(WXYZ) - Back to football. After Michigan's bye week, the Wolverines will return to the field this Saturday against Minnesota, and expect to have recruits on hand.
In the latest episode of Fourth and One: Michigan Recruiting, host Brad Galli and ESPN Big Ten Recruiting Reporter Tom VanHaaren discuss the latest news regarding the Wolverines recruiting efforts.
Southfield defensive lineman Malik McDowell has some new developments in his recruitment, and Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone recently jumped into Michigan's big board of 2015 quarterbacks. Plus, Brad and Tom discuss the impact of Lane Kiffin's firing at USC.
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First Down: Will Michigan benefit from USC firing Kiffin?
Lane Kiffin went from coaching darling to the king of burning bridges. Losing won't get anyone very far at a school like USC, so now that he's been fired, some prospects headed to USC could retract their commitments or interest. VanHaaren says he's hearing there may be a different effect. He says prospects are telling him Kiffin's ouster is more of a positive than anything else. Michigan has received commitments from some of the country's top players, and are pursuing others in the same tier. What USC does next could seriously add some more serious competition to the Wolverines efforts.
Second Down: McDowell set to hit the road
Before the season, it seemed like top defensive line prospect Malik McDowell (Senior, Southfield, Mich.) would make his decision quickly. Now, Tom has learned he'll be prolonging that process, and has decided to make each and every of his five possible official visits. Michigan doesn't have much room left in its 2014 class, especially on the defensive line, but the continuing recruitment of McDowell and DaShawn Hand could combine to be a final one-two punch.
Third down: Brother Rice's best shooting up boards
Alex Malzone is a junior quarterback at Brother Rice. Last year, he was part of a duo that led the Warriors to their second straight state championship. This season, he's had two consecutive game-winning touchdown passes with no time, and 33 seconds left on the clock, respectively. He's shooting up boards, and getting attention from Big Ten schools like Penn State and Ohio State. Michigan recently visited a practice at Bloomfield Hills, and their interest begs the question....
Fourth down: Who will be Michigan's 2015 quarterback?
It's a crowded picture, and includes many of the ESPN 300. VanHaaren reports Pleasanton, Calif. QB Kyle Kearns talks with Michigan every week. The Wolverines have only one offer out there, but the process could take some time. In the episode, VanHaaren goes over the process that could unfold.
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