2014 Recruiting: What’s Next? (Defense)

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), Juwan Bushell-Beatty (4* OT – New Jersey), 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.

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Again, depth is being built especially at tDaShawn-Hand-Touch-the-Banner1he SDE position. WDE is coming along as well, but a blue chop pass rusher would go a long way into solidifying this unit.

Da’Shawn Hand – 6’5” 260lbs. Woodbridge, VA. The #1 guy on my board had a great visit back in March and has Michigan in his top 5 schools along with Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Hand is a absolute beast finishing his 2012 season with with 110 tackles, 16 sacks, 40(!!!!!) tackles for loss, two pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He’s big enough and athletic enough to play either end position, or possibly even slide inside in pass rushing situations. He’s said a few times that the Michigan staff as a whole is his favorite, but the thought right now is that Hokies may have the slight edge. There is still a ways to go, but things look pretty good with Da’Shawn as of today.

Joseph Henderson – 6’4” 220lbs. Cleveland, OH. Michigan offered him a long time ago and things seemed to be a little hot at the time. He has visited UM at least 3 times, but I haven’t heard his name in quite a long time. In my opinion he’s waiting for an Ohio offer, so we’ll kind of see how it plays out over the next few months. He’d likely end up at the WDE spot, but might have enough athleticism to play the SAM position as well.

Lawrence Marshall – 6’4” 215lbs. Southfield, MI. The former Ohio commit will soon cut his list down to a few schools and although MSU might have a slim advantage, Michigan is right there as well. I’m not as high on him as some others, but he’s be a nice addition at the WDE spot. Marshall on weighs around 215 so a red-shirt would be likely.

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Profile for 2014 U of M Recruit Parrker Westphal

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Name: Parrker Westphal

Position: Cornerback

Height & Weight: 6’0” 180 lbs.

High School: Bolingbrook Raiders (IL)

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Recruiting Update (7/26/12)

Here are the headliners that are expected to be in Ann Arbor sometime this coming week and a few of my thoughts on some of them. Many of the current 2013 commits will be in attendance, but Shane Morris and Laquon Treadwell will not be due to the Gridiron King’s Tourney. This list will probably change so keep checking back.

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Devon Allen (2013-WR-AZ) – One of the fastest prospects in the country is finally making it up to Michigan after a long track season. ChDevon Allenances with Allen seem pretty low right now, mainly because of his desire to play football and run track at the school of his choice. Michigan does have a decent track program B1G wise, but it is a national track power. I’m sure that he’ll enjoy his visit to AA, but I’d expect schools like Arkansas, Texas, Oregon and LSU to have a better shot at Devon.

Derrick Green (2013-RB-VA) – The very talented Green has been on a Southern road trip recently visiting the likes of Auburn and Ole Miss, and also has visits to Ohio State and Michigan coming up this week. Derrick visited earlier this past spring, but was unable to talk to Coach Hoke so it will be crucial for he and his family to be able to bond with Brady. Green recently released a top 13 schools of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He has recently added Georgia to that list after the Bulldogs offered. I have a better feeling about Green than most and Michigan has a great opportunity here. I expect the Wolverines to make a decent leap up Derrick’s board. OSU is now out of the race.

Michael Ferns (2014-LB-OH-UM Offer) – This will be second visit to AA for Ferns, but first with his entire family. Ferns came out with a top 3 of Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State, but one would have to imagine that PSU is now out of the race for is services. I really get the feeling that Michigan is in great position to land Ferns. Commit watch??

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