And U-M 2015 quarterback commit Alex Malzone was leading the charge. As the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice standout was giving his best recruiting effort to help lure potential teammates at Sunday’s event.
“Overall, the day was great,” Malzone said on his barbecue experience. “Another great day to be out in Ann Arbor. I got to meet Tyree Kinnel, another one of the commits. I got to hang out with Garret [Taylor] and Darrin [Kirkland], two guys I already knew that were committed. It was pretty cool being around the coaches, being around Michigan, and just them showing everything that they have to offer. And then meeting all the other recruits -- it’s was definitely a great day.”
Detroit (Mich.) Tech running back, Mike Weber, has been one of Michigan’s main targets to join its 2015 class. And Malzone has made it no secret that he wants Weber to play with him in a winged helmet. On Sunday, Malzone tried to further strengthen his relationship with the four-star runner.
“We already have a relationship, and it’s only getting stronger,” Malzone said on his ongoing courtship of Weber. “We talk a lot about what he is thinking about doing. I think he is definitely trying to take his time to find the right school. I know Michigan is definitely high up there with him. I hope that he wants to be our running back."
Weber recently released his top-five schools, which included Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and his newest offer, USC. However, according to Malzone, U-M is leading the pack for Weber’s services.
“I would say from my perspective, that Michigan is definitely at the top [with Weber],” Malzone said. “I would say that there's other schools that are behind. He’s a guy that like to keeps things to himself. I think that he realizes that Michigan wants him the most. And that everything that Michigan has to offer, that it would probably be the best fit for him. I hope that he sees that. I would love to play with him.”
Malzone’s recruiting effort didn’t stop with Weber, he also was working on some other key prospects in the 2015 class.
“There was a few guys I was definitely talking to a lot,” Malzone said. “Darian Rosboro, Marcus Lewis and Tyriq Thompson. I feel like Darian Rosboro and Marcus Lewis are definitely feeling Michigan. They were pretty positive on everything they said. I’m think they will want to join this class. I know the coaches are definitely fired up about them. I’m sure they would be great additions to our class. Then Tyriq Thompson, I know it’s between Michigan and Michigan State now. I feel like [Sunday] went well for him. The coaches showed him their interest in him and how much they want him. I’m guessing he will go up to Michigan State one more time. That will be my guess. Will see what happens there. I’ve been getting to know Tyriq, he’s a pretty cool guy. Hopefully he wants to stay with Michigan, that’s where his dad went.”
But Malzone’s recruitment didn’t stop with the 2015 class, he was doing his best to talk with the 2016 prospects, too.
“I already have got to know Austin Mack a little bit through the camp,” Malzone said. “The three other guys I connected with were [Ben] Bredeson, Clark Yarbrough, Luke Farrell. I talked to Luke Farrell’s dad for a while. It seems like he is definitely a great player. He’s going to take his time and find out the right school for him. Same with Bredeson and Yarbrough. I just told them that they are sophomores, take your time, you don’t want to speed up the process. You’ll visit your places. Once you know it’s the right place, that’s when you know.”
Bredeson’s brother, Jack, was offered by the Michigan baseball team and committed on Sunday. Which in Malzone’s opinion, will loom larger in the Wolverines’ favor down the road.
“Obviously, they offered [Jack Bredeson on Sunday] and he committed,” Malzone said. “I fell like that would have a really big impact on Ben coming too. So I am definitely excited about that.”
Stay tuned for part two with Malzone’s BBQ experience.