Revision of 2009 Michigan Football Recruiting Board from December 9th, 2008 at 2:58 PM
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A Note on "Stars": These are my guesstimates. Players don't have stars associated with them yet. When the recruiting services add them I'll adjust my ratings. Half-stars appear to provide some additional accuracy. Generally a 4.5 star is a guy solidly in the top 100 on Scout/Rivals/ESPN and really highly rated by one. A 3.5 star is either a guy who is is a 3 on one site and a 4 on the other or a four-star that no one seems particularly excited about.
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Projected Class Size:
As of right now: 14, with reasonable attrition bumping the number to 17 and a likely transfer or two plus a default level of knuckleheadedness getting Michigan to 20 or so. More detail on the scholarship situation can be found at the depth chart by class.
|Expired Eligibility||Massey, Taylor, Johnson, Thompson, Harrison, Trent, Panter, Logan, Jamison, Dutch, Stewart||11|
|Transfer||Boren, Patilla, Hill, Babb, Kates, Chambers, Horn||7|
|Early Entry||Possibilities: Graham, Butler.||~1|
|Unrenewed Fifth||Possibilities: Savoy, Criswell||~2|
|Other||Unused: 4. Academics: Witherspoon, Slocum. Injury: Zirbel.||7|
Total: Michigan will have the full 25 to give and maybe 27.
Update 12/10: Linked to articles on AZ DE commit Craig Roh, MI WR Cameron Gordon, FL CB Jayron Hosley, LA WR Rueben Randle, NC OL Travis Bond, GA S Darren Myles, MD LB Jelani Jenkins, MD RB Tavon Austin, SC OL Quinton Washington. Linked to video on FL WR commit Jeremy Gallon.
Removed GA WR Donovan Tate (UNC), GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore (no mutual interest), MI TE Dion Sims (ditto).
Also: scouting report on Inkster's (Gardner, Gordon) championship game loss. What's up with Bryce McNeal? Not adding MS DE Josh Boyd back in yet but he may be looking around. Helmholdt article on the visit weekend. As always, some links from Varsity Blue.
|Sad Josh||The genre of player with unrequited interest in Michigan. Unlikely to receive offers; most will eventually fade off the list and go to Duke or Michigan State or something.|
|Nefarious Eduardo||Player is a longshot. Either they've declared someone else a leader publicly or popular opinion holds that they're likely to go to another school.|
|Data||Either no opinion or Michigan is one of a fairly even group of chasing schools. Players in this category maintain no leader or change their leader frequently. The default category for players that we don't know much about yet.|
|Happy Teeth||Players who have Michigan in a small leading group or have Michigan as a tenuous favorite. Should be regarded as a good shot, not a slam dunk.|
|Mr. Blue||Player is either a verbal or is expected to be one sooner or later. Players with this designation are 65%+ to be Michigan commits.|
Additional note: (EE) next to a Michigan commit indicates the player intends to enroll early.
Needs: Severe, desperate, desperately severe and desperate. David Cone apparently is not panning out, -- he was behind a walk-on last year -- which leaves Michigan with two freshmen and no one else. Michigan needs at least two dual-threat quarterbacks to run the Rodriguez system after picking up Justin Feagin last year, who's fast but may not be a QB.
Projected Commits: 2, with maybe another one or two guys being brought in at WR being promised a shot at QB. Update: Michigan has two strong prospects in the fold and is unlikely to reel in another, but given strong interest from a couple good prospects I've kept them on the board until we're officially dropped.
|Shavodrick Beaver||TX||****||Michigan (EE)||Offer. ESPN note. MGoBlog on Beaver. Post-commit ESPN quote. Rivals AMP piece. Prep Ticket video. Will enroll early. #3 Dual threat to ESPN.|
|Tate Forcier||CA||****||Michigan (EE)||Brother of former UM QB Jason. Offer. Many impressive early offers. Personal site; stats. ESPN note. Rivals article. Encouraging note; another. Commit article from USA Today. MLive. Home schooling article. Highlights. #2 Dual Threat to ESPN.|
|Denard Robinson||FL||****||M, UF, UGA, others||Will visit officially. Offer. Article. Video. Scout article.|
Running Back / Fullback
Needs: Minor. With Shaw and McGuffie and Cox in the last class, Michigan can afford to go light this year. They'll probably take one RB (Cass Tech's Teric Jones turned in the fastest 40 of anyone at the Army All-America camp), with a second slot being reserved only for a can't miss sort. Fullbacks? Maybe one, actually. Michigan didn't take one a year ago and the Rodriguez system likes to have a pounding dive threat for its triple options a la Owen Schmitt. Ohioan Zach Boren, legendarily tearful at the idea his older brother Justin would go to Ohio State, is now a rising senior and probably fits best here, though he might have a place somewhere on D.
