Thursday, November 28, 2013

Recruiting Update: November 28, 2013

Downers Grove (IL) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson
Downers Grove (IL) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson committed to Michigan.

Sugar Land (TX) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere was offered by Michigan. He's currently committed to the Cal Golden Bears - who are 1-10 - but will officially visit Michigan the weekend of December 13th. I wrote up a scouting report on Enwere last week.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2015Monaca (PA) Central Valley cornerback Jordan Whitehead was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'0", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, and West Virginia, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #14 cornerback, and #155 overall. Most people expect him to become a Buckeye, but Alabama came in and stole elite wide receiver Robert Foster from the school in the 2013 class.

Richmond (VA) Benedictine wide receiver Scott Bracey was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'3", 195 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech, along with several others. Bracey plays in the same league as 2014 Michigan quarterback commit Wilton Speight.

Pittsburgh (PA) Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'0", 186 lb. prospect with offers from Pitt, Temple, and Toledo. In eight games as a sophomore this year, Sanders had over 1,000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. Also, his nickname is "Boobie." If that seems confusing, you should read Friday Night Lights.

Woodbridge (VA) Senior defensive end Da'Shawn Hand committed to Alabama. Most prognosticators had him going to the Wolverines, but the combination of Michigan's subpar season and his interest in Alabama's engineering program led him to choose the Crimson Tide.

Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs defensive end Jhonathon Williams flipped from Missouri to Notre Dame. Michigan offered Williams in the aftermath of Hand's decision, and while he seemed briefly interested, he was more enamored with the Fighting Irish. Williams did not grow up in Michigan, so that somewhat mitigates the loss of an in-state prospect.

Paramus (NJ) Catholic cornerback Jabrill Peppers announced this week that he will take visits after his high school season because of concerns about rumors that Brady Hoke will not return to Michigan next season. I am almost 100% sure that Hoke will return, no matter what happens in the next two games.

Here's the most detailed visitors list in the blogosphere for The Game.


  1. If Michigan is okay with offering Jordan Whitehead, why are they being so tentative in offering Minkah Fitzpatrick? From what I've heard he's a really good player and is actually really interested in Michigan...

  2. Not sure I believe Peppers' stated reason for taking visits. Brandon has already said Hoke will be back. Sounds like someone who isn't sure and is looking around.

  3. Magnus - You say the 'subpar' season influenced Hand. I'm sure many fans naturally assume that a recruit sees and responds to things the same way they do, but is there any factual basis? Did he say anything?

    If it's just speculation, I can speculate many reasons to go to Bama, many having nothing to do with Michigan. Also, recruits aren't fans; they have a much different agenda, because they play and are investing their future and four years, and have to live with the coaches, players, campus, etc. Also, because they know the coaches and players personally, and are on the inside (seeing practices, getting the scoop from coaches and players), they must have a much different perspective.

    It's a big leap to assume they are part of the herd on message boards. For example, when they see their friends on the team and coaches they feel a close bond with getting hate mail and criticism, my guess is that they don't sympathize with the fans, but with the team. After all, they'll be getting the same hate mail and boos in a year or two.

    Long Time Alum