Grant was not at the Junior Day (either of them, actually), and basketball obligations will probably prevent him from being at the Michigan Showcase this weekend.
The 2011 Recruiting Board lives here.
Shawn Conway Goes Blue
Setting off an mgofirestorm of sorts, MI WR Shawn Conway committed to the Wolverines at Junior Day on Saturday. Conway is the third commitment in the 2011 class.
According to Scout, his junior stats were 79 receptions for 800 yards and 10 TDs, 500 yards in kick/punt returns, and two interception returns. His stats are not, as reported incorrectly here earlier, 11 receptions for a couple hundred yards or so (makes sense, as there are 12 receptions for exactly 300 yards in his highlight video):
Since the commitment (and resulting uproar), news has come out that Conway was drawing interest from schools like Florida prior to his commitment, sure to please Michigan fans. Local commit article.
FL RB Andrew Buie should be one of the top running backs nationally, and the Wolverines have offered, along with the likes of Ole Miss, and North Carolina, while Florida ha shown some interest. He sounds like a great fit for Michigan's offense:
"Andrew is more shifty. He is better in space and more versatile..."
Scott believes that a versatile player like Buie is of high value, given the versatile nature of offensive schemes in college football.
"With the way the game is going as far as the spread offenses go, it's good for a player not to get locked into only being able to do just one thing," he said. "It's good to not just say he's a single-back guy or a spread-type guy. You need to be able to do it all."
Buie, who attends the same high school as 2010 Michigan target and Rutgers signee Rashad Knight, was named 1st-team All-State in Florida's Class 1A at running back.
Michigan has offered OH WR Devin Smith. He hails from Massillon Washington High School, the alma mater of Shawn Crable and Justin Turner. According to Cincinnati.com (which confirms the offer), the 6-2, 175-pounder runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, and also holds offers from the likes of Cincinnati and West Virginia. Michigan and Michigan State are Smith's current top two.
Michigan offered IN OL Tony Springmann a while back, but I forgot to mention it. The Rivals story entitled "Rodriguez offers junior offensive lineman" redirects to Springmann's profile. He took a junior day visit and is a decent possibility.
Though we already knew about the offer to his teammate, WR Dondi Kirby, it looks as though PA LB Armstead Williams from Monroeville Gateway has also received an offer from the Wolverines. Both are participating in the ESPN Rise Nike football combine at Pitt.
Michigan has offered VA LB Curtis Grant, and he plans to visit Ann Arbor during the recruiting process ($, info in header). Tom posted junior highlights of Grant and his teammate Brendan Riddick on mgoboard.
Per the Twitter of TomVH, FL DB Dallas Crawford has received a Michigan offer.
OH QB Cardale Jones (pictured at right) plans to head up to Michigan for the next junior day, which I believe is the Night of Champions on March 13th ($, info in header). He hails from Cleveland Glenville, so it will be tough for the Wolverines to land him, but if Ohio State is focused on Braxton Miller there's a chance. Tom also reported on Twitter that Jones has his own website, though it's a little bare right now. It will be interesting to see if some content goes up on it over the course of his recruitment.
NC QB Marquise Williams "like[s] coach Rich Rodriguez" and intends to visit Michigan at some point in the recruiting process ($, info in header).
“Michigan is very well known, not in the past couple years but the program itself and how dominant they are. I think Coach Rodriguez is doing a good job on getting them back to where they need to be. It was definitely a special offer."
Rodriguez played at West Virginia with Hamilton's father, and was one of the prospects tat was getting the most attention from the coaches (to my eye at least) at Junior Day, which he enjoyed ($, info in header). Hamilton will take his time making a decision.
In other news out of Michigan's Junior Day last weekend, OH DT Kevin Williams told Tom that Michigan still leads, despite Spartanmag.com reports to the contrary. Williams's coach thinks he's kind of good:
"Being a former college coach and NFL coach, I knew he was going to blow up when I put his film out there and started making the calls," Marrow said. "My belief is that Kevin Williams is not just the top D-tackle in the Midwest, he is one of the top D-tackles in the country. I'm talking top five."
That's from Sam Webb in the News and contains many more quotes like that.
CA DE Charles Burks plans to visit Ann Arbor this spring.
Burks was among the top pass-rushers in the state last year. He had 52 tackles and 14 sacks during the regular season but broke his leg in the Chargers' first-round game and had to sit out the rest of the playoffs.
