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Revision of 2010 Michigan Football Recruiting Board from July 28th, 2009 at 5:01 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:
|Expired Eligibility||Ortmann, Mathews, McAvoy, Grady, C. Brown, Minor, Graham, S. Brown, Mesko, Moosman, Savoy||11|
|Transfer||Threet, Clemons, Wermers, O'Neill||4|
|Early Entry||Possibilities: Warren.||--|
|Unrenewed Fifth||Possibilities: Cone, Wright, Banks||2|
|Other||Unused: 2 (Grady) Bad news: Feagin||3|
Total: Michigan has 17 to give right now and will probably see that swell to around 20 with normal attrition. More detail on the scholarship situation can be found at the depth chart by class.
|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.
Added FL CB Eric Mitchell($).
Needs: Major. Steven Threet's transfer leaves Michigan with two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, which is one more than last year if you discount the Coner (and you should) but still dangerously short. Michigan is already pursuing a half-dozen prospects heavily and will definitely take two. They'd probably take three if they could get three.
Status: Michigan has a half-dozen offers out and looks good for a couple of guys you'd like to see as the second QB in the class. Devin Gardner is the big fish, and he's kept it close to the vest outside of very publicly dropping Ohio State.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Devin Gardner||MI||****.5||Michigan (EE)||Inkster(Cam Gordon). Dropped OSU recently. Preliminary top prospect in state. Commit article. Highlights. Helmholdt article. "Ideal fit." Webb article. More highlights. Combine MVP. Yet more highlights. Faces off with Bolden, Boisture. Another article on that. Nike Combine one. Interview. Runnin' video. Smokin' it at camps. 7-on-7 video. More camp video. Lemming eeeee. Elite 11. Elite 11 performance reviews: one two three. E11 awards.|
|M his first big offer. Will wait for Signing Day. Recruited as ATH. M still leads. Commit article. Fake 40 here. Fluff. Video.|
|AJ Derby||IA||****||Iowa, USC, M, others.||Offer. Parents both Iowa alums. Highlights. Article. TSN article. Article. Open, plans on taking all officials.|
|Jeffrey Godfrey||FL||****||M, USF, Miami, Oregon, FSU, others.||M "could be team to beat." BP thread. Freshman highlights. SFF article. Video. More. AMP video. More highlights yet. Fluff article.|
|Munchie Legaux||LA||****||Oregon leads M, WVU, Tenn, Miss||Offer. Oh my god the name. Did well at combine. Stock rising. Highlights. Baylor team to beat? WTF?|
Running Back / Fullback
Needs: Major. Three players graduate this year and two transfers have stripped the depth considerably. There were three commits in the last class, but no blue-chippers. Michigan doesn't need a ton of quantity but one OMG shirtless recruit would be good.
Michigan might be in the market for a fullback, too. Rodriguez used Mark Moundros extensively last year and by the time this class arrives he'll be a senior. Vince Helmuth got moved to defense, so there's no heir apparent. Michigan might try to find a thick-necked walk-on to fill the spot (Moundros was a walk-on), but if they find a fullback sort who they like enough to offer you might see one in the class.
Status: Michigan has chucked a ton of offers out and is now waiting to see who sniffs at the bait. It's of note that they appear to be targeting some pounders this year.
Projected Commits: 2 RB, 1 FB.
|Tony Drake||TX||***||Michigan||Dallas Skyline. Scout article. Commit article. MGoBlog on Drake. Good day at combine.|
|Stephen Hopkins||TX||***.5||Michigan (EE)||Offer. TomVH interview. Michigan leads. Commit article. Board poster talked to him.|
|Austin White||MI||****||Michigan||Two brothers at MSU; some disciplinary issues; may or may not get heavily recruited by the instate powers because of it. Offer. ESPN article. Offered by LSU. Combine MVP. "Heavy" M lean. Indiana offer. Highlights. Commit article.|
|Brennan Clay||CA||****||Oklahoma, Oregon, M||Scripps Ranch (Tate Forcier). Michigan trails various West Coast schools. Tate working him though. More positive Helmholdt article. Argh WTF make your mind up. Many offers. Visiting for EMU. Michigan lead(?!?) Likes Rod Smith. Webb article. Oklahoma commit?|
|Eduardo Clements||PA||****.5||UGA, Miami, M lead||Offer. Heavily favors Miami, UGA, FSU. Michigan lead after camp visit? I'm skeptical. M in an even top three.|
|Brandon Gainer||FL||****||M, FSU, UGA, Tenn||Michigan top two.|
|Cassius McDowell||FL||***.5||M leads WVU, Miami, Florida||Deerfield Beach (Witty, Robinson). SoFlaFootball. Broke fibula, now waiting. Will visit M. Video.|
|Jamaal Jackson||DE||***||M lead||Offer. Things cooling off. Sort of doubt he could actually commit.|
|Demetrus Johnson||OH||***||M, UNC, LSU, others||FB prospect; ATH LB. Teammate of OH DE Derrick Bryant.|
|Corvin Lamb||FL||***||LSU leads Miami, M, WVU, Ole Miss.||Supposedly was very pro-M at the Army combine (at which he was All-Combine). BP thread. Offer. Rivals AMP. Scout article. Article.|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan picked up Je'Ron Stokes late and Jeremy Gallon early, filling holes on the outside and at slot. Cameron Gordon also signed up, though he may get moved to linebacker. But the spread requires at least three WRs at all times and the talent level at WR is still pretty low.
