|Lakewood (OH) St. Edward’s TE Sam Grant could be Michigan’s
next commitment for the 2012 class
ADDED TO THE BOARDS (2012, 2013)
Dadeville (AL) Dadeville defensive tackle Rod Crayton was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 290 lb. nose tackle type with offers from Auburn, LSU, Penn State, and several others. Kids from the deep south rarely escape the gravitational pull of SEC schools, so don’t get your hopes up.
Lakewood (OH) St. Edward’s tight end Sam Grant decommitted from Boston College. He was committed in only the loosest of terms, since virtually everyone knew that he was looking for better options. But when you’re a program like BC, you have to let your higher level prospects have a little bit of freedom to explore other schools. The 6’4″, 240 lb. tight end has shown interest in Arkansas and Oklahoma – and visited both – but most recruiting gurus expect him to choose Michigan in the very near future.
West Roxbury (MA) Catholic Memorial cornerback Armani Reeves decommitted from Penn State. The 5’9″, 185 lb. Reeves had been committed to the Nittany Lions for several months, along with teammate and best friend Camren Williams, a linebacker. Williams committed to Ohio State a few days ago, and now Reeves will choose between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Head coach Brady Hoke made an in-home visit to Reeves on Sunday night, OSU head coach Urban Meyer will visit on Monday night, and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will visit Reeves on Tuesday evening.
OFF THE BOARD
Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison cornerback Cam Burrows, a 2013 prospect, committed to Ohio State on Thursday. The 6’1″, 195 lb. defensive back had long been considered a lock for the Buckeyes. Burrows is in the early running to be the top player in the state of Ohio.
Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson cornerback Kenneth Crawley committed to Colorado on Sunday. Crawley had previously been committed to Tennessee, but decommitted a few weeks ago. He briefly flirted with the idea of visiting Michigan.
Waco (TX) Waco cornerback Will Hines decommitted from Missouri. And then he committed to Arkansas.
Columbus (IN) East quarterback Gunner Kiel switched his commitment from LSU to Notre Dame. The 6’4″, 220 lb. Kiel probably made a smart move here, because his pledge to LSU was confusing from the beginning. LSU is a run-oriented offense with a coach not known for developing quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Notre Dame has produced several solid quarterbacks over the years, including Joe Montana and Joe Theismann. Unfortunately for Kiel and Notre Dame, the more recent products have been solid college quarterbacks who have turned into NFL busts.
Monrovia (CA) Monrovia defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy switched his commitment from Cal to UCLA. He had just committed to Cal at the beginning of January, but beloved recruiter Tosh Lupoi left Cal to coach at Washington, which obviously upset several Cal recruits. UCLA has sucked for a long time, so this seems like a bad move on McCarthy’s part.
South Bend (IN) Washington running back David Perkins committed to Ohio State. He had previously been committed to Notre Dame. Perkins was considered to be an option for Michigan at running back when Bri’onte Dunn re-committed to Ohio State, and now both targets are in Columbus. The 6’2″, 225. lb athlete will likely compete at linebacker for the Buckeyes.
Cincinnati (OH) Oak Hills offensive lineman Caleb Stacey changed his commitment from Michigan to Cincinnati. Stacey is a 6’4″, 280 lb. guard/center and his stated reason for flipping to Cincinnati is a desire to play closer to home.