Introducing The Recruiting Overview Board

Introducing The Recruiting Overview Board

Submitted by Brian on October 23rd, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Hello. This is an attempt to give you a 1,000 foot view of Michigan's current recruiting class. It lives as a wiki post under the "Useful Stuff" heading as well, and can be updated by anyone with 500+ points.

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not eligible sry [Patrick Barron]

SCHOLARSHIPS

We assume Michigan will go to 28.

Michigan has 16 open spots right now plus three specialists who may be on one of those "you get the first spot that opens up" kind of deals. In addition there are 2-4 guys who probably won't get fifth years.

Thus Michigan is expecting to lose at least 5-8 current members of the roster (other than fifth years) before Signing Day. (Big Ten rules prevent teams from oversigning unless they can explain where the scholarship is coming from.) That's not an inordinate number given the roster composition, the sudden possibility of NFL interest, and the fact that this is the first year of a new coach. We know of one guy who is already planning a playing-time transfer, FWIW, and there are no doubt more.

CURRENT CLASS SIZE

We are not considering Dele Harding a commit. He was removed from the Rivals commit list and any insider you poke will tell you they don't expect him to end up at Michigan.

We have also heard that some of the camp commits in the class were explicitly offered grayshirt deals. We are not exactly sure who, but depending on how things go Michigan could end up with extra spots in the class as guys reclassify to 2017 or take opportunities for 2016 elsewhere.

In addition, Chris Evans, Kingston Davis, and David Reese have all announced plans to take visits and should be considered soft commits.

So: the current class is somewhere between 14 and 20 guys. Welcome to 'crootin.

ROOM LEFT AND WHO MICHIGAN IS TARGETING

Michigan can take somewhere between 8 and 14 additional players. They are targeting approximately

  • one running back
  • one wide receiver
  • one tight end
  • one OL
  • one kicker
  • two or three DL
  • two or three LB
  • one or two CB
  • one or two S

The only spot that is definitively full right now is QB.

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL 'CROOTIN OVERVIEW

Position

On The
RADAR

DECENT SHOT TOP GROUP LEADER HARD
COMMITS
QB
(2)

 

B. Peters*
V. Viramontes

RB
(2)

K. Walker

K. Davis* K. Enis
FB
(0)
     
WR
(2 +1)

D Corley

D Stewart

 

D Crawford

B. Hawkins
A. Mitchell
Slot
(1)
P Young
C. Evans
TE
(1+1)
D Asiasi

I Nauta
J Mathis

 

S. McKeon*
OT
(2)

A Akingbulu

J. Delance

 

E. Swenson
D. Hamilton
OG
(2+1)

J Valentin#

 

T. Davis

B. Bredeson
M. Onwenu

C
(0)
 

 

DT
(+1)
B Tagaloa R. Weaver
NT
(+1)
  K Camp
J Elliott
SDE
(1)
C Murphy

R. Gary

R. Johnson
WDE
(1+1)
T Lucas#

L Onwnuzurike

Q Alexander C Kemp
SLB
(0)
    J McCulloch
ILB
(3+1)
D Jackson C Kelly
J Jones
D Reese
D Bush Jr

D. Johnson

CB
(8+1)

M Hardman

D Long

L Hill

A. Richardson
S.P. Scott
S
(1+1)
A Posey# J Fuller 
C Brown
L Jackson D. Gil
J Metellus
P/K/LS
(0+1)
Q Nordin

commits in bold
guys who Michigan haven't offered or might not have as a "take" have a # after their names 
early enrollees denoted with *

Latest Updates: Debut

The Recruiting Overview Board 2016

The Recruiting Overview Board 2016

Submitted by Brian on October 23rd, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Hello. This is an attempt to give you a 1,000 foot view of Michigan's current recruiting class. It lives as a wiki post under the "Useful Stuff" heading as well, and can be updated by anyone with 500+ points.

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not eligible sry [Patrick Barron]

SCHOLARSHIPS

We assume Michigan will go to 30 or beyond.

Michigan has 22 open spots right now plus three specialists who may be on one of those "you get the first spot that opens up" kind of deals. In addition there are guys who probably won't get fifth years and some unannounced attrition the coaches already seem to know about.

Thus Michigan is expecting to lose at least 5-8 current members of the roster (other than fifth years) before Signing Day. (Big Ten rules prevent teams from oversigning unless they can explain where the scholarship is coming from.) That's not an inordinate number given the roster composition, the sudden possibility of NFL interest, and the fact that this is the first year of a new coach.

