|Westerville (OH) South safety/linebacker/receiver/quarterback Marcus Ball (image via This Week News)|
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard David Dawson re-committed to Michigan.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback/safety Delano Hill changed his commitment from Iowa to Michigan.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2013
Westerville (OH) South linebacker Marcus Ball was offered by Michigan. Ball is a 6’3″, 205 lb. prospect who is being recruited by Michigan as a linebacker, though most other schools have told him they want him as a safety. Back in November he committed to Wisconsin, where his brother Ray is an offensive tackle (and was recruited by Michigan a couple years ago). He also has offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, West Virginia, and others. As a junior in 2011, he threw for 1,300 yards, ran for 500 yards, and had 7 interceptions on defense. He played safety in high school but appears to be a SAM linebacker prospect, and no matter where he ends up playing, I think he would outgrow the safety position. (Highlights.)
Spotsylvania (VA) Chancellor cornerback Chris Holmes was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 187 lb. prospect who could play boundary corner or safety. Holmes committed to North Carolina State back in July and holds offers from Clemson, Illinois, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The Wolfpack just replaced head coach Tom O’Brien with former Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, so there might be an opening to create a relationship. (Highlights.)
Brantford (Ont.) Pauline Johnson offensive tackle David Knevel was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’8″, 290 lb. prospect who is supposed to announce his college decision on Tuesday, which is reported to be between Alabama, Nebraska, and West Virginia. It’s unclear whether Michigan’s offer will change that announcement date or factor into his decision, but he has not visited Ann Arbor and has already used all five of his official visits allowed (to the three above schools along with Washington State and Wisconsin). Of course, Ontario is significantly closer than any of those other schools, so a 3.5- or 4-hour car ride might be feasible.
Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley offensive tackle Dan Skipper was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’10”, 295 lb. prospect who would likely be limited to tackle. Skipper committed to Tennessee back in June and holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Northwestern, and Oregon State, among several others. Tennessee and the home state Colorado Buffaloes are going through coaching transitions, which might open the door for Skipper to join the class. Despite the re-commitment of Dawson, Michigan appears to be considering taking a sixth offensive lineman in the class, likely a tackle. (Highlights.)
Belton (TX) Belton tight end Durham Smythe decommitted from Texas. Michigan does not appear to be back in the hunt, but it looks like a re-commitment to Texas is probably out the window. Florida, Stanford, and Notre Dame all appear to be strong possibilities as of now.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2014
Broken Arrow (OK) Broken Arrow running back Devon Thomas was offered by Michigan. Thomas is a 5’10”, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and others, but he committed to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Thomas is the teammate of 2014 quarterback Coleman Key, who has visited Michigan and is supposedly on the short list of quarterbacks being evaluated for an offer. (Highlights.)
OFF THE BOARD
Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School defensive tackle Maquedius Bain committed to LSU. Bain never visited Michigan and was not a serious option at this point, although I do really like him as a prospect.
Here’s a list of players who visited this past weekend.
St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville linebacker Michael Ferns, a 2014 commit, released his junior season highlights.