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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:
As of right now: 14, with reasonable attrition bumping the number to 17 and a likely transfer or two plus a default level of knuckleheadedness getting Michigan to 20 or so. More detail on the scholarship situation can be found at the depth chart by class.
|Expired Eligibility||Massey, Taylor, Johnson, Thompson, Harrison, Trent, Panter, Logan, Jamison, Dutch, Stewart||11|
|Transfer||Boren, Patilla, Hill, Babb, Kates, Chambers, Horn, McGuffie||7|
|Unrenewed Fifth||Possibilities: Savoy, Criswell||2?|
|Other||Unused: 4. Academics: Witherspoon, Slocum. Injury: Zirbel.||7|
Total: Michigan will have the full 25 to give and maybe 27.
Added FL QB Austin Dantin, HI OL Stan Hasiak.
Removed TX CB Demontre Hurst(Okie State), FL WR Willie Haulstead(FSU), OH OL Henry Conway(MSU), OH OL Chris Freeman(mutual parting), PA LB Dan Mason (Pitt), NC S Josh Hunter (UNC).
Speculation on PA WR Je'Ron Stokes.
As always, some links via Varsity Blue.
|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.
Needs: Severe, desperate, desperately severe and desperate. David Cone apparently is not panning out, -- he was behind a walk-on last year -- which leaves Michigan with two freshmen and no one else. Michigan needs at least two dual-threat quarterbacks to run the Rodriguez system after picking up Justin Feagin last year, who's fast but may not be a QB.
Projected Commits: 2, with maybe another one or two guys being brought in at WR being promised a shot at QB. Update: Michigan has two strong prospects in the fold and is unlikely to reel in another, but given strong interest from a couple good prospects I've kept them on the board until we're officially dropped.
|Tate Forcier||CA||****||Michigan (EE)||Brother of former UM QB Jason. Offer. Many impressive early offers. Personal site; stats. ESPN note. Rivals article. Encouraging note; another. Commit article from USA Today. MLive. Home schooling article. Highlights. #2 Dual Threat to ESPN. Interview.|
|Denard Robinson||FL||****||M, UF, UGA, others||Will visit officially. Offer. Article. Video. Scout article. Scout again. M in the lead.|
|Austin Dantin||FL||**||CMU, AppSt||Visiting Jan 23rd; obvious plan B in case Robinson falls through, may not get offer.|
Running Back / Fullback
Needs: Minor. With Shaw and McGuffie and Cox in the last class, Michigan can afford to go light this year. They'll probably take one RB (Cass Tech's Teric Jones turned in the fastest 40 of anyone at the Army All-America camp), with a second slot being reserved only for a can't miss sort. Fullbacks? Maybe one, actually. Michigan didn't take one a year ago and the Rodriguez system likes to have a pounding dive threat for its triple options a la Owen Schmitt. Ohioan Zach Boren, legendarily tearful at the idea his older brother Justin would go to Ohio State, is now a rising senior and probably fits best here, though he might have a place somewhere on D.
Projected Commits: 1-2 RB, 0-1 FB.
