UPDATE: Chesson is not visiting. Move along.
Ladue (Mo.) Horton Watkins 2012 WR Jehu Chesson, who has taken unofficial visits to the University of Miami in each of the past two springs, plans to take an official visit to Michigan this weekend.
He has already officially visited Northwestern.
Chesson is 6-3, 180 pounds, and is a consensus three-star recruit among the four recruiting services. With offers from Illinois, Iowa, Mizzou, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, and UCLA, as well as a Michigan offer, he's a very solid option if the Wolverines can't land both Jordan Payton and Amara Darboh.
Only one new name on the board this week, but still some big moves with Gunner Kiel's decommit (or "opening up," but let's call it what it is) from Indiana and J.J. Denman flipping from Penn State to Wisconsin. I have moved around the team rankings a little bit as teams begin to fill out their classes—if a team doesn't have many commits, they'd better have high-quality prospects. In other words, get a move on, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. Action since last rankings:
10-16-11: J.J. Denman decommits from Penn State, commits to Wisconsin.
10-20-11: Nebraska picks up Zaire Anderson.
10-21-11: Gunner Kiel (Indiana) re-opens recruitment.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue), and Zaire Anderson (Nebraska) 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.
ESPN just updated their 2012 top 150 rankings, and here's where both commits and uncommitted prospects of interest placed:
- OT Arik Armstead - #15 (uncommitted, longshot)
- OT Andrus Peat - #16 (uncommitted, longshot)
- S Shaq Thompson - #22 (uncommitted, Michigan not in top three but still has very outside shot)
- CB Yuri Wright - #40 (uncommitted, M has solid chance)
- OT Josh Garnett - #42 (uncommitted, will likely take official, but could be a tough pull)
- CB Terry Richardson - #67 (commit)
- WR Darius Powe - #86 (uncommitted, M has shot if WR spots don't fill up too quickly)
- OT Jordan Diamond - #103 (uncommitted, M still in decent shape, though late decision could take him off the table)
- OLB Royce Jenkins-Stone - #115 (commit)
- OT Zach Banner - #123 (uncommitted, M in good shape but with a lot of competition)
- OT Kyle Kalis - #135 (commit)
Kalis and Banner stick out to me as being ranked surprisingly low, though with Kalis this may be due to the fact that he projects higher as a guard than at tackle. As you can see, however, Michigan has a chance to round out this class with some really quality prospects.
Per Tim Sullivan, who posted this info on The Fort ($, also front-paged on The Wolverine, but still behind a paywall), Oaks Christian (CA) WR Jordan Payton will announce his college decision on Tuesday. He's visiting Notre Dame for the USC game this weekend, but has maintained throughout the last several weeks that Michigan is his leader, and there has been no indication his stance has changed. Barring a last-minute change of heart, it looks like the Wolverines will finally have a wide receiver in this class, and a very good one at that.
The title says most of it. He says he's thinking of visiting Michigan, but I have no idea how he stacks up against the other guys. Does this have any effect on our OL recruiting or is he too late?