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TVH Recruiting Bits: Frost To Camp, Newberry's Connection
6'2, 240 lbs.
As everyone knows, Corey Marshall recently took the trip up and over to Michigan for the BBQ. Marshall came away impressed with what Michigan had to offer, and has been analyzing all of the schools he's interested in. Marshall:
The Michigan visit was the most impressive from the standpoint that I got to stay a little longer, and see more of what they had to offer. I'll be going to West Virginia next, and then back to Tennessee to talk to Chuck Smith.
So far, Marshall has taken visits to Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. As he said, West Virginia is up next. He spoke highly of Michigan, and the academic department, but I have a feeling that Virginia Tech and Tennessee are probably in the lead. There's a lot that can change, but the fact that he's taking a second visit to Tennessee says something. We'll see what happens there.
6'6", 255 lbs.
Fort Pierce, Florida
Giorgio is one of the top ranked players in the country and was recently named in the Rivals top 100l. He told me tonight that he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor to check out what Michigan has to offer.
They (Michigan) love me up there. It's looking good, so far, with them. I'm not sure when it will happen, but I'm definitely trying to make it up there sometime this summer.
An interesting tidbit: Rod Smith is recruiting Newberry. He previously coached with one of Giorgio's current high school coaches. Michigan has a guy in their corner, and Newberry has always spoken highly of Michigan. If the visit happens, Michigan could be a player here.
6'3", 210 lbs.
Matthews, North Carolina
Frost, like Newberry, was also recently ranked in the Rivals top 100, sitting high on the list at number 27. Kris has been trying for awhile now to make it up to Michigan, and has finally found the right time. Frost, along with his mother, father, and possibly brother, will be coming up to Ann Arbor on June 18th for Michigan's camp. They'll be coming up for the camp, but also treating it as an unofficial visit. To say he's excited is an understatement:
My whole family is excited about it, we can't wait. It's happening 100%, too, which feels good. I haven't been up there since last summer, and this is the first time my family will be there, so that will be good. They'l be able to see everything that I have.
Kris is going to wait for signing day to make his decision, but is very vocal about his feelings towards Michigan. He told me he is very high on Michigan, and is planning on trying to make it up for two or three games this season. He's already set his official visit:
We're coming up for the Michigan State game in October, and I'm actually coming with (QB) Marquise Williams. We met at the Shrine Bowl practices, and it's cool to talk to him about how he feels about Michigan too. I know they're in his top five, so it's cool to have someone else that feels like that for Michigan, too.
Michigan is most definitely in Frost's top five, with the others being Auburn, LSU, Cal, and North Carolina. His parents have been to Auburn and North Carolina so far, so they already have a barometer for other schools, and what they have to offer. Don't expect a commitment yet, but this visit further shows his genuine interest in Michigan.
- A new name to add to the list is Ohio defensive end Deonte Gibson out of St. Edwards. Gibson told me that he spoke with Coach Tall before the weekend, and that Tall was recommending him for an offer. They are now waiting on Rich Rodriguez to give the approval, or not. He thinks he'll find out sometime this week. His highlight film is here, if you care to look.
- Louisiana defensive back Daren Kitchen is 95% sure he will be at Michigan's elite camp this weekend. I asked him if it will be over if Michigan extends an offer. His response was an emphatic, "Oh yeah."
- Illinois offensive lineman Pat Flavin will also be at Michigan's camp this weekend. I spoke to his coach, Patrick New, and he told me Flavin is definitely interested in Michigan's tradition, and what they have to offer. He also said that Patrick gets the sense that he might not be on the top of Michigan's list. They both understand that some schools like to see athletes in person at camp before extending offers, especially on the offensive line. Flavin is likely to make a decision at the end of the summer.
- Michigan has also offered GA DE Ray Drew. Drew is the #6 DE in the country to Scout and his getting heavily recruited by area schools, so he will be a tough guy to pull.
Because, like, a kid can dream...
Do we have any angles/prior player histories with the Plant Panthers? Did James Jr. spend any time in Michigan when his dad was a Lion?
(Fact is, all of these guys -- Corey, Georgio, Kris, Deonte, Daren, Pat -- are dream players, and yet it is hard to think of any kid who can waltz onto Michigan's team no matter whether he's a 5-star or a 25-star. Not Tom Harmon, not Rick Leach, not Tom Brady, not Charles Woodson, not Anthony Carter, not Desmond Howard. Okay, maybe Desmond...)
Daren Kitchen said he'd probably commit if offered right? We may be on commit watch this weekend..
Yeah, that's in the post. I asked him if it will be over (if he'll commit) if they offer, and he said yes.
I know, I know, rankings and stars are inane and totally worthless, and I feel guilty for it, but the 27th in the country ranking gets me really excited about Kris Frost. Bring him into the fold.
you think rankings are worthless? They are in fact a great barometer for likely future talent.
I shouldn't say worthless, just less important than people make them out to be.
Great update Tom and love to hear we have a decent chance at Giorgia Newberry. Didn't know we had a connection with him too. Love to get this kid
Kris Frost 27th in the Nation? Come on down Kris, we need some young LBs!
Is why I check this site at least 15 times a day. Thanks Tom!
nice getting a main page post at night. I can enjoy it more not being at work. Thanks for being on the west coast Tom.
That is not to say that I can get by my work day without checking mgoblog.
I have this site as one of my tabs on constant refresh. Yeah, I get a lot of work done.
Corey Marshall has been thought for a long time to be a VT near-lock, but he seems to be really turning over all the choices in his mind and giving everyone a really good look. Tennessee is actually sort of a newcomer to the list. I remember him saying he wanted to decide shortly after the BBQ, but now that more visits are in order, it looks like one of the more interesting recruitments going on. At least to me.
The focus of recruiting has seemed to shift toward defense, and I must say I like it.
... we got kitchen, we got showers. whats the next household last name?
I'll be the first to admit that I scoured our offer list in an attempt to find a witty answer to that.
What happens if we get another DE or two? Does one of them move over to OG or OT?
Anyone know anything about this Kitchen kid? Rivals says that he has an offer from Nebraska and Stanford so far.
I think Newberry's future is at offensive tackle, personally. And he's more likely to play offense than any of the defensive ends who are currently on the roster or committed (Rock, Black, Wilkins, Beyer, etc.). But he's going to be good no matter where he plays.
Ray Drew looks like a stud. # 15 ranked player in Rivals 100. All the big names recruiting him. It will be one hell of a pull to get this kid, but at least it is nice to see such a focus on dominating DE's by the coaches.
Is it just me or has recruiting been going really well lately, we have so many targets that are in the new Rivals250 and a lot of prospects are giving us love.