This week's scouting report is on Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger. The battle for Berger's services is reportedly down to Michigan vs. Ohio State. He is a SAM linebacker all the way, and Michigan needs to replenish the ranks of its SAM linebackers with just two certain ones on the roster right now - Cam Gordon (who will graduate after the upcoming season) and Jake Ryan (who is a redshirt junior). A couple other guys (Mike McCray II, Michael Ferns III) could play there, too. Berger's highlight reel on Hudl is a little long and could probably be condensed a little bit, but if you watch all the way through, you'll see him showing some impressive speed, an ability to hold the edge, and some pass rushing ability.
I don't know how many of you have had a chance to watch video of Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown, but it's pretty impressive. He's one of the top few defensive tackles in the 2014 class, if not the best. Michigan is on a long list of early favorites, but obviously there's a long way to go in his recruitment. Anyway, this week's scouting report is on Brown, who would fit really well at 3-tech for Michigan.
Well, now that Denzel Ward is gone, Michigan doesn't have any offensive linemen committed for 2014. But February was good to Michigan last year, so maybe it will be again. One guy who likes Michigan is Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake's Mason Cole. I did a scouting report on him, and while he doesn't look likely to replace Ward as a tackle, Cole does look like a promising guard prospect. He moves pretty darn well for an offensive lineman. I think he would do a good job as a pulling guard in Al Borges's offense:
My scouting report this week is on Chicago (IL) Marist tight end Nic Weishar. Tight end isn't the sexiest position, but it appears Al Borges wants to bring in several guys and use them in various ways. Weishar plays wide receiver in high school, so he's used to catching passes, but he's not quite the athlete that someone like Devin Funchess is.
I put together a scouting report on Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Corey Holmes, who at one time proclaimed Michigan as his leader. I was pretty impressed by how ready he appears to be for college, although he checked in at the recent Under Armour combine at 166 lbs., so that's an obvious place for improvement. Of the 10 receivers Michigan has offered so far, he's perhaps the most polished one.
I wrote up a scouting report on Arizona wide receiver Dionte Sykes, one of nine 2014 receivers to hold an offer at this point.
He looks like another possession type of receiver, the kind that Brady Hoke and Al Borges seem wont to recruit. They have gone after a few deep threat guys (James Quick, LaQuon Treadwell), but most of their offerees at the position seem to fit the mold of 6'3"/6'4" guys with big frames and not a great deal of speed.
I've always thought that it's important to have a variety of types of players at the wide receiver position to add other dimensions to your offense. Jeremy Gallon offers things that Jeremy Jackson doesn't, for example. I have heard that Sykes is likely to end up out west, but I have also heard that his dad really likes Michigan. Regardless, when it comes to receiver recruiting, I think it would be very beneficial for Hoke to nab a Steve Breaston or Jeremy Gallon type of player in the 2014 class, someone who could help on special teams, run reverses, and catch wide receiver screens.