The Wolverines are hoping to land two receivers in the 2012 class and have positioned themselves well so far with the remaining targets on the board. Receivers Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling) and Jehu Chesson (Chesterfield, Mo./Ladue Horton Watkins) were both visiting for this weekend's game against Ohio State and could be close to making a decision.
However, there is another receiver who is expressing interest in Michigan. Kenny Lawler (Upland, Calif./Upland) is now considering himself a soft commit to Arizona State and hopes to learn more about Michigan.
"I'm open right now; it's a soft verbal commitment," the four-star receiver said. "I'm going to take my five official visits and then decide. I've already been to Washington and ASU, so I'll go to Michigan, Cal and Oregon State."
Lawler says Michigan has caught his attention, and that he has serious interest in the Wolverines.
"I like their offense, and how the quarterback get the ball to his receivers," he said. "I know the quarterback is coming back next year, and they have three receivers leaving, too. I'm highly interested."
Lawler also mentions the tradition that Michigan offers, and says that distance won't be a factor in his final decision. His team is currently in the playoffs, so his visits will wait until his season is over.
As a 6-foot-3, 175 pound receiver, Lawler does it all for his team. He plays on the outside, and even some in the slot as well. His most recent game he had five receptions, 196 yards, three touchdowns, and one blocked punt.
It is a little late in the process, but Lawler is showing serious interest in the Wolverines. With rumors of Arizona State potentially parting ways with coach Dennis Erickson at the end of the season, that could put Lawler in a situation where he would need to find a new school. Depending on where Michigan is at with its wide receiver prospects in the near future, there could be mutual interest.
A lot will depend on how this weekend went with Darboh, when Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) makes his decision, and what the communication between Michigan and receiver Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) looks like.