Status: Miller, Jackson, and Robinson are an excellent trio on the outside; they're still looking for a slot. And they're still recruiting a number of other outside WRs; acquiring one might mean Robinson ends up a safety.
Projected Commits: 3… well, four, I guess, since they've already got three and don't appear to be done.
|Ricardo Miller||FL||****||Michigan (EE)|
|Jeremy Jackson||MI||***.5||Michigan||Son of RB coach Fred Jackson. Florida and LSU offers. Some youtubery.|
|Jerald Robinson||OH||***.5||Michigan (EE)||ATH S. TomVH interview. SI blurb. BP thread. Video. Offer article. Video interview. Picked up a bunch of offers.|
|DJ Williamson||OH||***||Michigan||Offer. Manningham fan. Video. Lifelong M fan. Commit article. Fast 100 time. Track ninja. OH 100M champ as junior.|
|Drew Dileo||LA||***||Michigan||Offer(?!). Slot guy. MGoBlog on Dileo. Jim Stefani on Dileo. Freep article; commit article. Tiger Rag rankings. Fluff. More fluff.|
|Kenny Shaw||FL||****||FSU leads M||Teammate of Ricardo Miller. A slot guy. Offer. Interview. Highlights. M and FSU out front; offers from the big 3 instate(!) FSU pulling ahead? Yep. Camp MVP. Still heavy FSU lean but will wait it out.|
|Quinton Dunbar||FL||****.5||UF leads M, FSU, UM, others||Plans official, FWIW.|
|SC||***||SoCar leads PSU, M||Offer. Byrnes (Lattimore).|
Needs: Minimal? Michigan didn't pick anyone up last year but has four underclassmen in Kevin Koger, Steve Watson, Martell Webb (all sophomores) and Brandon Moore (a redshirt freshman). They might take a guy this year, or they might not.
Projected Commits: 0.
|Alex Smith||OH||****||Cincinnati, M, SoCar, others||Offer. Video. Committed to Cincinnati, but what the hell he's the only TE so let's leave him on the board. BBQ visit and now visiting other places. Officially decommitted. ESPN article.|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan will have nine freshmen on campus this fall, but Moosman, Ortmann, and McAvoy graduate and Michigan should endeavor to keep the numbers on the line at about the current level. Two or three are likely; only one tackle is needed so there might be a slight emphasis on the interior.
Status: They're being considerably pickier with the offers here; with no slam-dunk sorts in-state there aren't a whole lot of guys high on the radar yet.
Projected Commits: 3-4.
|Christian Pace||OH||***.5||Michigan (EE)||Offer. Rivals AMP. Interior prospect. "Very interested." BBQ visitor. Freep article. Great AMP video. Early enroller. Fluff.|
|Seantrel Henderson||MN||*****||M, OSU, MN, USC, UF, others||Offer. #1 national prospect. Visited. Especially impressed. Will visit officially. Article. Webb article. Not narrowing it down soon. Fluff. Rivals AMP. Farrell speculates. Down to 10-ish. Trieu article. Gopher tracking. Officials not to include M? UF, OSU, USC lead? OSU, USC lead?|
|Torrian Wilson||FL||****||M leads Miami, Bama, Stanford||Probably favors Miami. Michigan involved. RP thread. Video. Rivals AMP. Visited for spring game, says M leads(!?!). Reiterates M lead. Tenn article. Miami back in. Drops Tenn for FIU. lolz.|
|Skyler Schofner||OH||***||open||Impressive combine performance. Offer. OSU visit didn't come off. Kansas fluff. Scout article.|
|Matt James||OH||***||OSU, ND, Cinci lead||Offer. AMP video. Dad played for Cinci.|
|Arie Kouandjio||MD||****||M, PSU, others.||DeMatha. Kid brother is bigtime 2011 OL prospect. Article. OSU offer.|
|MI||***||M leads.||Inkster (Gardner, Gordon). No offers yet.|
|Andrew Schofield||IL||***||open||Brother of 2009 OT commit Mike Schofield.|
Needs: High. No one graduates but there are just four DTs on the roster, one of them a converted fullback.
