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Trieu: McDoom might join UM’s impressive WR arsenal

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Eddie McDoom


Wherever Michigan quarterback recruit Brandon Peters is – and it is likely in Ann Arbor since he is an early enrollee – he is bound to be smiling.

The Wolverines are building an arsenal of receiving weapons for him, with four – Brad Hawkins, Ahmir Mitchell, Dylan Crawford and Nate Johnson – already committed, and several more still available on the recruiting board.

A new old name was re-added to the list this week when West Orange (Fla.) Winter Garden wideout Eddie McDoom (6-0, 170 pounds) decommitted from Oregon and quickly set an official visit to Ann Arbor for this weekend. While fans may have put McDoom out of sight, out of mind when he committed to the Ducks, he never truly left Michigan’s wish list.

“I think Michigan’s persistence and their distance advantage over Oregon were two big reasons,” said The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb.

Some felt the Wolverines may have started recruiting McDoom again when Nate Johnson set up visits with Notre Dame and Penn State after receiving offers from those schools, but Johnson says he is “110 percent committed,” and the Wolverines had remained in contact with McDoom through the time he was committed to Oregon.

Experts predict where uncommitted prospects will land

The Wolverines are the heavy favorite for McDoom as well as another Florida receiver, Keyshawn “Pie” Young, and will be hosting yet another receiver this weekend in Paramus (N.J.) Catholic’s Donald Stewart. That makes a possibility of seven receivers in the class.

“Take them all and figure it out later,” Webb said.

Each of these prospects brings something unique to the table, but despite not being ranked as highly as some of them, McDoom had an outstanding senior season, was named Under Armour All-American, and has been a clear priority for the Michigan staff. The Wolverine staff kept chipping away until they got back in the game with him.

“The opportunity is there and is greater for me than Oregon,” McDoom told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich. “They weren’t too confident about me and I feel comfortable with Michigan. I had an in-home visit with Michigan earlier this week. It was with (pass game coordinator / receivers) Coach (Jedd) Fisch and it went great, which is when we scheduled the official visit for this weekend.”

An official visit that could produce a commitment.

“If I go there and love it, then I will commit,” he said. “If I don’t, then I will weigh all my options. As of now, that is where I want to go.”

Brandon Peters, along with Michigan staff and fans alike, would be smiling.

Shuffling on offensive tackle board

Long-time offensive line commit Erik Swenson is no longer in the class, and Michigan hosted Virginia commit Stephen Spanellis for an official visit over the weekend and paid a visit to Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer’s E.J. Price on Tuesday.

Spanellis, a Baltimore Gilman product, told Scout’s Jacquie Franciulli he was “on the fence” about decommitting from the Cavaliers and becoming a Wolverine.

It is still unknown if Price will make a visit to Michigan, but the Wolverines are attempting to get him on campus for one of the final official visit weekends. Born in Grand Rapids, Price was recruited heavily by Michigan early in the process. He will take an official visit to Auburn this weekend and took one to LSU last weekend.

Long set to announce

Michigan is the favorite to land Los Angeles Loyola cornerback David Long on Thursday evening when he announces his decision. He is between Washington and the Wolverines. A one-time Stanford commit, Long hosted the Wolverine coaches for an in-home visit on Monday.

More information

Eddie McDoom profile

Stephen Spanellis profile

David Long 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.