There has been no question that the Michigan Wolverines have been trying to add a top-flight wide receiver prospect to close out their 2013 recruiting class, and even though they are the favorites to land 4-star wideout Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) the coaches are keeping themselves in the mix for Rivals250 recruit Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz.) in case they miss out on their top target.
Allen, who is the nation's No. 129 overall prospect and No. 15-ranked player at his position, is going to be making multiple visits at the end of July. One stop on the 4-star receiver's itinerary is Ann Arbor for Michigan's annual Barbecue at the Big House.
"First on the 27th we're going to Ohio State [for Friday Night Lights]," Allen informed Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com on Tuesday. "Then on the 28th I'm going to Notre Dame, and I'm going to Michigan for the barbecue on the 29th."
The rising senior is not only a standout on the football field, but is also making nationwide noise running track for Brophy Prep. At the junior national track meet in June the 6'1", 190-pounder ran the 200-meter dash in 21.04 seconds, which was good enough for a fourth place finish in the event.
As far as a decision goes, Allen does not plan on committing to a school until after he takes all five of his official visits this fall.
"I cut my list down to 15 maybe two weeks ago, and then after these visits, in late July or early August I'm going to cut that down to maybe five or ten," Allen said. "Then I'll start scheduling my official visits."
Michigan fans should not interpret the Wolverines recruitment of Allen as a sign they are falling behind other schools pursuing Treadwell. Even though Treadwell thought he would be ready to decide shortly after The Opening last week, the Crete Monee High School wideout decided he would take visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and possibly Auburn before making a decision about his future.
Treadwell has reiterated that the Wolverines are still the team to beat, and several of the current Michigan commits believe it is not a matter of if, but when the nation's No. 39 overall prospect will eventually don the winged helmet.
"People think he's going to commit; it's just a matter of time, and I think that's completely true," one commit told TheWolverine.com at The Opening. "His parents gave him the green light to commit now, so I think it's only a matter of time before he says he's part of the maize and blue."
Another prospect who will not be making a final decision in the near future and will be attending the Barbecue at the Big House is 5-star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va.).
The nation's No. 12 overall prospect and No. 1-ranked running back stopped mentioning Michigan among his favorite schools last month, however, Rivals analyst Mike Farrell believes the Wolverines are firmly in the mix for Green's services.
"He really wants to go to the barbecue," Farrell said. "He's looking at depth chart and fit, and now that he's done his homework, both are favorable for Michigan. I don't think he's a Clemson type of back, and I could see him as an OSU back, but not really in Urban Meyer's system. I could see him somewhere like Wisconsin where they play power football."
One of the main reasons the Wolverines may be trailing in Green's recruitment at the moment is because the Hermitage High School star has not had a chance to meet Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, which will be an important part of his visit to Ann Arbor later this month.
"We'll see how he likes Coach Hoke. That will be important," Farrell said. "But I think Michigan has a real chance, even if the leaders in his head might be OSU and Clemson. That could change, and maybe someone like Alabama and Auburn will get involved, but I really think Michigan is in his top five."
Green's recruitment appears to be wide open still, and Michigan's odds at landing him are as good as anyone else's right now.
Other top prospects who have said they will be attending the barbecue later this month are class of 2014 standouts Michael Ferns (Saint Clairsville, Ohio), Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) and Cass Tech athlete Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich.).
Finally, inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Joliet, Ill.) recently revealed his top five schools to BuckeyeGrove.com. Michigan made the cut along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois.
Zach Dirlam is the former 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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