Projected Commits: 1-2 RB, 0-1 FB.
|Teric Jones||MI||***.5||Michigan||Cass Tech (Cissoko, Campbell.) Fastest kid at Army combine. Video. MGoBlog on Jones. ATH WR.|
|Fitzgerald Toussaint||OH||****||Michigan||Youngstown Liberty (Isaiah Bell). MGoBlog on Toussaint. Vindicator article. Video clips. Newspaper profile. Rivals video. Highlights.|
|Vincent Smith||FL||***||Michigan (EE)||Offer. Pahokee (Martavious Odoms) Herald article. Free Press. Video profile. Fluff. Scout article. Rivals video.|
|Tavon Austin||MD||****||M, WVU, UNC||Offer. Baltimore Sun article, second. Will visit officially? M trailing. Very probably UNC. Or WVU; still says he will visit.|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan did pick up four in the last class, including blue-chipper Darryl Stonum and a couple of exciting jitterbug sorts, but the spread demands at least three guys on the roster at all times and Rodriguez has shown a predilection for bringing in as many little speedy buggers as he can get his hands on no matter the situation.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Dewayne Peace||TX||***||Michigan (soft)||Camp offer. ATH DB. Commit article. Highlight-ish substance.|
|Jamal Patterson||GA||****||Stanford, M, others.||Michigan "coming on hard" for Stanford commit.|
|JeRon Stokes||PA||****.5||Tenn, others||Tennessee commitment looking around in wake of Fulmer firing. Probably visiting December 6th.|
|Kenny Bell||LA||****||LSU, Bama, M||LSU soft commit plans visits to Alabama, Michigan|
|Rueben Randle||LA||*****||M, LSU, Miami, 'Bama, USC||Plans official visit. Teammate of LA DT commit DeQuinta Jones. Article. Profile. Still in it?|
|Cameron Gordon||MI||****||M, MSU, Minn, Iowa||ATH S/LB. Rivals article, Scout interview. Detnews on Gordon. Detnews again. Offer.|
|Willie Haulstead||FL||***.5||FSU (soft verbal), M, others.||MSU visitor.|
Needs: Minimal. Michigan will enter 2008 with six tight ends on the roster, only one of whom is a senior, just in time for Rich Rodriguez to bring a TE de-emphasizing spread to Ann Arbor. While Rodriguez will probably take advantage of the athletic abilities possessed by Butler, Moore, et al, he's probably not going to bring in any new guys here unless there's a couple positions switches from the existing group or he brings in a guy like Sims who might outgrow wide receiver.
Projected Commits: 0.
Needs: Moderate. You always want to take at least three, IMO, even when you took six the year before, and since the class of 2007 has just two players, one of whom was a real flier, Michigan will again be looking for a lot of bodies here. Fortunately, there are somewhere between 2-4 instate linemen who are Michigan caliber. Also lurking, at least as much as anyone his size can lurk, is Trotwood-Madison OL Chris Freeman. Michigan raided Trotwood for three players a year ago, of course, and might have the inside track on him. Freeman's very Michael Oher: enormous even for an OL (he's 6'9"!) and sushi raw, having played only four football games in his life.
Projected Commits: 3-4.
|Mike Schofield||IL||****||Michigan||MGoBlog on Schofield. Sun-Times. Varsity Blue. Video. Article. Fluff.|
|Chris Freeman||OH||****||open||Offer. Trotwood-Madison (Shaw, Moore, Roundtree). BP thread, Scouting Ohio video. Bucknuts article. Daily Mail article. Tiger Rag article. ESPN article.|
|Morgan Moses||VA||*****||open||Offer. RP Thread. Article. Crush blocks! Scout article. ESPN brief. Won’t qualify, apparently.|
|Michael Philipp||CA||****||Pac-10, M||Michigan interest; USC getting involved.|
|Taylor Lewan||AZ||***||M, Minn lead||Chaparral (Craig Roh). Blowing up after transfer and position switch from DT. Scout article.|
|Travis Bond||NC||***||M, UNC, NC State||Plans official visit; no others scheduled yet. Newspaper profile. Another one. ESPN article. Scout article. Scout again.|
|Quinton Washington||SC||****||M, SoCar, Clemson, others||Plans official. Offer. Visited and was impressed.|
Needs: Moderate. Last year Michigan got a good prospect in Novi's Mike Martin and has three rising sophomores who saw playing time. An early commit from 2009 five-star Will Campbell helps a lot, but Campbell insists he's going to take all five official visits -- he's pretty soft. Michigan probably needs one more DT.
