Michigan Football Recruiting Update (4/21/2011)

It was a pretty busy in the recruiting world this past week. Michigan picked up it’s second linebacker commit in as many days on Saturday when Royce Jenkins-Stone gave his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke and crew. Michigan was thought to be the long time leader for Royce, but it was a bit of a surprise that he made his choice earlier that we all thought. Stone just made a nice leap in the Scout.com rankings, earning the tag of the #2 MLB in the class of 2012. RJS and Kaleb Ringer should be an outstanding duo of linebackers for years to come. Ringer made his official announcement last Friday. Now the question is who is the next linebacker to jump on board, and does the other get left out in the cold?

New Offers

Ken Ekanem – four star Virginia defensive end.

Dominic Ramacher – a three star athlete out of Texas who could play tight end, fullback or linebacker.

Anthony Standifer – Michigan was the first Big Ten school to offer the Illinois sleeper and he plans on visiting at some point in the near future.

Halo List

Ronald Darby – (Notre Dame)

Zeke Pike – as expected, Zeke committed to Auburn yesterday afternoon. Now Michigan has a decision to make about the quarterback position. I’ll have a post about this later.

Spring Game Visitors (* denotes offer)

Ben BradenMICHIGAN COMMIT!

Sheldon Day* – was either going to visit Michigan or Notre Dame and opted to come up to AA. He brought along some members of his family and they all enjoyed it. Michigan looks very good for Day.

Jordan Diamond* – had another nice visit. This one probably goes until after the season, but Michigan still has the lead here.

J.J. Denman* – beast. Loved his visit. He said he’d be back for an official and has not decided when he’ll make his choice yet.

Devin Funchess *- made it in to AA once again, and IMO we lead for him.

Royce Jenkins-Stone *- MICHIGAN COMMIT!

Mario Ojemudia*made another trip to Michigan and the Wolverines have really shot up his board. Mario lists Michigan, MSU and Stanford as his favorites. It looks like a UM – MSU battle.

Terry Richardson* – I’m not really sure what to say about Terry. He seems like he wants to leave the state. But I also believe that he is down on the big board of corners. We’ll see.

James Ross* – I discussed the linebacker situation a little bit last week and it’s getting dicey. Is the next LB to commit the last taken in this class? Ross will not be choosing any time soon.

Caleb Stacey* – MICHIGAN COMMIT!

Other Recruiting News

Michigan has apparently also received a silent commit recently. Most think that it is either Joe Bolden* or Matt Godin*. We should know in a few weeks.

Michigan leads for Pharaoh Brown* ($).

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Michigan Football Recruiting Update (4/8/11)

Scout.com recently released its top 300 prospects list for the 2012 class. Below is a list of kids who have expressed interest in Michigan and where we stand.

QUARTERBACKS

Gunner Kiel (#1 QB, #17 overall) – has an offer. ND lean? Not sure about his interest level in Michigan, but if Maty Mauk were to commit to ND first that could open things up.

Zeke Pike (#3 , #25) – has visited. Michigan is high on his list.

Maty Mauk (#5, #116) – has visited. Another ND lean? If not, Michigan is right up there.

Bennie Coney (#22, NR) – Coney just missed the top 300 and is a offer from RR and crew. There was still some interest a while back, but I would imagine he is further down the big board of QB’s.

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RUNNING BACKS

Keith Marshall (#1 RB, #5 overall) – A kid everybody wants. Recently narrowed his list to around 12 schools, with Michigan being one of them.

Bri’onte Dunn (#4, #28) – an OSU verbal, but will visit Michigan at some point.

Wes Brown (#6, #44) – will be visiting for the spring game with Good Counsel teammates.

Greg Garmon (#11, #65) – could play other positions at 6’2", but most schools want him at RB. There is Michigan interest, but has stated he would like to play in the south.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Dorial Green-Beckham (#1 WR, #2 overall) – Dorial is an absolute freak of nature and will be a very tough get. The only reason I put him in here is because he and Zeke Pike have been talking. I can dream right??

Stefon Diggs (#2 S, #16 ) – Scout projects Diggs as a safety, but most schools want him at wide out. He will be visiting for the spring game.

Aaron Burbridge (#11, #84) – most think he is a Sparty lean, but you never know.

Dwayne Stanford (#16, #106) – grew up watching Michigan and seems pretty open.

Malik Gilmore (#40, #259) – seems to be intrigued by Michigan and Notre Dame and is open.

