TomVH: DB Wayne Morgan Update ** & DB Yuri Wright Offered

TomVH: DB Wayne Morgan Update ** & DB Yuri Wright Offered

Submitted by TomVH on February 22nd, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I just spoke to one of the high school coaches for New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 180 lbs). Michigan coach Curt Mallory spoke with Wayne last night, and there could be an offer coming soon, if it didn't come last night. Wayne's high school coach wasn't positive if they did offer or not, I'll have more on that later when I talk to Wayne.

Morgan currently plays quarterback, free safety/corner for his high school team, and he's widely viewed as one of the top prospects in their area. His most recent offer was from Alabama, he also has offers from Miami, Penn State, and Boston College among others.

Here's a look at his junior film.

**New Jersey DB Yuri Wright (6'2", 180 lbs) said that Michigan has offered. Also reporting offers from North Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, and Pitt as well as a few others. 

Adam Rittenberg tells us stuff we already know.

Adam Rittenberg tells us stuff we already know.

Submitted by AeonBlue on February 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Adam Rittenberg in the Big 10 Blog outlines how Michigan's offense is "probably" going to look next year. In case you missed it, it's going to be a little spread 'n' shred, a little read option, a little west-coast, and a little power-running.

Basically, we have all these spread people and we don't know what to do with them so we're going to do it all until we get guys better suited to us and our style of play.

Michigan offers Speedster Ronald Darby

Michigan offers Speedster Ronald Darby

Submitted by umhero on February 21st, 2011 at 5:01 PM

It looks like he may have a little dilithium and he has dreads and wings. Darby



  • RB/Ath
  • Ht:5'11"
  • Wt:172 lbs
  • 40:4.37 secs
  • Shuttle:4.28
  • Vertical:34 inches
  • GPA:3
  • Class:2012 (High School)



TomVH: DT Aziz Shittu & **DT Ondre Pipkins Offered

TomVH: DT Aziz Shittu & **DT Ondre Pipkins Offered

Submitted by TomVH on February 21st, 2011 at 3:20 PM

California DT Aziz Shittu (6'2", 280 lbs) was just offered by Michigan. He had been in contact with Coach Ferrigno, and talked to Coach Mattison today. Besides having an awesome name, his film is pretty impressive as well. You can take a look here

Shittu also has offers from Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, and Washington among others. He says he doesn't have a top group yet, but Stanford is a school that sticks out so far. He reports a 3.8 GPA, so academics will be in consideration.

Here's what he had to say about the offer:

I'm pumped. I just talked to Coach Mattison and he said I'm what they need at Michigan. He likes the way I play, and they offered. [Mattison] has coached at the highest level, so he knows what he's talking about.

Former Saginaw, current Missouri DT Ondre Pipkins was also offered today. Here's what he had to say about the offer:

This is a big offer, most definitely. They were telling me that they want me up there bad. I'll try to get up there in the summer if not mid March. It's great to have the offer, with the new defensive coordinator it means they'll have a tough  hard nose defense. Michigan is definitely in my top five.

OT: Alabama and Barry Sanders Jr. + more

OT: Alabama and Barry Sanders Jr. + more

Submitted by Hoken's Heroes on February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I am sure this happens at many schools, except for at Michigan which abides by NCAA rules.…


and how recruiting has gotten out of control…

TVH Weekly: Andrus Peat, James Ross, and More

TVH Weekly: Andrus Peat, James Ross, and More

Submitted by TomVH on February 21st, 2011 at 10:23 AM

The theme of 2012 recruiting for Michigan so far has been wide receivers and linemen. Forty of the (approximately) sixty-seven offers have gone to wide receivers, defensive, and offensive linemen. MGoUser umhero has been gracious enough to update the offer list here. If you'd like to go even more in depth, Rescue_Dawn has used his free time to create a recruiting map. As always, if you would like more updates from me you can head over to Twitter and folllow me @TomVH. If you have any recruiting tips or questions please email me at [email protected].

Andrus PeatAndrus Peat

6'6", 270 lbs.

Offensive Tackle

Tempe, Arizona

Another recruit out in my neck of the woods, Peat has racked up offers from almost everywhere. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas... you name the school they've offered Andrus. That offer list includes the Wolverines. Andrus returns some early interest, and wants to find out more about the program.

