The Michigan Wolverines must land a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. Brady Hoke and his coaching staff are likely to be selective in the process of evaluating prospects, but California quarterback Kevin Dillman is sending out strong signals that he'd like to be the choice if extended an offer, according to 247Sports reporter Ryan Bartow (subscription required).
Dillman, a 5-star recruit from La Mirada, Calif., is listed as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat junior quarterback prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. He currently holds offers from Florida State, Clemson, California, Ole Miss and UCLA, among others.
The 6'4", 220-pound passer identifies two Big Ten schools as his preferred choices, per Bartow.
"Michigan and Nebraska are his Top 2," Bartow wrote. "If Michigan offers, the Wolverines could likely land a commitment this winter or spring."
The Cornhuskers offered Dillman in April. He spent his summer visiting various campuses, including Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville and Arkansas, according to 247Sports.
While Dillman hasn't yet received an offer from Michigan, the Wolverines aren't inactive when it comes to tracking 2015 quarterback recruits.
Michigan is hardly alone in its pursuit of Rosen. The 6'4", 205-pound St. John Bosco star is considering offers from a lengthy list of schools, including California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Both Rosen and Dillman ultimately have their pick of several top-tier BCS programs. The difference is Dillman appears intent on calling Ann Arbor home someday.
"I grew up watching Tom Brady," he told 247Sports. "If there was one offer I could wish for it would be Michigan. I really like their coaching staff.”
That's essentially a direct request for a scholarship offer from Hoke and Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges. The Wolverines would be wise to rein in a 2015 passer as quickly as possible, since premier quarterback recruits often serve as catalysts for convincing other top targets to commit.
How should Michigan approach the recruitment of QB Kevin Dillman?
The Wolverines have already landed two of the top 40 members of the 2015 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. Athlete George Campbell (No. 6; Tarpon Springs, Fla.) and running back Damien Harris (No. 38; Barea, Kan.) are already on board.
Considering Dillman's superior skill set as a runner and a passer, plus his desire to wear maize and blue, Michigan must pull the trigger on an offer. If they have clear intentions of doing so down the line, why wait and have him feel spurned?
Dozens of schools are after Dillman. Right now, it's evident he has the Wolverines atop the recruiting pecking order.
It's time for Michigan to match his interest.