good luck with that
I am pleased to announce that, after months of neglect followed by a furious-but-fruitful search for the old smileys, the MGoBlog Recruiting Board has been revived. You can now find the link under the "Useful Stuff" drop-down menu at the top of the page, and I'll keep the board updated regularly.
As always, please take careful note of the legend before jumping to any conclusions about a recruit; even a "Mr. Blue" only denotes a ~65% chance of landing an uncommitted recruit, and none of the uncommitted recruits merited that status (a month ago, Laquon Treadwell likely would have, but there's still a long way to go in his recruitment). It won't be long before I get to work on creating the 2014 board, but for now, please accept this humble offering as a sign that, yes, we do occasionally work during the summer.
A Note on "Stars": These are a general (not exact) average of a player's status among the four recruiting services.
A Note on Premium Info: No illicit sharing of said material will appear on this site. Players are listed with interested schools in their profiles; this information is public. Commitments are by definition public. Any assertions as to schools in the mix, decision dates, or leaders I will back up with links to the source of the information.
Projected Class Size:
|Expired Eligibility||D. Robinson, V. Smith, R. Roundtree, B. Moore, P. Omameh, E. Mealer, R. Barnum, W. Campbell, C. Roh, K. Demens, B. Hawthorne, J.T. Floyd, J. Kovacs||13|
|Transfer||C. Rock, T. Talbott, T. Carter||3|
|Early Entry||Possibilities: T. Lewan, F. Toussaint||--|
|Unrenewed Fifth||Possibilities: M. Jones||1|
Total: Michigan has 23 to give right now and will probably see that swell to around 24-25 with normal attrition. More detail on the scholarship situation can be found at the depth chart by class.
|Sad Josh||The genre of player with unrequited interest in Michigan. Unlikely to receive offers; most will eventually fade off the list and go to Duke or Michigan State or something.|
|Nefarious Eduardo||Player is a longshot. Either they've declared someone else a leader publicly or popular opinion holds that they're likely to go to another school.|
|Data||Either no opinion or Michigan is one of a fairly even group of chasing schools. Players in this category maintain no leader or change their leader frequently. The default category for players that we don't know much about yet.|
|Happy Teeth||Players who have Michigan in a small leading group or have Michigan as a tenuous favorite. Should be regarded as a good shot, not a slam dunk.|
|Mr. Blue||Player is either a verbal or is expected to be one sooner or later. Players with this designation are 65%+ to be Michigan commits.|
Additional note: (EE) next to a Michigan commit indicates the player intends to enroll early.
Needs: High. Denard Robinson graduates (*sobs*) after 2012, leaving the Wolverines with just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.
Status: Michigan locked up blue-chip in-stater Shane Morris before the end of his sophomore season. They're not pursuing another quarterback for the class.
Projected Commits: 1.
|Shane Morris||MI||****.5||Michigan||Commitment post. MGoScouting 1. MGoScouting 2. Extended junior highlights. Top performer at Pitt NLA 7-on-7. Earns Elite11 finals invite, photobombs Buckeyes. SMSB recap.|
|Kevin Olsen||NJ||****||Miami (YTM)||Miami commit.|
|Riley Ferguson||NC||***.5||Tennessee||Tennessee commit.|
Running Back / Fullback
Needs: Moderate. Michigan only graduates Vincent Smith from the current roster, but Fitz Toussaint will be a senior in 2013 and behind him there isn't a proven back on the team, nor a player who was a considered a blue-chip talent out of high school. One workhorse-type is a must and depth would be a plus.
No need for a fullback after giving a scholarship to Sione Houma in 2012.
Status: Michigan already has two backs in the fold in DeVeon Smith—the workhorse—and Wyatt Shallman—the jumbo athlete who brings some thunder to the backfield. The Wolverines are in position to shoot for a high-end talent and be just fine if they miss out.
Projected Commits: 2 RBs... three if they get the right guy.
|DeVeon Smith||OH||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Extended junior highlight reel.|
|Wyatt Shallman||MI||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview—will come in as a tailback.|
|Derrick Green||VA||****.5||Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, others||Clemson one-time leader, but he's backed off of that. Michigan in mix with OSU, VT($). Alabama, Oregon also in play. Michigan in top 15. Rumored BBQ commitment did not happen, but M firmly in top 6, likely atop list.|
|Jordan Wilkins||TN||****||Auburn||Auburn commit.|
|Ty Isaac||IL||****.5||USC||Narrows list to three($). Mom thinks it's down to Michigan and USC($). Commits to USC.|
|Justin Davis||CA||****||USC||USC commit.|
|Chase Abbington||MO||****||Missouri||Mizzou commit.|
|Keith Ford||TX||****.5||Oklahoma||Oklahoma commit.|
|Kyle Hicks||TX||****||Texas||Texas commit.|
|Berkley Edwards||MI||***||Iowa, Minnesota, Bowling Green, Central Michigan Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Western Michigan||Brother of Braylon. Runs a 4.35($), but is 5'9", maybe shorter. Braylon twitter rant about M not recruiting Berkley.|
Needs: Major. Michigan only loses Roundtree from the 2012 roster, but among the guys that return, only Jeremy Gallon has produced anything substantial so far in his career. The Wolverines need size and playmaking ability.
