Profile for 2012 U of M Recruit Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson, Scout.com

  • Name: Ron Thompson
  • Position: Tight End
  • Height & Weight: 6’4” 225 lbs.
  • High School: East Detroit (MI) 
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HIGHLIGHTS

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A Chat with U of M Commit Caleb Stacey

Ohio offensive lineman Caleb Stacey became Michigan’s second verbal commit of the 2012 class Saturday evening. He is one of the best offensive linemen in a loaded Ohio class this year. Caleb is pretty pumped about his commit and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us!

Sean O’Connell: Current height and weight?

Caleb Stacey: “6’4  285 lbs.”

Sean O’Connell: What other offers do you have?

Caleb Stacey: “Ohio, Toledo, Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, NC-State, Wake Forest, South Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Miami(OH), and of course THE Michigan Wolverines!”

Sean O’Connell: Being from Ohio, did you grow up an Ohio State fan? Did you have any contact with them?

Caleb Stacey: “Growing up I was never really a fan of any team, I tried to follow everyone. I did have a little contact with OSU they stopped by my school once to meet me but after that no further contact.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been catching a lot of heat for committing to Michigan yet?

Caleb Stacey: “I haven’t been catching any heat at all, besides from the loyal OSU fans that live in my neighborhood, but nothing more than a joke and a little messing around. Everyone seems excited in Ann Arbor about my commitment and I know my family and I are really jacked up about Michigan.”

Sean O’Connell: So you visited Ann Arbor a little over a week ago, I’m assuming that visit went very well?

Caleb Stacey: “My visit to Ann Arbor went extremely well. It was actually St. Patrick’s Day when I took an unofficial to Michigan so I got a chance to see how the student life was.”

Sean O’Connell: Was it coach Hoke who offered you? What was your reaction?

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A Chat with Dan Voltz

Michigan only inked  two offensive linemen in their 2011 recruiting class. Therefore, the coaches will be hitting that area very hard for 2012, possibly taking 5 kids. Illinois guard Dan Voltz is one of the Wolverine’s early targets and he recently answered a few questions about his recruitment for UMGoBlog.Rivals.com

Sean O’Connell: How many offers do you hold?

Dan Voltz: “I currently hold 16 offers. They are from Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your top three factors when looking at schools?

Dan Voltz: “Football tradition, academics, and campus.”

Sean O’Connell: Does location matter?

Dan Voltz: “Location does matter. I am a big midwest guy and would love to play football in the midwest. But if there is a school outside of the midwest that I like, I won’t hesitate to look at it.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you have a school you grew up cheering for?  If so will that factor into your decision?

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Adversary Recruiting (December)

Big Ten Recruiting For The Month of December

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 12/5)

1Ohio State University BannerStatus quo, still.7University of Michigan BannerLoses Sousa and Hart (maybe?). Hopefully Dee is temporary.
2University of Nebraska BannerJackson is a very good get.8Indiana University BannerTwo decommits and the firing of the coach; not the best month.
3University of Notre Dame BannerThe loss of Justice Hayes stings a bit.9Northwestern 3x5 FlagTwo losses in the class, but still solid.
4Michigan State University BannerNo action for the second straight month.10University of Minnesota BannerDespite their poor record and firing of Brewster, they actually have an OK class.
5University of Wisconsin BannerFollows up a nice October with a great November.11University of Illinois BannerPretty meh for a Zooker class.
6University of Iowa BannerJumps Michigan.12Purdue University BannerHad a decent month.
   13Penn State University BannerThey had a good July, but have struggled since.

WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers had a good November, following up their impressive October. Tight end/defensive end Austin Traylor was probably the best get for Bucky in November. During his senior year Traylor had 99 tackles and 10 sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively he had 639 yards receiving and five TD’s as a tight end. In Madison he will be a tight end. Austin has offers from Arizona, Boston College, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia among others. Hard – nosed linebacker Derek Watt is the brother of current Badger J.J. Derek was a verbal commit to Northwestern before receiving and accepting the offer from Wisconsin. It is a gray shirt offer, but that was good enough for Watt. Cornerback Darius Hillary is a really good looking athlete. He played returner, corner and safety for his school, but will be a corner in college. He looks pretty good in run support and is a solid tackler. He also has offers from Boston College, UConn, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Stanford among others.

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PlayerHigh School
Austin TraylorWalnut Ridge H.S.ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Derek WattPewaukee H.S.ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Darius HillarySycamore H.S.ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Purdue Recruiting had been slow since July for Purdue, but things sped up a little in November with verbal commits from three kids. Akeem Hunt is a very nice looking running back, who will fit in great with Purdue’s scheme. Hunt has a nice combo of vision and balance. And he also has great hands for a running back. Hunt chose the Boilers over Auburn, Minnesota, South Carolina,  Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Doug Gentry should be a great complement to the shifty Hunt. Gentry has a little wiggle to his game as well and runs with pretty good balance and power. During his sophomore and junior seasons Doug combined for nearly 3,700 yards rushing and had 39 touchdowns. He also has an offer from Georgia Tech. Wrapping up Purdue’s November is wideout  Shane Mikesky. The 6’4” Mikesky is a decent blocker and also has pretty good speed.  He’s a bit of a sleeper, but looks like a good athlete with some promise.

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PlayerHigh School
Doug GentryMexia H.S.ratingratingratingratingratingrating
Akeem HuntNewton H.S.ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Shane MikeskyZionsville H.S.ratingratingratingratingrating

Logo Nebraska continues to roll in recruiting, gaining verbals from highly rated cornerback Charles Jackson and Indiana decommit Max Pirman. Jackson, an Army All-American, possesses very good hips and feet to go along with his excellent speed and size. He is a very aggressive corner who has a world of upside. Charles also has offers from Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma among others. Pirman is a little raw and needs to bulk up, but has good potential. He will be a defensive end in Lincoln.

