|Laquon Treadwell (in red), Anthony Standifer (in black)
(image via ESPN.com)
ADDED TO THE BOARD
Castle Rock (CO) Valor Christian OG Alex Kozan was offered by Michigan this past week. Kozan is a class of 2012 recruit, which seems to mean that the coaching staff isn’t confident about their chances with Puyallup (WA) Puyallup OG Joshua Garnett. Garnett is clearly the superior player. Kozan looks like an old school Michigan guard, the kind that Lloyd Carr and Gary Moeller would have loved but that Rich Rodriguez wouldn’t have touched. He’s 6’4″, 295 lbs. and plays with a nice, wide base, but he’s a little bit stiff. Rivals lists him as the #28 offensive tackle in the country, but he looks to me like a guard all the way. He’s decently nasty and moves his feet pretty well, but he’s built for a team that wants to pound the ball.
Crete (IL) Crete-Monee WR Laquon Treadwell, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan yesterday. Treadwell is a 6’3″, 190 lb. receiver who is teammates with 2012 cornerback and Michigan commit Anthony Standifer. This is Treadwell’s first offer and he has stated several times that Michigan would be his leader if they offered. Of course, we heard that same type of comment from Chicago (IL) Simeon OL Jordan Diamond earlier this year, and Diamond has so far held off on committing to anyone and looks less and less likely to join Michigan’s class. There’s very little video of Treadwell on the internet, so it’s tough to get a feel for where he stands as a prospect. Crete-Monee’s competition level is fairly low when compared to some other areas that Michigan has recruited heavily, so while Treadwell has been very productive this season, his statistics should be taken with a grain of salt.
OFF THE BOARD
Flint (MI) Powers Catholic DT Danny O’Brien committed to Tennessee. Before Michigan offered O’Brien, Tennessee was the leader . . . and after Michigan offered, Tennessee never really took a back seat. Michigan did seem to surpass the other schools that were recruiting him, but not the Volunteers. O’Brien is a 6’3″, 293 lb. (or more) defensive tackle who could be a 1-tech or 3-tech on the line. I think he’s a nose tackle all the way, but others feel he’s better suited to a position where he can penetrate. Rumors have been swirling that Michigan’s coaches cooled on O’Brien and stopped pushing for his commitment; even before those rumors popped up, I had been hearing that he hadn’t been very impressive as a senior. I will be surprised if this one turns out to haunt Michigan down the road. While the Wolverines need another body on the interior to go along with Kansas City (MO) Park Hill DT Ondre Pipkins, I don’t imagine O’Brien will be terrorizing the SEC.