landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
The Michigan coaching staff has made it apparent that they would like to recruit a running back prospect for the 2012 class. However with the number of offers extended and prospects committed, the opportunities are becoming slim. That may require the coaching staff to look for new prospects to extend offers to, and there just happens to be an uncommitted back waiting for an offer from the Wolverines.
Muskegon RB Juwan Lewis (5'11", 208 lbs) laid everything on the line recently at Michigan's camp and is now hoping that performance will earn him an offer. I caught up with both Juwan and his father, who also happens to be his coach. Here's a look at his film and then we'll start with Juwan.
TOM: Tell me first where you're at in your recruitment, and who you've all heard from so far.
JUWAN: My parents and I are taking our time with recruiting. My dad has been taking care of everything for me and it's been a great help. My feelings right now for every school is mutual, no school is above the other. I've been in contact with schools from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Pac 10, Big East, Independent, and MAC schools. My parents have mainly been telling me to enjoy the process and take my time with my decision right now.
TOM: When you camped at Michigan what did the coaches say to you?
JUWAN: They've been impressed with my work ethic, and they were happy with my work outs at camp. They're very interested.
TOM: What offers do you currently have?
JUWAN: I have offers from Buffalo, Western Michigan, and Eastern Michigan.
Since Juwan's father handles most of his recruiting I also spoke with him about what's happening now and what could be coming up in the near future.
TOM: I know Juwan told me he's hearing from a lot of schools, does he have any favorites yet?
MR. LEWIS: He's getting letters and phone calls from all over. His options are open for now. Does he want to go to a Big Ten school? Probably. They're all starting to come around and talk to him. I coach so they can talk to me about him and he has a lot of letters, he has a tub full of letters from schools all over.
TOM: With Michigan specifically what do you think is next after his camp performance?
MR. LEWIS: He had a great experience down there. I've been working Michigan camps for the last 11 years. I'm injured right now so I couldn't this year. They worked him over though and he was one of the best at the camps. With them it's a waiting game. I like Michigan, I love Michigan, but I don't know if they feel like they have enough backs or not. My understanding is that Juwan could be on the backs that they would take. Until they offer him we have to keep options open. He's talked about Indiana, Northwestern is definitely a school that's right there. Iowa has contacted him. The only school that's fallen off with us is Ohio State.
TOM: Can you tell me about who he is off the field?
MR. LEWIS: He plays the drums in church, too. He's in the church band so I never have to wake him up to go to church. He does a lot of community stuff without people asking him. He's a well rounded kid that's humble. I try to make him see the other side of it. Little kids come up to him, and we're in a small town, and they look up to him. People talk about not just the football but what he does in the community, he's in honor society, and he's probably going to be around top twenty in his class. He was born in Ann Arbor, I brought him up from Ann Arbor and I took everything personal with him. I'm an educator and we focused on that with him, and I'm proud of where he's at.
TOM: Do you have any idea of when he'd like to have his decision made by?
MR. LEWIS: What I want to do is have him done by a couple weeks into the season. Have him getting an offer and just saying let's go with it. I don't want him to have to worry about anything and just have fun. That takes a lot of pressure off the kid. He only has two classes next year and he has a 3.8 GPA, so he'll graduate early. In January I want him to be in someone's system, learning their program. The academic side is why I like the Big Ten schools. It's up to him to finish his major, I know he wants to major in broadcasting. I preach with him because I know he can play football. I want him to embody the student athlete and be in the study hall as much as he is in the film room.
Michigan technically now has 18 commitments for the 2012 class, if you include S Jeremy Clark who accepted a greyshirt role. Outside of the commitments the coaching staff also secured Illinois WR Bo Dever (6'2", 195 lbs) as a preferred walk on. You know you're doing well on the recruiting trail when you have kids accepting greyshirts and walk on roles and you're not even half way through summer.
That's just how things are going, and it looks like things could wrap up sooner than later for the coaching staff. Here's a look at recent happenings and what could be in the future. As always you can follow me on Twitter @TomVH, or email me with any tips or questions at [email protected].
6'5", 290 lbs.
Garnett has been expressing strong interest in Michigan for some time now. He has stated that he would like to take an official visit, and recently included Michigan in his top list.
I cut my list to eleven. They're Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Auburn, Nebraska, Stanford, Oklahoma, and Cal. I thought it would be easier just to focus on a top eleven rather than all the schools involved.
As for summer visits, it doesn't look like any more unofficials will be in the cards for Garnett.
I don't know if I'm going to take any visits to any other schools. I know I'll take official visits. I've already seen Oregon, USC, UCLA, Washington, Cal, and Stanford. I feel good about Michigan, taking an official out there and seeing the Big House.
Ganett is one of the 150 elite athletes that will be attending "The Opening" in Oregon this week. The event will be televised on ESPNU and will include a good number of Michigan recruits and commitments.
There's going to be a lot of skilled players there. A lot of the guys I've made friendships with are going to be there. I talk to Erik Magnuson and we've talked about schools, where we see each other fitting. It definitely helps to get together with those guys and see who else is being recruiting and who else will be on their team. It makes you feel more comfortable with potential teammates.
