Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Weekly Update
By Tom VanHaaren
The Weekly Update at WolverineNation is a sneak peak inside Michigan recruiting.
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David Cornwell is another quarterback in the Sooner State drawing interest from Michigan.
Michigan isn't just targeting quarterback Coleman Key out of Oklahoma, the coaches are also showing 2014 signal-caller David Cornwell (Jones, Okla./Jones). The 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect recently took a visit to Auburn and will be visiting Michigan for the game on Saturday against Illinois.
"Michigan has been sending letters and they invited us to a game, so we decided to visit," he said. "The people they’ve produced, the coaching staff, the legacy at Michigan, it's all pretty special. You think about major teams and Michigan is up there."
Since he's from Oklahoma he isn't as familiar with the program as prospects from the Midwest, but Cornwell has done his homework. He believes that he would fit in the new offense that Michigan wants to transition to as a pro-style quarterback.
He's excited to see what he has heard about the Wolverines, though, and is hoping to see a live atmosphere on game day.
"It's homecoming so the fans are going to be loud. I want to see the coaching staff and how friendly they are, how they accept me and how I'm treated," he said. "I just want to see how comfortable I am with the coaches, and how we interact with each other. Schools tend to treat you how much they want you."
It's still early in the process, but Cornwell and his family have created a list of schools that have been recruiting him so far. He says it's too early to tell who's out in front, but he and his family have a plan to make a decision.
"I'd like to cut it down to five or six schools by the end of the year," he said. "I'll hit those camps over the summer, make a decision by the time my senior year starts. I want to graduate early and make it up there for spring ball."
The Michigan coaching staff will always make in-state prospects a priority, and so far the staff has been excellent at identifying talent in their home state. One 2014 prospect starting to gain more attention by the week is linebacker/defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield).
"I've been hearing from Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Syracuse, Illinois, West Virginia and a few others," he said. "I've been getting a lot of letters from Michigan, and I was a Michigan fan growing up."
Marshall says that his fandom won't play a factor in his recruitment, but it is exciting to hear from the school he grew up cheering for. He already holds offers from Bowling Green and San Diego State, but is sure to land more.
Marshall is another prospect, like Cornwell, who will be visiting Michigan on Saturday for the homecoming game. This will be his first time attending a Michigan game as a fan or recruit, so there is extra excitement going into the visit.
"I always wanted to go to a game at the Big House, so I can't wait. It's going to be loud in there," he said. "Other than that I'm just trying to see the facilities, how the coaches treat the players and just the school."
Rogers (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) is another prospect who has heard from the coaching staff but is yet to gain an offer. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver does hold offers from West Virginia, Toledo and Rutgers.
He has already taken one visit to Ann Arbor and is planning on taking another in the near future.
"I went up there in early August and it went really well. I was very impressed with the coaching staff and how they handle their players," he said. "I believe I will be making the trip [for the Michigan State game]."
Rogers will be making the trip up to Michigan with his teammate 2014 safety Montae Nicholson. While Rogers doesn't yet have an offer from Michigan, Nicholson does and has the Wolverines in his top group. Rogers says that if Michigan were to offer, it would be in his top list, too.
"They would be one of my top schools if they offered, with West Virginia and Rutgers," he said. "I really like the way Michigan prepares their players for life after football."
They won't be a package deal, but Rogers said he would love the chance to play at the next level with Nicholson. Both prospects will continue to rack up offers, but the Wolverines could be among the top group with both in the end.