I love football recruiting. National Letter of Intent Day is one of my favorite days of the year, but it can be somewhat boring if your school isn’t in the running for many prospects. For Michigan, Commitmas Day came a little late, or a little early depending on how you look at it. I for one will never forget 2/18/2012. A day when my beloved Wolverines received verbal commitments from six four star prospects in a matter of 12ish hours. Kyle Bosch (4 star OG/OT), Wyatt Shallman (4 star athlete), David Dawson (3/4 star OG/OC), Jourdan Lewis (3/4 star CB), Chris Fox (4 star OT) and Taco Charlton (4 star LB/DE) all pledged for UM on the same day that the Wolves beat OSU in hoops. Oh yeah, the next day Jake Butt (4 star TE) and Logan Tuley-Tillman (4 star OT) also dropped. Then there was a two day drought until the tall and lanky Jaron Dukes (probable 3 star) committed, followed by a lengthy 3 day hiatus when 4 star OL Patrick Kugler decided to sign up. Those nine verbals brought Michigan’s total commits for the 2013 class up to 13. With 9ish spots left where will the staff decide to go with the rest?
Commits: Shane Morris
Prospects: With 5 star Shane Morris already in the fold it will be pretty hard to lure in another quarterback anyways, so Michigan is likely done here. There have been rumbling of Riley Ferguson possibly visiting Michigan this spring, but the odds of him signing with the Maize and Blue are next to zero. Henry Poggi’s teammate Shane Cockerille could be a possibility, but there is some speculation of whether or not his offer is committable, if he even has one at all.
Running Back (Looking for 1 or 2 more)
Commits: Wyatt Shallman
Prospects: Shallman has been promised a shot at RB, so it is presumed that Michigan will probably take one more back. Ty Isaac and Deveon Smith seem to be the likeliest candidates at this point. Isaac has said he wants to play in a pro-style system and Smith grew up a Michigan fan. Virginia back Derrick Green has also expressed recent interest in visiting AA as well.
Wide Receiver (Looking for 2 more)
Commits: Jaron Dukes
Prospects: Michigan is taking three wide outs this year. Jaron Dukes is on board and the Wolverines are in on some nice prospects. Laquon Treadwell seems to be the top WR target and has visited Ann Arbor a couple of times already. Treadwell will more than likely take some time to make his choice. Marcell Ateman, Robert Foster, Kevin Gladney and James Onwualu (visiting March 10) have all expressed interest in visiting Michigan.
Tight End (Looking for 1 more?)
Prospects: My guess is that UM wants one more tight end. Hill is a bit short, so I’d imagine they want a couple more prototypical type kids. Jacob Matuska (visited 2/20/12 and for the ND game) and recent Wisky de-commit Scott Orndoff (Spring visit) have interest. Adam Breneman is no longer considering UM. Look for another name or two to pop up here in the future.
Offensive Line (Likely DONE) Would they consider taking a super here??
Defensive tackle: (Looking for 1)
Prospects: Alabama’s Rod Crayton visiting Michigan a few weeks back and has since put the Wolverines in his top 5. Timber Creek, NJ teammates Greg Webb and Dajuan Drennon (defensive end) insist that they will be a package deal. They have a scheduled visit to AA for the spring game. Henry Poggi (could also be a strong-side end) is another option and seems to be a Michigan – Alabama battle for his services. Longer shots at this point would be Eddie Vanderdoes who has expressed some interest and Kenton Gibbs, who needs an offer first.
Commits: Taco Charlton
Prospects: Most of the offered guys seem to be pass rushers, but it’s a little hard to narrow down at this point. Drennon (spring game visit) and Tashawn Bower are possibilities. Al-Quandin Muhammad and Jason Hatcher have expressed some interest in visiting as well. The kid I would keep an eye on is newly offered sleeper Josh Augusta another Illinois kid. A recent de-commit of Texas A & M, Christian Lacouture is another to watch out for. It sounds like he is visiting next week.
Linebacker: (Looking for 2)
Prospects: Here is where numbers get very, very interesting. Michigan pulled in one of the nations top linebacker classes for the 2012 class. For 2013 UM is #1 or in the top two for Ben Gedeon, Mike McCray, E.J. Levenberry and Dorian O’Daniel, all of whom are ranked as some of the best LB’s in the country. Gedeon could possibly be coming to AA on Sunday and McCray has a visit planned on the 6th, a day or two before he makes his college choice. If McCray does pick Michigan, does that speed up Gedeon’s timeline?? If Gedeon were to pick the Wolverines, would it mean the end for Levenberry and O’Daniel? Its great to be in on all of these kids, but I’d hate to be the one to tell O’Daniel and/or Levenberry “no thanks”. Sheesh. Oh yeah, Shane Jones is also out there and plans on visiting as well.
Cornerback (Looking for 1)
Commits: Jourdan Lewis
Prospects: The focus seems to be on these four kids: Devin Butler, Gareon Conley, Kendall Fuller and Tim Harris. All will likely be visiting at some point this spring, Harris possibly next week.
Safety (Likely Done)
Commits: Dymonte Thomas
This list is ever-changing of course. These are the guys who I believe Michigan has the best chances at right now.