Projected Commits: 2.
|DeQuinta Jones||LA||***.5||Michigan||MGoBlog on Jones; commit article from local paper. Wavering a bit now.|
|Pearlie Graves||OK||***.5||Michigan||Offer. MGoBlog on Graves.|
|Will Campbell||MI||*****||M, USC, LSU, Miami||Committed at M summer camp during his junior year, then dominated the Army Combine. Currently #23 overall to Rivals. Video interview. Detnews article. He’s Thor, man. News article. Rivals article. ESPN article. Free press. Army Bowl Guy. Scout article.|
|Deantre Rhodes||VA||***||M, VT, others||Varina (Minor, Evans).|
Needs: Severe. One commit in the last two classes at a position with two starters is asking for trouble. Even if a linebacker or tight end moves here, Michigan still needs quantity and quality. So the lack of names below? Scary.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Anthony LaLota||NJ||****.5||Michigan (EE)||Not recruiting much yet but seems interested. Scout article. Rivals article, Terry Bowden breaks down film(!). Scout article. Down to seven. Visited and was impressed. Michigan, PSU lead? No. MGoBlog on Lalota. Video interview.|
|Craig Roh||AZ||****||Michigan||USC lead; will visit. Article. M in top 3; USC still believed to be leading. Announced in top five. News article. Commit article. MGoBlog on Roh. First game as a commit. AZ player of the year.|
|Sam Montgomery||SC||****||M, USC, SoCar, Clemson, others||Offer. Originally from Detroit, sort of. ESPN article. Plans official; will narrow list soon. News article. Has visits set up. ESPN article. Will visit, yes.|
|Jason Ankrah||MD||***||M, Tenn, VT, PSU||Offer. M in top seven. Apparently leaning to PSU but PSU might be full; M would be in a good spot otherwise. Update: dropped PSU, will visit Oct 3. Video interview. News article.|
|Benny Logan||LA||***||LSU, M, others||Recent offers from M, LSU, some others, likely will stay home.|
|Alex Williams||FL||***||Ark, Miss, M||Offer.|
|Pernell McPhee||MD||***||M, UGA, Miss St||'07 Pahokee graduate now at JUCO; visited. Can he get in?|
Needs: With four players, all of them highly rated by one service or another, in last year's class and a returning starter with three more years of eligibility Michigan can afford to take it a little easy here.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Jordan Barnes||IN||***.5||Michigan (soft), Bama, Purdue||Father played with ex-MSU HC Bobby Williams, now with 'Bama. Commit article. Local newspaper article.|
|Brandin Hawthorne||FL||***||Michigan (EE)||Offer? Pahokee (Odoms). Article. OMG! Shirtless! Will " decide" August 30th. Free Press. Scout article.|
|Isaiah Bell||OH||***.5||Michigan||Youngstown Liberty. MGoBlog on Bell. ATH OLB. Good combine performance. ESPN article; ESPN thinks others are sleeping on him. Rivals video.|
|Mike Jones||FL||***.5||Michigan (EE)||ATH OLB. Orlando Edgewater (Greg Mathews). Scout article. Commit article. Will enroll early.|
|Jelani Jenkins||MD||*****||M, PSU, UF, Ill||WaPo article. Video. Newspaper profile. Detroit News. Video. WaPo article. Video interview. Article. ESPN article. WaPo article. Article.|
|Barkevious Mingo||LA||****||open||Offer. Scout interview.|
|Tana Patrick||AL||***.5||M, Bama, USC, others.||Offer, considering visit.|
|Mike Marry||FL||***||M, UCF, Ole Miss||Offer. M in top seven. Video. Leaning Ole Miss?|
Needs: Major. This might be a slice of MGoBlog paranoia, but with college football moving ever more strongly to the passing game it seems like you should regard the corner spot as the realm of three starters. Michigan has Donovan Warren returning, Boubacar Cissoko incoming, and then things get dodgy. The two-star running back recruit who's also 6'4"? The guy who came in at WR and is bouncing back and forth between the two positions as we speak? The unheralded legacy recruit? JT Floyd? Man, that creeps me out.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Justin Turner||OH||****.5||Michigan||Massillon (Shawn Crable). ATH CB. BP thread. MGoBlog on Turner. Commit article.|
|Mike Edwards||OH||***||M, Wisc, Illinois, OSU||Cleveland Glenville, but no OSU offer and is unlikely to get one with 6 DBs already in the OSU class. Video.|
|Mywan Jackson||FL||***||M, UNC, UL||Offer, will visit. ATH QB. Video. High school QB. Good offer list. Very impressed with Michigan unofficial, Michigan “stood out.” UNC lead? ESPN article.|
|Jayron Hosley||FL||***.5||M, OSU, UL, others||Offer. Profile; video. Will visit.|
|Demontre Hurst||FL||***.5||M, Miami, others||Offer. Miami lead.|
Needs: Moderate. Jonas Mouton is an OLB and Jerimy Finch can't decide what he wants on his Big Mac, let alone which school he wants to go to, leaving Michigan with Steve Brown, Michael Williams, and Artis Chambers across the last two classes.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Cass Tech (Cissoko, Jones, Campbell). No offer yet; but "likely" to get one and commit. News article. Free Press article. Free Press again. Free Press again again.|
|Vladimir Emilien||FL||****||Michigan (EE)||Offer. BP thread. Visiting for MSU game. Article. MGoBlog interview. ESPN article. MGoBlog on Emilien. Commit article.|
|Angelo Hadley||FL||***||M, UGA, UF, UNC.||Offer. Scout article; M in top seven. Now top five. TBO.com article. Scout article. M in top four. Scout again.|
|Darren Myles||GA||****||GT, M, WVU, LSU, Bama||Offer; AJC article; second, ESPN hype. VolsExtra article. AJC.|
|Josh Hunter||NC||***.5||UNC, M others.||Visiting soon; soft UNC commit.|
|Dennis Thames||MS||***||M leads Miss St, LSU, others||Nephew of Detroit Tiger Marcus Thames. Scout article; second article. Offer. Free Press. Michigan lead. Detnews article. Interview.|
|Donovan Tate||GA||****||USC, UNC, M, baseball||Will visit. Interview.|
Needs: KC Lopata will be gone by the time this class arrives on campus and recruited K Bryan Wright has been relegated to kickoffs, so they might look for a kicker. Punter is covered by Zoltan Mesko for another two years.
