Trouble On The Recruiting Trail Across the Nation
Some big recruitment news is flying rather low on the radar as everyone in the state gears up for the Michigan and Michigan State showdown on Saturday. So consider this a quick rundown of what you may have missed on the recruiting trail.
Daelin Hayes, a linebacker out of Ann Arbor Skyline is regarded as the top recruit in the state of Michigan for the class of 2016. On Monday he announced he would be re-opening his recruitment after previously verbally committing to USC.
Hayes announced his decommitment in the wake of head coach Steve Sarkisian's leave of absence regarding his alcohol abuse. Sarkisian's leave lasted 24 hours as he was fired from his position on Tuesday.
The Detroit Free Press reports Hayes' had scholarship offers from Michigan and Michigan State prior to the USC decision.
Ohio State's crown jewel in their 2016 recruiting class is RB Kareem Walker out of Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic. The five-star back verbally committed back in January to Ohio State, now the winds might be changing on his college future.
Walker reportedly took an official visit to Ann Arbor last week when Michigan stomped Northwestern on homecoming 38-0.
Walker was quoted: "That was definitely an impressive win," he said. "It was, basically, the I-formation and pro-style. That's really what I run in high school. That's the main set, with the two backs, two wide receivers and one tight end. I really know the plays that they were calling, and they were doing a good job of mixing it up, letting the running back run, letting the fullback run and doing play action. I really knew the offense because of what I do now."
Walker is listed as the #20 overall prospect in the class of 2016 and the top RB overall in this class.
It's worth noting the switch is not official, though Michigan recruitment coordinator Chris Partridge added fuel to the conspiracy theory.
Khalid Kareem, the number nine prospect for 2016 in the state of Michigan had announced his commitment to Coach Saban in June of this year.
The four-star defensive end cites "careful consideration and long heartfelt talks with his mother" for the decommitment.
Kareem looks to stay closer to home with his collegiate football career, and has scheduled a visit with Notre Dame this weekend when the Irish welcome in USC.
Michigan and Michigan State are also possibilities for Kareem, as his school list is 37 deep and features a few Ivy League schools as well.