Michigan Recruiting Roundup (1/14)

Michigan has made recruiting moves in recent days that make it clear that Jim Harbaugh wants another quarterback in the 2015 class. Plus the Wolverines are making a play to add more explosiveness. We also get further word on just how much of a priority Harbaugh has made of regaining Mike weber's commitment. And the Wolverines are showing renewed interest in a five-star target.

Michigan determined to bring in a 2015 QB

Gilmer (Tex.) coach Jim Traylor drew attention to Michigan’s desire to add a quarterback to its 2015 class (even if it’s not a graduate transfer) Sunday when he reported that Jim Harbaugh planned to travel to the Lone Star State to check in on 2015 sleeper McLane Carter.  The seriousness of the Wolverines’ interest could intensify if headman Jim Harbaugh makes it down to the Lone Star State and likes what he sees.  In the meantime it appears that the Wolverines’ interest in a couple of committed quarterbacks is already strong.  Missouri commitment Drew Lock appears to be in the crosshairs. Whether that interest will be returned remains to be seen.  According to Scout.com Midlands reporter Derek Young, it’s probably a longshot.

“Lock has been a Missouri commit for a long time and grew up a huge Tigers fan,” Young said.  “So honestly I don't see this progressing much, but you never know. His dad played offensive line for Missouri and in the NFL. They named their dog Truman. It's been a die-hard Missouri focus for a long time with him and his family.”

A quarterback target that may not be as much of a longshot is committed to another Big Ten school.  The Wolverines’ overtures have already been returned, but the young man in question doesn’t want his name in the headlines for now.

Stay tuned…

Seeking Explosiveness

Scout.com Florida Analyst Corey Bender alerted GoBlueWolverine subscribers on our premium message board to Michigan’s pursuit of a big play threat yesterday.

Ryan Davis, a four-star slot receiver out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood, tells me Michigan will be at his school on Thursday and that he could have an in-home with them as well,” Bender reported.  “He's leaving for Auburn on Friday and is heavily considering Florida, UCLA and more schools.”

Scout.com South Regional Manager Chad Simmons also checked in on the board yesterday to discuss an offer he predicted would come for Gainesville (Ga.) ATH Chris Williamson. Hours later the offer indeed came through and Simmons gave his breakdown of the under-the-radar youngster.

Very good ATH -- just a late coming out party for him.

Transferred schools before JR year. Came in as a WR only and was behind seniors.

Then had a hip injury, so he didn't play the entire season.

Then in the spring of 2014, he had a collarbone injury, so he missed much of spring practice and the majority of the summer camp circuit.

It came down to his SR year and he produced, so when his tape got out in Dec., offers started rolling in.

IMO, he is most comfortable at WR, but his first choice is CB because he feels he can go farthest there.

–Chad Simmons

Is it really over for Weber?

Scout.com’s Anna Hickey checked in with Detroit Cass Tech four-star running back Mike Weber to see if Michigan was still pursuing despite his insistence that he is solidly committed to Ohio State.

"They're still coming after me," Weber said of the Wolverines. "It is what it is. I'm taking it day by day. I don't know right now."

The Army All-American has already taken his official visit to Ohio State and has no other visits set up, but Michigan continues to aggressively push for a visit to Ann Arbor. Weber hasn’t closed the door on the possibility and according to some close to the situation, there’s a good chance a visit will take place before he signs on the dotted line with the Buckeyes.

According to one such source close to Weber’s recruitment, Harbaugh had a lengthy phone conversation with the talented runner recently. Michigan’s new headman reportedly told Weber he had the best high school running back film he’d seen so far. Harbaugh added that knows how to prepare Weber for NFL and said the system that will be put in place in Ann Arbor fits Weber perfectly.  Harbaugh then reportedly compared Weber’s game to Frank Gore’s.  They also talked about academics andtradition before Harbaugh informed Weber that they will continue their discussion when he makes his way down to the Motor City to see the Buckeye commit.

It apparently will be Harbaugh’s first stop on the recruiting trail.

While it will be an uphill battle to lure Weber away from the national champs, that hill may not be nearly as steep as many observers thought.

Feeling So So?

We initially thought that Michigan’s interest in Mike Weber was about keeping the best players in state and the symbolism of taking him back from Ohio State. Now it appears the motivation is deeper than that.  The Wolverines have shown renewed interest in Scout.com’s #1 tailback Sotonye Jamabo. There is a well-known Maize & Blue connection to the five-star runner (former Michigan tailback David Underwood is one of his mentors) and during All Star week earlier this month he indicated his remaining visit schedule is fluid.  Jamabo has already visited UCLA and Notre Dame and said that he planned on taking two more officials to two of the following destinations: Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Baylor. (Also worthy of note is there are actually three visit weekends left before signing day).

GoBlueWolverine will be touching base with the talented youngster to see if the interest is mutual.

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