Michigan Recruiting Player Interest

Following any player’s recruitment is due to have its ups and downs. There will be rumors of visits and alleged family members saying so and so is leaning a certain way or another. Or a YouTube video will come out that everyone has to see. Or a play will commit, decommit, commit, then decommit again. We all understand this, so evaluate the following chart with that in mind:

YEAR POSITION PLAYER PAGE VIEWS
2011 RB Demetrius Hart 23,544
2012 LB Joe Bolden 15,391
2012 RB Bri’onte Dunn 15,309
2012 CB Terry Richardson 11,477
2012 DT Danny O’Brien 10,417
2012 QB Gunner Kiel 10,342
2012 OL Jordan Diamond 9,497
2012 DE Chris Wormley 9,105
2012 OL Kyle Kalis 8,790
2012 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone 8,345
2013 QB Shane Morris 7,837
2011 OL Jake Fisher 7,638
2012 LB James Ross 6,880
2012 DT Ondre Pipkins 6,861
2011 ATH Kris Frost 6,529
2012 WR Aaron Burbridge 6,456
2011 OL Chris Bryant 5,394
2011 DT Darian Cooper 5,283
2011 DE Adolphus Washington 5,194

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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.

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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Pick One To Commit @ The BBQ at the Big House

So far Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison and his staff have secured a consensus Top 5 2012 Class and will be looking to build on it with the 2013 class. Earlier this week I asked everyone over Twitter and in the forum to pick one player they wish would commit this weekend during the BBQ at the Big House to help close out next year’s class or add to Shane Morris and the ‘13 class. Here are the results from the 58 replies I received:

Year Player Votes Percent
2012 DT Ondre Pipkins 16 28%
2012 HB Bri’onte Dunn 14 24%
2012 DE Chris Wormley 12 21%
2012 DT Dan O’Brien 11 19%
2012 DT Sheldon Day 2 3%
2013 OL Steve Elmer 2 3%
2013 RB Wyatt Shallman  1 2%

Check out Brionte Dunn’s Highlight film:

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