|Teric Jones||MI||***.5||Michigan||Cass Tech (Cissoko, Campbell.) Fastest kid at Army combine. Video. MGoBlog on Jones. ATH WR.|
|Fitzgerald Toussaint||OH||****||Michigan||Youngstown Liberty (Isaiah Bell). MGoBlog on Toussaint. Vindicator article. Video clips. Newspaper profile. Rivals video. Highlights. Fluff/more highlights.|
|Vincent Smith||FL||***||Michigan (EE)||Offer. Pahokee (Martavious Odoms) Herald article. Free Press. Video profile. Fluff. Scout article. Rivals video. Area player of the year. Yeah, what they said.|
Needs: Moderate. Michigan did pick up four in the last class, including blue-chipper Darryl Stonum and a couple of exciting jitterbug sorts, but the spread demands at least three guys on the roster at all times and Rodriguez has shown a predilection for bringing in as many little speedy buggers as he can get his hands on no matter the situation.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Cameron Gordon||MI||****||Michigan||ATH S/LB. Rivals article, Scout interview. Detnews on Gordon. Detnews again. Offer. Down to two. Video.|
|Terrell Mitchell||GA||***||M, UK||Visit scheduled.|
|Je'Ron Stokes||PA||****.5||Tenn, Ill, M, UGA, UF||Tennessee commitment looking around in wake of Fulmer firing. Probably visiting December 6th. Likely to decommit. Considering PSU… but not really. M visit. "Apparently headed to M." Article from UT perspective. Video.|
|Travante Stallworth||LA||***.5||Auburn, M, SoCar||Auburn soft commit plans visit. TVH interview. Visited SoCar; Auburn last. Auburn article.|
|Terence Davis||OH||***||open||BP thread.|
Needs: Minimal. Michigan will enter 2008 with six tight ends on the roster, only one of whom is a senior, just in time for Rich Rodriguez to bring a TE de-emphasizing spread to Ann Arbor. While Rodriguez will probably take advantage of the athletic abilities possessed by Butler, Moore, et al, he's probably not going to bring in any new guys here unless there's a couple positions switches from the existing group or he brings in a guy like Sims who might outgrow wide receiver.
Projected Commits: 0.
Needs: Moderate. You always want to take at least three, IMO, even when you took six the year before, and since the class of 2007 has just two players, one of whom was a real flier, Michigan will again be looking for a lot of bodies here. Fortunately, there are somewhere between 2-4 instate linemen who are Michigan caliber. Also lurking, at least as much as anyone his size can lurk, is Trotwood-Madison OL Chris Freeman. Michigan raided Trotwood for three players a year ago, of course, and might have the inside track on him. Freeman's very Michael Oher: enormous even for an OL (he's 6'9"!) and sushi raw, having played only four football games in his life.
Projected Commits: 3-4.
|Mike Schofield||IL||****||Michigan||MGoBlog on Schofield. Sun-Times. Varsity Blue. Video. Article. Fluff.|
|Taylor Lewan||AZ||****||Michigan||Chaparral (Craig Roh). Blowing up after transfer and position switch from DT. Scout article.|
|Stan Hasiak||HI||****||UCLA, Cal, Washington, M||Offered long ago; January unofficial; Cal commit but still looking a bit? Roundup article.|
|Quinton Washington||SC||****||M, SoCar, Clemson, others||Plans official. Offer. Visited and was impressed. Tennessee trying to get in. Miami trying to get in. Webb article. SoCar visit. ESPN brief. Rodriguez in-home.|
Needs: Moderate. Last year Michigan got a good prospect in Novi's Mike Martin and has three rising sophomores who saw playing time. An early commit from 2009 five-star Will Campbell helps a lot, but Campbell insists he's going to take all five official visits -- he's pretty soft. Michigan probably needs one more DT.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Will Campbell||MI||*****||Michigan||Committed at M summer camp during his junior year, then dominated the Army Combine. Currently #23 overall to Rivals. Video interview. Detnews article. He’s Thor, man. News article. Rivals article. ESPN article. Free press. Army Bowl Guy. Scout article. Detroit News. ESPN. Shafer departure no problem. "Sappesque". AA Game article. Commit article. Another.|
|DeQuinta Jones||LA||***.5||Michigan, Ok, Aub, Ark||MGoBlog on Jones; commit article from local paper. Wavering a bit now. Praise. Visiting OSU, Ark. Ark visit article. Post-visit update.|
|Pearlie Graves||OK||***.5||Michigan (soft)||Offer. MGoBlog on Graves.|
Needs: Severe. One commit in the last two classes at a position with two starters is asking for trouble. Even if a linebacker or tight end moves here, Michigan still needs quantity and quality. So the lack of names below? Scary.