Status: Yikes. Hankins is a guy who grew up an M fan but may or may not end up offered; other than that the board is bare. It's a bad year for DTs.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Sharrif Floyd||PA||****.5||PSU, M, others||Offer. No mention in this article. Good combine performance. MaxPreps article. Interview. Florida offer. Rivals AMP. M top 6.|
|Jay Guy||TX||***||Cal, M, Texas||Would like to go to Texas but UT apparently picked a couple guys over him already. "Committed" to Cal but taking visits.|
|Richard Ash||FL||****||UF leads FSU, Miami, M, others||Offer. Pahokee. Likely to stay in state. Speculation is UF leads. Webb on Pahokee.|
|Terrance Talbott||OH||***||M, MSU, UW,UCLA, OSU||Offer. Scouting Ohio video. Possible OSU offer coming? Not close to a decision. Scout article.|
|Louis Nix||FL||****||Miami, UF, FSU, ND, others including M||Michigan recruiting him but 1) soft Miami commit and 2) Michigan "may be" in contention for his last official visit. No idea why I even bothered to put him on the board.|
|Mike Thornton||GA||***||M, UGA, GT, Aub, others||Offer.|
|Jonathan Hankins||MI||***||M, OSU, OK||Detroit Southeastern (Gholston). BP thread. Video. Florida offer? Fluff article. Childhood M fan. OSU offer($). Illinois combine. Camped… but didn't get his offer.|
Needs: High. Michigan picked up two last year to replace an outgoing two; they'll need two again with Brandon Graham and Greg Banks on their way out.
Status: Michigan looks good for OH DE Derrick Bryant and is chucking out offers to national prospects otherwise.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Ken Wilkins||PA||***.5||Michigan||Offer. Up to 27 offers now. Deciding soon between M and Pitt. TomVH interview; second one. MGoBlog on Wilkins. Helmholdt commit article; local commit articles. More commit articles.|
|Jordan Paskorz||PA||***||Michigan||Offer. Older brother @ ND. Commit article.|
|Derrick Bryant||OH||****||M leads||Offer. BP thread. Open now?|
|Marcus Rush||OH||***||M leads|
|Lynden Trail||FL||****||UF leads($)|
|CJ Olaniyan||MI||***||M, MSU, PSU, UW||RCMB thread. Offer. Visited Penn State. TomVH interview. Visiting places. Top five soon.|
|Fre'shad Hunter||NC||***||NC State leads M, UF, LSU, others||Offer.|
|Corey Lemonier||FL||****||open||Offer. Ton of interest from everywhere. Article. No top teams, but no M mention here. Brief blurb. Would like to visit.|
|Wayne Dorsey||MS||****||M, UGA, Miss, others.||JUCO. Offer(?).|
|Tremondae Branch||MI||***||M, LSU, others||No offers yet. Article.|
Needs: Michigan picked up three outside linebackers and maybe a fourth depending on the final disposition of MI WR Cameron Gordon, but middle linebacker went unfilled and will be a priority.
Status: the most prominent target right now is TX MLB Caleb Lavey, who's already got offers from Oklahoma and most of the rest of the Big 12.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Antonio Kinard||OH||***||Michigan||Youngstown Liberty (Bell, Toussaint). Offer. BP thread. Video. Article. MGoBlog on Kinard. Vindy profile.|
|Christian Jones||FL||****||FSU leads||Offer. ESPN video. RP thread. FSU lead reiterated. ESPN article. GBW fluff.|
|Khairi Fortt||CT||****||PSU, ND, others||Offer($). BP thread. Many, many offers. Top prospect. PSU top three. Preparing to cut it down. Probably Penn State. Does plan visit. M techically in, but yeah… not so much.|
|Josh Furman||MD||****||open||ATH S, WR. Offer. Did well at camp. WVU interested. Scout article. Blowin' up.|
|Zach Zwinak||MD||***||open||Offer. ATH LB. Big back. May be FB-only. Article. Headed for LB? 15 offers. Prefers RB. Article suggesting PSU, OSU lead, but baselessly.|
|Daniel Easterly||MI||***||Minn, UW, MSU, UCLA, Ill||Cass Tech. ATH WR, S. 6'5' and skinny. BP thread. Video. TomVH interview. ESPN article. Will camp for offer. 19 offers, very thin. Illinois leads "so far." Committed to Illinois.|
|Austin Gray||MI||***.5||Iowa, M, MSU||Supposedly a longtime M fan. Iowa commit.|
|Aramide Olaniyan||VA||***.5||Duke, WVU, Clemson, M||M offer pending? Favors Duke(?!?) Yes: committed.|
|Jewone Snow||OH||***||open||Son of Garland Rivers. Plans return visit. Doesn't seem likely to get offered.|
|Ishmael Thomas||MI||***||open||Detroit Ren.|
Needs: High. Two corners in last year's class but one might end up at safety and the other was a two-star.