Garnett has been very impressed with what Michigan brings to the table and is excited to learn more.
It's just the atmosphere around Michigan, the legacy, the fan support, and the great academics. It's a top notch academic program, and all the games are packed. You don't get that feel on the west coast or anywhere in the nation. Michigan is rolling out NFL linemen and they all have great NFL careers. I think I get a bad stigma being from Washington. You don't think nasty guys come from Washington, but I'm 6-foot-5, and 290-pounds right now. I'm very athletic and I know that's the kind of guys Michigan likes.
It will be interesting to see how offensive line recruiting plays out. Depending on what happens in the near future with other prospects Michigan could be out of spots depending on when Garnett would like to visit.
6'3", 275 lbs.
The five star defensive tackle has been making noise ever since he decommitted from Stanford. Rivals ranks him as the number three best defensive tackle overall in the country, and he told me he has list down to ten.
I don't think I'll be taking any other summer visits. I'm focused on my team more than recruiting right now. I have it narrowed to ten schools though with Arizona, Stanford, Auburn, Cal, Washington, USC, Michigan, UCLA, Florida, and Nebraska.
Shittu is another prospect that has maintained he would like to take an official visit to Michigan. He too will be at The Opening this weekend, and as mentioned will be with Michigan recruits and commitments.
I haven't figured out a specific date yet, but it could possibly be for the Notre Dame night game. I'll be at The Opening this week and I talk recruiting everywhere I go, but I'm mostly going there to have a good time. It's cool to hang out with the committed players to see if your personalities match up.
Defensive tackle is another position that will likely start to fill up soon. The coaching staff have told recruits that they will likely take one interior linemen, but I have to imagine that they will take two at the end of the day. Either way, Shittu says that doesn't bother him.
It's 50% that I'll sign on signing day and 50% that I'll do it at the Army game. Nothing sooner, and if their class fills up then it fills up. I'm making my decision on one of those dates.
The scenario could get interesting with Ondre Pipkins' visit coming up, and instate DT Danny O'Brien saying that he would like to take official visits. If Pipkins decides to make an early decision and the coaches decide to take two defensive tackles it looks like it could be down to Shittu and O'Brien for the last spot. A lot of ifs, but they're in a good place.
6'2", 199 lbs.
Westlake Village, California
I recently reported that Payton had decommitted from USC this past week. He had been feeling uncomfortable with his commitment for awhile, so this wasn't anything that was surprising. He has a lot of interest in Michigan and plans on taking an official visit if things go as planned.
My coach wants me to make a decision relatively soon, but no matter what I want to take an official out to Michigan. We can take official visits during our season as long as we don't miss any Oaks time, miss any class or anything with our teams.
There was recently a CBS Sports article published that quoted Payton as saying, "I'm going to tell you this, it's going to be interesting the next couple of weeks in recruiting…You're going to see a lot of changes. Just think Fab Five." Naturally people began to tie that to Michigan. He clarified what he meant there.
When I said that the reporter, he was just like oh so you're going to Michigan? I told him that I just meant I've been talking to some other recruits and trying to get a fab five group to go to the same school, not necessarily Michigan.
Interesting comments to say the least. The article did clarify what he meant as well, I just thought I'd get him in his own words. If you look at what he said though it sounds like his decision could come soon. We'll see.
Ohio S Jarrod Wilson is announcing his decision on Friday July 8th at 2:30pm EST. He's kept everything close to the vest, but it seems like it will be worthwhile to monitor the announcement.
DT Ondre Pipkins named his top six of Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Florida. He will be visiting Michigan at the end of July or beginning of August. That visit will be big for Michigan to get him on campus.
Offensive line recruiting is starting to get tight, as I mentioned above. I've said this before, but I don't expect Ohio OL Kyle Kalis to take too much longer with his decision. I have been in contact with him this entire time. His decision could likely have an effect on what other prospects decide to do and when they do it. We'll see what happens.
Ohio DE Chris Wormley will be making his decision relatively soon, sometime before the end of the summer.
The Michigan recruits and commitments to watch in The Opening this week are OL Adam Bisnowaty (who Michigan really likes), RB Bri'onte Dunn, OL Erik Magnuson, DT Danny O'Brien, DB Terry Richardson, LB James Ross, DT Aziz Shittu, DB Anthony Standifer, WR Dwayne Stanford, TE Ron Thompson, DE Adolphus Washington, OL Zach Banner, DE Mario Ojemudia, and OL Joshua Garnett. You can watch it on ESPNU on July 7th, 8th, and 9th, at 9pm EST.
The Big House BBQ is July 31st, I will confirm names for that as it gets closer. It looks like it was by invitation.
Please note the data was pulled on 6/20/201.... so any information released after 6/20 is not included on this map.
You can view the finished product here.