|Brendan Gibbons||FL||***||Michigan||MGoBlog on Gibbons. Rivals #7 K for 2009. Free Press. Woo! Mama said knock you out.|
Projected Commits: 0, though if someone wants to walk on they'll take him.
A reminder: the Star Scale for Rumor Credibility.
- 0-star: incoherent ravings.
- 1-star: clearly biased speculation without backing.
- 2-star: Some guy saying something on some board that claims insider info due to a chance occurence.
- 3-star: Information from someone less established as an insider but a frequent poster who seems sane and useful.
- 4-star: recognized insider-type person with no ax to grind who has established his bonafides on past recruits.
- 5-star: actually verified by an article and a quote from the player, a family member, or a coach.
So. Cutoff is two stars... sometimes three. Played by feel. In the future there will be denotations as follows:
UV: the information in sum(star rating).
Links will be provided so you can judge for yourself; posts that will fall into the memory hole will be copied for posterity.
Update 3/31: Added NJ DE Anthony LaLota, OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, AZ DE Craig Roh (offer, USC lead), CA OL Everett Benyard, CA WR Shaquelle Evans, SC QB Stephon Gilmore (article header), FL S Frankie Telfort. Linked to video of MN WR Bryce McNeal, article on McNeal, article on TN WR Marlon Brown, article on IL OL Chris Watt. Moved MI RB Teric Jones, OH S Isaiah Bell, OH CB Justin Turner to committed. Removed KS LB Jaydan Bird (OK), OH FB Zach Boren (just a feeling), TX S Craig Loston (dropped us). Linked to a couple Sam Webb pieces in the Detroit News.
Update 4/21: Added FL RB Jamaal Berry, FL DT Antwan Lowry, FL QB Eugene Smith, and FL RB Vincent Smith based on this Sam Webb article in the Detnews. Added MD CB David Givens (though I think he's a longshot), OK CB Gabe Lynn, PA DE Kadeem Custis, GA WR Braxton Lane, IN OL Zach Martin($), TX QB Shavodrick (hur) Beaver($), PA LB AJ Fenton, AZ DT Corey Adams, TN OL Alex Bullard. Removed FL WR Duron Carter, who we don't appear involved with, FL QB Aaron Murray (UGA), VA RB Damien Thigpen (Tenn), MD CB David Givens (OSU), PA RB Jordan Hall (OSU), PA LB Dorian Bell (uh... OSU). Stuff lifted from Varsity Blue : not getting OH OL Marcus Hall (Glenville, no surprise), mildly informative item on SC S Devonte Holloman, piece with quote from FL DT Antwan Lowery, VA QB Kevin Newsome's myspace page... encouraging! Linked to articles on MS S Rod Woodson (bump from red to yellow), MS S Dennis Thames. Moved OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint to committed.
Update 4/28: Various things on FL QB Eugene Smith, including a wild brawl and profile, 7-on-7 video. Linked to video of MI WR Hersey Jackson and OH OL Chris Freeman, articles on AZ DE Craig Roh (from VB), TX WR Josh Gordon, IN QB Morgan Newton, OK RB David Oku, MI WR James Jackson (plus OSU speculation), GA QB Donovan Tate, a couple interviews with MN WR Bryce McNeal, note on CA WR Shaquelle Evans. Moved VA QB Kevin Newsome to committed. Added NC WR Jheranie Boyd, SC DE Sam Montgomery (ESPN), NC OL Xavier Nixon, MI LB Jeremy Gainer. Apparently we just offered OH OL Corey Linsley, but I'm not adding him because I'd need to make some sort of super-nefarious Eduardo if I did; ticketed to OSU. (Update: he committed.) Removed LA DT Chris Davenport (dropped us), MN WR Fritz Rock (no mutual interest). There's also this ESPN article with notes on OK CB Gabe Lynn and TX QB Shavodrick Beaver, and a Free Press article on Spartan targets that references some Michigan targets.
