Is Michigan a Fit for Sills?

Longtime USC commit David Sills will make his way to Michigan next week to get an up-close look at the program that former teammates Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson committed to.

Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy quarterback David Sills has been mum about his recruitment in the aftermath of the abounding change affecting the program he’s committed to.  Over the past few months USC has brought in a new coaching staff, and that coaching staff has picked up a commitment from five-star Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town.  Many have wondered if those moves would impact Sills’ status.  According to ECA coach Dwayne Thomas the answer is both yes and no.

“If David decides the go to SC he would be competing against Ricky Town or whoever they’ve got out there for the job,” Thomas said.  “None of that makes any difference to him.  He wants to find a place that fits him, (where) his skill set fits, and (there’s) a coaching staff that can really develop him as a player, and where he can also secure himself a good degree.”

In other words the additional competition will have no bearing on Sills’ thought process, but how he figures into his would-be coaches’ plans absolutely will.  That uncertainty regarding fit has opened the door ever so slightly for him to at least consider other options.  Michigan has emerged as one of the possibilities.

“They’ve offered him and he is coming up to spring practice next week, so obviously there is an interest,” said Thomas.  “He is coming out next Thursday.”

Since extending that offer in December Michigan has gone through a major change of its own.  Doug Nussmeier left his post at Alabama to replace Al Borges as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Ann Arbor.  Nussmeier’s assessment of Sills will determine where the talented youngster fits on the Wolverines’ still evolving hierarchy of targets.

“David was first team all-state in Maryland,” Thomas said.  “I think he is a true dual-threat guy.  I think he threw 27-30 touchdowns, close to 3000 yards passing… and we didn’t play a chump schedule. We played two of the top four teams in Ohio and a couple of the top teams in Jersey and Florida.  We’re not playing the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor.’  I’ve been coaching 24 years here and on the college level and I’ve never had anyone better.”

“I think he is the best quarterback in the country if you ask me.  He can make all the throws, he is extremely athletic, and has a lot experience playing.  All the receivers he has played with in high school have all gotten division one scholarships.  I’m sure if you talk to all of them they’ll tell you he’s the reason why.

One of those receivers in current Michigan freshman Freddy Canteen.  According to Thomas putting the former teammates back together again would be akin to reuniting the dynamic duo.

“On the football field (Sills) and Freddy are two peas in a pod,” Thomas stated.


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