Nothing becomes official for most of the 2015 recruiting class until they sign that national letter of intent Feb. 4, so the Michigan football coaches are still pushing, trying to add to a class that currently features nine players (photos), including three who committed over the weekend.
Aside from the early enrollees — Michigan has two in quarterback Alex Malzone and receiver/defensive back Brian Cole — National Signing Day is the only day that matters because commitments are just verbal and can be switched until then.
The next six days mark the end of the contact period during which U-M coaches can visit prospects off campus and host them in Ann Arbor. Sunday is a one-day “quiet period” during which they can host recruits at U-M but not see them anywhere else.
After that, is a dead period Feb. 2-5, meaning that contact is limited to written and phone communication.
Here is some of U-M’s plan for the final rush:
Daishon Neal: The Omaha Central defensive end, a three-star prospect committed to Nebraska and the best player in the state of Nebraska, tweeted that Michigan would be visiting him today.
The timing is positive for Michigan, given that he just came off of his weekend visit to Nebraska and still will listen to the Wolverines. He tweeted Sunday night that he was no longer considering Oklahoma. He told rivals.com that he is waiting to see what the Wolverines offer.
Chris Clark: The Connecticut tight end, ranked as Rivals’ top tight end in the class, followed up his Michigan visit with one to UCLA, his other finalist. Clark is expected to host U-M coach Jim Harbaugh at his house this week and said that he will announce his decision Feb. 4 on ESPN.
Iman Marshall: The five-star cornerback from Long Beach, Calif., visited Michigan last week and was at LSU this past weekend. U-M reportedly is scheduled to visit him today.
Chris Williamson: Michigan hosted the four-star cornerback from Gainesville, Ga., over the weekend and is scheduled to have an in-home visit with him Thursday, according to scout.com.
Matt Snyder: The three-star Nebraska tight end commitment visited Michigan over the weekend. According to GoBlueWolverine.com‘s Josh Newkirk, Harbaugh will visit him today for an in-home visit.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr.: The four-star tight end/defensive end’s father is on the U-M staff — and he has visited Michigan informally before — but he got a formal home visit in upstate New York last week from his father, U-M offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh. His official visit list does not include U-M. He went to Alabama the weekend of Jan. 16, UCLA this past weekend and is headed to Oregon next weekend. Along with USC, those are considered his favorites.
Roquan Smith: A four-star linebacker from Georgia, visited U-M the weekend of Jan. 16 and was slated to visit Texas A&M last weekend and UCLA next weekend. Georgia is also in his top four, according to Rivals. He is planning to announce on Signing Day.
Will Lockett: The three-star cornerback from the Houston area visited Michigan this weekend — even tweeting a photo of himself in a Chris Perry No. 23 jersey from 2003. He had been committed to UCLA since August, then reaffirmed his commitment on Twitter today.
Mike Weber: The Cass Tech running back and former U-M commit is now committed to Ohio State and took his official visit to Columbus over the weekend. He has not said whether he will host another school for an in-home visit this week.
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