Michigan is back in the recruiting mix.
After months of disappointing football recruiting news, losing two high-profile commitments this fall while gaining only one since July, the Wolverines made a big leap Saturday, securing two commitments from Detroit Cass Tech, according to multiple recruiting websites, first reported by ESPN.com’s WolverineNation.
One was a familiar name, offensive lineman David Dawson, who recommitted to Michigan during his weekend visit. The other was Cass Tech safety Delano Hill, who had been committed to Iowa and flipped to Michigan.
Tweets from other members of the 2013 recruiting class congratulated Dawson.
Dawson had decommitted in October after his first pledge to U-M, hoping to explore other visits and told the Free Press on Wednesday he would visit Ohio State and Alabama in January. Those visits unlikely will happen now.
Dawson is rated as Rivals’ No. 6 national offensive guard. Hill is the No. 23 safety nationally.
They would be the 23rd and 24th commits in the class.
This was scheduled to be a major recruiting weekend for the Wolverines.
BIG MAN WORK: Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Friday in a video posted on mgoblue.com that a number of the up-front players on both sides of the ball have impressed in early bowl practices.
“Some of the young guys up front offensively — ( Kyle) Kalis and ( Ben) Braden and ( Blake) Bars and Mags ( Erik Magnuson) — are all getting a little better,” he said, adding those players are all working at guard and tackle, not center, where Jack Miller and Graham Glasgow are focusing.
“Up front defensively, I think (linebacker) Royce ( Jenkins-Stone) is getting more reps right now, and that’s helped him. The guys up front, Ondre ( Pipkins) have taken a lot of snaps. Even though he’s playing some, he’s still a young guy and needs to learn better technique. (Defensive linemen) Willie Henry and ( Matt) Godin and ( Tom) Strobel, they’re all making some improvements.”
He said Jenkins-Stone is playing middle linebacker, Godin and Strobel are more five-technique defensive ends, Henry is a three-technique defensive tackle, and Pipkins is a nose tackle.