 

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TIGHT ENDS

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Michigan Football Recruiting Update (3/31/11)

The biggest news of the past week has been the verbal commits of offensive linemen Ben Braden and Caleb Stacey. Last weekend was a very busy weekend visit wise in Ann Arbor. A number of prospects made it in and so far Michigan has received outstanding reviews.


New Offers

E.J. Fatu. – Klein, TX fullback.

Daniel Isadora – a fast rising offensive guard prospect out of Florida.

Kyle Marrs – an offensive tackle and Oklahoma verbal.

Michael Starts – another offensive lineman out of Texas.

Daniel David – stud inside linebacker from Texas, who has offers from everywhere.

Kenneth Crawley – impressive conerback prospect from D.C.

Shane Morris – 2013 Michigan quarterback prospect. Will be the top QB out of Michigan next season and possibly the best player in the state overall.

 

Halo List

LB Camren Williams (Penn State)

DT Jafar Mann (Florida)

 

Visits This Week (* denotes offer)

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2012 Recruiting Update

2012 Recruiting Board

The 2012 recruiting season has started off pretty slow commitment wise for the University of Michigan so far, but the coaches have been hard at work sending out verbal offers so far. By my count, Coach Hoke and Co. have given out 121 (give or take one or two) verbal offers as of today.

Recent Offers

– California Quarterback Zach Kline. The newly named Army All-American has already verballed to Cal. Not likely to go anywhere for UM.

– Rockford, MI offensive tackle Ben Braden.

– Very highly touted Apopka, FL offensive center/guard Ty Darlington.

– Texas offensive lineman Trey Keenan.

– Georgia defensive end Jordan Jenkins.

Halo List

Offensive tackle Taylor Decker – Notre Dame

– Offensive tackle Mike Madaras – Maryland

– Offensive Guard Dan Voltz – Wisconsin

– Defensive End  Mario Edwards – Florida State

3/12/2011 Visits

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2011/2012 Offensive Recruiting Update

Michigan Football Offensive Recruiting Update

With Michigan now targeting a class of 18 to 20 commits the staff is starting to narrow down their targets. Here we will focus on the recruiting of the offensive side of the ball. This week a lot of news came out regarding Demetrius Hart: Demetrius Hart: A Decision ...two players from the Orlando area. Kevin Sousa, a three star rated quarterback out of Orlando Lake Nona, decommitted from Michigan and verbally committed  to Wake Forest. Although this was not a surprise, it is still a loss for the Wolverines as Sousa had great upside on his 6’4” 230 pound frame. Also causing a stir was Orlando Dr. Phillips RB Demetrius Hart. First rumored by Orlando ABC Channel 9 was a possible post-game announcement from Hart. Most anticipated a decommitment from Michigan and a commitment to Alabama. With Nick Saban and other Alabama staff members at the game this made sense, especially when it was confirmed a post-game announcement was to take place. However no post-game announcement was made outside of a short ceremony honoring  his selection to the Army All American bowl. 

With the loss of Sousa, Michigan could turn up the heat on Cardale Jones. Outside of Jones, Michigan is really left without an option. With the potential of a medical redshirt being granted to Devin Gardner a quarterback is not a huge position of need as the staff looks to keep scholarship numbers higher in 2012. 

Projection at the QB position – Zero commits

The running back position is a position of need. Denard Robinson was left alone for most of the season as Michigan lacked the explosive back to keep the defense honest. Dee Hart is the perfect option for this class. He possesses a skill set that is very rare and that is evident of his 3,000+ all purpose yards and 48 touchdowns as a senior. He is still committed to Michigan and barring a coaching change I expect him to remain firm to his commitment. It is unknown whether Hart will take the three hour trip to Jacksonville for Michigan’s bowl game. With the Orlando Sentinel reporting that Hart has dropped Alabama and now adding Florida he could make the choice between the Outback (Tampa, UF), Capitol One (Orlando, UA) and Gator (Jacksonville, UM) bowls. He simply may just stay at home. 

Michigan’s other option at the running back position includes Flint, MI Northern HS’s Thomas Rawls. Rawls is a bruising back much like Stephen Hopkins. With that said don’t underestimate his speed. He has great breakaway speed and runs with great power and leverage. He is definitely an under-the-radar type of player. Iowa and Michigan are holding back at this point due to grade issues, however if the grades come through expect him to get offered by both Big 10 teams.

A decommitment from Dee Hart would be absolutely devastating to this class. However if that were to happen look for Michigan to get on Chevelle Buie (Cocoa, FL), Tre Mason (Lake Worth, FL), Devondrick Nealy (Monicello, FL) and even Utah commit Jarrell Oliver (Sugar Land, TX). 

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Projection at the RB position – Dee Hart, Thomas Rawls

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