Michigan Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
Make sure to follow this exclusive tracker from now until national signing day for the latest news and happenings surrounding Michigan's 2014 recruiting class.
All recruiting rankings via 247Sports.com.
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Dec. 20, 2013
Michigan won't have the services of Parrker Westphal in 2014. Considering the need for shutdown talent, this comes as somewhat of another blow to the Wolverines, who've seen recruits change their minds in recent weeks.
Rated as a 4-star corner by 247Sports, Westphal chose Northwestern over a slew of offers that included invitations from Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Iowa. According to 247Sports, Michigan was among Westphal's final three, along with Vandy and, of course, Northwestern.
At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Westphal, Bolingbrook High (Ill.) senior, will be a load for opposing receivers for years to come. He would have been a great addition to run alongside Jabrill Peppers, who joins Michigan in 2014, and Shaun Crawford, who's committed to the 2015 class.
Dec. 18, 2013
Mason Cole has taken to Twitter to show his support for his East Lake teammate, George Campbell, who decommitted this past Friday from Michigan (reported Tues., Dec. 18 by Tom VanHaaren of ESPN).
Cole, a 2014 offensive lineman commit, doesn't appreciate the needless chatter from "idiots" on the Internet looking to blast Campbell's decision.
Campbell, the No. 1-ranked athlete of 2015 per 247Sports, gave an extremely early verbal to Wolverines coach Brady Hoke. It's not a huge surprise that he pulled back.
No. 2 ranked WR George Campbell has decommitted from Michigan. He decommitted Friday, didn't want it out for awhile but that happens.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 18, 2013
Dec. 17, 2013
George Campbell is rethinking his stance on Michigan.
Per Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, Campbell, the No. 1-ranked athlete of 2015, has pulled his verbal pledge to Hoke.
At 6'3" and 184 pounds, Campbell embodies the prototype pass-catcher. He would most certainly be a star in Ann Arbor. He's a teammate of 2014 offensive lineman commit Mason Cole at East Lake High in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
2015 USC QB commit David Sills, per his father, has been offered by Michigan. Dad says Hoke in-school right now. First reported @GregBiggins— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 6, 2013
Dec. 10, 2013
Recruiting season is about to get interesting, and the Wolverines have recently offered two scholarships for their 2015 class, per 247Sports.
The most interesting offer is to David Sills, who's committed to USC, which is targeting Josh Rosen, who also has an offer from Michigan.
It's all but certain that Rosen will be the Trojans' No. 1 priority at quarterback. Sills would get a legitimate shot behind Shane Morris and Wilton Speight. Well, that's the general idea.
Sills has an odd connection to Al Borges, who knows Steve Clarkson, who trains Sills and once trained Speight.
See the spiderweb yet? Nonetheless, pay close attention to the Sills situation. Flipping a USC commit would be a huge win for coach Brady Hoke and Borges.
Michigan also offered defensive tackle Tim Settle, a 5-star wrecking ball from Stonewall Jackson High (Manassas, Va.).
Desmond Fitzpatrick got offered by u of m. — Lol no. Read the article. http://t.co/mQG2Pl5iSt— Branden Hunter (@JustCallmeBHunt) December 2, 2013
Dec. 2, 2013
Michigan may be on the verge of extending an offer to Desmond Patrick, a 6'0", 170-pound receiver out of Farmington High (Mich.).
The 2016 prospect has offers from Toledo, Ohio and Indiana. He made an unofficial visit this past Saturday during "The Game" and left with a good impression despite the 42-41 heartbreaker.
Fitzpatrick said the following to Branden Hunter via TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view) about his experience:
My visit went really well, even though Michigan lost. It was a very exciting game, but I would have kicked the extra point. It was still a hard fought game, and one of the most exciting games I've seen.
Wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski and running backs coach Fred Jackson have shown interest, says Fitzpatrick, via Hunter:
Coach Hecklinski said he wanted me to come down to the bowl practices.He also wanted me to visit during some basketball games. I also talked to coach Fred Jackson, and he just said the same thing. They're going to evaluate my film next week, and see about an offer.
Nov. 26, 2013
News of Jabrill Peppers' interest in taking other visits has rocked Michigan football recruiting...but there is good news, too.
Vic Enwere, a 3-star running back, plans to visit Michigan soon, according to Tom Van Haaren.
Enwere is committed to Cal at the moment, but the Wolverines have upped their interest.
Nov. 26, 2013
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan's 5-star phenom who's coming in 2014, may not be coming in 2014...
The 6'1", 205-pound athlete out of Paramus Catholic (N.J.) recently tweeted a few characters that will most certainly lead to a significant amount of speculation on his intentions. Peppers, the No. 1-ranked athlete per 247Sports, committed to Michigan in March.
But national signing day is in February, leaving him plenty of time to gauge his options.
