SITM Presents: Today’s U Recruiting Roundup
Check out Today's U for recruiting, Michigan and Michigan State, plus more.
By Eric Rutter/@ERutterTodaysU
With the high school football season raging on, many prospects have put together a midseason highlight tape showcasing their respective skills. As such, the recruiting trail has picked up steam recently, resulting in a slew of new offers, recent visits and commitments abound across the country.
2017 3-Star Ivory Kelly-Martin Talks Wisconsin Offer, Notre Dame Visit
For junior running back Ivory Kelly-Martin, the 2015 campaign has included a great deal of success on the field. As of this week, Kelly-Martin has racked up an eye-popping 16 touchdowns and 1,000 rushing yards after only six games. This prolific performance has led to a great deal of collegiate interest, and Kelly-Martin broke down his Wisconsin offer, one that he earned during a Badgers camp this summer.
“I was definitely excited and happy about it as well as my other offers,” Kelly-Martin told Today’s U. “Knowing the level of coaching and players they have had at the running back position was a plus for me.”
Kelly-Martin, a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, recently took a visit to Notre Dame’s campus as well. To read more about the explosive prospect, click here.
3-Star ATH Antjuan Simmons Lands Double Digit Offers in 2 Weeks
Perhaps no prospect in the Midwest has watched his recruiting stock rise recently as much as Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer athlete Antjuan Simmons.
In the past couple weeks, Simmons has landed offers from schools such as LSU, Notre Dame, Miami (Fl.), Wisconsin and others.
“It honestly hasn’t hit me that hard because I’m in season,” Simmons told Today’s U. “I’m going into the biggest game of the year and all I’m focused on is keeping the team undefeated.”
Starting at both running back and linebacker for his team, Simmons runs with aggression and has a penchant for breaking tackles. On defense, the three-star prospect is equally imposing, shooting gaps with speed and wrapping up any ball carrier within his area code.
Click here to find out which schools Simmons plans to visit in the coming weeks.
2017 QB Jairus Grissom Talks Big Junior Year, Plans to Visit Indiana
Ranked as the No. 19 junior dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com, Grissom brings a lot to the table for Robichaud High School. So far this season, Grissom has amassed over 1,500 passing yards and 25 total touchdowns, two marks that would be impressive for an entire season, whereas Grissom has accumulated such statistics in just six games. Many schools have taken notice of his on-field exploits, and Grissom says that Indiana and Minnesota have reached out quite a bit in recent weeks.
“Both teams are a spread offense and they think I can be a big factor for their team for the 2017 class,” Grissom told Today’s U. “So, that’s what the coaches are saying. I would really like to take a visit there to get more in contact with the coaches too.”
Grissom will be taking unofficial visits to Indiana and Pittsburgh in the coming weeks. Click here to find out more about the versatile junior quarterback prospect.
MSU Visit Impresses Freshman CB M.J. Griffin
While many high school freshmen are working to memorize their locker combinations, Belleville athlete M.J. Griffin is finding where he belongs on the football field. So far, that spot is none other than the starting varsity cornerback position for the Tigers.
Griffin, who has excelled in early season work thus far, is a quickly burgeoning prospect in the state of Michigan. With fluid hips and solid fundamentals, Griffin has received quite a bit of collegiate interest so far and the 2019 corner recently took a visit to Michigan State.
“The visit was great,” Griffin told Today’s U. “The facilities are real good. All the coaches came up, talked to us and introduced themselves. We were on the sidelines, walked on the field and everyone was real hype. It’s all about business and just getting ready for the game.”
According to Griffin, Michigan, Toledo and Florida State have also showed interest up to this point. That list is sure to grow as Griffin puts more varsity experience under his belt, but the ball-hawking corner is off to a good start. Click here to find out more about one of Michigan’s quickest rising recruits.
4-Star WR Osiris St. Brown Breaks Down UCLA and Colorado Offers
As the younger brother of Notre Dame freshman wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, Osiris is no stranger to the recruiting trail. In fact, the younger St. Brown says he has tagged along for as many as half of his brother’s visits throughout this process.
In the past month, St. Brown has added offers from UCLA and Colorado, two schools that intrigue the standout junior Mater Dei wide receiver. St. Brown discussed his recent offers and shared his reaction to his recent good news.
“It was huge for me,” St. Brown said. “Colorado, I’ve always liked their program. With UCLA, I’ve known coach [Eric] Yarber, the receiver coach, for a while. It’s always cool having an offer from them now. I’ve been there a few times and it’s nice to possibly play there.”
In addition to UCLA and Colorado, St. Brown holds offers from programs such as Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Miami (Fl.). St. Brown has a general idea of which schools he would like to visit before the season is over. Click here to find out which schools could receive an unofficial visit from the four-star wideout recruit.
Dynamic ATH Jaiden Woodbey Talks UCLA Offer
On Monday afternoon, UCLA extended an offer to one of the most exciting prospects in the 2018 class in Jaiden Woodbey. As a sophomore for Upland High, Woodbey plays running back, wide receiver and safety in addition to his special teams duties. Woodbey’s versatility, along with his athleticism, make the rising sophomore an intriguing prospect that could fill his future college’s needs at a number of positions.
As a result of his early display of skill, Woodbey picked up an offer from the nearby Bruins and shared his reaction to the scholarship offer with Today’s U shortly after.
“I almost cried when I got my offer,” Woodbey told Today’s U. “I teared up a little bit because all my hard work finally paid off.”
Utah, Michigan State and USC have also shown varying degrees of interest in the 6’1”, 195-pound recruit. Click here to find out when Woodbey plans to visit UCLA this season and what he will be looking for on that trip.
Eric Rutter is a National College Football Recruiting Analyst for Today’s U. Follow him at @ERutterTodaysU for additional content.