Michigan Wolverines: Laremy Tunsil

WolverineNation runs a recruiting mailbag feature every week and conducts a live chat in the weeks when the mailbag doesn't run.

Here's a look at this week's questions from the readers:

Q: Subscriber MiGoBlue29: How much would it help the rest of the recruiting year if Jabrill Peppers and Da'Shawn Hand were to commit to Michigan in the near future?

SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) isn’t big on speaking publicly. He’d rather let his game do the talking -- and it speaks volumes.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists.


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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

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Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

#BlueChipBattles: Week 2

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With several of the nation's top football recruits taking both official and unofficial visits last week, our experts at RecruitingNation made some major tweaks to our top 10 recruiting battles with five new entrants in the fold. The top two remain the same, however, as Robert Nkemdiche and Laremy Tunsil maintain their spots as the two most impactful players on the recruiting scene.

For the latest edition of #BlueChipBattles, click hereInsider.

Watch: Best of NFTC one-on-ones

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Here is the best of the 2012 NFTC one-on-ones featuring some of the nation's top recruits. Included are Reuben Foster, Laremy Tunsil, Alvin Kamara, Torrodney Prevot, Frank Herron, Eddie Vanderdoes, Ahmad Fulwood and Altee Tenpenny.

WolverineNation Roundtable

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MIchigan celebration AP Photo/Carlos OsorioThe Wolverines are celebrating more often recently thanks to better outside shooting.
Staff writers Tom Van Haaren, Michael Rothstein and Chantel Jennings discuss three pertinent issues surrounding Michigan sports in this week’s roundtable.

1.) Which Michigan football starter from last season has the best chance of being usurped by a rookie this season?

Tom Van Haaren: I'd be surprised if any of the returning starters lost his job outright going into the season. The main competitions will be at the spots where the starter has left the team. If Jake Ryan were to move to defensive end, then his spot at SAM would be open obviously. The returning starters are all solid players that I think will get even better in their second year, so like I said I'd be really surprised to see one of last season's starters who is returning this season to lose his spot outright.

Michael Rothstein: I don't know if there is a starter who will lose his job. There are veterans competing for positions who could get beaten out, especially on the offensive and defensive lines, but no established starter will likely lose his job. If I had to pick one person, though, it would be Thomas Gordon losing his job to Jarrod Wilson, just because Wilson has a chance to be a special player. But other than that, I have a tough time seeing it. A guy such as Kenny Demens might end up sharing some time with a Royce Jenkins-Stone, but he won't be replaced by him.

Chantel Jennings: I think Desmond Morgan could see some serious competition from Joe Bolden. Bolden enrolled early and has the ability to be an All-American linebacker some day. Bolden is a little bit bigger than Morgan and I think his upside in the open field is much better than Morgan’s. If for some reason the coaches decide they want Bolden to play strongside linebacker, I could see the coaches possibly moving Ryan onto the line to fill in for what Michigan lost there.

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Michigan in mix for 5-star OT Tunsil 

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comLaremy Tunsil is one of the most decorated offensive line prospects in the country.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Five-star offensive tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) visited Florida on Saturday for junior day, and the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle prospect said he enjoyed his visit.

"It was awesome," Tunsil said. "I saw a lot of things that I haven't seen before at the University of Florida. I saw where the alligators are at. I saw a church. I saw the practice facilities. I saw the basketball court. I saw all of that stuff that I haven't seen before."

While on his visit Tunsil had a chance to speak with Florida coach Will Muschamp.

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