Michigan Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Commits That Will Sign on NSD
So far, Michigan has 16 commits to its 2014 recruiting class.
Seven of them enjoy early-enrollee status, leaving the Wolverines with nine to lock up on national signing day—and that's in addition to filling three more spots.
Drake Harris has already hit the books. Bryan Mone, Michael Ferns and Wilton Speight—they're cozy on campus, too.
Jabrill Peppers, Lawrence Marshall and Noah Furbush are three of Brady Hoke's top unenrolled prospects. They'll likely sign with Team 135 with the rest of the bunch. However, there are circumstances that could cause one or two to go astray.
As NSD has proven in the past, nothing is a sure thing until it's a sure thing.
Note: Recruiting information comes via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
Pay Attention to Jabrill Peppers
As the No. 1-ranked athlete of his class, Jabrill Peppers was targeted by Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, and, among others Ohio State—you know, the big boys of college football.
Don't expect a rock-solid "I'm going to Michigan" to keep recruiters out of his ear. They'll be there until the very end.
At 6'1" and 205 pounds, the Paramus Catholic senior is a coach's dream
Capable of playing multiple positions, he could see time as a safety, cornerback and kick returner. He could also see duties in the backfield or on special teams.
Hoke hit the jackpot with this one, that much is clear.
Will Peppers be the next Charles Woodson?
He'll certainly see playing time, though. Michigan needs another guy who threatens to score each time he touches the ball, another guy who's a pick-six in the making—a true asset from day one.
Other than a brief scare in November, Peppers' commitment to Michigan has never wavered. There would be no way possible that Hoke lets him get away.
He'd probably even help Peppers sign the letter of intent, just to make sure.
It's cool coach, I got it...
Peppers will sign with Michigan, but don't rule out a last-minute push accompanied with slight dramatics.
Will Juwann Bushell-Beatty Beat It?
January wasn't a great month for the Wolverines.
Fresh off a 31-14 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to K-State, they were readying themselves for recruiting season, a season in which they were capable of winning despite a 7-6 fall.
Well, then rumors started and commits thought of decommitting. Once they've thought of it, it's safe to say they could revisit that mindset at a later date.
Case in point: Juwann Bushell-Beatty, who was asked about jumping ship.
Michigan OL commit Juwann Bushell-Beatty "I know I'm not going anywhere."— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 8, 2014
At 6'7" and 310 pounds, Bushell-Beatty stands as the No. 27-ranked left tackle of 2014. Carrying a 4-star ranking, he's entering college with a considerable amount of hype.
According to his 247Sports timeline, Michigan State and Ohio State have been the only schools that he's contacted since April 2013, other than Michigan of course.
He and Peppers go way back to high school. Maybe that will mean something come NSD.
Bushell-Beatty will ink his name to Michigan's LOI without a hitch. It seems as if any question of him remotely thinking of leaving has been answered.
The Rest, Plus One Last Look at Early Enrolls
With the exception of Bushell-Beatty, Marshall and Peppers, the following table lists the rest of Michigan's non-enrolled commits.
See the full list of commits, along with targets and offers, on 247Sports.
Furbush grew up as an Ohio State fan. If he leaves, it'll be for Columbus. But don't hold your breath. It seems as if he's Hoke's for the keeping.
National Signing Day coming on Wed...heading the list is Kenton DE Noah Furbush (Michigan).— Lima_Usher (@Lima_Usher) January 28, 2014
Quick refresher: Drake Harris, Wilton Speight, Bryan Mone, Mason Cole, Michael Ferns, Freddy Canteen, and Brandon Watson
Drake Harris and Wilton Speight are early enrolls, but they're key pieces to the future of Michigan's success. Losing them would be devastating for Hoke.
But withdrawing from class and campus probably won't happen, just as long as the hot wings keep flowing.
Mason Cole had big dreams this past summer. The plan probably hasn't changed.
(b/r) Michigan Commit Mason Cole Opens Up on Brady Hoke, Expects to Win National Title: Mason Cole, a 4-star o... http://t.co/jwhhl9fa3F— Michigan Football (@michiganfball) June 26, 2013
Bent on leadership from the get-go, Michael Ferns has been a leading force when it comes to insider recruiting. Taking a page from Hoke's early classes, Ferns spearheaded the Team 135 movement, encouraging top-end prospects to join him in Ann Arbor.
Players with great initiative don't grow on trees, but they are found among Ferns. Don't expect Ferns to decommit and leave Ann Arbor, but there may be a school or two waiting in the wings if he chose to do so.
After all, look what he's willing to do in order to get talent on campus.
That's a team player.
Lawrence Marshall will sign.
However, he had to reinforce his verbal after Michigan's 7-6 season. Michigan State was once hot on his trail. Minimal theatrics could come into play on NSD.
Each of the seven enrollees have signed, leaving the players listed on the table above to do the same, which they will.
Those who are committed seem truly committed. The real show begins on NSD--that's when Malik McDowell is set to make his decision.
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