CURRENT CLASS SIZE

We are not considering Jordan Elliott, Nate Johnson, Rashad Weaver or Dytarious Johnson commits; if you poke any insider they'll tell you they are either unsure or unlikely to wind up in the class. We have also heard that at least one of the camp commits in the class were explicitly offered grayshirt deals. We are not exactly sure who, but depending on how things go Michigan could end up with extra spots in the class as things shake out with academic qualifiers and such. Brandon Peters, Kareem Walker, Ahmir Mitchell, Devin Bush Jr., Carlo Kemp, Sean McKeon and Kingston Davis are already enrolled at Michigan and taking classes; they will count for this class for our purposes but may be back-dated by Michigan to meet NCAA or Big Ten class size regulations. At this late juncture some players may be "silent" commits but given the fluid nature of such these will be counted as targets until they announce.

So: the current class is somewhere between 19 and 33 guys. Welcome to 'crootin.

ROOM LEFT AND WHO MICHIGAN IS TARGETING

Michigan can take somewhere between 9 and 11 additional players. They are targeting approximately

  • one quarterback if Viramontes wants back in
  • two wide receivers, including a slot, though they may see several WR targets as athletes
  • one tight end but might take two if both Chase Allen and Devin Asiasi come
  • one kicker, Nordin or bust
  • two or three DL
  • one or two CB (see WR)
  • one or two S

They appear to be done at OL unless they take grad transfer Jake Raulerson, and appear full at RB and LB.

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL 'CROOTIN OVERVIEW

Position

ON THE
RADAR

DECENT SHOT TOP GROUP STRONG
LEADER
HARD
COMMITS
QB
(1?)
V. Viramontes    

 

B. Peters*

RB
(2)
   

 

  K. Walker*
C. Evans
FB
(0)
        K. Davis*
WR
(3)

 

 

 

D Stewart

D. Crawford

Slot
(1)
     

P Young
N. Johnson

E. McDoom
TE
(1+1)
  J Mathis


C Allen

 

N. Eubanks
S. McKeon
*

D. Asiasi

OT
(2)

 

 

 

 

B. Bredeson
OG
(2+1)

J Valentin#

   

 

M. Onwenu
S Spanellis

C
(0)
     

 

 
DT
(1)
    B Tagaloa    
NT
(+1)
  J Elliott

 

  M Dwumfour
SDE
(1+1)
    C Murphy

R. Gary

C Kemp*
WDE
(0+1)
Q Alexander#

 

    R. Johnson
SLB
(0)
        J. Uche
D. Gil
ILB
(1+2)
C Kelly D Jackson   D. Johnson

D Bush Jr*
E Mbem-Bosse

CB
(2+1)

M Hardman
S
 Carter

 
 

L Hill

D Long
S/Nk
(2+1)
A Posey#
L Jackson
C Brown I Simmons  

K Hudson
B. Hawkins 
A. Mitchell*
J Metellus

P/K/LS
(0+1)
      Q Nordin  

commits in bold
guys who Michigan haven't offered or might not have as a "take" have a # after their names 
early enrollees denoted with *

Please don't remove updates until there is a front page board update that notes the changes.

Latest Updates:

10/27: Added FL WR Eddie McDoom, a new offer. Moved TX DT Jordan Elliott to "top group" after he announced a tentative top three of M, Baylor, and Texas. Elliott announced M as his leader but we aren't prepared to move him to the STRONG LEADER group yet.

10/29: Added PA TE Cary Angeline and LA CB Shyheim Carter to "on the radar".

11/4: Moved NJ RB Kareem Walker to strong leader after his OSU decommit. Dropped CA OL Alex Akingbulu as there doesn't seem to be any activity there. Moved MI LB David Reese to "On The Radar" despite his commit. 

11/8: Moved CO DE Carlo Kemp to committed. Dropped CA S Lamar Jackson to On The Radar, dropped CA WR Dylan Crawford to Top Group.

11/11: Moved TX DT Chris Daniels to Top Group. Dropped NJ DE Quayshon Alexander to On The Radar and hashed 'em; not sure M will take him after the Kemp commit. Added GA CB Deejay Dallas to On The Radar; he plans an M-OSU visit.

11/24: Moved CA DT Boss Tagaloa and FL NT Keyshon Camp up to Top Group. Moved. TX DT Jordan Elliott to Strong Leader. Moved TX DT Chris Daniels down to Decent Shot. Moved TX DE Jeffery McCullough and NJ WR Donald Stewart down to On The Radar.

11/24: Moved Elliott to committed. Moved FL DT Rashad Weaver down to "Strong Leader" after he announced a visit to Temple. 

1/10: many changes

1/13:  Removed MD CB Sir Patrick Scott from commitments, announced decommitment today, front paged by Brian.

