"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
How does everybody feel about Michigan's situation at DB and,
specifically at CB, in 2009 and beyond? We lose Trent, Harrison, Doug
Dutch and Charles Stewart. That will leave Michigan with the following
CBs - Warren (Jr), Cissoko (So), Wollfolk (So)
S - Brown (Sr), Chambers (Jr), Michael Williams (So), Branden Smith (So)
Unclear if CB or S - JT FLoyd (R Fr), Justin Turner (Fr)
or may not be a DB - James Rogers (Jr) is probably a WR, DeWayne Peace
(Fr) is probably a CB, Justin Feagin (R Fr) is looking more and more
like a DB, Mike Jones (Fr) and Isaiah Bell (Fr) - at least one of which
is probably an OLB.
So, what I'm getting at is this: is anybody else worried about CB in 2009 and 2010?
I know Michigan lists Turner at CB, but it seems both recruiting sites see him as a safety - reasonable for a guy his size. Peace may end up being stellar at CB. If Peace, Turner and Floyd all end up as good corners, maybe we're ok, but isn't it just as possible that only one of those guys ends up being a good corner?
Besides the starters (Cissoko and Warren), who will provide depth in 2009?
If Warren leaves after his junior year, who will start opposite Cissoko in 2010?
Sky isn;t falling or anything, but this seems like an area to address in recruiting this year.
Completely speculative uninformed but un-biased projection for Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. I'm guessing we find a way to take 22 in this class. If 20, I'd scrap a DE and an OL recruit. Bold indicates a verbal committment as of 8/4
QB (2) – Kevin Newsome; Shavodrick Beaver
RB (2) – Fitzgerald Touissant; Vincent Smith
Slot WR (2) – Teric Jones, Jeremy Gallon
Outside WR (2) – Bryce McNeal; a four or five-star wild card (Shaq Evans??)OT (2) – Michael Schoefield; a 3-star recruit
OG (1) – Either Kyle Koehne or Ricky Clemons
C - none
TE - none
DT (2) – William Campbell; Dequinta Jones
DE (2) – Craig Roh; Will Hill
LB (2) – Jordan Barnes; Mike Jones; Brandin Hawthorne
S (2) – Justin Turner; Isaiah Bell
CB (2) – Dewayne Peace; Mywan Jackson
K (1) – Anthony Fera or Brendan Gibbons
P - none
So, yes, this means whiffing on:
- CBs: Dre Kirpatrick, Darius Winston and Gabe Lynn
- OTs: Marcus Hall, Chris Freeman and Brennan Williams
- RB David Oku
And, yes, it means projecting:
- DeWayne Peace as a CB
- Justin Turner as a Safety (not sure why he is sometimes listed as a CB)
- Teric Jones as a slot WR
- Dequinta Jones as a DT
- Mywan Jackson as a CB