The 4th Wolverine End-Around

MGoBlue recently caught up with Colton Christian:

"Before I went to East Asia I worked out with a coach at home named Pete Knoll. I workout with him when I’m at home. I was only at home for a month before I left for training for the AIA trip — we trained for a week before East Asia in Ohio just outside of Dayton. Now that I’m back, I’m getting on weightlifting programs and improving on other skills, like shooting."

In a bit of good news, Stanley Cup Champion and Michigan Alum Steve Kampfer told the Detroit News he plans on bring the cup back to Ann Arbor and Yost.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg ranked Michigan’s defensive line 5th in the Big Ten:

“This is a projection pick, but I think Michigan’s defensive front takes a significant step forward this season. Senior tackle Mike Martin is a bona fide NFL prospect and will lead the way, and players like Ryan Van Bergen and Craig Roh should be among the primary beneficiaries of the new defense under coordinator Greg Mattison. Michigan needs to build depth with Jibreel Black, Will Campbell and others, but there’s great potential here.”

GBMWolverine’s spring evaluation of Craig Roh. Maize ‘n Brew recently did a quick write-up on Desmond Howard. Thomas Rawls has been told that he won’t be redshirted. Jack Miller’s ready to go. Lloyd Carr is not surprised in the slightest that Brady Hoke has been cleaning up in recruiting.

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Recruiting Update (1/20)

Hello all. I just wanted to give a quick update on recruiting. It’s been rather crazy since late last week in the Michigan recruiting world. First off, I want to welcome all of the new coaches to the program and wish them well. Recruiting got a huge boost last evening when Coach Brady Hoke named Greg Mattison the new defensive coordinator. He is not only one of the best defensive coaches in all of football, he is the ultimate closer in the recruiting world. I look for defensive recruiting to pick up soon, but especially next season.

On to recruiting. There has been a bunch of bad news over the past couple of weeks, in the form of de-commitments. Dallas Crawford, Matt Goudis and Antonio Kinard (was he ever a true commit?) all decided to commit to Miami. Meanwhile Jake Fisher, Kellen Jones, Brennen Beyer, Jack Miller, Blake Countess and Tony Posada are either contemplating or taking more visits. All but Fisher seem likely to be Blue at this point, but Coach Hoke still has work to do. The Wolverines are also looking pretty good for Chris Bryant and Hakeem Flowers, so the news is getting much better.

Coach wasted little time getting some new offers out there, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerbacks Stefan McClure (Army All-American) and Floyd Raven will both be visiting Ann Arbor over the coming few weekends.

With Michigan lacking in the kicking game, Hoke recently offered Californian Matt Wile. It is still unsure at this point if Michigan is looking to snag a last minute quarterback, but a few names to remember are Max Shortell (rumors are he has an offer), Tanner McAvoy and Christian Suntrup. Two more kids to keep an eye on: OT Patrick Flavin and CB Darren Kitchen is still in the mix. I’m sure we will learn of more offers in the coming days before LOI day is here. We will also have a few profiles up in the next couple of days.

Look for the upcoming weekends to be big visiting weekends. So far this weekend UM has Frank Clark, Stefan McClure, Tony Posada, Raymon Taylor and Matt Wile coming in to visit. And Floyd Raven will be coming in on the weekend of the 28th. I expect the 28th list to grow as well.

Finally a few prospects to add to the Halo List from the past few weeks. Kris Frost, ugh. Michigan was his clear leader for a long time until the coaching change. Then he decided on Auburn, who decided to take his commitment over a week later. A day after I posted Devin Lucien’s profile, he of course drops Michigan because they wanted him as a defensive back. He is not a d-back, so we’re out. Jack Tabb picked UNC and Deion Barnes is picking either PSU or Georgia.

Projected 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Class

Projected 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Class

Player

Position

Star Rating

City, State

Dee Hart RB ratingratingratingrating Orlando, FL
Kris Frost LB ratingratingratingrating Matthews, NC
Brennen Beyer DE ratingratingratingrating Canton, MI
Kellen Jones MLB ratingratingratingrating Houston, TX
Anthony Zettel Jumbo ATH ratingratingratingrating West Branch, MI
Blake Countess CB ratingratingratingrating Olney, MD
Justice Hayes RB ratingratingratingrating Grand Blanc, MI
Dallas Crawford DB ratingratingrating South Fort Myers, FL
Thomas Rawls RB ratingratingrating Flint, MI
Jack Miller OL ratingratingrating Toledo, OH
Chris Rock DE ratingratingrating Columbus, OH
Desmond Morgan MLB ratingratingrating Holland, MI
Greg Brown CB ratingratingrating Fremont, OH
Delonte Hollowell CB ratingratingrating Detroit, MI
Hakeem Flowers WR ratingratingrating Greenville, SC
Chris Bryant OT ratingratingrating Chicago, IL
Tony Posada OT ratingratingrating Tampa, FL
Rob Trudo DT ratingratingrating Farrell, PA
Matt Goudis K ratingratingrating West Hills, CA
       

Michigan picked up a commitment from Blake Countess, helping out the slim depth in the secondary. Michigan also reportedly leads forMatt Goudis Matthews, NC OLB Kris Frost. Both four star players help this class immediately, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The kicking game got a boost when kicker Matt Goudis flipped his commitment from Boise State to Michigan.

Michigan hopes to land Kris Frost and Anthony Zettel. The staff also hopes they can get Thomas Rawls who is close to qualifying. It has been reported that both Hakeem Flowers and Chris Bryant are heavy Michigan leans while they remain hopeful that at least one defensive tackle sings with them. Watch out for Farrell, PA DT Rob Trudo, who currently his committed to Syracuse. Another player to keep an eye on is Prince Holloway, a slot wide receiver from Cape Coral who is close to committing. It is unknown whether Holloway is qualified and has a committable offer from the staff. With that said Holloway is a great talent who fits the slot receiver position as well as anyone.

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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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