2015 will feature the closest to a full 85 Scholarship roster that we have seen in many years. While non-freshman redshirts are rare (and the only I can remember were due to off the field issues) this could be a possibility with a new coach staff. Potential candidates include:
Doesn't quite fit the mold of a blocking fullback and is blocked by depth at the HB position. Could be a potential TE/H-Back player in the future if given a chance to work on his receiving skills.
WR D. Jones
Has not really seen the field in his time at Michigan. Assuming we have at least a single TE on the field at all times the slot won't need much depth. Jones came in as a developmental prospect and was forced on the field by lack of depth. Would be nice to see him given a chance to work on his route running skills.
NT B. Mone
With Pipkins hopefully fully back from injury and solid depth at the NT/DT positions Mone may see his playing time decrease to the point where it would be good to get a redshirt on him. I kind of doubt this happening because he was able to see significant time last year.
WLB R. Jenkins-Stone
He may need the redshirt more than anyone purely from a physical standpoint. Would be nice to see if he can live up to his recruiting hype with a maxed out physique.
SS D. Thomas
Another hyped recruit (especially in 2013 Spring where we thought he would be slot ninja) who has all the physical tools to be awesome but needs time to develop his skills. His position is still up in the air as well so it would be good to identify exactly where he should be and drill him so he can be a excellent contributor down the road.
Redshirt Mobile Out. GO BLUE!
Per his local paper in Albequerque, it sounds like the 4* QB and current Texas commit may be listening to Harbaugh's overtures after Harbaugh's visit this week. According to some of the Texas sites, Gentry's camp has gone radio silent now, even though they've been pretty quick about shooting down rumors in the past. Couple that with the fact that TA&M commit and 5* QB Kyler Murray made a visit to Texas this week, and there seems to be a fair bit of smoke building.
Article below (even though it references ChatSports...forgive them, for they know not what they do): http://www.abqjournal.com/529755/sports/unhooked-horn-michigans-harbaugh-visits-zach-gentry.html
This is a pretty long and luckily free update from Webb that includes info about Will Lockett and Reagan Williams (two 2015 recruits that are visiting this weekend), 2015 QB recruiting, and how UM helped themselves with Donnie Corley, who is a 2016 WR from Detroit.
The most interesting bit was about Iman Marshall. Scout's main west coast analyst, Greg Biggins, talks at the end of the article about how the visit went as well as anyone could imagine and that the staff were adament about selling UM as a place where Marshall could earn early playing time and as a place that would get him ready for the NFL. Marshall is really close with his dad, which is one of the main reasons why USC has been and still is the favorite to land him, but if any school is going to pull him away from LA, Biggins thinks it would be Michigan (Biggins notes that Marshall seemed a lot more excited about Michigan than Florida State. Marshall visited FSU over the weekend).
I thought another interesting point the staff made to Marshall is that his physical style will play in the Big Ten much better than in the Pac-12. Officials let a lot more contact go here than on the west coast. Marshall is really physical for a corner, and he doesn't have the natural speed to be a hands-off type of defender, so maybe that will help. More than anything, I thought the Biggins quotes were an interesting insight into what the staff will focus on when recruits visit.
edit: Lorenz is reporting that Harbaugh will have an in-home visit with Marshall on Monday. Scheduling an in-home right after the campus visit makes me think the young man is serious about Michigan.
It amazes me how deep into recruiting Michigan is given the short period of time the coaches have had to get organized and contact the top players. According to this Mercury News story, Anthony Gordon's coach walked into his office and saw he had a voice mail. It was from Jay Harbaugh and he said he had watched Anthony's Hudl video and wanted to come watch him workout. This guy had no interest from anyone despite being the California medium schools player of the year. He had 4,899 yards passing and 49 touchdowns.
Jay met with him yesterday and according to the follow up Mercury News story he had him throw and filmed him. His main concern was arm strength to play at the next level. They were on the field for an hour and talked for another half hour.
It will be interesting to see if he gets offered. I would guess he would jump at a walk on offer given that he has heard from no one. I'd be interested in what the coaches on the board think of this kid.
Jay is literally sweeping the country to find potential stars.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah. It's back. Equipment updates.
I feel like I'm being blasted by a fire hydrant of equipment news for 2015. Very exciting.
Here is just a little bit for now-
Michigan will sport the new adidas Shockweb socks in Harbaugh's first year.
This is what they will look like, but with Maize and Blue.
Here is the Texas A&M version that is already made up in the catalog.
Keep in mind, this catalog is relatively new and adidas is always adding the gear in their team's colors.
Assuming Michigan wears white socks on the road again, expect a white pair with Blue waves.
These are pretty similar to last year's Shockwave socks that Michigan wore. The "waves" are just on the front now. Last year's-