It’s been raining for a week in Ann Arbor, but this weekend it’s going to be raining recruits – and it will probably still naturally rain, too.
Jordan Anthony nugget
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star LB Jordan Anthony is one of many visiting Michigan this weekend for the game against Wisconsin. He’s also one of the bunch that are considered a favorite to eventually choose the Wolverines. While that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen this weekend, it does seem inevitable for Anthony to finally experience the cold.
“I haven’t been in the cold in a while,” Anthony said about his upcoming visit to Michigan. “(Michigan) is still in my top 3.”
While Anthony says they’re in his top 3, LandOf10.com has reason to believe that the Wolverines remain his clear No. 1. The official visit certainly shouldn’t hinder that.
His teammate at IMG Academy, 4-star center Cesar Ruiz, will be coming along for the trip, as well. Ruiz announces in mid-December, and having both of them on campus together should be a big positive for Michigan. The confidence level that Michigan lands both remains high.
Buckeye-plus-Buckeye equals … Wolverine?
Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway 3-star OL Joel Honigford grew up in the heart of Ohio State territory. His entire school, neighborhood and household are filled with Buckeyes. His parents met as students at Ohio State, his father Jim a member of the Buckeyes basketball team in the mid-80s. The Ohio State University is indeed a special place to the Honigford family, but now they will wear maize and blue on Saturdays for their son, a Michigan football verbal commit.
As for the Buckeyes, Honigford certainly waited for an offer, thinking he would get one. But earlier this summer, Honigford ended the waiting and decided to become a Wolverine.
“Michigan is the No. 1 program in the country. It’s the best place out there,” Honigford said. “My parents are very supportive, and it’s hard for them, but they have made the transition well.”
Though Honigford’s father played and bled for the Buckeyes on the hardwood, on Sept. 17, he found himself on the sidelines of Michigan Stadium, cheering on the Wolverines against Colorado.
Talk about an equation that wasn’t predicted. A Buckeye plus a Buckeye, in Honigford’s case, equals a Wolverine.
When the younger Honigford attends his third straight Michigan game on Saturday against Wisconsin, he will also be doing his fair share of recruiting, something he loves to do for a school that he thinks sells itself. Honigford will take no visits, and look no further than Michigan.
Brett Neilon still hearing from Michigan every day
Early on, Brett Neilon was considered to be a strong option for Michigan, despite his deep USC ties (his brother attends USC and his father graduated there). Ultimately, however, Neilon chose the Trojans. Nevertheless, the 4-star center from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) let LandOf10.com know that he gets a message from offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, or another Michigan staff member, almost every day.
“Michigan is on me hard. They want six-to-seven offensive linemen,” Neilon said. “I’ve been thinking about taking an official visit.”
Neilon visited Michigan for the spring game on April 1, but committed to USC in the beginning of the summer to no one’s surprise — family is the key word in his recruitment. Neilon is a case that if his family roots didn’t all tie back to the Trojans, the Wolverines would have likely landed him back in April during his visit for the spring game that blew him away.
At this juncture, however, Michigan is likely going to land Ruiz at center. For Michigan to take the six-to-seven linemen that Neilon mentioned, and include two centers, probably wouldn’t be ideal. It’s likely that Neilon stays a Trojan, but with the shape their program is Michigan could give this one a shot – if they want to bring in two centers, of course.
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