Yay for O linemen!
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
As always, the 2011 Michigan Football Recruiting Board can be found here.
As he did for junior days earlier this year, Tom has built up a roster of those attending (and not):
For comments on these guys, a list of those who aren't making it, and all the latest updates, check out Tom's diary. A couple other sources also have updates:
NC LB/WR Kris Frost (pictured above ) says he's trying to make it to the BBQ at the Big House this weekend, but is unsure, due to travel costs. Frost was the subject of this week's Sam Webb profile in the Detroit News. Michigan is trying to stay out front:
"Well, I've always wanted to go to Michigan," admitted Frost. "I've always wanted to attend that school. When I went up to Michigan (for the program's annual summer football camp) I was really excited. It was everything that I really thought it would be."
"I think Michigan is the team to beat because he's liked Michigan his whole life," added [Butler coach Mike] Newsome. "When I told him that they had offered him he almost jumped up and hit his head on the ceiling. He is really excited about Michigan."
Of course, it's not all sunshine and lollipops:
"Unfortunately for them, there's the problem that they are going through with their program right now. I think it is something that Kris is looking at right now and is using that to look at some other schools. "
As long as Michigan has a good season and the coaching staff staves off any threat of losing their jobs, Michigan should remain the team to beat (as we shared last week). For the record, he now says that, while he'd prefer to play wide receiver in college, he's open to playing linebacker.
PA CB Dondi Kirby plans to be there.
Unfortunately, FL RB Demetrius Hart will probably not be making the trip. FL S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix says his teammate will ultimately pick Alabama. HC-D has been saying things like this for a while, so take it with a grain of salt until Hart himself goes on the record.
"No one's in the lead right now. Everything is wide open for me. I'm going to start taking trips in June, or July. After that I'll start all my officials, when I'm allowed to." When asked if Michigan will receive one of those visits, he said, "I'm definitely going to talk to my dad about that one."
Michigan has offered PA Ath Mike Caputo. He's a high school wideout.
The Wolverines have offered OH OL Ray Ball ($, info in header).
Michigan has offered PA DT Delvon Simmons, and the Wolverines currently reside in his top three:
“It would probably be North Carolina, West Virginia and Michigan. They’re all pretty even at this point,” he said.
“I haven’t talked to North Carolina a lot. I’ve maybe talked to them twice. I like how they’ve been open with me. They sound good right now but I’ve got to go up there and get to know them some more before I say too much.
“Michigan is the same thing pretty much. I like their coach—the recruiting coach for around my area. I met him in person and he seems like a real nice dude.”
Michigan looks to be in good shape for his recruitment.
The 5-foot-9.5, 173-pound uber athletic defensive back prospect entered the evaluation period with offers from Arkansas and Houston (his first offer), but has since added written offers from California, Michigan and Baylor along with a verbal offer from Missouri.
Last week, May 5, coaches from Texas (Will Muschamp) and Oklahoma (Willie Martinez) stopped by the 5A school to watch the corner with a 40 1/2-inch vertical leap.
Oklahoma and Texas interest means he's probably a top prospect, but also that he'll be a tough pull for Michigan.
Michigan is interested, but no offer, in PA DE Shawn Oakman.
Happy Trails, Trai Turner. Just a few days after saying he'd take his time and look at a few schools, LA OL Trai Turner committed to Louisiana State ($, info in header). His teammate, LA S Renaldo Thomas did or will do the same. No word yet on the third St. Augustine prospect, LA OL Jonah Austin. Austin does not hold an offer from the Tigers.
Happy trails as well to OH OL/DT Michael Bennett. With a final two of Ohio State and Northwestern, he picked the Buckeyes over the weekend.
We found out last week that Michigan was in the top three for NC QB Marquise Williams, and now he's trimmed his list to consider only five schools ($, info in header). Michigan, Notre Dame, and North Carolina are in that final group.
AR QB Kiehl Frazier is still wide open, but it seems as though Arkansas, Auburn, and Notre Dame comprise an unofficial top 3.
"I'm really wide open until I take some visits to see schools," Frazier told Sporting News. "After spring ball, I'm going to go some places and take it in."
A trip to Notre Dame could also mean dropping in on Ann Arbor, so stay tuned.
“I think Michigan will be in the mix without a doubt because those guys have done a great job,” [Chaparral coach Charlie] Ragle said. “Tony (Dews) and those guys that come out here - Tony mainly recruits this area but Coach (Greg) Frey came out - they do a good job, but like I said, the players sell your program.”
Ragle said the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Yruretagoyena is in regular contact with both Lewan and Roh, and that Michigan likely will be in Yruretagoyena’s final five when he cuts his list in the coming month.
So, Oregon probably leads, but Michigan has a chance to get back into it.
FL TE Brandon Fulse is hearing from Rod Smith a lot ($, info in header).
Michigan is a co-leader for MI LB Dwight Trammer. Though the Wolverines haven't offered, Rod Smith got a couple chances to scout Trammer last fall (pictured at right doing just that), as he's a former Inkster teammate of current Wolverines QB Devin Gardner.
According to some Detroit newspaper of no repute, MD DT Vincent Croce has a top three of Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia.
OH CB Doran Grant says "haha j/k" about his top 6 list also serving as a final 6 ($, info in header).
SoFlaFootball visits Chaminade-Madonne High School in Florida, and breaks down a couple guys we've been talking about recently in S Jonathan Aiken, WR Curt Evans, and QB Jerrard Randall.
