Trieu: UM ‘very high’ for nation’s No. 3 DT Greg Rogers
Michigan recently offered one of the top prospects in the nation, Las Vegas Arbor View junior Greg Rogers, the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 35 player overall on Scout. While many schools around the country have offered, including two schools out west that Rogers is high on, UCLA and USC, the Wolverines are looking to pull him to the Midwest.
Their success in signing tight end Devin Asiasi, a California native who many thought would stay out West in last year’s class, should give Wolverine faithful confidence that they can pull it off again.
“I am really, really big on them,” the 6-foot-4, 298-pound Rogers said of Michigan, “and it is a school I have been waiting on to get an offer from. It is definitely a big-time offer for me. I love everything about Michigan football and I am looking forward to building this relationship with the coaches and seeing what the future holds. They are very high for me.”
Rogers told Scout’s Brandon Huffman that USC and UCLA were at the top of his list. However, a recent Midwest tour that included Notre Dame and Indiana, as well as Michigan, has him considering options all around the country.
With additional offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Colorado and many more, Rogers is changing his plan to move toward a decision this summer.
"I was big on committing before my senior year, but now it won't be until sometime in December or January,” he said. “I won't take it all the way out until Signing Day, but it will be after I take all five of my official visits."
The plan is for USC and UCLA to be two of those five official visits. Michigan will have an opportunity to be one of the other three.
“It might be hard to get out to Michigan for one of my unofficial visits, but I could definitely see Michigan being one of my official visits,” he said.
Rogers had 64 tackles (17 for loss) and six sacks as a junior at Centennial High. He transferred to Arbor View for his senior season.
Malone-Hatcher enjoys another UM visit
One of Michigan’s top in-state targets, St. Joseph defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher, returned to Ann Arbor the day after the Wolverines’ spring game for a junior day. Recruited as a “BUCK” by previous defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, Malone-Hatcher and his family have used their last several visits to speak with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and new defensive coordinator Don Brown about how he fits into the new scheme.
"When they say 'end' a lot of people automatically assume that's naturally defensive end," his father Orlando Malone said. "The way Mattison described it to us (was different). We actually had a chance to watch film with him as he was describing to all of the guys at junior day Saturday. What he said to Corey was in this package he could be down, and in a different package he's up. Basically he said there's probably more packages up in this set than the ‘BUCK’ (in Durkin’s defense) has.”
Father and son also carefully watched true freshman Carlo Kemp during the spring game as his size and versatility are similar to Corey’s. The way Kemp was used, both standing up and with hand down, mirrors what the Wolverine staff has told Malone-Hatcher about their plans for him.
After recent visits to Michigan State and Notre Dame, the question now becomes: How long will the Wolverines have to wait to find out if that versatility will find its way to the Big House.
"I don't think it'll go into the season,” Mr. Malone said. “When we kind of look at it … he's going to finish up in December, so (waiting until the fall to make a decision) is going to require a school to have to do a lot to save a spot for an early-enrolled spot. Hopefully over the summer we'll see how conversations are going. Over the next month to five weeks or so we'll see if we need to speed it up."
Wolverines continue to recruit Alabama
Prior to the 2015 class, it had been 11 years since Michigan signed a player from Alabama. Keith Washington started the new wave of ’Bama kids coming to Ann Arbor. Two of his Prattville teammates, Kingston Davis and Dytarious Johnson, committed to the Wolverines in the 2016 class. Davis signed and enrolled early while Johnson has yet to sign due to a transcript issue.
In the 2017 class, Michigan already has a commitment from Florence safety J’Marick Woods, and the hiring of former Prattville assistant coach Bam Richards as an offensive analyst should ensure the Wolverines continue to attack the state going forward, despite the recent satellite camp ruling.
One prospect they hope to bring north is Gadsden City’s massive 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle Toryque Bateman. Bateman spoke to Richards recently and was offered a scholarship by Michigan.
“Most definitely (I plan on visiting Michigan),” Bateman said. “I don't have a set date yet. I'm blessed to be recognized by them and I am looking forward to visiting them.”
A four-star prospect, Bateman has been offered by Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee and others.
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.