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.
I wrote up a scouting report this morning on Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman, who was one of Michigan's first running back offers for the 2014 class. He released his junior highlights recently. I'm not sure how many of you will agree with me, but when he gets to full speed, he runs a lot like Chris Perry.
That's sort of a mixed bag, because while Perry was a very highly regarded recruit, I thought he was mediocre until his senior season; even then he was more of a workhorse than a truly explosive back, but it was still good enough to get him drafted in the first round.
I wrote up a scouting report on Corona (CA) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt. I would prefer Hunt over the subject of yesterday's scouting report, Kenny Lacy. Hunt isn't quite as good of an athlete, but he's more technically sound and nastier. However, I think Hunt would be limited to guard, whereas Lacy might be able to play tackle, too.
Now that Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Kenny Lacy has been offered, I wrote up a scouting report on him. He's a little bit too passive, in my opinion. I would characterize most of Michigan's commits and offerees as being very aggressive, so Lacy appears to be a little bit of an outlier. The athletic talent is there, but he might need to have a little bit of a fire lit under him to get the competitive juices flowing.
Based on the film that Denzel Ward released yesterday, I put together a scouting report on him. I have to say that I'm pretty darn impressed with what I saw out of him. He's a very good athlete, but he's a little bit raw. I don't think I've seen a Michigan player with his combination of size and athleticism, so he's difficult to compare to other Wolverines.
This morning I posted a full scouting report on Richmond (VA) Hermitage tailback Derrick Green. This will probably be my last scouting report for a class of 2013 kid, unless some new offers emerge for the class. Most people expect our last spot(s) to be taken by Green and/or LaQuon Treadwell, although I'm not confident we'll get both. In the coming weeks, I'll probably move on to 2014 kids.
Anyway, Green is a very solid running back. I don't think he's the top running back in the nation like Rivals does, but I can't argue too much with the sites who think he's among the top six or seven guys.