Friday, November 15, 2013
Early Offer: Michigan quickly moves on
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: After missing out on Da'Shawn Hand, Michigan didn’t waste time trying to fill its need at defensive end; can Texas become a factor for the nation’s No. 1 prospect?, and how many elite players are still up for grabs?
Wolverines make in-state offer Michigan didn’t land five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, but it didn’t spend a lot of time sulking in defeat. The Wolverines moved quickly by offering local defensive end Jhonathon Williams (Berrien Springs, Mich./Berrien Springs). Williams has become one of the fastest-rising prospects at defensive end in the nation. He committed to Missouri at the end of September, but he has continued to pick up offers and interest from teams all over the Midwest after his strong play as a senior. Notre Dame offered him a scholarship on Wednesday and Michigan joined the fray Thursday after Hand’s decision. It will be interesting to see if the commitment to the Tigers sticks, or if the Wolverines’ offer changes things.
Can Texas become a factor for Leonard Fournette?
Fournette set to visit Texas Lost in the hoopla leading up to Hand’s decision was the news that the nation's No. 1-ranked player Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) will take an unofficial visit to Texas this weekend when the Longhorns take on No. 12 Oklahoma State. For the Longhorns, this is expected to be a very big recruiting weekend. In addition to Fournette, Texas is also expected to host five-star defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and four-star safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron). Can the Horns become a player for Fournette along with Alabama and LSU? We’ll know more after this weekend’s visit to the Forty Acres.
Who’s left? Now that Hand is officially off the board, only four of the top 10 players remain undecided. After Fournette at No. 1, is No. 7-ranked cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), No. 8-ranked athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and No. 9-ranked cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover). There are 73 players in the ESPN 300 who have yet to make their decision.