if you seek an image of the most Wisconsin OL ever, enter here
We have a nice prior diary that is now a wiki, but due to the table format it is difficult to edit so let's do a post projecting the remaining spots of the class with a bit more detail in terms of serious candidates. Aside from that wiki the MGo Depth Chart helps us project needs, and I did a diary last week on what positions have major needs for 2017 so we can reverse engineer 2015 'croots to fill those holes.
The question of the day is how many spots are truly open - MGo Depth chart says only 6, as long as both Glasgows and Kerridge are given scholarships. I've read comments saying Sam Webb also says this is the #. Of course some "gray" things can be done such as taking 8 commits and then assuming a few guys drop out after seeing the writing on the wall this spring. Grayshirting is another option although more "controversial". So I'll go 6 (floor and most likely) to 8 (ceiling and unlikely) spots.
We'll look at it by position. Please add any intel you may garner from various legit sources and I'll be happy to edit. I am sure some more names will emerge in the coming days.
- Chris Clark - target #1. NSD decision between UCLA and UM. Gut feel says UM despite recent comments about neck and neck with UCLA. UM offense focuses on TE, UCLA does not. UM coaches have developed NFL TEs. Heart was once with UM.
- Matt Snyder - current NEB commit set to visit this weekend. Followed Riley from Oregon State to Nebraska.
- Jake Pickard - current WIS commit.
- (sorta) Ty Wheatley - seems to project more to DE but some feel at 260 lbs he can still be a TE as he grows in the coming years.
Projecting - Chris Clark
- Reagan Williams - Stanford commit visiting this weekend. With Kerridge and Houma both graduating post 2015 and Shallman the only type on roster to fill this roll this position is a need. Looks like he will be visiting for 3 days so serious interest. Can play close to home as he is from Ohio. 50/50 chance perhaps.
Projecting - Reagan Williams. Harbaugh magic works this weekend.
- Mike Weber - former UM commit who could see the competition crowding at OSU. Yes UM will probably get a good back in 2016 as well to provide competition but the entire roster not named Ty Isaac clears out at RB post 2016. Clearer path to playing time here, close to home, etc.
 John Kelly (also a potential DB) - Harbaugh is saying very nice things about him and crystall ballz trending our way but UM was late to this game.
MSU andTN seem to be the major competition. Just committed to TN, UM will continue to pursue to NSD.
Projecting - Mike Weber or maybe whichever commits first of the 2 due to limited spots
 Zach Gentry - NM product committed to Texas for a long time has
some foggy smokea raging inferno around him.
- McClane Carter - wasn't much interest in Carter nationally until Jim sniffed around which brought along some other interests. Not sure if this is a scholarship type of guy or someone who you bring in for a year with a chance to earn a scholarship when more open up in year 2.
Projecting - tough one to figure. Not sure if you give Carter a scholarship with a tiny class like this. Maybe he comes with the promise of a 2016 scholarship. Gentry is a long time UT commit, seems unlikely to flip in closing weeks.
- Ryan Davis - super fun HS QB who might not have top flight speed but ridiculous change of direction and vision. Will know better in the coming days if there is anything real here. Would love this guy for punt returns and as a slot WR.
- [Edit] Austin Aaron - Cal commit, some noise early in Harbaugh chase with him ; not hearing much lately.
Projecting - none.
- Nolan Ulizio - lightly ranked OL out of OH, committed to UConn getting some love from Michigan, Kentucky. On paper seems like a no brainer to UM. But if higher rated prospects at other positions are in play he might be told there is no room in the closing days of the signing period. If this class was 16+ spots he'd probably be a close to sure yes.
Projecting - none only due to other commits taking his spot. If those fall thru he seems likely.
- Damon Arnette - SC commit getting the most attention of a host of CB prospects. Was in town this past weekend and was visited by Harbaugh, Durkin, and Mattison at home Wednesday. His HS is a NFL factory so is a key bridge to get into that school.
