2016 Recruiting Update: January 25, 2016

2016 Recruiting Update: January 25, 2016

January 25, 2016

David Long, Jr. committed to Michigan on Thursday

Los Angeles (CA) Loyola cornerback David Long, Jr. committed to Michigan (LINK).

Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse committed to Michigan. That commitment post is coming later today.

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive guard Stephen Spanellis committed to Michigan (LINK).

Miami (FL) Columbus defensive end Joshua Uche committed to Michigan (LINK).

Winchester (IN) Winchester running back Kiante Enis decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic cornerback Antwaine Richardson decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

Downers Grove (IL) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

Hit the jump for several players who are newly back on the board, some guys who committed elsewhere, and some miscellaneous bits.

Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson defensive tackle Keyshon Camp decommitted from USC. Camp is a 6’4″, 275 lb. prospect who’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #27 defensive tackle, and #264 overall. Camp was pursued pretty heavily by Michigan up through the fall when he visited Ann Arbor, but after he left, interest seemed to mutually fall off. He said he has a top three of Michigan, Missouri, and Pitt.

Euless (TX) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels decommitted from Oklahoma. The 6’3″, 299 lb. tackle grew up in Michigan before ending up in Texas. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 defensive tackle, and #185 overall. He visited Ann Arbor back in the fall and then proceeded to pick the Sooners. While this may appear like good news since Michigan was a finalist initially, it now looks like he will end up at Arkansas, Texas, or Texas A&M.

O’Fallon (IL) O’Fallon Kentrail Moran decommitted from Illinois. The 5’10”, 192 lb. prospect is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #18 running back, and #374 overall. Michigan was his early proclaimed reader – and still holds 75% of the Crystal Ball picks because of it – but that was when Brady Hoke was the coach. Michigan’s new coaching staff never reaffirmed his offer, so the Wolverines do not appear to be an option right now. In fact, Eastern Michigan just picked up a Crystal Ball choice, so Moran may be finding himself stepping down a notch or two from the Illini.

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin tight end Irvin Smith, Jr. decommitted from Texas A&M. Smith, who’s the son of former Notre Dame and NFL tight end Irv Smith, is expected by many to end up at Texas instead. He also took a visit to Alabama this past weekend.

New Orleans (LA) John Curtis offensive tackle Willie Allen committed to LSU. This was expected for a long time, but it took him a while to pull the trigger for some reason.

Lawrence (KS) Lawrence defensive end Amani Bledsoe committed to Oklahoma. Bledsoe is a jumbo defensive end prospect who might even end up at defensive tackle by the time college is over. He showed some early interest in Michigan, but he never visited.

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward cornerback Tony Butler committed to Nebraska. At one time Butler was committed to Pitt but seemed like a lock to follow his former high school head coach to Michigan, where Rick Finotti is now in charge of Michigan’s football operations. He decommitted from Pat Narduzzi (which may not be a great idea, considering his past success in developing defenses), eventually named a top three that didn’t include Michigan, and has now made a slight move upward to join the Cornhuskers.

Potomac (MD) Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. flipped his commitment from Maryland to Ohio State. This one has to burn Maryland people, including fans and new head coach D.J. Durkin. Haskins was kind of the captain of the crew trying to keep Maryland and D.C. prospects in the area. When Terrance Davis committed to Michigan at the Under Armour All-America Game, he mentioned Haskins in his interview; when the camera cut to Haskins, you could almost tell there was some underlying embarrassment, perhaps stemming from the fact that he was rumored to be an Ohio State silent commit even at the time. Maryland’s coaches saw the writing on the wall, though, and offered a couple new quarterback prospects even before the decommitment became public.

Saraland (AL) Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones flipped from USC to Oklahoma. But hold on – a day later, he flipped back to USC.

Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro cornerback Byron Murphy committed to Washington. The U.S. Army All-American’s commitment to the Huskies slightly softens the blow of losing out on David Long, although I think Long is the superior prospect. Still, Murphy is a good player in his own right, so he’s a solid consolation prize. He was only passingly interested in Michigan.

Allen (TX) Allen defensive end Levi Onwuzurike committed to Washington. Onwuzurike was very quiet throughout his recruitment, but late in the process, Michigan started making a real push for him. Depending on who you listen to, he was down to some combination of Washington and either Michigan or Baylor. Onwuzurike was very high on my list of desired prospects for 2016.

Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep offensive guard Johncarlo Valentin committed to Oklahoma. You may remember Valentin from the days when Michigan was heavily involved in the pursuit of his teammate, tight end Naseir Upshur. Michigan was even named his leader at one point, but the interest seemed to wane once Upshur committed to Florida State.

Coconut Creek (FL) Coconut Creek wide receiver Binjimen Victor committed to Ohio State. Victor was reportedly Ohio State’s top target at wide receiver near the end of the process, which was rumored to be one of the factors that turned Detroit (MI) King wideout Donnie Corley to Michigan State. If not for Victor, Corley might have enrolled early for the Buckeyes.

Downey (CA) Downey running back Daevon Vigilant committed to New Mexico. When Michigan’s staff was newly hired a year ago, they offered Vigilant along with his teammate, linebacker Darrian Franklin (Oregon). The Wolverines remained the diminutive speedster’s highest profile offer, but there had not been much noise about Michigan pursuing him in several months.

Chesapeake (VA) Indian River linebacker Jaquan Yulee committed to Marshall. Yulee was formerly committed to Alabama. When he decommitted not long ago, he mentioned interest in Michigan. However, that interest was not mutual, and grades have been rumored to be an issue. The 6’2″, 258 lb. inside linebacker will now head to play for the Thundering Herd.

Here’s a list of visitors from this past weekend (LINK).

247 Sports finalized their top 247 for 2016 (LINK).

Scout updated their final rankings for 2016 (LINK).

And so did Rivals with their top 100 (LINK) and top 250 (LINK).

I posted a scouting report on McKeesport (PA) McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson (LINK).

Over on Recruiting Season, I updated profiles for:


  1. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Jan 25, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    You referred to Dwayne Haskins as “her”. So, either he’s really soft, SHE’s a great QB or you may have made a mistake.

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jan 25, 2016 at 11:53 AM

      Yikes. That was a mistake. Thanks for catching it.

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