Joey Bosa Has Michigan Among Top Four Schools, Other Recruiting Updates

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIApril 16, 2012

Potential 5-star defensive end Joey Bosa mixed up his list of top schools, which now includes Michigan. Photo courtesy of
Potential 5-star defensive end Joey Bosa mixed up his list of top schools, which now includes Michigan. Photo courtesy of

When 4-star defensive end and Rivals100 prospect Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, FL) departed last week for unofficial visits to Florida and multiple Big Ten Conference programs, he had trimmed his list of contenders down to Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin as well as the Gators.

Upon his return to the Sunshine State this weekend, Bosa's list changed significantly and now includes the Michigan Wolverines. 

Despite multiple trips to Florida over the past few months and last week's visit to Wisconsin, neither team was able to stay in the hunt for the nation's No. 2 ranked strong-side defensive end. 

Instead, Michigan and Ohio State took advantage of their opportunity to host Bosa, who is the No. 14 overall prospect in the country at the moment and blew him away. 

"It was hard to top Ohio State after coming from there," Bosa told's Chris Nee on Sunday. "But Coach (Greg) Mattison is awesome." 

Bosa also went on to say a decision from him is not likely to happen until this summer and that his current top four schools—in no order—are Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan. The St. Thomas Aquinas star will put other visits on hold for the time being as he begins to focus on spring football. 

Another prospect who trimmed his list down after a visit to Michigan's spring game last Saturday is 3-star defensive end Christian Lacouture (College Station, TX).  

"I've narrowed it down to a top three," Lacouture told Tim Sullivan of on Sunday. "It's LSU, Nebraska, and Michigan. What I'm really looking forward to in a school is winning a national championship, getting a good education, getting developed as a player, and playing early. That's why those are my top three." 

The Michigan coaches have made it very clear with Lacouture that they see him playing at strong-side defensive end, but there could be a potential shift to the three-technique position further down the road. 

"They really like me there; they think I'm versatile," the nation's No. 25 ranked strong-side defensive end said. "They love how long and lengthy I am. They said on third down I could move down to a three-technique. A guard isn't usually the best pass-blocker, so that'd be a great advantage for me." 

The 6'5" and 255-pounder will make a return trip to Michigan as well as Nebraska before making a decision on his future, which could be relatively soon since Lacouture says he wants to be an early enrollee. 

"I'm going to wait and get all of the information I need, and just talk it over with my family," the A&M Consolidated High School star said. "Once I make my decision, there won't be any changing. I'm just going to focus on winning state for my high school and getting ready for coming in early." 

Lacouture left the door open to committing upon a return visit to Ann Arbor, which should give Michigan fans something to be excited about given the Wolverines recent track record of commitments during unofficial visits.  

Finally, it was not all good news this weekend for Michigan though on the recruiting trail as 4-star defensive end Joe Mathis' (Upland, CA) trip to Nebraska was enough to push the Cornhuskers past the Wolverines at the top of his list of schools. 

"I'm still going to take my official visits," Mathis said to Mike Matya of "Oh yeah, Nebraska will be one of them. Michigan will get one too. I don't know about the rest right now. 

"But man...Nebraska is on top, man. Like, I saw some things at Michigan that I really liked too, but I feel like I fit in more here and that this is me. They have more academic support here, and I like that. I also know how good the defensive line coach is and everything." 

There's plenty of time for the Michigan staff to make up ground on Nebraska, but for the time being, they will have to sit behind the Cornhuskers in the hunt for Mathis' services.

Zach Dirlam is the lead editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.

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