The Michigan Wolverines will find out this week whether or not three of the nation's most coveted high school prospects—offensive linemen Josh Garnett (Puyallup, WA) and Alex Kozan (Castle Rock, CO) along with cornerback Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, MA)—wish to continue their football careers in Ann Arbor.
Reeves, who is a 4-star cornerback and the nation's No. 219 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, officially de-committed from Penn State on Monday and is expected to choose between Michigan and Ohio State soon.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke had a chance to sit down with Reeves and his family during an in-home visit last weekend and everything went well according to the country's No. 17 ranked cornerback.
"What has really impressed me with Coach Hoke, he's a great coach," Reeves said. "They had a great season this last year and it's a good school academically. I like that a lot, academics mean a lot to me. I get along with the players really well."
The Ohio State coaches met with Reeves' family Monday night. However it will be Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison who will deliver the final pitch to the Catholic Memorial standout.
"He's meeting Greg Mattison tonight after his basketball game," Reeves' godfather Brent Williams said Tuesday. "Then he will take a couple days to make a decision."
Many believe the recent commitment of Reeves' high school teammate and fellow Penn State de-commit, 4-star linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, MA), means the Buckeyes are the favorite to win his services, but his godfather said "they are totally separate cases".
Mike Farrell of Rivals.com also believes there is no advantage for either team at the moment and he announced via his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that Reeves is "50/50 between Ohio State and Michigan".
Things are also even at this point between Stanford and Michigan in Garnett's recruitment. The No. 2 ranked guard and No. 33 overall prospect nationally took an official visit to Stanford just over a week ago and hosted coaches from his top two schools last week.
"It's pretty much even, really," the 4-star lineman said. "(The official visit) didn't move Stanford ahead at all, actually. It's going to be tough to pick just one, but with these schools, there's no wrong choice."
The 6'5" and 295 pound star, who was also an Under Armour All-American, will decide between the Cardinal and the Wolverines on Thursday at 3 p.m. PST at his high school.
A commitment from Garnett would take Michigan's offensive line haul this year—which is headlined by 5-star offensive tackle Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, OH) along with Garnett's close friend and 4-star tackle Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, CA)—from outstanding to elite.
Finally, Kozan's recruitment has stayed relatively under the radar and is a big reason why some Michigan fans were likely surprised to hear the Wolverines made the final three for the 4-star guard back on January 17th.
"It's Iowa, Michigan and Auburn," Kozan said. "I feel like those three are the best fits for me."
The Valor Christian High School standout told HawkeyeReport.com last week he would make his decision shortly after his in-home visit with Coach Hoke and already has plenty of information about his three finalists.
"I want to have it done by the middle of next week," Kozan said. "I feel like at this point I already know the pros and cons at each school. I'm just trying to decide what I want and which place I feel is the best fit."
The Wolverines are looking at Kozan as a center, which is now a position not filled in this year's recruiting class after Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, OH) de-committed last week in order to stay closer to home and play for Cincinnati.
Although Michigan seems to have as good of a chance as the other two schools, Kozan will choose between the favorite to receive his signature is more than likely Iowa, who were one of the first schools to begin recruiting him and have weathered the storm of other top schools being thrown in the mix such as Ohio State, Oregon and Louisiana State.
Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of College Basketball and Big Ten Columnist for the Fox Sports, MSN and YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. He is also undergoing a trial period as a Michigan Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story along with other articles and video reports on the major sports. Follow him on Twitter @ZachDirlam_SPAW!
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