I definitely have interest in Michigan. Their program's prestige and just how they have consistently won over the years is definitely a plus for me. The fact that they produce great offensive linemen, and NFL guys is great too. Michigan is definitely a school I would like to get out and see. I'm going wait until all my offers come in and then go from there. I'll take some spring and summer visits then cut my list towards the end of the summer.

Peat's father played in the NFL and his brother was a Nebraska signee for the 2011 class so he has some familiarity with the process. The fact that his brother chose a team to the north says distance may not be a factor. It's too early to tell if Michigan will make the cut. They have their work cut out for them since they're competing against the world.

James RossJames Ross

6'0", 209 lbs.


Orchard Lake, Michigan

Ross is probably the top prospect in the state of Michigan for the 2012 class. He has been racking up the offers lately, and recently received a verbal one from Ohio State. James and his father recently visited Ann Arbor before the Best of the Midwest combine so they could get a better feel for the new coaches. His father (also named James) told me about how that trip went.

We've been up there quite a few times, but I wanted him to meet the new staff. The staff was actually trying to get him up there as much as I was. Everything was smooth, everything they said was what he was looking for.

I'm not sure I even need to say this any more, but Greg Mattison has again left his mark on a recruit.

He fell in love with coach Mattison. I never paid attention early on to coordinators that much, but that guy was great. He was kinda funny too. He and coach Hoke broke it all open for him. We were there close to three hours just talking about football with Mattison, and more conversation with Hoke. Hoke's like a good ole boy, it was refreshing. 

Besides gaining comfortability with the new coaches there were a few questions that were answered on the visit as well.

I know I read what type of defense they were going to run, and they told us it's going to be a 4-3. We run a 3-4 at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. What they want out of him is probably better for James, though. They said they want him to play WILL linebacker to emphasize his speed and have him free, a lot of blitzing, and basically let him play his game. James and the coaches saw eye to eye on that, I disagreed, but James thought that was good. 

This visit did a lot for Michigan for both Mr. Ross and his son. It gave them a clear picture of how James would be used, and the people that would be coaching him as well. Mr. Ross is a Michigan fan, but has made sure he lets James make his own decision. Mr. Ross thinks that James will likely make his decision once he finds the place he feels is right.

Kyle Dodson

6'6", 315 lbs.

Offensive Tackle

Cleveland, Ohio 

As I mentioned last night, Dodson received a Michigan offer yesterday. He's a monster offensive lineman reporting other offers from Illinois, Michigan State, NC State, and West Virginia. 

[Michigan] was definitely a school I wanted an offer from. Coach Funk was the one that offered me. He said they enjoyed watching my film and I look like a player they want at Michigan. They have a lot of tradition, and even though they haven't been playing that well lately I still have a lot of interest in them. I'm definitely going to try to make it up there for the Junior Day.

Growing up in Ohio typically means there are some ties to Ohio State, and that's true for Kyle.

How I was raised, I grew up a Buckeye fan and not liking Michigan. Now that I'm more mature and I'm looking at schools it's completely different. This is my decision, and it's going to be my choice so all that stuff goes out the window. I'm first looking at academics, because I want to major in criminal justice, second a family based football team, and third the environment and surroundings. 

Dodson is planning on taking a trip to Ohio State soon, and could see an offer soon from the Buckeyes. He's also getting attention from Auburn, Oregon, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. 

A Few Names to Watch:

Illinois DT Jaleel Johnson (6'2", 277 lbs) is expecting a Michigan offer in the next two weeks, and told me he will definitely be at the Junior Day. 

Georgia DT Jordan Watkins (6'5", 260 lbs) is hoping to hear from Michigan. Watkins has a 3.66 GPA and offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Miami to name a few. His film is here.

New York DB Wayne Morgan (5'11", 188 lbs) just received an offer from Alabama. His high school DB coach told me has interest in Michigan. Here are his sophomore highlights, junior film should be done this week.

Cali DT Ellis McCarthy (6'4", 310 lbs) his coach tells me Michigan is interested and has his film. He's extremely athletic for his size, quick, and goes whistle to whistle. Junior film is here.

Texas DE Mario Edwards (6'4", 260 lbs) already has big time offers and has had contact with Michigan, according to his coach. His coach also told me they've produced NFL talent before and Mario might be better than all of them. Mario's dad also played for the Dallas Cowboys. Junior Film.


