Michigan Football: Michigan Still Chasing Leon McQuay III Hard

Colan LamontAnalyst IIAugust 20, 2012

MichiganTremendous.com reports that Leon McQuay III is still being heavily recruited by Michigan's coaching staff.

McQuay is a newly crowned 5-star prospect by rivals.com, and the stud safety says that Michigan is still very interested despite holding a very stacked 2013 recruiting class as it is.

Michigan is not included in his top three of Florida State, USC and Vanderbilt, but he is still planning on visiting Ann Arbor when the Wolverines take on rivals Michigan State.

The article mentioned above also points out that USC has little room for commitments left and that Vanderbilt has five secondary commits already.

Considering that they already have the word of two elite safeties in Max Redfield and Su'a Cravens, I find it hard to believe that McQuay will go to USC.

I may be wrong, but I doubt any player would want to join forces with a team that already has two of the best safety prospects in all of the college football recruiting landscape.

McQuay's top three has changed every so often; Michigan was actually in the running back in June.

And once they get him back on campus again, the magnitude of what it is to be a Wolverine will be fresh on his mind.

Strong safety Dymonte Thomas is the only other safety in the 2013 recruiting class, and it sure would be nice to pair him with McQuay and create the next great starting safety tandem.

He can also play cornerback, but most teams view him as a safety and he would be a great addition to all of the secondary prospects already added thus far.

A future secondary with players like Jourdan Lewis, Channing Stribling and Ross Douglas does sound nice, but it would be even better with McQuay.

SBNation.com reported that McQuay may have felt pressured by Michigan:

"Michigan wanted me to commit, and I wasn't ready," McQuay said. "They said that if I didn't commit by this weekend, they weren't sure they'd have a spot for me by the time I was ready," he added.

I don't see Vanderbilt or USC as viable destinations, and Michigan could do a lot worse than to challenge Florida State for one of the most poised and polished players in the nation.

But James Franklin has proved to be an expert recruiter; I'd never count him out.

But it's hard to resist the Florida product when you consider his 6'2" frame and playmaking ability.