As the season quickly approaches, everyone and their mother is looking for updates on the team. And while those bubbles are slowly starting to emerge out of the “submarine”, the recruiting world also had plenty of big news come out over the last couple days as well.
First reported by Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, it looks like running back commit Southfield (MI) RB Matt Falcon injured his ankle in a scrimmage on Tuesday night ($). It’s not known how bad the injury is or if it’s 1000% true, though just about every other analyst is hearing similar rumors.
Falcon is coming off of an injury riddled junior season so you have to feel for the kid if he has another serious injury before his senior season even begins. As for those asking, if he is badly injured I doubt this will affect his commitment status unless it’s somehow career threatening.
Upshur Deciding Soon
Another piece of possible bad recruiting news, the tides are definitely turning on Imhotep (PA) TE Naseir Upshur‘s recruitment.
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) August 19, 2015
not doing anymore interviews … making my decision very soon
— 8/23 (@NaseirUpshur) August 20, 2015
Could that “8/23” be the day he decides? That’s unclear after he just told Scout that he would be committing “next month” ($).
While all signs are pointing to Florida State after TE Isaac Nauta‘s decommitment and Upshur’s visit earlier this month, Michigan may still have a chance in this one as long as he sticks to his plan to bring his mom on his official visit to Ann Arbor before making a decision:
I’m going to try and take official visits to (Michigan and Florida State),” Upshur said. “I want to go back to (Michigan) with my mom. I want her to see them.”
It’s pretty simple. If he decides soon, he’ll likely choose the Seminoles. But just remember, things can change quickly. He went from a sure-fire get for Michigan 3 weeks ago to a now lock to FSU today. Either way, I don’t believe the decision will be the end of his recruitment.
Quick non-recruiting update: In part two of my new LeBron like self-appointed nickname, I made the prediction of redshirt freshmen WR Drake Harris being one of the “Breakout Candidates of Camp” and, according to multiple reports, that has been the case.
First reported by The Wolverine’s Chris Balas, Harris has not only come on strong in camp but Balas has heard that he’s “better than ever” ($).
Add in The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb hearing similar things about Harris starting to come into his own ($) and it looks like I got at least one breakout candidate right.
Corley Definitely in Play
While former top in-state wide receiver Drake Harris is starting to put it together for Michigan, 2016’s top in-state receiver, Detroit King’s Donnie Corley has quickly gone from a forgotten target to a very real possibility to be a part of this class.
Along with all of the reports out there of Corley being back in play and starting to really feel the Wolverines, I was able to speak with a source that relayed some information about his interest:
A source very close to Corley told me that Corley had made a few secret visits to UM before the Opening and (Michigan) is the team that convinced him not to commit to MSU at the Opening.”
If this momentum continues, things look better and better for the King star to be a part of the 2016 Michigan class. And if he jumps, his teammate and top cornerback target, Lavert Hill, may jump (or flip) with him:
Just a Matter of Time for Mitchell
Continuing on with wide receiver recruiting, the name that everyone is waiting to drop is Cedar Creek (NJ) WR Ahmir Mitchell. Speaking with a source, both Michigan and Ohio State fans are wondering what’s taking so long:
I think the biggest surprise to me is Ahmir Mitchell. Either OSU told him they would take him or he is drawing this out….I thought he would be a UM commit by now.”
So did I, source. So did I.
I’ve said this before but it really does just look like a matter of time before he does eventually make his decision even though he tweeted this out last week:
Don't believe the rumors. I'll put out my commitment date & I am NOT committed anywhere
— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 15, 2015
While he does not have a set date just yet, there are rumblings that it will come before his senior season kicks off. Either way, I believe he ends up choosing Michigan whenever he does decide.
One Jordan in, Another Jordan Out (Again)
Right before the BBQ at the Big House, there were rumors out there that Plymouth (MI) OT Michael Jordan was thinking twice about his commitment to Ohio State and could possibly visit Ann Arbor for the BBQ. However, I spoke to a source who let me know that is not the case:
I am hearing Jordan is 100% to OSU and all the rumors were just that, rumors”
If Jordan would have shown up at the Michigan recruiting event, that would have likely set off some alarms in Columbus but with him missing the event (as far as I know) and what I was told, it looks like that ship has sailed barring any drastic changes.
At least Michigan still has the other Jordan.
- 2016 Harbor City (CA) OT Alex Akingbulu recently told Rivals’ Adam Gorney that Cal is now a part of his top 4 ($), which also includes Michigan, UCLA and Utah.
- I caught up with a Brother Rice coach recently and asked him about 2017 Michigan commit TE Carter Dunaway and how he was progressing as a focal point on the offense this year and he had great things to say, including “he’s a tremendous athlete and his hands are amazing”. Sounds like he’s in for a big junior season.
- Speaking of 2017 in-state recruits, The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown caught up with De La Salle (MI) RB/CB Allen Stritzinger recently and things are still looking fantastic for Michigan in this one ($).