this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
So, yes, TX WR Darryl (or Daryl) Stonum has committed to Michigan. There is oddly little out there on him for such a highly touted recruit. I couldn't find anything interesting and freely available. What we do know: Stonum, a teammate of '07 recruits Troy Woolfolk and Brandon Herron, is one of the best wide receiver recruits available in a deep year for the position. Rivals ranks him the #9 WR, the #6 player in Texas, and the #54 overall prospect. Scout is a little bit less enthused, ranking him the #15 wide receiver and the #94 overall prospect. ESPN's still assembling their list, but has him on their Top 150 "Watch List." Standard scouting excerpt:
...He is silky smooth for lack of a better term. ... Has fluid hips for a taller receiver and is a smooth route runner who doesn't have to gear down a lot when going into and coming out of his breaks. He is tall, has long arms and good leaping ability. ... His size creates mismatches versus man-to-man coverage, and he has learned how to use his frame to shield defenders. His hands are soft and reliable. His top-end speed is excellent for his size, and he shows a second gear along the sideline.
As a junior Stonum had 47 catches for just under 1100 yards and 14 (or 16, depending on who you listen to) touchdowns despite missing a couple games with an ankle injury. By the time he committed he had offers from USC, Alabama Florida, Oklahoma, Florida State, etc., etc., etc.
So: another no-question big time recruit who chose Michigan over a host of available options. With Stonum aboard, look for Michigan to press for a commitment from instater Fred Smith soon. Michigan State is wooing him with the promise of playing time on their crappy, crappy team and has even brought in Tom Izzo to promise him Trannon-esque basketball playing time and a drop out of the 2011 NFL draft. If he picks Michigan, that will do it for WR recruiting unless PA WR Jonathan Baldwin, who will make a late decision, picks Michigan.