The recruiting rankings return after the dead period and a New Year's Day siesta. Despite the dead period, there were a fair amount of commitments since the last rankings, including the Wolverines picking up Jehu Chesson (yes, it's been a while since I did one of these). Action since last rankings:
12-18-11: Ohio State picks up Noah Spence. Steffon Martin decommits from Purdue.
12-19-11: Indiana picks up Ryan Thompson. Illinois picks up Mason Monheim.
12-20-11: Nebraska picks up Mohammed Seisay.
12-21-11: Michigan picks up Jehu Chesson. Indiana picks up David Cooper. Ryan Frain re-committed to Illinois.
12-22-11: Indiana picks up Antonio Marshall.
12-26-11: Purdue picks up James Prince and Jason King.
12-29-11: Notre Dame picks up KeiVarae Russell. Penn State picks up Jamil Pollard. Purdue picks up Ryan Watson.
1-3-12: Iowa picks up Greg Garmon. Keith Brown decommits from Illinois. Nebraska picks up Jared Afalava and Avery Moss.
1-4-12: Sebastian Smith decommits from Indiana.
1-5-12: Illinois picks up Teko Powell.
1-7-12: Notre Dame picks up Elijah Shumate.
UPDATE 1-8-12: Ronald Darby decommits from Notre Dame (to answer your question: no, he is not considering Michigan, or at least they're not among his planned visits—Clemson, Florida State, and possibly LSU).
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*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
On to the full data, after the jump.
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Great time to be a fan, hard to imagine that we'd be here looking back a year ago. Next step is to start winning B1G championships.
Although, I'm sure this isn't serious....please don't be...this is a submission by a children's book publisher with their ideas for Wolverine Mascot.
Wolverines, "fierce, but approachable".
Maybe photoshoppers can have fun with this.
MaizeNBlueJ did a video for each of the Michigan recruits/targets:
247 Sports reviewed the top perfromers of the Army Junior Combine, here are the players listed with interest in Michigan.
Top Offensive/Defensive Linemen performers with interest in Michigan:
Kentucky OL Hunter Bivin- visited for a game earlier this year and is very interested in Michigan (no offer):
"The class of 2013 offensive tackle caught our eye with fluid movement and flexibility in the shuttle as well as very good feet in his pass set. While he can continue to work on his quickness that shows up in a reactive manner, he possesses good feet, impressive knee bend and a quality initial punch."
Texas OL David Dawson- went to Cass Tech for the first two years in high school (no offer): "The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Dawson displayed a very quick pass set and powerful punch that re-routed ends on every rep. While quick in his pass set and initially powerful, the reactive quickness and lateral ability he showed could lead to a move to guard from tackle at the next level."
Kentucky DE Jason Hatcher- has family in Michigan and is very interested (offered): "Hatcher backed up an impressive Under Armour Combine performance in Orlando with another strong performance today. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was quick off the edge and showed excellent lateral ability for his size. His body quickness and reactive quickness are elite. We feel like Hatcher could project to a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level."
Top Offensive Skill performers with Michigan interest:
Ohio ATH Malik Zaire- has interest in Michigan and has been in contact with the coaches (no offer):
"Coming into the combine, Zaire was expected to be one of the top athletes at the quarterback position and he didn’t disappoint. The 6-1, 185-pounder tested extremely well with a 4.5 40-yard dash, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 34.5 inch vertical."
Robert Foster- recently offered and has emphasized that acedemics are important:
"Did Robert Foster lose a rep during Friday’s one-on-ones? If he did, we didn’t see it. Foster defended his ranking as the top wide receiver in the country for the class of 2013 by precisely and definitively winning all of his one-on-one battles with great route-running, strength and hands."
Good Counsel WR Andre Levrone- Good Counsel connection (no offer):
"The big receiver in the white gloves was unstoppable at times. Levone has a great frame and he can out-body defenders for the football, snatching it with his big hands and then shrugs off defensive backs and gets upfield with fluidity. Claiming offers from Virginia and Auburn, Levrone looks like one of the best possession receivers on the Atlantic coast"
Top Defensive Skill performer with Michigan interest:
Good Counsel CB Kendall Fuller- has expressed a high interest in Michigan (offered):
"In his backpedal, Kendal Fuller can really see a play develop well. His instincts and quickness allowed him to win almost all of his reps. He doesn’t overexert himself in his backpedal but if he has to turn and run, he still has the hips to transition. With good size to boot, Fuller showed why he has such a lofty ranking and such a large offer list. Fuller also had one of the day’s fastest 40 times"