Recruiting News and Bits

It's been an exciting time this past week and GoBlueWolverine Magazine has been on top of it all with breaking and accurate and up-to-the-minute reports of commits and imminent pledges. This report takes you around the network for updated information on Michigan other targets. We also recently spoke witht QB/WR <b>Antonio Bass</b> and TE <b>Edward Dickson</b>.

One Michigan target that surprised most folks with his recent pledge to Notre Dame was defensive back Brandon Harrison from Chaminade Julienne high school in Dayton, Ohio. "It's where I wanted to go," Harrison told IrishEyes. "I always knew that. I just wanted to get everything in order, now I'm committed." Harrison had stated shortly before his Irish pledge that he would be taking his time before making a decision. "I don't really have any time frame that I want to decide," he told InsideTennessee. "I plan to take all five of my visits. I'll take my visits after my season and go from there." Michigan was considered to be near the top of his list though he had yet to receive an offer. One thing that may have stood in the way of Harrison and a U-M offer is his size. At 5 foot 8 he is a little small for the type defensive back Michgian coach Ron English seems to favor. Harrison chose the Irish over Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Boston College. Harrison is rated the No. 11 player in the Midwest by TheInsiders.

Another defensive back who recently pledged to the Irish and was considered a possible Michigan offer is David Bruton from Miamisburg, Ohio high school. He was the Smokehouse Award winner at the recent Michigan camp, given to the fastest athlete in attendence. "I liked the defensive backs coach at Michigan, too, Coach English," Bruton told Bucknuts.com after the Michigan camp. Bruton did not have a Michigan offer. He is the No. 56 ranked player in the Midwest according to TheInsiders.

Five-star lineback Ryan Reynolds from Bishop Gorman high school has reportedly narrowed his list down to five, and Michigan isn't one of them. At the Stanford Nike Camp his coach assured GBW that Michigan would receive a visit from the talented defender, so we'll keep an eye on developments and report them as they occur. The 6 foot 2, 220-pound Reynolds is the No. 23 player in the country according to TheInsiders.

There seems to be some conflict in the McKinney household as to exactly when James McKinney will make his final decision. After spending the entire week at the Michigan camp, James' uncle, Neal, told GBW that a decision would be coming before the season began. James told InsideTheVille that he would decide after taking all of his official visits. A player may not take an official visit until his senior year begins, so a decision before school starts appears to be unlikely. MKcKinney is rated the No. 75 player in the country by TheInsiders.

Offensive lineman Dace Richardson from Warrenville South high school in Wheaton, Ill. had been thought of as a possible Michigan camper. His coach told GBW that a death in the family that week would keep him from camp, but Richardson was able to make it to a 7 on 7 passing league tournament that week at the University of Illinois. After the commitment to Iowa of Jake Christianson, Richardson told HawkeyeNation.com, "When I heard that, it made me like their team a little more, because Jake is a good quarterback and makes good decisions on the field." Richardson is originally from California and has USC high on his list, but has said several times he needs to make a visit to see if childhood memories are still strong enough to lure him west. Richardson is rated the No. 24 player in the country by TheInsiders.

Two major Michigan defensive back targets that were giving USC serious looks and were expected at the USC camp this week are Justin King from Gateway high school in Monroeville, Pa. and Kevin Thomas from Rio Mesa high school in Oxnard, Calif. As of this writing reports are that neither player attended the USC camp. King is the No. 7 rated player in the country according to TheInsiders, Thomas checks in at No. 60.

When we last spoke with tight end Edward Dickson from Bellflower, Calif. high school he reported he had been told by Michigan coach Ron English that a Michigan offer was on the way. He recently confirmed with GBW that he has, in fact, received his offer and that Michigan is high on his list. "I'm still open, but Michigan is definitely on of my favorites," he said. "I'm not quite sure when I'm going to decide but it will probably be after I take my visits." The 6 foot 6, 220-pound tight end also has USC high on his list.

Another sad event kept quarterback Antonio Bass from Jackson, Mi high school from the Michigan camp. His mom told GBW that he wouldn't be attending any camps this summer. GBW spoke briefly with Bass Wednesday morning and he said he would most likely attend Michigan's Academic Day at the end of July. We'll have further news on Bass later this week. He is the No. 50 ranked player in the country according to TheInsiders.

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