Damon Webb & Laquon Treadwell Highlight Prospects Visiting Michigan on Saturday
The nation's No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2013, one of the top junior defensive back prospects and a small group of current University of Michigan commits will be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend for the Wolverines home-opener against Air Force.
Crete Monee High School star wideout Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.), who is the No. 23 overall prospect and No. 3 ranked prospect in the state of Illinois according to Rivals.com, has made several visits to Michigan since last season, and the Wolverines have been leading the race to land the coveted play-maker for the past several months.
Treadwell thought about verbally committing to Michigan earlier this summer, however since that time Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida, USC and Michigan State have all crept back into the mix for the 6'3", 198-pounder, which makes this weekend's visit very important if the Wolverines want to avoid falling back into a crowded group of suitors.
At this point, Treadwell has seen everything Michigan has to offer. The chances of him being blown away by anything are slim, but he has already formed a bond with 5-star quarterback commit Shane Morris (Warren, Mich.) and will have a chance to get closer with some of the other class of 2013 members this Saturday at the Big House.
Warren Howland High School running back Deveon Smith (Warren, Ohio), 4-star linebacker Mike McCray (Trotwood, Ohio), Chandler Park Academy wide receiver C'Sonte York (Harper Woods, Mich.) as well as tight ends Khalid Hill (Detroit, Mich.) and Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio) are all expected to attend the game this weekend.
The group of 2013 commits will do their best to convince Treadwell that Michigan is the best place for him to continue his football and academic careers, in addition to building a relationship with one of the top class of 2014 prospects in the state of Michigan, Detroit Cass Tech's Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich.).
Where will Laquon Treadwell eventually commit?
The 5'11", 170-pounder walked on the sidelines in East Lansing last weekend when Michigan State defeated Boise State in their season opener and already has offers from the Spartans, Michigan, LSU, Ohio State, Wisconsin and West Virginia among others.
According to Chantel Jennings and Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com, Webb "enjoyed his visit with the Spartans and now he's looking forward to his trip to Ann Arbor to take in a game at Michigan Stadium."
Webb's recruitment is going to be a drawn out four-team battle between Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and LSU unless other premiere programs decide to enter the fray for the junior defensive back.
Other notable recruits expected to be in attendance this Saturday are tight end Chance Sorrell (Middletown, Ohio) who recently kicked-off his junior season, and junior offensive tackle Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn.).
Sorrell does not have any offers at the moment, but Bars has already racked up an impressive list of scholarship offers, including one from the Wolverines. Other notable schools who have already offered Bars are Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Bars' older brother, Blake Bars, is a true freshman offensive lineman for the Wolverines, which certainly will not hurt Michigan's chances at eventually landing the highly sought after 6'6", 275-pounder.
Do not expect to hear about commitments from any of these prospects over the weekend, but the unofficial visits will certainly help the Wolverines improve their odds of landing these coveted recruits whenever they decide the time is right to make their respective announcements.
Zach Dirlam is the former Lead Editor of the College Basketball section as well as a Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work.
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