Michigan Football New Year Recruiting Update

With signing day just around the corner, here is a look of where things are at. Michigan currently has 24 commits in its 2013 class and could potentially goShane Morris as high as 29. As we’ve seen with Hoke and Company over the past two recruiting cycles, more recruits can pop up at any time. So this list is quite fluid.

Quarterback (Shane Morris)

More on the way? Highly unlikely. Personally, I’d love for the staff to go after another QB for this class just because depth could be a huge concern next season if Devin were to get injured. Russell Bellomy showed that he is not quite ready for the prime time quite yet against Nebraska. He’d have to improve a lot over spring and fall ball to prove otherwise. The only option after him is Mr.. Morris, but without a solid running game throwing him out there seems like a bad idea. With Shane already in the fold you’re not going to get another high profile kid, but adding a mid-tier 3 star kid would be a smart idea. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like adding another QB in this class is going to happen.

Running Back (DeVeon Smith, Wyatt Shallman)

More on the way? Likely. An already really nice running back class could be much better with the addition of 5* Derrick Green. With messes at both Tennessee and Auburn, Michigan seems to be the obvious choice (he even named Michigan his leader a few weeks back), but Green has yet to pull the trigger. Barring a decision at the Army All-American Game, this recruitment will likely draw out until signing day or somewhere near there. I think there is a very good chance that Green ends up in this class, but wouldn’t be shocked if he chose somewhere else. Shallman may very well end up on the defensive side of the ball, but I left him on the running back’s list for now.

Wide Receiver (Jaron Dukes, Da’Mario Jones, Csont’e York)

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Impressions from Rivals 5-Star Camp

My initial thoughts and impressions after watching extensive video from the Rivals 5-Star Challenge Camp:

David Dawson – kid is going to be a good one. Very, very good. He is quick with very, very good feet. He still needs to get stronger David Dawson, Freepas guys were successful bull rushing him. However he looked great.

Chris Fox – he is opposite of Dawson. Very strong at the point of the attack but not very athletic. He let guys get around him to easily. However, likely #1 overall player in the 2014 class DeShawn Hand tried to bull rush Fox…didn’t work. Fox stood him up and it was game over. Fox is starting to look more and more like a guard IMO, allowing Kyle Kalis or Kyle Bosch to slide outside in a few years. BTW, Dawson is a sure fire guard with the ability to play center.

What I have seen on Jourdan Lewis …first of all, if you’re running 1 on 1’s with WR/CB’s, play tight man to man, don’t make the corner give a 10 yards. However, his back pedal is QUICK and SMOOTH. He has great hips and closing speed. He has Cissoko’s feet and T-Rich’s acceleration. This kid is going to be a good one. However, he does need to put on some weight.

Mike McCray – heard he checked in at 6’1", so not as tall as expected. He is a bigger linebacker so people thought his coverage skills would lack, however he did well in 1 on 1’s. Again, this is a VERY unfair drill, but he held his own and actually showed some nice fluid hips. Not a ton of film out there from this event on him. He could probably use a year to lean up as it looked like he may have had 10-15 pounds of bad weight on him.

Malik McDowell – He has work to do in the weight room. His bull rush is completely non-effective. However, he does understand how to use his hands. He also had a pretty nice spin move but relies on it too much. He really, really needs to get in the weight room and turn his 6’6" frame into something scary. He has all of the athletic talent in the world, just needs to add the strength. 5 star kid? Not yet IMO

Wolverines in the ESPN 150

The ESPN 150 was released today. Here are the current 2013 Michigan Commits on the list:

Rank Pos Name
37 QB Shane Morris 
63 CB Gareon Conley 
75 OLB Mike McCray
92 OG David Dawson 
97 OT Logan Tuley-Tillman
98 ATH Dymonte Thomas 
105 OT Chris Fox
107 CB Jourdan Lewis 
112 OG Kyle Bosch 
115 DE Taco Charlton 
121 OG Patrick Kugler 
 
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2013 Football Offers by State

Alabama (1)

Rod Crayton – Defensive Tackle

Arizona (3)

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Cole Luke – Cornerback

Priest Willis – Athlete

California (12)

Su’a Cravens – Athlete

Darrell Daniels – Wide Receiver

Justin Davis – Running back

Kylie Fitts – Defensive End

Chris Hawkins – Cornerback

Michael Hutchings – Linebacker

Sebastian Larue – Athlete

Joe Mathis – Defensive End

Elijah Qualls – Athlete

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Profile for 2013 U of M Commit Chris Fox

  • Name: Chris Fox
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Height & Weight: 6’6” 295 lbs.
  • High School: Ponderosa Mustangs (CO)
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ANALYSIS

Sean O’Connell, UMGoBlog.com: “Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any highlight tape of Fox’s 2011 season. In addition, most of his sophomore stuff is on the defensive side of the ball. You can, however, get a decent feel for the type of football player that he is. I sound like a broken record, but Fox is another kid that plays flat out mean. He’s very aggressive, plays with a very high motor and does a good job of keeping his hands active. I’ll assume that he plays the same way on offense, seeing that he is ranked very highly across the recruiting services.”

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