Cass Tech 2015 LB Michael Oliver is visiting today

Cass Tech 2015 LB Michael Oliver is visiting today

Submitted by Magnus on January 31st, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech linebacker Michael Oliver, a CMU commit, is visiting Michigan today. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #78 inside linebacker, and the #48 player in the state. Here are his highlights.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4075179/highlights/208227375

Ace interviewed by Sports Illustrated on the Michigan Recruiting under Harbaugh

Ace interviewed by Sports Illustrated on the Michigan Recruiting under Harbaugh

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on January 29th, 2015 at 11:56 AM

It's always cool to see MGoBlog mentioned in pieces by major sports outlets like ESPN and SI, but a full article is even better.  Ace talks about the state of pre-Harbuagh recruiting, Harbuagh's first half class (2015) and his first full class (2016).

Also, importantly, the SI author (Martin Rickman) name drops the M00N game.  

Link here

 

 

Scouting Report: Chris Williamson

Scouting Report: Chris Williamson

Submitted by Magnus on January 23rd, 2015 at 10:04 AM

I wrote up a scouting report on Gainesville (GA) Gainesville cornerback Chris Williamson, who will be taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend. As far as pure athleticism goes, I think Williamson is perhaps the most exciting player Harbaugh has started recruiting, except for maybe Roquan Smith. Both these guys are potential game-changers, but Williamson could play several positions (CB, WR, S, PR, KR), whereas Smith is more limited (LB, maybe RB). I don't think Williamson would be a real game-breaker as a returner, but he would be a very solid corner whose basement might be James Rogers.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2015/01/scouting-report-chris-willia…

Reuben Jones decommits from Nebraska, to visit Michigan this weekend

Reuben Jones decommits from Nebraska, to visit Michigan this weekend

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on January 22nd, 2015 at 9:05 PM

DE Reuben Jones tweets he has decommitted from Nebraska, visits Michigan this weekend.

— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 23, 2015

Not a surprise here, as Ace said in the recruiting roundup he doesn't really know the current coaching staff at Nebraska well (as he wasn't recruited by them).  Could very well be the first recruiting pick up of Harbuagh era.

Scouting Report: John Kelly

Scouting Report: John Kelly

Submitted by Magnus on January 15th, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Several people had been asking about a scouting report on John Kelly, and since we know Harbaugh is recruiting him, I went ahead and wrote one up. I also thought it was interesting that Harbaugh reportedly told Kelly he's "the best athlete in the state," which may mean that he thinks Kelly is a better prospect than the early-enrolled Brian Cole. Anyway, here it is:

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2015/01/scouting-report-john-kelly.h…

NFL Rumor: Jets Sniffing around Mora / Effects on 2015 Recruiting

NFL Rumor: Jets Sniffing around Mora / Effects on 2015 Recruiting

Submitted by Bo_Knows on January 2nd, 2015 at 2:45 PM

According to this article from 2 days ago on NBC Sports, the Jets and possibly other NFL teams are sniffing around current UCLA coach, Jim Mora.

Thankfully, we're no longer in the head coach search business (HARBAUGH!), but thought it was interesting news due to any possible effects on 2015 Recruiting, specifically:

  • Josh Rosen, 5 Star QB, who's slated to enroll early at UCLA. on January 5th
    • (Edit: Looks like he signed a grant-in-aid agreement.  Ship has officially sailed?)
  • Chris Clark, 4 Star TE, who is apparently a UCLA lean according to the Twitterverse.  (Sorry, I don't know how to embed tweets)
  • Keisean Lucier-South, 4 Star WDE, commited to UCLA in November but had interest in Michigan at one point.  Was also recruited by "potential" future Michigan DC DJ Durkin.  (h/t to Wolverine Devotee and Gustavo Fring)

Can't for the first few waves of commits in this new year of 1 AH, or After Harbaugh.

2015 Rumored Assistant Coaches and Recruiting info

2015 Rumored Assistant Coaches and Recruiting info

Submitted by MGoGrendel on December 31st, 2014 at 10:43 AM

edit - added a few more names

With the proliferation of “what about our recruiting?” and “who are we getting for coaches” threads, I thought it would make sense to put the two together.  That way we could see where current college coaches have recruiting strengths and opine about possible recruits we can win or flip.

