this list is godly
if we end up with 8-9 four star recruits.....WOW
hopefully those receivers dont decommit..that will be a huge pick up
I'm preparing the 2010 recruiting board for a debut (hopefully) next week and along the way have assembled relevant information for you perusal as to what Michigan needs and looks likely to acquire in the near future.
Twelve seniors graduate and there are currently four(-ish) open scholarships with three unused from the 2009 class and the transfer of Steven Threet. Redshirted seniors pursuing a fifth year will be David Cone, Perry Dorrestein, Steve Schilling, John Ferrara, Bryan Wright, Greg Banks, and Jonas Mouton. Cone and Wright are obvious candidates for a firm handshake and well wishes, but everyone else figures to be of use.
So peg the initial number at 18. Normal attrition should see that get to 22 or so and another year in which 25 scholarships come open is possible.
Quarterback: Very high. There are only two scholarship QBs on the roster. Michigan has already offered six QBs and will be looking to take at least two and maybe more if some of them can be moved elsewhere.
Running back: Moderate. Three players graduate and Michigan lost two running backs to transfer in the offseason but Michael Shaw, Mike Cox, and the three freshman remain. Michigan will probably take two, hopefully one of extremely high caliber.
Outside receiver: High, but with three four-star-plus commitments already there's not much to worry about except decommits.
Slot receiver: Moderate. If Jeremy Gallon makes it in Michigan will have three underclass guys at the spot and should be okay to forgo a slot if they want, but they'll probably take one. Rich Rodriguez is really into slot receiver pokemon.
Tight end: Low. Michigan threw an offer out to OH TE Alex Smith, who committed to Cincinnati already, so they're not entirely out of the market but the starter is a sophomore and he's got a redshirt freshman behind him. If they find a guy they like they might take him but they're not going to kill themselves about it.
Offensive line: Moderate, but only because offensive line never goes below "moderate." With nine recruits in the last three classes and a hidden gem or two amongst a wide array of four-star sorts Michigan doesn't need a huge influx of players. You always want three guys at OL, though.
Defensive tackle: Very high. Michigan's inability to hold on to defensive tackle recruits not named Will Campbell leaves Michigan with nothing past the two-deep. Even though no one graduates this year, DT is probably the thinnest spot on the team outside of quarterback.
Defensive end: High. Michigan picked up two desperately-needed prospects in Craig Roh and Anthony Lalota but the position remains very thin. Adam Patterson and Brandon Graham graduate; at least two here.
Linebacker: High in the middle, as Michigan didn't take one last year, and low-ish on the outside, where they took three or four depending on the final disposition of MI WR Cameron Gordon.
Cornerback: High. I'm on the paranoid side when it comes to cornerbacks: I want a thousand, I want a thousand every year, and this is a year so I want a thousand. Last year Michigan picked up one near-five star in OH CB Justin Turner and one complete flier who may be a safety in FL CB Adrian Witty. This year there are no seniors but depth is somewhat lacking and Donovan Warren may be an NFL draft flight risk, so I'd like to see at least two and, since I'm paranoid, three would be better.
Safety: High. Two prospects join up this year and Michigan has but one senior, the much-maligned Stevie Brown. I'd like to see two or even three players here, too. Paranoia.
In table format, with names of note:
|QB||Very high||2||MI QB Devin Gardner||SC QB Cornelius Jones||FL QB Jeffrey Godfrey|
|RB||Moderate||2||MI RB Austin White||MI RB Nick Hill||FL RB Corvin Lamb|
|WR||Met||3||FL WR Ricardo Miller||MI WR Jeremy Jackson||OH WR Jerald Robinson|
|Slot||Moderate||1||FL WR Kenny Shaw||MI WR Dior Mathis||FL WR De'Joshua Johnson|
|OL||Moderate||3||NC OL Robert Crisp||FL OL Chaz Green||OH OL Andrew Donnal|
|DE||High||2||OH DE Derrick Bryant||MI DE Will Gholston||MI DE CJ Olayanin|
|DT||High||2||MI DT Jonathan Hankins|
|LB||Low||2||MI LB Austin Gray||OH LB Antonio Kinard||MI LB Daniel Easterly|
|CB||High||2||FL CB Lo Wood||PA CB Cullen Christian|
|S||High||2||FL S Marvin Robinson||PA S Brandon Ifill||OH S LaTwan Anderson|
That adds up to 21 plus a punter.
Even though it's early there are still a number of players out there with offers who name Michigan their leader or in a reduced leading group. In order of most confidence to least:
FL (or MI) WR Ricardo Miller. Miller's one of the top ten prospects in Florida and widely regarded to be a top 50 overall player. He's also moving to Ann Arbor this summer to play at Huron, so, yeah, not going to decommit.
