While Michigan has already been able to cast their net far and wide in search of 2016 quarterback targets, the immediate focus was on finding a signal caller for 2015.
Following the commitment of 2015 Brother Rice (Mich.) Alex Malzone, Michigan and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier can now begin to look ahead.
One of the top targets currently in the 2016 class for Michigan is Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah deWeaver. Having visited the Wolverines several times already, deWeaver can’t wait to get back to Ann Arbor.
“I haven’t talked to them since he committed but I’ll talk to them this week about it,” deWeaver said. “I’ll talk to them about it soon. We talk mostly every week, once every two weeks, me and Coach Nussmeier.
“I’m going to go up there and camp for a day and he loves my film and stuff so he was like if I do this it could lead to an offer.”
One aspect seeming to be emphasized by Michigan’s new offensive coordinator is quarterbacks with the ability to create when plays break down, and the mobility enough to possibly pick up some yards.
At 6-foot-3, 202-pounds, deWeaver can’t wait to show off that skillset this fall in his junior season with the Rams.
“That’s what I can do,” deWeaver said. “I’m excited this year to show that off. I did it last year, extending the play and throwing it down the field a lot but this year you’re going to see a different part of me.
“I’m going to run the ball this year and I’m bigger and faster, I’ve gained 20 pounds I think. I think I’m 202 pounds now so I’m a little bigger and more experienced.”
This summer, deWeaver plans to reciprocate a lot of that interest by making trips to compete in a number of camps across the country in hopes of earning more scholarship offers.
“I talked to Texas cause, they offered me at Louisville,” deWeaver said. “I’m going down there for two or three days in early June.
As far as when deWeaver would like to have a decision made, the young talent says he wouldn’t mind being one of the first recruits to commit to a program, in hopes of luring others along with him.
“My dad and I talked about when it’s a good time for me to commit and stuff and I said I want to commit early like in the spring time,” deWeaver said. “If the summer goes how I plan on it going and how I think it will go, I plan to commit early because I do want to recruit other guys to play with me.
“I want to play with athletes, any quarterback does because you want to play with guys that are going to make you look good.”
deWeaver also plans to compete at the Sound Mind Sound Body Academy in Michigan in June.