 

Ace does a great job with a weekly summary of our recruiting.  That would be the best place to get your recruiting answers for current targets (rather than starting a new post!).  Also, Brian has the current Depth Chart in an easy to find place – right there in the drop down under “Useful Stuff” (above).  You can see where we have holes to fill with this easy to reach chart.

 

I compiled a list of coaches from other threads and got input from MGoBrewMom, Mr. Yost, alum96 and others (thanks!).  If other coaches are of interest, I can add them here.

 

Let’s start with the coaches mentioned from the pro ranks and a little of their background:

  • Tyrone Wheatley – Bills RB coach; former running back at Michigan and father of a highly touted recruit.
  • Erik Campbell – Montreal Alouettes WR coach; former Iowa WR coach (5 years) and Michigan wide receiver.
  • Andy Moeller –Cleveland Browns O-line coach; former Baltimore Ravens coach, and former Michigan coach and player.  And - teammates with Harbaugh at Michigan! (hat tip to Tater)
  • Ronald Curry – 49ers Offensive Assistant, former NFL and North Carolina wide receiver
  • Greg Roman – 49ers OC; formerly with Harbaugh at Stanford
  • Mike Mallory – Jacksonville Special Teams coach; former linebacker at Michigan
  • (edit) Reggie Davis – San Fran TE coach; playing experience was at tight end on the San Diego Chargers when Harbaugh was QB. 

 

Below are a few of the college coaches mentioned several times through the various posts.  I added Rival’s recruiting information so you can see what geography they recruit from along with positions and rankings.  These are broken down by 2015 commitments they earned and targeted players that committed elsewhere or not at all.  If the information is in Bold, that means that Michigan has offered.  The hyperlinks will take you to the Rivals information (free).

 

In no particular order:

 

DJ Durkin– Recently the DC at Florida

He was the Defensive End Coach and Special Teams coach at Stanford from 2007 to 2009.  Played for Bowling Green

Commitments - 2015

None

 

Targets – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed To

Hometown

Victor Alexander

LB

3

UCLA

Jacksonville, FL

Jerome Baker

LB

4

Ohio State

Cleveland, OH

Michael Barnett

DE

4

Georgia

Ridgeville, SC

Tevon Coney

LB

4

Notre Dame

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Ricky DeBerry

LB

4

Oklahoma

Mechanicsville, VA

Justin Hilliard

LB

4

Ohio State

Cincinnati, OH

Jeffery Holland

LB

4

None

Jacksonville, FL

John Houston

LB

5

None

Gardena, CA

CeCe Jefferson

DE

5

None

Glen St. Mary, FL

Keisean Lucier-South

LB

5

UCLA

Orange, CA

Darrien McNair

LB

3

Mississippi St

Ocala, FL

Tanner Muse

DB

3

Clemson

Belmont, NC

Charles Perry

LB

3

Miami (FL)

West Palm Beach, FL

Rashad Roundtree

DB

5

Georgia

Evans, GA

Roquan Smith

LB

4

None

Montezuma, GA

Josh Sweat

DE

5

Florida St.

Chesapeake, VA

Darrell Taylor

DE

4

Tennessee

Hopewell, VA

Adonis Thomas

LB

4

Alabama

Lawrenceville, GA

Deontai Williams

DB

3

Georgia

Jacksonville , FL

 

Tim Drevno– USC O-line coach

Was with Harbaugh at University of San Diego, Stanford, and San Francisco before jumping back to the college ranks at USC.

 

Commitments – 2015  

Name

Pos

Stars

Hometown

Roy Hemsley

OL

4

Los Angeles, CA

Cole Smith

OL

3

Mission Viejo, CA

 

Targets – none

 

 

Vince Marrow– current TE coach at Kentucky (3 years)

Formerly TE coach at Nebraska and Toledo and played for Toledo

It appears that this guy does all the recruiting for Kentucky!  His 2014 recruiting list is off the charts, too.  He mostly recruits in Ohio and doesn’t target a specific position.  My guess is that he is a real likeable guy. 

