Name: Tom Strobel
Height & Weight: 6’6” 250 lbs.
High School: Mentor (OH)
Warren, Michigan quarterback prospect Shane Morris became the first commit for the Wolverine’s 2013 class last week. Morris will be the top player in the state and one of the highest rated signal callers in the Midwest, if not the country.
Sean O’Connell: The timing was a surprise to me, when did you come to this decision?
Shane Morris: “I came to this decision about a week before I committed and told coach I wanted to come up with my family and have them see everything.”
Sean O’Connell: Who was your primary recruiter? How is your relationship with him?
Shane Morris: “My primary recruiter was Coach Fred Jackson. We have a very good relationship we talked on the phone once or twice every week. He was a huge influence in my decision, he was alway telling me everything that was going on at U of M and I liked that he was completely honest in every aspect with me. ”
Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up a Michigan fan?
Shane Morris: “Yes I did grow up a Michigan fan, Michigan was my dream school until they changed the offense a couple years ago, now that Coach Hoke is back and running the pro-style again it’s where I belong.”
Recruiting continues to stay hot for the Wolverines with the commit of Detroit, MI cornerback Terry Richardson. The Cass Tech Technician is the next in line of undersized, but very gifted corners to commit to Michigan. Richardson has very good hips and a nice back pedal. He’ll need a little bulking up, but has the skill set to be a good player. Terry picked Michigan over Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.
Devan Bogard (S) – 6’1” 180 lbs. Cleveland, OH.
Drae Bowles (WR) – 6’1” 205 lbs. Jackson, TN.
Faith Ekakitie (DT/SDE) – 6’3” 275 lbs. Lake Forest, IL
Allen Gant (S) – 6’2” 205 lbs. Sylavania, OH. Legacy recruit.
Eli Harold (WDE) – 6’3” 220 lbs. Virginia Beach, VA.
Will Hines (CB/S) – 6’1” 175 lbs. Michigan will be a factor here.
It was a pretty busy in the recruiting world this past week. Michigan picked up it’s second linebacker commit in as many days on Saturday when Royce Jenkins-Stone gave his verbal pledge to Coach Hoke and crew. Michigan was thought to be the long time leader for Royce, but it was a bit of a surprise that he made his choice earlier that we all thought. Stone just made a nice leap in the Scout.com rankings, earning the tag of the #2 MLB in the class of 2012. RJS and Kaleb Ringer should be an outstanding duo of linebackers for years to come. Ringer made his official announcement last Friday. Now the question is who is the next linebacker to jump on board, and does the other get left out in the cold?
Ken Ekanem – four star Virginia defensive end.
Dominic Ramacher – a three star athlete out of Texas who could play tight end, fullback or linebacker.
Anthony Standifer – Michigan was the first Big Ten school to offer the Illinois sleeper and he plans on visiting at some point in the near future.
Ronald Darby – (Notre Dame)
Zeke Pike – as expected, Zeke committed to Auburn yesterday afternoon. Now Michigan has a decision to make about the quarterback position. I’ll have a post about this later.
Spring Game Visitors (* denotes offer)
Ben Braden – MICHIGAN COMMIT!
Sheldon Day* – was either going to visit Michigan or Notre Dame and opted to come up to AA. He brought along some members of his family and they all enjoyed it. Michigan looks very good for Day.
Jordan Diamond* – had another nice visit. This one probably goes until after the season, but Michigan still has the lead here.
J.J. Denman* – beast. Loved his visit. He said he’d be back for an official and has not decided when he’ll make his choice yet.
Devin Funchess *- made it in to AA once again, and IMO we lead for him.
Royce Jenkins-Stone *- MICHIGAN COMMIT!
Mario Ojemudia* – made another trip to Michigan and the Wolverines have really shot up his board. Mario lists Michigan, MSU and Stanford as his favorites. It looks like a UM – MSU battle.
Terry Richardson* – I’m not really sure what to say about Terry. He seems like he wants to leave the state. But I also believe that he is down on the big board of corners. We’ll see.
James Ross* – I discussed the linebacker situation a little bit last week and it’s getting dicey. Is the next LB to commit the last taken in this class? Ross will not be choosing any time soon.
Caleb Stacey* – MICHIGAN COMMIT!
Other Recruiting News
Michigan has apparently also received a silent commit recently. Most think that it is either Joe Bolden* or Matt Godin*. We should know in a few weeks.
Michigan leads for Pharaoh Brown* ($).
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.
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?