  • Illinois OL Jordan Diamond took in an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, and told me how that went.
  • Michigan DE Matt Godin was offered by Michigan and will be back up to Ann Arbor on Tuesday with his dad to talk to the coaches. He and Danny O'Brien give an update on where they're at here.
  • Georgia DE Jordan Jenkins, Cali WR Jordan Payton and OL Jordan Simmons were all offered. 
  • Offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Tyler Alt gave me an update on where they're at.
  • Detroit OL Daron Brown (6'5", 310 lbs) took an unofficial visit to Michigan hoping for an offer. He told me he didn't get the offer, but the coaches told him they were definitely interested. 

Updated 2012 Recruit Offer List

Updated 2012 Recruit Offer List

Submitted by umhero on February 20th, 2011 at 10:24 PM

[Ed-M: Bumped to diary.]

I posted this the other day and it was well received. So, in light of TomVH's news, I thought I'd share the update.  

I refined the table a little bit.  I removed the column that says Michigan offered since that is evident and I added a column showing Scout's current player rank.

Targets Ht. Wt. 40   Scout Rank Rivals 250 Commit
Zeke Pike 6'5" 220 4.7 Dixie Heights HS, Edgewood, KY 4 Star Yes  
Gunner Kiel 6'4" 220   East HS, Columbus, IN 4 Star Yes  
Bennie Coney 6'2" 205 4.8 Plant City HS, Plant City, FL 3 Star Yes  
Maty Mauk 6'2" 185   Kenton HS, Kenton, OH 3 Star Yes  
Connor Brewer 6'2" 195 4.7 Chapparal HS, Scottsdale, AZ 4 Star Yes Texas
Running Backs
Matt Jones 6'2" 200 4.53 Armwood HS, Seffner, FL 4 Star Yes FL
Keith Marshall 5'11" 190 4.32 Millbrook HS, Raleigh, NC 5 Star Yes  
Bri'Onte Dunn 6'2" 215 4.59 Glenn Oak HS, Canton, OH 4 Star Yes Ohio St.
Wide Receivers
Latroy Pittman 6'1" 190 4.7 North Marion HS, Citra, FL   Yes FL
Stefon Diggs 6’1" 185 4.4 Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, MD 4 Star Yes  
Dorial Green-Beckham 6’6″ 215 4.4 Hillcrest HS, Springfield, MO 5 Star Yes  
Dwayne Stanford 6'4" 200 4.5 Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH NR Yes  
Aaron Burbridge 6'0" 175 4.35 Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI 3 Star    
Derrick Woods 5'11" 180 4.5 Inglewood HS, Inglewood, CA 3 Star Yes  
Deontay McManus 6'0" 209 4.5 Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD 3 Star Yes  
Malik Gilmore 6'3" 195 4.67 Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA 3 Star    
Jordan Payton 6'2" 199 4.49 Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village, CA 4 Star Yes USC
Leonte Carroo 6’1" 205 4.4 Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ 3 Star Yes  
Avery Johnson 6'2" 180 4.44 Blanche Ely HS, Pompano Beach, FL 4 Star Yes LSU
Jody Fuller 6'0" 186 4.52 Sun Valley HS, Monroe, NC 3 Star Yes  
Tight Ends
Sam Grant 6’6″ 230 4.8 St. Edward HS, Lakewood, OH NR    
Sean Price 6'4" 206 4.9 North Marion HS, Citra, FL 3 Star    
Devin Funchess 6'5" 205   Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI NR    
Ron Thompson 6'4" 225   East Detroit HS, Eastpointe, MI NR    
Taylor McNamara 6'5" 235   Westview HS, San Diego, CA 3 Star Yes  
Offensive Linemen
D.J. Humphries 6’5″ 265 4.9 Mallard Creek HS, Charlotte, NC 4 Star Yes  
Jordan Diamond 6’6″ 289 5.0 Simeon Vocational HS, Chicago, IL 4 Star Yes  
Zach Banner 6'9 295   Lakes HS, Lakewood, WA 4 Star Yes  
Dan Voltz 6’5″ 289 5.3 Barrington HS, Barrington, IL 4 Star Yes  
Andrus Peat 6’6″ 270   Corona Del Sol HS, Tempe, AZ 5 Star Yes  
Kyle Murphy 6’6″ 255   San Clemente HS, San Clemente, CA 3 Star Yes  
Jordan Simmons 6’5″ 295 4.9 Crespe HS, Encino, CA 4 Star Yes  
Taylor Decker 6’8″ 270 5.0 Butler HS, Vandalia, OH 3 Star    
