"I'm visiting Arizona this weekend, Michigan (Nov. 21) and UCLA (Dec. 4). Those will all be official visits and that will be it for me. I was looking at Miami too but I'm not going to be visiting there. I'm still committed to the Bruins and after my official visit there, I'll make a final decision on where I'm going but right now, I'm still all UCLA."
Top 5 optimistic remaining recruiting targets
Thanks for the info. Nice to see that we don't have to compete with a state where he has family already at. Sounds like he is open to possibly changing his mind but I wish our visit was the last one. It is always nice to have the last impression on a kid before he decides. Thanks again.
Personally, I think Grimes is the best corner left on our realistic offer board. I think he's better than Christian and Mathis, as well as some of the long-shot guys.
I agree completely with Grimes being the best we have a shot with, he looks like a stud in his videos and I have heard nothing to make me think any different from any of the recruiting sites.
As far as Mathis goes, I don't know a lot about him but looking at his stats and size etc, he reminds me a lot of Cissoko. Not to be an ass, but I have had enough of seeing 5'7-5'9 corners try and cover the types of receivers we generally see. Give me Grimes, Christian and Knight please!
I agree on Mathis and NOT just because of how things worked out with B. Cissoko. Honestly, I never wanted Cissoko, either. Smurf CB's scare the crap out of me. CB's who are close to (better yet, over) 6 feet are the way to go: Turner, Grimes, Christian.
I don't think Olaniyan is a lock for Michigan.
And I certainly wouldn't consider Knight and Furman locks, either.
out of curiosity, what happened to Cassius McDowell? I know he was injured but didn't we offer him before it happened? What are the chances he picks us because of Witty and Robinson, or doesn't the coaching staff want him anymore?
Guys like Drew Dileo, Tony Drake, and Austin White have that spot pretty much filled.
of players regardless of their interest. Then I would love to see Jeff Luc sign the dotted line. Would love Michigan to get a potentially game changing MLB.
But realistically .... my list would not be much different than all of the above. Shut-down corner(s), legit Safety prospect(s), and DL help.
I know its another long shot to say the least, but I was curious where we stood with Christian Jones at LB. That is a spot in need of serious help as far as I'm concerned. I know he hasn't set up an official to Michigan, but on Rivals it says he has no visits scheduled for the OSU weekend. Is there even an outside chance here?
and would go about as far as possible in replacing the BG hole that will be. A DL with Dorsey at one end, with a 15-20 lb gain for Roh (please), stout Martin, possible coming of age of Big Will and ever improving RVB would set the stage for what I think will be a greatly improved secondary.
Dorsey would be close to my #1 happy pill, assuming Marvin Robinson, Witty (who I think will surprise many) and Cullen make it. Dorsey is a big time NFL type guy who will contribute from day one (he would start IMO with no issues.) From what I read he's got a good attitude and tons of talent and brawn. Unfortunately he looks to want to stay in the south.
Offense is looking good BTW.
I get the feeling that the coaches are slow playing McDowell a little bit. I think they'd take him if they have slots left at the end, but he's not a priority anymore. He kind of missed the boat because he took/is taking too long to decide.
I'm kind of hoping one of our receivers decommits and we can take McDowell... I think he's a Martavious Odoms clone.
I'm not so sure about that. In a recent article on rivals ($) McDowell said Michigan's coaches were still recruiting him the hardest.
Here's saying there will be a fair amount of poaching in January. We have immediate playing opportunities all over the defense.
It seems like Christian, Grimes, and Murphy are the most likely to commit based on everything we are reading. But others I'd like to have are Jefferson, Riley or Parker, Knight, and Beau Allen or Thornton. I have a weird feeling too that if Stills is interested in committing then maybe Williamson is the odd man out. Like every year we can all hope for some surprises, we've gotten some nice ones the past couple years.
For what it’s worth (admittedly not a whole hell of a lot) here is my ranking of the Top 25 guys who still have UM on their board based on our current needs. Clearly many are very unlikely but they are all still uncommitted as of now:
1. Seantrel Henderson, OL
2. Joshua Shaw, CB
3. Johnavon Fulton, CB
4. Wayne Dorsey, DE
5. Anthony Barr, RB
6. Cullen Christian, LB
7. Tony Jefferson, S
8. Shariff Floyd, DT
9. Marquis Flowers, S
10. Aramide Olaniyan, LB
11. Dietrich Riley, S
12. Josh Furman, LB
13. Gabe King, DE
14. Mike Thornton, DT
15. Dominique Easley, DE
16. Chris Dunkley, WR
17. Dior Mathis, CB
18. Kenny Stills, WR
19. Brandon Gainer, RB
20. Rashad Knight, CB
21. Jatashun Beachum, DT
22. Skyler Schofner, OL
23. Beau Allen, DT
24. Sean Parker, S
25. Tony Grimes, CB
Anyone think guys are way out of order or want to weigh in on most likely commits? Any big omissions?
I don't believe he projects as a LB
Floyd has basically said no.
Michigan has basically said no to Schofner.
Grimes should be higher.
Easley has already committed to PSU (unless he decommitted and I don't know about it yet).
Good catch on Easley - it's so hard to keep track of all the players who are opting for Happy Valley instead of the sweet, sweet Deuce. Do you agree that Grimes should be lower than the other CBs Shaw, Fulton, Christian (typo on the LB vs. CB), Mathis, and Knight?
I would rank the corners like this:
Knight is being recruited as a safety.
Give me 2 out of the 5 on this list and I would be ecstatic.
I fully anticipate that 2 or 3 guys currently on the roster will leave of their own volition in addition to the RS Juniors you alluded to not being asked back.
Completely 100% speculation about guys who might leave would include: Terrence Robinson (4th or 5th on depth chart at slot), J.B. Fitzgerald (3rd on depth chart at ILB) and Brandon Smith (not sure what position he is even languishing on the bench as at this point).
You probably shouldn't have penciled in Brandon Smith, considering the fact that he's playing WILL and Jonas Mouton is returning.
2. Big Tex