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Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Weekly Update: Recruiting News and Notes

By Tom VanHaaren

The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peak inside Michigan recruiting.

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The 2013 class is well on its way, as you already know. QB Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), DB Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington) and TE Khalid Hill (Detroit/Crockett) are all on board.

To give you some insight on Hill, he heard from the Michigan coaches the week before his visit and was asked to come to Ann Arbor to meet with the staff. He had told me before his visit that Michigan was the school he wanted, since he has always been a fan.

The coaching staff really likes what Hill brings to the table both on and off the football field. He’s a great kid, good student and fits with what the coaches are looking for. They think very highly of him in all aspects.

If you’ve noticed, a lot of offers have been going out to the same positions, and some positions haven’t been addressed yet. That’s because there is a system to this madness.

For example, you are starting to see more defensive ends and running backs offered such as DE Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata), whose father happens to be a Michigan fan, and RB Jordan Wilkins (Cordova, Tenn./St. Benedict).

Offensive and defensive lines usually get evaluated first, then running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, and then don’t be surprised to see more offers go out to defensive backs and linebackers as well.


The visitors for this weekend so far are OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual), OL Chris Fox (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa), WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and WR Jaron Dukes (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin).

There is a chance that Michigan could be in the lead, or in the top three, with every one of those visitors.

Dukes has been open about being a Michigan fan and his excitement about the offer from the Wolverines. He will be accompanied by his parents on this trip and said that he would like to wait a little bit before making his final decision.

I wouldn’t rule out a commitment from him this weekend if he sees everything he needs to, but it sounds like he’s going in thinking he’d like to wait. We’ll have to see what happens.

Fox is coming back to Michigan for the second time and will also be visiting a few other schools including Ohio State.

I’m not expecting any commitments going into this weekend, but wouldn’t be surprised if anyone drops either.


The commitment of Khalid Hill might also bring other good news with it. Hill is very good friends and teammates with DB Desmond King, who is a bigger cornerback at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds.

King is being evaluated right now by the coaching staff, and he told me that if Michigan were to offer there’s a good chance he would take it and commit.

That’s interesting because King happens to be a big Michigan State fan.

“I promised Khalid that wherever he goes I’m coming with him and we’d stick together,” King said. “It depends on where I’m more comfortable and right now I’m more comfortable with Michigan. Shane (Morris) just called me a few minutes ago and told me we need to make a Fab Five.”

King was on the visit with Hill this past Monday, so he obviously enjoyed himself.

If he gets the offer it might be something to watch. He’s hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Stanford.


As I said before, the linebackers in the 2013 class haven’t been fully evaluated yet by the coaches, but in-state prospect Jonny Reschke (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) will be one who’s watched.

It has been known that Reschke has ties through his father to Michigan State, and it was assumed that would be his likely destination.

However, he recently sent me a message that said he hopes Michigan doesn’t think he’s not interested and that he is really hoping to hear from the Wolverines.

He was adamant in saying that Michigan is one of his favorite schools, and that he really wants to start building a relationship with the coaching staff. I should have more with him soon, but I found it very interesting how genuine he seemed in his interest with Michigan.