The Decision Dates of Our Recruits

The Decision Dates of Our Recruits

Submitted by hart20 on December 7th, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I decided to compile a chart listing when all of our recruits plan on making their decisions. Here it is:


Recruit Decision Date
Jehu Chesson December 21st or 22nd
Jordan Diamond February (National Signing Day)
Bri'onte Dunn By the end of December (Early Enrollee)
Joshua Garnett January 25th or 26th
Zach Banner January 14th
Jordan Payton Unknown. Visiting Cal on December 9th. Likely to take his time making a decision.
Darius Powe January 5th at the Under Armour All-American game.
Yuri Wright January 7th at U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Note: Decision date may be moved back. Tentative official visit to Michigan scheduled on January 13th. (Thanks, Waggles)
Monty Madaris Unknown. Taking official to Michigan in early January, decision likely sometime after that.
Taylor McNamara Late December or early January. Possibly January 7th at the U.S. Army All American Bowl.
Alex Kozan By the end of December.


All dates reflect what the recruit has most recently stated, to the best of my knowledge.

1 on 1 Videos from The Opening

1 on 1 Videos from The Opening

Submitted by Mr Mackey on July 9th, 2011 at 9:13 AM

As linked by TomVH's twitter, there are lots of good 1 on 1 drill videos that you can check out featuring many Michigan commits and prospects. 

There's a run blocking 1 on 1, pass rush 1 on 1, RB vs LB, and WR vs DB.

The Michigan interest is mainly in the linemen drills, as we had no commits in the WR or RB video, and no targets with the exception of Dwayne Stanford.

In the linemen drills, however, Mario is small but impressive. He blows by Zach Banner at one point, who is about double his size. Aziz Shittu, Danny O'Brien, and Sheldon Day are other DL that were impressive in the drills. Joshua Garnett, Banner, and Erik Magnuson are the main targets on OL. 

Just some fun videos to check out of some of the best high school players in the country…


TomVH: Sparq Scores from The Opening

TomVH: Sparq Scores from The Opening

Submitted by TomVH on July 7th, 2011 at 6:40 PM

As everyone knows by now there are several Michigan commitments and targets at the Nike event, The Opening, in Oregon. You can watch some of the events tonight on ESPNU at 9pm. The first part of the week was spent with the prospects running combine drills to figure out their Sparq training score.

The Sparq score is determined by using an equation that combines the prospect's forty yard dash, shuttle, powerball* (measured in feet), and vertical leap. Here are a look at the scores for the Michigan commitments and targets, and you can also see the rest of the scores here. The finals video is here.


Name 40 Time Shuttle Powerball Vertical Total
DB Anthony Standifer 4.61 4.38 38 30.7 91.77
DB Terry Richardson 4.55 4.22 31 33.2 87.93
DE/LB Mario Ojemudia 5.02 4.44 35 30.1 79.29
OL Erik Magnuson 5.38 4.78 41 22 77.85


Name 40 Time Shuttle Powerball Vertical Total
WR Dwayne Stanford 4.73 4.35 40 34.9 101.64
OL Kyle Murphy 5.31 4.52 42 28.3 96.21
DE Adolphus Washington 4.97 4.57 42.5 24.6 91.89
OL Josh Garnett 5.38 4.68 38 28 90.81
OL Adam Bisnowaty 5.31 5.34 44.5 25.6 79.89
OL Zach Banner 5.54 5.34 44.5 19.6 79.89
TE Ron Thompson 5.27 4.51 38 25.4 75.51

Top Three Scores:

Name 40 Time Shuttle Powerball Vertical Total
DB Daje Johnson (TCU) 4.34 4.01 45 40.8 146.52*
RB Derrick Henry (2013) 4.54 4.29 42.5 39.2 134.19
RB Altee Tenpenny (2013) 4.49 3.92 41 35.1 133.77

As you can see this testing isn't necessarily set up for the bigger prospects to score high. The forty times were, I believe, laser timed also. That's at least what people were tweeting that were at the event. Take from this what you will, just interesting to see how they all stack up if nothing else.

Derrick Henry is also a 6'4", 222 lb running back. He's in the 2013 class and took second in the preliminary ratings.

Ohio RB Bri'onte Dunn only had a 40 time recorded, it was a 4.77. 

*The powerball is throwing a weighted ball from their knees as far as they can.

**I believe Daje' Johnson's score is a record

An Interview with OL Joshua Garnett

An Interview with OL Joshua Garnett

Submitted by TomVH on May 27th, 2011 at 1:47 PM

When Michigan fans hear Washington offensive lineman they typically think of 6-foot-9, 310-pound Zach Banner who has said he will take an official visit to Michigan. Banner, however, isn't the only highly touted lineman from Washington that has interest in Michigan.

Four star OL Joshua Garnett (6'5", 275 lbs) holds an offer from the Wolverines as well. Garnett also happens to be the 22nd overall prospect in the nation, which ranks higher than Banner at 31. Here's a look at Garnett's film and what he had to say about Michigan.

TOM: We haven't heard too much from you, is Michigan recruiting you?

JOSHUA: Yes, they are. Coach Ferrigno is recruiting me, he's a very nice guy and we talk quite often actually.

