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2013 Michigan Football Recruiting Board
A Note on "Stars": These are a general (not exact) average of a player's status among the four recruiting services.
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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.|