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Junior Day & other Tales of Visits Future
Michigan's previous Junior Day this winter was fruitful, netting the commitment of MI CB Delonte Hollowell (pictured at right). The Wolverines will have their second such event this weekend, inviting a number of juniors to campus to take in the cripplefight between the Michigan and Penn State basketball teams.
OH WR AJ Jordan (from the Trotwood-Madison pipeline) will be there.
OH DT Kevin Williams will (probably) be there, and it sounds like he might be a slight M lean.
MI OL Anthony Zettel was planning to be there, though Tom has downgraded him to a maybe.
Tom posted a diary about some of the kids who have told him they will (or won't, for some) be around:
- OH TE Ray Hamilton - His father played at WVU with Rodriguez. ThaRinger.com recently spoke with Hamilton. Michigan is mentioned only briefly.
- MI DE Brennen Beyer - Is he on commitment watch?
- MD DT Vincent Croce - Coming in from Maryland shows a lot of interest.
- OH LB Percy Johnson - Recently moved to Ohio from Madison Heights. We haven't offered yet, and most schools are waiting on his ACT scores. He told Tom "I'm a loyalist, and that's the Big House, so you know." Highlight video.
- MI RB/WR Valdez Showers.
- OH DE Robert Mincey - Told Tom that Michigan is his leader. He doesn't have an offer yet, though.
- OH LB Trey Depriest - It's now looking like he probably won't make it.
- FL RB Demetrius Hart, S HaSean Clinton-Dix, and S/LB LaQuentin Smith - They've been trying to make it in for a while. Will they finally get to Ann Arbor?
- MI WR DeAnthony Arnett - Might miss it for basketball.
- MI CB Ryan Griffin - He said he thinks he'll be there, but is checking his schedule to make sure.
- OH TE Jamare Mills - He was invited, but he told Tom he can't make it. He did tell Tom that Michigan is one of his favorites right now.
Josh Helmholdt gives a couple other maybes in the Free Press: OH CB Doran Grant and (big surprise if he makes it in) MI LB Lawrence Thomas. Sam Webb talked to Grant for a Detroit News article. Michigan's chance sounds low, due to family connections to MSU, OSU, and Notre Dame. Thomas did take a visit this week, FWIW.
Moving on to the "Other Tales of Visits Future" portion, there's a promising sign for the Wolverines' recruitment of AZ OL Christian Westerman:
On April 27, the Westermans are planning to attend Michigan's spring game. There they will likely catch up with former Scottsdale Chaparral linemen Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan.
I assume that article should say "On April 17," because that's the, you know, actual date of the spring game. Westerman is one of 36 offensive linemen on the 2011 Rivals250 to Watch, and the #2 tackle and a 5-star to Scout.
VA LB Curtis Grant plans to visit Ann Arbor ($, info in header) at some point.
According to UMGoBlog Michigan sent an offer to OH QB Cardale Jones. Of Glenville, so… yeah. Michigan might actually have a shot here if Jones is set on quarterback and Ohio State is set on Braxton Miller, but it's Glenville.
Michigan has offered TX RB Jarrell Oliver, a former teammate of Wolverines Troy Woolfolk, Darryl Stonum, and Troy Woolfolk at Dulles High School. That school is also the home of S Sheroid Evans, one of the top safeties in the class of 2011. Evans attended Texas's junior day over the weekend, where he committed. I'll leave him on the board until we hear a little bit more about Michigan's intentions with Oliver, and whether it will be possible to shake him loose from the 'Horns.
The Wolverines have offered GA ATH Quan Bray (pictured at right), though they'll have to fight with a who's-who of top programs if they want to secure his commitment. He plans to take a bunch of visits before deciding:
Wiggins doesn't want to speculate on which school might be Bray's favorite at this point in the recruiting process. It is, as he hinted at, still early. Bray, he said, will take some visits and attend some camps, but it won't be anytime soon. Basketball and track are occupying much of his free time now.