TOM: It's tough to gauge someone's interest when they live in Washington. Are you interested in Michigan?

JOSHUA: Yes, very much interested. Michigan has a great football tradition and is also one of the top academic schools in the nation.

TOM: Are you interested enough that you think you'll take a visit to Michigan?

JOSHUA: Yes definitely. It will most likely be an official visit.

TOM: From the sounds of that I assume that you'll be taking your time with your recruitment then? Do you have a plan on when you want to narrow things down?

JOSHUA: Yeah, I plan on taking my time. I'll most likely have it down to five before the season starts. 

TOM: Since you said you want to take an official to Michigan does that mean that they will most likely make the top five? I understand this isn't 100%, but as of right now, most likely?

JOSHUA: Yes, that's correct.

TOM: Michigan isn't just a car ride away for you. Is distance going to factor in to this at all for you?

JOSHUA: Distance is definitely never an issue. I like to say that a plane ride is a plane ride whether it's two hours or six hours.

TOM: What's the main reason you're interested in Michigan? Did you grow up a fan?

JOSHUA: I have always wanted to play in that Michigan - Ohio State game. I think that is a big reason why I like Michigan. That game is probably the biggest in college football, and the rivalry is unexplainable.

TOM: That's an answer that Michigan fans will enjoy hearing. Since they probably haven't heard much on you can you explain what type of lineman you are?

JOSHUA: I'm a bullet, not a bowling ball. I'm very fast and explosive. I really use my agility to beat defensive linemen instead of just my strength.

TomVH: An Interview with Zach Banner's Coach

TomVH: An Interview with Zach Banner's Coach

Submitted by TomVH on April 5th, 2011 at 4:48 PM

The 2012 recruiting class has been set up perfectly for Michigan's needs both geographically and position wise. The midwest is loaded with talent and there also happens to be a plethora of recruits nationally in areas of need. The offensive line is a position where the Michigan coaches will look to take somewhere around 5 to 6 commitments. Of the thirty some offers that have been extended  to offensive linemen so far there may not be a bigger one than Zach Banner out of Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington.

Zach BannerBanner is a 6-foot-9, 310-pound offensive tackle that has racked up offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Cal, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, and USC just to name a few. Lakes head coach Dave Miller says that Banner warrants those offers, and he's a rare prospect. "He's a very good student, I see him as a business man or sports reporter. He's very charismatic, he's the student body president and he could be the President of the United States someday, he's that type of kid," said Miller. "We've had some kids that are talented here, but as far as the total package [Banner] has the total package." Outside of having a big personality Zach is also big in his community, and his coaches have been impressed with his ability to balance his every day life. "I've been amazed, he's an exceptional kid for his age. He's handled it as well as he could for his age. His parents have done a great job raising him, and we've been able to guide him through it as well," he said.

Just looking at his measurables you can see why he has the biggest programs after him, but Coach Miller doesn't think he's scratched the surface yet. "He's improved every year we've had him. He moves well, his pad level is coming down, and he'll probably be about 20 years old when it all comes together for him," Miller said. "When he grows into his body and he's a few years into college, he'll be great. He dominates for us now, but his full potential is down the road." 

When it comes to the recruiting process Banner has been mostly focused on his basketball team who just won a state title. Now that the hoops season is over he plans on focusing on his football future. "He's seen Oregon and Washington and places he can drive to. It will be a cost factor to take unofficials so it's probably safe to say he'll use his official visits on the schools he hasn't seen yet," he said.

As for how Michigan plays into Banner's recruitment, Coach Miller thinks the Wolverines have a good shot. "I think he's really interested in Michigan, they'll definitely factor in. I think he's interested in them because his style of play as an offensive tackle is similar to some of the tackles that Michigan has had before," said Miller. "He's familiar with their history and tradition. He's aware of their place in college football." Coach Miller isn't sure yet if distance will factor in, but says that it can sometimes be a good thing to get away from home. "He hasn't told me that distance will factor in. Sometimes the local kids that go to the local schools they never live up to the expectations. I've encouraged him to look around, and I'd be surprised, I'd be real surprised, if he didn't take one of his official visits out to Michigan."

Outside of what Zach knows about Michigan, Coach Miller is also familiar with a few coaches on the current staff. "I've been here for twenty six years, Coach Carr recruited a few of our players, and Coach Hoke has too so I've filled him in on Michigan too," he said. "Coach Hoke is extremely positive, honest and straightforward, and what you see is what you get. He really cares about his players and he gets to know the kids, and I also know Coach Ferrigno who's a top notch guy." Often times building that trust and relationship with the high school coach is the hardest part and can take time. That could end up helping Michigan's chances in this case. "When you build trust with these recruiters it goes a long way with high school coaches because we want to make sure our players are going somewhere we feel comfortable," Miller said. 

Banner and Coach Miller are looking to trim down his list by May, and then narrow it down further to a top five or eight by August. "He has a ton of offers, and he was chosen for the US Army All American game already so he has a lot to look at. He'll probably go right to the end, to signing day with it. He'll do his homework on everything and make sure it's right,' said Miller.