According to Scout. Title says it all really. From Alma mater of Justin Turner. Article is behind a paywall but is on the homepage for those with subscriptions. Just thought I would pass on the info.
Devin Smith WR from Massillon OH Recieves UM Offer
Is he being recruited as a wide receiver?
Yup he's being recruited as a wide receiver. Another WR (which admittedly may or may not have been mentioned on this board, I don't really know) that we offered this week was George Farmer, the kid who put up almost as good of numbers as his teammate Robert Woods (committed to USC, number 6 player in the nation according to rivals.com) in leading Serra HS in Southern Cal to a state title. Having said that... he's probably a USC lock.
Well Jeremy Crabtree just recently said he thinks Farmer will be the top ranked recruit in the country overall. It makes sense even with having taken 5 wrs in the 2010 class to go after guys like him. (Not saying we shouldn't be offering Smith, just interesting to see us going after receivers that aren't surefire 5 stars.) With 5 WRs in the last class, limited scholarships this year and other pressing needs (I'm looking at you O-line and NT) you've gotta wonder how many WRs we're looking to take.
A five star to Jeremy Crabtree may not be a five star for Rich Rod. Also, when has RR ever actually gotten a big time recruit out of California?
Tate Forcier, I think he may be our starting quarterback, but I am not sure.
He didn't have a USC offer. And he wasn't a 5-star.
If you mean 5-star, say "5-star." Don't say "big-time recruit" and then later narrow your parameters to make your argument more cogent.
Forcier was the #5 dual-threat quarterback and the #164 player in the country, according to Rivals. I'd say that's a big-time recruit.
What he meant was, how many 5-star WR recruits from Gardena, CA has RR signed? And the answer: an emphatic NONE.
Ok, so if the answer is one in two years does that prove something? We got one big time recruit from California, whose brother went to Michigan and helped convince him to come here. That isn't very much success in the second most talented HS football state in the country.
If being a 5 star is your standard you're being unreasonable. Since Rodriguez has been here there have only been 10 five stars from California, 3 being in 2008.
Of those 10, Rodriguez seriously pursued exactly one: Dillon Baxter and he almost committed to Michigan.
Forcier was a "good" recruit out of California in my opinion; I guess "big time" is subjective and vague.
My point is simply that Rich Rod may not think that it is a good strategy to offer only (likely) 5-star WRs who live on the other side of the country. Rich Rod may or may not like Smith as much as Farmer, and he probably feels like he has a MUCH better chance of getting Smith than Farmer.
When every school in the country is on a California WR this early in the process, Michigan probably has no better chance of getting him than Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Oregon, and maybe Washington, UCLA, and Cal. And Michigan definitely has a lower chance of getting him than USC. Why would Rich Rod limit himself to these recruits rather than offering players closer to home who have ties to Michigan?
...Devaris Daniels. He's from Illinois and appreciates what Michigan and the Big Ten have to offer. He's one of the best receivers in the country and we actually have a decent shot at him if we recruit him hard enough. I don't mind offering more wide receivers as long as they're top standouts that have the size to play on the outside. While we recruited a lot of outside WRs in this past class, we could stand to gain at least one more top guy. None of the recruits we got in the last class really have the speed to break away on the outside and provide that consistent deep threat that our team so desperately needs in order to run this offense properly.
DJ Williamson might become a great deep threat- otherwise we're in agreement.
Agreed, DJ Williamson might not be the highest rated WR in the country, but if speed is what you're looking for, DJ Williamson is faster than most of the WR recruits this past year. He was the 100m champ, as a junior, for the largest division in Ohio. If he's not fast enough, I doubt we'll find someone who is.
I agree that DJ Williamson has the speed needed but we have other receivers with that kind of speed already. Now, I'm not going to judge the kid already before he's ever done anything on the field, but I am going to go by all the scouting reports that have been done on him that say that he's not yet progressed very far as a receiver. Other than Stonum (and even he has not been overly impressive thus far, although last year was only his sophomore year), we don't really have any game-breaker wide receiver that can be a true deep threat. Someone that the safeties always need to account for. If we can't spread the defense out, our system can't work. Without that deep threat, opposing safeties will always play up close.
In your post above, you specifically said that none of our WR recruits this year have the speed to break away on the outside. Whether or not he has the most skill as a WR, Williamson certainly has that speed. Stonum has that speed, and so does Stokes. I wouldn't worry too much just yet that our receivers won't be able to keep the safeties honest.
Also, remember the OSU game where Nard Dog split out as a receiver and went deep? I wouldn't be surprised if that happens a handful of times this fall.
Also, keeping safeties honest really doesn't have that much to do with one guy having a lot of speed. If a possession guy is consistently going for 12-15 yards the corner will get safety help. Roy Roundtree can stretch defenses.
Double post, not exactly sure why it did that.
You have to think, considering the size of the class and the needs elsewhere, that we take probably two WRs max, so the coaches will be especially picky. Somebody like Arnett will probably have a spot for a while, and guys like Daniels and A.J. Jordan will probably be near the top of the wishlist too. Not sure where Smith would fall on the totem pole.
Never hurts to pluck kids out of Ohio's top programs