2011/2012 Offensive Recruiting Update

Michigan Football Offensive Recruiting Update

With Michigan now targeting a class of 18 to 20 commits the staff is starting to narrow down their targets. Here we will focus on the recruiting of the offensive side of the ball. This week a lot of news came out regarding Demetrius Hart: Demetrius Hart: A Decision ...two players from the Orlando area. Kevin Sousa, a three star rated quarterback out of Orlando Lake Nona, decommitted from Michigan and verbally committed  to Wake Forest. Although this was not a surprise, it is still a loss for the Wolverines as Sousa had great upside on his 6’4” 230 pound frame. Also causing a stir was Orlando Dr. Phillips RB Demetrius Hart. First rumored by Orlando ABC Channel 9 was a possible post-game announcement from Hart. Most anticipated a decommitment from Michigan and a commitment to Alabama. With Nick Saban and other Alabama staff members at the game this made sense, especially when it was confirmed a post-game announcement was to take place. However no post-game announcement was made outside of a short ceremony honoring  his selection to the Army All American bowl. 

With the loss of Sousa, Michigan could turn up the heat on Cardale Jones. Outside of Jones, Michigan is really left without an option. With the potential of a medical redshirt being granted to Devin Gardner a quarterback is not a huge position of need as the staff looks to keep scholarship numbers higher in 2012. 

Projection at the QB position – Zero commits

The running back position is a position of need. Denard Robinson was left alone for most of the season as Michigan lacked the explosive back to keep the defense honest. Dee Hart is the perfect option for this class. He possesses a skill set that is very rare and that is evident of his 3,000+ all purpose yards and 48 touchdowns as a senior. He is still committed to Michigan and barring a coaching change I expect him to remain firm to his commitment. It is unknown whether Hart will take the three hour trip to Jacksonville for Michigan’s bowl game. With the Orlando Sentinel reporting that Hart has dropped Alabama and now adding Florida he could make the choice between the Outback (Tampa, UF), Capitol One (Orlando, UA) and Gator (Jacksonville, UM) bowls. He simply may just stay at home. 

Michigan’s other option at the running back position includes Flint, MI Northern HS’s Thomas Rawls. Rawls is a bruising back much like Stephen Hopkins. With that said don’t underestimate his speed. He has great breakaway speed and runs with great power and leverage. He is definitely an under-the-radar type of player. Iowa and Michigan are holding back at this point due to grade issues, however if the grades come through expect him to get offered by both Big 10 teams.

A decommitment from Dee Hart would be absolutely devastating to this class. However if that were to happen look for Michigan to get on Chevelle Buie (Cocoa, FL), Tre Mason (Lake Worth, FL), Devondrick Nealy (Monicello, FL) and even Utah commit Jarrell Oliver (Sugar Land, TX). 

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Projection at the RB position – Dee Hart, Thomas Rawls

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Recruiting Profile for 2012 U of M Recruit Robert Gregory

Recruiting Profile for 2012 Quarterback Robert Gregory

  • Name: Robert Gregory
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Height & Weight: 6’3” 180 lbs.
  • High School: Chicago Simeon Wolverines (IL)

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A Chat With ’12 Recruit Grant Bays

Grant Bays is a 2012 prospect from Oceanside, CA. He will be one of the many highly recruited offensive linemen on the left coast next season and was kind enough to answer a few questions for UMGoBlog.

Grant Bays 2012 Recruiting Profile

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Sean O’Connell: Could I have your current height and weight?

Grant Bays: “6’3.5″ 290 lbs. 5.0.”

Sean O’Connell: How has your season been going so far?

Grant Bays: “We are 7-2  with 5 (now 6)  straight wins. Our first loss was against nationally ranked Servite out here.”

Sean O’Connell: What positions do you play?

Grant Bays: “Starting as a left tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. Last year, varsity center.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you prefer one position over the other?

Grant Bays: “I hope to play center again. I think that’s where my college and pro position will be.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been receiving any mail from schools yet?

Grant Bays: “A lot from UCLA, USC, Northwestern, Duke, Boston College and Stanford. Went to meet coaches and see games at UCLA, USC and Stanford so far.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you received any verbal offers yet?

Grant Bays: “No.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your strengths as a football player and what do you need to work on?

Grant Bays: “I’m a natural athlete, very quick for a big dude. I was a division one/mid-round pitching prospect before giving up baseball. Weaknesses would be learning plays.”

Sean O’Connell: I know that you have a year or so of high school left, but have you thought about what you want to study at college?

Grant Bays: “Environmental sciences or computer/graphic arts /sound productions.”

Sean O’Connell: Is distance from home going to be a significant factor when you choose a school?

Grant Bays: “Sort of. I would miss my mom and my friends, but I want to go to a school with lots of history and traditions.”

Sean O’Connell: What are you looking for in a college? When you sit down with your folks to make that final choice, what are the main factors that you will consider?
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