Offense - Offers
Defense - Offers
For the sake of me having enough characters for a Diary I am including the source of my data.....the 2012 Offer List which is created/maintained by umhero.
|Targets||Ht.||Wt.||40||Scout Rank||Rivals Rank||Commit|
|Zeke Pike||6'5"||220||4.7||Dixie Heights HS, Edgewood, KY||5 Star||4 Star||Auburn|
|Gunner Kiel||6'4"||220||East HS, Columbus, IN||5 Star||4 Star|
|Bennie Coney||6'1"||202||4.82||Plant City HS, Plant City, FL||3 Star||4 Star|
|Maty Mauk||6'2"||185||Kenton HS, Kenton, OH||4 Star||3 Star|
|Connor Brewer||6'2"||195||4.7||Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4 Star||4 Star||Texas|
|Jake Rodrigues||6'3"||210||4.98||Whitney HS, Rocklin, CA||4 Star||3 Star||Oregon|
|Devin Fuller||6'0"||185||4.48||Old Tappan HS, Old Tappan, NJ||4 Star||4 Star|
|Zach Kline||6'2"||210||4.9||San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, CA||4 Star||4 Star||Cal|
|Matt Jones||6'2"||200||4.53||Armwood HS, Seffner, FL||4 Star||4 Star||FL|
|Keith Marshall||5'11"||190||4.32||Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC||5 Star||4 Star|
|Bri'onte Dunn||6'2"||215||4.59||GlenOak HS, Canton, OH||5 Star||4 Star||Ohio St|
|Ronald Darby||5'11"||172||4.31||Potomac HS, Oxon Hill, MD||5 Star||4 Star||ND|
|Donovan Roberts||6'0||195||4.5||Norman HS, Norman, OK||3 Star||3 Star||Ark|
|Demetrius Williams||5'10"||175||4.49||Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, SC||3 Star||NR|
|Greg Garmon||6'2"||195||4.4||McDowell SHS, Erie, PA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Cyrus Jones||5'11"||183||4.49||Gilman School, Baltimore, MD||4 Star||4 Star|
|Vonte Jackson||6'0"||175||4.53||Bradford HS, Kenosha, WI||4 Star||4 Star||Wisc|
|I'Tavius Mathers||6'0"||195||4.56||Blackman HS, Murfreesboro, TN||3 Star||4 Star|
|Wes Brown||6'1"||200||4.57||Our Lady Of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||5 Star||4 Star|
|Drew Harris||6'2"||195||4.47||Downingtown East HS, Exton, PA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Jonathan Williams||5'11"||205||Allen HS, Allen, TX||4 Star||4 Star||Mizzou|
|E.J. Fatu||5'10"||235||Klein Oak HS, Klein, TX||3 Star||3 Star|
|Dominic Ramacher||6'3"||230||4.7||Guyer HS, Denton, TX||3 Star||3 Star||OK St|
|Sione Houma||6'0"||211||4.53||Highland HS, Salt Lake City, UT||2 Star||NR|
|Alden Hill||6'2"||220||4.6||Marlington HS, Alliance, OH||3 Star||3 Star|
|Latroy Pittman||6'1"||190||4.68||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||3 Star||4 Star||FL|
|Stefon Diggs||6’0"||185||4.43||Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||5 Star||5 Star|
|Dorial Green-Beckham||6’6″||220||4.43||Hillcrest HS, Springfield, MO||5 Star||5 Star|
|Dwayne Stanford||6'5"||185||4.5||Taft HS, Cincinnati, OH||4 Star||4 Star|
|Aaron Burbridge||6'1"||175||4.4||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star||4 Star|
|Derrick Woods||6'1"||180||4.5||Inglewood HS, Inglewood, CA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Deontay McManus||6'2"||210||4.5||Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD||4 Star||4 Star||WV|
|Malik Gilmore||6'3"||195||4.67||Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA||4 Star||4 Star||OR St|
|Jordan Payton||6'2"||199||4.49||Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, CA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Leonte Carroo||6’1"||205||4.4||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||4 Star||4 Star|
|Avery Johnson||6'2"||180||4.44||Blanche Ely HS, Pompano Beach, FL||4 Star||4 Star||LSU|
|Jody Fuller||6'0"||200||4.48||Sun Valley HS, Monroe, NC||3 Star||4 Star|
|JaQuay Williams||6'3"||204||4.56||Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, GA||4 Star||4 Star||Auburn|
|Amara Darboh||6'2"||190||4.42||Dowling HS, West Des Moines, IA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Reginald Davis||6'1"||185||4.5||Tenaha HS, Tenaha, TX||4 Star||4 Star||TTU|
|Darius Powe||6'2"||186||4.6||Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA||3 Star||4 Star|
|Dominique Wheeler||6'1"||176||4.4||Crockett HS, Crockett, TX||4 Star||4 Star||TTU|
|Durron Neal||6'1"||195||4.57||DeSmet Jesuit HS, St. Louis, MO||4 Star||4 Star||OU|
|Jalen Overstreet||6'2"||205||4.55||Tatum HS, Tatum, TX||3 Star||3 Star|
|Drae Bowles||6'1"||198||Jackson Christian School, Jackson, TN||3 Star||4 Star|
|Chris Brown||6'2"||185||4.44||Hanahan HS, Hanahan, SC||3 Star||3 Star|
|Jehu Chesson||6'3"||175||4.5||Ladue Horton Watkins HS, Ladue, MO||3 Star||3 Star|
