2013 Offensive Depth Chart Preview

With the 2012 season wrapping up this weekend, it’s time to take a way too early look at the 2013 projected depth chart for the Wolverines with some analysis. Note: The only iDevin Gardner - UMGoBlue.comncoming freshmen that I will include in the depth chart are Shane Morris and Jake Butt.

QB: 1. Devin Gardner – Senior

2. Shane Morris – Freshman

3. Russell Bellomy – RS Sophomore

Analysis: Gardner returns for his fourth season as a Wolverine after starting the second half of 2012 at the QB spot following Denard Robinson’s injury. Gardner’s skill set opens up a more vertical passing game that the Wolverines became accustomed to with Robinson at the helm. Gardner has also shown the ability to make teams pay with his feet and should be the future of the position if he is granted a fifth season, something Coach Brady Hoke seems optimistic about. Shane Morris will be the second best quarterback on the roster talent wise, but don’t expect to see him in mop-up duty– that role will fall on Bellomy’s shoulders. However, should Gardner get hurt, expect to see Morris step in as the starter, ready or not.

RB: 1. Fitzgerald Toussaint – RS Senior

2. Thomas Rawls – Junior

3. Justice Hayes – RS Sophomore

4. Dennis Norfleet – Sophomore

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My Introduction

My name is Davon Johnson and I have been hired to contribute to this site as a Recruiting Analyst. My job here will be primarily centered on recruiting, but I may do other things as well. IDavon Johnson‘m 16 years old, and I live in Columbus, Ohio (enemy territory, I know). I have written for the following Michigan recruiting blogs : MGoRecruit, Midnight Maize, and Victors Valiant. I have interviewed many prospects such as Michael Hutchings, Devin Funchess, Allen Gant, Erik Magnuson, Kamani Thomas, Cameron Burrows and many others.

How did I become a Michigan fan you ask? It all started when I was just a wee lad. My uncle and I are the only Michigan fans in the family (guess you could call us the "outlaws"), so he took me to my first Michigan game when I was 11. The game was against Appalachian State. My uncle was super excited, as was I, but neither of us could’ve predicted what would happen during the game. I was excited at certain parts of the game, at other times, I felt like crying. When Chad Henne threw the pass to Mario Manningham for a touchdown late in the fourth, I was ecstatic. Then, there was the blocked field goal. At that moment, I fell into a deep depression. On the ride home however, my uncle cheered me up by telling me everything, and I stress everything about the history of Michigan football. Needless to say, after that speech, I became obsessed with Michigan.

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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.

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Michigan Lax Recruiting Update

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Great news for the University of Michigan Lacrosse team as they have grabbed two new faces for the 2012 class, and one individual who I had talked to weeks ago before he gave his commitment.

It’s nice to see that Brendan Gaughan (La Costa, CA), a big lefty attackman, something Michigan really needs more of, has committed to the newly elevated NCAA team. Him and I discussed many different elements of his game, and even the elements people brought up about how his skills may have been lacking. However, rest assured everyone as Brendan has already proven he can play with both hands equally as well, and has been hitting the gym hard to fill out his tall frame. I think Inside Lacrosse did a pretty good job with this, but they left out two other teams that were possibilities, and that was Vermont and Air Force, with Air Force being a pretty good team as well. I think the fact that Erik Magnuson and Brendan are good friends played well into the decision in a small fashion, but it will help the transition greatly on both parts.

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We look forward to his contributions and even to Chris Walker’s (LSM/D) contributions, who is from Brother Rice, right in Michigan, the best school in the state for lacrosse, yes I said it and you all know why! Great time for the University of Michigan Lacrosse team right now, two solid recruits, and still more time, let’s see who JP can lock down next!

Chris Walker #24

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Profile for 2012 U of M Commit Erik Magnuson

  • Name: Erik Magnuson
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Height & Weight: 6’5” 290 lbs.
  • High School: La Costa Canyon (CA)
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HIGHLIGHTS

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QUOTES

Erik’s Coach: “Erik’s a very athletic and aggressive player. He’s a really big kid too and he hits all the benchmarks that you’re looking for in a football player, especially at offensive tackle. He works really hard on his academics and tries to stay ahead in all of his work. I believe the last time I checked with him and his parents, he was going to be able to graduate and start college early.”

On Committing (24/7 Sports): "It is just the right fit. UM has everything I am looking for and I feel like the program is really headed in the right direction"

On Michigan: “This place is awesome, just what I expected it to be. I didn’t waste any time. When you know, you know. I got in last night [Thursday] and spent the whole day on campus today. I got that special feeling about this place and love all the coaches.”

ANALYSIS

Sean O’Connell UMGoBlog.com: “Erik is a very physical and aggressive blocker. He has great size at 6’5” 290 pounds and is another very athletic lineman. He is one of the top OL’s in California this year and in my opinion, one of the top 15 or so in the country. Magnuson is trying to enroll early and with his size, could possibly see the playing field early. Erik is an outstanding get for Michigan and has the ability to be a very, very good player.”

Scouts Inc, ESPN.com: “Magnuson is a tough inline blocker capable of dominating opponents with his good upper body playing strength. Has the size along with enough athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. Although we detect some lower body stiffness this prospect manages to play with good balance and agility when in space; comes off the ball hard when drive blocking but will need to improve his explosion, initial quickness and first step … Magnuson has the physical tools to be a successful offensive tackle at the major level of competition. However we don’t see an immediate starter, rather a player needing some time and perhaps a red shirt year to improve his athleticism and pass protection skills.”

STATS

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2010 (Jr.)La Costa CanyonN/AN/AN/A

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