1/21:  Removed IL OL Erik Swenson from commitments, offer pulled, front paged. Removed IN RB Kiante Enis from commitments, announced decommitment today. Removed TX WDE Levi Onwuzurike from prospects, announced commitment to Washington. 

1/25 (seth): Added Elysee Mbem-Bosse and moved to committed. Moved Josh Uche to committed. Moved David Long to committed. Removed Antwaine Richardson. Moved Devin Gil to SLB. Re-added Eddie McDoom as strong leader. Added Stephen Spanellis to committed. Added Khaleke Hudson as strong leader. Moved Kingston Davis to fullback. Moved Ben Bredenson to OT. Removed Kiante Enis. Upgraded Jordan Fuller to top group. Made sandwich. Harbaugh noticed sandwich. Moved Sandwich to committed. Moved Jordan Elliott to decent shot. Added Michael Dwumfour under committed.

1/27 (seth): Added Isaiah Simmons as safety, moved Fuller to cornerback, moved Eddie McDoom and Khaleke Hudson to committed, removed Rashad Weaver.

1/28:  Removed TX C Jake Raulerson from prospects, grad transfer, going to UCLA.

1/28 (seth): Added Nick Eubanks as commit, moved Chase Allen to On the Radar. Moved Ahmir Mitchell and Brad Hawkins to safety/nickel. Moved Josh Uche to SLB.

The Big Ol' Board: 2014, Offense

The Big Ol' Board: 2014, Offense

Submitted by Brian on June 7th, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Hey kids. This is a wiki page, but it's kind of tough to modify if you don't know HTML very well. If you're adding or moving a player, go into the source and C&P two rows (ie, everything between the <tr> and </tr>) you would like to move or copy elsewhere. Don't worry if you screw it up, we can fix it. Images for new commits should be 85 pixels wide.

 

Legend:

Icon Name Meaning
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.

QUARTERBACK

NEEDS: 1.

STATUS: Got 'em. Michigan is done at QB.

COMMITTED

  Player State Stars Visit Offer Suitors
Wilton Speight[1] Wilton Speight VA 3 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] nyet
Hello post. Speight won an offer derby amongst various highly touted QB prospects and immediately committed. Instrumental recruiter; works with QB coach in CA biweekly. Projected YMRMFSPA: John Navarre.

RUNNING BACK

NEEDS: 0-1. With Smith and Green in the last class and Mikey Weber and Damien Harris strong candidates to end up in the next one, Michigan could skip the spot entirely this year. May as well swing for the fences though.

STATUS: Ask again later. A few offers are out, but no one has Michigan in a small leading group.

COMMITTED

nyet

PRIME TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
Kalen Ballage CO 4 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] M, UNL, Oregon, Boise, ASU, CU 7440356400_3406e1cf92_o[1]
Athlete-type prospect has versatility to also play LB or WR. Mentioned Michigan as one of the schools after him hardest in early May. Oregon will be a threat if they offer.
Jonathan Hilliman NJ 3 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] OSU, M, Bama, RU, Vandy, Miami 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1]
Claims offers from entire planet and had ordered top ten as of two months ago featuring the great old rivals at the top. Now down to six. Carlos Hyde-type back.

FRINGE TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
Joe Mixon CA 5 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open, but USC 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Super-touted CA back could go anywhere but will probably end up at USC. Planning a midwest swing later this summer, though.
Leonard Fournette LA 5 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open, but LSU. 7440356400_3406e1cf92_o[1]
File under pipe dream, but has been chatting with Jabrill Peppers and other #team135 kids on twitter.  EDIT: As of 6/7, Rivals reports Fournette wants an official visit to Michigan.
Shai McKenzie PA 4 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] 15 schools, but VT 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Has M in a wide open top 15 he plans on halving in the near future, but says he feels like "he may not be a major priority($)" what with Green around.

WIDE RECEIVER

NEEDS: 3-4.

STATUS: Michigan acquired two lanky outside receivers in Mo Ways and Drake Harris. Now they're hunting either a slot or another big ol' guy.

COMMITTED

  Player State Stars Visit Offer Suitors
drake_harris.0_standard_352.0[1] Drake Harris MI 4.5 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] OSU, MSU, Bama, UF, FSU 
Hello post. MSU decommit saw the light as soon as his freakish football potential ended plans to play basketball. Has the frame, speed, and body control to be a lethal deep threat. PYMRMFSPA: Braylon.
dfc400b8aded11e2aeda22000a1f973b_7[1] Mo Ways MI 3.25 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] Iowa, RU
Hello post. Long leaper has top end speed and hands issues. A 6'4" Junior Hemingway. Inexperienced, so should improve. PYMRMFSPA: Marquise Walker.

