One of the hottest topics on the Michigan recruiting trail right now is which 2014 quarterback will receive an offer and eventually commit? Right now the Wolverines appear to have narrowed their wishlist down to four signal-callers. David Cornwell (North High School - Norman, OK), Michael O'Connor (IMG Academy - Bradenton, FL), Wilton Speight (The Collegiate School - Richmond, VA), Travis Smith (Ithaca High School - Ithaca, MI) round out the top group. I believe Caleb Henderson (Lake Braddock High School - Burke, VA) is still somewhat in the mix, but he is a distant #5. I had a chance to get in touch with each young man and just get a quick feel for where they stand right now, knowing offers might be coming soon.
David Cornwell - Cornwell very bluntly told me he would NOT commit on the spot if offered. He says there are still just too many variables as he is in regular contact with Alabama, has UCLA, Arkansas, Stanford, and LSU really high on his list, and possesses offers from Indiana, Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Washington State. Earlier today he said " I'm going to get on the phone with Coach Hoke Wednesday (signing day) and then with Coach Borges. More than likely they will offer me." I asked him if we should be on commit watch and he said, "No more info, that's all I'm saying." I'm sure this kid is being hounded constantly so I can't say I blame him for taking a silent stance. Stay tuned.
Michael O'Connor - O'Connor was a little less serious with his comment saying, "You never know :P" when I asked him if he'd commit on the spot. He did admit he would "really think about it, that's for sure." He has been very "political" with his answers to me saying he has really learned how much of a business this whole recruiting process is.
Wilton Speight - My most recent contact has been with Speight, as recently as about 10 minutes ago. He tweeted, "Hittin the sheets. Big morning ahead of me. #goblue" around 10:30 pm as he prepares to throw for the Michigan coaches Friday morning. I texted him to wish him good luck and he responded with, "GO BLUE! I know I won't get the offer tomorrow and apparently Cornwell is going to get it, but I know I'd love to be running the two-minute offense in the Big House someday. I can only hope and have faith!" Speight will contact me immediately following his workout in the morning.
Travis Smith - Small town phenom Travis Smith doesn't appear to be everyone's favorite target, but the kid loves Michigan and is probably the best athlete out of the group. He is smaller and doesn't have the arm strength of the rest but he wins games and would probably be the best bet to commit on the spot if offered. He expects to hear back from Coach Borges after the staff returns from the road. Travis said he really hopes he gets a big phone call from the coaches saying, "Michigan is the team I've always wanted to play for growing up. I always pictured
myself in the maize and blue. It would be hard not to commit right away." If something doesn't pan out with the others, Smith is probably a lock if offered.
Caleb Henderson - The coaches don't appear to be pursuing Henderson as aggressively as the other four QB's but he is still interested and definitely capable. I asked him if an instant-commit was a possibility and he said, "Michigan is an amazing school but before that happens I would like to go back up to campus and watch a practice to see how they're coached. I wouldn't want to get offered if I wasn't there in person. If I'm their guy I would want them to tell me so I could go up and visit again." He followed that by saying he loves Michigan and they would be his leader if they decided to offer. If Michigan likes Henderson, he will like them back.