Trieu: It's a rush to the finish for Daniels, other UM DL targets

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Chris Daniels

Give Carlo Kemp extra points for creativity. While most recruits announce their commitments publicly after speaking with their future head coach, the Boulder (Colo.) Fairview senior decided to broadcast that special moment, so fans could see him actually call Jim Harbaugh and commit to the Wolverines.

When Harbaugh received the news, he handed the phone to associate athletic director for football Jim Minick, so Harbaugh could do a cartwheel.

If that is Harbaugh's reaction for receiving a top-ranked defensive line commit, he might want to limber up in preparation for what is to come. Kemp, slated to play the hybrid pass-rush spot known as the "BUCK" in Michigan's defense, may only be the beginning of what should be a furious finish for the Wolverines on the recruiting trail in general, but particularly on the defensive line.

The Wolverines need an interior prospect and three top tackles, Rashan Gary, Chris Daniels and Jordan Elliott, all have Michigan at the top of their list, according to The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb.

Daniels, a Euless (Texas) Trinity product who played at Muskegon Mona Shores his freshman year and still has family in Michigan, took an official visit last weekend when the Wolverines hosted and defeated Rutgers.

"I could tell it's like family there," Daniels said to Webb. "Coach Mattison's wife, I could tell she could be a far-away mom for me. The players there were just how I pictured them. They said they could see me playing with them. (Bryan Mone) was my host. We went out to dinner and it was pretty cool."

Elliott takes an official visit to Michigan on Nov. 28 and Gary has already taken his. The Wolverines also remain in the race for Keyshon Camp and Levi Onwuzurike, two other highly-regarded prospects on the defensive line.

"They want me, Rashan Gary, Jordan Elliott, and (Levi Onwuzurike)," Daniels said. "They're hoping that we all make a decision and then that would be it."

Michigan offers the opportunity to compete for time right away on the defensive line. The Wolverines also offer a coach who will break into gymnastics at the word of a new commitment, and Kemp asks: What could be better than that?

"I just lost it," Kemp said of Harbaugh's reaction. "That reassured me I was making the right decision. Michigan is where they value you. You're not just another player. They value you as a person and not just a player. They care about every guy that commits there."

Wolverines add another preferred walk-on

Bowling Green (Ky.) senior tight end Dane Drobocky has committed to a preferred walk-on offer from Michigan. Drobocky is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound tight end and defensive end prospect. He joins Kalamazoo Central defensive back Simeon Smith as committed preferred walk-ons. The Wolverines also recently extended a preferred walk-on offer to Grand Rapids Christian linebacker Tyler Lamica.

More information

Chris Daniels profile

Carlo Kemp profile

Jordan Elliot profile

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.