Status: Dukes and York give Michigan a pair of big targets with solid hands. The Wolverines will take one more receiver, and they're currently holding that spot for Laquon Treadwell, though offers continue to go out to other wideouts.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Jaron Dukes||OH||***.5||Michigan||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview—may not feel entirely safe in Columbus.|
|Csont'e York||MI||***||Michigan||First name pronounced "Son-tay". Commitment post.|
|Laquon Treadwell||IL||****||Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn, Michigan State, others||Michigan was stated leader at one point, still presumed leader. Moved up timetable. Michigan in top group. Wants to visit Auburn($). Still plans in-season decision.|
|Paul Harris||MD||***||Tennessee||Offered in late April. Mom in Michigan's corner($). Plans summer visit. M in top four($). Commits to Tennessee.|
|Devon Allen||AZ||****||Arizona State, Washington, Stanford, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, others||Very fast. Top four of ASU, UW, Stanford, USC, all schools he's visited; plans Midwest trip that includes M($). Visited day before BBQ.|
|Alvin Bailey||FL||****||Florida State, UCF, Florida, others||Recent (May 7th) offer. HS teammate of four-star safety Leon McQuay III. Visited in June. Michigan in top group but UCF leads.|
|Demorea Stringfellow||CA||****||Washington||Will take official visit to Ohio State($). No stated leaders. NOTY candidate, obvs. Commits to Washington.|
|Sebastian LaRue||CA||****||USC||USC commit.|
|Kevin Gladney||OH||***||Nebraska||Nebraska commit.|
|James Quick||KY||****.5||Louisville, Ohio State, Oregon, others||M not among leaders.|
|Shelby Christy||LA||***||Mississippi State||Mississippi State commit.|
|Jordan Cunningham||FL||***.5||Alabama, Florida State, Miami (YTM), Notre Dame, Stanford, others||Top five of Alabama, FSU, Miami, ND, Stanford.|
|Zach Bradshaw||MD||***||Virginia||Scout lists him as an OLB. Visited AA in March($). Father went to Michigan State. Commits to Penn State as a linebacker. Decommits and flips to Virginia.|
|Robert Foster||PA||*****||Alabama, Penn State, Pitt, others||Top WR in Midwest. M usually not mentioned among schools under serious consideration.|
|Darrell Daniels||CA||****||Washington||Washington commit.|
|Uriah LeMay||NC||****||Georgia||Older brother plays at Georgia. Georgia commit.|
|MarQuez North||NC||****.5||Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, others||Likely staying in SEC/ACC country.|
|Richard Benjamin||FL||***||UCF||UCF commit.|
|Marcell Ateman||TX||****||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State commit.|
|Darren Carrington||CA||***||Oregon||Oregon commit.|
|Eldridge Massington||TX||****||USC||Southern Cal commit.|
|Jake Oliver||TX||****||Texas||Texas commit.|
|James Onwualu||MN||***.5||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Rob Wheelwright||OH||***||Wisconsin||Brother Ernie played at Minnesota. Wisconsin commit.|
|Charlie Callinan||NJ||***||UConn, Rutgers, West Virginia, others||Early interest, but no offer.|
Needs: High. Michigan loses Brandon Moore after 2012, leaving only recent position-switch Jordan Paskorz and sophomores-to-be Devin Funchess and A.J. Williams at the position.
Status: The Wolverines filled their need early with the commitments of Khalid Hill and Jake Butt.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Jake Butt||OH||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Extended junior highlight reel. Post-commitment interview.|
|Khalid Hill||MI||***||Michigan||Commitment post. SMSB recap.|
|Adam Breneman||PA||****.5||Penn State||Penn State commit.|
|Standish Dobard||LA||***.5||Miami (YTM)||Miami commit.|
|Jacob Matuska||OH||***.5||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Scott Orndoff||PA||***||Pitt||Pitt commit.|
|Durham Smythe||TX||****||Texas||Texas commit.|
Needs: High. Despite a strong group here in 2012, Michigan still needs a lot of depth—besides seniors-to-be Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield, every Wolverine lineman in 2013 will have either sophomore or freshman eligibility. They need versatile linemen and must cover tackle, guard, and center.
Status: Michigan is done with offensive line recruiting after getting five early commits.
Projected Commits: 5.
|Kyle Bosch||IL||****||Michigan (EE)||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview. Will enroll early ($).|
|David Dawson||MI||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview. Top performer at Ohio NFTC (Video). SMSB recap with video.|
|Chris Fox||CO||****||Michigan||Commitment post.|
|Patrick Kugler||PA||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Junior highlights.|
|Logan Tuley-Tillman||IL||****||Michigan (EE)||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview. Kyle Turley film breakdown. Plans to enroll early. Wanted to transfer to a Michigan HS for senior year, but that appears unlikely now. SMSB recap with video.|
|Ethan Pocic||IL||****||LSU||Younger brother of Illinois OL Graham Pocic. LSU commit.|
|Laremy Tunsil||FL||*****||Florida, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, others||Top-ranked tackle nationally.|
|Steve Elmer||MI||****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit. Pledged to ND after visit for Under The Lights game.|
|Hunter Bivin||KY||****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Mike McGlinchey||PA||****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Colin McGovern||IL||****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Evan Lisle||OH||****||Ohio State||Ohio State commit.|
|Marcell Lazard||NJ||***||West Virginia||West Virginia commit.|
|Jake Raulerson||TX||****||Texas||Texas commit.|
|J.J. Gustafson||TX||***.5||Texas A&M||Texas A&M commit.|
|Tim Gardner||IN||***||Ohio State||Scout lists Michigan offer, but no other site does. Ohio State commit.|
|Brendan Mahon||NJ||***.5||Penn State||Penn State commit.|
|John Montelus||MA||****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Ishmael Wilson||TX||****||Texas A&M||Texas A&M commit.|
|Khaliel Rodgers||MD||***.5||Auburn, UConn, Ole Miss, Ohio State, UCLA, West Virginia, others||Camped at Michigan. Recruited by David Dawson, whom he hit it off with at camp.|
Needs: High. The need isn't completely dire after Michigan pulled in Ondre Pipkins and Willie Henry—along with DEs Chris Wormley and Matt Godin, either of whom could shift to the three-tech—in 2012, but they could use additional depth at both nose tackle and three-tech.
Status: Michigan secured commitments from Maurice Hurst Jr., who can play either the nose or three-tech, and Henry Poggi, who could be a three-tech or strongside DE. Unless the Wolverines decide they need a pure nose, they're likely done at DT.
Projected Commits: 1-2.
