It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are building their classes of the future. Check Land of 10 daily for the latest inside the Michigan recruiting room.
4-star LB/S Shayne Simon visiting Michigan this week
Last week we reported Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep LB/S prospect Shayne Simon was planning to be on campus this week, sometime between Sunday and Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Simon was indeed on campus for his first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor.
Rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 9 outside linebacker in the 2018 class by the 247Sports Composite Simon fits into Michigan’s viper or rover role on defense — a safety/linebacker hybrid position. If he ends up at Michigan, there’s as much of a chance he plays a more traditional safety, as well.
As for his recruitment, it’s been a quiet one. There has been little publicity out of Jersey City. His Twitter is silent save his announcement of a new offer (which he does about once every few weeks).
Because of that, casual fans probably don’t know much about Simon’s recruitment, or what he’s like as a player.
To help you all out, here is what we know heading into the visit:
- Simon values education more than perhaps any 2018 Michigan target. That’s typically a big-time advantage for the Wolverines as Michigan is often revered as the best public school combination academics and athletics. A visit to see the school, along with perhaps sitting in on a class, could push Simon to move Michigan to his top school.
- Actually, Michigan may already be Simon’s top school. Though it isn’t public, Simon favoring the Wolverines isn’t a secret. For example, 247Sports recruiting analysts Steve Lorenz and Steve Wiltfong both have Crystal Ball predictions for Michigan.
- With the Wolverines landing the commitment of Atlanta Westlake 4-star prospect Myles Sims last week, Simon is now Michigan’s top target at safety. If the Wolverines wrap up Simon, they can say they landed the top 2 safeties on their board.
- Simon is looking very closely at Stanford and Notre Dame, two schools as strong academically as Michigan, and perhaps stronger. Thus, we expect Simon to go check out those schools before making any decision. A commitment often isn’t predicted, despite popular belief. But, predicting one from Simon during his Ann Arbor visit, before seeing the other two schools mentioned, would be a surprise.
We still expect Michigan to inevitably land Simon. But it’ll be a few months before it’s official, if things stay the same.
Some quick notes on Dorian Thompson-Robinson ahead of his commitment
Land of 10 on Tuesday morning had a talk with Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s mother, Melva. Dorian is a 4-star QB from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and Michigan’s top 2018 target.
With Thompson-Robinson announcing his decision between Michigan and UCLA on Sunday, we spoke with Melva about what the decision has come down to, why it’s being made now and more.
“I’m nervous, that’s how I am naturally about these big decisions. Our family is really excited to see where he goes,” she said. “He hasn’t said anything yet, not to me anyways. I’m sure we’ll have the conversation about where he’s going and how to handle things this week.”
Thompson-Robinson might know where he’s going. But the fact that his mother doesn’t know, there is that off-chance that the 4-star doesn’t know yet.
And with Ann Arbor being his most recent visit, and with the Bruins being considered leaders a few months ago, that would all seem to favor Michigan. Could Thompson-Robinson have cooled on UCLA and now be considering leaving the West Coast for Michigan?
Regardless, these have been his top 2 schools for more than a year. Even in the past few months, after receiving offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, etc. — it’s always been the Wolverines and Bruins.
“I think the relationships that we (have with) the coaching staffs, we’ve had them for over a year,” Melva said. “Academically, they’re 2 of the best schools across the country. And, in football, being comfortable and what their roster looks like.”
So with such little time left, how impactful was his visit to Michigan last weekend for the annual spring game?
Who better to ask than mom, the woman who accompanied him during the visit?
“The Michigan visit had an impact. It went above and beyond what we expected. As far as its impact … it probably caused him to pause and think a minute. As far as if it’s going to make him commit, I can’t say. The visit just caught us by surprise — the fans knowing who he was and wanting to be around him, the alumni, the football players and we didn’t understand the Michigan roster until now.
“We sat down with Pep Hamilton and Jim Harbaugh. They showed us how all of their plays are being run at Dorian’s high school right now, they’re just called different names.”
Melva said that the relationship Dorian has with both head coaches — Harbaugh and UCLA’s Jim Mora, Jr. — are “pretty even.”
There really is no edge here for either school. It’s a skin-tight battle, like it has been for a year.
A recruitment is often won by a coach winning over parents and families, but that’s not what’s going to happen here.
“I have three college degrees, I don’t need another one,” Melva said. “I left this decision up to him.”
A Michigan grad, Melva is set to support whatever decision her son makes.
And as of Tuesday, she still doesn’t know which school he is going to choose … just like us.