We are some three months away from the start of Michigan Football’s 2014 campaign. The players are going through their summer workouts. Jake Butt is making good progress in his rehab and reported on Twitter that he has been running. Expect a mid season return from the sophomore tight end.
Meanwhile there has been some activity on the recruiting front. Since QB Alex Malzone committed to play for Michigan, the Wolverines have added a new commit, lost another to de-commitment and are in the running to land a potentially key transfer.
Darrin Kirkland Jr commits to Michigan
Michigan picked up a commitment from 4 star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr (Indianapolis, Indiana). Kirkland is a very instinctive player with good closing speed and physicality. He notched 71 solos tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles last season.
Here is an excerpt of Kirkland’s scouting report on ESPN;
Explosive on his final steps of contact. Runs through ball carriers with good force. Strong hands and levers for drag down tackles…Reads keys and reacts quickly to the ball. Takes good angles with proper run fits and is not caught out of position often. Disruptive penetrating the backfield and can scrape. Sifts through traffic well in pursuit.
With Kirkland in the fold, Michigan has six commitments in the 2015 class and they are all solid commits.
Shaun Crawford moves on
One player who had committed to Michigan, but was never considered a sure bet to land in Ann Arbor is defensive back Shaun Crawford. He officially decommitted and has interest in Ohio State and Notre Dame. Crawford has said that Michigan is still in the mix, but I think this ship has sailed.
This move comes as a surprise to nobody, but is nonetheless frustrating and a sign of the times in the recruiting world.
Ty Isaac is looking for a new home
Former 5-star running back Ty Isaac is transferring from USC. Isaac is a big (6-3/225) and physical back. As a freshman, he carried the ball 40 times for the Trojans last year and compiled 236 yards and two touchdowns.
Isaac is reportedly down to three schools; Michigan, Illinois and Notre Dame. He is an Illinois native and is seeking a hardship waiver which, if granted, would allow him to play immediately at any school within 100 miles of his home in Joliet, Illinois. That would seem to put the Illini in the driver’s seat here, but Notre Dame might also fall within the 100 mile radius. Michigan does not, but they were a finalist for Isaac’s services when he committed to USC and he is due to visit Ann Arbor next week.
2015 commitment list
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