GBW's Recruiting News & Notes

A weekly newsletter on top prospects and recruits interested in Michigan.

Welcome to GoBlueWolverine's News and Notes on everything Michigan football recruiting. This is a weekly update on U-M recruits and commits.

Southfield (Mich.) High DE, Lawrence Marshall—GBW caught up with Marshall this past week a couple times. The Scout No. 15 DE is very firm with his commitment and is putting his recruiting hat on to get more players to join him in Ann Arbor. He says his top focus is to get Malik McDowell to join him in a winged helmet. Marshall says McDowell is still staying close to vest in his recruitment, but it can only help the Wolverines chances of landing McDowell with Marshall in his ear.

Adlai E. Stevenson (Ill.) High 2015 WR Cameron Green—While Green still doesn't have an offer, he says Illinois is likely going to be his first. He is hearing interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota already, and has already been to OSU for a unofficial visit. His mother is from Detroit, and says he plans on visiting this summer. He says camping at Michigan is a possibility.

West Mecklenburg (N.C.) High 2015 safety, Van Smith—At 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Smith is an athletic safety that showed good athleticism at the back end of the defense in the Midwest Elite 7v7 Passing tournament last weekend. . He plays on a loaded a 7-on-7 team but certainly sticks out amongst his fellow teammates. He already has seven offers including Kansas State, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Penn State, to name a few. He went on a unofficial visit to Michigan last Sunday with his team, and with his offer sheet already getting stacked up, he should be a guy to watch moving forward.

Hough (N.C.) High, 2015 wide receiver/safety, Carl Tucker—Tucker is a tall athletic prospect at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, he already has a Clemson offer early on. He says he is getting recruited more as a safety, but is open to playing offense at the next level. He made his way to Ann Arbor for a unofficial visit last Sunday. He is getting looked at by a lot schools in the south.

Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill High 2015 QB, Kyle Kearns –-Kearns was one of the most impressive kids I've ever spoken to over the phone. A natural born leader and someone that will obviously be a key recruit in whatever class he joins. He is very aware of Tom Brady and his underdog story and it's clear that mindset is something that motivates him. He's aware of Michigan's offer out to 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen and he's confident in his ability to be on that same level. If Michigan offers, I believe they can be a real player in this recruitment. Kearns also has a relationship with 2015 wide receiver George Campbell.

West Mecklenburg (N.C.) High 2014 RB/WT, Shaun Wilson. - Wilson is very interested in the Wolverines but it appears Michigan will be waiting on others to join the class. Wilson does offer versatility in the backfield and says he will camp in Ann Arbor hoping to impress the coaching staff.

Detroit (Mich.) King 2015 SS/LB, Tyriq Thompson - Thompson is fielding interest from several schools including Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan. In my opinion, if Michigan offers, he'll be a Wolverine. His dad isn't necessarily putting pressure on him but he is making his son aware of how proud he would be if he ended up in Ann Arbor. Thompson is open to being more of a hybrid linebacker than just a safety which should bode well for him moving forward. Look for him to camp and potentially explode with strong performances this summer.

Clarkston (Mich.) High 2015 TE, Cole Chewins - Chewins grew up a Michigan fan with a father that played hockey for the Wolverines back in the 80's. Still very early in this recruitment and Michigan is still in the evaluation process but it's good to get in early on a kid that's 6-foot-7 and still developing.

Southlake (N.C.) Christian 2016 RB, Robert Washington - Washington appears to have a real interest in the Wolverines, able to connect very well with Michigan linebackers coach Roy Manning. Washington enjoyed his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor and plans to camp with the Wolverines this June. Though he's technically a Mississippi State commitment, Washington remains open and will be a top recruit in that 2016 class.

Newhall (Calif.) Hart High 2015 WR, Trent Irwin - One of the most consistent receivers on the west coast, Irwin's father can rattle off former Michigan greats and big moments in the Wolverine's history at the drop of a hat. Irwin himself is a Michigan fan as well and has a lot of interest in the Wolverines. This one is still in the early stages but it looks like a visit this winter could be in the works.

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