Thursday, November 29, 2012
Weekly Update: OL targets
By Tom VanHaaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
Michigan is still pursuing an offensive lineman for this class and it looks like the main targets right now are Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Na'ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough).
ESPN 300 OT and Cal commit Cameron Hunt is on Michigan's radar.
As you know Lacy was offered and has scheduled an official for Dec. 14, and Hunt is most likely to do the same. There is a chance that Rodgers also will schedule a visit for that day, which is when all the Michigan commits will be taking their official visit as well.
Hunt, as I've mentioned before, is very interested in Michigan. He was offered on his in-home visit, and is planning on visiting Michigan in the near future. Now that he does have an offer there is a good chance Michigan could get him to flip from Cal. Lacy might be a little more difficult to get to switch his commitment, but Lacy has expressed high interest for some time now.
That, of course, all depends on when either would make a decision, because as I've been saying for some time now, it's all a numbers game with only three spots left. No matter the recruit, there needs to be room in order for them to commit, so watching how that plays out will be interesting.
Since there are a few targets who want to enroll early there is a chance we will find out their decisions sooner rather than later. Running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) and safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) are the big two planning to enroll early.
McQuay doesn't plan on announcing his decision until the Under Armour game, but since he needs to apply and enroll at the school before then, the coaches will most likely know where they stand with him in the near future.
Those two, Green and McQuay, will be a big part of the equation in whom Michigan goes after next. If those two commit then the focus will likely be wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and an offensive lineman, in hopes to grab one from that group.
Since defensive back Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has decommitted there could be a few options if McQuay decides to go elsewhere. It looks like Vanderbilt is the main competition for Michigan with McQuay, but it seems as though it will come down to the wire.
Reon Dawson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) is teammates with current commit Mike McCray and has already visited for a game. He has been in contact with Michigan and despite being an Illinois commit is very interested.
Michigan has also been in contact with safety James Crawford (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), who does not yet have an offer. Crawford has been speaking withe coaches frequently and has been told the situation at Michigan.
Despite not having an offer Crawford says Michigan is a school that he is "highly interested" in. Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery will be out to his school on Friday to see Crawford and most likely an evaluation on Crawford's junior teammate, wide receiver Corey Holmes.
Holmes does have a Michigan offer, but they won't be a package deal.
Crawford hasn't talked to the coaches about a visit, but that might be something discussed in the future. It's all going to depend on McQuay and what decision he makes.
The coaches did tell Conley that they will still target him, so he is technically still an option as well. Not to sound like a broken record, but that again will depend on the numbers and where everyone else ends up. If McQuay and Green both decided to commit and an offensive lineman were to jump on board then Conley is out of luck.
Michigan fans have been talking about closing strong and landing some of the top targets near the end of the class, and Michigan might have a shot at doing just that. There are some top targets still out there and Michigan is in the top group, so it's not out of the question to see the Wolverines nab some of these prospects to finish out this class.
The coaching staff has set themselves up again for a non-eventful signing day with no surprises. If everything goes as planned this class could be filled by January, given the prospects left on the board. That's a positive no matter how you look at it, and no matter who they close with they will have a very strong class.