Update 5/2: Moved TX QB Shavodrick Beaver to committed. Subsequently removed all QBs except for Tate Forcier and Eugene Smith, who are downgraded to red, and SC QB Stephen Gilmore, who was moved to safety. Linked to video of FL RB Jamaal Berry, interview of MI WR Cameron Gordon, articles on MI WR Cameron Gordon, MS S Rod Woodson($, downgrade to red), OH OL Chris Freeman, VA RB David Wilson, TX QB commit Shavodrick Beaver, note on FL WR Steadman Bailey (downgrade to gray). old articles on NJ DE Anthony Lalota. Added LA OL Chris Faulk, WI WR Kraig Appleton, FL S Vladimir Emilien. Linked to Sam Webb article on the QBs, and free Rivals AMP piece on them. Removed SC S Stephen Gilmore (dropped us). A couple old things on PA WR Todd Thomas: post-sophomore hype article, POW award with fluff article.
Update 5/12: Linked to articles on TN OL Alex Bullard (downgrade to red), TN OL Alex Bullard (upgrade to yellow... woo conflicting info), MD RB Tavon Austin (second, downgrade to red), GA S Darren Myles (second), MI WR Dion Sims, FL RB Mike Gillislee, LA WR Willie Haulstead, PA DE Tyrone Ezell, header on MN WR Bryce McNeal, NC OL Xavier Nixon. Roundup article from Kornblut has news on SC DE Chris Bonds, claim of offers for SC ATH David Sims and SC WR Alshon Jeffery. (Via Big House Blog.) Added Sims, Jeffery, FL WR Rantavious Wooten (video), MD DE Sean Stanley, OK CB David Gordon, GA LB DeDe Lattimore, MI QB Keith Nichol(?... I guess... more), OH S Isaiah Bell. Removed FL WR Nu'Keese Richardson (very probably dropped us), MS S Rod Woodson (owie it's cold hold me). Bumped CA QB Jason Forcier to yellow. Stuff via Varsity Blue: fluff on MN WR Bryce McNeal, WI WR Kraig Appleton. Clemson leads for NC WR Jheranie Boyd.
Update 5/19: Removed MI WR James Jackson (OSU), NC S Devonte Holloman (Clemson), PA OL Eric Shrive (PSU). Downgraded NJ WR Shawne Kersey to gray. Moved MN WR Bryce McNeal to committed. Again. Added GA WR Jamal Patterson (more), FL OT Andrew Carter, OH WR Patrick White, TX OL Nick Ash, IL OL Michael Schofield, FL QB(ATH?) Mywan Jackson, IN LB Jordan Barnes. Linked to articles on MS DE Fletcher Cox, MN WR Bryce McNeal, IL OL Chris Watt (via VB), LA OL Chris Faulk.
Update 5/26: Noted OSU lead for FL RB Jaamal Berry. Linked to articles on CA QB Tate Forcier, FL DT Antwan Lowery, MS S Dennis Thames, OH S commit Isaiah Bell, MN WR commit Bryce McNeal. Also linked a couple videos on OK RB David Oku and three on VA QB commit Kevin Newsome: Newsome, his track coaches, and his brother. (Via MSC.) Added VA OL Morgan Moses, FL LB Brandin Hawthorne, NC CB Terry Shankle, MI OL Charles Chapman. Removed MI QB Keith Nichol (MSU), LA OL Chris Faulk (LSU), MI OL Reid Fragel (OSU), MD DE Sean Stanley (PSU). Didn't re-add FL WR Nu'keese Richardson, but he is deciding on the 30th between five schools, one of which is M, and he just dropped M again so bully for me.
Update 6/2: Linked to articles on FL CB Brandon McGee, CA WR Shaquelle Evans, NC OL Xavier Nixon, OH OL Marcus Hall, TN OL Alex Bullard. Removed FL RB Mike Gillislee (Florida), NC OL Xavier Nixon (dropped us), FL DT Antwan Lowery (dropped us). Added MD DE Jason Ankrah, TN CB Marsalis Teague.
Update 6/9: Linked to articles on OH OL Chris Freeman, FL RB Jamaal Berry (second), FL S Jonathan Scott, AZ DE Craig Roh, SC WR Alshon Jeffery. Noted Scout header that says M leads for FL LB Brandin Hawthorne. Added FL WR Jeremy Gallon, then moved him to committed. Also added FL S Mike Jones, NV DE Keenan Graham, MA OL Brennan Williams, SC S DJ Swearinger, TN LB Greg King, LA WR Kenny Bell. Removed OH LB Dan Fox (ND), IL WR Kraig Appleton (dropped us), FL QB Eugene Smith(no longer recruiting), CA RB Dasarte Yarnaway (not recruiting), TN OL Alex Bullard (ND), OH WR Patrick White (MSU).
