Michigan Wolverines: Kyle Kearns

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When reports surfaced that Michigan will hire Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one of the natural reactions for both Alabama and Michigan fans was to wonder how it would impact Crimson Tide 2015 quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure).

The No. 22 overall prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 and No. 2 quarterback in the 2015 class has been committed to Alabama since August.

Big Ten recruiting mailbag

October, 4, 2013
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It’s time to dip into the Big Ten recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions. We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter to @bbournival or @TomVH.

@HoosierHolmes: What positions are Indiana most focused on to finish up its class?

Brad Bournival: A look at who the Hoosiers are targeting shows it’s still very much on defense -- at linebacker and in the secondary more specifically. Indiana picked up a tremendous hybrid outside linebacker/safety in Dameon Willis Jr. (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) on Wednesday. With defensive backs Micquell Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon) and Craig James (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) out there, as well as linebackers Tegray Scales (Cincinnati/Summit Country Day) and Nile Sykes (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic), expect the Hoosiers to turn up the heat defensively on the recruiting front.


@GabeJasinski: What big time recruit do you think Michigan State has a chance at getting?

Tom VanHaaren: The Spartans are in on some big prospects still and have put themselves in the top group of a few ESPN 300 targets. Defensive backs Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) both have Michigan State in their top group.

I think it might be difficult to pull both, but it seems as though there is a shot.

Nicholson took an unofficial visit to East Lansing, and there is a chance that Westphal will take a visit soon, as well. It’s probably a long shot, as Virginia and Pitt appear to be the leader, but wide receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan) might be an option, as well.

Kamara visits Michigan State on Nov. 3, so who knows what can happen once he's on campus.


@buckeyefan686: After Raekwon McMillan and Marshon Lattimore, which uncommitted recruit do you think is the most important for Ohio State to land?

Bournival: It's not one specific player as much it is a position. Ohio State swung and missed last year along the line and needs to fix that this year. Now, they’re doing fantastic with four already in the fold. That said, it is imperative for the Buckeyes to land either Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon) or top junior college tackle Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.J./Nassau Community College).


PSUlions1121: Any chance Penn State could get back in on Dravon Henry now that the sanctions are reduced?

Bournival: Henry's father Roland was reached the day the sanctions were reduced, but his son's stance didn't change. "It's more the postseason ban than the scholarship restrictions," Roland told ESPN.com recruiting writer Jared Shanker. Some have said that Henry just didn't get the feeling at Happy Valley like he did at West Virginia. While Henry remains uncommitted, the favorite seems to be the Mountaineers, but Pitt looks like it will be in it until the end, as well.


@pinkelman9876: Where do you think Nebraska will end up in Big Ten recruiting rankings? Is the perception of Nebraska hurting their chances at projected top talent?

VanHaaren: Nebraska currently has the No. 37 overall recruiting class in the country, which is good for No. 6 in the conference. The problem for the Cornhuskers is that there aren’t many big name targets still on the board that would move the dial too much.

Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State are all currently ahead of Nebraska and have targets still on the board that would keep them ahead of the Cornhuskers.

Something that I see as a problem has to do with the location relative to the rest of the Big Ten. Once Nebraska joined the Big Ten, they left their footprint in the Big 12 behind. Trying to land Midwest prospects from 12 hours away is very difficult, and it has proven to be hard for this coaching staff. The coaches try to recruit nationally, but there isn’t one area where they have a home base to secure top prospects year in and year out.


@kholmes147: Regarding 2015 Michigan quarterback recruiting ... since it's clear [Josh] Rosen has no interest, who do you think is most likely to get the second offer?

VanHaaren: Rosen is currently the only 2015 quarterback with a Michigan offer, and as you mentioned likely will stay on the West Coast.

The coaching staff has been in contact with plenty of other prospects, though, including Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill), Kevin Dillman (LaMirada, Calif./LaMirada), Alex Malzone (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice), Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), Riley Neal (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown).

It's tough to say who will get the first offer, but much like the 2014 class, the coaches can stand to be a little picky for now. They can take some time to evaluate the right prospect, gauge interest levels and see who is the right fit.
Big Ten fodder is never hard to find, especially in recruiting. This week was no different as schools put forth enough content to fill an entire notebook. Here’s a look at a few programs that highlighted a busy week in this week’s Big Ten storylines.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Quick Hits is a look at the must-know facts for each region in regard to Michigan and its football recruiting efforts. It will give you an idea of the Wolverines’ history in that region, as well as what one can expect from that region over the next few seasons.

1. How many players on Michigan’s roster are currently from the West Coast?

Not very many. Even though Brady Hoke and most of his staff came from San Diego, they didn’t bring too many recruits with them to Ann Arbor. Kicker Matt Wile is a kid who they knew about as SDSU coaches who eventually signed with the Wolverines. Outside of him, offensive linemen Erik Magnuson and Joey Burzynski are the only two West Coasters who might be impact players this season.

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The Weekly Update is a look into Michigan recruiting:

Cali QBs

Since Michigan already has a quarterback commit in the 2014 class, it allows the coaching staff to start looking ahead to 2015. Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was already offered by Michigan, but there are plenty more quarterback prospects in Rosen’s home state of California.


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Tales From the Road: Michigan 

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Every Wednesday, WolverineNation will take a look at Michigan's week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.

This week's targets: Now that defensive back Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) is on board, the Michigan commits are out targeting some of the top remaining targets. It looks as though linebacker Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) is in line to make his decision the soonest of the remaining targets. Winovich will be visiting Pitt and could make a decision shortly after that. If Michigan were to land Winovich, that would give the Wolverines 11 commitments for the 2014 class, which means that spots are going to start getting tight. That could help speed the process along for some of the other targets, but doesn't guarantee that. If Michigan could lock up the majority of this class before the season starts, and do so with some of the top-ranked players in the country, it would be quite impressive.

Area of interest: California is always loaded with top quarterback talent, and the 2015 class in California could be a big area of focus for Michigan. It's been a while since the Wolverines have had a lot of success in California, but if Michigan can continue to improve on the field, 2015 might be where the Wolverines start to see results. The coaches have already offered 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and are targeting some big prospects. Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and Kyle Kearns (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) are two prospects that have already been hearing from Michigan. Add in Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) and Sheriron Jones (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), and there are plenty of options for Michigan going forward. All of those names will be big prospects nationally and will be tough to land.

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