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 
 
Perspective:
 

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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2013 Recruiting: So What’s Next?

I love football recruiting. National Letter of Intent Day is one of my favorite days of the year, but it can be somewhat boring if your school isn’t in the running for many prospects. For Michigan, Commitmas Day came a little late, or a little early depending on how you look at it. I for one will never forget 2/18/2012. A day when my beloved Wolverines received verbal commitments from six four star prospects in a matter of 12ish hours.

I love football recruiting. National Letter of Intent Day is one of my favorite days of the year, but it can be somewhat boring if your school isn’t inCommitmas the running for many prospects. For Michigan, Commitmas Day came a little late, or a little early depending on how you look at it. I for one will never forget 2/18/2012. A day when my beloved Wolverines received verbal commitments from six four star prospects in a matter of 12ish hours. Kyle Bosch (4 star OG/OT), Wyatt Shallman (4 star athlete), David Dawson (3/4 star OG/OC), Jourdan Lewis (3/4 star CB), Chris Fox (4 star OT) and Taco Charlton (4 star LB/DE) all pledged for UM on the same day that the Wolves beat OSU in hoops. Oh yeah, the next day Jake Butt (4 star TE) and Logan Tuley-Tillman (4 star OT) also dropped. Then there was a two day drought until the tall and lanky Jaron Dukes (probable 3 star) committed, followed by a lengthy 3 day hiatus when 4 star OL Patrick Kugler decided to sign up. Those nine verbals brought Michigan’s total commits for the 2013 class up to 13. With 9ish spots left where will the staff decide to go with the rest?

Quarterback  (DONE)

Commits: Shane Morris

Prospects: With 5 star Shane Morris already in the fold it will be pretty hard to lure in another quarterback anyways, so Michigan is likely done here. There have been rumbling of Riley Ferguson possibly visiting Michigan this spring, but the odds of him signing with the Maize and Blue are next to zero. Henry Poggi’s teammate Shane Cockerille could be a possibility, but there is some speculation of whether or not his offer is committable, if he even has one at all.

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