Today’s Go Blue Blog….Recruiting Update

Updated: January 27, 2015

Jan 27, 2015

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr is on Michigan’s campus today for a visit.  It’s a long shot but hoping the coaching staff can sway him to commit.  TJ is the real deal…..

Jan 26, 2015

A lot of information coming in and out of Ann Arbor today so let’s get to it.

Reagan Williams will be staying at Stanford.  He announced today.  Williams spent the weekend at Michigan for an official visit but reaffirmed his commitment to Stanford today.  That ship has sailed for the Wolverines.

Daishon Neal, a verbal commit to Nebraska received his Michigan offer but has now scheduled announced a public decision on local radio tomorrow in Omaha.  I have learned the purpose of this announcement is to confirm his commitment to Nebraska. It’s a little strange for a player to make a public announcement when he never de-committed and just to reaffirm his commitment.  Regardless, Neal will sign with Nebraska.

Michigan may be playing host to Colin Samuel, from Long Beach, CA, a current UCLA verbal commit and the teammate of Iman Marshall. Samuel was scheduled to visit UCLA this week but may be visiting Michigan this weekend.  This is still up in the air at this moment.  Samuel is a three-star prospect at CB.  UPDATE:  Samuel has decided not to visit Michigan. Speaking of Marshall…..

Jim Harbaugh visited Marshall for his in-home today in Southern California.  Marshall’s father will be present, which he was not when Iman took his official visit to Michigan last week.  Harbaugh is covering all bases and doing what he can but in the end Marshall will be a USC Trojan.

Tight End Matt Snyder also received an in-home visit with Harbaugh today as Michigan continues in their efforts to flip the three-star prospect from Nebraska.  It’s an uphill battle and Snyder has an in-home visit scheduled with the Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley for later this week.  In the end, expect Snyder to remain with Nebraska.

I’m hearing whispers…..that Chris Clark to UCLA is becoming more of a reality as we are just over a week away from national signing day.  From what I understand Clark was blown away by his visit to California (and the weather) and the Bruins are going to be very difficult to beat.  Anything can happen but I am to the point where I will be shocked if he announces Michigan as his choice on February 4th.

I expect the next commit for the maize-n-blue to be none other than Jake Pickard.  His visit this weekend went incredibly well and his father came away very impressed with coach Harbaugh.  He is currently committed to Wisconsin but I believe in the end Pickard will be a Wolverine.

UCLA commit Will Lockett has reaffirmed his commitment to the Bruins today after taking an official to Michigan this past weekend.  There was just too much ground to make up with Lockett and though he enjoyed the visit it was a long shot to pull him away from UCLA.

Mike Weber…..the local kid from Detroit that every Michigan fan has their fingers crossed ends back up in this recruiting class has not yet scheduled any visit to Michigan and I don’t think it is going to happen.  What will likely occur is him receiving a visit from Jim Harbaugh.  It was scheduled to happen last night but plans changed and they were not able to meet up.  I expect coach Harbaugh to take a visit down to Detroit to meet with Mike and his father, along with Tyrone Wheatley, at some point in the next week.  If this does happen Michigan could have a chance however I am not very optimistic at this point.  I believe in the end Weber will be a Buckeye.

Currently sitting at nine committed recruits in the 2015 class I do not envision Michigan getting more than two or three at the most by the end of signing day.  They just don’t have the numbers.  I like their chances with Pickard and possibly Darius Adams, who is visiting this weekend.  I now believe Clark is a bit of a long shot as is Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.  Damon Arnette appears to have settled on South Carolina though he is taking a visit to Ohio State this weekend.  I don’t see Michigan landing Arnette.

So, the finality is likely to be Pickard, possibly Adams and maybe…..Weber, though I am not confident of that.  Chris Williamson, Roquan Smith and Iman Marshall are even bigger long shots than Clark.  I believe they will probably end up with approximately 11 players in this class.

Outside of the recruiting world, Justice Hayes has decided to transfer as a grad student in 2015.  Hayes was redshirted as a freshman and been a backup running back the past three years but does have one season of eligibility remaining.  Coach Harbaugh offered the fifth year to Hayes but he has elected to go elsewhere.  This is not a surprise as Hayes will likely end up somewhere where he can battle for a starting job and possibly be featured in an offense.  This was not going to happen at Michigan.  Not only are Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith returning but Ty Isaac will be eligible this fall as well and many believe he is the odds on favorite to take the job from Green.  And let’s not forget Drake Johnson, though he will be returning from a second ACL injury and may not be fully recovered by the start of the season.

An interesting running back possibility in 2015 will be sophomore Wyatt Shallman, who saw limited action this past season on special teams.  Shallman is a very good athlete and could be developed into a fullback, running back, tight end or linebacker.


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