|Jason Croom||6'5"||212||4.71||Norcross HS, Norcross, GA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Sam Grant||6’6″||238||4.8||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||3 Star||3 Star||BC|
|Sean Price||6'4"||206||4.86||North Marion HS, Citra, FL||3 Star||4 Star||USF|
|Devin Funchess||6'5"||205||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Ron Thompson||6'4"||210||4.6||Southfield HS, Southfield, MI||4 Star||NR|
|Taylor McNamara||6'5"||235||Westview HS, San Diego, CA||3 Star||4 Star||AZ|
|A.J. Williams||6’6″||260||4.9||Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, Ohio||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Evan Baylis||6'5"||225||4.8||Grandview HS, Aurora, CO||4 Star||4 Star||Oregon|
|Kent Taylor||6'5"||220||Land O' Lakes HS, Land O' Lakes, FL||4 Star||4 Star|
|D.J. Humphries||6’5″||265||4.92||Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, NC||5 Star||5 Star|
|Jordan Diamond||6’6″||289||5.89||Simeon Vocational HS, Chicago, IL||5 Star||4 Star|
|Zach Banner||6'9||310||4.6||Lakes HS, Lakewood, WA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Dan Voltz||6’5″||289||5.37||Barrington HS, Barrington, IL||4 Star||4 Star||Wisc|
|Andrus Peat||6’7″||280||5.2||Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ||5 Star||5 Star|
|Kyle Murphy||6’7″||275||5.1||San Clemente HS, San Clemente, CA||5 Star||4 Star|
|Jordan Simmons||6’5″||333||4.9||Crespi HS, Encino, CA||5 Star||4 Star|
|Taylor Decker||6’8″||270||5.0||Butler HS, Vandalia, OH||4 Star||4 Star||ND|
|Mark Harrell||6’5″||270||Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte, NC||3 Star||3 Star||ND|
|John Theus||6’6″||292||5.2||The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL||5 Star||5 Star|
|Avery Young||6’6″||273||4.9||Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL||5 Star||4 Star|
|Kyle Dodson||6’6″||315||Cleveland Heights HS, Cleveland, OH||4 Star||4 Star||Wisc|
|Paul Thurston||6’5″||274||5.0||Arvada West HS, Arvada, CO||4 Star||4 Star||Neb|
|Tyler Orlosky||6'4"||290||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||3 Star||3 Star||WV|
|Josh Garnett||6’5″||275||Puyallup HS, Puyallup, WA||5 Star||4 Star|
|Brock Stadnik||6'5"||285||5.1||Western Guilford HS, Greensboro, NC||4 Star||4 Star||S. Car|
|Kyle Kalis||6'5"||302||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||5 Star||4 Star|
|Shane Callahan||6'6"||277||5.2||Chaparral HS, Parker, CO||4 Star||4 Star||Auburn|
|Ryan Watson||6'3"||270||4.8||Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||4 Star|
|Ty Darlington||6'3"||275||5.1||Apopka SHS, Apopka, FL||4 Star||4 Star||OU|
|Caleb Stacey||6'4"||275||Oak Hills HS, Cincinnati, OH||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Ben Braden||6'6"||285||Rockford HS, Rockford, MI||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Daniel Isidora||6'3"||330||5.41||Cypress Bay HS, Weston, FL||NR||3 Star|
|Evan Boehm||6'3"||290||5.1||Lee's Summit West HS, Lee's Summit, MO||4 Star||4 Star||Mizzou|
|John Michael McGee||6'4"||255||4.85||Texas HS, Texarkana, TX||4 Star||4 Star||OU|
|Jonah Pirsig||6'9"||300||Blue Earth Area SHS, Blue Earth, MN||4 Star||3 Star|
|Kyle Marrs||6'6"||302||5.4||Brandeis HS, San Antonio, TX||3 Star||3 Star||OU|
|Mike Madaras||6'6"||280||4.8||Our Lady Of Good Counsel, Olney, MD||4 Star||4 Star||MD|
|Trey Keenan||6'5"||270||4.9||Argyle HS, Argyle, TX||3 Star||3 Star||TTU|
|Erik Magnuson||6'6"||275||La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, CA||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|J.J. Denman||6'7"||305||5.3||Pennsbury SHS, Fairless Hills, PA||4 Star||4 Star||PSU|
|Michael Starts||6'4"||282||5.01||La Vega HS, Waco, TX||4 Star||4 Star||TTU|
|Ellis McCarthy||6'5"||311||4.9||Monrovia HS, Monrovia, CA||5 Star||5 Star|
|Max Tuerk||6'6"||294||Santa Margarita Catholic HS, Santa Margarita, CA||4 Star||4 Star||USC|
|Chris Muller||6'6"||287||5.03||Boyertown Area SHS, Boyertown, PA||3 Star||4 Star||Rutgers|
|Patrick DeStefano||6'4"||275||5.1||Dorman HS, Roebuck, SC||4 Star||3 Star||Clem|
|Eric Olson||6'6"||265||5.1||Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Cambridge, MA||2 Star||3 Star||NW|
|Hiva Lutui||6'3"||284||Trinity HS, Euless, TX||4 Star||3 Star|
|Blake Bars||6'5"||275||Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN||3 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Nick Davidson||6'7"||270||Eden Prairie HS, Eden Prairie, MN||4 Star||4 Star|
|Adam Bisnowaty||6'6"||275||5.21||Fox Chapel Area SHS, Pittsburgh, PA||3 Star||4 Star|