Mark Harrell 6’5″ 260   Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte, NC NR    
John Theus 6’6″ 292 5.2 Bolles HS, Jacksonville, FL 5 Star Yes  
Avery Young 6’6″ 273 4.9 Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 4 Star Yes  
Kyle Dodson 6’6″ 315   Cleveland Heights HS, Cleveland, OH NR    
Paul Thurston 6’5″ 265 5.1 Arvada West HS, Arvada, CO 3 Star Yes  
Defensive Ends
Chris Wormley 6’4″ 255   Whitmer HS, Toledo, OH 4 Star Yes  
Ifeadi Odenigbo 6’4″ 210 4.44 Centerville HS, Centerville, OH NR    
Pharaoh Brown 6’6″ 220 4.7 Brush HS, Lyndhurst, OH NR    
Tom Strobel 6'6" 240 4.9 Mentor HS, Concord, OH 3 Star Yes  
Mario Ojemudia 6'3" 215 4.65 Farmington Harrison HS, Farmington Hills, MI NR    
Se'Von Pittman 6’5″ 235 4.65 McKinley HS Canton, OH 4 Star Yes  
Adolphus Washington 6’6″ 240 4.7 Taft HS, Cincinnatti, OH 4 Star Yes  
Jordan Jenkins 6’3″ 225 4.69 Harris County HS, Hamilton, GA 4 Star Yes  
Defensive Tackles
Tommy Schutt 6’3″ 301   Glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn, IL 4 Star Yes  
Eddie Goldman 6'4" 307   Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC 5 Star Yes  
Vincent Valentine 6'3" 300   Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville, IL 4 Star Yes  
Sheldon Day 6'2" 268   Warren Central HS, Indianapolis, IN 3 Star    
Danny O’Brien 6’4″ 255 5.1 Powers Catholic HS, Flint, MI 4 Star Yes  
Greg Kuhar 6'3" 265   St. Edward HS, Concord Township, OH NR    
Matthew Godin 6'5" 253 5.03 Detroit Catholic Central, Novi, MI 3 Star    
Deaysean Rippy 6’2″ 198   Sto-Rox HS, McKees Rocks, PA 4 Star Yes  
James Ross 6’0″ 203   Orchard Lake St. Mary’s HS, Orchard Lake, MI 4 Star Yes  
Royce Jenkins-Stone 6’2″ 215   Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI 3 Star Yes  
Vince Biegel 6'3" 210 4.53 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln HS, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 3 Star Yes  
Kaleb Ringer 6'1" 225 4.45 Northmont HS, Clayton, OH 3 Star    
Peter Jinkens 6'1" 208 4.45 Skyline HS, Dallas, TX 3 Star Yes  
Camren Williams 6'2" 200 4.58 Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA 3 Star    
Jeremiah Tshimanga 6'3" 226   Richland HS, N. Richland Hills, TX 3 Star Yes  
Terry Richardson  5'9" 160 4.5 Cass Tech HS, Detroit, MI 3 Star Yes  
Armani Reeves 5'11" 185 4.4 Catholic Memorial HS, West Roxbury, MA 4 Star    
Elijah Shumate 6'1" 205 4.5 Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, NJ 4 Star Yes  
D.J. Singleton 6'3" 195 4.5 St. Peters Preparatory School, Jersey City, NJ 3 Star    
Deon Bush 6'1" 177 4.44 Columbus HS, Miami, FL NR Yes  
Jarrod Wilson 6’2″ 190 4.5 Buchtel HS, Akron, OH NR    

We are up to 67 offers.  

  • 5 QBs
  • 3 RBs
  • 12 WRs
  • 5 TEs
  • 13 OL
  • 8 DEs
  • 7 DTs
  • 8 LBs
  • 2 CBs
  • 4 Ss 

BTW - I mentioned this in another thread, Scout currently has ranked 12 5 Stars and only 89 4 Stars.  They will end up with 50 5 Stars and 250 4 Stars.

Michigan Recruiting Map 2/20

Michigan Recruiting Map 2/20

Submitted by Rescue_Dawn on February 20th, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I updated the recruiting Map with the latest information....I'll probably be doing this once a week.  Especially since things have been moving so quickly. 


I added a 50 mile buffer around all the universities in the BCS conferences....this gives a nice picture of whose backyard we are dipping in.  I am still playing around with the formatting and symbology.  If you have any questions a/o comments please let me know.  

Michigan Football Recruiting Map 2/20



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