Losing Peppers would be the worst-case scenario for the Wolverines, who face the 11-0 Ohio State Buckeyes this Saturday in Ann Arbor. A massacre at The Big House wouldn't help matters, either.
Nov. 24, 2013
Michigan is ramping up its pursuit of a pair of 2014 prospects, according to TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view). Back on the radar is defensive end Jhonathon Williams, who is committed to Missouri, and running back Vic Enwere, who is committed to Cal.
Enwere of Fort Bend Austin (Texas) is the No. 43-ranked running back of 2014, according to 247Sports, and committed in June to Cal. But the 6'0", 210-pound 3-star recruit is expected to choose Colorado, according to 247Sports' Crystal Ball.
Williams of Berrien Springs (Mich.) is a 6'6", 237-pound, 3-star defender who committed to Missouri in late September; he's not expected to change his mind, per 247Sports.
Why These Guys Matter
Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1-ranked defensive end, was long considered as a Michigan-lean. But he chose Alabama instead. So there's that. Michigan wants another defensive end, and Williams fits the bill.
At first glance, Michigan's pool of running backs looks pretty deep. However, injury has decimated depth, as the Wolverines lost Drake Johnson in Week 1 due to an ACL tear and Thomas Rawls for the duration of the Iowa game.
Rawls was carted off the field after appearing to injure his right leg. His condition is unknown, but his mother told me that he wore a knee brace after the game. I've known Rawls and his mother for a few years, stemming back to my days at The Flint Journal.
Next year, he'll be a senior in a backfield that should have Justice Hayes (RS JR), Drake Johnson (RS SO), Derrick Green (SO) and DeVeon Smith (SO).
The Wolverines will have two running backs coming off injury, and they'll be looking for a replacement for Fitz Toussaint, who has two games remaining in his collegiate career. Green is the obvious leader at this point, with Smith being the No. 2 option.
Offering Enwere seems to be a plan to adjust for depth and/or attrition. Prior to the season, I didn't expect the Wolverines to go after another back, especially since they grabbed Green and have Damien Harris joining in 2015.
Nov. 18, 2013
Michigan probably won't sign a running back to its 2014 class.
Why? There are a couple of reasons, one being that Michigan already has 16 commits. Personnel should also come into play.
Thomas Rawls will be a senior, and Justice Hayes will be RS junior. Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith will be sophomores, and Drake Johnson will be a RS sophomore (suffered ACL injury in Week 1).
There is depth and youth waiting. Damien Harris is committed to the 2015 class. Michigan is set for the moment.
However, the Wolverines still have pending offers to Leonard Fournette, the No. 1-ranked back of 2014, and to Joe Mixon, who is right on Fournette's heels for the top spot. Kalen Ballage, a 4-star prospect, is the No. 28-ranked ball-carrier of the next class and has "warm" interest in Michigan, according to 247Sports.
View Michigan's 2014 commits and offers here.
Fournette would be an exception, and the same goes for Mixon, who'll likely pass on the Wolverines, per 247Sports.
Nov. 11, 2013
Despite two consecutive losses, Michigan's relationship with top-rated defensive end Da'Shawn Hand appears to remain strong.
The Woodbridge High (Va.) standout has expressed interest in coach Brady Hoke's program for months. And while the Wolverines are reeling after falling to the Spartans and Huskers, Hand continues to say good things about Hoke, praising the coach in a recent interview with B/R Full Ride.
The 2014 class already has Jabrill Peppers and Lawrence Marshall, but it could stand to add more talent. After all, high-ranking recruiting classes have been the norm for Hoke, who's in the midst of his third year as the Wolverines' head man.
Top remaining prospects include Malik McDowell, a 4-star defensive end, and Jeff Jones, a 4-star running back.
Nov. 5, 2013
Well, make that two wins over Michigan for Mark Dantonio.
Due to the Spartans' 29-6 beatdown of Michigan on Saturday, at least one high-end recruit has rethought his stance on joining the Wolverines. That decision won't benefit Michigan State either way, but it'll impact Brady Hoke's program.
That's probably good enough for Dantonio at this point. Well, that and five wins in six tries.
No. 3 ATH MT @TomVH JuJu Smith said he thinks Michigan is a great school, but not a fit for him— said losses caused them to drop on his list— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) November 5, 2013
According to 247Sports, Smith, a Long Beach Poly senior, is the the No. 27-ranked player of 2014.
Oct. 30, 2013
Michigan is on the hunt for quarterbacks who can fit offensive coordinator Al Borges' pro-style system.
With Shane Morris debuting this season, and Wilton Speight to arrive next fall, the future at the position looks bright.
The Wolverines have one offer withstanding for 2015, according to 247Sports, and that's to Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). The 6'4", 205-pound junior is the No. 2-ranked pro-styler of 2015 and has offers from USC, Stanford and Texas, among others.
