The Michigan football staff used the bye week to get out on the recruiting trail and several new offers were extended as a result. The most intriguing offer might have gone to Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel.
Cornerback has become a key spot for the Wolverines since the decommitment of Garrett Taylor, and Samuel is just one of the players at the position they are hoping to add. At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Samuel's length and athleticism has allowed him to add new offers as a senior.
"That's a huge one," Samuel said to Scout's Greg Biggins of the UM offer. "Michigan has incredible tradition and is just a great school, so that offer really means a lot."
Samuel's counterpart at corner for Poly is highly-regarded Iman Marshall, currently ranked as the nation's No. 2 cornerback on Scout. Long considered just an outside possibility for the Wolverines, Marshall is looking to get to campus with his friend and teammate.
"I'm definitely going to take an official visit there," Samuel said. "Me and (Iman) are already trying to figure out a date when we can go do it together."
Washington State recently offered Samuel, as did UCLA. He will visit the Bruins this weekend and referred to that as an offer he has "always wanted."
Other bye week offers went out to Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek junior defensive end Josh Brown, a Florida State commit, and Downey (Calif.) junior linebacker Darrian Franklin. Despite being committed to the Seminoles, Brown (6-2, 215) told Scout's Michael Clark that while he remains solid to FSU, he will look to visit Michigan along with West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia.
Franklin (6-2, 210) now holds offers from the Wolverines, Arizona State, California, Miami, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington. He is likely to visit Ann Arbor in the spring.
Baltimore Gilman School junior offensive linemen Devery Hamilton (6-6, 260) and Stephen Spanellis (6-6, 290) were both offered. The Wolverines landed Henry Poggi out of Gilman two years back, and his father, Biff Poggi, is the head coach there. Hamilton is expected to visit along with highly-regarded sophomore quarterback Kasim Hill this weekend.
The Wolverines also offered Pittsburgh Central Catholic cornerback Damar Hamlin, as well as two from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian -- junior linebacker Dominique Ross and sophomore cornerback Shaun Wade.
Visitors for Maryland
Michigan's final home game will allow the Wolverines to get visitors on campus again. As mentioned above, junior offensive lineman Devery Hamilton and sophomore quarterback Kasim Hill, both from Baltimore's Gilman School will be in town, as will Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Terrance Davis (6-4, 310 pounds).
Recently offered Oak Park cornerback prospect John Kelly will be in town, as will Corey Malone-Hatcher, a sophomore defensive end from St. Joseph, Mich., who was offered by the Wolverines last week.
Tampa (Fla.) Wharton wide receiver Auden Tate is listed as a potential official visitor by Scout.
In-state players still alive for offers
As the high school season winds to a close and Michigan continues to evaluate seniors across the country, those close to home are getting an additional look, as well.
Saline cornerback Tyrone Miller said this week that a Wolverine offer could be near. Michigan has also made contact with Southfield coaches about safety Dior Johnson, currently committed to Wake Forest.
Offensive linemen David Moorman, a Northville native committed to Wisconsin, and St. Joseph's Wesley French also continue to field interest from the Wolverines.
Brother Rice receiver Grant Perry, who turned in a massive final campaign, also continues to be on the board as a potential offer candidate.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.