2014 Recruiting – What’s Next? (Offense)

Michigan inked a very impressive 2013 recruiting class and the 2014 class in starting to take shape as well. So far the Maize and Blue have verbal commitments from Wilton Speight (3* QB – Virginia), Drake Harris (5* WR – Michigan), Maurice Ways (3* WR – Michigan), Ian Bunting (4* TE – Illinois), Mason Cole (4* OG – Florida), Michael Ferns (4* LB – Ohio) and Brian Mone (4* DT – Utah). The Wolverines also picked-up Brady Pallante (NR DT – Florida), who received a greyshirt offer, which means he’ll count against either the 2014 class or the 2015 class depending on how the numbers shake out. NOTE: Juwan Bushell-Beatty (3* OL – New Jersey) committed on 4/29.

Quarterback (1)

Wilton Speight – 6’6” 220lbs. Richmond, VA.Wilton Speight - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Running Backs (1)

Talented depth is being built, but it is also young and unproven depth at this point. I could see the staff taking one RB in this class, but it wouldn’t be all bad if they missed out mainly because the 2015 has a few big time prospects that love Michigan.

Dravon Henry – 5’11” 180 lbs. Aliquippa, PA. Dravon is a longish shot at this point and has a top 4 schools of Ohio State, Pitt, PSU and West Virginia. He did however say that this list could change and is somewhat fluid. IF he visits UM there’s a shot there, but I just don’t see it at this point.

Jonathan Hilliman – 6’1” 210lbs. Jersey City, NJ. Hilliman just released his list of top 10 schools, with a top 3(in order) of Ohio State, Michigan and Alabama. He had planned on visiting in the spring, but nothing has been set in stone yet. If he does indeed visit, Michigan should be there until the end.

Joe Mixon – 6’0” 195lbs. Oakley, CA. Mixon is one of the most heavily recruited kids in the country regardless of position with somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 offers. He recently cut that list to a more convenient 16 which includes Michigan. He will likely take all of his officials and wait until the all-star games in January to decide. Michigan’s chances in snagging Mixon will again come down to whether or not he makes it to Ann Arbor.

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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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Wolverines Advance to the College Cup

Michigan defeats Maryland 3-2 to advance to the 2010 College Cup

On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines (17-4-3) soccer program took a major step in its brief ten year history as a Division One squad. TheFabio Pereira - MGoBlue.com 19th ranked Wolverines defeated the 3rd ranked Maryland Terrapins (19-3-1) in College Park, MD, 3-2 in double overtime to advance to the program’s first ever College Cup. The College Cup is soccer’s version of the Final Four.

Many fans of Michigan athletics flocked to watch the game on the internet video stream alongside myself. For much of the overtime Maryland attacked the Michigan goal relentlessly with goalkeeper Chris Blais turning aside every Terrapin scoring opportunity. While it seemed for much of the overtime the Wolverines were content to test out their chances in the penalty kick session after the second overtime would have been completed. But that wasn’t the case as Freshman Fabio Periera scored the biggest goal so far in Michigan’s young soccer history. The Wolverines advance to play Akron next Friday in Santa Barbara, CA. Congratulations to the team, head coach Steve Burns and the rest of his staff, Go Blue!

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