Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Weekly Update
By Tom VanHaaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
On to the update:
There has been a lot of talk about Michigan commit Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) as he recently said that he wants to take visits to Oregon and Ohio State. Conley has been in contact with the Michigan coaches and understands the ramifications of taking visits.
Gareon Conley is still talking of taking visits, and that would be problematic for Michigan.
“I talked to [Greg] Mattison and told him I wanted to take visits,” he said. “He told me not to do anything without letting them know. I won’t do anything until after the season is over.”
When asked what prompted the thought of taking other visits and ultimately removing himself from Michigan’s class because of Brady Hoke’s no-visit policy, he said he feels as though he needs to explore all of his options.
Michigan was the only visit he ever took and now that he’s received interest from schools like Oregon and Ohio State he wants to see what they’re all about, even if that means he is no longer committed to Michigan.
“I haven’t really thought about the whole thing, I’m jut focused on my season right now,” he said. “My parents and coaches want me to do what I want to do, and they said if I want to take visits then I can.”
Conley says as of now he is still committed to Michigan and didn’t have a real response as to why he would wait to decommit and take his visits other than saying he’s currently focused on his team and season.
When asked if he thought the visits would happen and if it was inevitable he said “probably.” The Michigan coaches would like to keep him on board, though, so they will try to keep him committed and try to talk him out of taking the visits after his season.
2014 athlete Dareian Watkins is planning on visiting Michigan on Saturday for the Northwestern game. Watkins has already racked up offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Northwestern and Indiana, among others.
Watkins hasn’t been to Michigan for a game, so he’s excited to see the atmosphere in Ann Arbor.
“I want to see the Big House, because it’s something special,” he said. “I want to see Ann Arbor and the campus. My sister goes to Toledo and she says it’s awesome.”
He also wants a chance to talk to the coaching staff to see how interested they are in him and what position they see him playing at Michigan.
He will be traveling with his parents, his girlfriend and 2015 teammate Cario Davison. Watkins says there has been a little extra pressure because Michigan and Ohio State fans surround him in his life.
“My girlfriend’s father is a Michigan fan and that’s a lot of extra pressure,” he said laughing. “One of my coaches is a Michigan fan and my mailman is a Michigan fan, too. He puts the Michigan letters on top and the Ohio State letters on the bottom.”
Watkins says his mailman talks about Michigan to his dad every day since his father is an Ohio State fan. Despite being a Buckeyes fan, his father says he has put his fandom aside to support his son through the process.
Since the recruiting process is happening faster and faster it’s not out of the question to talk about 2015 prospects. Michigan has already offered a sophomore in running back Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern).
Another 2015 prospect that is seemingly on the radar for Michigan is defensive back Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne), who recently took a visit to Ann Arbor.
“It was pretty fun. I talked to the coaches about my season,” he said. “They had a lot of good things to say about me and want to keep building our relationship.”
There is plenty of time to build that relationship, so there is no rush. Kinnel has already started to hear from some of the top programs in the Midwest, though.
“Michigan, Ohio State and Cincinnati have already been talking to me,” he said. “I like that [Michigan] is a powerhouse in college football, I love the stadium, and I love all their tradition.”
Kinnel is a 6-foot, 190-pound safety who is sure to garner much more interest as he moves on and up in his high school career.
Junior defensive tackle Logan Dziak (Delaware, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) is visiting on Saturday for the Northwestern game. Dziak (6-2, 274 pounds) camped at Michigan this summer.
“I got some personal time at their camp with Coach [Jerry] Montgomery, which was great,” he said. “It’s my first time visiting for a game, so I’m hoping to get to talk to Coach Montgomery again and just see the game day atmosphere. I’m really excited to see the Big House when it’s packed.”