Michigan Recruiting: 5 2015 Recruits Wolverines Fans Should Follow This Summer
In the coming months, college football fans everywhere will affix their eyes to Twitter, set alerts on their phones and bookmark sites such as 247Sports in order to get the latest news on recruits.
And Michigan fans are no different. In fact, they’re among the leaders of the pack, as they were recently named as the Internet’s most engaged fanbase by TicketCity.
With that being said, this slideshow will rattle off a few names that Wolverines fans will certainly want to track during the summer. Don’t worry about setting your phone alerts or locking your browser to a recruiting site.
This post has you covered, Maize and Blue Superfan.
5-Star WR George Campbell (East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Florida)
Don't give up on George Campbell just yet.
The one-time Michigan commit could become a two-time pledge if Wolverines coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier play their cards right.
At 6'3" and roughly 185 pounds, Campbell embodies the type of wideout that Michigan needs—a big-bodied speedster (4.36-second 40-yard dash, per 247Sports) who can go up and get the ball.
Campbell, the No. 1-ranked WR of 2015, has a great stride once he hits the open field. And with a few more pounds on his frame, he'll have the power to shed college defensive backs with ease.
OK. So maybe you shouldn't be holding on so tight. Campbell recently talked to 247Sports about his recruitment, and Michigan wasn't mentioned. But that doesn't mean that Hoke's out of the race. Not all the way.
Campbell is a wish-lister. The chances of him choosing Michigan are slim. But there's still a chance. Mason Cole, a 2014 OL'er, was Campbell's teammate at East Lake. That could count for something.
5-Star RB Damien Harris (Madison Southern, Berea, Kentucky)
At one time, Damien Harris and Campbell were committed. And then they weren't. Like Campbell, Harris decided to withdraw his verbal and seek other options.
He's not technically committed to Michigan, but he's about as close as it gets at this point. He's expressed the desire to attend the school, and the process often takes months. In hindsight, he probably realized that he jumped the gun when he said yes to Hoke.
At 5'11" and 205 pounds, Harris, the No. 1-ranked RB, is perfect for Nussmeier's bruising running attack. And that attack will need a few guys to help Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith carry the load.
Spring. Fall. Doesn't matter. Harris doesn't mess around.
Damien Harris gets three carries in his spring game and takes all three to the house: http://t.co/NImkNAFDmZ— Michael Spath (@Spath_Wolverine) May 5, 2014
Harris talks UM with TheWolverine.com's Tim Sullivan:
4-Star RB Jacques Patrick (Timber Creek, Orlando, Florida)
Getting Harris back would be a monumental win for Michigan.
However, he wouldn't make or break the class. There are plenty of talented running backs who are ripe for the picking. They're not all Harris, but they're no scrubs either.
Case in point: Jacques Patrick, a 6'1," 220-pound tank who is considering the Wolverines. Hoke and Nussmeier are aggressively pursuing a few tailbacks--they'll get one of them.
It doesn't seem as if Mike Weber, a Detroit Cass Tech star, wants anything to do with the Maize and Blue, making Patrick more of a priority.
Cass Tech RB Mike Weber names 4 schools of priority in Scout interview, Michigan isn't one of them http://t.co/oH3NPS3NOq— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 6, 2014
Update: According to Weber via Twitter, he doesn't have a top four (via Maize 'n Brew). Nonetheless, he remains of high interest. But there other backs to follow.
Patrick, the No. 2-ranked RB, has the right idea. He wants to be great too; so why not be that in Ann Arbor?
4-Star WR/TE Miles Boykin (Providence Catholic, New Lenox, Illinois)
The Land of Lincoln isn't exactly a hotbed for college football recruits, but it's home to more than a few top-tier talents, especially this year.
One such talent is Miles Boykin, a 6'4," 212-pound "throw it to me" option for Michiganor whichever program he chooses. The latest 247 Crystal Ball has Boykin going to Michigan State. Of course, he has a high level of interest in the Wolverines, too.
Boykin enjoyed his recent visit to Ann Arbor, which is always a great sign for a team looking to land an elite player (Boykin's the No. 23-ranked WR). As usual, Notre Dame and Ohio State are also in the conversation.
4-Star WDE Jashon Cornell (Cretin-Derham Hall, Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Sure, there are other defensive ends available. And some of them are probably quite interested in Michigan. Getting a solid recruit at the position in 2015 won't be a problem for the Wolverines, who continuously stack golden prospects for DC Greg Mattison's enjoyment.
That makes his a job a lot easier. And Jashon Cornell would only lighten the load for Mattison, who, in all likelihood, would do backflips if it meant the 6'4," 270-pounder was Ann Arbor-bound.
Keisean Lucier-South plans to visit Oct. 11. At 6'5" and 225 pounds, he'd fit the mold. But Cornell, the No. 3-ranked WDE, is at another level. In terms of size, he's there. In terms of athleticism, he's there. He's not complete by any means, but his pass-rushing and ability to crunch O-lines is impressive.
However, it seems as if the Spartans are in line to secure his services. Pay attention to this one: The in-state scrum for the out-of-stater could get wild.
Quote from Jashon Cornell in Detroit News: "Michigan State is number one on my list right now." http://t.co/viYgIF01jn— JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) May 2, 2014
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