Quick recruiting wrap: Michigan

With the football season closing up and the NFL draft still a few months off, the biggest news around Michigan football for a while will be in recruiting.

This past week was a big week for many Wolverines commits and recruits. Several participated in different All-American games and combines. Here’s a brief recap of what went down.


  • Linebacker commits Jared Wangler and Michael Ferns didn’t compete in the game, but were in Florida this week for the event. It looks as though they had a ton of fun.

  • Offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty looked decent on the offensive line, but there were a few times he let D-linemen get through and get to Team Nitro’s quarterbacks, including fellow commit Wilton Speight.

  • Speight really only played the first quarter for Team Nitro. He was 3-of-6 for 61 yards (passes of 37 and 26 yards and one for a loss of 2). He took off twice for a total gain of 11 yards and accounted for one interception in the end zone.

  • Team Nitro was kept off the board in the first half, but Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey really got the offense going in the third quarter so he played most of the fourth as well as the team attempted a comeback.

  • Jabrill Peppers showed major flashes of talent and was one of the top performers at the event. He played some wildcat for Team Nitro, had a couple big kick returns (40 yards, 24 yards) and blocked a field goal, though it was called as a penalty because of high school All-America rules.

  • Herm Edwards said that Peppers is the best defensive back he has seen at the event during the three years he has coached.

  • Peppers and Speight were Team Nitro captains and it seems as though the six Michigan commits had a great experience.

  • DT Bryan Mone also played, and in his time, he looked good. He’s early enrolling, so that will definitely help his development.


  • The game will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. EST on NBC.

  • Offensive lineman Mason Cole is in attendance and will be on the East Team on Saturday.

  • After losing Da’Shawn Hand to Alabama earlier this season, local talent Malik McDowell became an even bigger target for the Wolverines. McDowell is on the West Team, so look for some potential faceoffs with Cole.


  • Seven members of the 2014 class will enroll this upcoming week at Michigan. Classes start Wednesday, Jan. 8, but the players report Jan. 5.

  • Early enrollees include Ferns, Speight, Mone, Cole, wide receiver Drake Harris, wide receiver Freddy Canteen and linebacker Brandon Watson.