Commitments – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Hometown

George Asafo-Adjei

OL

3

West Chester, OH

Kei Beckham

DB

3

Trotwood, OH

C.J. Conrad

TE

4

La Grange, OH

Andrew Dowell

ATH

4

Lakewood, OH

David Dowell

DB

4

Lakewood, OH

Jordan Jones

LB

3

Youngstown, OH

 

Targets – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed To

Hometown

Justice Alexander

DE

3

Sparty (Narduzzi!)

Macedonia, OH

C.J. Amill

RB

3

None

Youngstown, OH

George Brown

OL

4

LSU

Cincinnati, OH

Nick Conner

LB

4

Ohio State

Dublin, OH

Marquise Copeland

DE

3

Cincinnati

Bedford, OH

James Daniels

OL

4

Iowa

Warren, OH

Rob Dowdy

OL

3

Pitt

Westerville, OH

Matthew Draper

LB

3

Cincinnati

Lyndhurst, OH

Hjalte Froholdt

DT

4

Arkansas

Bradenton, FL

Ferrod Gardner

LB

2

None

Trotwood, OH

Chris Green

LB

3

Toledo

Toledo, OH

Darrin Hall

RB

4

Pitt

Youngstown, OH

Kraig Howe

DT

3

Pitt

Kettering, OH

Dre'Mont Jones

DE

3

Ohio State

Cleveland, OH

Matthew Jones

OL

4

West Virginia

Hubbard, OH

Tyree Kinnel

DB

4

Michigan

Huber Heights, OH

Ian Leever

OL

3

Miami (NTM)

Loveland, OH

Noah Listermann

OL

3

Sparty

Cincinnati, OH

Anthony McKee

LB

3

None

Columbus, OH

Alex Ofodile

WR

4

Oregon

Columbia, MO

Brad Peterson

DE

2

St. Francis (PA)

Du Bois, PA

Javon Provitt

DT

3

Pitt

Warren, OH

Reggie Rogers

WR

3

Marshall

Massillon, OH

Larry Scott

RB

4

Sparty

Hubbard, OH

C.J. Stalker

LB

4

Virginia

West Chester, OH

Simon Stepaniak

OL

3

Indiana

Hamilton, OH

Trevon Story

ATH

3

None

Cleveland, OH

Alex Stump

WR

3

Ohio State

Lakewood, OH

Larry Wells

OL

3

None (high on KY)

Kenton, OH

Tyrone Wheatley

DE

4

None

Buffalo, NY

 

Greg Mattison– current DC at Michigan

Commitments – 2015

 

None

Targets - 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed to

Hometown

Jerome Baker

LB

4

Ohio State

Cleveland, OH

Shaun Crawford

DB

4

Notre Dame

Lakewood, OH

Javarius Davis

ATH

4

None

Jacksonville, FL

Jack Dunaway

DE

0

None

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Chuma Edoga

OL

5

USCw

Powder Springs, GA

Hjalte Froholdt

DT

4

Arkansas

Bradenton, FL

Dre'Mont Jones

DE

3

Ohio State

Cleveland, OH

 

 

Roy Manning– current Michigan Outside Linebackers coach

Commitments – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Hometown

Brian Cole

ATH

4

Saginaw, MI

 

Targets - 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed to

Hometown

Jalen Dalton

DE

4

N. Carolina

Clemmons, NC

Clelin Ferrell

DE

4

Clemson

Richmond, VA

Juval Mollette

WR

4

N. Carolina

Randleman, NC

Tanner Muse

DB

3

Clemson

Belmont, NC

Anthony Ratliff

QB

3

N. Carolina

Matthews, NC

Mook Reynolds

DB

4

Virginia Tech

Greensboro, NC

Darian Roseboro

DT

4

N. C. State

Lincolnton, NC

Tim Settle

DT

4

None

Manassas, VA

Garrett Taylor

DB

4

Penn State

Richmond, VA

Ty'Son Williams

RB

3

N. Carolina

Sumter, SC

 

edit - added two more college coaches:

 

Lance Anderson– current Outside Linebacker and Recruiting Coordinator at Stanford.

He was with Harbaugh at San Diego and Stanford. 

