Michigan Football: Breaking Down Potential Wolverines Commits Green, Treadwell
Landing Derrick Green and/or Laquon Treadwell is of high priority for the Michigan Wolverines.
And that's for good reason, considering the fact that both are among the top-tier talents of the 2013 class. Securing either prep juggernaut would undoubtedly bring about changes in the offense by shaking up the depth chart.
Green, who fashions himself after former SEC greats like Georgia's Herschel Walker, Auburn's Bo Jackson and Alabama's Trent Richardson, says that Michigan has a "small lead" over other interested callers like Oregon, Ole Miss and USC, among others.
Green expressed admiration for Michigan on Saturday during the Army All-America Game, according to the Detroit Free Press, saying:
"Yeah, they are still the leader," he wrote, later calling it "a small lead." "Why? Because that school has not had any coaching changes, it is a top academic program, definitely a high chance to come out as a true freshman and playing, and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff."
Treadwell was obviously favored during Friday's Under Armour All-America Game. And guess who made sure he had ample opportunities to make a catch?
That would have been Michigan commit Shane Morris of Warren De La Salle (Mich.), the nation's No. 2 quarterback.
If UM could only get one, which would be better?
Were the several attempts to Treadwell a sign of things to come?
Wolverines fans certainly hope so.
Treadwell would do as much for the Wolverines at the wideout position as Green would do at running back, and that's change it for the better. Michigan would have clear-cut No. 1 options in both departments.
The by-committee approach would cease to exist, in theory.
Let's further detail what Green and Treadwell bring to the table, highlighting ways they could benefit Michigan next fall.
What Green's Commitment Would Mean
Simply put, Green's commitment would spell trouble for existing backs like sophomores Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes.
The Flint-area youngsters have had their chances to shine this year. Rawls had moments in which he looked like the bruising Mark Ingram type of back that Michigan wanted. However, due to inconsistencies from the line and himself, Rawls didn't truly bloom this season as he should have.
Hayes just isn't big enough to be a power back, either. At 5'10" and 183 pounds, he could be better suited in next year's scheme as a slot back. Rawls is the same height, but he's about 30 pounds heavier. He could see third-down duties and become more of a blocker than a ball-carrier.
Rivals.com lists Green at 6'0" and 220 pounds, very similar in size to Rawls. However, Green has 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash; he's a couple of steps quicker than his predecessor in Rawls.
Michigan would essentially have two power options in the backfield. Green could head to Ann Arbor because of playing time; he'll get it, whereas that might be a problem if he opts for the SEC.
Green has the skill set to obtain the No. 1 job. His presence would encourage the Wolverines' push back to the ground-and-pound. Bleacher Report's Rick Weiner believes Green is "perfect" for Michigan.
Wolverines fans are largely on the same page. They want Green just as badly as Michigan coach Brady Hoke wants Green.
Power-I formations and hard-nosed Big Ten football are in the Hermitage High (Va.) star's future should he choose the Maize and Blue.
Green's finalists are as follows: Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Oregon, Ole Miss, Miami.
What Treadwell's Commitment Would Mean
Jeremy Gallon was phenomenal for the Wolverines this past season. He had 145 yards and nine catches in the Wolverines' 33-28 Outback Bowl loss New Year's Day to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The soon-to-be senior should command attention from Big Ten followers in 2013. He could be Michigan's leading wideout, but that's a little difficult to forecast given the level of talent that's being brought in to Ann Arbor.
Laquon Treadwell isn't guaranteed. In fact, he could be incredibly challenging to sway. But he also has what it takes to immediately crack the rotation. At 6'3" and 190 or so pounds, Treadwell would give Al Borges' offense and quarterback Devin Gardner a fleet, strong and dominant target, something that Michigan lacked in 2012.
Should the Crete Monee High (Ill.) sensation commit to Michigan, he'd join Jaron Dukes in Hoke's incoming crop of receivers. Dukes, a 6'4", 197-pound Marion Franklin (Ohio) standout, paired with Treadwell could spell doom for Big Ten secondaries.
Together, they'd afford the Wolverines one of the most athletic freshmen tandems in the country.
Treadwell's finalists are as follows: Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Florida.
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Green has given hints about Michigan. He posed for a photo Thursday (according to MGoBlog) with Michigan commits during a practice prior to the Army All-America Game. That photo may have been an intentional sign, or it could have been for fun, he told the Detroit Free Press.
Treadwell hasn't flashed his hand, really. Michigan fans may be on ice for at least another couple of weeks while he thinks his decision through.
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