2012 Michigan Football Secondary Preview

The secondary is a position Michigan has had a lot of trouble recruiting over the recent years. Despite that, this is an area of strength for Team 133 as they return all key contributors from a year ago. Let’s take a look at the projected depth chart for the 2012 season.

Depth Chart:

Freshmen likely to redshirt: Terry Richardson

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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

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Recruiting Update

Things are winding down for the 2012 recruiting class. With only a few days left until national signing day, here is were Michigan sBrady Hoketands with it’s handful of remaining recruits (in no particular order).

1. Josh Garnett – Officially down to Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, but the consensus is that Michigan and Stanford are his final two. Most insiders have had Garnett penciled to Stanford for quite a while, but the Wolverines have made a big, big push in the past few months. Coach Hoke was in-home with Garnett this past Sunday and Josh plans a 3PM PST decision at his high school on Thursday. Michigan’s Chances? 51% 

2. Jordan Diamond – Down to Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin. Seemed to fall off the radar after spring, but things have picked up quite a bit over the past few months. Visited Michigan numerous times over the past year, including his January official. He seemed enamored on each of his visits, but stuck to his plan of taking his decision all the way down to the wire. Michigan’s in-home is on Tuesday. Jordan plans a post LOI Day decision at his high school on 2/3/12. Michigan’s Chances? 60%

3. Armani Reeves – Down to Michigan and Ohio. Like Diamond, Reeves fell off the UM radar earlier in the year after Anthony Standifer and Terry Richardson both committed. Things heated up again after the decommittment of Standifer and the Penn State scandal. Will Reeves follow his good friend Cam Williams to Ohio? Or will his great relationship with the Michigan coaching staff take him to A2? Coach Hoke had his in-home on Sunday and Greg Mattison is there tonight. He’ll decide sometime soon after the in-homes. Michigan’s chances? 51%

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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:

YEARPOSITIONPLAYERPAGE VIEWS
2011RBDemetrius Hart23,544
2012LBJoe Bolden15,391
2012RBBri’onte Dunn15,309
2012CBTerry Richardson11,477
2012DTDanny O’Brien10,417
2012QBGunner Kiel10,342
2012OLJordan Diamond9,497
2012DEChris Wormley9,105
2012OLKyle Kalis8,790
2012LBRoyce Jenkins-Stone8,345
2013QBShane Morris7,837
2011OLJake Fisher7,638
2012LBJames Ross6,880
2012DTOndre Pipkins6,861
2011ATHKris Frost6,529
2012WRAaron Burbridge6,456
2011OLChris Bryant5,394
2011DTDarian Cooper5,283
2011DEAdolphus Washington5,194

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Michigan Recruiting Update (6/3/2011)

I will no longer predict a lull in recruiting as long as Brady Hoke is the coach of this team. Anthony Standifer made it up to AA on Wednesday for a visit and made a surprise commitment to the Wolverines. Standifer was a bit of a sleeper up until a few weeks ago when Michigan offered him. He’s a good sized kid at 6’1” and should be a nice compliment to Terry Richardson on the other side. Michigan legacy recruit Allen Gant also made his pledge to the Wolverines this week. Gant has been one of the top player in Ohio since his freshman year and will be a strong safety for the Wolverines. Michigan was actually expecting New Yorker Wayne Morgan to commit as well, but that never materialized. It seems that the two parties have gone their separate ways and both will look elsewhere.

Updates

Sam Webb wrote in the Detroit News a great piece about the effects of the firing of Jim Tressel will have on some Ohio recruits.

The Bleacher Report talks about the same thing.

Scout.com’s Allen Trieu gives his thoughts on recent Michigan commits Allen Gant and Anthony Standifer in his Midwest Recruiting Notebook.

TomVH of MGOBLOG reports that Cali DT Aziz Shittu has reopened his recruitment and Michigan might get a visit.

In older news, Adolphus Washington names his top 5. He and his teammate Dwayne Stanford would like to attend the same school and will be visiting Michigan sometime soon.

Georgia defensive end Jordan Jenkins recently said that he might visit Michigan. A week later he reports that he’ll stick closer to home ($ scout.com).

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New Offers

Jehu Chesson (WR) – 6’3”  175 lbs. Ladue, MO.

Eric Olson (OT) – 6’6”  265 lbs. Cambridge, MA

Halo List

Jake Rodrigues – Oregon.

Michael Starts – Texas Tech.

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