Michigan Football recruiting update: Good news and bad news

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Jabrill Peppers (photo credit: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

Michigan Football hosted a big recruiting weekend Dec 13-15. One of the main objectives for the staff was to seal the deal with the nation’s #2 ranked recruit, Jabrill Peppers. The dynamic playmaker committed to Michigan over the summer, but showed signs of wavering on that pledge when misinformation about Brady Hoke’s job status began making the rounds in the recruiting world.

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According to multiple reports, Peppers had a great visit and remains 100% committed to Michigan and has no plans to take other visits. Peppers is a rare talent, a once-in-a-decade type of player, who can impact a game in ways that few players can.

2015 Updates

First the good news, 4-star defensive back, Shaun Crawford was also in town this past weekend and told rivals.com that he is still committed to Michigan and doesn’t see himself taking any other visits, most notably to Ohio State.

Now the bad news, the #2 ranked player in the 2015 class is receiver George Campbell. He had been committed to Michigan, but de-committed over the weekend. “I sat down with my family and discussed a few things,” he told ESPN. “We just decided that it was too early and I needed to open things up and look around.”

Campbell said Michigan will still be in the mix with him, but it seems unlikely that he winds up in Ann Arbor.

Meanwhile, the nation’s top-ranked running back in the 2015 class is Michigan commit Damien Harris. He caused a stir on twitter when, shortly after word of the Campbell de-commitment broke, he tweeted this:

There appears to be no cause for concern here. Harris has not given any indications he is unhappy with his decision to commit to Michigan and, who knows, he might have just been trying to decide what to eat for dinner when he tweeted that. A look at his twitter profile should ease the concerns of any overly anxious fans.

Speaking of Harris, he had a monster junior season in which he rolled up 2,621 rushing yards on 220 carries (11.9 ypc) and a whopping 42 touchdowns. He was named Kentucky’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

Final Thoughts

Following recruiting is a roller coaster ride. You never know for sure who is coming until national signing day, which is on February 5th for the 2014 class. However, Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class does include seven players who plan on enrolling early. They are;

Freddy Canteen
Mason Cole
Michael Ferns
Drake Harris
Bryan Mone
Wilton Speight
Brandon Watson

Here is Michigan’s current 2014 commitment list

Player
Pos.
Hometown
Hgt/Wgt
Ranking
Notes
Ian BuntingTEHinsdale, Illinois6-7/2104-star#5 ranked TE in the country
Juwan Bushell-BeattyOLParamus, New Jersey6-7/3304-starIs rated the #10 offensive tackle by ESPNU.
Freddy CanteenWRElkton, Maryland6-3/1704-starEarly enrollee
Mason ColeOLTarpon Springs, Florida6-5/2854-starEarly enrollee
Michael FernsLBSt Clairsville, Ohio6-3/2354-starEarly enrollee
Noah FurbushLBKenton, Ohio6-4/2303-starRanked #14 player from the state of Ohio
Drake HarrisWRGrand Rapids, Michigan6-4/1854-starEarly enrollee
Lawrence MarshallDESouthfield, Michigan6-4/2304-star#4 ranked player from the state of Michigan.
Bryan MoneDTSalt Lake City, Utah6-4/3154-starEarly enrollee
Brady PallanteDTNaples, Florida6-1/2553-starOne of the top wrestlers from the state of Florida.
Jabrill PeppersDBParamus, New Jersey6-1/2105-starHe is ranked as the #2 player in the nation by rivals and espn.
Wilton SpeightQBRichmond, Virginia6-6/2204-starEarly enrollee
Jared WanglerLBWarren, Michigan6-1/2053-starUnder Armour All-American
Brandon WatsonCBElkton, Maryland5-11/1853-starEarly enrollee
Maurice WaysWRBeverly Hills, Michigan6-3/1853-star#5 ranked player from the state of Michigan
Chase WinovichLBJefferson Hills, PA6-4/2203-star#13 ranked player from the state of Pennsylvania

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  • J & D Fuller

    This has been shared with many high school age students who are familiar and follow some of the prospects and wonder deeply about Brady Hoke. Thanks for the conversation piece!