It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich. Check Land of 10 daily for updates on Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines.
Alabama offers Michigan commit Emil Ekiyor — is there much to worry about?
Michigan’s top-ranked commit in the 247Sports Composite 2018 rankings is Indianapolis Cathedral High 4-star OG Emil Ekiyor.
But that’s nothing new as Ekiyor has been a solid pledge to the Wolverines since his visit on Oct. 1, 2016 — never showing much of a budge on his commitment thus far.
Nonetheless, the nation’s No. 97 prospect in his class last weekend received THE offer that all prospects wish for: Alabama.
— Emil Ekiyor Jr. (@bigE__18) February 26, 2017
Based on what we know, Ekiyor’s commitment to the Wolverines is still as solid as ever. But that doesn’t change the importance of having an opportunity to play at the beast that is the Crimson Tide’s football program. Despite ending last season with a loss in the national championship game, Alabama is still widely regarded as the top-ranked program headed into next season … again.
This offer will — and should — make Ekiyor think about his commitment. A de-commitment shouldn’t rise from this any time soon, if ever. But an official visit in the fall for a game in Tuscaloosa should be seen as a real possibility.
The importance of Ekiyor in this class is paramount to most of Michigan’s other options at guard after not landing many guards in the 2017 class. And Michigan won’t let up here. The Wolverines will pursue Ekiyor hard to the very end the — even if he’s already committed.
Regardless, as of right now, it doesn’t sound like he will end up elsewhere.
4-star TE Malcolm Epps, a former Alabama commit, says Michigan has been laying off
Three weeks after de-committing from Alabama, 4-star TE Malcolm Epps spoke with Land of 10 on Sunday night, dishing the latest on his recruiting, and in particular where things stand with Michigan.
“I haven’t been talking to them lately, like I used to,” the Houston Dekaney star said. “I can’t even remember the last time we talked.”
Epps originally committed to Alabama one year ago Monday. Less than two months later, the Wolverines offered, the first in a string of three Big Ten teams to offer him in less than a month (Nebraska and Ohio State the other two). From there, things quieted significantly until Feb. 4, when Epps de-committed from the Tide.
Since then, the nation’s No. 6 tight end prospect has been projected by the 247Sports Crystal Ball to land at either Texas or Texas A&M. Nonetheless, Michigan fans have been a fan of Epps, a lot of that due to the thought of flipping an Alabama commit to the Wolverines. Because of a high volume of inquiries about the latest on Epps, Land of 10 reached out.
As for his comments, a lot of the Wolverines’ lack of contact may have to do with the thought that Epps doesn’t want to leave the state of Texas, and Michigan isn’t exactly hurting when it comes to options at tight end in 2018.
Along with Epps, Michigan’s main targets include 4-star prospects Brevin Jordan, Jeremy Ruckert, Will Mallory and Mustapha Muhammad, as well as 3-star recruit Zach Sheffer.
The Wolverines have a great shot with all of those targets, including a better-than-great chance with Jordan and Mallory.
Expect the Wolverines to move in a different direction, as Epps will likely stay in Texas.
Don’t forget: There are 11 months until National Signing Day, so this could change at a later date.