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Michigan has offered two more 2015 prospects. Both play mutliple positions in high school, but figure to play somewhere in the defensive backfield in college.
Name: Stephen Griffin
Ht/Wt: 6'3" / 185 lbs.
Location: South Mecklenburg High School - Charlotte, NC
Offers: Charlotte, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Rating: ★★★ .8333 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #872 NAT/ #71 S (247 Composite)
Name: Marcus Lewis
Ht/Wt: 6'1" / 188 lbs.
Location: Gonzaga College High School – Washington, DC
Offers: Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
Rating: ★★★★ .9467 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #112 NAT/ #12 ATH (247 Composite)
I've had previous contact with Lewis but not with Griffin. I will attempt to track them both down for a reaction ASAP.
With the negative attention the NFL is receiving for player behavior, it will be interesting to see how they handle this. Apparently their is a video of them hitting each other.
The police issued tickets to both of them which would obviously mean that she hit him first. This is still a very strong man who obviously struck a female very hard. The video does not paint a pretty picture.
This week's scouting report is on Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, a 247 Composite 5-star and the #4 cornerback in the 2015 class. He could play a variety of positions at the next level.
It seems a big part of Kain Colter's argument at the first day of the hearing was about how big of a time commitment football is.
From what he says, it's not entirely clear what he himself thinks unionizing will accomplish. One of Colter's biggest complaints was that the time commitment for football made it impossible to pursuie his desired academic track. But that's not something that's going to change even if the players do get bargaining rights - it's not as if they'll be asking for fewer practice hours. All NCAA athletes have to devote a huge amount of time to their sport and inevitably run into the dilemma of conflicting priorities. Even if football is the greatest time commitment out of all of them, where do you draw the line as to which athletes are "employees" and which are not? What's the difference between a Northwestern football player devoting 50 hours/week and a Northwestern women's basketball player devoting 40 hours/week, other than that football has a bigger audience and brings in more money?
Michigan has offered a pair of 2015 recruits today.
Name: Tyron Johnson
Position: Wide Receiver
Ht/Wt: 6'2" / 183 lbs.
Location: Warren Easton Senior High School – New Orleans, LA
Offers: Clemson, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, Utah
Rating: ★★★★ .9807 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #42 NAT/ #4 WR (247 Composite)
Name: Garrett Taylor
Ht/Wt: 6'1" / 188 lbs.
Location: St. Christopher's School – Richmond, VA
Offers: Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Rating: ★★★★ .9566 (247 Composite)
Ranking: #90 NAT/ #9 CB (247 Composite)
I was able to talk with Taylor tonight and hope to speak with Johnson tomorrow, in which case I will post a more complete article about either just Taylor or both prospects.