|Henry Poggi||MD||****||Michigan||Won't name leaders($), but has visited M and 'Bama three times each. Commitment post.|
|Maurice Hurst Jr.||MA||***.5||Michigan||Son of former New England Patriot Maurice Hurst. Offer. Considering commitment on upcoming visit? Top 2 of Michigan and Virginia. Visit set for June 6, will announce after visit. Commitment post.|
|Josh Augusta||IL||***||Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, others||Visited in April. Plans return visit for summer.|
|Eddie Vanderdoes||CA||****.5||Cal, Oregon, Penn State, Nebraska, others||Could also play SDE. Will take officials($) to Nebraska, Oregon, PSU.|
|Scott Pagano||HI||***.5||Clemson||Over 40 offers. Planned officials to Nebraska, LSU. Michigan in mix for official. Top 2 of LSU and Florida($). Commits to Clemson.|
|Elijah Qualls||CA||****||Washington||Top 3 of UW, Arizona, Oregon State; planned offical to Michigan. Favors USC and Washington($). Commits to Washington.|
|Rod Crayton||AL||***.5||Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, others||M no longer recruiting.|
|Darius Latham||IN||****||Wisconsin||Not close to a decision. Commits to Wisconsin.|
|Montravius Adams||GA||*****||Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Oregon, USC, others||#1 tackle in country. M not in mix right now.|
|Jay Ellison||GA||***||Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan, others||Auburn leads.|
|Michael Hill||SC||****||Ohio State||Named top 8, no Michigan($). Commits to Ohio State.|
|Maquedius Bain||FL||***.5||Florida State||Soft FSU commit.|
|Greg Webb||NJ||****||Penn State||Penn State commit.|
|Billy Price||OH||****||Ohio State||Ohio State commit.|
|Kenton Gibbs||MI||***||Illinois||Cass Tech prospect. Committed to Illinois. Appears to be a soft commit, especially after Wisconsin offer.|
|Matt Miller||OH||***||Wisconsin||Younger brother of M OL Jack Miller. Plays OL and DL. Waiting for M offer. Commits to Wisconsin.|
|Donovan Munger||OH||****||Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, others||Still interested in earning a Michigan offer($). Unlikely to happen after Poggi and Hurst commitments.|
|Poet Thomas||MI||***||Florida, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, others||Detroit Country Day prospect. Talking to Michigan($), but yet to receive offer.|
Needs: Moderate. Could use a little extra depth at both WDE and SDE, but need isn't dire after bringing in Wormley, Strobel, and Ojemudia in 2012.
Status: Michigan has Taco Charlton in the fold at WDE and is in the mix for a handful of solid SDE prospects.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Taco Charlton||OH||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Post-commitment interview. Extended junior highlight reel. Impresses at LA Nike camp.|
|Joe Mathis||CA||****||Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, others||Cousin of 5-star CA S Su'a Cravens. Over-the-moon visit reaction (has those for most visits, apparently). Top 3($) of Nebraska, Michigan, and Washington.|
|Wyatt Teller||VA||****||Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan||Top 2($) of Virginia and VT. Now has M in top 3 with UVA and VT.|
|Tashawn Bower||NJ||****||Auburn||Auburn commit.|
|Elijah Daniel||IN||****||Clemson||Clemson commit.|
|Jonathan Allen||VA||****.5||Alabama||Alabama commit.|
|Dajaun Drennon||NJ||***.5||North Carolina||Top 3($) of Penn State, Notre Dame, and Kentucky. Updated top 5($) of UK, UNC, ND, WVU, and USC. Commits to UNC.|
|Jason Hatcher||KY||****||USC||Top 5($) of Tennessee, South Carolina, USC, Ohio State, Louisville. Commits to USC.|
|Alquadin Muhammad||NJ||****||Rutgers, Boston College, Colorado, Michigan, Miami, others||Don Bosco Prep. Only visits have been to Rutgers, BC, and Colorado.|
|Joey Bosa||FL||****.5||Ohio State||Ohio State commit.|
|Christian Lacouture||TX||***.5||Nebraska||Nebraska commit.|
|Ebenezer Ogundeko||NY||***||Notre Dame, Syracuse, Florida||UConn decommit. ND, Syracuse, Florida in top 3; June decision($).|
Needs: Low. Michigan took four quality linebackers in 2012 and is pretty stocked at MLB and WLB. Getting help at SLB is a priority, however.
Status: Michigan has their SLB in Mike McCray and filled out their need for two linebackers with WLB/MLB Ben Gedeon. After missing out on E.J. Levenberry, they're done unless circumstances change.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Ben Gedeon||OH||****||Michigan||Commitment post. Allen Trieu scouting report.|
|Mike McCray||OH||****||Michigan||Son of former OSU captain Mike McCray. Commitment post.|
|Alex Anzalone||PA||****||Notre Dame||Turned away from visit after McCray committed. Ohio State decommitment after Charles Waugh incident. Focused on Florida, PSU, Stanford, ND, and USC, but hasn't ruled out OSU. Commits to Notre Dame.|
|Larenz Bryant||NC||****||South Carolina||South Carolina commit.|
|Michael Hutchings||CA||****.5||USC||Could also play strong safety. Worthy of a spot if a "best player available" scholarship is open. Will decide July 1 between Oregon, USC, Cal, and Washington. Commits to USC.|
|Peter Kalambayi||NC||****||Stanford||Stanford commit.|
|Yannick Ngakoue||DC||***.5||Maryland||Maryland commit.|
|Matt Rolin||VA||****||South Carolina||South Carolina leads. VT, FSU, Florida, and Georgia round out top 5 ($). Commits to South Carolina.|
|Jaylon Smith||IN||*****||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Reginald Carter||GA||***||Georgia||Georgia commit.|
|E.J. Levenberry||MD||****||Florida State||Chose Florida State over Michigan.|
|Shane Jones||OH||***.5||Michigan State||Turned away from visit during same weekend as Anzalone. MSU commit.|
|Dorian O'Daniel||MD||****||Clemson||HS teammate of 5-star CB Kendall Fuller. Clemson commit.|
Needs: Moderate. Only took one in last class (Terry Richardson) but depth is solid overall.
Status: With Ross Douglass swapping Penn State blue for a chance at a bowl game in his lifetime, the Wolverines have three four-star commits (Jourdan Lewis, Gareon Conley) and a sleeper camp commit in Channing Stribling. Barring a decomittment or 5-star crazy thing Michigan is done.
