The day started positive for Michigan when Kelvin Grady of East Grand Rapids High School, the brother of current Wolverine running back Kevin Grady, opted to join his older sibling in the Maize and Blue. He will begin his U-M career on the hardcourt before participating in football, with the intent of playing both sports.
The euphoria of the Grady commitment was short-lived, however, as news began to surface that one of the top recruiting coups in recent Michigan history was going to change his mind. GoBlueWolverine.com eventually confirmed that Jai Eugene of Destrehan, La., High School, the No. 1 cornerback in the country according to Scout.com, had in fact rescinded his verbal commitment to Michigan in favor of LSU - citing a desire to stay close to home to be with his son. While the situation appears dire, Eugene's father told GBW that it isn't yet over for Michigan, and that Jai and his family will be speaking with U-M defensive backs coach Ron English later today.
Later in the day a Scout.com report was released stating that defensive end McKenzie Mathews had eliminated the Wolverines from the list of schools he was considering. "Michigan wants me to move to outside linebacker and I really want to stay at defensive end," Mathews told Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Allen Wallace. "Also, it's in such a small town and I'm more of a big city guy. I really liked Michigan's coaching staff and the program, but it's just not possible for me there." Note that this news bodes well for Michigan with regards to the other remaining Michigan defensive end prospect - Adam Patterson of Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., will reportedly announce on Signing Day between Michigan and South Carolina.
Then, late Monday, the news broke that offensive lineman Daron Rose of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla., has opted to stay in the South to play football. "I'm down to Florida State and South Carolina," Rose told Dave Peters of Renegade Report. "Michigan is no longer under consideration." Rose said he will announce his decision on Signing Day.
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