Since Michigan is finished at defensive back in 2014, it looks like the Wolverines might finish their class with defensive linemen Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell, possibly banking the third and final scholarship for 2015, a class with limited numbers in its own right. And there might be some pretty quick turnaround with that scholarship if late Tuesday's rumblings were any indication. The M Block has received information that there may be some big news from a 2015 defensive back very soon that helps explain the sudden move to halt Nicholson's recruitment. The top candidate as the protagonist of this move looks to be Minkah Fitzpatrick, a defensive back out of New Jersey power St. Peters Prep. While he does not currently hold an offer, he has been in contact with the staff for some time now and has mentioned his plans to visit Michigan later this fall. Fitzpatrick has also been rumored to transfer to Paramus Catholic, his good friend Jabrill Pepper's school, in the near future. Oh, and if you missed Peppers' video-game-esque run in a scrimmage yesterday, you'll want to check it out here.
If Fitzpatrick is not the unnamed recruit in question, that title may belong to Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) cornerback Iman Marshall. The 6'1", 186 lb. defensive back has the length, speed, and athleticism to play either safety or cornerback and is also the teammate of Juju Smith. With defensive backs Tyree Kinnel and Shaun Crawford already in the fold for 2015, Marshall would have the benefit of trying each position and seeing where he fits best in a couple years. Already holding an offer, Marshall has been exposed to the Michigan program for some time now and he may be warming up to the school in the time leading up to the Michigan - Ohio State game on November 30, a game Smith is slated to visit Ann Arbor for. This will be an interesting situation to monitor in the coming days.
You can view Fitzpatrick's 2012 highlights here and Marshall's here.