Recruiting Update: July 31, 2014
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2015
Destrehan (LA) Destrehan wide receiver Kirk Merritt was offered by Michigan. Merritt is a 5’11”, 206 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Notre Dame, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #3 all-purpose back, and #138 overall in the class. He recently won the SPARQ national championship at The Opening, which included a 4.46 forty and a nearly 46″ vertical jump. Michigan is recruiting him as a wide receiver even though he’s built like a running back or safety.
Shreveport (LA) Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson decommitted from Arizona. Patterson was committed to Arizona prior to receiving a Michigan offer, and then pegged the Wolverines’ as a dream offer. He never visited and Michigan got a commit at his position in the form of Ohio’s Messiah DeWeaver. Patterson is more of a pocket guy than I would expect Rodriguez to truly want, though he does have some running ability. This may turn out as a positive for both parties, but Patterson is a quality prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, and Texas, among others.
Fort Wayne (IN) Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Indiana and Notre Dame, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 weakside end, and #207 overall. Robertson camped at Michigan in June, where the coaches had a chance to evaluate him. He visited for the BBQ this past weekend and was told that he had an offer, and while Michigan is currently looking at him as a defensive end, he could play tight end, too. His childhood favorite school was Ohio State.
Houston (TX) Cy Falls defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin committed to Texas. He had previously been committed to Oklahoma and never showed much interest in the Wolverines.
Tampa (FL) Sickles running back Ray-Ray McCloud III committed to Clemson. He was expected to commit to Florida for a long time until the tide started to turn in favor of the Tigers recently.
Rivals released their top 100 (LINK) and top 250 (LINK) lists for 2016.
ESPN updated their top 300 prospects for 2015 (LINK).
Here’s a list of the BBQ at the Big House visitors (LINK). Some names were added late while I was on vacation, so not all names are partnered with write-ups.