Michigan Recruiting Player Interest

Following any player’s recruitment is due to have its ups and downs. There will be rumors of visits and alleged family members saying so and so is leaning a certain way or another. Or a YouTube video will come out that everyone has to see. Or a play will commit, decommit, commit, then decommit again. We all understand this, so evaluate the following chart with that in mind:

YEARPOSITIONPLAYERPAGE VIEWS
2011RBDemetrius Hart23,544
2012LBJoe Bolden15,391
2012RBBri’onte Dunn15,309
2012CBTerry Richardson11,477
2012DTDanny O’Brien10,417
2012QBGunner Kiel10,342
2012OLJordan Diamond9,497
2012DEChris Wormley9,105
2012OLKyle Kalis8,790
2012LBRoyce Jenkins-Stone8,345
2013QBShane Morris7,837
2011OLJake Fisher7,638
2012LBJames Ross6,880
2012DTOndre Pipkins6,861
2011ATHKris Frost6,529
2012WRAaron Burbridge6,456
2011OLChris Bryant5,394
2011DTDarian Cooper5,283
2011DEAdolphus Washington5,194

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Adversary Recruiting (February); 2011 Recap

Final 2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerContinues its recruiting dominance.8University of Illinois BannerDecent class for the Zooker.
2University of Notre Dame BannerMade an amazing surge late.9University of Wisconsin BannerNot a great closing effort after a disappointing Rose Bowl.
3University of Nebraska BannerSolid season for Pelini.10Northwestern 3x5 FlagSmall in number, but good star average.
4University of Michigan BannerGreat final couple weeks by Hoke & company.11Indiana University BannerStarted off hot, coaching change hurt.
5Michigan State University BannerClosed with a strong January.12University of Minnesota BannerCoach Kill has his work cut out for him.
6University of Iowa BannerDarian Cooper was a nice get.13Purdue University BannerA small class in size and OK in quality.
7Penn State University BannerSolid finish after a very slow few months.   

I’m going to start the final adversary recruiting of the 2011 class with a few words on Michigan’s final group. On January 11th the University of Michigan had a total of 7 solid verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. Brady Hoke was hired on this day and had the tough task of putting together a full class in three short weeks. During this short amount of time Hoke and the new staff held on to commits from Kellen Jones, Tony Posada and Blake Countess. They also added four star athletes Chris Bryant, Raymon Taylor, Chris Barnett and Antonio Poole; as well as three star kids Tamani Carter, Matt Wile, Keith Heitzman, Russell Bellomy, Thomas Rawls, and Frank Clark. I think they did a darn good job given the circumstances. I am very, very excited to see what this staff can do in 2012 with a full year to build relationships with these kids. I fully expect close to a top ten class in 2012.

LogoThe rich get richer, as the Ohio State Buckeyes closed out their 2011 campaign very strong. In the final month they wrapped up a top five cornerback in Doran Grant and one of the top linebackers in the nation, Curtis Grant. Doran is a great looking corner prospect. He is super fluid, has great hips and super ball skills. Doran chose OSU over Michigan State and had offers from many of college football’s powerhouses. He should make an impact rather quickly. Curtis Grant is an absolute stud linebacker. He has great size, speed and quickness. Curtis gets from sideline to sideline very well. He chose the Bucks over Florida, North Carolina and Virginia on signing day.

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Bryce HanesLSPinecrest Academy (GA)ratingratingratingratingratingrating
Curtis GrantILBHermitage (VA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Ejuan PriceILBWoodland Hills (PA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Doran GrantCBSt. Vincent St. Mary (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Brian Kelly closed out his first Notre Dame class with a bang, inking three of the best defensive ends in the country. Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt both re-committed to ND after thinking things over for a while. Aaron has a great motor and a fantastic frame for a defensive end. In 2009 Lynch had 52 tackles and 16 sacks and earned offers from powers like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among many others. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get. With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his natural abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. Rounding out ND’s crazy good defensive end class is New Yorker, Ishaq Williams. Standing 6’6”, Williams has the abilities to be an absolute freak of nature. He’s still a touch raw, but his ceiling is very high.

