Wednesday Recruitin' Comment Count

Tim October 29th, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Somewhat light update this week, though delayed until Thursday due to a busy Wednesday. All-time updates can be found on the 2010 Michigan Football Recruiting Board. Don't forget about the 2011 Michigan football Recruiting Board, although there is no 2011 news in this update.

Up Front


I've added TX DT Jatashun "Big Tex" Beachum (pictured at right) to the board, as he plans on visiting Michigan ($, info in header). He's currently committed to Arkansas as a running back(!) and is a 280-pound dual threat QB(!) in high school. That's one heck of an athlete that the Wolverines are pursuing on the defensive line.

Both MN OL Seantrel Henderson and PA DT Sharrif Floyd opted against visiting Michigan last weekend, which seriously damages Michigan's chances at both of them (though it may be a better thing that they didn't sit through the rain to see Michigan get pounded). The Daily Gopher thinks Michigan is hanging on near the back of Henderson's top schools, though that was with the assumption he would visit Ann Arbor. As for Floyd, he went to Ohio State instead, and he has a new top five:

In no particular order, they are: Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina, South Carolina and USC.

Last Line of Defense

Michigan's woes in the secondary, compounded by the dismissal of Boubacar Cissoko from the team yesterday, have a number of recruits giving Michigan a hard look. CA CB Tony Jefferson, currently a UCLA commit, plans to take a Michigan visit for next week's Purdue game, as mgoblog's own TomVH said Tuesday. UCLA (where he is currently committed), Florida, and Miami are his other finalists.

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Added LA S Carvin Johnson to the board, as he took an official visit to Ann Arbor for the contest against the Nittany Lions ($, info in header). He really enjoyed the visit, as well ($, info in header). Johnson has a Michigan offer, and favors the Wolverines pending a couple more official visits. Carvin is on the left in the photo, next to Wolverine commit PA DE Ken Wilkins (image courtesy of Josh Helmholdt in the Detroit Free Press).

FL CB Tony Grimes has had Michigan near the top of his list for quite some time now, and the Wolverines may be in a similar position for his teammate, FL DE Clarence Murphy. However, neither is ready to make a decision any time soon:

"I'm just letting things come to me in recruiting," Grimes said. "I'm more focused on my play on the field, but I am staying in touch with certain college coaches. The recruiting stuff will all play itself out in the end. I'm in no hurry to make a decision."

Added Murphy, "We are probably just going to continue to focus on high school football right now and then once it gets towards that deadline, we are going to put our heads together after we take our officials and (determine) where we want to be the next three to four years."

Grimes is one of Michigan's top prospects at corner, and adding a pass-rusher would be icing on the cake.

Elsewhere in Michigan leans, PA CB Cullen Christian enjoyed his visit to West Virginia. The Mountaineers are probably Michigan's biggest competition for Christian.

Moving to a prospect that the Wolverines don't have a great chance with, CA S Dietrich Riley is favoring Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida, and USC. I think the title "Riley Down to Four" might be overstating the case, but any other school is definitely facing an uphill battle. Michigan is one of four schools vying for his final official visit.


OH LB Steve Mehrer visited Ann Arbor last weekend ($, info in header). His best current offer is Bowling Green, so he's probably way down the list of possibilities. OH TE Alex Smith has Michigan in his final two with Cincinnati. ESPN has (rather unwisely) made it impossible to link to their "On the Trail" recruiting updates, so no link, but CA RB Anthony Barr has eliminated Michigan, and I've removed him from the board.


spam and beans

October 29th, 2009 at 11:12 AM ^

It seems to me that big Will has inspired Cullen Christian. Last year we had Will seem like a Michigan lock, then the week of Army All American game Will isn't considering Michigan, then at the game he pulls a Michigan hat out of the box. (It was Michigan the entire time wasn't it?)
Now it seems as though Cullen Christian is walking down that path. That is fine. Have fun with it. I deserve the punishment for being too involved in the life decisions of 18 year olds. Just make sure at the end of the day, you choose Michigan.


October 29th, 2009 at 3:23 PM ^

When he gave a verbal to Arkansas he said his family is from Arkansas and he wants to play in the SEC. (don't want to post exact quote b/c it is behind a $ wall and I think that is frowned upon) Hopefully somebody shows him a depth chart, but I think it is a long shot to get him off his Arkansas verbal.


October 29th, 2009 at 11:34 AM ^

Now that I know what I will likely expect from UM on the field the rest of the way (sigh), this is the post I anticipate each week. Thanks Brian. Hopefully UM can get lucky with some D recruits, god knows they will need them.

Wolverine In Exile

October 29th, 2009 at 12:38 PM ^

Because, I mean Mack Brown owns Texas like DAntonio owns Michigan, if Mack doesn't want a guy named "Big Tex", then obviously he isn't very good. I mean hell, he committed to R-Kansas.(end sarcasm)


October 29th, 2009 at 12:54 PM ^

I sincerely do not get the attraction that WVA seems to have for top recruits the last couple years. Even though they haven't gotten the top guys, they continue to be in the finals for guys like Anderson and Christian. Why? Seriously, I really don't get it. Why would anyone with a OSU or M or PSU offers even consider WVA? With Stewart?


October 29th, 2009 at 1:37 PM ^

UNC is a huge player for Alex Smith,

Shurburtt has a lot of things wrong in that article, not sure if he is out of the loop or just going off of older information but he is missing a lot.


October 29th, 2009 at 1:38 PM ^

I enjoy this weekly update as well, but it doesn't appear to me that the recruiting board is updated weekly, or even that frequently. Many of the names have committed elsewhere, and I haven't seen new names like Clarence Murphy pop up. Not complainin' just sayin'.


October 29th, 2009 at 1:39 PM ^

I enjoy this weekly update as well, but it doesn't appear to me that the recruiting board is updated weekly, or even that frequently. Many of the names have committed elsewhere, and I haven't seen new names like Clarence Murphy pop up. Not complainin' just sayin'.