Projected Commits: 3-4.
|Gareon Conley||OH||****||Michigan||Commitment post.|
|Jourdan Lewis||MI||****||Michigan||Cass Tech product. MGoScouting one. MGoScouting two (picks off Shane Morris edition). Commitment post. Standout at Adidas Invitational. SMSB recap.|
|Ross Douglas||OH||***.5||Michigan||Commitment post.|
|Channing Stribling||NC||**.5||Michigan||Surprise camp offer and subsequent commitment. Commitment post.|
|Kendall Fuller||MD||*****||Virginia Tech||Good Counsel prospect, former teammate of current M corner Blake Countess. Unofficial visit for spring game. M in top 4($) with Clemson, VT, Tennessee. Planning return visit. M in top 3($) with Clemson and VT. Committed to VT.|
|Leon McQuay III||FL||****.5||USC, Vanderbilt, FSU, Michigan||
|Visited in late May. M "probably top 5" after visit($). Plays S in HS, but recruited as CB. Michigan in top 3($) with Vandy and USC. Michigan out of top three after taking Ross Douglas, but still in picture.|
|Cole Luke||AZ||****||Oklahoma, Washington, Nebraska, Notre Dame, California, Michigan, Arkansas, others||M in top 7 ($).|
|John Ross||CA||****||UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, others||Camp offer at CB; most schools recruiting for WR.|
|Nadir Barnwell||NJ||****||Penn State, Rugters, others||Penn State and Rutgers standing out.|
|Vernon Hargreaves III||FL||*****||Florida||Father is assistant coach at USF. Considering summer visit ($). Near-lock to stay in Florida.|
|Cameron Walker||CA||****||Oregon State, Arizona State, Boise State, Michigan, others||Taking things slow.|
|Priest Willis||AZ||****.5||LSU, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Notre Dame, others||Longshot at best.|
|Tre Bell||NJ||***||Florida||Florida commit.|
|Devin Butler||OH||***||Notre Dame||Notre Dame commit.|
|Cam Burrows||OH||****.5||Ohio State||Ohio State commit.|
|Antwuan Davis||TX||****||Texas||Texas commit.|
|Chris Hawkins||CA||****||USC||USC commit.|
|Ryan White||KY||***.5||Louisville||Louisville commit.|
|Shaquille Wiggins||GA||****||Georgia||Georgia commit.|
|Eli Woodard||NJ||****.5||Ohio State||Ohio State commit.|
Needs: Low. Only Jordan Kovacs departs and Michigan took three in 2012.
Status: Michigan has a top-100 overall prospect in Dymonte Thomas. If they take another safety, it'll be another top-flight guy.
Projected Commits: 1-2.
|Cousin of OSU incoming freshman Bri'onte Dunn. Commitment post. Extended junior highlight reel.|
|Chose USC over Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, and UCLA.|
|Shane Cockerille||MD||***||Maryland||Committed to Maryland as a dual-threat QB.|
|Jalyn Powell||OH||***||Michigan State||Michigan State commit.|
|Jayme Thompson||OH||***.5||Ohio State||West Virginia decommit. Flipped to OSU upon receiving offer.|
Status: Michigan's coaches decided long snapper was a need, so they offered and accepted a commitment from Scott Sypniewski. It's unlikely that any other specialist will be offered, though it's possible that a kicker gets a preferred walk-on spot.
Projected commits: 1.
|Scott Sypniewski (LS)||IL||**||Michigan||Commitment post.|
|J.J. McGrath (K/P)||MI||**||Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, South Florida||Camped during summer. Offered a preferred walk-on spot. M in top 5.|
I may be on a plane, and technically on vacation, but that can't stop me from posting. Here's the second, and final, post on SMSB. I'll be back at the end of next week.
At Wednesday's Sound Mind/Sound Body camp in Southfield, I had the opportunity to catch up with 2013 commits Shane Morris, David Dawson, and Logan Tuley-Tillman. Subjects include their camp performances, the Michigan coaches, recruiting, and Terry Richardson's fitting reward for David Dawson after winning a rep in the one-on-ones.
ACE: You got a chance to get out there and throw a little bit. How'd you feel out there?
SHANE: It was good. Coming out here, doing some work with Coach Borges, having a good time, and I felt like I was doing pretty well, so I had a good day.
ACE: Coach Borges seemed to be watching you pretty closely. What's he telling you out there?
SHANE: Definitely. He's working on my footwork a little bit, making sure I get the ball out quicker, everything really. Everything that he's telling me I'll be taking home to work on, so I'm just having fun out there.
ACE: What are you trying to work on over the rest of the summer?
SHANE: I'm trying to work on being more consistent and also not throwing the ball hard all the time. I'm trying to work on polishing up everything because of the season, I've got to have a good season my senior season, we've got to make a run for the states, that's what we're trying to do.
ACE: I saw Jourdan Lewis out there taking some reps at wideout. I know the offensive coaches seem to like him out there. Do you like throwing to him?
SHANE: I love throwing to him. He's a receiver for our 7-on-7 team and he's my go-to guy if I need someone to throw it to. I saw the coaches are taking a look at him at receiver, so we'll see what happen with that. Coach Mattison, he's telling us to stay away from him...
ACE: Where do you want him?
SHANE: Wherever he helps the team.
ACE: Good answer. What's it like being out here and not only having the Michigan coaching staff here, but having guys from State, Ohio State... what's it like getting that level of instruction?
SHANE: Oh, I'm definitely taking a lot of instruction from the coaches, Michigan coaches, Michigan State coaches, Ohio coaches. It's an awesome experience for everyone out here and everyone's having a great time with it; it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get instruction from the best coaches in the nation. I'm just taking it in and having a good time with it, just soaking up the opportunity that I have.
ACE: With recruiting, who are you talking to these days, who are you trying to get to come to Michigan now?
SHANE: I'm been talking to Laquon [Treadwell], obviously, Derrick Green a little bit here and there,—I don't really know what's going on with him—Leon McQuay III, and that's about it right now.
ACE: Obviously you've got a bunch of commits here in the same place. How fun is it to continue forming your relationships with those guys?
SHANE: It's great. We're out here every weekend on this field practicing 7-on-7 with each other. We're having a great time building chemistry up. It's great being out here again and showing everyone a glimpse of the future.
ACE: Coming out here to the camp, how do you feel you did on the drills on the first day?
DAVID: I feel like I did great. I got a chance to work with Coach Funk. I lost, like, two reps against a speed-rusher and I got him back the next time I competed against him. I thought I did great.
ACE: The guy who beat you was woofing a little bit after that rep. Does that give you motivation when guys are talking like that after the play?
DAVID: Yeah, I hate guys that celebrate after the play like that. The guy was getting real loud; I hate that. If you make the play just go back to the huddle. When you celebrate it's just gonna make you lose the next rep.
ACE: Having the Michigan coaches here, having Coach Funk here watching you guys go through drills, what's he telling you about what to work on and what's it like having that level of instruction at a camp?
DAVID: I feels great to have all the coaches that are here, even the ones that aren't our position coaches. It just shows how much they want to see us work out and how much interest they have in us. Well, we committed, so I know they have a lot of interest but it's just a great feeling having them down there. Coach Funk, he said me and Logan did well. He did tell me, against a speed-rusher, not to kick so far out; that was the only bad criticism he had for me today, so I'm going to work on that and that's pretty much it.
