to Coach (Roy) Manning a few times. I think they might offer me soon."
With offers from North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin among others, Reavis says he is still open to anyone. He doesn't have any favorites yet and is still hoping for a few more offers including Michigan.
"I think Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame are pretty close to offering right now," he said. "I'm an LSU fan, and my family is from South Carolina, so I like them, too."
Reavis says he doesn't know a lot about Michigan other than the tradition but says he is interested in learning more. He doesn't plan on making his announcement for a while and is mulling over an all-star game decision. In the meantime the 6-foot, 190-pound safety says he would like to get out to as many schools as he can.
"I know I'll be at Virginia Tech this Saturday," he said. "I'm going to try to get out to Ohio State and Michigan, but other than that I'm not sure yet."
A 6-2 safety from a school like Jenks High School in Oklahoma is bound to garner attention, and that's just what's happening with Steven Parker. He has seen his offer list grow to include Alabama, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and most recently Michigan.
The offers are rolling in, but the Wolverines' offer was somewhat unexpected for Parker.
"It kind of came out of nowhere for me," he said. "My dad talked to the coaches to make sure they were watching my film. They sent me some mail here and there, and then my dad told me to call them, and they offered me."
Parker got a chance to speak with defensive backs coach Curt Mallory about Michigan's interest. Mallory told him his film was impressive. They didn't get into specifics about where the coaching staff sees him on the field, but most schools are recruiting him as a safety.
Parker doesn't know too much about the program but wants to find out just what Michigan has to offer and believes everyone is on the same playing field for now.
"My expectations are high for Michigan, because I know they're a great school," he said. "I'd probably say they have the same chance as everyone, because I'm open right now. I want to make sure I see all my options, and I'm hoping to take a visit down there [to Michigan]."
Parker is a safety who reads his keys well, can play the run and can play man coverage. He plays a physical brand no matter what. On top of football he plays basketball and runs track.
While he doesn't have a timeline for his decision, Parker has an idea of what he'll be looking for in a program.
"I'm going to be looking at the coaches, building a good relationship with them, and the tradition of the program will be big," he said. "The comfort level of a place where I can fit in and call home will be important. I want to find a great place where I can be myself."
Michigan is looking to land a top wide receiver in the 2014 class, and some top targets have emerged, including Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).
Watch List receiver Jamil Kamara (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) doesn't have a Michigan offer yet, but the 6-foot-2, 189-pound wideout is hoping that changes soon.
"I've gotten a lot of handwritten articles, and I think they're coming in the spring to see me," he said. "They said they are very interested and that the offer could come in the spring, last time I spoke with them. I have interest in Michigan now, but I would have a lot more if I had an offer. I'm not really paying attention to schools that don't offer by the end of spring."
Kamara already holds offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, but he should see that list grow soon.