Projected Commits: 3.
|Anthony LaLota||NJ||****.5||Michigan (EE)||Not recruiting much yet but seems interested. Scout article. Rivals article, Terry Bowden breaks down film(!). Scout article. Down to seven. Visited and was impressed. Michigan, PSU lead? No. MGoBlog on Lalota. Video interview. Another interview.|
|Craig Roh||AZ||****||Michigan||USC lead; will visit. Article. M in top 3; USC still believed to be leading. Announced in top five. News article. Commit article. MGoBlog on Roh. First game as a commit. AZ player of the year. Good UA performance.|
|Sam Montgomery||SC||****||LSU, M, Tenn, SoCar, Clemson||Offer. Originally from Detroit, sort of. ESPN article. Plans official; will narrow list soon. News article. Has visits set up. ESPN article. Will visit, yes. M top 3. Article. Still trailing. Army article. Michigan lead? LSU, Tenn lead? M lead?!?! Fluffy article. Post-visit update. Another.|
|Benny Logan||LA||***||LSU, M, Neb, TT||Recent offers from M, LSU, some others. LSU seems to be retreating now. M top two.|
Needs: With four players, all of them highly rated by one service or another, in last year's class and a returning starter with three more years of eligibility Michigan can afford to take it a little easy here.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Brandin Hawthorne||FL||***||Michigan (EE)||Offer? Pahokee (Odoms). Article. OMG! Shirtless! Will " decide" August 30th. Free Press. Scout article. DPOY.|
|Isaiah Bell||OH||***.5||Michigan||Youngstown Liberty. MGoBlog on Bell. ATH OLB. Good combine performance. ESPN article; ESPN thinks others are sleeping on him. Rivals video. Did well at AA bowl.|
|Mike Jones||FL||***.5||Michigan (EE)||ATH OLB. Orlando Edgewater (Greg Mathews). Scout article. Commit article. Will enroll early.|
|Jelani Jenkins||MD||*****||M, PSU, UF, Ill||WaPo article. Video. Newspaper profile. Detroit News. Video. WaPo article. Video interview. Article. ESPN article. WaPo article. Article.|
|Barkevious Mingo||LA||****||USC, LSU, Bama lead M||Offer. Scout interview. Article. LSU lead.|
|Willie Ferrell||FL||***||M, Miss, Tenn||LSU decommit.|
Needs: Major. This might be a slice of MGoBlog paranoia, but with college football moving ever more strongly to the passing game it seems like you should regard the corner spot as the realm of three starters. Michigan has Donovan Warren returning, Boubacar Cissoko incoming, and then things get dodgy. The two-star running back recruit who's also 6'4"? The guy who came in at WR and is bouncing back and forth between the two positions as we speak? The unheralded legacy recruit? JT Floyd? Man, that creeps me out.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Justin Turner||OH||****.5||Michigan||Massillon (Shawn Crable). ATH CB. BP thread. MGoBlog on Turner. Commit article. Army AA. Playing corner at the AA bowl, and doing well. Interview.|
|Adrian Witty||FL||***||M, KState, FIU, Florida||Visiting Jan 9; no offer yet. Teammate of Denard Robinson. Scout article.|
Needs: Moderate. Jonas Mouton is an OLB and Jerimy Finch can't decide what he wants on his Big Mac, let alone which school he wants to go to, leaving Michigan with Steve Brown, Michael Williams, and Artis Chambers across the last two classes.
Projected Commits: 2.
|Cass Tech (Cissoko, Jones, Campbell). No offer yet; but "likely" to get one and commit. News article. Free Press article. Free Press again. Free Press again again.|
|Vladimir Emilien||FL||****||Michigan (EE)||Offer. BP thread. Visiting for MSU game. Article. MGoBlog interview. ESPN article. MGoBlog on Emilien. Commit article.|
Needs: KC Lopata will be gone by the time this class arrives on campus and recruited K Bryan Wright has been relegated to kickoffs, so they might look for a kicker. Punter is covered by Zoltan Mesko for another two years.
|Brendan Gibbons||FL||***||Michigan||MGoBlog on Gibbons. Rivals #7 K for 2009. Free Press. Woo! Mama said knock you out. Army AA. "Nasty." Interview.|
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.