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.
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.
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:
Here comes the tough decision..
— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) December 18, 2013
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.
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;
Here is Michigan’s current 2014 commitment list
|Ian Bunting||TE||Hinsdale, Illinois||6-7/210||4-star||#5 ranked TE in the country|
|Juwan Bushell-Beatty||OL||Paramus, New Jersey||6-7/330||4-star||Is rated the #10 offensive tackle by ESPNU.|
|Freddy Canteen||WR||Elkton, Maryland||6-3/170||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Mason Cole||OL||Tarpon Springs, Florida||6-5/285||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Michael Ferns||LB||St Clairsville, Ohio||6-3/235||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Noah Furbush||LB||Kenton, Ohio||6-4/230||3-star||Ranked #14 player from the state of Ohio|
|Drake Harris||WR||Grand Rapids, Michigan||6-4/185||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Lawrence Marshall||DE||Southfield, Michigan||6-4/230||4-star||#4 ranked player from the state of Michigan.|
|Bryan Mone||DT||Salt Lake City, Utah||6-4/315||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Brady Pallante||DT||Naples, Florida||6-1/255||3-star||One of the top wrestlers from the state of Florida.|
|Jabrill Peppers||DB||Paramus, New Jersey||6-1/210||5-star||He is ranked as the #2 player in the nation by rivals and espn.|
|Wilton Speight||QB||Richmond, Virginia||6-6/220||4-star||Early enrollee|
|Jared Wangler||LB||Warren, Michigan||6-1/205||3-star||Under Armour All-American|
|Brandon Watson||CB||Elkton, Maryland||5-11/185||3-star||Early enrollee|
|Maurice Ways||WR||Beverly Hills, Michigan||6-3/185||3-star||#5 ranked player from the state of Michigan|
|Chase Winovich||LB||Jefferson Hills, PA||6-4/220||3-star||#13 ranked player from the state of Pennsylvania|
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