If Michigan can get him onto campus for a visit or, better yet, for summer camp, they'll have a chance to land Quan.
Michigan has offered a trio of outside wide receivers lately: PA WR Dondi Kirby is holding a Michigan offer. He has also been offered by Maryland, and I've added him to the board. OH WR Devin Smith, from Massillon Washington High School (Shawn Crable, Justin Turner) has received a Michigan offer. CA WR George Farmer, one of the nation's top wideout prospects, has been offered by Michigan.
Michigan has tendered an offer to SC OL Brandon Shell, joining an impressive group that includes USC (Yes That USC), Florida, and Alabama. Shell's the nephew of Art Shell, and it sounds like he will be a bigtime prospect.
Michigan offered ($, info in header) TX OL Kourtlandt Akins. He also plays on defense, but it's not yet known which position the Wolverines want him to play. Akins is a lifelong Michigan fan and is a guy to keep an eye on moreso than your average Texas offeree.
FL S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is holding a Michigan offer, along with scholarships from the likes of Florida and Alabama. The Tide is the presumed favorite, but if Michigan manages to land a commitment from Hart, Clinton-Dix is likely to take a closer look. As noted above, Clinton-Dix may be in attendance this weekend. The Orlando Sentinel profiled him.
Recruiting Grab Bag
The Wolverines have been showing interest in FL QB Kevin Sousa. He's a good student, and is thinking about becoming an engineering major at the school of his choice. Local fluff on Sousa, who I've added to the recruiting board.
Michigan dropped in on FL LB Kent Turene just before Signing Day, and it sounds like the interest is strong on both sides, as he told mgoblog's own TomVH:
[Former teammate Demar Dorsey] was telling me that if they offer I should go up there, and play with him. We’ll see. He was telling me about the stadium, the facilities, and the coaches. He really likes the coaches. I’ve thought about it, I think I’d like to go to Michigan. I would like to play with Demar. I had a great time playing with him, and he’s a great teammate. So, yeah that helps.
The Wolverines haven't offered yet, but it sounds like there's a good chance he could end up in blue if they push for a commitment from him.
MD OL Donovan Smith has been hearing from Michigan, though the Wolverines have yet to offer. He plans to take his time making a final college decision.
Local fluff on MI RB Justice Hayes. He'll be one of the top prospects in the state. Keep in mind, however, that he grew up a Spartans fan, and he's being mentored through the recruiting process by Alabama RB Mark Ingram.
Rankings, Rankings, Rankings
As I mentioned in Sunday's Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings, Rivals, Scout, and ESPN all have watch lists or top recruit lists of some sort available. There are too many Michigan prospects to run down all of their rankings, but take a loo if you're interested. Current Michigan commits are CBs Delonte Hollwell (Top 250 Rivals, 3* Scout, 150 Watchlist ESPN) and Greg Brown (Not ranked Rivals or Scout, 150 Watchlist ESPN).
Duane Long broke down the game of a couple linebackers of interest for Michigan fans:
Trey DePriest: I remember thinking that this is not a kid who is going to make up for losing [2010 LB Jordan] Hicks. I still rate Hicks the better player but the film I have seen from DePriest's junior year shows me a player that at least belongs in the conversation. I see a player who is just as good at blitzing as Hicks, and that is saying something. Some linebackers just have the timing down. I see a player who reads the game so well and he has become a really strong tackler. I give Hicks the edge now. At the rate DePriest is improving that might change.
What a beast Lawrence Thomas is. He is huge but very lean at 6-4 and 230. He has a reported 4.6 forty... His game speed is most important and there is no question about that. His read and react, are top drawer. He has the ability that I call "ghost", which is the uncanny ability that some linebackers have to keep themselves clean of blockers. So often blockers are not getting a hand on him. He has only a couple of negatives. He has too many arm tackles and too much drag down tackling... The other negative is the size. He is a really big kid and might grow into a DE.
