- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peek inside Michigan recruiting.
On to the update:
LEON MCQUAY III
The Wolverines are in the top group for McQuay, and he is scheduled to be on campus for the Northwestern game on Nov. 10. A lot of questions have come up whether Conley's future will impact McQuay, but it doesn't seem like Conley's decision will factor in one way or the other.
"My recruitment and decision on a school is not predicated off other defensive backs and who they have committed," McQuay said. "I have always been taught to compete in everything I do, even with the math team at school. That's what separates me from others."
McQuay says his choice will be the school that presents him with everything he is looking for.
This will be his second visit to Ann Arbor and could end up being a big deal for Michigan.
"I am giving my top five all a second look by visiting them twice with the exception of Oregon. Oregon is the school I could wake up one day and say I'm going there to play football even if they don't have a thriving music scene," he said. "The other schools have all met my personal criteria and all are considered equal at this point."
The Michigan coaches are continuously looking to evaluate offensive linemen for the 2014 class, and with one already committed in that class the load is a little lighter. It might take a little longer to evaluate some prospects, but there are plenty who already are receiving mail and communication from the Wolverines.
Christian Taylor (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) says he is starting to hear from Michigan via mail and is very interested in hearing more.
"I have been getting a lot of mail from them and some game invites. I really want to get up to Michigan, and I could see myself up there," he said. "I'm also friends with [Michigan commit] Logan Tuley-Tillman. He gives me advice and stuff, he's a real good guy. He has great character and that's the kind of guy I want to be around."
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman says he would like to try to get up to Ann Arbor on Nov. 17 for the Wolverines' game against Iowa. That depends on if his mother will fly him up.
"I hope to make it up there; that's when Logan told me to go up," he said. "I'm a South Carolina fan, been one since a baby. Michigan's team has had interest in me and they play in unison and as a unit, and I like that. They seem to not be selfish and they don't seem to get in any NCAA trouble."
The big prospect says he would like to get his decision out of the way around three months after this season is over with. He doesn't want to sit on any offers and potentially lose out on a spot at whatever school he chooses.
The situation with Conley has started to heat up as Conley has told reporters that he will take visits. The visits haven't happened yet, and Conley knows that if he takes the visits he is gone.
Naturaly fans are going to equate this situation to David Dawson's, who is no longer a part of this class, but Dawson had been flirting with Florida for awhile. Conley's interest in taking visits has been relatively recent. Because of that Michigan is still considering him committed until Conley says he is definitely visiting other schools and no longer committed to Michigan. He hasn't yet taken the visits, so we'll see how it plays out.
The recent commitment of Da’Mario Jones (Westland, Mich./John Glenn) also might be a buffer for the situation. Jones is mainly being recruited as a receiver, but also plays defensive back for his high school team.
With regards to the offensive line situation, there is one spot on the line open for now. The coaching staff is seemingly evaluating prospects as we speak to fill that spot. Filling the offensive line spot that David Dawson opened up is the ideal situation. It doesn't mean they will take just anyone to get another offensive lineman, though, but they are evaluating targets.
In fact, there is one offensive lineman that just sent his film in to the coaching staff. He is committed to another school, so his name won't be made public just yet. There is serious interest from the prospect's side and depending on what his game film looks like there could be interest from Michigan as well.
That situation could play itself out in the next few weeks.
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