|Derek Edinburgh||6'8"||320||5.86||Edna Karr Magnet School, New Orleans, LA||3 Star||3 Star|
|Chris Wormley||6’4″||255||Whitmer HS, Toledo, OH||4 Star||3 Star|
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||6’4″||210||4.44||Centerville HS, Centerville, OH||4 Star||4 Star|
|Pharaoh Brown||6’6″||220||4.7||Brush HS, Lyndhurst, OH||3 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Tom Strobel||6'6"||245||4.8||Mentor HS, Mentor, OH||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Mario Ojemudia||6'3"||215||4.65||Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI||4 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Se'Von Pittman||6’5″||245||4.65||McKinley HS, Canton, OH||4 Star||4 Star||MSU|
|Adolphus Washington||6’4″||230||4.7||Taft HS, Cincinnati, OH||5 Star||4 Star|
|Jordan Jenkins||6'3"||245||4.67||Harris County HS, Hamilton, GA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Mario Edwards||6’4″||275||4.8||Ryan HS, Denton, TX||5 Star||5 Star||FL St|
|Dalvin Tomlinson||6'2"||270||4.9||Henry County HS, McDonough, GA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Brent Wilkerson||6'4"||245||4.9||DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD||3 Star||4 Star||PSU|
|Devonte Fields||6'4"||220||4.6||Martin HS, Arlington, TX||4 Star||4 Star||TCU|
|Darius Hamilton||6'4"||245||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||5 Star||5 Star|
|Greg McMullen||6'5"||255||Archbishop Hoban HS, Akron, OH||4 Star||4 Star||Neb|
|James Deloach||6'3"||260||4.9||Jenkins County HS, Millen, GA||3 Star||3 Star||UGA|
|Jarontay Jones||6'1"||240||4.62||Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, GA||3 Star||4 Star||VT|
|LaTroy Lewis||6'4"||230||4.8||Archbishop Hoban HS, Akron, OH||3 Star||3 Star|
|Michael Moore||6'4"||255||4.9||DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD||3 Star||4 Star||UVa|
|Noah Spence||6'4"||245||Bishop McDevitt HS, Harrisburg, PA||5 Star||5 Star|
|Troy Hinds||6'4"||225||4.65||Davis HS, Kaysville, UT||4 Star||4 Star|
|Ken Ekanem||6'3"||226||4.65||Centreville HS. Clifton, VA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Tyriq McCord||6'3"||222||4.76||Jefferson SHS, Tampa, FL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Moana Ofahengaue||6'4"||205||4.7||Westlake HS, Saratoga Springs, UT||3 Star||3 Star|
|Tommy Schutt||6’3″||301||Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, IL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Eddie Goldman||6'4"||307||Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC||5 Star||5 Star|
|Vincent Valentine||6'3"||300||5.2||Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville, IL||3 Star||3 Star|
|Sheldon Day||6'2"||268||Warren Central HS, Indianapolis, IN||4 Star||4 Star|
|Danny O’Brien||6’3″||293||5.1||Powers Catholic HS, Flint, MI||4 Star||4 Star|
|Greg Kuhar||6'3"||265||St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH||3 Star||3 Star|
|Matthew Godin||6’5″||253||5.03||Detroit Catholic Central HS, Novi, MI||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Arik Armstead||6’8″||280||5.2||Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, CA||5 Star||4 Star||USC|
|Aziz Shittu||6'3"||275||5.2||Buhach HS, Atwater, CA||4 Star||5 Star|
|Ondre Pipkins||6'3"||325||5.15||Park Hill HS, Kansas City, MO||4 Star||4 Star|
|Martin Aiken||6'3"||245||4.81||Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, SC||4 Star||4 Star||Clem|
|Jarron Jones||6'5"||290||4.9||Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY||5 Star||4 Star||PSU|
|Jonathan Taylor||6'4"||315||Jenkins County HS, Millen, GA||4 Star||4 Star||UGA|
|Jaleel Johnson||6'2"||277||5.48||Montini Catholic HS, Westchester, IL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Faith Ekakitie||6'2"||255||5.06||Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Javonte Magee||6'5"||262||Sam Houston HS, San Antonio, TX||4 Star||4 Star|
|Deaysean Rippy||6’2″||198||4.79||Sto-Rox HS, McKees Rocks, PA||4 Star||4 Star|
|James Ross||6’0″||209||St. Mary’s Prep, Orchard Lake, MI||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Royce Jenkins-Stone||6’2″||215||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Vince Biegel||6'3"||210||4.58||Lincoln HS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI||4 Star||4 Star||Wisc|
|Kaleb Ringer||6'0"||219||4.45||Northmont HS, Clayton, OH||4 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Peter Jinkens||6'1"||208||4.45||Skyline HS, Dallas, TX||4 Star||4 Star||Texas|
