"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
I put together a scouting report on Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Corey Holmes, who at one time proclaimed Michigan as his leader. I was pretty impressed by how ready he appears to be for college, although he checked in at the recent Under Armour combine at 166 lbs., so that's an obvious place for improvement. Of the 10 receivers Michigan has offered so far, he's perhaps the most polished one.
I dislike these threads but thought I could start one and title it in a way that would not cause panic. It's January 2013 and Denzel Ward may have committed too soon and that's ok. He spoke to the coaches about taking visits and was told he would need to decommit first but would still be a UM recruit. He's thinking about visiting Florida, Purdue, ASU, Stanford and UCLA. There is no cause for concern. Michigan is on the minds of several big time 2014 OL and the haul will be Tremendous no matter what.
Edit: Ward has this to say on Twitter: Denzel Ward @DW75_
Just got done working hard and I come back to tweets and threads about me and my Michigan status, tell the fam and Coach Hoke I'm All Blue!
Imo, this is just another kid who wants to travel for free and capitalize on the opportunity he's worked so hard for. Don't we all wish we had that opportunity? Nothing to see here.
I wrote up a scouting report on Arizona wide receiver Dionte Sykes, one of nine 2014 receivers to hold an offer at this point.
He looks like another possession type of receiver, the kind that Brady Hoke and Al Borges seem wont to recruit. They have gone after a few deep threat guys (James Quick, LaQuon Treadwell), but most of their offerees at the position seem to fit the mold of 6'3"/6'4" guys with big frames and not a great deal of speed.
I've always thought that it's important to have a variety of types of players at the wide receiver position to add other dimensions to your offense. Jeremy Gallon offers things that Jeremy Jackson doesn't, for example. I have heard that Sykes is likely to end up out west, but I have also heard that his dad really likes Michigan. Regardless, when it comes to receiver recruiting, I think it would be very beneficial for Hoke to nab a Steve Breaston or Jeremy Gallon type of player in the 2014 class, someone who could help on special teams, run reverses, and catch wide receiver screens.
I wrote up a scouting report this morning on Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman, who was one of Michigan's first running back offers for the 2014 class. He released his junior highlights recently. I'm not sure how many of you will agree with me, but when he gets to full speed, he runs a lot like Chris Perry.
That's sort of a mixed bag, because while Perry was a very highly regarded recruit, I thought he was mediocre until his senior season; even then he was more of a workhorse than a truly explosive back, but it was still good enough to get him drafted in the first round.
Recent updates: OL Jay Hayes commits to Notre Dame, DT Nyquan Harris receives a Michigan offer, Scout and 24/7 rankings updates.
|Targets||Ht.||Wt.||40||High School||Scout Rank||247 Rank||Commit|