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Pre LOI Day Recruiting Update

Hello all. Just a quick update on recruiting before commitmas day arrives. Coach Hoke and crew should be commended for the excellent job they have done over their first three weeks on the job. They’ve picked up seven commits since January 11th, six of which were new on the recruiting board. Developing those relationships that quickly illustrates how good these guys are at recruiting. Of course having Greg Mattison is a plus! Hoke also solidified commitments from Tony Posada, Blake Countess and Kellen Jones.

On to the next few days. Michigan is still in on a number of prospects as the 2011 recruiting season nears its end. Thomas Rawls, Jake Fisher, Frank Clark, Leilon Willinghan,  Darian Cooper and Chris Barnett are all still considering the Wolverines and will be making their decisions in the next 48 hours. I believe we have a good shot at all of them, but some more so than others.

1. Thomas Rawls. 99% chance he’s a Wolverine. This is no surprise to anyone that follows recruiting. Thomas is a lifelong Michigan fan and finally received his offer this past weekend. Rawls decides tomorrow at 1:30 PM between Central Michigan and Michigan.

2. Frank Clark. 99% chance he’s a Wolverine. But he’s from Cleveland Glenville?!?! Yup. And coach Ginn is a big Brady Hoke fan. This is a nice foot in the door at a football factory. Frank and the other Tarblooders will decide on Wednesday. His top schools are Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina.

3. Leilon Willingham. 80% chance he’s a Wolverine. Leilon is a new recruit and visited a few weekends ago. Coach Mattison made a great impression and vaulted the Wolverines near the top of his list. Willingham will decide on Wednesday between Arizona State, Central Florida, Colorado, Michigan and Washington.

4. Darian Cooper. 51% chance he’s a Wolverine. Dropped Michigan from consideration after RR was fired, but put us back on his list after a visit from coaches Hoke and Mattison. He visited this past weekend and really enjoyed himself. Cooper is a HUGE need and would be an awesome get. Darian will be choosing between Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State on signing day. I think he’ll be Blue, but watch Iowa here as well.

5. Chris Barnett. 50% chance he’s a Wolverine. Another new kid at a position of great need. Barnett recently visited and enjoyed it as well. He is currently a “soft” verbal to Arkansas. Here’s the issue, Arkansas already has three tight ends in the fold other than Barnett and a ridiculous 29 verbals already. Chris will make his choice on Saturday after all of the dust has settled in Hog country.

6. Jake Fisher. 50% chance he’s a Wolverine. Jake verballed to Michigan months ago, but got a wandering eye after coach Rod was canned. He visited Oregon this past weekend, so we’ll see what happens. I just don’t have a gut here. If someone put a gun to my head, I’d say it’s the Ducks. I for one hope he stays closer to home and picks up the Michigan hat for the second time on Wednesday morning.

There you have it boys and girls. We’ll have more for you in the coming days. Then it’s on to 2012!!

GO BLUE!!!!!

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2011/2012 Defensive Recruiting Update

2011 & 2012 Michigan Defensive Recruiting Update

Michigan lost out on Avery Walls this week however gained a commitment from three star linebacker Desmond Morgan. Obviously defense isBrennen Beyer - Scout.com where this staff needs to focus their recruiting attention towards. Eight of Michigan’s current commitments (of 13 total) come on the defensive side of the ball. Led by four star defensive end Brennen Beyer and four star linebacker Kellen Jones, this class still has much room for improvement.

On the defensive front Michigan has a commitment from Canton, MI defensive end Brennen Beyer. Beyer is a versatile player who can play both OLB and DE. If Beyer can put on some more weight he could be a Craig Roh type of player. Michigan also has a commitment from Columbus, Ohio’s Chris Rock. Rock has a nice 6’5” 240 pound frame but has lacked production in the high school level. Rock is a player who can gain some weight and play inside at defensive tackle. Anthony Zettle, who is a highly rated offensive guard who prefers defense, has Michigan in his top two. With two defensive ends already in the fold and another who holds Michigan high on his list, Michigan must find some solid players to contribute inside. Look for Michigan to try to land Hyattsville, MD Darian Cooper and Covington, LA Mickey Johnson. Another defensive tackle to watch for is Farrell, PA Rob Trudo. Trudo is currently committed to Syracuse but has enjoyed the interest Michigan has shown him over the last month.