Status: Fortunately, Michigan looks to be in good shape with four different prospects, two of whom have declared Michigan their outright leader.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Courtney Avery||OH||***||Michigan||Stanford decommit got camp offer. MGoBlog on Avery. Commit article. Another one, another one.|
|Cullen Christian||PA||****||M leads Ill, Minn, Pitt||Offer. Ifill's teammate. Video; part 2. Webb article. UCLA offer. M at 85%. M still leading. Moved into the Rivals 100.|
|Brandon Ifill||PA||****||Maryland leads M, Pitt||Offer. ATH WR, may be primarily WR but with M's commits they'll probably recruit him as a DB. Cullen Christian's teammate. Favors Terps at the moment. Top five set. Planning unofficial. M, Terps lead.|
|Dior Mathis||MI||****||M, Miami, MSU, OSU, USC, UF||Offer. Cass Tech (Jones, Campbell, etc). BP thread. Sam Webb article. M prohibitive favorite? Plans visits. M team to beat.|
|Travis Williams||FL||***||Michigan heavy lead||Offer. Committed? TSN thinks so.|
|Rashad Knight||FL||****||M leads Ill, UL, GT||Offer. M leads. More on M lead. TomVH interview.|
|Tony Grimes||FL||***||Miami, Miss, Bama, UGA, M||Offer. Highlights. Miami lead? Sun-Sentinel article. Fluff. Plans official. Michigan "tough to beat"!? Rivals AMP.|
|Ricardo Allen||FL||***||M, FSU, UNC, SoCar, others||Offer.|
|Terry Talbott||OH||***||Miss, M, UL, USF, Vandy||Stealth visitor($) this summer.|
|Terry Talbott||OH||***||open||Offer(?) [ed: no]. Brother of Terrance Talbott.|
|Jeremy Davis||FL||***||open||M in pursuit($).|
|TC Robinson||FL||***||M leads||Cousin of Marvin Robinson. Much interest, no offers.|
Needs: Moderate. Two in the last class and only one outgoing this year.
Status: Hopefully Marvin Robinson doesn't do a 180—though at this point it would be a 170 or so—and leave us hanging; get him and picking up one other good prospect probably won't be too hard.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Marvin Robinson||FL||****.5||Michigan (EE)||
|BP thread; OSU fans are still resigned that he will commit to M. UNC supposed to be coming on. M still leads. Has reconfigured his list; Michigan still leads. Foregone conclusion. Rivals AMP. "Stood out." Highlights.|
|Sean Parker||CA||****||M, ND, others||
|Offer. Planning officials to M and ND.|
|LaTwan Anderson||OH||****||M, MSU, WVU lead||Offer. BP thread. Transferring schools… to Glenville. Rivals AMP. 7-on-7 video. OSU offer not coming? WVU lead. Some video.|
|Dietrich Riley||CA||****||USC, UCLA, M, others||Offer. ATH RB. TomVH interview. Likes Michigan. Options and such. Didn't verbal to UT, duh. Big performance at Rising Stars.|
|Marquis Flowers||AZ||****||M, UCLA, USC, ASU, Arizona||Offer. Army AA. Skipped Rising Stars; will take visits.|
|Lorenzo Waters||MD||***||Wake slight lead||Offer. Dematha.|
|Michael Coley||MD||***||open||Offer. Dematha. (Not typos: all three are from the same HS)|
|Bobby Swigert||OH||***||Wisc, Neb, UL, M, BC, others||Offer. Scouting Ohio video. Many, many wrong instances of his name here. Scout article.|
|Kurtis Drummond||OH||***||M, MSU lead||Offer. Plans to visit M. Rivals AMP. MSU leads.|
|Corey Cooper||IL||****||Illinois, M, ND, MSU, ohers||Illinois soft verbal.|
Needs: Zoltan the Inconceivable graduates, so Michigan will be in the market for a punter if they don't have any walk-ons they think can handle the job. Freshman Brendan Gibbons will take over the kicker duties, so they should be set there.
Projected commits: 1 punter.
|Will Hagerup||WI||***||M, OSU lead UF, Bama, UW, Ill, Indiana||Offer. Probably the #1 punter in the country. Highlights. OSU offer. Decision soon, probably between M and OSU.|
|Mike Sadler||MI||***||NW, M, LSU, Purdue.||No offer yet. "Top three punter." Did well at camp. LSU offer. State offer. Video.|
|Brandon Tarpley||FL||***||Bama, M, others||Camped and impressed.|
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.