There is not a whole lot to report about the Wolverines' top two targets for their 2014 class. Defensive linemen Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell tend to keep quiet about their respective recruitment plans.
Hand took an official visit to Alabama over the weekend, which went very well. That wasn't surprising considering the fact that all schools roll out the red carpets for coveted prospects.
The nation's No. 1 overall prospect should still wind up at Michigan when all is said and done, though. Academics, comfort with the coaching staff and with his surroundings appear to be the determining factors for Hand. The Wolverines have a leg up on the Crimson Tide in the first two departments, while the latter consideration should be just about even.
Hand was impressed, to say the least, with Michigan's sports marketing program, so unless he decides on going into engineering, Alabama is pretty much a non-factor.
"Before, it was recruit, recruit, recruit. Now you're in my top three, so I want to get to know (the coaches) as a person," Hand told Mike Farrell of Rivals.com. "And then to see if I can live there."
The 6'4", 248-pounder will officially visit Florida on Nov. 9 and end the recruiting process on Nov. 14. Since Hand has never made a visit to Gainesville, Fla., the Gators are a wild card and the Wolverines' biggest threat.
As for McDowell, there has been a change of plans for his official trips. The 4-star end will visit Alabama, LSU and Florida after his high school season concludes, but his remaining other two visits are up in the air right now.
"(In addition to Florida, LSU, and Alabama), I don't really have a last two visits planned," McDowell informed Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com. "I might save the last two for (Michigan and Michigan State), but I might go out of state, I don't really know."
The Detroit native is tentatively set to decide at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, although things could change as the date draws closer. Michigan is still in very good shape with McDowell, however, it will face strong competition this winter.