ACE: You mentioned working next to Logan. What do you see in his game right now?
DAVID: He's a great player; big, strong, got good feet, aggressive. That sums him up right there.
ACE: What are you looking to improve in your game both for the rest of the camp and the rest of the summer?
DAVID: I don't think I'm doing the second part of the camp because I've got another big camp [the Rivals Five-Star Challenge] and I'm starting to get hurt, I messed up my quad already so I'm gonna leave that alone. For the rest of the summer I'm just gonna work on what my coaches are telling me to work on, and I do want to get a little better at run blocking, pass blocking, my whole game—picking up the blitz, reading linebackers, safeties. I just want to get better overall, that's pretty much it.
ACE: There's a lot of Cass Tech guys up here and a lot of Michigan commits up here. What's it like to get everybody up here? I know I saw Terry Richardson walking around earlier...
DAVID: Actually, it was Terry and Biggs [James Ross]. It feels great to have them up here. Cass Tech, I think we've got around 30, 40 guys up here, that feels great too. It just shows that we like to compete, come out and try to take over camps. I definitely like that Terry came out here because when I beat my man who was saying he was hungry, Terry actually gave me a rib for getting him, so I was happy he came out here.
ACE: First of all, how do you feel you did in the drill portion?
LOGAN: Honestly, this is my first camp where I'm at 100%. I feel I showed pretty well. The defensive drill that we did, the one-on-ones with no pads on, I feel like we showed real good, me and my teammate out there [David Dawson].
ACE: You were working next to David a lot, obviously. How do you think he looks and what do you see in his game?
LOGAN: He's a hard-nosed road-grater that everybody needs; everybody in the country wants that [type of] guard. It's real nice to have him out here so we can line up against each other.
ACE: I know you were hurt earlier this summer and you've been working to cut weight recently. How are you feeling?
LOGAN: I'm actually down 13 pounds at about 312, so I feel great. I've been hooping, too, jumping a little bit higher, so that's always good.
ACE: And the shoulder is feeling good?
LOGAN: Yeah. I did a lot of good work with my trainer, a lot of stretches and stuff that really got me back.
ACE: You said you dropped almost 15 pounds. What do you think is your ideal playing weight right now?
LOGAN: I'm probably about 312, and I'll probably just stay at this or see whatever the summer does to me and end up at that. The reality is I'm going to grow about two more inches so I can probably add ten more pounds of pure muscle.
ACE: I saw you talking to Coach Funk a lot. What is he telling you about technique?
LOGAN: He was telling me how happy he was with the improvements I've been making and how it's really starting to come together for me. He said he's real proud and I'm going to be a great player for him, which is a real honor to hear from a coach of his stature.
ACE: Looking ahead to the rest of the camp and the rest of the summer, what are you trying to work on in your game?
LOGAN: The game this summer is just getting bigger, faster, and stronger, become a better O-lineman. I've got to pick [whether to do] The Opening or Team USA, I got invited to that, so I've got to decide.
ACE: Are you leaning one way or the other right now?
LOGAN: I honestly don't know.
ACE: Obviously there's a lot of other commits here and a couple of 2012 guys as well. What's it like getting everyone together in one place?
LOGAN: It's real fun to see everybody out here. There's a 2014 D-end here too from Loyola High School or something like that [Malik McDowell]. I was trying to start talking to him, but I'll get at him later and get in his ear.
2013 OL commits Logan Tuley-Tillman (left) and David Dawson
Yesterday's Adidas Sound Mind/Sound Body camp at Southfield High School featured some of the Midwest's best talent, including five of Michigan's 2013 commits (actually, six, but Csont'e York showed up late and I didn't get a good look at him). It also provided a rare chance for players to get instructed by coaches from Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, and several other schools; U-M, OSU, and MSU each sent their full staff, save Mark Dantonio, who had a speaking engagement.
This was my first camp experience, so I mostly focused on the Michigan commits; at these camps, there's so much going on that it's difficult to focus on more than a handful of players. Here are my impressions of the Wolverine commits as well as a couple other standouts:
I didn't spend a ton of time watching Morris in the passing drills, mostly because I was more focused on the receivers and defensive backs, but he was excellent as usual on Wednesday. Morris threw harder than anyone else there, displayed great accuracy, and could make all of the throws. He's also improved from what I saw of him last fall in terms of knowing when to change up speeds and when to just unleash.
As you can see above, Al Borges kept a very close eye on Morris. UAB head coach Garrick McGee was running quarterback drills, but Borges made it clear that he would be the one coaching Morris. As Brian pointed out in today's UV, the running theme of the camp was coaches in disbelief that this was all legal; it was, thanks to SMSB's status as a charitable event.
Dawson was easily the most impressive lineman present, both from a physical and technical standpoint. He looks like he's in the 280-290 pound range but doesn't appear to be carrying much bad weight at all. He shows an advanced understanding of technique for a high school player; Coach Funk was presiding over the offensive line drills, and when he needed to give an example of what he was looking for, he had Dawson give the demonstration. Dawson displayed very quick feet, shuffled well in pass protection while keeping a solid base, and showed a very strong initial punch.
In one-on-ones, Dawson excelled in a drill that gives a clear edge to the pass-rusher. He got great depth with his initial step and had three or four pancakes (not all of his reps are on my film above). When Dawson did get beat, it was usually when he let the defender get into his body instead of keeping the rusher at bay with his arm punch. The proverbial mean streak was also on full display. On one rep, Dawson got beat off the edge, and the defender went back to his side screaming "Let's go!" and "I'm hungry!"* Dawson didn't appreciate the woofing, asked for an immediate rematch, and buried the guy into the turf.
Dawson is expected to end up at guard in college and after seeing him yesterday I think that's the best place for him. While his strength allows him to dominate high school competition, he isn't the longest lineman out there, which makes it harder to keep edge-rushers at bay. As you can see above, when Dawson slid inside to take a rep at guard, he dispatched his man with ease.
Tuley-Tillman didn't quite perform at Dawson's level but still showed off the potential that earned him an offer in the first place. When I talked to Logan, he told me he weighs about 315 pounds, a 15-pound drop from where he was at the Columbus NFTC last month. He's still carrying bad weight, however, and is going to have to turn a significant amount of fat into muscle before he's ready to play at the next level.