|Jonathan Hilliman||6'||201||St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ||3*, #27 RB||3*, #24 RB|
|Jalen Hurd||6'2"||190||Beech Sr HS, Hendersonville, TN||4*, #7 RB||5*, #11 Nat'l, #1 RB|
|Bo Scarbrough||6'1"||215||4.5||Northridge HS, Tuscaloosa, AL||4*, #6 RB||5*, #13 Nat'l, #2 ATH||Bama|
|Leonard Fournette||6'||210||St. Augustine HS, New Orleans, LA||5*, #1 RB||5*, #5 Nat'l, #1 RB|
|L.J. Scott||6'||215||Marion Harding HS, Marion, OH||NR||3*, #2 FB|
|Drake Harris||6'4"||180||Grand Rapids Christian HS, Grand Rapids, MI||4*, #6 WR||4*, #89 Nat'l, #10 WR||MSU|
|Mark Andrews||6'6"||225||Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, AZ||4*, #10 WR||4*, #85 Nat'l, #2 TE|
|Josh Malone||6'3"||186||Station Camp HS, Gallatin, TN||4*, #22 WR||4*, #60 Nat'l, #4 WR|
|Dionte Sykes||6'2"||190||Williams Field HS, Chandler, AZ||NR||3*, #41 WR|
|Javon Harrison||6'2"||190||4.5||Kathleen HS, Lakeland, FL||NR||3*, #37 ATH||VT|
|Corey Holmes||6'1"||172||4.56||St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL||3*, #48 WR||3*, #35 WR|
|Marshon Lattimore||6'||185||Glenville, Cleveland, OH||4*, #2 WR||NR|
|Jeb Blazevich||6'5"||240||Charlotte Christian, Charlotte, NC||3*, #7 TE||4*, #164 Nat'l, #5 TE|
|Nic Weishar||6'5"||215||Marist HS, Midlothian, IL||NR||4*, #205 Nat'l, #8 TE|
|Andy Bauer||6'6"||304||5.2||De Smet Jesuit HS, St. Louis, MO||4*, #13 OT||4*, #68 Nat'l, #10 OT||Mizzou|
|Orlando Brown||6'9"||376||Peachtree Ridge HS, Duluth, GA||3*, #34 OT||4*, #242 Nat'l, #25 OT|
|Damian Prince||6'7"||310||Bishop McNamara HS, Forestville, MD||4*, #8 OT||5*, #14 Nat'l, #3 OT|
|Bentley Spain||6'6"||285||Providence HS, Charlotte, NC||4*, #10 OT||4*, #18 Nat'l, #4 OT|
|Mason Cole||6'5"||270||East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, FL||4*, #20 OT||4*, #44 Nat'l, #6 OT|
|Jay Hayes||6'5"||270||Poly Prep, Brooklyn, NY||4*, #9 OT||4*, #114 Nat'l, #8 DT||ND|
|Cameron Robinson||6'6"||320||Ouachita Parish HS, Monroe, LA||5*, #1 OT||5*, #4 Nat'l, #1 OT|
|Braden Smith||6'6"||275||Olathe South Sr HS, Olathe, KS||5*, #2 OT||5*, #12 Nat'l, #2 OT|
|Casey Tucker||6'5"||270||Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ||4*, #4 OT||4*, #63 Nat'l, #8 OT||USC|
|Roderick Johnson||6'6"||315||Hazelwood Central HS, Florissant, MO||4*, #18 OT||4*, #91 Nat'l, #13 OT|
|Jackson Barton||6'6"||275||Brighton HS, Salt Lake City, UT||4*, #14 OT||3*, #30 OT||Utah|
|K.C. McDermott||6'6"||285||Palm Beach Central HS, Wellington, FL||4*, #6 OT||4*, #38 Nat'l, #5 OT|
|Jamarco Jones||6'5"||285||De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL||4*, #5 OT||4*, #82 Nat'l, #12 OT|
|Tommy Doles||6'5"||240||Grand Rapids Christian HS, Grand Rapids, MI||3*, #10 OG||4*, #219 Nat'l, #23 OT|
|Alex Bars||6'6"||275||Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN||3*, #25 OT||4*, #168 Nat'l, #19 OT|
|Denzel Ward||6'9"||285||Hales Franciscan, Chicago, IL||NR||NR||
|Demetrius Knox||6'5"||300||5.3||All Saints Episcopal, Fort Worth, TX||4*, #7 OT||4*, #47 Nat'l, #7 OT|
|Da'Shawn Hand||6'4"||245||4.81||Woodbridge Senior HS, Woodbridge, VA||5*, #1 DE||5*, #1 Nat'l, #1 SDE|
|Malik McDowell||6'6"||292||Loyola HS, Detroit, MI||4*, #4 DE||4*, #24 Nat'l, #2 SDE|
