Wolverines' Early Spring Game Draws Recruits
Michigan's Saturday spring game, one of the earlier ones in the Midwest, saw the Wolverines host a talented group of prospects. The Core 6 program brought a large group of kids which included junior four-star receiver Miles Boykin, who does not have a Michigan offer, but is in contention for one, as well as several highly recruited younger kids.
Speaking of which, the Wolverines had a strong group of sophomores there. Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson left with an offer (full premium story). Wisconsin will be tough to beat for him but the Wolverines made a good first impression and will get a return visit from him soon. Lincoln Way-West (Ill.) lineman Bryan Brokop was not offered just yet, but is a kid that has caught the Wolverines' attention and could earn an offer at camp this summer as he says he will attend. The same goes for Toledo St. Johns' Sean Rattay who told Scout he was a lifelong Michigan fan.
Daelin Hayes, an in-state linebacker prospect has already been offered by the Wolverines and returned to campus again giving a positive review to GBW. Michigan is considered the front-runner for him at the moment despite offers from Michigan State and Tennessee.
In-state four-star offensive tackle David Moorman visited again and detailed to GBW's Kyle Bogenschutz what the staff told him about where the process moves from here.
Irish Move on Two Midwesterners
Four-star Ben Davis (Ind.) linebacker Asmar Bilal picked up a Notre Dame offer and spoke with Scout's Anna Hickey about the offer and visit. Recently offered by Michigan, the Wolverines and Irish will be battling it out, but Northwestern, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and others remain in the picture.
- Missouri landed East St. Louis (Ill.) junior running back Natereace Strong. The choice came as no surprise as the Tigers were long considered the leader for him. He now will work on getting fellow four-star teammate Terry Beckner to join him. Strong made his commitment known on KSDK TV before heading to campus and making it official with the staff on Tuesday. Full breakdown
- Kentucky picked up in-state offensive tackle Mason Wolfe. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, he has a big frame and shows good strength and solid athleticism for a bigger kid on tape. He projects likely to right tackle or potentially guard in college. Check out his Q&A with AllWildcats.com's Patrick Loney here.
- The Wildcats also added Kenton (Ohio) offensive tackle Larry Wells. Massive (6'8, 310) he must continue to improve his technique and footwork but has a can't-teach frame and plays in an offense that requires him to pass block with regularity.
- Western Michigan offered and received a commitment from Chicago Phillips (Ill.) safety Jamal Brown, who has the type of back story that makes you root for him regardless of where he goes to school. A hard-hitting kid with good size, he should be a special teams demon early in his career.
- Toledo landed three commitments in a few short days. Detroit Loyola's Paul Engram, a hybrid safety-linebacker who will likely play STAR for the Rockets committed on Saturday along with Hubbard (Ohio) linebacker Tyler Taafe, an athletic, hard-hitting outside backer who was a big get this early for Matt Campbell and company. Then on Tuesday, the Rockets added local offensive tackle Ramon Miles from Central Catholic, a long, lean kid who has plenty of room to grow. His recruitment was stunted some by an injury last season, but he is a talented athlete.
- Central Michigan added Mendon (Mich.) lineman Logan Slaughter. We have seen him mostly at defensive linemen when he's attended camps, but he is slated to play guard for the Chippewas. He's a tough kid who plays with outstanding motor. He's a great fit with the Chips who have a lot of success with blue-collar Midwestern linemen.
News and Notes
- Wisconsin hosted several of the Midwest's best including Lombard Montini (Ill.) wide receiver Leon Thornton, Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle two-way lineman Drayton Carlberg, in-state defensive end David Pfaff and others.
- Auburn Hills (Mich.) Avondale junior running back Joshuwa Hollomon will visit Ohio State and Northern Illinois this week.
- Evan Mallory a highly recruited offensive lineman from Brownsburg (Ind.) has transferred to the IMG Academy in Florida. Currently with eight offers, the 6-foot-5, 290-poune Mallory says he will be there in two weeks for spring ball.
Toledo offered Richmond (Ind.) 2015 DT Nathon Trawick, his third offer and Lawrence Central (Ind.) 2015 WR Glen Calvin, his first offer.
Eastern Michigan offered Cincinnati Colerain (Ohio) 2015 CB Jeff Christian, Neenah (Wisc.) 2015 OT Robby Pavletich, and Clarkston (Mich.) 2015 TE Cole Chewins.
Michigan offered Lawrence Central (Ind.) Scout 300 LBs Darrin Kirkland and Asmar Bilal.
Ohio offered Detroit Country Day (Mich.) 2015 OT Justin Hunter, his first FBS offer.
Missouri offered arguably the best freshman in the Midwest, East St. Louis (Ill.) WR Jeff Thomas.
Illinois offered Farmington (Mich.) 2016 WR Desmond Fitzpatrick on his visit to campus.
Ball State offered Sussex (Wisc.) Hamilton 2015 OL Andrew Poentisch, his first offer.
Colgate offered Oak Park River Forest (Ill.) 2015 QB Lloyd Yates.
Virginia Tech offered Athens (Ohio) 2015 QB Joey Burrow, a four-star prospect.
Louisville became the first offer for U of D Jesuit (Mich.) 2017 DT Bryce Brand.
Ohio State offered four-star Cincinnati Elder sophomore OT Tommy Kraemer.
Western Michigan extended an offer to Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan 2015 S Patrick Nelson, his third offer.
Sleeper of the Week
Wide receiver Romello Boykin has transferred from Rolling Meadows (Ill.) to Oak Lawn Richards (Ill.) and is a kid with size, athleticism and ball skills. He shows good tracking ability and body control and should form a formidable attack with Spencer Tears and Hasan Muhammad-Rogers. Film
Underclassman of the Week
St. Johns (Mich.) 2017 LB Tanner Motz played varsity as a freshman and showed good ability to run to the ball and aggressiveness for a youngster. He impressed at recent camps and is definitely a kid who will be on college radars for the next few years. Film