He ranks them even with each other, and GA LB James Vaughters, who does not have Michigan interest to the best of my knowledge.
The Orlando Sentinel has its early top 100 list for the state of Florida. A number of possible Michigan targets are included.
At the Army Combine, MI CB Commit Delonte Hollowell and MI RB Justice Hayes were named to the All-combine team.
Does this mean I wont be able to trade in my Mgopoints for seats in the suite?
This weekend would be a terrible time to fly a FL kid to MI. They really need to wait until as late as possible to have a junior day for southern recruits. Even though it's been cold down here, it's nothing compared to MI; they wouldn't have time to acclimate to the weather and it would seem a lot colder to them than it would if they were spending a school year in MI.
Bringing the southern recruits up for the spring game would be a much better idea if that is allowed under the current rules.
spring game is one, bbq at big house is another (may be combined).
Also, these are not official visits which can be paid by the school. These, like camp, is on the kid's dime. That is why they are ususally attended by kids within driving distance (MI and OH kids mostly), and far distance travellers it ususally shows a strong early interest.
Last year they also had the "Night of Champions" event the night before the start of Spring Practice. I imagine they'll have that again.
Wait, there are two Troy Woolfolks on this team? I propose we play one at saftey and the other at CB.
It would rock to have Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix cause a fumble. That way the announcer could yell "Ha'Sean CHOP!"
Clinton-Dix's nickname is "Haha."
Whenever he makes a tackle, the press box should play a sound bite from "The Simpsons."
Minor League Hockey.
I'm eating lunch right now, thank you. Gimme a couple of hours.
... you get a minus point from me for linking to a Freep page.
Drew Sharp thanks you.
Is this the day/night that Barwis has his lifting competition? Does such a competition even take place at all? If so who were/are the past champions?
He has the ability that I call "ghost", which is the uncanny ability that some linebackers have to keep themselves clean of blockers.
This might make me a bit of an ass, but what is the opposite of being a "ghost." Whatever it is, I'm going to start calling Obi Ezeh that.
How about magnet? As in, every blocker that comes near him gets attached, and pulling the two apart can be difficult and frustrating?
I beat you by like eight minutes. Bring it hard or go home.
Ezeh is kind of a magnet.
Jay Rome is considered the top player in Georgia, is a 5* lock, and is also a Clemson lock (his dad played football and basketball there and Jay loves the place). FSU and UGA aren't even bothering putting much effort on this kid, and he is only 35 minutes from Tallahassee.
Javares McRoy will probably go where his older bro committed (TTech)
Kelvin Benjamin is pretty much all UF/ Miami. WVU if he doesn't end up w/ grades.
Trey Pettis is an FSU commitment and his dad loves our OLine coach.
Jernigan is a 5* lock and is in contention for the #1 player overall.
Karlos Williams is an FSU lock. His dad is a booster and his brother plays for us.
I do not see FSU taking LaQuentin Smith, but we might.
The state of Florida might end up having 50 guys rated 4* or higher.
You bring mostly bad news TomahawkNation, but one line of yours made me smile: "WVU if he doesn't end up w/ grades."
It must feel good to go to the school that takes all the guys who are too dumb for the good schools. They're like the University of Phoenix for football players.
...are Facebook fans of Jerry Maguire.
Hopefully Trey DePreist is able to make it. We need to try to get him as early as we can.
Trey DePriest will NOT be here for Junior Day.
u should take sheroid evans off ur board. he committed in the 1st weekend. obviously loves texas. just being real.
any commits this weekend for u guys? i've heard that laquentin smith, hasean clinton dix, and demetrius hart(perfect last name too) are M leans due to the connection to dorsey and robinson. good to see u guys getting a nice pipeline in the state of florida.
my brothers a michigan fan so i have a soft spot in my heart for u guys. plus i hate ohio state and notre dame so it all works out.