Update 6/16: Removed SC WR Alshon Jeffery(USC), MI OL Zac Mattias (Wisconsin). Linked to articles on OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, MI DT Will Campbell, GA S Darren Myles. Videos (one two three four) of FL WR commit Jeremy Gallon (via). Added TX K Anthony Fera, FL CB Angelo Hadley (via VB), SC OL Quinton Washington, PA OL Adam Gress ($, info in header), VA DE Will Hill, MI RB Zurlon Tipton, AR CB Darius Winston (info in header), SC S Damario Jeffery, LA LB Barkevious Mingo, TX S Rex Burkhead.
Update 6/23: Moved IL OL Michael Schofield to committed. More on Schofield from Varsity Blue and the Sun-Times. Linked to articles on NC S DJ Swearinger, SC OL Quinton Washington, IN OL Zach Martin, OK RB David Oku, PA OL Adam Gress, second on Gress, GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore. Added TX WR Dwayne Peace. Removed SC S Damario Jeffery, SC RB David Sims, MI OL Charles Chapman, also... are we out for Chris Watt? (via VB). Also, I'm not sure what to do with "wingedathletics.tk" but it looks like there's some legit info there. Also, a roundup article from Kornblut has some useful info. Zac Mattias committed to Wisconsin; this might be why.
Update 6/30: Moved IN LB Jordan Barnes and TX WR Dewayne Peace to committed. Linked to articles on FL WR Rantavious Wooten, OK RB David Oku, FL RB Vincent Smith, VA QB Kevin Newsome (second)... and here's a big long one on Newsome. Added TX CB Demontre Hurst. Removed NC CB Terry Shankle (dropped us, via VB), PA CB Corey Brown(OSU), PA DE Tyrone Ezell (droppes us). I'm not adding this OL yet but he does have offers from Iowa and Rutgers and says a Michigan offer equals a commit; might bear watching.
Update 7/7: Linked to articles on MA OL Brennan Williams, MS S Dennis Thames, FL S Jonathan Scott, FL CB Mywan Jackson, OK RB David Oku, AL CB Dre Kilpatrick, SC DE Chris Bonds, FL LB Brandin Hawthorne, IN OL Zach Martin (info in header).
Removed PA OL Adam Gress (dropped us), IL OL Chris Watt (dropped us), MS DE Josh Boyd (Miss St), OH CB Darrell Mason (not recruiting), LA WR Willie Haulstead (FSU, actually some time ago).
And here's some wild speculation on VA QB Kevin Newsome. I'm not adding MI DE Justice Akuezue yet since it seems doubtful he'll get an offer, but man, there's one for the all-name team. And, as usual, numerous links from Varsity Blue.
Update 7/14: Linked to articles on MS S Dennis Thames (we lead), FL S Mike Jones (we probably lead), OK CB David Gordon (fighting for third), VA OL Morgan Moses, VA DE Will Hill, IN OL Zach Martin, IN OL Kyle Koehne, (latter two from Big House Blog). Linked to recruiting podcast from Sam Webb on VA QB Kevin Newsome.
Added NC OL Travis Bond.
Removed FL CB Brandon McGee (dropped us), TN WR Marlon Brown (dropped us, but what an article title), OK CB David Gordon.
Update 7/21: Linked to articles on MS S Dennis Thames, FL LB Brandin Hawthorne, MD RB Tavon Austin, GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore, TX S Rex Burkhead, NJ DE Anthony LaLota, various pieces on SC DE Chris Bonds. And more fun Newsome stuff, plus rumor-mongering of a bogus variety.
Re-added SC RB David Sims.
Update 7/28: Added LA DT Dequinta Jones as a commit. Linked to articles on OH OL Marcus Hall, FL QB Eugene Smith, VA QB Kevin Newsome (another), notes on MN WR Bryce McNeal and Newsome, CA QB Tate Forcier, AR CB Darius Winston, SC DEs Chris Bonds and Sam Montgomery, NV DE Keenan Graham, TN CB Marsalis Teague, SC DE Chris Bonds, TX K Anthony Fera (Some links via VB).
Removed NC WR Jheranie Boyd (dropped us), TX OL Nick Ash (Nebraska).
Also: Jim Stefani's got some thoughts on Michigan's class to date.
Update 8/4: Linked to articles on FL LB Brandin Hawthorne and FL RB Vincent Smith (one, two), AR CB Darius Winston (second), FL RB Jaamal Berry, MD DE Jason Ankrah and MD CB Travis Hawkins, OK RB David Oku, MI S Thomas Gordon, GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore, FL S DeAngelo Hadley, FL CB Mywan Jackson, TN CB Marsalis Teague, MD CB Travis Hawkins, header on FL CB Mywan Jackson. Moved FL S Mike Jones to committed . Linked to video on FL WR Jeremy Gallon, FL RB Vincent Smith.
Also, an article on Michigan's recruitment of kickers from Helmholdt; not adding Jerome Swinton just yet but keep an eye on him, I guess. And WTKA's recruiting insider podcast has useful info on Bryce McNeal and FSU commit Willie Haulstead; also some interesting items on defensive ends and Mywan Jackson. (As per usual, some links from VB.)
