Michigan’s sideline was busting with recruits Saturday. Most eyes were focused on the official visitors (Kareem Walker, Quayshon Alexander, Jacob Mathis, and Levi Onwuzurike) and Devin Bush Jr., but a few in-state prospects committed to other schools raised eyebrows with their presence as well.
Detroit (Mich.) King’s LaVert Hill was the biggest name in the in-state bunch. He was also the biggest surprise since he was expected to visit Tennessee with good friend and teammate Donnie Corley. Hill, whose brother Delano Hill is a key member of the Wolverines’ secondary, made clear his interest in Michigan earlier this fall when he revealed his consistent contact with Jim Harbaugh. He was obviously impressed with the Wolverines’ headman, but was waiting to be impressed by his team.
“He’s a good coach,” Hill said of Harbaugh. “He coached at the next level. He knows what he’s talking about and what he is doing. I am just waiting to look at (Michigan’s) season.”
And what did Hill say he wanted to see from Harbaugh?
Said Hill: “Just win games.”
So far that’s exactly what the Wolverines have done. That appears to have also gotten the attention of fellow Penn State commit Quinn Nordin. The Rockford (Mich.) kicker Quinn has been on the receiving end of an increasing amount of attention in recent weeks. He returned the favor with a visit Saturday and told Scout.com’s Allen Trieu “It was the best visit I've taken during my recruiting.” (View the full report here.) This is a significant development for a program that determined its need for another leg during fall camp. According to Trieu there isn’t one better than Nordin.
“Scouting kickers is both simple and tough at the same time, but every expert I trust on the matter who has seen him kick has raved about the kid,” said Trieu. “He has a strong leg and has been accurate and up to the task in pressure situations. That has all added up to him being the nation's number one kicker.”
It won’t be a surprise if both Nittany Lion commits are present again in Ann Arbor next week.
The other elsewhere-committed in-stater present in in Ann Arbor Saturday was Ypsilanti (Mich.) athlete Marquis Smith. The Kansas commit has flown beneath the radar this year, but his blend of great speed, quickness, and ball skills have been commanding more and more attention.
He is considered by some to be this year’s Tyrone Miller, the former Saline (Mich.) standout that is in the mix for Big 12 freshman of the year.
For more on these and numerous other visitors check out Brice Marich’s premium recruiting notebook.
Initial reaction from Levi Onwuzurike can be found here: Levi Onwuzurike Update
A full list of visitors can also be found here: Recruits Spotted