- Chris Williamson - late riser on recruiting boards out of GA getting interest from UF, UM, NC, Cal and GA. Was at NC last weekend, will be at UM this weekend, then UF the following weekend.
- Will Lockett - UCLA commit who will be in town this weekend
- Jarius Adams - Rutgers commit
- Iman Marshall - obviously a crown jewel but some believe to be a silent commit to USC which of course they deny. Dad did not join him on trip. Sounds like UM did a great job hosting but most likely too little too late and a 2nd/3rd place finish for his services.
Projecting - serious chance for 2 CBs even if we only have 2 slots. Guessing Arnette is 1. Hopefully Williamson is impressed this weekend but still has a visit to UF next weekend.
- Reuben Jones - NEB commit also getting the full court press, will be visiting this weekend. Seems very unlikely he remains at NEB; it looks like a Louisville (where he was last weekend) vs UM battle with MSU trying to poke their nose in there.
- Jalen Bates - ASU commit but not much noise here after some initial excitement. No crystal ballz to UM.
- KLS - sort of been a tease from afar thru the Hoke era, but a UCLA commit and it seems solid.
- Ty Wheatley (more likely here than TE) - dude could play a great game of poker.
Projecting - Reuben Jones if this weekend goes well but Louisville seems very much into it. As with Arnette, Mattison Durkin and Harbaugh all visited in home Wednesday. Wheatley is a tough one - this might be a case of a guy wanting to strike out on his own away from his dad. I have zero inside info but for some reason this feels like a Treadwell McDowell situation. If dad was not coaching I don't think UM would have any chance.
- Roquan Smith - highly ranked GA LB is a major target for UM, who has a chance due to Durkin. Most still think he is headed to GA but this past weekend seemd to do UM a lot of good. The longer his recruiting process goes the better for UM's chances.
Projecting - none.
OFF THE BOARD / UNLIKELY
- Marcus Lewis CB - this seemed like a sure commit post summer BBQ. But his final 3 is Kentucky, Miami (YTM), and WSU (?!).
- Nate Dalton CB - visited in home and at school by Harbaugh Tuesday but more interested in Liberty. Or Bret B at Arkansas.
- Arrington Farrar S - a Stanford decommit who sounded like a natural fit but the last 5 crystal ballz have him headed to ND.
- Drew Lock QB - Missouri commit looks like a no.
- Joe Burrow QB - OSU commit apparently told Jim no.
- Cordell Broadus WR - his dad wants him to go to USC, and other than some nice words before Harbaugh was hired about Harbaugh there doesn't seem to be much connection there.
Auden Tate WR - committed to FSU last summer,
not much smoke anymore. [edit: Harbaugh apparently visited 1/22]
- David Moorman OL - exiled WIS commit seems to want to hear from UM; not sure if there is any smoke there.
[edit again] Joshua McMillon - Alabama commit out of TN who was once sort of high on Michigan during the Hoke period
is set to visit. He cancelled his visit.
My pulled out of rear end class then falls like this
- TE Chris Clark OR non Clark TE
- RB Mike Weber OR RB/ATH John Kelly
- FB Reagan Williams
- CB Damon Arnette
- DE Reuben Jones
- A second CB - too foggy to tell but not Marshall*
RB Mike Weber/ATH John Kelly- edit: Zach Gentry (?)
- (if room) OL Nolan Ulizio
*you probably hold this spot open until the moment LB Roquan Smith says I am going to Georgia.
I am not a subscriber to recruiting services so maybe some are saying DE/TE Ty Wheatley is a sure thing or close to it. So I'd be wrong on that end if true. Yesterday's offer to Jake Pickard - who is also a DE/TE combo makes me wonder.
Interesting article about Gary Andersen leaving Wisconsin because of their high academic standards. He basically couldn't get the players he wanted into school. Not sure how he didn't know this going in but sounds like WI should be glad he's gone.
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.