|Camren Williams||6’2″||215||4.58||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||4 Star||4 Star||PSU|
|Jeremiah Tshimanga||6'3"||226||5.08||Richland HS, North Richland Hills, TX||4 Star||3 Star||OK St|
|Jabari Ruffin||6'4"||230||4.6||Downey HS, Downey, CA||4 Star||4 Star||USC|
|Dalton Santos||6'2"||245||4.65||Van HS, Van, TX||4 Star||3 Star|
|Joe Bolden||6'2"||225||Colerain HS, Cincinnati, OH||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Raphael Kirby||6'0"||208||4.75||Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, GA||4 Star||4 Star||Miami|
|Kwon Alexander||6’2″||212||4.51||Oxford HS, Oxford, AL||5 Star||4 Star|
|Derek David||6'3"||225||Rockdale HS, Rockdale, TX||3 Star||3 Star|
|Dillon Lee||6'4"||220||Buford HS, Buford, GA||4 Star||4 Star||Bama|
|Jared Afalava||6'3"||220||Bingham HS, South Jordan, UT||3 Star||3 Star|
|Terry Richardson||5'9"||160||4.5||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||4 Star||4 Star||MICH|
|Armani Reeves||5'11"||185||4.41||Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA||4 Star||4 Star|
|Kenneth Crawley||6'1"||170||H.D. Woodson HS, Washington, DC||3 Star||4 Star|
|Yuri Wright||6'2"||180||4.45||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||4 Star||4 Star|
|Kendall Sanders||6'1"||175||4.4||Athens HS, Athens, TX||4 Star||4 Star||OK St|
|Brian Poole||5'11"||187||Southeast HS, Bradenton, FL||4 Star||4 Star||FL|
|Wayne Morgan||5'11"||188||4.4||Erasmus Hall Campus, Brooklyn, NY||4 Star||4 Star|
|Geno Smith||5'11"||170||4.45||St. Pius X Catholic HS, Atlanta, GA||4 Star||4 Star|
|D.J. Foster||5'11"||190||4.91||Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4 Star||4 Star|
|Anthony Standifer||6'1"||178||4.77||Crete-Monee HS, Crete, IL||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|De'van Bogard||5'11"||172||4.74||Glenville Academic Campus, Cleveland, OH||3 Star||4 Star||OSU|
|Will Hines||6'1"||175||4.47||Waco HS, Waco, TX||3 Star||3 Star||Mizzou|
|Elijah Shumate||6'1"||205||4.52||Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ||4 Star||4 Star|
|D.J. Singleton||6'3"||200||4.46||St. Peters Prep, Jersey City, NJ||4 Star||3 Star|
|Deon Bush||6'1"||177||4.44||Columbus HS, Miami, FL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Jarrod Wilson||6’2″||190||4.5||Buchtel HS, Akron, OH||4 Star||4 Star|
|LaDarrell McNeil||6'1"||190||4.52||A. Maceo Smith HS, Dallas, TX||4 Star||4 Star|
|Nelson Agholor||6'2"||180||Berkeley Prep, Tampa, FL||4 Star||5 Star|
|Allen Gant||6'2"||210||4.6||Sylvania Southview HS, Sylvania, OH||3 Star||3 Star||MICH|
|Marcus Maye||6'1"||195||4.49||Holy Trinity Episcopal School, Melbourne, FL||4 Star||4 Star|
|Jeremy Clark||6'4"||205||4.47||North Hopkins HS, Madisonville, KY||NR||2 Star||MICH*|
With more new Michigan commits, we're hitting the front page after a hiatus of a couple weeks. Action since last rankings:
6-24-11 Minnesota gains commitment from Eric Murray.
6-26-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from John Turner. Michigan State gains commitment from Nick Tompkins. Michigan gains commitment from Blake Bars.
6-27-11 Purdue gains commitment from Ryan Morris.
6-28-11 Indiana gains commitment from Adam Kranda.
6-29-11 Penn State gains commitment from Joey O'Connor. Purdue gains commitment from Austin Appleby. Minnesota gains commitment from Mitch Leidner.
7-1-11 Indiana gains commitment from Jacob Bailey. Purdue gains commitment from Steffon Martin.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte is not included in Minnesota's average.
One, I'm probably one of those guys here last fall who made Brian do the GI Joe "Kung Fu Grip" thing with his fists.
Two, I pissed off many here with my-Aykroydian Point/Counterpoint response to someone's diary post last November, here, in which I attempted to quantify why despite all the glorious yards last year's offense racked up, it wasn't great, or even good. Scoring DOES SO matter -- you're dead wrong on that point, Brian. It's the whole point of the exercise on offense -- to score. And amazingly, as I pointed out last fall, last year's team wasn't any better at scoring in the first halves of Big Ten games than the 2008 Sheridan/Threet offense. For pointing that out, I was emaciated for my "dishonest" and unfair and amateur statistical acumen, and for my selectivity in looking up only first-half stats of Big Ten games when my intention was to, uh, look up the first-half stats of Big Ten games -- when the damn things tended to be decided in the RR era.
