Michigan is in the home stretch with their 2012 recruiting class and you can expect them to be selective with their remaining eight to nine spots. Big names abound on the Michigan Recruiting Board and the Wolverines have a legitimate shot at many of them.
5Q Top 100 offensive tackle Kyle Kalis continues to be the hot name in Michigan recruiting circles. I have been asked more times than anyone I can remember in the past if he is a silent commit. I can tell you that I do not believe he is a silent commitment at this time.
That shouldn't discourage any hopeful Wolverine fans out there, however. Michigan leads for Kalis, as indicated by the rumors via the Detroit News that he is trying to visit this weekend with his family .
It should be noted that the plans for the Kalis family to visit Ann Arbor are not official and the visit will not likely happen this weekend. Many of the coaches are away for vacation (yes, they need vacations too) and may not be around this weekend. There is still a chance that it will come together at the last second, but don't be discouraged if it doesn't.
Ohio State fans are not making it easy on the Ohio native, which may be pushing Kyle closer to Michigan instead of their preference for him to "see the light" and re-commit to the Buckeyes.
Could he commit this weekend if he does visit Ann Arbor? Absolutely. But at this point I expect it to go a little longer, with a decision likely coming in August.
The other high-profile Buckeye that the Wolverines have their sights set on is 5Q Top 100 running back Bri'onte Dunn. I have said all along that it would take major penalties for Dunn to de-commit from Ohio State, and that has not changed.
New OSU coach Luke Fickell has done a nice job convincing Dunn that things will be cleared up by the time he arrives on campus. Not many outside of Columbus share Fickell's optimism, but it's working for now. If OSU loses a couple of bowl appearances, then things will get interesting for Dunn. Michigan will have a strong chance to lure him away, but Miami (FL) and Penn State are also heavily in the mix.
Michigan will look to add a pure safety to the 2012 class today in the form of Jarrod Wilson. Wilson is another Ohio product, but his coach is former Wolverine Ricky Powers—so he certainly understands what Michigan has to offer.
It is likely going to be Greg Mattison who makes the difference in this recruitment class, however. I think Wilson will find it difficult to say no to Mattison, largely because he has coached Ed Reed. Mattison is a dynamic recruiter who can back up his words with an incredible resume. That combination is awfully tough to beat for the other finalists, Penn State and Notre Dame.
Just for fun, here's my best guess on how the 2012 class will close out right now:
- DT—Ondre Pipkins
- S—Jared Wilson
- OT—Jordan Diamond
- DE—Chris Wormley
- OT—Kyle Kalis
- DE—Adolphus Washington
- WR—Dwayne Stanford
- FB—E.J. Fatu
- RB—Juwan Lewis
The biggest question marks on the list are Adolphus Washington, Dwayne Stanford, E.J. Fatu and Juwan Lewis.
Washington and Stanford are teammates who have been seemingly trying to get to Ann Arbor for a visit for months. Their interest is genuine and I believe that there is a very real chance that they are a package deal.
Washington's AAU basketball schedule has been the biggest hurdle in their recruitment this summer, but I do expect that they will get on campus this summer. Michigan needs a big-time receiver—and everyone needs Adolphus Washington.
Lewis has yet to receive an offer from Michigan, but is emerging on the camp circuit this summer. He hasn't had a lot of exposure on the field because he plays the fullback position for his high school team, but he has shown the ability to be a legitimate prospect at the next level.
The day you see an offer go out to Lewis is likely the day you can officially cross Bri'onte Dunn off of your wish-list if you are a Michigan fan.
Several guys could throw a wrench in the list above simply because they are too good to pass on if they want to commit. Think Andrus Peat, Zach Banner, Joshua Garnett and Danny O'Brien, just to name a few.
A new name to watch for is recent USC de-commit Jordan Payton. As I have stated before, Michigan needs at least one play-making receiver in this class, and Jordan Payton could fill that role if the Stanford/Washington package-deal goes sour.
As always, check out the Michigan Football Recruiting Board to stay up to date on all the latest Michigan recruiting news.
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