according to rivals (http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1032721) we are going to be able to take 29 in this class. right now we have 28 commitments (3 silent commitments - grimes, murphy, parker). that leaves us with 1 scholarship to give, but there are still 4 positions we are hitting hard. SOMETHING is up!?
#1) NT. It sounds like Johnathon Hankins might be leaning towards ohio state. It sounds like Jatushan Beachum might be leaning towards arkansas. That sucks, but I wouldn't count us out on either at this point. It sounds like Mike Thornton and Todd Chandler are both sort of wild-cards at this point, but who knows there, SNAKE OIL. If none of these options work out, then it sounds like we might take Roney Lozano of Florida.
#2) OL. It sounds like we're still in the game for Torrian Wilson and a mystery recruit - probably either James Hurst or Andrew Donnal. So, clearly, we want to add a second olineman in this class. The way we are going after nose-tackles AND olinemen leads me to believe that our coaching staff thinks at least one commitment won't qualify (drake!?).
#3) DE. It sounds like Jibreel Black is going to come in for a visit. I've still got a sneaking suspicion that we can get Derrick Bryant (the ucla commitment from ohio). Then there's that David Mackall kid we're still going after. I wonder if signing one of these guys means not signing Murphy, Kinard or Paskorz!? I mean, we have 4 DE/Q players signed already. Doesn't make sense to sign 5 with so many other guys on the table.
#4) ILB. Rich Rod has offered two inside backers offers in the last month - Quayshawn Nealy and Darrin Kitchens. Both are sort of wild-cards at this point in the game. But again, who knows, SNAKE OIL. If these options don't work out, and we have room to add an inside backer, I'd expect to see us go with Steve Mehrer from ohio. If two commitments don't qualify...or we get some unexpected de-commits, I think that we are reserving our last spot for one of these inside backers. It's pretty clear that we want one...but it's also pretty clear that we're not pushing THAT hard for any of them.