Last week, we reported that former USC signee Eugene Germany, a Rivals 100 member a year ago, would not be enrolling with the Trojans this fall but would be heading elsewhere. At the time, it appeared this would be a slam dunk for Michigan but Germany will take a couple of visits and will likely wait until Signing Day.
Germany, 6-3, 260 pounds out of Pomona (Calif.) waited until Signing Day a year ago to announce for USC over Michigan in a tight recruiting battle. He scored a 900 on the SAT and was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Germany even took part in a few fall practices before he was told there was an issue with his academic standing and was then asked to grey shirt.
"We thought Eugene was good to go for this spring semester but then was told he needed to take three more summer school classes to get in next fall," Pomona assistant coach John Brown said. "At that point, he decided it would be best to look around and check out his options because he wasn't sure SC really wanted him any more.
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"Since he never actually enrolled at SC, he didn't need to get a release from them. A lot of schools have made contact and it looked like he might just commit to Michigan last week. Eugene has decided to take a few trips though and wants to keep things open. He's going to Kansas State this weekend (Jan 21) and then San Diego State the following week. That trip will be either a mid week visit or (Jan. 28).
"Michigan is still the right there along with Washington State and Oregon State, those are the three schools he visited last year. Michigan has told him he would have to wait to come in the fall since they have already started classes. Kansas State and San Diego State said they could take him right now. He could come in next week and that's something that Eugene is interested in. Oregon State is a great option too because they're on the quarter system and Eugene could start in March and not miss any class at all.
"Right now, his plan is to just wait things out like I said and he'll probably be ready to announce something close to Signing Day unless he picks one of those schools where he can start classes next week. He's in good shape and is excited about getting back on the football field in the fall."