PRIME TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
KJ Williams PA 4 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] M, Syracuse 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1]
Named Michigan his leader after a spring visit, but still has not pulled the trigger. Getting a you-snooze-you-lose vibe on this one.  Update:  Committed to Syracuse, off board.
Artavis Scott FL 4 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] Clemson 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Teammate of OL commit Mason Cole backed off package deal plans when Cole pulled the trigger; still has M interest. Plans to attend the BBQ later this summer. More of a slot guy, so fits well with the commits. Feeling pretty good you guys. Update:  committed to Clemson, off board.

FRINGE TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
Jalen Brown AZ 4.5 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open 7440356400_3406e1cf92_o[1]
Will be tough to pry Brown out of the west but does plan a Midwest swing this summer. High-academic kid interested in NW and Vandy, so up M's alley.
Corey Holmes FL 4 No 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Grew up childhood M fan but seems to have moved on to other schools. Has visited ND and OU but not M since camping last summer.  Update:  Committed to ND, off board.

EVEN FRINGIER: LA WR Malachi Dupre, AZ WR Mark Andrews.

TIGHT END

NEEDS: 1.

STATUS: Check.

COMMITTED

  Player State Stars Visit Offer Suitors
4_841808[1] Ian Bunting IL 3.5 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] ND, OSU, USC, OU, VT, Neb, UW, UO
Hello post. Enormous, lanky pass catcher with skillet-sized hands has buckets of potential. Injury shortened both his junior and sophomore years, leading to wide split in rankings. Going to need a lot of weight to block anyone, but lookit dem hands. PYMRMFSPA: Tacopants is real!

OFFENSIVE LINE

NEEDS: 3.

STATUS: One tackle and one guard are in. Michigan would like another tackle, it seems. Vague possibility they go to four if they have room in January and there's a guy they like; at this rate those spots will be filled by bionic defensive backs.

COMMITTED

  Player State Stars Visit Offer Suitors
145jpg-1548cedb6a4dea00[1] Juwann Bushell-Beatty NJ 3.5 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] UF, FSU, Miami, Rutgers, MSU
Hello post. Big split in rankings, significant dispute as to size amongst sites. Raw; just one year of varsity. Developmental prospect. Peppers teammate. PYMRFSPA: Logan Tuley-Tillman, down to the hyphen.
NP_362476_DAMA_ELfootball_4 Mason Cole FL 4 Yes 7440356258_775c2effe8_o[1] Bama, OSU, USC, UF, FSU, UW, Stan
Hello post. Versatile, athletic guard prospect with Tarzan hair and proverbial mean streak. Needs to add a lot of weight. Teammate of Artavis Scott and 2015 star George Campbell. PYMRMFSPA: Kyle Bosch.

PRIME TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
Jamarco Jones IL 4 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] OSU, M, MSU, ND 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Announcing June 27th, visiting everyone in his final four beforehand. OSU the e-leader, but Jones maintains everyone is even. Core 6 guy. A little short for tackle but long arms make up for it. Update: committed to Ohio State, off board.

FRINGE TARGETS

Player State Stars Visit Offer List Feeling
Frank Ragnow MN 3 No No open 7440356338_fa7b116df5_o[1]
#2 prospect in Minnesota has some midlevel B10 offers; headed to SMSB in an effort to impress the Michigan schools.
Michael Grimm PA 3.5 No No Pitt leads 7440356338_fa7b116df5_o[1]
Yes, That Grimm. Son of former Hog currently favors Pitt but big offers could shake up his recruitment. Planning on taking his recruitment into January, so may be looking for bigger offers.  Update:  Committed to Pitt, off board.
Alex Bookser PA 4 No No top eight featuring OSU, Pitt 7440356338_fa7b116df5_o[1]
Michigan didn't make the kid's top eight announced in late May but hasn't offered.
Andrew Mike AZ 3.5 No No open 7440356400_3406e1cf92_o[1]
Tackle prospect at 6'7". Plans a visit. High academic kid will look at Stanford extensively.
Roderick Johnson MO 4 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open 7440356400_3406e1cf92_o[1]
Also 6'7", swung through Michigan early this year. Has not even come close to defining a top list; planning a SE set of trips over the summer. Epinion has Johnson to FSU.
Braden Smith OK 4 Yes 7440356446_b7c8098a32_o[1] open, but A&M and ND 7440356200_cde79eb6b6_o[1]
Visited M; won't narrow until September. With others leading Michigan has to get an official to have a chance.

EVEN FRINGIER: MD OT Damian Prince is a five-star-ish guy with M outside his top five. He plans a Signing Day announcement, though, so there's time to make up ground.