Monday, December 24, 2012
Five recruiting gifts for Michigan fans
By Tom VanHaaren
'Tis the season of giving, but there are still a few recruiting gifts that Michigan fans would like to receive this year. As we wind down the 2013 recruiting season, WolverineNation looks at five gifts Michigan fans would like to receive on signing day.
Derrick Green would be a great holiday present for Michigan fans.
1. The gift of running - Michigan already has two running backs committed, but the addition of Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) would give the Wolverines some outstanding options going forward. Green is the No. 5 running back in the country, so it would be a huge boost to Michigan's run game. Green also happens to be good friends with offensive line commit David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), who has been recruiting Green to Michigan once again. All Green has said as far as when he will make a decision is "soon," which could mean anything.
2. Interceptions - Safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) is still on the board, and as of now is expected to make his announcement at the Under Armour All America game on Jan. 5. He plans on enrolling early, and is likely deciding between Michigan, USC and Vanderbilt. All three schools seem to have him interested, and have something a little different to offer. If Michigan lands the talented defensive back he could be used in a variety of ways within defensive coordinator Greg Mattison's defense.
3. A security fence - Figuratively speaking, of course, around the state of Michigan. The coaching staff has already extended offers out to five in-state juniors, all of which are going to be top prospects in the 2014 class. Michigan fans would love nothing more than to keep all of those prospects home and in Ann Arbor. Wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) is committed to Michigan State, but there is a lot of time left until he graduates. The Wolverines have a great shot at the others as well including Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) and Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola), arguably the top two in the state.
4. A brick wall - Michigan fans saw struggles along the offensive line this season and the coaching staff has already started to fix that problem. The 2012 class was a good start with the additions of Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson among the four commits. The 2013 class already has five commitments within the ESPN 150 and Michigan could still add another lineman to the class. The most likely candidates seem to be ESPN 300 target Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Nebraska commit Dan Samuelson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Tennessee commit Dan Skipper (Arvada, Col./Ralston Valley). It looks like Michigan has a good shot to land one of those three.
5. Southern Hospitality - As usual, some of the top prospects are in the South for the 2014 class and Michigan has already offered quite a few. Names including Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) and offensive lineman Orland Brown Jr (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) have all stated Michigan as a school of interest. Michigan even recently offered 2015 wide receiver George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake). That's important because Michigan is heavily involved for Campbell's junior teammates, Mason Cole and Artavis Scott. Landing one could help to land all three.