Commitments – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Hometown

Nick Wilson

OL

4

Alpharetta, GA

 

Targets – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed to

Hometown

Kenneth Brinson

DE

3

Army

Atlanta, GA

Andrew Butcher

DE

4

Tennessee

Alpharetta, GA

Christian Folau

LB

3

None

Salt Lake City, UT

Canton Kaumatule

DE

4

Oregon

Honolulu, HI

Christian Kirk

WR

5

Texas A&M

Scottsdale, AZ

Anree Saint-Amour

LB

3

None

Suwanee, GA

 

 

Jimmie Dougherty– current OC at San Diego St. (1 year!)

(why was this name brought up? …appears not to be a fit.)

Commitments – 2015

none

Targets – 2015

Name

Pos

Stars

Committed to

Hometown

Brady White

QB

4

Arizona State

Newhall, CA

 

 

 

 

2015 Recruiting Needs

2015 Recruiting Needs

Submitted by Marley Nowell on December 16th, 2014 at 3:15 PM

With the departure of Ferns, along with some potential early departures, we are looking at a recruiting class of 12-14 players.  Rather than focusing on who exactly we are getting, how will the new coach fill the spots in limited time, etc. I am looking at where Michigan's recruiting needs are based on position.

QB: 1

Michigan should be taking a QB every year regardless of depth charts, and based on current needs we certainly need 1 here.

RB: 1

Unfortunately for Drake Johnson (and Michigan) his latest injury hurts depth now and in the future. As it stands there should be 4 contributors for next year so RB isn't a dire need, but a need nonetheless.

FB:0

This is a position that can be filled by walk-ons and I don't see the need for offering a scholarship unless we are in on a truly elite player.

WR:1

We are looking at 5 players here for 2 starting positions so this is certainly an area of utmost need.

Slot:1

Another position that needs depth and any real playing time logjams can be alleviated by moving someone outside.

TE:1

Another position lacking depth and potential position switchers, so the need here for a true TE is needed.

OT:1

Depth here is always tenuous so Michigan needs to take at least 1 true OT in 2015.

OG:1

This is not a dire need but Michigan can never have enough linemen. This position looks the most likely to be filled.

C:1

The only players that have taken snaps here recently are both leaving after 2015 so this is a very important position to fill.

DT:0

This is a well stocked position and with the small class size looks to be a position left un-recruited.

NT:1

Depth not as great here so getting a NT (or NT/DT type) is definitely a need.

WDE:1

This position lacks depth and needs playmakers. This is the one position I see that needs to be filled even if the player is considered a flier.

SDE:0

This position has good depth and can be filled in by other D-Linemen.

LB:1

With a new coaching staff coming in the positions here are bound to be somewhat reshuffled. Regardless depth is good but still needs a recruit to fill in for outgoing players.

CB:0

This position is well filled and the small size of recruiting class should prevent anything but an elite prospect being recruited.

SS/FS:2

This is position is very lacking in depth and Michigan should be taking 2 players here even if they are not highly touted recruits.

K/P:1

After graduations Michigan needs at least 1 Kicker/Punter type recruit.

 

I was trying to hit the 12 Scholarship # but I still managed to reach 14. Earlier I thought based on the small recruiting class size it wouldn't be a bad idea to bank some scholarships for 2016. However it looks like Michigan should be using at a minimum 10 scholarships in 2015.

Rivals rankings for 2015 and 2016 updated

Rivals rankings for 2015 and 2016 updated

Submitted by Magnus on December 11th, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Well, with Ace resting up this week and not a lot of Michigan-related recruiting news over the past couple weeks (other than Mike Weber committing to OSU), I thought some recruiting rankings news/discussion might be interesting.

Over the past two weeks, Rivals updated their rankings for 2015 (top 100, top 250) and 2016 (top 100, top 250). All three of Michigan's 2016 commits are hanging out in the bottom third of the rankings, and three out of six 2015 commits are in the top 250.

By the way, Michigan is currently ranked #88 in recruiting. Coach or not, I think that's the lowest I've ever seen them ranked. They'll surely move up once a new coach is in place and a few more players hop on board, but...yikes.