He'd be an ideal fit for Borges, who's done well with big-armed pocket passers.
Michigan could host another 2015 quarterback in the near future. According to Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view), Matthews Butler (N.C.) dual-threat Anthony Ratliff wants to make a trip to Ann Arbor.
The 6'1", 190-pound junior carries a 3-star ranking, per 247Sports.
Oct. 21, 2013
Da'Shawn Hand is Michigan's No. 1 remaining target for 2014.
Well, really, the 5-star defensive end out of Woodbridge High (Va.) is on the top of everyone's list. Up to 39 teams are interested in Hand, a 6'4", 254-pound prep senior who's considered the top pass-rusher in the country.
Hand visited Michigan on Sept. 6, according to his 247Sports profile, which also indicates Hand's Oct. 25 visit to Alabama. He's slated to visit Florida on Nov. 8.
Listen to Hand talk recruitment with TheWolverine.com (subscription required to listen/view).
Brady Hoke could be in danger of losing in-house talent if he doesn't offer Jake Bargas, a star lacrosse prospect who's committed to the Wolverines.
According to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (via TheWolverine.com, subscription required to view), Bargas has been approached by Miami (Fla.) and Ohio State football staffs.
Hoke has yet to make a move for Bargas, who isn't ranked by Rivals or 247Sports. The Boca Raton St. Andrews (Fla.) junior stands 6'3" and weights 220 pounds.
Oct. 17, 2013
There hasn't been much said lately about Parrker Westphal, a 4-star cornerback out of Bolingbrook High (Ill.).
The 6'0", 184-pound senior recently told EdgyTim.com (via SpartanMag.com, subscription required) that he enjoyed his visit on Oct. 11 to Spartan Stadium.
Guess that means Michigan needs to push harder.
In the same interview, Westphal said he'd consult his family before choosing his destination. However, 247Sports predicts that he'll commit to Michigan; Westphal has "warmer" interest in the Wolverines, according to his 247Sports profile.
His Yahoo! Sports (Rivals) profile says otherwise, grading his interest level at "low."
According to 247Sports, Westphal is the No. 13-ranked corner of the 2014 class (No. 173 overall). Rivals has him ranked the same at his position but tabs him as the No. 233-ranked player of the upcoming class.
Westphal has yet to officially visit Michigan. Jabrill Peppers, a 2014 cornerback commit, has actively recruited prospects in an attempt to assemble a superteam.
Peppers, the No. 1 athlete and corner of 2014, recently spoke of influencing Westphal to choose Michigan. He's done the same with Adoree' Jackson of Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.), the No. 2 corner of 2014.
Oct. 14, 2013
The Wolverines may have been on the road this past Saturday, but that didn't keep them from "hosting" a few high-end recruits during Week 7.
Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com has a full list of visitors, so be sure to give it a look (subscription required).
The following 2015 prospects were in attendance, per Sullivan, in support of Michigan: Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh Baldwin, OL), Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati Xavier, LB) and the Dowell twins of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, Andrew (RB) and David (DB).
Oct. 7, 2013
Andy Reid of TheWolverine.com recently posted a list of visitors (subscription required to view) from this past weekend's 42-13 win over Minnesota.
Clarkston tight end Cole Chewins was among the prospects and commitments who witnessed the Wolverines win their first conference game of 2013. Chewins is a 6'7", 208-pound junior (2015) who comes from a high school program with a rich football tradition.
The Wolves, who also wear maize and blue winged helmets, traditionally pump out players geared for the pro-style offense. Chewins is yet another example of that.
He was evidently excited to be at Michigan Stadium, judging by the photo he posted on his Twitter account.
At the Big House! pic.twitter.com/ZXr0lfSnJv— Cole Chewins (@cchew15) October 5, 2013
Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian, a 2014 commit, was also in attendance, according to Reid. Such was the case for Detroit Country Day's Maurice Ways, who is also a 2014 wideout commit.
Visit TheWolverine.com for the full list.
Oct. 3, 2013
Jabrill Peppers is a well-known kind of guy.
The 6'1", 205-pound Paramus Catholic (N.J.) senior is the No. 1-ranked athlete of the 2014 class, according to 247Sports. Michigan recruited him as a defensive back, a position in which, among many others, he has down to a science.
Needless to say, Peppers is easily recognizable wherever he goes.
According to Andy Reid of TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view), Peppers, who also raps, caught the attention of fans this past week during his team's 44-10 throttling of St. Ignatius (Parma, Ohio).
Reid's counterpart, Michael Spath, shared video highlights recorded by Reid:
Peppers committed to Michigan on May 26, 2013. At the time, his pledge vaulted the Wolverines' 2014 class into the national top five. As of the date of this post, Michigan's class held a No. 8 ranking.