MI WR Jeremy Jackson. Fred Jackson's kid and a future Ricardo Miller teammate (at two different locations), Jackson's supposed to be a mid- or even low-four star prospect. This belies some truly impressive reported offers: Texas, LSU, Florida.
OH WR Jerald Robinson. Robinson committed about two seconds after picking up his Michigan offer; he's currently rated a borderline four-star, as near as I can tell.
Persons I Expect Will Be Part Of The Class
FL CB Lo Wood. Wood has repeatedly claimed Michigan his leader and holds an offer. He's from Apopka, Jeremy Gallon's school, and there's a lot of scuttlebutt that indicates he's Michigan bound.
FL WR Kenny Shaw. Shaw is a 5'11" slot guy who is the soon to be former teammate of Ricardo Miller, who's moving to Ann Arbor this summer, and he's named Michigan his clear leader a couple times recently.
PA CB Cullen Christian. Christian has also named Michigan his leader repeatedly. Early reports have he and his teammate Brandon Ifill #9 and #10 in PA, which would make them solid four-stars in a good year in-state and borderline ones in an average one.
PA S Brandon Ifill. Christian's teammate, he's named Michigan part of a leading group of two in two separate articles recently; in one article the other contender was Maryland and in the other it was Pitt. Ifill's also a wide receiver; Michigan is obviously focusing on defense with him.
OH DE Derrick Bryant. Bryant named Michigan his leader and even went so far as to suggest he'd be an early commit. Though he's backed off the latter part of that stance, Michigan remains in good shape for Bryant. Bryant's a Rivals 250 to watch guy who has a shot at the top 100.
MI RB Nick Hill. Hill doesn't have an offer yet; if he did he'd probably be just below Wood, as everyone has assured the Michigan fanbase that Hill is a longtime Michigan fan who won't wait long if/when he gets his offer.
Persons Who Are Fairly Likely To Be Part Of The Class
FL S Marvin Robinson. After being proclaimed a Michigan lock for years Robinson has opened up his recruiting a little bit. There's been an undercurrent supporting UNC; his high school coach is an Ohio State fan; etc etc. Still, there are many positive vibes on Robinson that remain current.
SC QB Cornelius Jones. For whatever reason Michigan chucked an unofficial offer at Jones before he'd even stepped foot on a football field, and reconfirmed that offer after he had an impressive junior season. Michigan leads and it'll be hard for the likes of Duke and Wake Forest to pick him off.
FL QB Jeffery Godfrey. Godfrey has a clear #1 according to Michigan's Rivals site, so you know who that #1 is from that article's provenance. The main issue with Godfrey and Jones may be the looming presence of instate QB Devin Gardner, a guy Michigan wants badly. Michigan may forestall taking an early commit from a quarterback as they wait for the big fish, or Michigan could add a guy later in the recruiting season that might spur an already-committed player to reconsider.
MI CB/WR Dior Mathis. Mathis is this year's big Cass Tech prospect, a pint-sized corner/slot receiver who's slighter but faster than close analogue Boubacar Cissoko. Mathis was infatuated with Miami (That Miami) growing up and was initially planning on an early commit, but the flood of Michigan folks at Cass managed to forestall that. Now presumed to be a Michigan-Miami battle.
Persons Of General Interest
MI QB Devin Gardner. Gardner's played it close to the vest so far, but has totally dropped Ohio State from consideration after they were slow to offer. He's got offers from everywhere else and is by no means a lock, but Michigan offers an attractive depth chart close to home and has been pursuing him hard.
MI DE Will Gholston. Gholston is 1) a 6'7" wrecking machine at linebacker and 2) supposedly a heavy Michigan State lean. (He goes to Southeastern, which is coached by an MSU equivalent of Tom Wilcher, and rumor has it he even lives with one of their Sparty, no(!) coaches.) Michigan is pursuing, though it may be futile.
MI RB Austin White. White and Hill are the top two backs in the state; Michigan is pursuing both, but White already has two brothers at State and will clearly be an uphill battle.
Michigan probably won't get everyone in the "I expect they'll commit" category, but they'll probably pick up all but one or two. Since all of those folks seem like solid four-star sorts except maybe Hill, that would be an excellent eight- or nine- four star start with very little in the way of low-rated downers. Add in Robinson and a quarterback or two and that's most of the top half of a top-ten class, minus the one or two five stars. The initial returns are promising.
Disclaimer: a lot of this information, especially about how high-ranked these kids are going to be, is extremely speculative.
this list is godly
if we end up with 8-9 four star recruits.....WOW
hopefully those receivers dont decommit..that will be a huge pick up
Are we not in on Bolden?
