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Thursday Recruitin' Kicks Off July
Programming note: for the rest of the offseason, Recruitin' will shift to Thursdays, since it makes the schedule work out a bit better. We'll re-evaluate the scheduling in the build-up to the season.
All-time updates can be found on the Michigan Football Recruiting Board.
Jack Miller And Kevin Sousa Go Blue
Local fluff on Jack Miller's Michigan commitment, from the Toledo Blade. Jack plans to redshirt in his first year on campus, though he aims to make the travel squad. His commitment came on what would have been his father's 42nd birthday on Tuesday. More video on him, this coming from the Michigan Football Showcase.
The Orlando Sentinel covers the commitment of Kevin Sousa. Kevin says he's not concerned about playing early in his career, and will get time on the field once he earns it. If quarterback doesn't work out in Ann Arbor, he's willing to switch positions. I doubt that situation will arise. Scout also talks to Sousa in a free article. Here's Kevin's performance in the Lake Nona spring game:
That's even more impressive than his junior highlight. If he can put up the numbers this fall, Sousa is might end up as a four-star prospect to the recruiting sites. He's already impressed them in camps, now just needs to carry it over to the field. Now that he and his team have both moved past their respective first years playing football, that seems like to occur. He's attened a zillion Elite 11 camps this summer and is getting talked about as a potential selection there, too. Film breakdown from Touch The Banner.
Some of this will be a bit of housekeeping, eliminating guys that aren't really on Michigan's radar anymore, or guys who committed elsewhere that I haven't removed yet.
- MI QB Jake Thompson. He won't ever get an offer. Maybe Michigan's golf coaches should look at him, though.
- SC WR Charone Peake. Clemson commit.
- FL WR Ja'Juan Story committed to Florida.
- FL RB/Slot Javares McRoy. Switched from a soft Texas Tech pledge to a firm Gators commit.
- FL RB Chevelle Buie committed to Rutgers.
- MD OL Cyrus Kouandjio has not been mentioning Michigan.
- FL OL Trey Pettis. I hadn't realized that I failed to remove him from the board. He's a Florida State commit.
- AZ OL Andre Yruretagoyena. Committed to Oregon.
- OH OL Matt Skura committed to Duke.
- IN OL Kiaro Holts committed to North Carolina.
- DC DT Kevin McReynolds has a top 12 without Michigan.
- VA DE/DT Corey Marshall committed to Virginia Tech.
- OH DE Bryan Baird committed to Ball State a ways back.
- FL S Alex Dixon. No mention of Michigan lately (or at all, really).
- SC S Pat Martin. Top/final four ($, info in header) doesn't include Michigan.
- MD S Brandon Phelps committed to Virginia.
- OH S Eilar Hardy committed to Notre Dame.
- OH CB Charles Perdue. Not in either database, and there's only been one story about him that I've seen.
TE Ray Hamilton committed to Iowa, and OH S Ron Tanner is expected to commit to Ohio State tomorrow, but I'll leave them both on the board for now. I'll go into more detail on Hamilton in next week's recruiting update. With Michigan's class starting to take shape, I'll be just a bit more willing to remove guys that aren't getting a ton of attention.
NC LB/WR Kris Frost made it to Ann Arbor last week, after many other planned trips fell through. Tom interviewed him, so I'll get to the big story first:
With Auburn, it's pretty close. Michigan is a school that I love a whole lot, and I always have. Auburn has put a lot of work in to recruiting me. Both of those schools seem closely related in how the visits went, and they're almost identical.
Those two sound like a very very solid top two, and he'll get a chance to visit the Wolverines several more times, to catch them up with the Tigers:
We're all planning on coming back another time before the season starts, this summer... With Michigan, we didn't really get the chance to get up to as much, so we're really trying to make up for that. I'm definitely going to try to make it up to two games during the season, too.
Now that we have that out of the way, let take a look at how he actually enjoyed the visit itself:
My family and I went out and looked at everything, it was great... [My parents] were worried I would get lost in the excitement. My mom and dad talked about that, and they said everything was great and more. They saw it wasn't too crowded, and that the attention on the football players is great... They really feel like learning is a top priority there, and it's not all about football to them. Obviously we all want to win football games, but there's more than that... Michigan really came off as a great place to live.
Very positive overall, I'd say. With at least three more visits before the end of the season, the Wolverines will have a serious chance to build up a lead for Frost's services. He also plans to visit some of his other suitors, as well. For the full update, check out Tom's interview.
GA S Avery Walls took a two-part visit to Ann Arbor last week - sandwiched around a quick trip to East Lansing - and came away impressed with the Michigan program. Sam Webb dropped the details in last week's Detroit News column.
