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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The Blueprint to Filling Out the 2013 Class

Michigan currently has 18 commits for its 2013 recruiting class and with the recent departure of Chris Rock, look for the Wolverines to sign anywhere between 22 and 24 prospects. So with 5 or so spots remaining here are some of the positions and prospects to keep an eye on during the upcoming months.

Running Back (1 more?)

Ty IsaacDerrick Green - UMGoBlue

At one point it seemed that Michigan had a pretty sizable lead in the Isaac Sweepstakes, but he has recently committed to USC. Visiting a school that far away twice on your own dime should’ve told you that his interest in the Trojans was/is quite serious. I know that there are people out there that believe DeVeon Smith’s pledge was a deciding factor with Ty, but it wasn’t. You all know that SC is about to get another very good back in Justin Davis right?

Derrick Green

Its pretty obvious that the Michigan coaches want Isaac as the second back in this class. I happen to like Green just as much and would seem to make the perfect plan B. There have been a lot of fluff about Green favoring certain schools, but he recently cleared up some of those rumors. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out over the coming months.

Jordan Wilkins

Seems like an option now, we’ll see if he visits.

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A Chat with Erik Magnuson

More Interviews from UMGoBlog2012 Recruiting Board

Offensive tackle is a huge position of need and Michigan got a verbal from one of the best in the country this past weekend in left coaster Erik Magnuson. The Californian made it in to Ann Arbor last weekend and made his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke.

Erik MagnusonSean O’Connell: Did you know Coach Hoke before he took over at Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes. I have a great relationship with him that was started when I was 15 because he was at SDSU, just 20 min from my house.”

Sean O’Connell: Who was your primary recruiter? How is your relationship with him?

Eric Magnuson: “Coach Ferrigno. I have a GREAT relationship with him.”

Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up a fan of Michigan? Where did the interest come from?

Eric Magnuson: “I didn’t have a favorite team growing up. My interest all came from Coach Hoke going there.”

Sean O’Connell: How did you commit and what was the reaction?

Eric Magnuson: “I had a meeting with Coach Hoke, Coach Ferrigno, Coach Funk and my dad. I just told coach I was ready to commit and they went crazy. It was awesome.”

Sean O’Connell: What other schools did you consider?

Eric Magnuson: “Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami, Boise State, Oregon and USC.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you talked to any other kids about coming to Michigan?

Eric Magnuson: “Yes, a lot. I’m trying to help build a national championship team.”

Sean O’Connell: Last one. I know there is a long time until February, but do you think you’ll visit any other schools along the way?

Eric Magnuson: “No, I don’t think I will.”

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Michigan Football Recruiting Update (5/19/2011)

Terry RichardsonRecruiting continues to stay hot for the Wolverines with the commit of Detroit, MI cornerback Terry Richardson. The Cass Tech Technician is the next in line of undersized, but very gifted corners to commit to Michigan. Richardson has very good hips and a nice back pedal. He’ll need a little bulking up, but has the skill set to be a good player. Terry picked Michigan over Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.

New Offers

Devan Bogard (S) – 6’1”  180 lbs. Cleveland, OH.

Drae Bowles (WR) – 6’1”  205 lbs. Jackson, TN.

Faith Ekakitie (DT/SDE) – 6’3”  275 lbs. Lake Forest, IL

Allen Gant (S) – 6’2”  205 lbs. Sylavania, OH. Legacy recruit.

Eli Harold (WDE) – 6’3”  220 lbs. Virginia Beach, VA.

Will Hines (CB/S) – 6’1”  175 lbs. Michigan will be a factor here.

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