The issue that Randall continues to struggle with is the fact he can be erratic with his accuracy, which became apparent during the 7-on-7 portion of the practice.
Evans played a little of everything on the day starting at cornerback, getting some carries as a running back, before finally moving out to wide receiver.
Aiken has good bulk on him and is a good athlete. He did not look to be fluid enough in coverage to move to a corner spot like many have debated; safety is probably his best option.
Aiken posts on BuckeyePlanet, and it seems as though he's favoring Ohio State despite the lack of an offer.
NJ OL Shane Mertz wants to hear from Michigan. Mertz is 6-8, 280lbs, and has great grades. I bet coaches would love to have him in camp to see what he can do.
As for academics, I am interested in mechanical engineering as a major so a school with a strong engineering program is very important. I’m looking into becoming an aerospace engineer. That’s what I want to do. Maybe some day work for NASA.
I am looking for a program that has high quality football facilities and state of the art training. I don’t have anything specific in mind but I’d like to be at a place that has great training facilities.
Samrt kid, would be a good addition.
Schools I would like to hear from are Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State. Definitely Michigan though. My dads mom is actually from Michigan. So my dad has always been a die hard Michigan football fan. It would be a great achievement for me if I could get an offer from them.
He's very interested, hopefully Michigan gives him a look.
Michigan's offer for FL RB Andrew Buie was actually on the other side of the ball:
“Auburn offered me as an athlete and Michigan offered me to play defensive back,” Buie said. “I want to play running back but I’m open to a couple of other positions.”
Doesn't sound like he's interested, and the Wolverines may fade from his recruitment.
Greg Frey and Tony Dews recently stopped into Fort Meyers to visit FL WR Sammy Watkins and his teammate, CB/Ath Dallas Crawford.
Michigan leads for LA CB Daren Kitchen ($, info in header), and he says it would be "hard to turn down" an offer from the Wolverines.
Michigan is already in good position with a number of 2012 prospects. We already knew about MI LB James Ross, but his youth football teammate, MI LB Royce Jenkins-Stone, now at a school called "Cass Tech" (you may have heard of it) considers Michigan among his top schools ($, info in header).
The Wolverines also lead for OH DE Chris Wormley ($, info in header). Wormley should be a top-5 player in Ohio next year.
Keep an eye on another OH DE, LaTroy Lewis, who has a connection to Michigan ($, info in header).
Yay for O linemen!
Dee Hart is all Michigan. you can count on it. and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is still looking around. He's not 110% Alabama like he makes it sound like. He is still gonna look at other offers. Odds are he still sticks with the tide, though. Dee is all maize and blue though
Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been a football coach, nor do I have any technical acumen whatsoever when it comes to evaluating football talent, but, man, that Brett Hundly kid looks really good. With the caveat that HS highlight videos aren't always accurate indicators of talent, b/c/, well, they are highlights... and also who knows what the level of competition is... Hundley makes what look like some good reads in finding open recievers, and there are some jukes and spin moves that make it look like he has some phenomenal agility. It'll be interesting to see where he's at star-wise, but, based on that highlight video he looks like he could be an exciting player.
He looks like a definite 4-star to me.
We still have a LONG way to go. You can tell because everything is so jumbled right now and we are still in contention for a lot of recruits.
the photo of Rod Smith gets me to wonder about he and Calvin McGee, it amaizes me that Barwis doesn't get hold of these guys and get them to take off some weight. Can't be a plus for recruiting when an assistant coach walks in the f ront door and he nearly can't get through that door. Both Smith and McGee are huge!
If you notice but Rich Rod is getting some big guys for O line. Hes getting the big O Line men that Wisconsin and other BigTen schools are after. Hope we get Andre, Zettel, Posada, Austin, and Ball ( or Walker but less likely to happen). All those guys have great height, and Andre and zettel can gain wieght before they play. Just look at Omameh. Heard but not sure if it's true thou but Travis Hughes LB VA might attend the BBQ. Hope he does so we can get him at LB. Great job recruiting Rich Rod!!!!
News flash, everybody! Big guys play offensive line!
This is such a random post. It's like you just ate seven bowls of Frosted Sugar Bombs.
I'm not sure why the fact that Travis Hughes might attend the BBQ means that Rodriguez has been doing a "great job recruiting" . . . but okay.
I do agree that his post came accross like it was written by a spazzed out tween who has eaten too many pixie stix, I think you would agree with his general sentiment regarding the O lineman we have been offering.
In fact, you may recognize post #15 from this thread:
In case you don't feel like clicking, it reads:
"It seems like the coaches are going after a few linemen this year who don't necessarily fit the "lean and athletic" mold, whereas last year, that didn't seem to be the case. I wonder if that's indicative of the rumor floating around that Rodriguez wants the linemen to add a little bit of beef this year..."
It was written by one sir Magnus Thunder.
But at the same time, his post was very random and may have had 1 to 7 too many exclamation marks. I also agree with your sentiment regarding his Travis Hughes statement. I may be giving him too much credit and he may infact just be stating that Big guys play O line. But I for one am glad that there are many signs that point to Rich Rod wanting our O line to beef up.
"It was written by one sir Magnus Thunder. "
Imagine that! Magnus is more interested in insulting other people than worrying about content! I had no idea!
Per CNNSI, Wayne Lyons, "the next Myron Rolle," has an offer.
He's had an offer for a while.