"We discussed what the program was going through with a new AD coming to the school (in addition to) some of the stuff about him staying (at Michigan). It came out really positive. He really informed us on things that are going on because the news perception is different than what is actually going on... They have limited spots, but they said I was one of their top people so they said that they are going to keep my spot open for me."
He was also impressed with the facilities and - of course - Mike Barwis. Though his mother is an Ohio State alumna, it sounds like Michigan has a great shot. He plans to commit by the fifth game of his high school season. How does the kid describe his game?
"When coaches see me they say, 'He is not one of those big 6-2 safeties -- he is 5-11, 190, but he loves to hit,'" Walls said. "I grew up playing hockey, so I love contact. But I'm also fast. I ran a 10.65 100 meter, and we had the state champion 4x100 team than ran 42.39. So I can play corner or safety. At corner I like to get up on guy and get in their heads and be physical with them. At safety I like to come in from 10 yards out, punish the ball carrier."
Sounds like the Wolverines have an excellent shot, and I'd be willing to wager that they made his recent cut ($, info in header). In other news out of Georgia, GA DE Ray Drew is giving the Wolverines a hard look ($, info in header). I would imagine that the UM recruit he has a friendship with is Walls. Drew is a major longshot, though if Michigan has a good season, they'll stand a chance, as he doesn't plan to decide until signing day.
Added OH TE Frank Clark, who impressed at Michigan's summer camp ($, info in header). The Wolverines are definitely looking for a tight end in this class, so he might get an offer if they don't feel particularly good about their chances with anyone else. FL OL Tony Posada visited last week, and now has Michigan back atop his list ($, info in header). OH OL Ray Ball "has a good time" at Michigan ($, info in header). IL DE James Adeyanju visited Ann Arbor once more last week. KY LB Lamar Dawson took a three-day visit to Michigan last week ($, info in header).
Local fluff on NJ TE/DE Taques Franklin, who will officially visit Michigan.
AZ OL Cyrus Hobbi will visit Michigan in the next couple weeks ($, info in header).
IN OL Nick Martin should be visiting sometime in the future ($, info in header). He holds a Michigan offer.
TX LB Kellen Jones has set a timeframe for a decision ($, info in header). He was recently impressed by a visit to Arkansas, though The Recruiting Guy is notorious for making every kid seem like a lock for the Hogs, so take his article with a grain of salt. Jones also headlines Tom's weekly update, including visit and timeframe ideas:
Kellen originally wanted to commit before the season, but the offers started to come in, more and more, so we decided that it would be in the middle of the season. He's going to try to make it up to Michigan, but we're not sure when.
For more on Jones, as well as PA CB Kyshoen Jarrett, GA S Avery Walls, FL OL Tony Posada, and FL QB Kevin Sousa, check out Tom's update. Tom also published a full interview with Jones, who many presume to be a Michigan lean. When an interview starts with
I grew up a Michigan fan through my dad, and he grew up a Michigan fan, so yeah. He was a big fan when Jim Harbaugh was playing quarterback for Michigan. He loves the maize and blue, and he passed that on to me. I know The Victors song, and everything.
and ends with
Ok, make sure to tell the Michigan fans that my Dad and I say, Hail to the Victors!
Now that Sousa is officially Blue, I've added his teammate, FL RB Jarius Pace, to the recruiting board. Pace is a transfer to Lake Nona, and has to sit out the first two games of the year. His presence on the field will hopefully open things up for Sousa, allowing him to have a big year.
LA CB Daren Kitchen has been effusive about Michigan in the past, and he's still waiting on them to offer ($, info in header). Conventional wisdom says that it wouldn't take him very long to accept that offer.
The situation seems to be similar with IL OL Chris Bryant, according to a particularly revealing Scout header. The Wolverines are in his top six, and he talks about how cool it would be to be able to play for Michigan. Should Michigan offer, they stand an excellent chance to land him. He was impressive at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, as well as the Michigan Football Showcase earlier this spring, so an offer isn't out of the question.
In a free Scout article, OH OL Ryan Kelly places Michigan in his top five. He hadn't heard from Michigan for a while, but they've re-emerged on his radar. No decision is imminent.
The Distant Future. The Year 2012.
OH S Allen Gant, son of former Wolverine Tony Gant and a cousin of a guy you may have heard of called "Charles Woodson," recently visited Ann Arbor, and enjoyed what he saw ($, info in header). FoxToledo.com followed up on his recruitment:
Gant grew up an Ohio State fan, but his family is split down the middle between Ohio State and Michigan. One of those family members, cousin Charles Woodson of NFL fame, won the Heisman Trophy with the Wolverines.
Overall, Gant lists no favorites. He lists education and opportunity as his main priorities, hoping to make an impact sooner rather than later. However, his decision will come at just the opposite: later rather than sooner. Gant hopes to take time to evaluate all of his options before making a decision on the next step in what he hopes will be a bright future.