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Adversary Recruiting (December)

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 12/5)

1.  Ohio State – Status quo, still.

2. Nebraska – Jackson is a very good get.

3. Notre Dame – The loss of Justice Hayes stings a bit.

4. Michigan State – No action for the second straight month.

5. Wisconsin – Follows up a nice October with a great November.

6. Iowa – Jumps Michigan.

7. Michigan – Loses  Sousa and Hart (maybe?). Hopefully Dee is temporary.

8. Indiana – Two decommits and the firing of the coach; not the best month.

9. Northwestern – Two losses in the class, but still solid.

10. Minnesota – Despite their poor record and firing of Brewster, they actually have an OK class.

11. Illinois – Pretty meh for a Zooker class.

12. Purdue – Had a decent month.

13. Penn State – They had a good July, but have struggled since.

The Wisconsin Badgers had a good November, following up their impressive October. Tight end/defensive end Austin Traylor was probably the best get for Bucky in November. During his senior year Traylor had 99 tackles and 10 sacks on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively he had 639 yards receiving and five TD’s as a tight end. In Madison he will be a tight end. Austin has offers from Arizona, Boston College, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia among others. Hard – nosed linebacker Derek Watt is the brother of current Badger J.J. Derek was a verbal commit to Northwestern before receiving and accepting the offer from Wisconsin. It is a gray shirt offer, but that was good enough for Watt. Cornerback Darius Hillary is a really good looking athlete. He played returner, corner and safety for his school, but will be a corner in college. He looks pretty good in run support and is a solid tackler. He also has offers from Boston College, UConn, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Stanford among others.

PlayerHigh School
Austin Traylor    
Derek Watt    
Darius Hillary    

Recruiting had been slow since July for Purdue, but things sped up a little in November with verbal commits from three kids. Akeem Hunt is a very nice looking running back, who will fit in great with Purdue’s scheme. Hunt has a nice combo of vision and balance. And he also has great hands for a running back. Hunt chose the Boilers over Auburn, Minnesota, South Carolina,  Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Doug Gentry should be a great complement to the shifty Hunt. Gentry has a little wiggle to his game as well and runs with pretty good balance and power. During his sophomore and junior seasons Doug combined for nearly 3,700 yards rushing and had 39 touchdowns. He also has an offer from Georgia Tech. Wrapping up Purdue’s November is wideout  Shane Mikesky. The 6’4” Mikesky is a decent blocker and also has pretty good speed.  He’s a bit of a sleeper, but looks like a good athlete with some promise.

Nebraska continues to roll in recruiting, gaining verbals from highly rated cornerback Charles Jackson and Indiana decommit Max Pirman. Jackson, an Army All-American, possesses very good hips and feet to go along with his excellent speed and size. He is a very aggressive corner who has a world of upside. Charles also has offers from Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma among others. Pirman is a little raw and needs to bulk up, but has good potential. He will be a defensive end in Lincoln.

Penn State ended its couple month drought, adding three prospects.  Receiver is a priority and PSU cashed in with Allen Robinson and Matt Zanellato.  Robinson (former teammate of PSU’s Robert Bolden) has good hands and does a great job of using his size.  During his senior season he racked up 653 yards and eight scores. Allen could make the switch to one of the safety positions in Happy Valley. Zanellato is an under the radar prospect, but has some nice skills. At 6’4” he uses his size and jumping ability very well. He looks to be a good possession type guy and a dangerous red zone threat. Anthony Alosi is another sleeper recruit for PSU. He could be used as a defensive lineman, but his strengths could be used better as an offensive lineman.

Conner Crowell was Ohio State’s one verbal in November. Crowell is a very active linebacker who is very quick and plays well in space. Unfortunately for Conner, he suffered a broken ankle that will require surgery and months of time on the sideline. As a junior he accounted for 100 tackles and 4 int’s. Crowell also has offers from UConn, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and West Virginia among others.

Iowa got an upgrade in their defense when Nicholas Law joined the class. Law is a nice looking prospect at 6’3″ and runs a 4.4 40. He is an explosive player who plays both safety and linebacker for his school. He is a very physical kid who could excel at either position. Michigan tried to get in on Law late in the game, but he chose the Hawkeyes shortly after. He also has offers from Maryland, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Illinois and North Carolina State among others.

Texas running back Cam McDaniel has drawn some comparisons in former Wolverine Sam McGuffie. The Notre Dame verbal pledge is not quite as flashy as McGuffie, but is much more physical. He also does a great job catching the football, giving him the possibility of lining up in the slot as well. As a senior McDaniel racked up 1,906 rushing yards to go along with 32 touchdowns. He also added 492 yards and 3 TD’s receiving.

Illinois lone verbal is athlete Tyler Marcordes. At a camp this summer in Illinois Marcordes tried out at linebacker, h-back and tight end and showed potential in all three. At nearly 6’4″ and 235 lbs., Tyler runs the 40 in an impressive 4.65. Marcordes is a very versitile football player who has a bunch of upside. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois State and Northern Illinois.

The decommitment bug hit four teams in the month of November. Indiana (Raymon Taylor and Max Pirman), Iowa (JaCorey Shepard and Melvin Gordon), Northwestern (Derek Watt and Sean Cotton) and Notre Dame (Justice Hayes) all had kids who decided to rethink things a little.

 

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