Third, for those who don't know, and despite my criticisms of the 2010 offense in particular, I was and remain a big supporter of Rich Rod's. The guy got a bum deal, was undermined from the get-go. And I wanted his spread offense to fly -- like so many of you, I was way more than ready for its arrival. But all his sins on defense (primarily his selection of, and handling of, his defensive coaches) count as one of his two biggest self-inflicted wounds. The other was his inability to get his team -- even his beloved, potentially dazzling offense -- to play without making so many inevitable killer mistakes (and on offense, not just mistakes by his first-year QBs). There was a disconnect between what he was trying to accomplish on offense and defense.
The 2010 offense:
In November I wasn't, and still am not, prepared to say the 2010 M offense was great. Or even good. It's a results-based world, folks, and last year RR's offense made so many mistakes -- by second- and third-year starters, not just Denard -- that it did not score enough when the game was in the balance. Because when it mattered against the five toughest Big Ten opponents (MSU, Iowa, PSU, Wisc, OSU) -- that is, when the game was anybody's to win early on in those games -- the Michigan offense wasn't good. Wasn't good at scoring. And more often than Brian and many of you probably think, or are willing to admit, it wasn't even often good at moving the damn ball at all. Just as often happened in 2009 in such games, Michigan's get-go success in the first half at moving the ball vs The Big FIve of the Big Ten didn't result in many points, didn't last, and would usually result in the offense going stone cold before halftime. Meantime, of course, our defenders played as 11 turnstiles under some awful coaching. Result? Huge halftime deficit. Happened in all five of those games last fall. But, boy, when we fell behind by two to three touchdowns, hooboy! Our offense became an unstoppable buzzsaw, right? Well, except against MSU and Ohio State. But, hey, everybody wants to believe that no one could stop the offense in the second half, so I'll leave it alone.
And so. To the real point of this diary....
Earlier today, I read Brian's most recent post on Denard and the shotgun, in which he revisited this whole issue, and said in part: "There are three reasons for the gap between points and yards: field position, field goal kicking, and turnovers. The latter two combined to see Michigan's redzone scoring rate rank 109th nationally. The first two are almost entirely out of the offense's control...."
I recall having the feeling last fall that the lack of a decent field goal kicker wasn't that awful an issue, because it seemed we were often converting those fourth-downs when a normal team would attempt a field goal. Today I decided to peruse the play-by-play of the eight Big Ten games last fall to see if that hunch was correct.
It was ... more than even I dared believe.
By my count from the official play-by-play logs, the Michigan offense attempted 16 fourth-down conversions in Big Ten play last fall. Nine were either obvious go-for-its (e.g. trailing by 21 to MSU in the 4th quarter, with a 4th-and-10 on the MSU 28, when every team in America would eschew the FG attempt), or UM was not in FG range (e.g. at Purdue, 2nd quarter, 4th-and-1 at UM 46).
The other seven fourth-down attempts I am dividing into two groups: (1) FG is the likeliest option and only a riverboat gambling coach or a team without a FG kicker would go for it, and (2) FG is only a possible option, either because it'd be very long, or because there was only 1 yard to gain for a first down so going for it is a viable option. The results:
|FOE||QUARTER||SCORE||4th and ...||4th DOWN OUTCOME||DRIVE OUTCOME|
|MSU||1st||0-0||3 @ MSU 28||4-yd rush, 1st down||FG|
|Illinois||2nd||14-21||6 @ Illinois 30||Incomplete||Illinois takes over|
|OSU||1st||0-0||8 @ OSU 28||Incomplete||OSU takes over|
|FOE||QUARTER||SCORE||4th and ...||4th DOWN OUTCOME||DRIVE OUTCOME|
|Iowa||1st||0-0||1 @ Iowa 29||8-yd rush||M touchdown|
|PSU||2nd||7-14||1 @ PSU 13||3-yd rush||FG|
|Illinois||2nd||7-14||9 @ Illinois 33||complete for TD||M touchdown|
|OSU||2nd||0-10||2 @ OSU 34||complete for 13||M touchdown|
Bottom line? If we had tried FGs on all seven of those drives last year, even if we had Adam Vinatieri circa 2002 [Ed-M: or Jason Hanson, ever. /Lionsfan] and he went 7-for-7, the most UM could have scored was 21 points.
As it was? UM got 27 points out of those drives. Six more points.
1. We were all correct when we began screaming early last season for Rich Rodriguez to just go for it on 4th down every time in the red zone.
2. Brady Hoke should continue this practice, forever, unless Adam Vinatieri [/Hanson] can lose 10 years off his legs and regain some college eligibilty.
3. So much for the lack of a FG kicker hurting the offensive scoring output of last year's offense, because it actually HELPED it to score more points than it would have otherwise.
