Thursday, September 20, 2012
By Tom Van Haaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peak inside Michigan recruiting.
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Much has been made about wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) wanting to take his official visits as of late. Michigan fans have wondered what his timeline will actually look like and when he’ll be back in Ann Arbor.
Treadwell says he doesn't have a set plan but is going to take his time.
"I'm going out to Oklahoma for an official on Oct. 27, and I’ll probably go out to Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Auburn," he said. "[Teammate] Nyles [Morgan] and I want to go to the Michigan game against Michigan State, so we'll probably be there for that."
Treadwell says he will probably take all of his official visits, but the trip to Michigan will likely be an unofficial because he already has been to campus several times.
He has been watching the Wolverines and says nothing has changed for him with them thus far. He was curious as to how the offense would look this season and is pleased with what he has seen.
"[Michigan is] still one of the top schools," he said. "I wanted to see the offense, and they were throwing a lot against Alabama, so that was good. I know they'll throw a lot next year so it's not really a concern now."
Defensive tackle is going to be a need for Michigan in the very near future. It was addressed in the 2012 class with Ondre Pipkins and Willie Henry and in the 2013 class with Henry Poggi (Baltimore/Gilman) and Maurice Hurst (Canton, Mass./Xaverian Brothers).
Not many offers have gone out to 2014 defensive linemen yet, but one prospect who is starting to receive mail from the Wolverines is Preston Woods Jr. (St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul Sr.).
"Michigan is one of the schools that I’m hoping to get an offer from," he said. "I'm hoping to hear from Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa."
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman says he is a dominant player with a good motor, and someone who always goes 100 percent. Woods Jr. said he recently maxed out at 380 pounds on the bench press and 510 pounds in the squat, which is impressive for a junior in high school.
It's still early in the process for Woods, but he has already built a few friends who might help him along the way.
"I know one person that is going to be attending Michigan, Logan Tuley-Tillman. He talks to me about just keeping Michigan in mind and to keep working hard," he said. "It's cool because I asked him questions on how the process went for him with recruiting. I feel that was a big help to me."
The Rotheram family is no stranger to college football since Matt Rotheram is an offensive lineman with the Pitt Panthers, and now younger brother Jeff is going through the recruiting process himself.
The 2014 offensive lineman has started to hear from plenty of programs across the country.
"I've heard from just about every Big Ten, ACC, Big East and MAC school," he said. "I have received letters from Michigan and was invited to a game this past Saturday. I received the tickets too late and couldn't go because I was already planning on visiting another university."
Rotheram is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound lineman from North Olmsted, Ohio, so he's pretty familiar with teams like Michigan. He says he is hoping to get another invite to a home game, because it's a school in which he is very interested.
He has taken visits to West Virginia and Pittsburgh and is planning on visiting Louisville.
Since his brother plays for Pitt it would normally be safe to assume that the Panthers would have a leg up. However, his brother is a redshirt sophomore and has seen somewhat of a coaching carousel during his short time with Pitt, so he is still getting to know the new head coach, Paul Chryst, himself.
"I think Paul Chryst is a great fit at Pitt," he said. "It's very early in the recruiting process so I can't say that any school is a step ahead."