...but it's generally thought he would prefer a more pro-style offense.
Although he hasn't mentioned a spread option, he's said he wants to play in a spread offense. So don't count out Michigan yet...
"Michigan State feels like their offense is split pretty well because they obviously do a lot of under-center stuff and they can also get in the gun and throw it," Bolden explained. "Michigan, they run all spread. I talked to (Rich Rodriguez) over the phone and I talked to one of the assistant coaches. They told me that even though that's not the offense that I would prefer, I could get in there and pretty much show what I can do just by running all spread."
FWIW, Adam Patterson only played in one game last year before getting injured, so he may have been able to use a medical redshirt last year, and thus, have junior eligibility this year.
This entry confirms my general suspicions/fears:
In other words, we will NOT get Austin White or Gholston; we should feel pretty skeptical on Mathis and/or Marvin Robinson; and Ricardo Miller is the most valuable player on the team despite the fact that he's still a junior in high school roughly 800+ miles away.
Very good news in the Christian/Ifill department. I knew CC was big on us but I hadn't heard that much about the teammate. Seems like there's a lot of potential package deals going on here.
This is the perfect time for Ninja football to drop his signature line...
It would seem chances are better w/ White than Gholston. White's dad is the principal at Pioneer and they insist that they will go through the process.
Gholston seems fairly unlikely at this point.
Please keep in mind Austin White has a much-publicized (and much discussed in previous threads) attitude issue. One of his brothers at MSU was involved in a fight as well.
Might be iffy to take a high risk kid like that. However, also keep in mind that RR's two most successful alumni in the NFL are Pacman Jones and Chris Henry.
So Ricardo is currently the #4 player in FL and probably a top 50 kid overall, and he's moving to Michigan to play at Huron, AND he's an outside WR? BUT RICHROD DOESN'T THROW THE BALL IN HIS OFFENSE!!!!!! Oh, wait....
We're also already bigtime onto several QBs, and we just landed a Top 10 class after going 3-9 and having an offense that looked less organized than two monkeys trying to fuck a football.
It's coming people. IT. IS. COMING.
Do we know anything about darryl baldwin? is an an OSU lock. I know he visited us for the Wisco game.
I really hope we can pick up Ghoulston and Gardner. There is a lot of talent coming out of Michigan this year.
Next up Brian work on that depth chart by class, it is a favorite waste of 15 minutes scroll thru where I can project returning starters, recruiting priorities etc, but I can't look at S. Beaver and S. Threet in the QB depth chart 1 more time. :-)
I second the request to fix the depth chart under the useful stuff section. Its a favorite past time of mine when I have exhausted all the posts, diaries, comments, MGoBoard and generally refreshing a few times in hope of a new post.
Hate to see Beaver still in there... please fix it so that I can start fantasizing about next years starters, breakout underclassmen and so on...
he's not tier 1 and he has cooled on Michigan big time.
I really don't care because he's not that good of a QB compared to the other QBs who got early offers from Michigan.
Brian--Good early work. However, shouldn't replacing Zoltan be our priority? Being the emperor of space and all..
he will leave his empire "to the strongest."
Would love to see some 5 stars and some really positive hype/publicity surrounding this class considering how important this class will be for the future.
I just rad an article on the Freep that said that RR just offered a kid named Blake Simms out of GA. His coach said that he already runs a system that is very similar to what we run so the transition would be easy. I highly reccommend going to you tube to check his video out. He looks very talented and elusive. At the beginning of the video (I assume his mom is holding the camera) you can hear the yells of a fan screaming at the top of her lungs to cheer him on. I could not help but to laugh, because she is SO LOUD.
I'm used to reading a bunch of names of people I don't know and thinking of them simply as talented athletes who might go to Michigan; it's a little weird to see somebody I actually know on the list.
What about Malik Stokes? Are we even going to offer him?
We know they were Full last season.
How do we expect them to work through the graduate/cut numbers in order to fit all 27 into school.
Next year, when they need to get rid of 27 more, how will they explain the attrition?
Why doesn't this up or out system cause them to have very low academic advancement scores (wasn't that the whole point?)
Saban eats the weak ones.
The biggest factor in recruiting for '10 is UM's performance on the field during 09. If <6 wins, then half the crop will drop. If >8 wins, then in like sin.
Can we please lose the green.
I know it's work, but it's work for Brian, so I don't mind so much.
Change it to Sky Blue, Robins Egg Blue, North Carolina Blue, anything else.
Maybe not Honolulu Blue.
I don't know why some kids (like Edwin Baker) like to claim they have a Texas offer when they don't, but it happens. Texas doesn't offer before their first JR day, and they almost never offer except in person on campus.