|Bryan Mone||6'3"||255||Highland HS, Salt Lake City, UT||4*, #7 DT||3*, #13 SDE|
|Conor Sheehy||6'4"||255||Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI||4*, #14 DE||3*, #16 WDE||Wisc|
|Dexter Wideman||6'3"||276||4.98||Saluda HS, Saluda, SC||4*, #6 DT||4*, #103 Nat'l, #7 DT|
|Andrew Brown||6'4"||292||Indian River HS, Chesapeake, VA||4*, #5 DE||5 Star, #2 Nat'l, #1 DT|
|Nyquan Harris||6'3"||285||Lake Taylor HS, Norfolk, VA||NR||NR|
|Dante Booker, Jr.||6'3"||210||4.7||St. Vincent-St. Mary HS, Akron, OH||4*, #2 OLB||4*, #20 Nat'l, #1 OLB|
|Kevin Crosby||6'1"||226||4.69||Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, SC||3*, #11 MLB||4*, #181 Nat'l, #6 TE|
|Michael Ferns||6'3"||235||Saint Clairsville HS, Saint Clairsville, OH||4*, #6 MLB||4*, #98 Nat'l, #4 ILB||MICH|
|Brenon Thrift||6'3"||230||4.7||Gateway HS, Monroeville, PA||NR||3*, #19 ILB|
|Jalen Tabor||6'||181||Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, D.C.||4*, #6 CB||4*, #21 Nat'l, #4 CB|
|D'Andre Payne||5'9"||172||H.D. Woodson HS, Washington, D.C.||3*, #24 CB||4*, #171 Nat'l, #14 CB|
|Jabrill Peppers||6'||190||Paramus Catholic, Paramus, NJ||4*, #3 CB||5*, #3 Nat'l, #1 CB|
|Damon Webb||5'11"||170||Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI||4*, #7 CB||4*, #192 Nat'l, #16 CB|
|Nick Watkins||6'1"||180||Bishop Dunne Catholic, Dallas, TX||4*, #5 CB||4*, #30 Nat'l, #5 CB|
|Parrker Westphal||6'1"||186||4.45||Bolingbrook HS, Bolingbrook, IL||4*, #12 CB||4*, #165 Nat'l, #13 CB|
|Edward Paris||6'2"||188||4.35||Timberview HS, Mansfield, TX||4*, #4 CB||5*, #10 Nat'l, #2 S|
|Troy Vincent, Jr.||5'10"||181||4.8||Gilman School, Baltimore, MD||4*, #11 CB||3*, #22 CB|
|T'Kevian Rockwell||6'1"||190||Wylie HS, Wylie, TX||4*, #7 S||4*, #115 Nat'l, #10 S|
|Brandon Simmons||6'||170||4.6||Timberview HS, Mansfield, TX||4*, #4 S||4*, #226 Nat'l, #19 S|
|Quin Blanding||6'2"||196||4.55||Bayside HS, Virginia Beach, VA||5*, #1 S||5*, #6 Nat'l, #1 S|
|Montae Nicholson||6'2"||200||Gateway HS, Monroeville, PA||3*, #12 S||4*, #212 Nat'l, #18 S|
|Joseph Henderson||6'4"||215||4.5||Shaker Heights HS, Shaker Heights, OH||NR||4*, #241 Nat'l, #14 WDE|
|Tyler Luatua||6'4"||230||La Mirada HS, La Mirada, CA||4*, #1 TE||4*, #19 Nat'l, #1 TE|
|Kiy Hester||6'2"||200||De Paul Catholic HS, Wayne, NJ||4*, #15 CB||4*, #128 Nat'l, #12 ATH|
Bluestreak hasn't been maintaining the 2014 offer list so I've updated it. Hope I'm not stepping on toes but we need an updated list considering there are only 4-5 spots left for 2013. I used Rivals offer list along with TTB and the old 2014 list to compile this chart, making some judgement calls along the way. In some cases, I moved players to the positions they were offered at by Michigan's staff. (with the exception of Bo Scarbrough who was offered as a WR.) Michigan has verbally offered 57 players. The distribution is as follows:
The current offers don't reflect the solid in-state 2014 class so I decided to add a list of Michigan HS players that may receive offers down the line. The list is in no particular order, although some of these players are almost guaranteed to receive offers soon. Feel free to suggest players for this list in the comments.