He doesn't have any offers yet, but the Night of Champions might be a good opportunity for him to land one from Michigan. Despite growing up a Buckeye fan, Michigan is one of his favorite schools.
OH CB/WR Cheatem Norrils was in attendance for Michigan's Junior Day (Scout freebie). His only scholarship offer to this point is from Toledo, but he is very interested in Michigan. If the Wolverines decide they want him, his relationship with Kevin Koger could help land him.
Other 2011 Recruiting
Sam Webb talks to TX RB Jarrell Oliver (who holds a Michigan offer), about whether the Wolverines are at the top of his list ($, info in header). The question about whether UM is the team to beat is the type that is always answered with some version of "yes."
TomVH reports that MI FB/LB Joey Kerridge enjoyed Michigan's junior day, and may get news of an offer sometime this week. The link has a highlight video embed, as well.
Though GA OL David Andrews received a Michigan offer last week ($, info in header), he has already committed to Georgia.
Landing Demar Dorsey in the class of 2010 has gotten Michigan's foot in the door at Boyd Anderson High School, which boasts a hell of a lot of Division-1 talent each year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Aside from LB Kent Turene from the class of 2011, there are a few guys in this class that might get onto the radar later, and even more underclassmen.
Removed FL S Karlos Williams, who has committed to Florida State. This was probably a long time coming, as he was always a Florida State lean, and his brother is a 'Nole.
Fluff on FL S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix and FL CB Nick Waisome.
OH CB Doran Grant should be one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio for the 2011 class, and Sam Webb profiled him in the Detroit News last week. He has a lot of connections to Michigan State, but that won't prevent him from considering the Wolverines:
"(Last week) I talked to (Rich Rodriguez) and he said he was really excited now that he got the 2010 class signed," Grant recalled. Now he was going to start on 2011 and he said I was one of the main targets. I'm going to go up there for junior day, talk to him in the office, sit down and learn more about the school, and just check out the facilities and maybe some players."
I'm not sure if Grant made it in for Junior Day, but it sounds like, at the very least, he'll give the Wolverines a fair shake.
Michigan fans were hoping for commitments from MI OL Anthony Zettel and/or MI DE Brennen Beyer at Junior Day, but that didn't happen. Both probably going to take another couple visits (such as Zettel's upcoming Notre Dame trip) before making decisions, but the Wolverines still seem to lead for both. According to Tom, Beyer wants to return to Ann Arbor later this week, which is certainly a good sign.
2010 Walkon Update
MI OL Kristian Mateus, from Forest Hills Central (alma mater of yours truly) will be a preferred walkon this fall, according to the Grand Rapids Press, which apparently has copy editors who approve ledes like this:
Kristian Mateus, a standout football player at Forest Hills Central, has joined the list of University of Michigan football recruits even if his name isn’t on a list just yet.
FAIL. Anyway, Mateus is huge (6-8, 285), and cites the opportunity presented by Michigan's walkon program in particular, as Rodriguez was a walkon himself and likes to see them emerge as contributors.
[Editor's note: the Press might not have copy editors anymore and by criticizing like so we are doomed to make a similarly dumb mistake in the near future.]
The Distant Future. The Year 2012
2012 MI LB James Ross from Orchard Lake Saint Mary's has received a Michigan offer ($, info in header) to go along with his scholarship from Michigan State. Coach Schuman from the National Underclassmen Combine Blog says Ross took home a numbers of honors from the combine this year:
James was the Top LB of the Class of 2012 and was U100 MVP at LB and Top Prospect Camp LB MVP. Expect 20 plus offers from James when all said and done.
More on the 2012 class as news comes out, but I won't cover it in any depth until the 2011 class is closer to completion.
I'm really hoping that OSU's pursuit of Braxton Miller leads to him coming to U of M. I'd love to seem him running the zone read in a maize and blue helmet someday based on what I've heard about him.
...or does that football look rather tiny in his hands in the picture?
They use junior football's in Ohio.
Can someone provide a phonetic spelling of this name? I've seen it before and would like to know how to pronounce it.
I think it would pronounced buoy, as in a floatable device. There is a basketball recruit named Buie for Penn State, and I remember watching the @penn st game (basketball) this year and the announcers pronounced it "buoy".