I was initially down on Tuley-Tillman when watching the one-on-ones, but after watching the tape he did better than I thought. When he gets his hands on a guy it's tough to escape and he finishes his blocks with authority. He did struggle some against the speed rush; Funk pulled LTT aside during drills to work on getting better depth in his drop when pass blocking, and there's still work to be done there. When he got his footwork right, defenders had little chance of getting past him.
Despite the technique issues, Tuley-Tillman has great feet; when he's coached up, he should have every opportunity to play tackle at the Big Ten level. He's definitely got some conditioning work to do, though it sounds like he's on the right track. Multiple experts who saw Tuley-Tillman in Columbus, where he reportedly struggled significantly, said his performance yesterday was a vast improvement.
Lewis continues to look impressive on both sides of the ball. While I thought he looked better at corner when playing for Cass Tech last fall, there may be a battle royale between the offensive and defensive coaches over where he'll play at Michigan; the offensive coaches have made it clear that they covet Lewis as a wide receiver. They'll have to fight Greg Mattison for him, however, and that may be a losing battle.
Lewis is never going to wow you from a purely physical standpoint—he's 5'11" and pretty skinny—but his athleticism is just a notch below elite. He showed off great closing speed at cornerback, though he sometimes relies too much on his ability to recover; he's not quite at his 2012 teammate Terry Richardson's level when it comes to staying in a receiver's hip pocket. His ball skills, however, are exemplary; he tracks the ball in the air extremely well and knows exactly when to go for the catch. If a quarterback threw a 50-50 ball in his direction, whether on offense or defense, he came down with it or at least broke up the pass.
At receiver, Lewis put those ball skills to good use, coming up with a couple of spectacular catches including one diving effort against 2014 Cass Tech teammate Damon Webb (much more on him below). I still like Lewis's upside more at corner, where his size plays better, but he's convinced me that he could contribute on either side of the ball at the next level.
Hill looked very good in the reps I saw him taking, running crisp routes and catching almost everything thrown his way, including the pass pictured above. He nearly pulled in a ridiculous one-hander early in the morning session, but couldn't quite haul it on; otherwise, any pass in his direction resulted in a catch. Hill isn't the fastest tight end out there, nor the biggest, but he finds a way to get space from defenders and then shield them off with his body.
Given that he's being recruited for a very specific, not-always-used position—H-back—he's got a more limited ceiling than most of the commits; at around 6'2", he doesn't have the size to play much on the line. That said, if he can run routes and catch like he did yesterday, he could be a solid piece to the offensive puzzle.
DAMON WEBB (2014)
Webb turned heads a couple weeks ago when he blanketed Laquon Treadwell at the IMG 7-on-7 and he built on that with an MVP-worthy performance yesterday. Despite being a year younger, Webb has more bulk on his 5'11" frame than his teammate Jourdan Lewis, and like Lewis he's an outstanding athlete.
Also like Lewis, Webb can play either wide receiver or cornerback at the next level, though his size suggests that corner is his optimal position. He was fantastic playing corner in the one-on-one drills, staying step-for-step with Lewis—though Jourdan managed to bring in a diving catch—and 2013 Notre Dame commit James Onwualu, who was torching the less-heralded prospects. Webb faced Onwualu three times, and aside from slipping on a hitch route, he came out on top. Webb doesn't rely as much on recovery speed as Lewis, instead playing a more physical style; he's not at all afraid to come up and jam the receiver, and he flips his hips well when transitioning from his backpedal.
Allen Trieu reported this afternoon that Webb earned a Michigan offer, which comes as little surprise after he performed so well in front of the entire staff. While they're targeting him as an athlete for now, I'm guessing he'll be the next in a long line of Cass Tech corners to play at the BCS level. The Wolverines appear to be his clear leader at the moment and there's a chance his recruitment wraps up early. He'll be in Ann Arbor next week for Michigan's camp.
*"I'm hungry" guy was one of the highlights of the camp, as he repeatedly—and loudly—proclaimed his hunger after just about every rep. When Hoke spoke to the campers after the morning session, he singled the kid out for his enthusiasm, then had this exchange:
Hoke: "Did you have lunch yet?"
I'm Hungry Kid: "Yes, sir."
Hoke: "Well, I guess you're not hungry anymore."
- 2014 MI DE Malik McDowell wasn't listed on the roster—he wasn't alone in that regard—and only took a couple reps in the morning, so I didn't get a chance to evaluate him. I did head over to where the linemen were gathered in the afternoon, however, and I can say he certainly passes the eye test. That is one huge rising junior.
- Two other 2014 kids who caught my eye were Cass Tech linebackers William White and Gary Hosey, who both stood out physically among the linebackers. White appeared to have an inch or two on Hosey, but both looked solidly built with the frame to add more bulk. I was busy watching the linemen while they were going through drills, however, so I'll have to catch them play another time.
- A friend who was helping instuct the linebackers at the camp raved about Michigan State linebacker commit Jon Reschke. I thought Reschke was a no-brainer four-star when I saw him play against Farmington Hills Harrison in the playoffs last year; State got a good one there.
- Urban Meyer, from the morning presser: "The problem with intercollegiate athletics is that it's almost anti-student-athlete." All the coaches talked about how great it was to be able to instruct recruits at an event outside the usual team camps. There was also discussion about finding ways for recruits to be able to take visits to campus without the cost becoming prohibitive; there definitely seems to be support for summer official visits if the NCAA decides to look in that direction.
- Yes, Brady Hoke uttered the words "Ohio" and "State" in succession during an impromptu on-field Q&A session with reporters. Yes, there was a subsequent race between the Michigan beat reporters to tweet that bit of news. I believe the winner was AnnArbor.com's Nick Baumgartner.
- Terry Richardson, James Ross, and Oregon CB (and former Cass Tech Technician) Dior Mathis all were present. Richardson was walking around eating ribs while the Michigan coaches teased him about getting his weight up.
- After watching them in a camp setting, it's very easy to see why Michigan's coaching staff has so much success both on the field and in recruiting. I kept forgetting to film the OL/DL one-on-ones because I was so intent on listening to Coach Funk give technique pointers to individual guys after their reps; I learned more about blocking technique in five minutes of standing near him than I have in the rest of my life put together. They're all great with the players, as well; you could tell the kids were hanging on every word of instruction.