Update 8/11: Linked to items on AZ DE Craig Roh, NJ DE Anthony LaLota, MD RB Tavon Austin, FL S DeAngelo Hadley, video of TX QB commit Shavodrick Beaver, SC DE Chris Bonds, TX WR Josh Gordon, GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore, OH S Isaiah Bell, PA WR Todd Thomas.
Removed LA LB Jonathan Stewart (A&M), GA WR Jamal Patterson (dropped us), LA WR Kenny Bell (dropped us), FL LB Frankie Telfort (dropped us), OK RB David Oku (dropped us), TX CB Demontre Hurst (don't think we ever offered).
The ESPN 150 is out. It's weird. Will Campbell isn't on it. Varsity Blue lists M targets and commits from it. Free Press article on the Cass Tech duo (trio?). Fitzgerald Toussaint's dad, also named Fitzgerald Toussaint, got in a knife fight.
Update 8/19: Linked to articles on AR CB Darius Winston, FL S Angelo Hadley (video, fluff), FL CB Josh Robinson, MA OL Brennan Williams, VA OL Morgan Moses, Did Marcus Hall drop us or not drop us (and does it matter)? (As per usual, some links from VB.)
Removed GA WR Braxton Lane (chose baseball).
Fluff on the Pahokee kids.
Moved TX K Anthony Fera to committed.
Update 8/26: Linked to articles on NV DE Keenan Graham, AR CB Darius Winston, IN OL Kyle Koehne, PA WR Todd Thomas (second), GA LB Devekeyan Lattimore, IN LB Jordan Barnes (blurb), NJ DE Will Hill, NC OL Travis Bond, SC DE Chris Bond.
Moved VA QB Kevin Newsome from committed.
Roundup article from ESPN with mention of MN WR Bryce McNeal, free board scouting report on the two Liberty kids, who smoked a poor opponent to open their season. More on Newsome and TX K commit Anthony Fera.
As always, some links from Varsity Blue.
Update 9/1: Linked to articles on MI WR Dion Sims, NJ DE Anthony LaLota, CA QB Tate Forcier (second), FL LB Brandin Hawthorne, SC DE Chris Bonds, FL CB Mywan Jackson, SC DE Sam Montgomery, AZ DE Craig Roh, CA OL Michael Philipp, TN CB Marsalis Teague, MI WR Cameron Gordon, video of OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, picture I am going to use whenever MI DT Will Campbell is mentioned. Moved FL LB Brandin Hawthorne and FL RB Vincent Smith to committed. Moved CA QB Tate Forcier to committed. Some links from Varsity Blue.
Do we really have an offer out to this guy?
Update 9/8: Linked to articles on NC OL Travis Bond, MD LB Jelani Jenkins, SC DE Sam Montgomery, OH RB commit Fitzgerald Toussaint, NC LB Hawatha Bell, NJ DE Anthony LaLota, CA QB commit Tate Forcier, FL S Jonathan Scott, VA OL Morgan Moses, NJ WR Nyshier Olivier, FL WR Jeremy Gallon, MD DE Jason Ankrah, MI S Thomas Gordon. Moved MI DT Will Campbell from committed.
Removed SC RB David Sims(Kentucky), AR CB Darius Winston(dropped us).
Some links from Varsity Blue.
Update 9/15: Linked to articles on FL S Angelo Hadley, MN WR commit Bryce McNeal, VA DE Will Hill, OK RB David Oku (second, third, fourth, fifth), MI DT Will Campbell (second), MI S Thomas Gordon, MS S Dennis Thames, SC S Devontae Holloman, NJ WR Nyshier Olivier, SC DE Sam Montgomery.
Added FL QB Denard Robinson, FL LB Mike Marry, OH CB Mike Edwards, LA WR Rueben Randle. Re-added MA OL Brennan Williams, SC OL Quinton Washington.
Dropped VA QB Kevin Newsome, TN LB Greg King, AL CB Dre Kirkpatrick, IN OL Kyle Kohene, CA OL Everett Benyard.
Update 9/23: Linked to articles on LA WR Rueben Randle, NJ WR Nyshier Olivier, FL QB Denard Robinson, OH OL Chris Freeman, OK RB David Oku, AZ DE Craig Roh (second), CA QB commit Tate Forcier, FL S Vladimir Emilien, FL CB Josh Robinson. Linked to video on MD DE Jason Ankrah, MD CB Travis Hawkins. Moved AZ DE Craig Roh to committed.
Downgraded CA WR Shaquelle Evans to red (USC soft commit). Michigan looking good for SC OL Quinton Washington?
Farrell's weekly whispers have a number of items to note; various items about SC guys; the Daily scouts Cass Tech; so does the News; we're apparently recruiting this UGA commit hard. ESPN on the DE commits. Note: A couple links from Bleed Scarlet.