4. Brian is down to two factors to explain UM's lack of offensive scoring output -- poor field position, and turnovers.
We can all dredge up whatever stats we want to, but seven months of digesting last fall's regular season has led me to this conclusion: RichRod's spread offense is a thing of beauty ... when it works. His version of the spread, with his UM players, seemed to work best against bad defenses, and bogged down when it mattered against decent to good defenses. It was sometimes a sumbitch of an offense last year in the second half, when UM usually trailed and trailed badly. But you can't find any statistic to explain how a team with a three-score lead plays softer on D, which schematic decision plays right into the spread offense's strategic aims. That, to me, explains to a certain extent why last year against Big Ten teams UM in the second half scored touchdowns more times (16, excluding Illionis OTs) than it punted (12). On its own that is an amazing statistic. But it's more than offset by the fact that in first halves, UM scored 12 TDs compared to 14 punts, 6 lost fumbles and 5 INTs; FGs made and missed were even, shockingly (3-3).
The lack of a decent RB and the mistakes -- the damn inevitable mistakes -- are what kept RichRod's offense last year from greatness. Not the defense. Go pore over the play-by-play of the MSU, Iowa and Ohio State games. Those games were there for the taking until midway through the 2nd quarter. Even the Penn State and Wisconsin games were close at that point. But then the M offense sputtered and became almost as dead as the defense until halftime in those games.
The UM defense actually played pretty well in the 1st quarter of the MSU, Iowa and Ohio State games. Look it up. Indeed, there was nothing in those pivotal three losses to prevent UM from jumping out to a big lead and forcing the other team to play catchup .. except a good or great scoring offense.
Might this year's team, with a grizzled Denard, have truly been dynamic -- "great"? If a real Big Ten-quality RB had emerged, and RR was able to drastically reduce all the damn mistakes, then yes, it very well could have. Alas.....
When California offensive lineman Erik Magnuson committed to Michigan the fans were excited, but were still unsure of just what or who they were getting with the talented prospect. A 6-foot-6, 275-pound four star offensive lineman with around 20 offers from the biggest programs in the country typically means you have a star on your hands. His position on the field and geographic location however made it hard for fans to get a read on whether Magnuson was worthy of the hype.
Magnuson's head coach Sean Sovacool believes that Michigan is getting the real deal with Erik. "He's one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the country," he said. "That's his big selling point is that he's a real athlete. At that size, a full 6-foot-6 and 280 plus pounds he can run with just about everybody on the team. It's ridiculous how athletic he is." While Magnuson is slated for the offensive line at the next level he often tries to play defensive end, tight end, and even wide receiver sometimes in practice.
Coach Sovacool mentioned Erik's playful and fun side, but was quick to reply with how dedicated he is on the field. "He's a jokester and has a lot of fun, but he's got an edge, he's not afraid of anyone," he said. "He works his butt off and has that midwest blue collar approach. Always competitive, almost overly enthusiastic sometimes, very energetic. He's a big time kid." Magnuson was one of the few prospects invited to both the Army and Under Armour All American games, and chose to play in the Army All American game in January.
Sovacool had spent six years coaching at Palomar Community College prior to manning the La Costa Canyon High program. His experience there saw numerous division one athletes come through, but he still believes Magnuson is one of the best he's seen. "There's a few names that come to mind when you think about Erik. Outside of those couple guys though he's kind of in his own category," his coach said. "He has camp film online doing some drills and it's like are you kidding me? The footwork at his size is great."
The attention that high school prospects get compared to JUCO prospects is somewhat different, but Erik has handled it all in stride from what his coach can tell. "I don't think he could have dealt with all this any better. He worked hard, did his due diligence and made the choice," said Sovacool. "He was very responsible returning phone calls and emails, and he did a great job handling all that attention." La Costa Canyon and their coaching staff were used to the attention, though, with former players like WR Kenny Stills at Oklahoma and DE Ian Seau at Kansas State.They had been there before and knew what to expect with Erik.
The coaches had also heard the sales pitch from college programs before, and believe that there was one school that stood out above the rest. "Coach Ferrigno did a hell of a job recruiting Erik. I think they did the best job out of everyone," he said. "I know Coach Hoke and he did a very good job recruiting him. He's a real personable guy and that's a quality you have to have because sometimes you're more of a politician than a ball coach." The comfortability with the coaching staff ended up being a huge selling point for Magnuson, and the fact that they were honest with him really seemed to hit home. "They were being real with him, and you can kind of see the guys that aren't," said his coach. "It was can I play tight end? No. Can I return kicks? No, you're here to play tackle. Not that he was asking that but they were just real about it. They told him you're going to be a part of something special and Erik found that refreshing."
It was refreshing enough for Magnuson to commit to the Michigan coaching staff in person while on a visit to Ann Arbor. The decision was right for Erik and he knew Michigan was the place for him, even if it was his coach's rival school. "I'm a buckeye fan, I have family back in Ohio and they gave me a hard time about it, but it's all in fun," he said. "I called and emailed Ohio State three times about Erik and didn't hear a single thing back from them. I know sometimes they think West coast kids can't play but they're about to find out on Saturdays," his coach said. Erik was also kind enough to bring a Michigan t-shirt back from his visit for his coach, just in case he wanted to change sides.