Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Weekly Update: Recruiting news, notes
By Tom Van Haaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
DeAndre Thompkins plans on visiting Penn State this weekend.
Last week we told you that current UCLA offensive line commit Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) was interested in visiting Michigan. The Wolverines have an opening along the offensive line and Lacy has been in contact with the coaching staff.
“I haven’t gotten a visit set up yet,” he said. “I’m still committed to UCLA, but I’m looking around.”
Lacy also plans on visiting Kansas State and Vanderbilt, but doesn’t yet have dates for any of those trips. The three-star lineman is still committed as he says, but it looks like there will be a chance for a team to flip him.
He said that the Michigan coaches have said that they want him to come up and visit to see what Michigan has to offer and get better acquainted with each other. He doesn’t know too much about the program but says that the tradition and academics are two reasons why he is interested in visiting Ann Arbor.
Lacy would most likely be targeting a Dec. 14 visit date if he does get a trip set up. That is when most of Michigan’s commitments are taking their official visits, and when a few other uncommitted prospects like Na’Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough) and potentially another offensive lineman could visit.
Junior offensive lineman Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) has had a Michigan offer for quite some time now. He and his teammate, 2014 athlete Artavis Scott, have also been up to Ann Arbor a few times this season.
Scott was the recent recipient of a Michigan offer, which Cole said definitely boosts Michigan’s standing with him now that his teammate also has an offer.
Cole has recently taken trips to USC and Notre Dame, and at one point said that he might be ready to make a decision during the winter. He now thinks that he will take a few more visits before making a decision.
“There are a few other schools that I would like to see first like Alabama and Georgia,” he said. “Then I think I’ll be ready probably around January or February.”
The watch list lineman has offers from most of the major programs and would be a big get for Michigan. Since he is originally from Chicago, Notre Dame might be a big contender for Cole and USC has also piqued his interest along with Michigan.
“I just like that those schools have tradition, but they’re each different in their own ways,” he said. “USC is awesome being in a big city and big school, Ann Arbor is a really cool college town and you can feel the passion for football there and Notre Dame is just a special place with so much tradition and history.”
It should be noted that Notre Dame and Michigan have both offered Cole’s teammate, Scott. It could be a heated battle until February for the big time prospect.
To stick with the offensive line theme, 2014 lineman Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) is another watch list lineman that Michigan could try to get in with.
Barrett already holds offers from Ole Miss, Texas Tech and West Virginia among a few others.
“I’m also hearing from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Alabama, Boise State and a few more,” he said. “I’m interested really in whatever school that is willing to talk to me.”
Despite going to a powerhouse school in Texas, Barrett has connections to Michigan. Some of his family lives in the state and he also has some new family members with ties to the university.
“Tim Biakabatuka and Ron Bellamy married into our family,” he said of the former Michigan players. “They always tell me it’s a great school with a great tradition, great coach and they say Go Blue.”
Barrett plans on taking his time with his recruitment, but says that he is definitely interested in the Wolverines.
We are getting into the period where a lot of rumors are spread, and in some cases can be spread intentionally. With Michigan having 23 commitments for so long now it’s inevitable that other programs are going to come knocking for the Michigan commitments.
We have already seen a few come up, and there are sure to be more. That’s just how it goes. Michigan has known for awhile that it will have to withhold shots and try to keep everyone on board. It seems as though, for the most part, they will weather the storm.
I’ve said before with the new offer out to linebacker Jon Reschke (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) that I do think Michigan has a shot. I don’t know how big of a shot that is yet, but I believe the door is open still.
Reschke will talk more about the offer after his team plays in the state finals on Saturday, but Michigan does have a shot. It would be a big deal to land him since he is currently a Michigan State commit, but he is also one of the top players in the state. We might find out a little more on his situation after the weekend.