Yesterday, before the game even started, Michigan fans received some great news as big time Offensive Tackle Denzel Ward from the 2014 class pledged his commitment to Michigan. This kid is 6'9" and 300 pounds. He's just an absolute monster and what many are calling a huge pick up for the Wolverines. Denzel made his first trip to Ann Arbor last weekend for the Illinois game and came away very impressed and with a scholarship offer from the coaches. I had a good feeling about him because he struck a very good bond with 2013 Commit Logan Tuley-Tillman. Sam Webb alluded to it this week that a commitment this weekend was certain and he was right. There's not a ton of coverage on Ward yet, but what scouts have said is that he is very raw and has a ton of upside. He joins Michael Ferns in this class and Michael is one of the top linebackers in the state of Ohio so with the addition of Denzel, Team 135 is off to a great start.
What next for the 2014 class? Well Michigan, has made it clear they want to be deep on the offensive line. Look for the staff to take at least 3 more offensive linemen, if not 4. Depth at the OL is important and I know Coach Hoke is a firm believer in that. The 2012 and 2013 classes were both very loaded and with this Denzel Ward commitment, that's a good start. A Top-50 player in the country, OL Mason Cole visited as well and Michigan sits very well with him. In my opinion, I think he's blue in the end, but it could be down the road. It was a big time list of visitors and Cole's teammate, WR Artavis Scott, has Michigan high up there and these two could possibly be a package deal. 2014 DB Damon Webb was also on hand and he came away impressed. I think he's one of the coaches' top priorities for this class. He's a big time player and would be a huge get for Michigan.
A big time Tailback in the 2015 class, Damien Harris, was also on hand. Per TomVH of ESPN, the visit went extremely well and Michigan is just even firmer in the lead. If you follow him on Twitter, he has posted a lot about Michigan. While its still early on in the process for him, he does hold a Michigan offer and he's another one I think ends up at Michigan.
Lets not forget about Derrick Green. Arguably the nation's top RB for the 2013 class was there for his official visit. As a matter of fact, he is in Ann Arbor until Monday and while nobody has gotten an official reaction from him, I've heard the visit has been very good. Most people don't think he will commit on this visit, but he nearly did during his summer visit to Michigan and given the big time win it couldn't have hurt Michigans chances with Derrick. Time will tell and anything is possible.
All in all, it was a great weekend if you're a Michigan fan. Denzel Ward looks to be a promising prospect and the 2014 class looks to be a good one. The big win against Sparty definitely helped Michigan on the recruiting front and stay tuned for some comments about how things went with Derrick Green.