Monday, December 9, 2013

Recruiting Update: December 9, 2013

David Sills as a seventh grader (image via MaxPreps)
Manassas (VA) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'3", 305 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, and Virginia, among many others. Settle is good friends with 2014 defensive end target Da'Shawn Hand, who spurned Michigan in favor of the Crimson Tide in mid-November. Settle visited Ann Arbor for the Notre Dame game in early September and came away raving about the visit, but things seem to be trending toward Alabama or Ohio State. Stonewall Jackson produced Ryan Williams in the class of 2008, who went on to play for Virginia Tech and become a second round pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy quarterback David Sills was offered by Michigan. I hinted at this back in September when Lane Kiffin was fired from USC, but Sills - who committed to the Trojans in seventh grade - could be on the free agent market. His "stock" has fallen considerably since that early commitment, and he is now a 247 Composite 3-star, the #22 pro-style QB in the country, and the #485 prospect overall. There have been hints that new USC coach Steve Sarkisian may want to go in a different direction. Meanwhile, Michigan has verbal commitments from 2014 wide receiver Freddy Canteen and cornerback Brandon Watson, both of whom are high school teammates of Sills. I will be posting a scouting report on Michigan's 2015 quarterback targets soon, but my own view of Sills is that he's a very polished prospect who lacks great athleticism and arm strength.

Warren (OH) Harding defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt committed to Arkansas. Froholdt played his sophomore year at Harding, moved back to his homeland of Denmark, and plans to return for his senior year of high school in 2014 (location to be determined). It will be interesting to see if he moves closer to Arkansas for his senior year or if he re-opens his recruitment.

Gallaton (TN) Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone committed to Tennessee. Malone never showed much interest in the Wolverines, and while he was long considered a lean to the Volunteers, Clemson was also making a push near the end. He's the #2 receiver in the country, according to Rivals.

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