First, good news for Michigan: Four-star 2014 prospect Mason Cole, perhaps Michigan's top target on the offensive line, verbally committed to the Wolverines earlier this week. Cole had been a heavy lean towards Michigan for a while now, but a recent unofficial visit to Ann Arbor helped seal the deal.
Now Cole will spend the next 11 months as a Wolverine commit while he waits for the next national signing day.
The story doesn't end there, though. As the Detroit Free-Press notes, what Michigan could really use is Cole's effort in bringing some of his teammates from East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Fla. on board. Here's more:
Fellow rising senior Artavis Scott is the No. 93 player in the nation, a 5-11, 180-pound receiver who is electric with the ball in his hands. Class of 2015 wide receiver George Campbell may end up the highest-ranked of the three. He’s a 6-4, 180-pounder who has five-star potential.
“We have talked about going to school together,” Scott said. “Me and Mason, we’ve talked about it. When I talk to George, I tell him all the time: Go somewhere that you know you’ll have an impact, not just follow the crowd. I just want him to do something that benefits him.”
Now, Michigan would rather hear Scott tell Campbell, "Come play football with us" more than, "Do what's best for you," but Scott's not the one who's committed to Michigan. There's work to be done.
If Cole does get Scott on board for the class of 2014, it'll probably be with the help of fellow '14 Michigan commit Michael Ferns.
You remember Ferns, right? He's the linebacker prospect who's already working feverishly to recruit more prospects to his recruiting class, and per Scout.com, Cole was one of his early targets. Well done, Mr. Ferns.
So, if Ferns can not only get Cole on board with a verbal commitment but also get him doing his own work with prospects in Florida, Michigan's going to have one of the purest of luxuries in college football: a recruiting class that does its own recruiting.
That's not to say Brady Hoke can stay home from now until February 2014, obviously, but now he can at least tell uncommitted prospects "Hey, if you don't believe me, ask my commits."
And if Cole becomes one of those water-carriers, don't be surprised if Scott and Campbell listen to him.
There are probably plenty of fingers crossed in Ann Arbor, hoping exactly that.