Michigan Football Recruiting News, Notes: 09/16/2014

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We’re picking up our recruiting series once again by delivering you the hottest Michigan football recruiting news, notes and reactions. Join us on Tuesdays to get a glimpse of everything that’s going on in the recruiting world. Today we’re talking about a good weekend for visitors at The Big House, a few top-tier recruits being lured by other schools, some trash talk from Alex Malzone and more.

Big-time commits and a few notable targets visit The Big House.

In attendance for last weekend’s win over Miami (OH):

  • Four-star 2015 quarterback Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
  • Four-star 2015 cornerback Brian Cole (Saginaw, Michigan)
  • Four-star 2015 running back Michael Weber (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Four-star 2015 safety Tyree Kinnel (Dayton, Ohio)

Michigan’s weak home schedule doesn’t make for very attractive visits, but it was a big plus getting that many guys together on the same weekend.

The biggest weekend for recruits will obviously be on Oct. 11 when Michigan welcomes Penn State to play under the lights. Until then, expect things to remain relatively quiet.

Uncommitted three-star 2015 wide receiver Grant Perry (Bloomfield Hill, Michigan), who seems to be giving Michigan the upper hand, was there as well. Perry was joined by numerous other targets, most notably 2015 tight end Daniel Crawford (Macomb, Michigan), who is currently committed to Northern Illinois.

Defensive end Jack Dunaway commits as a preferred walk-on.

It became public after the game Saturday that 2015 defensive end Jack Dunaway (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) made a commitment to the Wolverines as a preferred walk-on, which means he is assured a spot on the team, but there won’t be a scholarship offer.

Anthony Broome of Maize n Brew spoke with Dunaway about his commitment:

“I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Michigan is a special place and it where I have always wanted to be.”

Steve Lorenz of 247sports.com reported that Dunaway made the coaches aware of his decision last Thursday, saying, “I knew it was going to be Michigan all along.”

Michigan State and Tennessee are swooping in on top Michigan targets.

Four-star 2016 running back Elijah Hoyfield (Atlanta, Georgia) and four-star 2016 offensive tackle Ben Bredeson (Hartland, Wisconsin) were offered by Michigan State. The Spartans, who have been recruiting Bredeson for quite some time now, extended that offer last week; Hoyfield received his offer on Sunday.

Four-star 2016 defensive back LaVert Hill (Detroit, Michigan), who was at The Big House this last weekend, received a scholarship offer from Tennessee, making it his first SEC offer.

Alex Malzone wins in Columbus and then tweets about it.

Alex Malzone and his Brother Rice teammates traveled to Columbus, OH, last Friday to take on Pickerington North high school. Brother Rice walked away with the victory, and Malzone took to Twitter to let everyone know it wouldn’t be the last time he leaves Columbus with a win.

Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of TheBigHouseReport.com. Follow him on Twitter and “Like” him on Facebook.

Tyler Fenwick
Managing Editor at The Big House Report
I am an aspiring journalist studying at IUPUI. I am the third (and youngest) manager of The Big House Report, and it's my responsibility to make sure it runs more smoothly today than it did yesterday.