Michigan should have a good shot as long as they can perform on the field this year.
IL OL/DT Dan Voltz is interested in hearing from Michigan.
Michigan has verbally offered FL WR Avery Johnson. He favors a host of Southern schools, unsurprisingly, but there is plenty of time for Michigan to catch his attention. He's a big outside wideout, and Michigan will probably be looking to take only one in next year's class, depending on how 2011 shakes out. He is the younger brother of onetime Michigan target (and current LSU safety) Patrick Johnson.
He lives in hell.
He would be a huge get for Michigan and his connection with Ray Drew is even more of a bonus.
... is like Wednesday recruitin' +1.
OH S George "Bam" Bradley who attends Trotwood-Madison HS and I see him having a great season with his recruitment blowing up. With the connections to the school already and with Michigan being high on teammate A.J. Jordan's list, we will be a major player in his recruitment in my opinion. http://bricesrecruiting.blogspot.com/2010/05/aj-jordan-and-2012-stud-update.html
I've got an eye on him, and about 125 other guys in the class of 2012. Thanks for the heads up though.
He is rolling left and looks to throw the ball about 60 yards almost effortlessly - Nice!
...just to figure out the total distance on the heave. For all the advantages that Robo-QB types ordained-since-the-womb to play quarterback may have (e.g., the Marinovichs, Clausens, Forciers of this world), you still can't teach an "effortless" 60-yard heave. For all the mechanical issues you'd expect from a football novice, he looks to me dramatically more comfortable and fluid in his delivery already than any H.S. film I saw on Shoelace.
You also can't teach 6'3ish 220ish. Yowsa. A few years of QB drills and we may seriously have something here by 2013 or so. This kid really doesn't feel like a consolation prize to me at all.
Nice work Tim.
According to a rivals article today, Michigan has offered Chris Bryant. He said he's not in any rush, but I'm sure that improves our chances.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll include that in next week's update.
that was great info and updates, has anyone heard anything on the ILB Grant from VA lately, do we have an outside chance?
He's taking I believe five trips this summer, one of which is to AA, and then he's going to narrow his list. He's pretty quiet with his recruitment.
I do think we have an outside chance, but I also expect Grant to end up in the SEC. I think he'll end up going to Alabama to be the next Rolando McClain or to Florida to be the next Brandon Spikes. Something like that. I'm afraid he's not Ann Arbor-bound come February.
thanks for the info, just hope he becomes the next david harris after his trip this summer
edit: meant for both replies to my question
In Magnus' film breakdown he says Miller plays too high and playing with leverage is something that comes naturally and is difficult to teach. Why doesn't the kid just join the wrestling team? Through wrestling, use of leverage becomes 2nd nature. Mike Martin (I think) has credited part of his success to his time on the mat in high school. Maybe it is tough to teach leverage in the context of football but it seems that there are other ways.
Magnus, any thoughts?
That's possible. For all I know, he could already be a wrestler. Leverage is very important in wrestling, and it could help him for football, too. It's just that what I've seen in my own experience, kids who play high always play high. You can do the drills, send them through chutes, use tackling dummies, etc., but when they get on the field, those kids seem to revert back to their old ways.
Maybe I'm just a horrible coach, though. That's probably more likely. :o)
Does this mean that we should expect Will Campbell to struggle in this department as well? Isn't that Big Will's "fatal flaw", playing too high?
Considering that he came in as an athletic 330-pounder and will likely be a backup again this year, I'd say that yes, we should expect Campbell to struggle with pad level (there's that term again!). Unfortunately.
Terrance Taylor (like Martin) was a State Champion wrestler, and credited that somewhat with his ability to get good leverage. Whether both of those guys being D-linemen and Miller playing on the offensive line would change the effectiveness of wrestling in working on leverage as it relates to the football field, I have no idea.
This from African-American safety recruit Avery Walls from GEORGIA, about 30 miles south of Atlanta. Hockey, whaaaa???
Please say he was like born in Quebec or Moosejaw or something and then moved to Georgia or else my head is going to explode from the confluence of non-stereotypical items.
I assume he has (slightly) more Northern roots, as his mother is an Ohio State alumna. Canadian, I doubt.
I am somewhat disturbed that every time I see this picture of Sousa:
I think of this commercial:
But on a less Chris Hanson note, I like how this class is turning out. Sure, I would like to see more high-star guys signing up, but given the turmoil the last few years, RR is pulling in some nice talent that really works for his system.
was once interested in Texas, so Burnt Orange Nation's recruit "guru" GOBR did a little breakdown of him. ignore the link's title, texas and walls have both moved in other directions due to lack of space in texas's class.
He'd be a great get for michigan.
Like sam webb said, opponets just better hope we don't win games this year...next year class we be off the charts
And made friends here in the way he did it (NOT)...around the 7:55 mark-