Friday, March 29, 2013
WolverineNation's recruiting calendar
By Chantel Jennings and Tom VanHaaren
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With only around 16 spots in the 2014 class, this should be an interesting few months for the Wolverines. Between different NCAA-regulated contact periods as well as spring ball and campus events, Michigan will have its hands full evaluating talent as it looks to fill out spots in a class that already has four Watch List commitments.
So to make it easier to take in, WolverineNation breaks down the spring and summer months.
Feb. 8-April 14: Quiet period
During this time, the only contact coaches can have with prospects are phone calls, letters and on-campus visits. This is a great time to get players on campus because with spring practice going on, prospects can come in and see what a Brady Hoke practice really looks like.
April 3-4: Big campus visitors weekend
So far, four prospects with Michigan offers will be in this weekend. Headlining the group will be Watch List athlete Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), who already has Michigan in his top group. He’ll be visiting with high school teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty, who also holds an offer from the Wolverines. Michigan will host another big offensive lineman, Watch List guard Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel). Mustipher is a family friend and former teammate of Blake Countess and has Countess’ father in his ear constantly about Michigan. Finally, defensive tackle Brady Pallante (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) will be in town. He doesn’t have an offer from the Wolverines, but it shows a lot of interest on his part that he’s willing to visit regardless.
April 13: Michigan’s spring game
This is always a big visit weekend. Michigan will have three of its 2014 commitments in town -- Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) and Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) -- so the coaching staff won’t be the only ones with recruiting hats on. Cole will be bringing his high school teammate Watch List wide receiver Artavis Scott along with him. It will be Scott’s third time on campus. The visitor list for this event should grow.
April 15-May 31: Evaluation period
During this time, the NCAA allows coaches to make two visits to high schools, where they can see prospects work out, chat with coaches and get academic records.
May 5: Chicago Nike Football Training Camp
June 1-July 31: Quiet period
June 2: Columbus Nike Football Training Camp
June 15-16: Sound Mind Sound Body camp (Southfield, Mich.)
This event gained some fame last year when Hoke was seen eating chicken wings with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. This year, it’ll be the same thing -- coaches from different programs will be working with players. Though, no promises on a shared meal.
June 16-20: Michigan’s football camp
Michigan will have hundreds of players on campus but will have its eyes on a few in particular. The Wolverines have already asked some players, including 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell (Detroit/Cass Tech), to make sure they’re in attendance. It’s a solid period for coaches to evaluate in person and get a good reading on players’ attitudes and work ethics. Last year, Channing Stribling picked up his offer after camp, so it’s an important week for kids who are on the tipping point of an offer.
Early July: Nike’s The Opening (Beaverton, Ore.)
Late July: BBQ at the Big House
The BBQ actually started under Rich Rodriguez, but Hoke has put his own spin on it, and it’s a big day for recruits and commits. Expect some of the 2013 signees to stop by for a bit. Recruits have lauded this event for it’s laid-back nature and the ability to see coaches interact with their families, giving prospects a good idea of what coaches mean by a family atmosphere at Michigan.