Mike Lantry, 1972
Mike, a new contributor at TTB, scored a recent interview with Paramus (NJ) Catholic cornerback Jabrill Peppers. He talks about his training, his visit to Michigan last weekend, and the coaches' plans for him if he does indeed pick Michigan.
If you're frustrated by last night's game - especially the refereeing - and want to think about football, this week's scouting report is on Oakley (CA) Freedom running back Joe Mixon. When I was asked a month or two ago for my wish list of 16 recruits from the 2014 class, Mixon was neck-and-neck with Elijah Hood for my top choice of running back. He has a good combination of speed, power, size, and receiving ability, and he just appears to be a very good all-around prospect. Michigan made his top fifteen list not long ago, which means there's at least a chance.
This morning's scouting report is on Cleveland (OH) Glenville safety Erick Smith. Glenville, obviously, has sent a couple guys to Michigan in recent years after a long drought. Word is that Smith likes the Buckeyes, just like many Glenville products; but if Urban Meyer screws things up or if Brady Hoke turns on the charm, then Michigan is right in that next group of teams who could make a move.
This week my scouting report is on Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who is originally from Illinois and is familiar with the midwest. Michigan offered him a few weeks back, and he has shown interest, although he has also said that LSU is his dream school. He's an electrifying player who could play a few different positions in college.
This week's scouting report is on Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger. The battle for Berger's services is reportedly down to Michigan vs. Ohio State. He is a SAM linebacker all the way, and Michigan needs to replenish the ranks of its SAM linebackers with just two certain ones on the roster right now - Cam Gordon (who will graduate after the upcoming season) and Jake Ryan (who is a redshirt junior). A couple other guys (Mike McCray II, Michael Ferns III) could play there, too. Berger's highlight reel on Hudl is a little long and could probably be condensed a little bit, but if you watch all the way through, you'll see him showing some impressive speed, an ability to hold the edge, and some pass rushing ability.