Projection at the DL position – Brennen Beyer (DE), Anthony Zettel (DE), Chris Rock (DL), Rob Trudo (DT)

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Michigan also needs help at the linebacker position. Commits Kellen Jones and Desmond Morgan provide that however another one or two players would be great. Jones is physically ready to play at the next level while Morgan has great instincts but could benefit from some speed and agility training. Michigan also has Antonio Kinard, a 2011 kid who went to prep school, in the mix. However it is unknown whether Michigan would take him or not. Kris Frost, out of Matthews, NC, would be a great fit for what this staff likes to do on defense. It’ll be hard to keep him from Auburn but it is still a possibility. More likely is Michigan offering Winter Springs, FL OLB Ryan Petro. Petro has a great 6’3” 205 pound frame and is an absolute freak of nature. He does it all for Winter Springs. He has great speed and plays great sideline to sideline. He is certainly a sleeper in the 2011 class.

Projection at the LB position – Kellen Jones (MLB), Desmond Morgan (MLB), Ryan Petro (OLB), Antonio Kinard (OLB)

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Recruiting the safety position has been very frustrating for this staff. Well, recruiting the entire secondary for that matter. Either way, Dallas Crawford - Naple NewsMichigan would like to take one or maybe two safeties in this class. Although listed as a cornerback by most of the recruiting services, Dallas Crawford fills this need perfectly. He has some of the best instincts of any player in 2011 class and reads the field as well as anyone. Where he lacks in size (5’10” 180) he makes for by being very physical. Crawford has been a leader as a four year starter at South Fort Myers. With limited options, Michigan has pursued Dillard Fort Lauderdale safety Wayne Lyons. Also, look for Michigan to go after Orlando Dr. Phillips’ now-uncommitted safety Roderick Ryles. Also, Greg Brown (listed below) may have outgrown the CB position into a strong safety type of player.

Projection at the S position – Dallas Crawford, **too early to put Ryles here**

Michigan has commitments from two corners already. Greg Brown (Fremont, OH) and Delonte Hollowell (Detroit, MI) are both solid players. Brown is starting to outgrown the cornerback position however Hollowell is a very quick but small player. Hollowell could benefit from strength and conditioning but he may be asked to play as a freshmen. Olney, MD product Blake Countess holds Michigan high on his list and he could end up wearing maize and blue. Also, look for the staff to continue to recruit Central, LA corner James Richardson in the event that the staff does think Brown outgrew the cornerback position.

Projection at the CB position – Delonte Hollowell, Greg Brown, Blake Countess

Projected 2011 Defensive Class:

DE – Brennen Beyer – ratingratingratingrating – Canton, MI
DE – Chris Rock – ratingratingrating – Columbus, OH
DE – Anthony Zettel – ratingratingratingrating – West Branch, MI
DT – Rob Trudo – ratingratingrating – Farrell, PA
MLB – Kellen Jones – ratingratingratingrating – Houston, TX
MLB – Desmond Morgan – ratingratingrating – Holland, MI
OLB – Ryan Petro – ratingratingrating – Winter Springs, FL
OLB – Antonio Kinard – ratingratingrating – Youngstown, OH
S – Dallas Crawford – ratingratingrating – South Fort Myers, FL
CB – Greg Brown – ratingratingrating – Fremont, OH
CB – Delonte Hollowell – ratingratingrating – Detroit, MI
CB – Blake Countess – ratingratingratingrating – Olney, MD

Top Three 2012 recruits at each position (very early still folks, especially for Michigan who is taking time with offering junior prospects):

DES
Chris Wormley – Toledo, OHAllen Gant – Sylvania, OH
Matt Godin – Novi, MID.J. Singleton – Jersey City, NJ
Michael Moore – Hyattsville, MDBam Bradley – Trotwood, OH
DTCB
Dan O’Brien – Flint, MITerry Richardson – Detroit, MI
Eddie Goldman – Washington, D.C.Brian Poole – Bradenton, FL
Darryl Goldsmith – Detroit, MILeviticus Payne – Southfield, MI
LB 
Royce Jenkins-Stone – Detroit, MI 
James Ross – Orchard Park, MI 
Nathan Ricketts – Holland, MI 

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Recruiting Profile for 2011 U of M Recruit Darian Cooper

Recruiting Profile for 2011 Prospect Darian Cooper

Darian Cooper - Rivals.com

  • Name: Darian Cooper
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Height & Weight: 6’3” 275 lbs.
  • High School: DeMatha Stags (MD) 

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