- Former Michigan lineman and current EMU OL coach Kurt Anderson, who was running drills with Funk: "You're protecting your family, your food, your quarterback." [via Mike Rothstein]
Pictured coaches, in order of appearance, are UAB HC Garrick McGee, OSU HC Urban Meyer, MSU DC Pat Narduzzi, EMU HC Ron English, Hoke, Mattison, EMU's Mike Hart, Syracuse's Tyrone Wheatley, and Michigan's Darrell Funk and Jeff Hecklinski.
Jayru Campbell's hair did not disappoint:
Neither did Shane Morris's afternoon attire:
That's all for now. Interviews with Morris, Dawson, and Tuley-Tillman coming later this afternoon.
Today's recruiting roundup previews this week's Sound Mind Sound Body camp, reminds you why you shouldn't pay attention to every recruit's tweet, updates Kendall Fuller's recruitment, and more.
Move Along, Nothing To See Here
I underestimated you, MGoBoard. When I saw this tweet (later deleted by Logan Tuley-Tillman) come across my feed last night, I fully expected at least one thread bracing for the worst:
— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) June 12, 2012
After half an hour of semi-rampant decommitment speculation, Logan broke the big news:
— Logan Tuley-Tillman (@LoganTillman) June 12, 2012
Let this serve as your regular reminder that breathlessly hanging onto every word in a recruit's twitter feed is a terrible way to live.
In more relevant news on current commits, I'll be attending the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Southfield on Wednesday and Thursday, which features a lengthy list of Michigan commits and targets. Shane Morris, Khalid Hill, David Dawson, Csont'e York, and Jourdan Lewis are the commits expected to attend, as is uncommitted CA DE Joe Mathis. There will also be the usual Cass Tech contingent as well as top 2014 in-state DE target Malik McDowell. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to write up this week, as I'm taking a vacation starting Friday morning and the camp runs all day, but I'll be updating on Twitter frequently.
Rivals released their 2013 rankings for the state of Michigan, and the Wolverines unsurprisingly dominate, taking four of the top five spots. Morris tops the list, followed by Notre Dame commit Steve Elmer, Lewis, Dawson, and Wyatt Shallman. York comes in at #8, one spot behind MSU commit Jon Reschke, and Hill sits at #23. Hill's placement strikes me as unusually low, especially since he comes in three spots behind a fellow tight end from Howell whose only offers are from Air Force, Bowling Green, and Western Michigan.
Kendall Fuller Update, Lists, and Visits
Fox Sports/Scout reporter Kristen Kenney caught up with five-star MD CB Kendall Fuller to get the latest on his recruitment in the following video, which strangely is stuck behind a paywall despite having embedding enabled:
Fuller mentions Maryland, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Michigan as the four schools making the strongest push for him. He's got current or former teammates at all four: Stefon Diggs at Maryland, his older brothers at VT, Dorian O'Daniel at Clemson, and Blake Countess at Michigan. According to Fuller, a decision could come before the season if he's 100% sure of the school he'd like to attend. Fuller's fellow Good Counsel defensive back, Kirk Garner, also has the Wolverines in his top six.
Tremendous dropped off an intriguing tidbit in their notes column as FL CB Leon McQuay III says he's trying to set up a visit to Ann Arbor with teammate WR Alvin Bailey for some time in the next couple weeks. Getting Bailey on campus would be big, and in my opinion the prospect of McQuay making multiple visits in a matter of weeks is even bigger. Click through on the link to see Bailey's outstanding high-top fade in action.
Several prospects are narrowing down their lists as the season approaches. CA ATH Darren Carrington, one of Michigan's most recent offers, told 247's Clint Brewster that the Wolverines "in the top couple schools" that he's considering ($). Carrington appears to be waiting on some potential big-time offers, but also says that he'll try to camp at Michigan and plans to use one of his officials to see Ann Arbor. CA ATH Elijah Qualls, who Michigan is recruiting as a DT, has the Wolverines in his top seven ($). VA DE Wyatt Teller has his eye on four schools($): Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, and Notre Dame, though the two in-state schools appear to have a distinct edge.
Quickly: CA WR Sebastian Larue earned a USC offer this week, and he tells Rivals's Adam Gorney that he's spending the next few days pondering an early commitment ($). If he drops this weekend, it won't be to Michigan. GBW initially reported this week that Michigan offered OH ATH Caleb Day, but that report has been refuted by Rivals and later retracted by GBW. Happy trails to OH WR Kevin Gladney, who committed to Nebraska.
Brief 2014 Updates
...are very brief this week.
Tremendous gets a visit reaction from IN LB Brandon Lee, who checked out campus on Friday and enjoyed the trip.
Five-star AL ATH Bo Scarbrough will visit Ann Arbor later this month ($, info in header). Scarbrough is being recruited by all of the major powers, and while it's a tall task to get a recruit from Tuscaloosa, getting him on campus is a good start.
Four-star IL LB Clifton Garrett, who trains with Core 6 alongside LTT and Laquon Treadwell (among others), will attend July's BBQ at the Big House ($).
2013 commit Kyle Bosch has a younger brother in the class of 2015 who just picked up his first offer($) from Illinois. His name? Brennan Bosch. That won't get confusing at all for the Tigers fans among us.
Today's recruiting roundup discusses the commitment of Scott Sypniewski, the new ESPN rankings, the status of Jordan Wilkins, and much more.
Hello: Scott Sypniewski
Edited but probably NSFW, because Lil Jon
As you know by now, Michigan offered and accepted a commitment from Ottawa (IL) long snapper Scott Sypniewski on Wednesday, sparking a rather mixed reaction followed by a reaction to the reaction, if you follow. Like Brian*, you can put me down for "thoroughly perplexed," especially given the timing of the offer—even if there's a potentially pressing need for a long snapper, wouldn't that be determined in the fall (especially given the presence of 2012 preferred walk-on Tyler Tokarsky) as opposed to June?
That said, Sypniewski at least represents one of the top players nationwide at the position, which has seen an increase in scholarship offers recently according to this Rivals article from May:
At least 25 of the 121 non-academies in the FBS ranks have long snappers who were awarded scholarships directly out of high school or junior college. Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell estimates that represents about a 20 percent increase over the last five or six years.
