Masters of the Blitzkrieg, Losers of the War

Around midnight last night, full-on delirium took hold of me as I tried to process the day’s events. In succession, Michigan lost to Ohio in basketball, Michigan’s last hope for laArmani Reevesnding a #1 CB chose the rival Buckeyes, and a key interior line prospect committed to Iowa over the Wolverines. Taken in isolation, none of these events were surprising and certainly not cause for the comatose state in which I found myself at the end of the night. The #4 Buckeyes were heavy favorites to beat John Beilein’s Wolverines. CB Armani Reeves was known to favor the Buckeyes. Finally, linemen Alex Kozan was expected by many to pick the Hawkeyes. The hallucinations and bouts of sorrow that gripped me were not induced by shock or surprise. Instead it was a cocktail of despair and frustration over the events taken in unison, and the bewilderment over how we found ourselves in this position that left me catatonic. On Wednesday, Michigan will officially welcome one of the best overall recruiting classes in a decade and the first full class under Brady Hoke. Despite that, a feeling of disappointment remains in the pit of the stomachs of those who follow recruiting on a regular basis. Despite a fast start to the recruiting year and securing a very good class overall, Michigan will finish out the recruiting season with one its weakest finishes in recent memory.

Much has been made over the imposition of the new and more rigorous academic standards that have been put in place regarding who Michigan can and cannot add to the recruiting class. Michigan has been forced to turn away risky academic cases and has purposely shied away from recruiting kids who have no chance at qualifying as a result of the new standards. This approach has inevitably had an impact on the quality of the class as a whole.

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The Blueprint to Filling Out the 2012 Class Part 3

The 2012 Michigan recruiting class has 24 commits and the magic number now seems to be 28.

Running Back – The recent commitment of Drake Johnson will not effect Bri’onte Dunn’s recruitment.

Bri’onte Dunn. Visited UM’s BBQ a few months back and enjoyed his time. To my knowledge a return official visit has not been planned yet, but will likely happen. He visited Penn State a few weeks back as well. To me, this is an OSU-Michigan battle. Each week more and more bad news leaks out of Columbus which does not help their standing with Bri’onte. With the NCAA now serving the Bucks with the “failure to monitor” charge, scholarship deductions and Bowl game losses seem likely. OSU’s ongoing problems along with pressure from Kyle Kalis, Tom Strobel and Dymonte Thomas might just sway the talented back up to AA in the end. I never thought I was going to say this, but I really believe that Dunn will end up in this class.

Wes Brown. There has been some contact with Brown, but I don’t think that we are recruiting him very aggressively. We’ll see.

Wide Receivers

Amara Darboh. Had to reschedule his official visit for later this season and will visit Michigan for the Ohio State game in a couple weeks. He could quite possibly commit on that visit.

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Notre Dame Visitor List

Visiting List is ever-changing, check in the Recruiting Forum for up to date changes:

2012
OT Zach Banner 
DT Dan O’Brien   
WR Jordan Payton  
WR Darius Powe  
RB Greg Garmon  
OT Erik Magnuson  
CB Anthony Standifer  
Possible sighting from Brionte Dunn and more.

2013
OH DE Taco Charlton
MI OT Steve Elmer 
MT WR/DB Matt Miller
MI QB Shane Morris (Commit)
ATH Wyatt Shallman (Teammate of Matt Godin)
ATH Dymonte Thomas (Cousin of Brionte Dunn)
WR Laquon Treadwell (Teammate of Anthony Standifer)
GA CB Shaq Wiggins
LB Jon Reschke
More 2013 kids will likely be added as well. Possibilities: Kyle Bosch & Cameron Burrows.

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Powe Visiting Notre Dame Weekend

Over the weekend Rivals 4-Star Wide Receiver Darius Powe (Lakewood, CA) told ESPN’s Greg Biggins that he would be visiting Michigan during Notre Dame weekend. We profiled Powe last October and Sean likes him as a player with an extremely high ceiling due to his speed and his size. With Amara Darboh visiting this weekend and Cali WR Jordan Payton also visiting next weekend things are heating up on the outside for Brady Hoke and his heralded 2012 class.

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The Blueprint to Filling Out the 2012 Class Part 2

Michigan now has 22 commitments for the 2012 football class and with the final number is still holding firm at 26 spots. Here are the remaining few that could fill out the class.

Quarterback

With Gunner Kiel (Indiana), Maty Mauk (Missouri) and Devin Fuller (Eliminated Michigan) all going elsewhere, it looks very unlikely that Michigan takes a quarterback in this class.

Running Backs (Dunn or none?)

It looks like the running back position is not a major priority this year and it looks like it’s coming down to one guy.Bri'Onte Dunn

1. Bri’onte Dunn. He made his way back up to AA a few weeks ago for the BBQ, but continues to stick with his verbal pledge to OSU. As time goes by it seems that he is warming up more and more to switching to the good guys. One of the reasons for this is his cousin 2013 prospect Dymonte Thomas, who has said that Michigan continues to be his leader. He is also being recruited heavily by fellow Ohioans and current Wolverines Kyle Kalis and Tom Strobel. I still contend that OSU is going to have to receive MAJOR sanctions if Dunn were to flip and with new information still coming out, this seems more and more likely.

2. Greg Garmon. Things have cooled quite a bit with Greg since his visit a few months back. There was some speculation that Michigan was back in the race for him, but those rumors seem to be false at this point.

Wide Receivers (Wanting or 1 or 2)

Darryl Stonum getting a redshirt for the upcoming season relieves some of the pressure of taking two receivers this season, but it is still a need. We need a kid that can stretch the field pretty badly.

1. Amara Darboh. Visited UM a few weeks ago and really liked his visit. Enough so that he is planning a return visit with his family for the Western game. He could very well end his recruitment at that time, but with Florida and a few other new schools knocking at the door he could drag it out for a while.

2. Jordan Payton. The Cali standout recently named Cal and Michigan as his co-favorites. Jordan has planned an official for the ND game.

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