According to Sound Mind Sound Body and the Lifting as We Climb foundation's Curtis Blackwell, several of Michigan's top players are set to announce their decisions at the organization's media day, which will take place in early August on a still to be determined day.
The players expected to announce on that day include Detroit King four-star running back Dennis Norfleet, Southfield four-star tight end Ron Thompson, Detroit Cass Tech linebacker Laron Taylor, Mumford offensive lineman Daron Brown, Crockett cornerback James White, and Southfield defensive back Leviticus Payne. Blackwell says a few others, like Cass Tech's Ruben Lile are considering announcing decisions then, but are not 100% confirmed yet.
Blackwell also says Norfleet, who ran a 4.47 at the recent Alabama camp, is close to an offer from UCLA.
Indianapolis Pike tight end-defensive end Pierre Aka will announce on August 5th. He says it will likely just be a phone call and not any kind of press conference. He will visit Northwestern before making his decision. The Wildcats have not offered yet. His top choice currently is Iowa State with Minnesota also in consideration.
Providence Catholic offensive tackle Ryan Ward reported that he is nearing a decision recently with a top four of Northwestern, Boston College, Iowa and Michigan State. Ward told us this week that he also does not expect to do any big press event, choosing to just inform the coaches.
Midlothian Bremen (Ill.) running back David Smith is set to see one of the top schools on his list very soon.
"I'll be visiting Cincinnati on the 30th for sure," he reported. "I'm supposed to have a few more visits lined up, but nothing definite."
Smith holds offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, West Virginia and others.
Michigan Collegiate cornerback Gabe Sanders recently picked up an offer from Bowling Green, his first, after a strong summer camp season. The 6'0, 170-lb Sanders, a rising name in the Midwest, says Michigan State and Cincinnati have turned up the heat on him recently.
Another defensive back who has performed well in recent camps is Toledo Whitmer's Mark Meyers. Currently holding four offers, Meyers believes his recent performance in East Lansing may bring about a new offer.
"Michigan State is interested in me and I hope to be offered soon," he said.
Meyers, a track star, had a strong day at the Spartans' July 11th camp, making several interceptions in 7 on 7s and running a 4.49 in the forty.
Birmingham Seaholm (Mich.) offensive lineman Dan Gibbs, a 6'7, 305-lb kid who had a nice summer on the camp scene, says he is not done yet and will camp at Virginia and Northwestern in the coming days.
Changes of Scenery
Akron Buchtel's four-star receiver Corey Smith, a one time Tennessee commitment, will be playing at Grand Rapids Community College this year. The Raiders have a loaded roster and the talented Ohioan will only add to that.
Former Ann Arbor Skyline receiver Kelvontae McKinney has transferred to Sheboygan North.
Defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson is back at Louisville Seneca after a brief transfer to Indianapolis Warren Central.
Four-star defensive tackle Sheldon Day was offered by LSU.
Ann Arbor Skyline defensive end Jarrius Mann was offered by Eastern Michigan.
Akron offered Sturgis (MI) lineman Drake Miller.
Northern Illinois becomes the first FBS offer for Franklin (Wisc.) offensive lineman Levon Meyers.
West Virginia offered Massillon Washington 2013 quarterback Kyle Kempt.
Toledo offered class of 2013 RB Gerald Holmes from Flint Carman Ainsworth.
Several of the Midwest's best are close to announcing their intentions. Others are taking more visits. We give the latest.