Buie that Michigan is recruiting for '11 class. RB, Chevielle Buie, from FL. He's probably one of the faster back in the country
"2012 MI LB James Ross from Orchard Lake Saint Mary's has received a Michigan offer ($, info in header) to go along with his scholarship from Michigan State. Coach Schuman from the National Underclassmen Combine Blog says Ross took home a numbers of honors from the combine this year:"
There's the FAIL right there. Young Mr. Ross has a MSU offer, not a scholarship. Everytime I criticize spelling or grammar, I make a dumb mistake either immediately afterwards or during the criticism itself.
Considering we may only bring in 15 or so players in 2011, hasn't Michigan offered a lot of players already? What if many / most of them accept? Wouldn't we have to withdraw some of them?
for the 2010 class UM sent out 190 offers* and signed 27, that is 14.2%. Which is akin to 7 offers per signature.
UM currently has 77 offers* out in this class, so they could send out 28 more offers and still be within reach of that same percentage assuming 15 is all they can take. Obviously the more they can take the more they could offer
*according to Magnus's blog
Hopefully he ends up blue, we need another tight end for competition. I know in RichRod's offense tight ends aren't a priority but it would still be nice to get one.
Hamilton is a lot more then "another TE". He's huge (6'5 230), has decent speed (4.7), has good hands and can block. He'd be an amazing addition to this team. He could be an amazing lead/cutback blocker, he could dominate the between the safety box, and down on the goal line he could be the key go to guy with his height.
He's a 4 star who would be a 5 star down in Florida. He's not just another guy in practice.
How do those stats and accolades make him more then another TE? In my opinion, he's a prototypical TE, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Not just for competition, but Martell Webb is a senior in 2010, anyway. So in 2011 we'd have senior Kevin Koger, redshirt junior Brandon Moore, and true freshman Ray Hamilton (or whatever tight end commits).
In regards to Hamilton I think it's worth noting that we did sign Jeremy Jackson in this years class, and I think quite a few feel he's more so slated for TE than WR.
The chances that Jackson becomes a tight end are very small...like...the chances that Marvin Robinson becomes a cornerback.
Michigan is continuing to recruit tight ends precisely BECAUSE they need replacements for Koger and Webb, who are upperclassmen. Rodriguez isn't interested in having four tight ends on his roster. If he was, he'd have gone after more tight ends in the class of 2010, but he only offered three of them.
Jackson is almost certainly a wide receiver.
What about the OL...
Devin Smith says ND now leads for him,
With the jihad and all should we really be recruiting somebody named Cheatem?
If we can sandwich Cheatem between Dewey and Howe, we will have the 3 Stooges law firm
Tim, can you give us an idea on why Mateus wasn't rated? I'm not expecting Jake Long greatness from a walk-on, but it would be great to have another lineman to go along with Pace in this class. It would be even greater if he was decent to good.
That's a real big dude, btw.
Yeah a 6'8 OL who weighs more then 230 should automatically be a 2 star just based off of size.
im pretty sure an OL who weighs 230-245 and is 6'8 might need to find a new position. 260 is a better weight for a guy who is 6'8 and then the 2 star should come based on talent.
I know the Mateus family personally.. coached the older brother a bit when I lived in Grand Rapids. Christian was literally 6"0, 200 lbs his sophomore year. He absolutely blew up near the end of his junior year and is huge now.
The only problem is he's missed a ton of time due to injuries. Otherwise, he'd probably have gotten more offers.
he is a great player. i was on his team through high school and he was very unlucky with the injuries. he was a very great player who is strong, can bench press around 385 and squat nearly 650. just wait for a year or two and he will be an all-american potential player.
Good question. Also, has anyone seen the video of this kid. I saw Rivals and Scout had him but I'm not a member. Any insiders want to give us an idea how this kid is?
A name just made for a future Freep headline if we sign him.
Big offensive tackle at 6-4, 285, and goes to Lamar High School in Texas. Has family in Michigan and Michigan has offered. A good shot at this kid but will have to beat out some of the Big 12 powerhouses for him.
and rivals doesnt even have him listed. what big 12 powerhouses did you have in mind?
That's because his name is Kourtlandt A-K-I-N-S. Not "Atkins" like the diet.
What year did you graduate? I'm from the class of 2000 myself.
And I'm an FHN Husky from 2002. Small world.
I'm a Ranger as well. Wow.
Fhn grad from 05. Looks like there are a few ofus floatin around here
2004 here. You might know my older sister, Kelly Sullivan. She was class of '01.