Changes Abound for Emilien

Big Ten Powers Michigan and Ohio State were previously the fiercest pursuers of Plantation, FL S Vladimir Emilien. Now things have changed in a major way. Are the Wolverines still in it for the versatile defensive back?

Recruiting has slowed down for most of the country's top prospects. With coaches unable to initiate contact, youngsters like Plantation, FL S Vlad Emilien are taking time to focus on other things.

"It is pretty nice right now," Emilien said regarding things being quiet on the recruiting front.  "A lot of (college) coaches are on vacation.  Right now we are getting ready for the season.  Everyone that is on varsity is coming to workouts.  We want to be ready for the upcoming season."

Even though his recruitment is currently taking a backseat to working out with his team, he still keeps tabs on his list of suitors.  Michigan and Ohio State had been pursuing the Sunshine State defensive back extremely hard. As a matter of fact, in his last interview with GoBlueWolverine he singled those two programs out for coming on the strongest.  The scenario is a little different now.

"Michigan has not been coming after me as hard," he reported.  "Ohio State already has six commitments from defensive backs, so I am not sure about them anymore.

His uncertainty about his two Big Ten suitors has caused his recruitment to alter course.  The Buckeyes were once the clear leaders in the race for his services.  They were also in line to receive a visit.  He now, however, is singing a different tune. 

"We will not be going (to Columbus) at this time," Emilien said.  "I have no leader at this time.  That is because other schools are stepping up."

From July 16-20 Emilien plans to visit a few of those schools.  Florida, Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee are all on the itinerary.  There is now a new list of the schools he believes are showing him the most love. "Wisconsin, Stanford, LSU, and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest right now," he revealed.

Emilien would like to narrow his list down to three to five schools by the end of July so he can go on official visits during the season. At that point he will begin working toward making a decision by the end of his football season. 

He insists that all is hope is not lost for the Wolverines.  That's because his mom, whom has always made academics a priority, continues to emphasize a very important message. 

"My mom told me to make sure I focus on my academics when looking at a school because it is the backbone of everything I do," he said.  "She told me it does not matter where I go as long as I come back with a diploma."


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