With the recruiting cycle fully underway for the Michigan Wolverines, they are trying to figure out which class of 2015 quarterback recruits are the best fit to bring into the program under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
The status of the quarterback position in this class is still very much up in the air,as they will likely only bring in one. Things are starting to clear up a little bit, and should only continue to do so as we move deeper into the spring and summer months.
It is impossible to make concrete predictions in the recruiting world, but below are a list of four signal-callers that could be signing with the maize and blue when it is all said and done. Check it out after the jump.
Brandon Wimbush (St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ)
Wimbush is a four-star prospect and the fifth ranked dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015, according to the 247 composite. He’s a prospect that has a ton of upside and his recruitment has started to pick up recently. He appears as if he could fit in multiple schemes, and he has the look of a player that will be productive in college. Some scouting reports say he compares to former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Michigan has not offered Wimbush yet, but he has been in contact with Nussmeier. Time will tell if the Wolverines extend a scholarship offer his way, but he is a good prospect that is starting to garner attention nationwide.
Kyle Kearns (Foothill HS, Pleasanton, CA)
Kearns is a three-star prospect and the 12th ranked pro-style quarterback in the class, according to 247′s composite. He is underrated as a prospect, given what he has shown on his film. He has a very good arm with the ability to put a lot of touch on his passes and arc on the ball. Displays good pocket presence and awareness.
With the Wolverines putting a lot of stock into bringing in playmaking deep threats at wide receiver, it seems as if Kearns and his arm would be a perfect fit for that. He puts the ball into places where only his guys can get to it, which is a skill that is tough to teach. His only scholarship offer as of now is from SMU, but expect that to change soon. He could blow up with a big senior year.
Alex Malzone (Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Malzone is a three-star prospect and the 15th ranked pro-style quarterback in the class, according to 247′s composite. He is an in-state guy who’s starting to be recognized more throughout the country.
He makes quick decisions and more often than not, he knows where to go with the football when under pressure. Has a good arm and a quick release, albeit with a slight hitch in his throwing motion. He seems to understand multiple schemes, and is mobile enough to make something out of nothing when the opportunity presents itself.
Michigan has not yet offered Malzone, but he recently had a throwing session that Nussmeier was present at, and all reports seem to indicate that he had a great showing. An offer for Malzone is inevitable, and the Wolverines likely would be near the top of his list.
David Sills (Eastern Christian Academy, Elkton, MD)
Sills is a three-star prospect and the 18th ranked pro-style quarterback in the class, according to 247′s composite. He is famously known for committed to USC during Lane Kiffin‘s tenure there when he was only in eighth grade. As of now, he is still verbally committed, but he is listening to other schools.
A high school teammate of 2014 wide receiver commit Freddy Canteen, Sills has very good footwork and balance. Seems to throw to a spot instead of directly at a receiver, giving them a chance to make plays after the catch. Has a good arm, but his throwing mechanics are a bit unorthodox, but fixable. Some are unsure if he has the ability to throw the deep ball consistently. Will be a project early on in college.
Michigan does have an offer on the table for Sills, but I’m not sure as of now where he fits in with the other prospects the Wolverines are looking at.
Nussmeier and the Wolverines are taking their time to see who their quarterback in this class will be, and rightfully so. The prospects who are linked to Michigan as of now are under-the-radar players who are starting to get more attention.
If any of these four players above end up as a member of the 2015 recruiting class, Michigan will have pulled a good signal-caller and brought them into the fold.