Sept. 30, 2013
Brian Cole would be an outstanding addition to Michigan's secondary. That being said, the Saginaw Heritage star corner still has options, so don't look for his college decision anytime soon.
The nation's No. 8 corner, according to 247Sports, Cole has offers from Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee. He's frequented Michigan and Michigan State, according to his response during a recent interview with Rivals.com Midwest recruit expert Josh Helmholdt (subscription required to view, via TheWolverine.com).
Cole, the No. 65-ranked player of the 2015 class, said the following to Helmholdt about his in-state visits:
I have been to both of them more than three times, The Michigan-Notre Dame game was good. The halftime show was real nice. I went to the game when (Michigan State) played Western Michigan.
The 6'2", 190-pound and 4-star defensive back made an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Sept. 28. He plans to visit Tennessee as well. Cole is the No. 1-ranked prospect in Michigan's 2015 class. He's sure to attract more attention as his junior season at Heritage rolls along.
Sept. 23, 2013
Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com urges Michigan followers not to forget Brady Pallante, a grey shirt player whose scholarship could apply to the 2014 or 2015 classes.
Sept. 16, 2013
Justin Hilliard can hit.
Hard; he hits really hard.
That being said, 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong posted a highlight video of the 2015 prospect "laying out" a few quarterbacks this fall—it's more than worth your time.
Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) September 16, 2013
The Cincinnati St. Xavier 4-star linebacker is being recruited by Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arkansas, among others. Hilliard, a 6'2", 225-pound junior, is the No. 3-ranked outside linebacker and No. 43-ranked player of 2015. According to 247Sports, he's the No. 1 prospect in Ohio, which has been more than good to Michigan football in past years.
Sept. 13, 2013
According to Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required), up to three uncommitted 2016 prospects from Cass Tech could be in attendance during Saturday's Michigan vs. Akron game at Michigan Stadium.
Lavert Hill, a cornerback, along with wide receiver Demetric Vance and offensive lineman Michael Onwenu are scheduled for unofficial visits.
Already committed to the 2014 class, wide receiver Maurice Way of Detroit Country Day and Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall are also scheduled.
In his post, Sullivan noted that he planned to publish a full list of visitors on the Wolverine.com on Saturday morning.
Sept. 11, 2013
Da'Shawn Hand is one of the top recruits of 2014.
And his latest hit—a huge bodyslam tackle of a running back—reinforces why analysts consider him an elite defensive end.
The Woodbridge High (Va.) heavy-hitter is being recruited by the who's who of college football. Ranked as the No. 6 player in the nation, Hand visited Michigan on Sept. 6, according to his 247Sports profile. He has offers from Alabama, Florida and LSU, among others.
Sept. 9, 2013
Cleveland Glenville has been good to Michigan, and if Trevon Story commits, the good will only get better.
Story, a 5'9', 165-pound wide receiver, was in attendance Saturday during the Wolverines' 41-30 victory over Notre Dame at The Big House. The 2015 wideout isn't yet rated; he's a candidate for a 4-star rating at this point.
According to Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com, via TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view), despite being late to the game, Story enjoyed the halftime show, which featured Beyonce, and time spent with other prospects.
Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) September 9, 2013
Story has an offer from Georgia Tech but is being pursued by Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville, among others.
Sept. 8 2013
Michigan's 41-30 win Saturday night over Notre Dame will likely leave quite the impression on the potential recruits who were in attendance at The Big House.
In the final meeting in Ann Arbor, several targets were on hand to watch the Wolverines and Irish play in prime time in front of a crowd of more than 115,000.
TheWolverine.com's Tim Sullivan put together a list of 2014 and 2015 targets who made the trip to see the game (subscription needed to view).
Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1 defensive end of 2014, headlined a group that included, but wasn't limited to, Bryan Mone, Trevon Avery, Jake Johnson and Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
George Campbell, the No. 1 wideout of 2015, frequently tweeted about his experiences during his visit:
Took a walk around campus... Man I love game day here— George Campbell (@GeorgeCampbell0) September 7, 2013
Campbell is the teammate of 2014 Michigan commit Mason Cole. Both play for East Lake in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Aug. 30, 2013
Michigan will have two high-profile visitors in attendance when it takes on Notre Dame on Sept. 7 at The Big House in Ann Arbor, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren:
Just confirmed that 2015 DT Tim Settle and OL Matthew Burrell will be visiting Michigan for the Notre Dame game.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) August 30, 2013
Settle is a 5-star defensive tackle, according to 247Sports, who would most certainly complement any team's line. The 2015 prospect has one more season to play at Stonewall Jackson (Manasass, Va.) before hitting the college ranks.
He has offers from programs such as Virginia, Alabama and Florida.
Burrell is a 4-star offensive tackle out of C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.). He has offers from heavies such as South Carolina, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State.
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