Trieu: Michigan on wild ride as Signing Day nears
Fans following Michigan recruiting this year might find keeping up with the changes a bit overwhelming as the final run toward National Signing Day has brought up new twists and turns to the Wolverine commitment list and recruiting board.
Cooper City (Fla.) defensive end Rashad Weaver announced the re-opening of his recruitment on Twitter Monday night. This came on the heels of the commitment of defensive end Joshua Uche, a Miami native who officially visited Ann Arbor over the weekend and was swayed away from southern programs.
Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a physical 6-foot-3, 232-pound inside linebacker from Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove, also committed on Sunday night after being on campus over the weekend. A childhood 49ers fan, Mbem-Bosse had visions of playing for Jim Harbaugh while watching him lead that team to the Super Bowl, but it was actually new defensive coordinator Don Brown who was the central figure in his recruitment.
“I talked to every coach, but when I talked to the defensive coordinator, Coach Brown was just explaining how he plans on using me and that there is some room at the depth chart,” said Mbem-Bosse to Scout’s Chad Simmons. “It is really close enough that I got to come in and play right away. He said that I’m physically prepared to play right away. That is very appealing to me.”
Mbem-Bosse added: “When he first got the defensive coordinator job at Michigan, I was one of the people he called on the first day in the office. He was like, ‘I just watched your tape and loved every second of it.’ He also said he would love working with me. He is a real cool guy. I feel like it is great that I was one of his top targets.”
The commitment of Mbem-Bosse and Uche would seem to lock up recruiting at the linebacker and rush-end positions, although this is one of those recruiting cycles where anything seems possible.
Look no further than the tight end position as proof of that. After losing out on five-star Isaac Nauta, the Wolverines turned their attention to Jacob Mathis, who has long held a Michigan offer; Chase Allen, who was recently offered, took an official visit and placed Michigan high on his list; and Devin Asiasi, a California native who many expected to stay out west, but who the Wolverines made great strides with on his weekend official.
That seemed to be the three jockeying for the second tight end spot in the class alongside early-enrollee Sean McKeon, but enter Nick Eubanks. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage product holds a Michigan offer, but was not a prospect who seemed to show much interest in the Wolverines. That changed this week when he made contact with the staff and eventually set up an official visit for this Wednesday and Thursday, according to Scout’s Corey Bender.
“He needs to continue to get stronger and work on his blocking, but he is a field-stretching tight end that can create plenty of mismatches downfield,” Bender said. “High ceiling with a frame to pack on 20 to 25 pounds with ease.”
Michigan will host another mid-week visitor in Olathe (Kansas) North safety Isaiah Simmons (6-3, 205 pounds), who was offered by the Wolverines recently.
The Wolverines also added a commitment from defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour, running back commit Kareem Walker’s teammate at Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic on Monday.
Dwumfour puts the class at 24 -- 22 not counting defensive tackle Jordan Elliott and wide receiver Nate Johnson, who are both looking at other programs.
That likely leaves eight spots left, and with new names like Eubanks popping up, the final week to Signing Day is sure to bring a few surprises.
Hudson set to decide
McKeesport (Pa.) athlete Khaleke Hudson, one of Michigan’s top remaining targets, has set a decision date for Thursday. Hudson (6-1, 200 pounds) will choose between Penn State, Pitt, UCLA and Michigan.
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.