DT Kenneth Finley 6'3" 265 lbs. Muskegon HS
CB Jalen Watts-Jackson 6' 173 lbs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep
LB William White 6'1" 215 lbs. Detroit Cass Tech HS
RB/LB Gary Hosey 6' 230 lbs. Detroit Cass Tech HS
QB Tyler Wiegers 6'4" 190 lbs. Detroit Country Day
DT Jake Khoury 6'3 268 lbs. St. Francis Catholic HS
RB Lorenzo Collins 6' 210 lbs. FH Harrison HS (MSU lean)
WR Brandon Walker 6'2" 185 lbs. Carman-Ainsworth HS
OT Ka'John Armstrong 6'5" 272 lbs. Detroit Loyola HS
OG Derek Brown 6'4" 295 lbs. Yale HS
OT Curtis Doyle 6'6" 270 lbs. Alma HS
ATH Avonte Maddox Detroit King HS
S Jared Wangler De La Salle Collegiate HS Warren, MI
Life intervened last weekend, preventing me from scouting a high school game in person. Thankfully, the amazing MGoBlog community came through in the last couple weeks, so I have scouting reports to post on 2013 commit Patrick Kugler and 2014 prospects Montae Nicholson (offer), Mason Cole (offer), and Artavis Scott.
We'll start with reader Eric, who attended the Gateway/North Allegheny game a few weeks back and delivered this report on senior line commit Patrick Kugler:
Patrick Kugler looked definitely larger then most of the other students. Gateway spent most of the night running away from him when he was covering the D tackle position. Kugler, who plays both ways, definitely looked winded as the first quarter and early second quarter wore on. His pad level on defense leaves something to be desired but a solid first step allowed him to push double teams in the backfield on a few snaps. His offensive line work is a completely different animal. The kid switches gears and is a brick wall at left tackle. Great hand work (from what I could see) and good leverage on single coverages. Consistently gets to the [defensive] backfield for second level blocks. Has a tendency to stop once the play is not headed his way, a lot of standing around and watching (playing both ways leads to energy conservation at all costs). North Allegheny definitely a solid run scheme, a lot of off tackle running, and misdirection bubble screens etc.
Gateway's Montae Nicholson and Ricky Rogers WR tandem was a lethal combination (sort of). The two have slender long frames that could definitely use some more weight but they looked the part of D1 WRs. Nicholson was the smoother route runner of the two, coming out of routes and cutting sharply. Rogers more of the slot style slice and dice his way to several 10+yd gain catches near the sideline. Gateway was having some success on the ground so the air attack never really got going negating any real flashy WR play from either guys.
A hard fought victory for North Allegheny of 14-3 but the score isn’t as lop sided as you may think. Gateway is a very good squad and there is a reason it was the Pittsburgh game of the week. A lot of talent all over that field, Michigan is getting something they can mold into a tough O Lineman in Kuglar for sure.
And here's reader Mike, who caught Cole and Scott in action last weekend:
I caught a portion of Mason's game on Friday night... Let me start with the limitations of my review... My daughter cheers for the East Lake team so my attention is split (when you have daughters, you will understand). I got to the game after the first quarter started. As I was walking towards the ticker booth East Lake scored and the announcer attributed the TD to Artavis Scott. I didn't see the play so I'm not sure if it was a pass play or not, I assume it was. The stats for Scott are based on what I saw except I am including that first score in his TD total.
Mason once again dominated. I did not see any pressure on the EL QB that could be attributed to Mason not blocking his man. As I was seated in the lower level, I didn't have much of a view on the running plays (not that EL ran often).
Scott was a stud. I saw 7 throws in his direction of which he caught 6. His one drop was on him, square to the throw, right in his chest. And while I am pointing out this one glaring muff, let me note that two of his catches were highlight reel candidates. The first was a sideline catch and an impressive 25 YAC. The next was a one foot in bounds end zone grab for a TD. Three TD's in the first half. Not bad.
I did not see the second half so that's all I have... In summary, these two were men amongst boys.
No stats for Cole—not a surprise, given that he's a lineman—but I found Scott's: nine receptions, 189 yards, four touchdowns. Not bad.
Thanks to Eric and Mike for taking the time to check out these games and write them up. If anybody else knows of a game in their area for which they'd like to do the same, or want to know if there's a prospect nearby that they could check out, please email me.