I'm sure you heard that Urban Meyer has kicked off 2 DBs from the Ohio State team for "violations of undisclosed team rules." This opens up 2 scholarships with Armani Reeves visiting them in the near future, and potentially Yuri Wright making a visit. Would this be convenient or just a coincidence?
I know Michigan has cooled a little with Yuri Wright, but what do you think the chances of them landing him, Armani Reeves or both are?
Answer: As much as I dislike Urban Meyer, I don't think that him kicking off two corner backs was convenient.
Yuri Wright will not becoming here. With the coaches liking Armani Reeves more, and thinking that Wright is better suited as a safety rather than corner, I think that that ship has sailed. I'm actually more optimistic about Reeves than others. He had strong Michigan interest earlier in his recruitment before picking PSU, and now after his recent visit, we are in great position. The one big factor that could sway Reeves to either OSU, UM, or back to PSU, is his close friend (and commit) Camren Williams.
What are the chances that Michigan ends the class with Garnett, Diamond , Reeves and Grant?
Answer: I'd say that Michigan stands in great shape with Garnett, Reeves and Grant, but I think that Diamond will end up at another school. Diamond seems to be worried about playing time and with Michigan possibly taking up to seven offensive lineman, I think that will play a big factor in his decision. I'd say 75% for Garnett, 55% for Reeves, 70% for Grant, and 25% for Diamond.
Question 3: Also is Stefon Diggs totally out of the picture?
Yes, Stefon Diggs is no longer considering Michigan.
Question 4: Do you see any big recruiting suprises for Michigan?
Answer: Sadly, I don't see any surprises for Michigan this year. Michigan is in great position with the rest of their remaining prospects, so if any of them commit, it shouldn't be a surprise.
What is the difference between Yuri Wright and Armani Reeves and which one's more likely to play at Michigan?
Answer: I think the difference between Wright and Reeves is that Reeves is the more polished corner back, They're both tremendous players, but Reeves is more college-ready and is the better corner, while Wright has talent, his rankings seemed to be based on potential. As you saw in the Army All-American Game, he needs quite a bit of work. Reeves is more likely to commit.
Question 6: Which school will most likely have Josh Garnett commit on Jan.26, Mich. or Stanford?
Answer: Michigan. It'll be close though.
Question7: When will Ty Issac commit and will it be Michigan?
Answer: I think that Isaac will commit when he's ready to commit. Not sure on a specific date. I'd like to be Michigan, but it'll be a tough battle with Notre Dame.
Question 8: Since where looking for a WR for one of our last spots in the class who is most likely the player that will play for Michigan?
Answer: To be honest, I don't think Michigan gets a last WR commit. They've contacted Monty Madaris, but he's Michigan State bound. Jordan Payton is the most likely candidate, but I still think he stays on the west coast.
Question 9: Is Logan Tuley-Tillman going to commit to Michigan if yes is he going to commit this year?
Answer: I think Tillman will commit to Michigan, but I think that he'll commit in 2013.
Question 10: Basketball wise, will James Young commit to Michigan?
Answer: Since Michigan has yet to offer, I'd say that MSU is the team to beat right now.
Question 11: What wideouts do you think we will grab next year?
Answer: Michigan is in great position with many wide receivers for the 2013 class. If I were to predict the wideouts, it'd be something like this:
1. Laquon Treadwell
2. Robert Foster
3. Kevin Gladny
Questions 12: With the coaching change that has happened at Cal and Jordan Payton reopening his recruitment, do you believe that Coach Hoke and the staff should go after him? He was abosolutley thrilled with his visit at the Notre Dame game, but personally, I think that he will end up at Notre Dame if not Cal. How much of a chance do we really have?
Answer: The staff should pursue him quite a bit, especially with the Stonum news.I'd say that we have a chance, but not a very good one. He and his family seem determined to stay on the west coast., though. I think that he will end up at Washington personally.
Question 13: Very curious about '13, especially WR Marcell Ateman. Seen a lot on scout and rivals bout him and UM. Are we in the running early, or is he going to Texas?
Answer: We are very much in the running early for Ateman. Texas dominates in-state recruiting most years, but if we can get him on campus, anything is possible.
Question 14: The recruiting sites seem to have us in on a lot of big names next year. When do the early player ratings come out?
Answer: I know that 24/7 Sports just recently updated their 2013 rankings. Not sure about ESPN, Scout, or Rivals.
Question 15: Are there any big time recruits for the 2013 class who Michigan might be the favorites for?
Answer: As of right now: Logan Tuley-Tillman, Taco Charlton, Laquon Treadwell, Ty Isaac and Jourdan Lewis.
Question 16: How do you see the Hoke-Meyer recruiting battle going?
Answer: Meyer is obviously the "bigger coach" due to his track record, but don't underestimate Hoke and his staff. Mattison was Meyer's best recruiter and he is one of the reasons that Meyer recruited so well. Hoke needs to keep winning games and beat Ohio State a few times for Michigan to really become competitive in the state of Ohio recruiting wise.
Question 17: With some recruits nationally backing off their commitments, are there any U of M verbals we need to worry about?
Answer: No. Everyone in this class will end up signing their LOI's with Michigan.
Question 18: When recruiting a top receiver, like Payton, how much does an early verbal from Morris play into the staffs pitch?
Answer: I don't think the staff really talks about Morris to be honest. I'm sure that a top receiver likes having a top QB already committed, but the staff just needs to sell Michigan and follow their recruiting strategy.
Question 19: Okay, so I have been debating whether or not we need another DT in this class for months now because Will Campbell is not going to get it done next season. Are there any guys flying under the radar that we can pick up?
Answer: I don't see Michigan getting anymore DT commits. They are happy with Pipkins and potential movers like Wormley and Godin.
Thanks to everyone who participated! I'll be holding another Mailbag on Monday.