Michigan Football: What Does Forcier's Visit Mean?

Ryan Senior Writer IJune 12, 2008

A few days ago, Scripps Ranch HS (San Diego, CA) quarterback Tate Forcier made the trek to Ann Arbor, MI for his official visit with the Wolverines.  Tate is the younger brother of Jason, a former Michigan quarterback.

Normally, this wouldn't be all that big of a deal except for a few things.  Firstly, Michigan added FL QB Justin Feagin at the tale end of the 2008 class.

Secondly, Michigan has added QB/ATH's Shavodrick Beaver (4-star on both Scout and Rivals as well as the greatest name in Michigan football history) and Kevin Newsome (5-star on Scout, 4-star on Rivals).

What does that mean? Well, it could mean a few things.  Forcier, a 4-star on both sites, could just be visiting Michigan to help his recruiting status.  Anytime you receive an offer from an upper-echelon school, it does nothing but make you look better.

To continue on this point, Foricer could be genuinely interested in Michigan despite the presence of Beaver and Newsome, wanting to genuinely show that he's the best of the group.  I, personally, would love to have a guy like that on the team.

His visit could also mean that Michigan is still actively pursuing Forcier.  This could be an issue if Beaver or Newsome think that there is a log-jam at the quarterback position and they think their chances of starting at some point could decrease. 

Forcier is definitely the most polished of the three and isn't exactly a slug in the pocket, so I'd be ok with us getting Forcier if that meant Beaver left, though getting all three would be wonderful.

The final possibility seems realistic as well.  It could be very conceiveable that either Beaver, Newsome or Feagin will be moved elsewhere and Forcier will be brought in exclusively at quarterback.  All three were recruited as QB/ATH's, so a move isn't necessarily out of the question, though I don't really see Newsome being moved.

All in all, it's good whenever a 4 or 5 star recruit is showing interest in your school. Hopefully in this case, that interest doesn't result in one of our current commits bolting out of Ann Arbor.