While Michigan landed a pair of commitments earlier this afternoon in Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal, they handed out
two three more scholarship offers. Head coach John Beilein extended offers to both Monte Morris, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton throughout this afternoon and evening. [Photo: Next Generation Sports]
[Ed: Updated to include PG Derrick Walton, who texted me that he was "holding offers from Xavier, CMU and Michigan!" after receiving a call from John Beilein this evening.]
Morris has made it clear that Michigan is the No. 1 school on his list and texted me this evening to tell me that Michigan had indeed offered him a scholarship. He wasn’t sure whether it would effect his time-frame for commitment, noting that “he wasn’t sure and was going to think on it tonight”. Morris was the most impressive guard at Michigan’s camp and took an unofficial visit the week before camp.
Michigan also appears to be in very good position for Derrick Walton, who is still digesting things but told me this might push up his time-frame for making a decision as well.
These appear to be the only three confirmed outstanding scholarship offers at this point, which means there are a handful of notable prospects that didn’t receive Michigan offers today. Demetrius Jackson reported that John Beilein told him the Wolverines wanted to “get him down on campus again before taking the next step”. VJ Beachem spoke with John Beilein, as well as coaches from Butler, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State, Stanford Purdue and Tennessee, but did not receive a scholarship offer. For all of our updates throughout the day make sure to check the archive of our live blog.
After picking up Michigan and Butler offers, Zak Irvin took the time to discuss his recruitment with us in a short interview which you can find below.
On who he’s spoken with today: Michigan, Xavier, IU, Florida, Baylor, Tennessee, Cincninati, Northern Illinois and Butler
On new offers: Butler and Michigan.
On whether he’s trimmed his list : Nah, I still have a long list. Everybody is the same right now.
On Michigan: I like Michigan a lot and I had a great time at the camp last weekend. I learned some new things and it was great being around the coaching staff and some of their players.
On whether Michigan is one of his top-five schools: Yeah they would be.
On how he played at Elite Camp: Yeah I thought I played really well. I was just up there for camp and didn’t take an unofficial.
On whether he has any other visits planned: Uhh, no I don’t have anything else planned right now.
On whether he has a timeline of when he wants to decide: No I don’t right now.
On the main criteria that will go into his decision: academics, relationship with the coaches and the style of play and then just knowing who’s going to be there while I’m there.
On Michigan’s two new commitments, Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal: I know Austin and we used to play on the same AAU team back in 8th grade and I’m happy for both of them but I haven’t talked with them.