Update 9/30: Linked to articles on FL WR Jeremy Gallon, MD LB Jelani Jenkins (video), LA WR Rueben Randle, CA QB commit Tate Forcier, VA DE Will Hill, SC DE Chris Bonds, header on FL CB Mywan Jackson, FL LB Mike Marry (video), CA WR Shaquelle Evans, FL S Vladimir Emilien, Moved MI S Thomas Gordon to committed. Would move 2010 FL WR Ricardo Miller to committed if I had a 2010 board.
Added AZ OL Taylor Lewan.
Little scouting bits on MD DE Jason Ankrah and MD CB Travis Hawkins. SI/Takkle has put out a top 200; another article on Jenkins and Randle. A teammate of Pahokee commits Vincent Smith and Brandin Hawthorne was shot and killed this weekend; Michigan is recruiting another Pahokee kid but I think he's on the back burner.
Update 10/7: Linked to articles on MD LB Jelani Jenkins (video interview), SC S Devontae Holloman, TX S Craig Loston, MN WR Bryce McNeal, SC DE Sam Montgomery, MI DT Will Campbell, video of OH RB Fitzgerald Toussaint. Moved 2010 MI WR Jeremy Jackson to committed on the nonexistent 2010 board.
Update 10/14: Linked to articles on FL S DeAngelo Hadley, CA WR Shaquelle Evans, MD LB Jelani Jenkins, MD DE Jason Ankrah and CB Travis Hawkins, SC OL Quinton Washington, FL RB Vincent Smith, another on MD CB Travis Hawkins,
Added GA S Donovan Tate.
I should talk about MN WR Bryce McNeal. Ah, well, it happened: decommit. Removed McNeal from committed.
Removed PA WR Todd Thomas(Pitt), OH OL Marcus Hall(dropped us).
Update 10/28: Articles on MD CB Travis Hawkins, video of TX WR commit Dewayne Peace, CA QB commit Tate Forcier, NC OL Travis Bond, MI DT Will Campbell, MI S Thomas Gordon. Local interviews with MD CB Travis Hawkins, 2010 FL S Marvin Robinson, and 2010 MI WR commit Jeremy Jackson.
Added FL WR Willie Haulstead (FSU commit but visited for the MSU game).
Removed TX WR Josh Gordon (not recruiting), MN WR Bryce McNeal.
Update 11/4: Linked to articles on FL S Vlad Emilien, MD RB Tavon Austin, MI WR Cameron Gordon, IL OL commit Michael Schofield, NC OL Travis Bond, MD LB Jelani Jenkins, mention of LA DT Dequinta Jones, article mentioning SC DE Chris Bonds and SC S Devontae Holloman, another item on Holloman, items on both QB commits.
Removed TX K Anthony Fera, who I forgot to drop after his decommit last week; added FL K Brendan Gibbons. Removed MA OL Brennan Williams (dropped us), OK CB Gabe Lynn (dropped us).
Update 10/11: Linked to articles on FL LB Mike Marry, GA S Donovan Tate, FL WR Jeremy Gallon, MD RB Tavon Austin, GA WR Jamal Patterson, FL S Angelo Hadley, NC LB Hawatha Bell, SC S DJ Swearinger, FL S Vlad Emilien (and FL CB Mywan Jackson).
Bumped FL S Vlad Emilien, OK DT Pearlie Graves to blue.
Removed NC LB Hawatha Bell (dropped us), TN CB Marsalis Teague (hasn't mentioned us in months and probably should have been dropped some time ago).
Added GA WR Jamal Patterson, LA WR Kenny Bell, PA WR JeRon Stokes, FL CB Jayron Hosley.
As always, some links from Varsity Blue.
Update 11/25: Linked to articles on FL CB Jayron Hosley, FL QB Denard Robinson, AZ OL Taylor Lewan, MD LB Jelani Jenkins, FL K commit Brendan Gibbons, PA WR Jeron Stokes, FL CB Josh Robinson. Moved FL S Vlad Emilien to committed. Here's video of FL RB Vincent Smith, Gibbons.
Removed OH DE Tank Carradine (Illinois).
Added AL LB Tana Patrick.
Should I add OH OL Marcus Hall back? He's visiting Michigan officially… and last!
Removed FL S Jonathan Scott (dropped us), FL CB Josh Robinson (UCF). Added NC S Josh Hunter.
2010 stuff: Local TomVH article on MI QB Devin Gardner.
How about an update on the kicker situation? Now that Fera has decommitted, who else is UM looking at?
when is the 2010 board going to be up
excited bout marvin robinson
Any chance of changing the recruiting board to reflect early enrollment?
Also wondering if you are going to do a post discussing how the early enrollments could affect the final numbers....
In the school column, next to Michigan, it says (EE) if they're early enrolling.
According to Rivals final rankings, we got the #1 player in Michigan and the #1 player in Ohio...not bad following a down year.
when can we expect to see a current depth chart by class for the upcoming 2009 season?