|How could Darrin Kirkland, Jr. pass on this?|
Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Jr. decommitted from Michigan. He committed to Michigan back in May (LINK), but the tenuous coaching situation obviously unnerved him. Michigan has a small chance to reel him back in if they hire the right guy, but players rarely re-commit. The loss of Kirkland in the class is somewhat mitigated by the combination of facts that a) Desmond Morgan is redshirting to return in 2015 and b) Michigan got a commitment from Dele' Harding. If Notre Dame were to offer Kirkland, I would not be surprised to see him join his friend Asmar Bilal in South Bend.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher was offered by Michigan. Malone-Hatcher is a 6'3", 227 lb. prospect with offers from Ohio State and Penn State; he has also visited Alabama, partly because his father is from the state. He claims a 5.08 forty, a 27" vertical, a 315 lb. bench press, and a 535 lb. squat. He plays some linebacker for his high school team, but if his body continues to grow - and considering his current athletic skills - he should be a defensive end at the next level. Obviously, he's at the end of his sophomore season, so lots of development should be expected - he's a good athlete and a solid hitter who really needs to learn technique and how to use his hands. Right now he's a totally raw prospect, but one of the top few players in the state for his class.
OFF THE BOARD
Evans (GA) Lakeside safety Rashad Roundtree committed to Georgia. Georgia was consistently the presumed leader, but he was also considering Ohio State, which would have been bad news for Michigan. He's considered the #6 safety and the #95 player overall by 247's Composite ratings.
As always, check out Recruiting Season for some updated profiles of players from within the state of Michigan.