Michigan Recruiting Player Interest

Following any player’s recruitment is due to have its ups and downs. There will be rumors of visits and alleged family members saying so and so is leaning a certain way or another. Or a YouTube video will come out that everyone has to see. Or a play will commit, decommit, commit, then decommit again. We all understand this, so evaluate the following chart with that in mind:

YEAR POSITION PLAYER PAGE VIEWS
2011 RB Demetrius Hart 23,544
2012 LB Joe Bolden 15,391
2012 RB Bri’onte Dunn 15,309
2012 CB Terry Richardson 11,477
2012 DT Danny O’Brien 10,417
2012 QB Gunner Kiel 10,342
2012 OL Jordan Diamond 9,497
2012 DE Chris Wormley 9,105
2012 OL Kyle Kalis 8,790
2012 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone 8,345
2013 QB Shane Morris 7,837
2011 OL Jake Fisher 7,638
2012 LB James Ross 6,880
2012 DT Ondre Pipkins 6,861
2011 ATH Kris Frost 6,529
2012 WR Aaron Burbridge 6,456
2011 OL Chris Bryant 5,394
2011 DT Darian Cooper 5,283
2011 DE Adolphus Washington 5,194

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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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