Welcome to WolverineNation! On Monday, recruiting writer Tom VanHaaren stops by to chat about the state of Michigan football personnel.
VanHaaren has covered Michigan recruiting since 2008. Follow his latest news on Twitter: @TomVH.
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Tom VanHaarenThanks everyone for joining me this week. Again it's just me, so I'll try to get to as many questions as I can as fast as I can. If I don't get to yours I apologize. I turned auto-update on as well, so again if it's not working let me know.
chris (wyoming)who do we need more, mcquoy 3rd or fuller? and do we have a legitimate shot at one of them?
Tom VanHaarenWho they need more? You're splitting hairs at some point, it depends on what you want. Leon McQuay is probably more versatile, you could use him as a boundary corner or a safety, switch him up in multiple looks. Fuller is a cornerback, both are very good. Either would be big.
chris (wyoming)Who would we have a more legitimate shot at the rb green or the wr treadwell?
Greg (Cincinnati)What remaining recruits have Michigan the highest on their list?
Tom VanHaarenThere are probably only around two spots left, so it's going to be interesting to see what happens. The guys that seem to be mentioning the most are WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Alvin Bailey, S Leon McQuay, RB Derrick Green, RB Jordan Wilkins, DB Kendall Fuller, there are a few defensive linemen as well but again there are only a few spots left.
Nick (Ann Arbor)Has anyone made sense of Hoke giving an offer to a long snapper? Generally, that is a walk-on position. I understand that one of the desired prospects who was going to have a preferred walk-on spot went north to Dantonio where he had a scholarship in hand. Do you think this is the main reason Hoke handed out a scholly for a long snapper?
Tom VanHaarenNebraska and Alabama also offered long snappers right around when Michigan did. It's not something that doesn't happen, and he happens to be one of the top long snappers in the country. Hoke is big on winning all aspects of the game, including special teams and I think everyone remembers the GIF that featured Will Hagerup.
Kevin (Birmingham)Tom, are you still on Vacation?
Tom VanHaarenNo, are you?
Brandon Woods (Alabama)Will we be able to recruit as good in ohio with urban meyer there now?
Tom VanHaarenI think so, yeah. Sure it's going to be harder, but people seem to forget that Hoke and some of his staff have ties to Ohio as well. Hoke and Mattison have a lot of relationships in Ohio, Hoke was at Ball State, etc. so it's not like Urban Meyer comes in and it wipes everything that the Michigan coaches have done away. Ohio State will always be a powerhouse in their home state, but I think Hoke is going to continue to have success there for sure. Remember Greg Mattison is one of the best recruiters in the country and he recruits part of Ohio, that's on purpose.
James (Kalamazoo, MI)How do you see Michigan's last 2 spots filling out for this class? I like our chances with McQuay and Treadwell or Bailey.
Tom VanHaarenI think wide receiver is a priority for sure, and then after that it's kind of a wildcard whoever commits first kind of thing.
Timhonks (GA)Could Roy Roundtree be pivotal to Michigan's success this season?
Tom VanHaarenI think he has to be. He's the new leader of the receiving corps and he has to be making plays for Michigan to be successful.
Bob (Ann Arbor)What are the chances Bailey likes his visit so much he commits? Do you think we have a real strong chance at him?
Tom VanHaarenI don't think that's likely to happen. He has said he wants to visit a few other schools, so I would be surprised if that happened. He has said that he wants to make a decision around July though, so I don't know that he'll take very long with a decision.
Tom VanHaarenAlso, sorry about last week's chat. There was a mistake because of Michigan's camp we weren't having a chat, but it still got posted so I obviously wasn't there. This will be the new schedule, every other week.
Sam (Alabama)Being from Alabama and also a Bama fan what advice would you give Bama to stop Michigans QB? I know that's a weird question to ask,but I know Michigan can when if they play their cards right,since there are no given games in FB.
Tom VanHaarenIn the past Denard has gotten rattled if there's pressure and if coverage is tight on his receivers. I think you need to force him into making quick decisions and make sure you get to him before he sees a hole to run through.
Jason (Grand Rapids, Mich)Cookies or Cake?
Tom VanHaarenCome on dude, cake.
Matt (Toledo)Does Drake Harris intend to play both basketball and football and would Michigan let him play both.
Tom VanHaarenThat's a good question, and I don't know if Drake knows yet. I asked him after camp what he'd like to do and he said he's going to try to figure that out. It can be done, but it's pretty difficult to play both sports if you're a key player. He was ridiculous at Michigan's camp at receiver, too. I haven't seen him play basketball yet, but he has a bright future on the football field.
Jeremy (Illinois)Do you see Michigan having any shot at land Treadwell? #GoBlue
Tom VanHaarenI do. He is saying that he's still going to wait, but I think Michigan is still very much in it.
kevin kopp (St. Louis)What 2014 RB's is Michigan in on? Who do they have a real shot at getting?Thanks
Tom VanHaarenThey have offered Leonard Fournette (LA), Jonathan Hilliman (NJ), Jalen Hurd (TN) and Bo Scarbrough (AL) so far. I think Hilliman has shown a good amount of interest and Scarbrough has also said that Michigan is a school he's interested in learning more about. More names will pop up for sure.
Kyle O (Youngstown, OH)Two questions. 1. How many more scholarship spots are left in this recruiting class and 2. Out of the remaining targets, who do you think is most likely to commit over the others? Thanks.
Tom VanHaarenThere are roughly two spots left, and it's really going to depend on who commits first or what happens with the next spot. With so few spots remaining it's kind of a chess match. The guys that I named earlier I think Michigan has a shot with most of them.
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