Fourth and One: Michigan Recruiting - talking Da'Shawn Hand, Malik McDowell, Drake Harris
This week: Drake Harris, Da'Shawn Hand, big visits
10:07 AM, Sep 5, 2013
5:04 PM, Sep 5, 2013
(WXYZ) - College football fans are always looking to find out more about who will be on the field next for their favorite team.
Now, Michigan fans can turn to WXYZ to find out the latest about high school football players who will be in Ann Arbor next.
Starting this week, every week during the football season on WXYZ.com, Brad Galli will host
Fourth and One: Michigan Recruiting. Next week, the show shifts to its usual home on Tuesdays.
The show's focus is on the high school players the Wolverines are trying to bring the Michigan Stadium. Brad will be joined by Tom VanHaaren, ESPN's Big Ten Recruiting Reporter, every week. Each episode's first four downs will lead discussions on high school prospects, coaches, and the recruiting trail. The extra point will be all about a freshman making an impact at Michigan.
In the debut episode, here's what Brad and Tom discuss:
First down: Star wide receiver Drake Harris -The Grand Rapids Christian wideout decommitted from Michigan State this summer, and is now going to Michigan. Widely viewed as one of the top players in the state, he's got a lot of attention on him this year. Despite the fact he's expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the season, many believe Harris can be an impact player as soon as next year in Ann Arbor. His playmaking ability is apparent from the first time you see him play, and Tom explains the wowing Harris did at Michigan's camp.
Second down: Wangler family connection -John Wangler played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1977-80. His legacy in Ann Arbor has added a few new chapters thanks to his kids. Jack, a freshman wide receiver, is a walk-on from Warren De La Salle. Jared, a 2014 linebacker from De La Salle, recently decommitted from Penn State, and alleging his commitment to Michigan faster than you can say 'Wolverine.' Oh, and the boys' sister, Halle, recently left Oakland for Michigan.
Third down: Big weekend for recruits Under the Lights -The Notre Dame-Michigan game will take center stage in college football this week. It's a perfect opportunity to bring big-time recruits to Ann Arbor. ESPN's No. 4 overall prospect, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand of
Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, Virginia is coming to the game in a 15-person van. Tom explains, "They're not bringing 15 people. They're bringing three." Why? The guys coming are all 6'5" 260 lbs. Tom says Michigan is the front-runner for Hand.
Fourth down: The state's top player could commit soon -Malik McDowell is regarded by most as the top senior high school football player in Michigan. The mammoth defensive tackle transferred from Detroit Loyola to Southfield. McDowell will be in Ann Arbor for the game this weekend, and his connections to Michigan are endless. He could commit soon.
Extra point: Shane Morris makes his debut -After months (and years) of excitement, quarterback Shane Morris hit the field last Saturday in Michigan's 59-9 win over Central Michigan. For a freshman in the environment of the Big House, he kept his composure. Aside from an errant throw that turned into an interception, Morris looked like a college quarterback. That can't always be said for big-name prospects in their first game.
Each week, we'll return with a new episode. Tweet
@TomVH with players you'd like to hear more about or questions you have.