So, at least Michigan isn't alone; the article claims that students of long-snapping guru Chris Rubio earned scholarships to LSU, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Arizona State, and Michigan State (that would be one-time Michigan walk-on pledge Taybor Pepper) last year.
While I'm still not sure it was the wisest move to take a specialist at this juncture, there's one argument against taking Sypniewski that I'll address here: the cries that taking him precluded Michigan from bringing on Laquon Treadwell, Derrick Green or Jordan Wilkins, Kendall Fuller or Leon McQuay, and Joe Mathis. Like, four of those guys.
While Michigan is in great shape for Treadwell, he's the only player among that group that I'd say has a better than 33% chance of becoming a Wolverine, and that figure might be generous for most of those guys. Green keeps popping up in articles that don't mention Michigan($), Wilkins appears to be a strong Auburn lean (more on him later), Fuller has strong ties to Virginia Tech and Clemson, McQuay is a top-flight Florida recruit, and Mathis changes his favorite every time he visits a new school. Not trying to sound overly negative here, just trying to be realistic: getting any two of those players would be fantastic. There's no way in hell Michigan was getting four no matter how the numbers worked out.
In other current commit news, ESPN updated their top 150, introduced the ESPN300, and released their team rankings for the class of 2013. Unsurprisingly, Michigan tops the team rankings; the full list is here, but paywalled, while TomVH's analysis of the team rankings is free, which totally makes sense. Other Big Ten+ teams in the top 25: Ohio State (7), Notre Dame (10), Penn State (14), and Michigan State (22).
As for changes to the individual player rankings, TTB has the full breakdown, as usual. The big movers were Jourdan Lewis, who rose 15 spots and into the top 100, Mike McCray, who fell 29 spots, and Patrick Kugler, who jumped from #123 to #112. In all, Michigan has 15 players in the ESPN300, including 11 in the ESPN150. Shane Morris is the top-ranked commit at #32, which represented a five-spot rise for him.
Also releasing rankings was OhioPreps.com, the Rivals outlet focused on, um, Ohio. Michigan's Ohio commitments stand out among their position rankings for the class of 2013:
- DeVeon Smith is the #1 running back
- Jaron Dukes is the #3 wide receiver
- Jake Butt is the #1 tight end
- Taco Charlton is the #1 defensive end
- Mike McCray and Ben Gedeon are the #1 and #2 linebackers, respectively
- Gareon Conley is the #3 cornerback
- Dymonte Thomas is the #1 safety
Call me crazy, but I think the Wolverines are having a good deal of success in Ohio this year. Next thing you know, jerseys will be selling like hotcakes down there.
Quickly: Haven't had your fill of special teams highlight tapes? Good! Here's 2012 walk-on K/P Kenny Allen drilling a bunch of field goals. Jake Butt is invited to The Opening. Shane Morris earns an invite to ESPN's Champion Gridiron Kings event. Matt Pargoff, like Seth on Wednesday, ranks Michigan's top recruiting classes of the last 20 years.
*MGoHiveMind! Conspiracy! Dey took our jobz!
Change Of Plans For Wilkins
So, yeah, about TN RB Jordan Wilkins—the four-star back was initially slated to visit Ann Arbor on Saturday, but he'll have to reschedule after realizing that he has to take the ACT that day ($). Wilkins maintains that he wants to see all of his final four schools—Auburn, Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee—before making a commitment, but this still doesn't bode well. Sam Webb profiled Wilkins in the Detroit News, and Wilkins reiterated that he very nearly committed to Auburn on Monday. Message board rumors also have Wilkins maybe not liking Michigan's depth chart so much, which means this is ominous:
So what are major factors?
"Early playing time and coaches," said Wilkins. "I know I want to play with guys I get along with — that I can come and talk to about anything. I like coaches that I can talk to about anything because my high school coaches right now are like my second parents. I've always been close with my coaches, so that's another big thing.["]
Wilkins would like to have his decision made before his football season starts. My guess is that decision won't be Michigan.
The Wolverines somewhat surprisingly showed up on PA WR Robert Foster's top seven yesterday, joining Alabama, Pitt, Ohio State, Michigan State, Oregon, and USC. According to Foster's assistant coach, via an article by 247's Steve Wiltfong($), he's planning to visit Michigan and MSU this month. Foster also plans to take all of his official visits before deciding, so even if there's mutual interest here, it may be tough for Foster to find a spot in the class. One receiver who may move a little faster is MD WR Paul Harris, who will visit on June 19, according to Tremendous. He's one to keep an eye on.
Tim Sullivan reports that TX DT Hardreck Walker plans to make a decision by the end of the summer, but will continue taking visits, and he plans on taking an official to Michigan ($, info in header). We'll see how this one plays out, since the Wolverines are no longer really in need of a DT unless they decide that Henry Poggi fits best at strongside DE. Even then, shoehorning another defensive lineman in the class could prove difficult.
Quickly: Steve Wiltfong reports that Michigan offered CA ATH Darren Carrington, but there isn't an article to go with the tweet, so for now that's all the info we've got regarding any potential interest or visits. Michigan made the top five for AZ CB Cole Luke along with Notre Dame, Texas, Nebraska, and Cal. Happy trails to Su'a Cravens, who shocked the world by committing to USC. Cravens says he still plans to visit Michigan and his other finalists, but I wouldn't hold out hope for a switch. Don't do this, people.
Quick 2014 Updates
Not as much action as recent weeks on the 2014 front, but IL CB Parrker Westphal did visit campus on Tuesday and came away mighty impressed. He told Tremendous that Michigan is now the school by which he'll measure all of his other visits and he plans on being in Ann Arbor again for the BBQ at the Big House. Westphal is coached by former Michigan CB Todd Howard, who will likely accompany Westphal on his next trip.
Michigan is in line to get a very big visit, and visitor, in GA OL Orlando Brown, son of the late NFL lineman of the same name. Brown told 247's Clint Brewster that he'll visit Michigan on July 14th ($). Brown, who stands at 6'9"(!!), 360 pounds(!!!), projects to be one of the top tackles in the 2014 class.
The Wolverines will also get summer visits from a pair of quarterbacks. IN QB Brent Lyles will camp at Michigan on June 20th($), while OH QB DeShone Kizer plans to check out Ann Arbor again on either the 17th or 21st of this month ($). Kizer is one of two 2014 quarterbacks, along with MI QB Chance Stewart, getting a strong look at an early offer, while Lyles is hoping to break into that group.